Situated in the south-western region of the state of Maharashtra, Ratnagiri is a small yet beautiful port city on the coast of the Arabian Sea.
After Shivaji Maharaj’s rule in this part of India, Ratnagiri was under the Satar Kings’ territory in and around 1731 before the British took over the place in 1818.
Mythological stories claim that post their 12 year exile, the Pandavas, of the Mahabharata fame, spent quite some time in Ratnagiri. The King who ruled the place back then had supported their fight against the Kauravas by personally participating in the battle of Mahabharata.
Tourist places in Ratnagiri
The Jaigad fort will interest its tourists with its magnanimity. Located at the peninsular tip of Ratnagiri, this sea fortress is a marvel to look at. Close by is the accompanying Jaigad Lighthouse. Closer home is the Ratnadurg Fort which is almost 600 years old.
If beaches complete your idea of a perfect vacation, choose from the many beaches that can be found here. The Mandavi Beach is a stunning beach with black sand, while the Ganpatipule Beach and the Ganeshgule Beach are two spots that need to be visited to be appreciated.
The ancient temple of Swayambhu Ganpati is located near the Ganaptipule Beach and is also popular by the same name. This place of worship is an astounding 400 years old - a spectacular spot that will re-instil your faith in the supreme power.
While you’re here, check out the local fish curries preparation and the Kokam Curry – another personal favourite amongst the locals here.
If you happen to be a shopaholic, prepare yourself for the treat you are in while at Ratnagiri. From ancient artefacts to memorabilia, this place offers many options for the perfect souvenir for you to take back home. If you are fortunate enough to be in this region during the summer months, try out the world famous Devgad Hapus – Alphonso Mangoes without fail. Stock up your bags and cars with the different tangy recipes of mangoes available in the local market here, like Ambapoli, etc.
The weather at Ratnagiri in summer can be a little intense and a little too much to handle. Travelling during this period is generally avoided as not much sight seeing can be done. However if you plan to pay visit to the place in hope of catching a glimpse of the juicy Alphonso Mangoes here, summer is the apt time to be here. The monsoons transform the place into something wondrous; however the winter season is the best time of the year to enjoy the lovely surroundings.
How to reach Ratnagiri
Being a major town, Ratnagiri is very well linked by all modes of transport. It has its very own domestic airport that takes care of the tourists who wish to catch a flight to this place. Via train as well, the station of Ratnagiri lies on the Konkan line and is well connected to the major cities and towns within and outside Maharashtra by regular, daily trains. The town is also easily accessible by road, with the Ratnagiri – Nagpur National Highway being a major and well-built road.
A place where history, religion, nature and fun all come together – Ratnagiri is the place to be to soak in the very essence of the Maratha culture. Right from its architecturally genius forts to its quiet, peaceful beaches, the Land of Alphonso Mangoes beckons to you! This place is definitely worth a visit.