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Famed for being the port town of Maharashtra, Ratnagiri City is located on the shores of Arabian Sea. A very big exporter of Alphonso mangoes, this place has been a very important business centre for Maharashtra. Having the Sahyadri Range on its other side, this town remains loaded with the best of nature’s bounties. Having its location on the shore, the places like the beaches, ports and lighthouses altogether add to the beauty of this town. Ratnagiri is dotted with numerous such locations which are picture perfect and are ought to be the perfect spots where people can relish the best of nature.

From lakes to rivers and mangroves, this small town is loaded with a big array of waterbodies. Be it the ancient forts like the Jaigad Fort or the locations related to India's struggle of freedom like the Tilak Ali Museum, Ratnagiri is loaded with numerous places perfect for sightseeing tours. Many beaches like the Mandwa Beach and the Pandre Samudra also attract various tourists with their white sandy shores and coasts dotted with palms. If wishing to indulge in some of the most adrenaline rushing activities then Ratnagiri will make sure that you are provided with the proper dosage of thrill.

The pristine beaches surrounding it are loaded with various activities you can try your hands on including boating, swimming and many others. Being a port city, the town of Ratnagiri is surrounded by waters on its one side, thus making its climate moist in the summers. Due to high levels of precipitation, the rains remain high as well, thus making winters the best time to enjoy a vacation here. The average temperature of Ratnagiri remains close to 20 degree celsius and can go up in the summers. Overall, the climate here is pleasant enough for you to enjoy hassle free sightseeing tours.
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Giriraaj Khan Mandangad Forest Camping
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This tour has everything like sightseeing, hiking, and water activity. Oh...what an adventurous-life in just one-package what a planning team I really liked it. Everything is superb the staff gave a quick response to us. It was great and satisfying-service.
Chaanakya Ahluwalia Mandangad Forest Camping
Excellent
It was simply an unexpected tour which its turn out so great. the experience is more than the itinerary plan.
The most amazing and lovely activity I ever saw so far. I love this Turtle Festival and would visit again.
Ritesh Talwar Mandangad Forest Camping
Excellent
The stay at Mandangad was truly amazing, Great operator, nice arrangement, great music, and it is really a splendid experience.
11 September 2015
Excellent
We had an amazing trek here. We loved it totally. We were around 15 friends. We were a bunch of my school friends and my college friends. It was a bid difficulty to plan and bring all of them together and move forward with the trip. Once that was done, we had a great time. The trek was so beautiful to take. Despite what many people say, we didn’t find this trek to be difficult or tough. IT was quite fun and interesting. We had a great time here, and I so recommend this one.
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This camping experience at Mandangad Forest was really the most memorable one because the activity was truly amazing and different from the other camping. Nice swimming at the natural water, amazing waterfall, river crossing, boating, and unforgettable night trail walked the fireflies were truly beautiful we catch a few of them then let it go it reminds about our childhood, The foods were delicious with good quantity. As for the stay, it was nice and spacious and as well we felt safe. This tour really goes well with everyone. I am so happy that I picked this tour from Thrillophilia.
Nice stay especially the home-stay and the activity areas were nearby. The festival was unique as this is the first time I saw but I really like it not only me but my group as well. The bus was nice with good condition and comfortable seats in which we all had a great journey in Dadar. Well-arranged tour liked it.
Tanushri Guneta Mandangad Forest Camping
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I'm so happy with this tour, it goes perfectly as per the itinerary planned, The staff there was very professional and helpful. We felt secure the whole tour. the local operator has everything which needs for the camping. The entire camp was well-maintained with a clean separate washroom for males and female and the stay was comfortable and spacious. We take part in all the activity it was really something we won't forget. I am ready for another camping experience.
Chaitan Mukhopadhyay Mandangad Forest Camping
Excellent
Very nice getaway with family, this camping suits for a family person, couples, friends and everyone, The location was beautiful with amazing views and scenery of the place. Perfect accommodation along with the clean mattresses, pillows, and blankets. The good sanitary, professional, and hospitable crew, all the meals were healthy and fresh. definitely GREAT, FUN, EXCITING activities. Worth the cost.
This tour was nice and quite different from the other tour I booked before. Nice and sweet experience. I see many turtles and I got good pictures of them as well. The place was mesmerized by many of the travelers.

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  1. What are the famous places to see in Ratnagiri?

    1. Jaigad Fort: Dating back to the 17th century, the Jaigad Fort of Ratnagiri has been a top sightseeing place here. Famous for its splendid architecture and the view of Arabian Sea, the location is flocked by the tourists from various parts of the world.

    Famous in the name of fort of victory, this was the place where various battles were fought. Being a sea fort, this spot overlooks the confluence of Sangameshwar River with the Arabian Sea. Standing on a cliff, this fort makes sure that you get the best view of sea, nature and sunsets.

    - Location: Jaigad Coastal Road, Jaigad, Maharashtra 415614
    - Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

    2. Jaigad Lighthouse: Famed for its remarkable design, the Jaigad lighthouse is located on the western side of Jaigarh Fort. Having its location on a hilltop, this place lets you enjoy the panoramic views of the area in its vicinity. This is the place where you can spend some romantic time with your partner while gazing into the uninterrupted views of the sunset.

    Exhibiting the excellence of engineering, this lighthouse has been standing here since 1932. Having its location on the Peninsular region, the top of this light house offers the views of Ganpatipule beach as well.

    - Location: Jaigad Coastal Road, Jaigad, Maharashtra 415614
    - Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

    3. Swayambhu Ganapati Temple: This 400 years old Ganpati Temple exhibits the perfect amalgamation of extraordinary craftsmanship and fine arts. According to the stories the idol of Lord Ganapati located in the temple is believed to be self-made and was discovered back about 1600 years ago.

    The Swayambhu Ganapati Temple gets more charmed up around the time of Diwali when various fairs and other activities are organised. Frequented by tourists from all over the world, this temple is believed to cure various illnesses and problems of its devotees.

    - Location: Tilak Ali, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra 415612
    - Timing: 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM

    4. Thibaw Palace: Once a home to King Thibaw, this place has been exhibiting the grandeur of royalty and brilliance of architecture. Now being restored by the national archaeologist department, this building was in the crumbling position in previous times. covering up an area of 27 acres, Pratibha Palace is well decorated with coloured Italian glass, marble floors and wooden patios.

    Having its location over a hill, this place lets you admire the bewitching view of the Arabian Sea from its top. Around the palace there are wide manicured gardens which can turn out to be the perfect spot for planning a picnic or a day out.

    - Location: Abhyudhya Nagar, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra 415612
    - Timing: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    5. Tilak Ali Museum: The birthplace of Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Tilak Ali Museum is the ancestral house which is now maintained by the archaeological department of the country. Being his childhood home, this place is loaded with various items like clothes, toys, paintings and photographs related to Bal Gangadhar Tilak.

    Exhibiting a glimpse of the work he did throughout his lifetime, this place provides you with a perfect idea of his role in the freedom struggle of India. Rich with history and having a very minimal architecture makes it one of the best locations to be visited in Ratnagiri. If interested in gaining knowledge about the Indian freedom struggle then this place is the must visit for you.

    - Location: Tilak Ali, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra 415612
    - Timing: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM

    6. Bhatye Beach: Known for its splendid blue waters, the Bhatye beach is one of the most famous places one can visit in Ratnagiri. From playing with water to relaxing on shores, an array of activities can be done there. The sandy beach is the best location where you can walk hand-in-hand with your partner and enjoy the beautiful views of Ratnagiri lighthouse.

    On your way of walking through the clear stretch of this beach, you will find various locals playing football and volleyball on the shore. This place is also a fun location if you are finding a place for your pictures and photographs.

    - Location: Ratnagiri, Maharashtra

    7. Dhamapur Lake: Surrounded by lush green plantations of coconut, mango and kokum trees, the Dhamapur lake is one of the largest man-made lakes in Ratnagiri. Established back in 1530 by the local king, this lake is known for its clear waters and the activities offered. From boating in its pristine waters to bingeing on slacks around its shores, there is a big area of entertainment options available here.

    Around the lake, one would find various hilly areas, lush green man grooves which are home to local fauna and Flora. If you are looking for some adventure then the surroundings of this lake will turn out to be the perfect location where you can indulge in activities like hiking, nature walks and sightseeing.

    - Location: Ratnagiri, Maharashtra

    8. Marine aquarium and Museum: Established by the marine biological research Station in 1985, the Marine aquarium and the museum is home to a wide variety of specimens of sea animals. On your way here you will be taken towards an exhibit of creatures like the lionfish, sea turtles, starfish, sea horses, lobsters and many more.

    There is a separate section where the aquarium is located and this section houses a big population of local species including crabs, prawns and various aquatic plants resting in a place similar to their natural habitat. The main object that has been attracting tourists from all over the world is the skeleton of a whale located in the middle of the hall.

    - Location: Sadanand Wadi, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra 415612
    - Timing: 8:30 AM to 5:35 PM

    9. Ganpatipule Beach: If looking for a place where you can enjoy a delightful evening while gazing into the beautiful sunsets and binging on local snacks then there is no better place than the Ganpatipule Beach. This spot is famous for its shore dotted with swaying palm and coconut grooves.

    Your visit here will take you towards various scenic locations which will be perfect to click pictures at. For the ones seeking some adventure, this place will offer a perfect sight to try hands on beachside activities like swimming, boating and beachside volleyball.

    - Location: Ratnagiri, Maharashtra
  2. What are the best things to do in Ratnagiri?

    1. Shopping in local markets: From Aam Panna to Mangoes and Cashews, the markets of Ratnagiri are known for the quality and the different varieties of items they sell. The Athavdha Bazaar is one of the very famous locations here where one can shop for a variety of items.

    Ranging from handicrafts to fruits and handmade goods, the markets here are loaded with various items you can shop for. Famed for its mangoes, Ratnagiri exports a wide variety of fruits which can be bought at better rates here.

    - Location: Teli Aali, Rajiwada, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra 415612
    - Timings: 9:30 AM to 8:00 PM

    2. Experience the sunset from Jaigad Fort: The Jaigarh Fort of Ratnagiri is famed for offering some of the most mesmerising views of the Arabian Sea. Being located on the top of the cliff, the 16th century fort overlooks the confluence of Sangameshwar river with Arabian Sea.

    Once you reach the top of the sport, you can enjoy a very scenic sunset and spend some time resting in a natural environment.

    - Location: Jaigad Coastal Road, Jaigad, Maharashtra 415614
    - Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

    3. Climb the top of Jaigad Lighthouse: Famous for its brilliant architecture and remarkable designing, the lighthouse of jacket is located on the western side of the fort. The lighthouse is also located on a hilltop, thus it is popular among tourists for offering panoramic views of the sea.

    Once you climb to the lighthouse you will be taken towards the beautiful views of the Arabian Sea. Visiting this lighthouse can turn out to be the best adventurous thing you will be doing here.

    - Location: Jaigad Coastal Road, Jaigad, Maharashtra 415614
    - Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

    4. Seek blessings from an idol dating back to 1600 years: Located in the Sambo Ganapathy Temple, the idol of Ganesha dating back to 1600 years has been attracting flocks of tourists from all over the world. The temple was established 400 years ago and since then this place has been a very popular pilgrimage.

    The morning and evening Aarti sessions fill the surrounding area with peaceful vibes. On your visit here, do not forget to relish the tasty “prasad” offered in the temple.

    - Location: Tilak Ali, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra 415612
    - Timing: 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM

    5. Boating at Dhamapur Lake: The Dhampur Lake is one of the few locations in Ratnagiri city where you can enjoy a session of boating. Charging around INR 200 per person for an hour long ride, this activity will fuel up your veins with adrenaline and will take you towards some of the most beautiful sceneries of nature around the lake.

    The Dhampur lake is surrounded by various mango and coconut groves, thus making the adventure even more scenic. The area around the lake is famous for enjoying hiking and trekking, and is loaded with local flora and fauna.

    - Location: Ratnagiri, Maharashtra
    - Price: INR 200 per person

    6. Visit the Marine aquarium and museum: If looking for a place where you can get knowledge about the sea creatures and view the specimens of various sea animals like lion fish, sea turtles and starfish at exhibit then there is nothing better than visiting the Marine aquarium and Museum.

    The building is divided into two parts one of which is an aquarium and the other is a museum. In the museum a very big wheel skeleton is placed which is considered to be more than 30 years old.

    - Location: Sadanand Wadi, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra 415612
    - Price: INR 5 per person
    - Timing: 8:30 AM to 5:35 PM

    7. Marvel the sunset at Ganpatipule Beach: Edit planning romantic evening or just wishing to enjoy a walk along the shore, the Ganpatipule Beach is the best spot to indulge in such activities. Famous for offering an interrupted view of the sunset, this beach attracts most of its crowd around the evening time.

    This is the time when its surroundings get lit up in golden colours and various small food junctions where one can release local delicacies.

    - Location: Ratnagiri, Maharashtra

    8. Get knowledge of India’s struggle for Freedom at Tilak Ali Museum: Once a home to the Indian freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak, the small house has been converted into a museum. Being his childhood home, this place has various items and belongings of the personality at the exhibit.

    From his writings to the letters he had exchanged with other freedom fighters, various items are placed here. Outside the museum there is a big manicured lawn where the locals have set up his statue.

    - Location: Tilak Ali, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra 415612
    - Timing: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM
  3. When is the best time to visit Ratnagiri?

    The months between November to February are considered to be the best time when one can enjoy a trip to Ratnagiri. Around this time, the weather is comparatively cool and indulging in sightseeing and other adventurous activities is easy. In addition to this, you will also save yourself from the scorching heat. In addition to this, you can also enjoy short trips between June to September to experience much greener surroundings.
  4. How to reach Ratnagiri?

    Ratnagiri is well connected to its nearby cities like Mumbai, Mangalore, Madgaon, Kochi, Udipi and other locations. All these surrounding cities are connected to other meteor cities of India through airways and railways. Reaching Ratnagiri is very easy if you book your bus/car/train ticket from Mumbai or Pune.
  5. Is Ratnagiri worth visiting?

    Exhibiting a perfect amalgamation of history with nature, Ratnagiri is one such place where one can experience almost everything. Be it the beachside adventures or the local cuisine, here you will be provided with an array of entertainment options. In case of accommodation, you can find a wide variety in that as well. From homestays to resorts, various stay options are available here.
  6. How far is Goa from Ratnagiri?

    Goa is 241.9 KM away from Ratnagiri and it will take around 5 to 6 hours to cover this distance via roads. You can also board a train from the local railway station and cover the similar distance in 6 to 7 hours.
  7. Which are the famous beaches in Ratnagiri?

    1. Ganpatipule Beach: Famed for being a rocky beach, this is the place where you can enjoy various photography sessions along the dramatic rock formations. The shores here are dotted with swaying palm groves where people can set up their hammocks and enjoy a delightful evening.

    2. Pandre Samudra: Famous for being a white sand beach, the Pnadre Samudra is a very famous tourist attraction of Ratnagiri city. Not only do you get to enjoy natural beauty here but one can also relish upon local delicacies here.

    3. Bhatye Beach: The Bhatye Beach is known for its scenic stretch from where one can gaze into the beautiful sea. If looking for a place to visit with your partner then this beach is the perfect spot to spend some quality time together.

    4. Mandvi Beach: Being one of the most popular beaches of Ratnagiri, the Mandvi Beach remains crowded throughout the day. In the evening time, the shore gets lit up with small street food vendors selling local snacks.
  8. Which are the famous historical places to visit in Ratnagiri?

    1. Tilak Ali Museum: Providing the best preserved knowledge of India’s fight in independence, the Tilak Ali Museum is built in the childhood home of Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak. In addition to this, his written work and various letters and drafts are also preserved here.

    2. Swayambhu Ganapati Temple: Built 400 years ago, the Swayambhu Ganpati Temple is famed for housing a Ganpati idol which is 1600 old and occurred naturally. Flocked by tourists from all over the world, this temple is believed to fulfill the wishes of its devotees.

    3. Thibaw Palace: Once a home to the royal king of Myanmar, this palace has now been turned into a museum. With its wooden architecture and marble furnishing, this place exhibits the brilliance of craftsmanship.

    4. Jaigad Fort: Overlooking the confluence of Sangameshwar River with the Arabian Sea, the Jaigad fort is known for the scenery it offers. Having its location on the top of a cliff, this fort is undoubtedly one of the most famous historical locations of Ratnagiri.
  9. Which are famous places to stay in Ratnagiri?

    1. Ratnasagar Beach Resort: Staying true to its name, the Ratnasagar Beach Resort is the best spot if you are looking for a luxurious stay. From jacuzzi to spa and play areas, an array of facilities are available here.

    2. B Sayaji Homestay: Providing you with a home like surrounding, you can avail various facilities here including a well equipped kitchen and laundry services. You can have the whole place to yourself and this place can further turn out to be the best accommodation for a big family.

    3. Hotel Sea Fans: Overlooking the Mandvi Beach, this hotel is for the ones who are travelling on a budget. At a minimal price, this hotel manages to offer various facilities like a swimming pool and a multi cuisine restaurant.

    4. Kohinoor Samudra Beach Resort: One of the most luxurious properties of Ratnagiri City, this stay is for the ones who wish to enjoy an array of top notch amenities. Straight from your rooms you can gaze into the uninterrupted views of the swaying palms and seashores.