25 Best Places to Visit in Ratnagiri - 2020 (Photos & Reviews)

There is no dearth of places to visit in Ratnagiri, and this is the reason why it is among the topmost places to visit in Maharashtra. Holding the historical significance from the age-old Bijapur rulers period, it is a paradise for the history lovers. Ratnagiri has a diverse range of tourist attractions in the form of monuments, temples, and beaches.

The beaches of this region are the most popular ones and some of the famous sand trails are Pawas Beach, Ganeshghule Beach, Ganpatipule Beach, etc. Ali Museum, Swayambhu Ganpati Temple, Sri Devi Bhagwati Mandir are other points of attraction where serenity resides.

Tourist places in Ratnagiri can be quite easily visited as it is well connected to Mumbai by all means of transport. Be it the Ratnadurg fort from where you can take a glimpse of the entire city or the Thibaw point which is famed for its amazing backdrops, this place has everything in its abode and awaits to be explored!

Here are some of the best places to visit in Ratnagiri:

01

Bhatye Beach

Bhatye Beach
Bhatye Beach is a long and clear stretch of beach, attracting people for a session of relaxing holiday. Bhatye is a small village close to the city known for flat sea showers.

The Ratnagiri LightHouse and the Madavi Beach are very near to the Bhatye Beach. Tourists can engage in various activities like walking along the beach, playing football in the sand or collecting shells.

Location: Bhatye Beach is at a distance of 1km from Ratnagiri.

Distance from Ratnagiri Bus Stand: Approximate distance between Ratnagiri Bus Stand and Bhatye Beach is around 4 km.
02

Kunkeshwar Beach

Kunkeshwar Beach
Kunkeshwar Beach is known to be one of the most serene beaches of Maharashtra, offering a stunning view to both the sky and the sea. If one wants to escape from the mundanities of city life, this is one of the best places to visit.

There are many temples and beaches which are very popular as they are clean and pure. The Kunkeshwar Temple and the Vimleshwar Shiva Temple are famous for the Mahashivratri celebrations.

Location: Kunkeshwar beach is 450kms from Mumbai and 365 kms from Pune.

Distance from Ratnagiri bus stand: Kunkeshwar Beach is 103 km from Ratnagiri Bus Stand.
03

Swayambhu Ganapati Temple

Swayambhu Ganapati Temple
Swayambhu Ganapati Temple is a 400-year-old Ganesha temple, made of pule or white sand. It is believed to be a self-made monolith of Lord Ganesha, discovered 1600 years ago.

This temple attracts a lot of visitors, especially during Diwali. Ganesha idol getting dressed in the morning and in the evenings is a special sight for the visitors.

Timings: The temple is open from 5am to 9pm every day.

Location: This temple is at Ganpatipule near Ratnagiri.

Distance from Ratnagiri bus stand: Ratnagiri bus stand is 1 hour 30 minutes away from Swayambhu Ganapati Temple.
04

Guhagar Beach

Guhagar Beach
Guhagar Beach is one of the best places to visit in Ratnagiri with soothing white sands. The beach is a favorite picnic spot not only among the local people but also among the tourists from all over the world.

Guhagar beach is famous for the magnificent sunrise and sunset views it provides. This is the only white sand beach, situated along the stretch of the Konkan beaches it becomes more breathtaking with the swaying coconut and palm trees.

Location: Guhagar Beach is situated in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, near Chiplun city.

Distance from Ratnagiri bus stand: Guhagar beach is 90.7 km from Ratnagiri bus stand.
05

Jaigad Fort

Jaigad Fort

Jaigad Fort is also known as the Fort of Victory and is a 16th-century marvel of Maharashtra. It can be found atop a cliff overlooking the Jaigad creek where River Shastri culminates its journey into the Arabian Sea.

The fort, an important port in the Western Coast, is now under the Archaeological Survey of India.

Timings: Tourists can visit the place from 8am to 7pm.

Location: Located near Jaigad village, it is about 20kms to the north-west of Ganpatipule.

Distance from Ratnagiri bus stand: Jaigad Fort is 42.6 km from Ratnagiri bus stand.

06

Tilak Ali Museum

Tilak Ali Museum

Maintained by the Archaeological Department, this museum is famous for being the ancestral house of Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak. He was born here and the place has now been converted to a museum.

The museum has many exhibits in terms of paintings and photographs. To get a good knowledge about the freedom struggles, the museum should be visited.

Timings: The museum is open from 9am to 6.30pm.

Location: Located in Ratnagiri town of Maharashtra, it is 3.5 km from Ratnadurg Fort.

Distance from Ratnagiri bus stand: The museum is at a distance of 1km from the bus stand.

07

Jaigad Lighthouse

Jaigad Lighthouse

Jaigad Lighthouse is a top priority when it comes to places to visit in Ratnagiri and is situated in one of the bastions on the western side of the Jaigad Fort.

The tourists visit this place to enjoy an overwhelming and a panoramic view of the area in the vicinity. A wonder of past engineering, the tower is meant for couples to spend some romantic time together.

Timings: The lighthouse is open from 4pm to 5pm.

Location:  It is located at a distance of 19km from Ganapatipule beach.

Distance from Ratnagiri bus stand: It is 42.6km from the bus stand.

08

Thiba Palace

Thiba Palace

The Thiba Palace is a major place of attraction in Ratnagiri, known to be staying place of King Thiba from Brahmadesh or today’s Myanmar. It is a huge Bramhi styled three-storied palace, with a marble-floored hall for dance events.

Architectural characteristics such as wooden floors and the coloured Italian glasses render it a royal look with the top of the palace providing a stunning view to the Arabian Sea.

Timings: The palace remains open from 10am to 5pm

Location: It is a very prominent place of attraction in Ratnagiri.

Distance from Ratnagiri bus stand: The palace is 2kms away from the bus stand.

09

Jai Vinayak Temple, Jaigad

Jai Vinayak Temple, Jaigad

Jai Vinayak temple, dedicated to Lord Vinayak, is a newly built temple in Ratnagiri district. The temple is known for its clean and beautifully decorated garden and also the fresh air and cool environment for the tourists.

A brass idol of Lord Ganesha is the ultimate expression of peace and prosperity. A pond full of fishes and a garden with lots of trees are also found inside.

Location: The temple is near to Kachare village in Ratnagiri.

Distance from Ratnagiri bus stand: This temple is approximately at a distance of 36.8 from Ratnagiri bus stand.

10

Ganapatipule Beach

Ganapatipule Beach
Ganpatipule Beach is one of the very few tourist places in Ratnagiri, which is known for its cleanliness. It is a beach with silvery white sand and is also known for the lagoons it has. 

People with love for adventure can spend some time kayaking over here. People love to have the aerial view from the top of a small cliff, nearby. Many cashew and mango trees make the place more attractive.

Location: The beach town is located 25kms north to the Ratnagiri city.

Distance from Ratnagiri bus stand: Ganapatipule Beach is just 23.1 km from Ratnagiri bus stand.
11

Ratnadurga Fort

Ratnadurga Fort

Also known as Ratnagiri Fort or Bhagwati Fort, Ratnadurg Fort is one of the main tourist attractions in Ratnagiri district. Being surrounded by the Arabian Sea on all the three sides, strong boundaries in the form of fortifications and bastions on every side.

There is also a beautiful Goddess Bhagawati temple other than a small Hanuman and Lord Ganesha temple.

Timings:
The fort is open from 8am to 6pm.

Location:
Ratnadurga fort is located at a distance of 2 km from Ratnagiri.

Distance from Ratnagiri bus stand:
The fort is just 3.3 km from the bus stand.

12

Ganeshghule Beach

Ganeshghule Beach

One of the most pristine beaches in the Konkan Coast, Ganeshghule Beach is definitely one of the most important places to visit in Ratnagiri. It is a very calm and serene place with very less human intervention, as a result of which the tourists can enjoy peaceful walks and beautiful sunset.

The couples often visit this place to enjoy a romantic walk along the sides of the beach and spend some relaxing time.

Location: The beach is situated on the outskirts of Ratnagiri.

Distance from Ratnagiri bus stand: The beach is 22km from Ratnagiri bus stand.

13

Velneshwar Shiva Temple

Velneshwar Shiva Temple
Velneshwar Shiva temple is situated in a very quiet and peaceful place, much away from the city disturbance. It is encompassed by a big gate and very big banyan trees, making the atmosphere quite serene.

Other than Lord Shiva being the main deity worshipped here, there are various other deities in the temple. The temple also has a lot of Ashok and coconut trees, making it a good place to relax and pray Lord Shiva.

Location: The temple is 40km from Ganpatipule.

Distance from Ratnagiri bus stand: The temple is nearer to Guhagar bus depot.
14

Thibaw Point

Thibaw Point
Thibaw point is the perfect place to enjoy the full overview of the Ratnagiri district. The place is known to provide a wonderful view to the Arabian Sea, Bhatye Bridge, Someshwar Creek and Pawas thus attracting lots of tourists and picnickers from all quarters.

Thibaw point is also the place which houses the Thibaw Palace, the place where the king of Myanmar was put to exile during British rule.

Timings: The place is open from 9am to 9pm.

Location: This is one of the major attractions of Ratnagiri city on a small hillock.

Distance from Ratnagiri bus stand: Thibaw Point is just 2 km from Ratnagiri bus stand.
15

Devgad Beach

Devgad Beach

The Devgad Beach is a popular spot for picnics, situated between two small hills. It is a picturesque area, with some windmills located on one end. The greenery on the side of the beach is not only beautiful but provides a soothing view to the tired eyes.

The tourists can enjoy activities like swimming and sunbathing. It is a very clean beach, with a temple on the shores and a big harbour and a lighthouse.

Location:
The beach is 101km from Ratnagiri, situated in Devgad town.

Distance from Ratnagiri bus stand:
The beach is around 101km from bus stand.

16

Pandre Samudra

Pandre Samudra

Pandre Samudra is a beach in Maharashtra, which is the most popular among all the beaches in Ratnagiri town. It is famous for the silvery sands, the tranquil water as well as the seashells and overall a relaxing ambience to the tourists.

To get a reformed view of the coastline, some nearby beaches like Mirkarwada and Mandvi can also be visited. A Sai Mandir nearby, is also a point of attraction.

Location:
It is one of the popular beaches located very near to Ratnagiri town.

Distance from Ratnagiri bus stand:
Ratnagiri bus stand is 1km away from the beach.

17

Malgund

Malgund

Among the many tourist places in Ratnagiri, Malgund is definitely a place worth a visit. The village is as beautiful as a painting and rose to fame because it is the birthplace of Krishnaji Keshav Damle, the birthplace of the famous Marathi poet.

There are many monuments and museums that are built in his memory. One can know much about the Marathi culture and language from these museums. The village also has Nirmal Nagari, famous for Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi of Sahaja Yoga.

Location:
Malgund is just 2km from Ganapatipule.

Distance from Ratnagiri bus stand:
The bus stand is 25.5km from the village.

18

Dhamapur Lake

Dhamapur Lake

Dhamapur Lake is the biggest lake in the district, a man-made lake constructed in the year 1530. Built by King Nagesh Desai, it has scenic points of attractions like hill ranges and lush greenery, on its two sides.

Water in the lake is absolutely clear and has dense plantations of mango, kokam, areca palm and coconut trees. Tourists visit this place as they can steadily feel the change in atmosphere.

Location:
The Lake is situated between Are and Katta village in Dhamapur of Ratnagiri village.

Distance from Ratnagiri bus stand:
The Lake is 158.4km from the bus stand.  

19

Parshuram Temple

 Parshuram Temple
Parshuram is the 6th incarnation of Vishnu and is thus a revered and much-worshipped god. The Parshuram Temple bears testimony to an architectural beauty which is the combination of both Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture.

There are three very big idols inside the temple. It is believed that Parshuram created the main source of water here by the power of his five arrows.

Timings: Parshuram temple is open from 6am to 9pm.

Location: The temple is situated near Chiplun town on Mumbai-Goa National Highway.

Distance from Ratnagiri bus stand: The temple is around 98kms from the bus stand.
20

Marine Aquarium and Museum

Marine Aquarium and Museum
Among some of the most interesting tourist places in Ratnagiri, Marine Aquarium and Museum definitely tops the list. It was established in 1985 by the Marine Biological Research Station. 

It has some of the rarest and beautiful specimens of aquatic life, like the sea horse fish, sea turtles, sea cucumbers etc and ancient skeletons of whales. There is also a very beautifully decorated freshwater aquarium which has many fishes.

Timings: This place of attraction is open from 10am to 5.45pm.

Location: It is located in Ratnagiri.

Distance from Ratnagiri bus stand: The aquarium is 2.5kms from the bus stand.
21

Purnagad Fort

Purnagad Fort

When it comes to places to visit in Ratnagiri, Purnagad Fort is a name to be reckoned with. Purnagad fort is situated on the top of a mountain and is known for very strong construction.

At the entrance, there is a deity of Lord Hanuman and a well. One can enjoy a stunning view of the Arabian Sea from the fort.

Location: The fort is on the top of a mountain at the starting point of the Muchakundi Creek.

Distance from Ratnagiri bus stand: The fort is at a distance of 24.9km from the bus stand.

22

Devgad Fort

Devgad Fort

Devgad Fort is definitely one of the most important places to visit in Ratnagiri. People visit this place for getting an amazing view of the meeting point of Devgad Creek and the Arabian Sea.

The beautiful sunset can also be enjoyed from the fort. The harbour, the bounty of nature and Alphonso mangoes also add to the popularity of the place.

Timing: The fort is open from 10am to 5.30pm.

Location: This fort is situated in the Devgad Taluka in Sindhudurg district.

Distance from Ratnagiri bus stand: The fort is 97.4km away from the bus stand.

23

Pawas

Pawas is one of the best places to visit in Ratnagiri and famous for being the place of samadhi for Swarupanand Swami. More popularly known as Appa or Rambhau, the Swami immolated himself and resided here for 40 years.

His residence has also been converted to an ashram and is being used as lodging and boarding facility for the devotees. This place is a prime spiritual place for visitors.

Location: Pawas is an area of 20km away from Ratnagiri town.

Distance from Ratnagiri bus stand: Pawas is 17.7km from Ratnagiri bus stand.
24

Gateway of Ratnagiri

This is an architectural marvel with a sloped roof in the Ratnagiri jetty along with the Mandvi beach. According to the locals, this slope was built as a defence mechanism by Pratinidhi Dhondu Bhaskar.

As this place provides a view to the Arabian Sea, one can enjoy the cool breeze and provides a unique walking experience along the shores.

Timings: The structure is open from 9.30am to 3pm.

Location: The gateway of Ratnagiri is located at the Ratnagiri Jetty, on the Mandvi Beach.

Distance from Ratnagiri bus stand: These two places are 1.1km apart from each other.

25

Bamanghal

Bamanghal is located in Hedvi and boasts of many places worth seeing. It is a beautiful wonder of nature in the form of a gorge in a black rock patch. It is around 20 feet deep, 35 feet long and 1-2 feet wide.

It is considered to be a strange landscape and provides a unique view during high tide. The sea water gushing in and splashing around during the high tide is a wonderful view.

Location: Bamanghal is located in Hedvi, a popular place in Guhagar.

Distance from Ratnagiri bus stand: These two places are 57km away from each other.
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