Swayambhu Ganpati Temple: The Swayambhu Ganpati Temple is one of the most renowned and striking attractions of Ganapatipule. It has been dedicated to Lord Ganpati and the idol of the God inside the temple is built of pule, white sand, and it is also said that this idol has originated by itself and nobody has made it ever. The temple is situated at a distance of 20 kms from the main town of Ratnagiri. The ambiance of the holy place gets enchanted with the early morning nagara sound. You can hear the rhythmic beats coming from the temple early in the morning and evenings when the idol is being dressed. The temple attracts a lot of visitors especially during the Hindu festival of Diwali.
Ganapatipule Beach: Ganapatipule Beach is situated at a distance of 28 km from Ratnagiri and is one of the most visited places of this city. This beach has been named after the Hindu deity Ganesha and houses an ancient temple under the same name. This place also attracts a large number of Hindu devotees. Other attractions of this beach include delicious food stalls, beautiful views of sunset and unique white sand which is rarely found on Indian beaches.
Marleshwar Temple: Marleshwar Temple is an ancient Shiva temple and is located on the outskirts of Ratnagiri. It is situated on an isolated hill and is thoroughly surrounded by a dense network of evergreen forest. It is believed that the ‘Shivling’ of this temple remains surrounded by Cobra snakes throughout the year. Marleshwar temple provides a beautiful view of the nearby mountains and is surrounded by numerous waterfalls. However, one should visit this place preferably in the monsoon season as most of the waterfalls get dried up during other seasons.
Jaigad Lighthouse: The Jaigad Lighthouse is situated in one of the bastion on the western edge of the Jaigad Fort. The lighthouse is surrounded by the ancient fort of Ratnadurg on one side and by Arabian Sea on the other. The lighthouse is 16 m tall tower and is equipped with facilities like radio sensor, sodium lamp and storm sensors to guide the nearby ships sailing in the sea. Ratnagiri lighthouse is a pleasingly peaceful place and provides you a 360 degree view of the Arabian Sea.
Guhagar Beach: Guhagar beach is situated at a distance of about 8 km from Ratnagiri and is one of the most peaceful beaches in the state of Maharashtra. The beach is geographically blessed with Sahyadri mountain range on its east and the Arabian Sea on its west. This beach remains surrounded by local fishermen, boat owners and adventure sport operators and is one of the most captivating places in Ratnagiri.
Unhavare Hot Water Spring: Unhavare is famous for its natural springs’ hot water. Mahamai Gram Devata Mandir and a small Masjid are other attractions of this Unhavare.
Ratnadurg Fort: Ratnadurg Fort is major attraction in Ratnagiri. The beauty of the fort is quite superb. In the year 1670, the Maratha leader Shivaji conquered the fort from the Bijapur ruler Adil Shah. The fort is in the shape of a horseshoe, with a length of 1,300 meters. The Arabian Sea surrounds it from three sides. One of the fort's bastions has a lighthouse. A temple of the Goddess Bhagwati is located inside the fort.
Ratnagiri By Air
Ratnagiri airport is well connected from all major cities and towns. There are regular flights scheduled from Mumbai, Pune and all major cities as well. Tourists from here will get various flights to reach the place comfortably. The airport is located at a distance of 12km far from the main city. Tourists can take taxi or cab to reach Ratnagiri city comfortably.
Ratnagiri By Road
Rantnagiri is well connected by road, so there is no problem regarding how to reach Ratnagiri. Tourists can take a number of buses to reach the place smoothly. Comfortable buses are available for tourists to reach this beautiful city. Pune (289km), Mumbai (340km) and Kolhapur (136km) can be reached from Ratnagiri via road.
Ratnagiri By Train
Ratnagiri is well connected by rail that makes the travel easier for the tourists. There are a number of trains available for the place that make travellers feel relaxed for the safe and easy journey. From outside the railway station local taxis are easily available.
Best Season / Best time to visit Ratnagiri
The climate in Ratnagiri is typical coastal climate with warm and humid atmosphere.
Summers (March to May)- are hot with maximum temperature nearly touching 38°C, and tourists typically avoid the hot summer months of April and May.
Monsoons (June to September)- are accompanied by regular rainfalls and this Konkan region looks attractive in rains.
Winters (December to February) are pleasant with moderate day temperature and cool nights (15°C).Best period to visit Ratnagiri is
October to March- October to March is ideal for sight seeing and other activities.
June to September is good for short visits and the landscapes are beautiful with green vegetation during this period.
Gateway of Ratnagiri
The Gateway of Ratnagiri is a preposterous structure with a slopped roof in the Ratnagiri Jetty in Mandavi Beach. The magnificent beach itself is renowned as the gateway of the hilly terrain. The popular belief is that this structure, the defense of the mainland, is the work of the Pratinidhi Dhondu Bhaskar. A fabulous construction overlooking the majestic Arabian Sea, Gateway of Ratnagiri provides a unique opportunity to walk through the seashore and enjoy the cool breeze that gently flows from the sea. It is indeed a marvelous experience.
Jaigad Fort, Ganapatipule
The Jaigad Fort is a sea fort which is located at the tip of a peninsula in the district of Ratnagiri. The Fort is cuddled on a cliff which overlooks a bay. The bay is formed where the Shastri river enters the Arabian Sea. The Fort is 35 km from Ganapatipule. A lighthouse and a jetty port is situated near the fort. Even though the fort is in ruins, the exterior wall and the bulwarks can still be seen. A deep fosse fences the fort side which is not facing the cliff edge. But no fortification on the east side is visible.
Besieged by the charming Arabian Sea on the three sides, the massive Ratnadurga Fort presents a splendid look. A massive structure in the shape of a horseshoe, with a length of 1,300 meters and a width of 1,000 meters, Ratnadurg Fort was once a strong hold of the Maratha Empire. Spread over a vast area of 120 acres, Ratnadurg Fort was under the Muslim rule for so many years. Now a collapsed structure, lying across two hills, Ratnadurg Fort gives a decrepit look. Overlooking the Arabian Sea, Ratnadurg Fort offers the dazzling view of the sun going down the sea and the sweet sound of the pounding of the waves against the rocks makes a perfect symphony. Another specific attraction in the fort is the marvelous lighthouse situated in the bastions of the fort. Once in the fame of glory, Ratnadurg Fort on the coastal line of the Konkan region is a perfect place to getaway from the trappings of the city life.
A booming hot spot of tourists, Mandavi Beach is the most crowded beach in the Ratnagiri region. The prettiest beach in Ratnagiri, Mandavi is gifted with a vast line of seashore right up to Rajiwanda Port. This fabulous beach is surrounded by the west by the Ratnadurg fort, and the majestic Arabian Sea lies to its south. The proximity of the beach to the town makes it a favourite holiday spot of the water enthusiasts. Mandavi beach offers lustrous black sand and so it is renowned as the 'Black Sea’. In comparison with other beaches, Mandavi beach appears little filthy because of the black sand; yet this is the most sought after picnic spot in Ratnagiri. As it the most popular beach of Ratnagiri, it is possible to get some chat and soft drinks around the beach.
Thibaw Point is the place where the lovely mansion, The Thebaw Palace is located. Built in the year 1910, the palace is famed as the exile shelter of the king and the queen of Burma (Myanmar). Thibaw Point also is a thriving spot of picnickers, and it gives a panoramic view of the entire city. People gather here in large groups to see the stunning view of the sunset. The Thibaw Point, nestled in the lap of majestic Arabian Sea, presents a picturesque view of a dense village. Situated at the hem of a hill, this point is a fast emerging tourist destination in Ratnagiri that offers delightful sceneries of a virgin land.
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Arrive at Kotawde village and check-in at the home-stay. After some relaxation, refreshments, and tea, head to the Aare-Waare beach. The beach during the monsoon has a completely different feel to it! An experience you don’t want to miss! Enjoy a sumptuous dinner with an unlimited supply of ‘ukadiche modak’.
Welcome the morning by pampering yourself to some natural fish pedicure. After breakfast, set out to Ajol Parivar – An organic farm and cottage at Devghar village. Be a farmer for the day by participating in organic farming in the rains! If you fancy a nice and quiet time, then bury yourself in to a good book or busy yourself in a game of UNO or scrabble sipping hot tea! The swimmer in you might want to dive into the Baav River or enjoy the waterfalls adjoining the farm campus. Return to the home-stay and evening free for leisure.
Wake up to the call of birds, and thank them for a beautiful day on a trail around the home-stay. Please your tummies to a yummy breakfast and relax in the leisurely morning. Post-brunch, depart for Mumbai/Pune. Complete the divine coastal experience enrouting the Ganpatipule Temple and the Prachin Konkan Museum.