25 Best Places to Visit in Ratnagiri - 2020 (Photos & Reviews)
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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.
Newly Added Ratnagiri Experience
17 January 2016
Excellent
The trekking was a great experience. I loved it totally. I so recommend this to all. I loved the trek a lot and world recommend this to all.
14 February 2016
Excellent
Prachitgad Trek in Maharashtra is by far the best trek that I have ever been. Well, where should I start? I am a huge fan of trekking, and mostly treks are surrounded by lovely greenscape. However, I always wanted to trek in a rustic village trek surrounded by rocks and stuff. I have searched and found such places and trekked there a lot. My recent find is the Prachitgad Trek in Maharastra. It was quite a lot of fun. We had amazing trek experience over here. It was so brilliant.
01 April 2015
Excellent
The trekking at this place was an amazing experience. The fort stay was one of the good aspects. The trek was breathtaking to say in 1 word. The surroundings and landscape are too good. The weather too makes you fall in love. The trek trails were fine, but not that easy for first time trekkers. The cost of this trek seemed fair and it was worth spending on it.
15 September 2015
Superb
Prachitgad Trek in Maharashtra is an amazing trek trail. If you are a Mumbaikaar, this trek is something that is worth taking. If you not a Mumbaikaar, rope this trek in your schedule when you visit Maharashtra. We had a really nice trekking experience, and the fort stay experience was nevertheless the best in class. We totally loved it so much.
14 January 2016
Superb
Prachitgad Trek in Maharashtra is a different and an unique trek. One might ask how come this trek is unique from other treks. To start with this trek isn’t the treks that we take in the Western Ghats that has beautiful greenery all over. This is rustic, historic, and poignant in its own way. That being said, the trek has a few issues too as this trek easily drains your energy if you haven’t got that great stamina. Apart from that though, the trek is an all together brilliant and memorable experience to take with friends or cousins.
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.
15 September 2015
Superb
The trek is definitely brilliant and great. It was one of its kind. It was interesting and exciting. I totally loved it. As a trekker who is into trekking for 10 years now, I liked it and I feel sad for having missed such a treasure all these years. For trekkers who want to progress form beginners level to moderate, this is a nice option to try.
21 October 2015
Superb
The trek was good. As a beginner level trekker, I found this trek a little challenging, but nevertheless this is such a nice trek and a great experience. I loved the whole vacation as such.
15 January 2016
Superb
The trekking experience was fine and brilliant. We had a nice experience. To start with we reached here well before the reporting time, we just roamed around and clicked pictures, and when the rest of the gang came, we all headed toward the trek. The trek is of moderate level difficulty. It was all rustic and beautiful at the same time. We had a great experience with the trek. I would love to do this trek some time again soon but with better planning.
08 February 2016
Superb
It was a great and an amazing trek. I loved the whole trekking experience. We had such a nice and fun time there. We would like to visit here again soon. There is not much to explore in this locality apart from this trek. So, this is not a worthy choice if you are travelling here only for this trek. Try to rope in few other spots to visit in Maharastra and surroundings to make it worth the flight tickets. We did Ellora, Mumbai, this trek, and Khajuraho together. That was an awesome experience. I had a great time here and I am so looking forward to see the tour pictures. We had a great stay at all the places too.

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People Also Ask About Ratnagiri

  1. Which are the best places to visit in Ratnagiri with family?

    1. Jaigad Fort: Also famous as Fort of Victory, Jaigad Fort is a 16th century fortress now under Archaelogical Survey of India. It overlooks the Jaigad creek and offers a delightful view for everyone. 

    2. Tilak Ali Museum: This place is renowned for being the ancestral home of Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak. Full of paintings and photographs of the freedom fighter, Tilak Ali Museum is a must-visit for history lovers. 

    3. Thiba Palace: Famed as being the staying place of King Thiba, this place is a three-storied palace built-in Brahmi style. It boasts of a regal ambience and offers a gorgeous view of Arabian Sea. 

    4. Ganpatipule Beach: Renowned for its spooky cleanliness, Ganpatipule Beach is a place to bask in serenity. People who have a penchant for adventure can enjoy kayaking here and enjoy the glorious views of the sea. 
     
    5. Ratnadurga Fort: Also called Bhagwati Fort, this tourist attraction in Ratnagiri will mesmerize you with the surreal views of the ian Sea. It has a famous temple of  Goddess Bhagwati with a small Hanuman and Lord Ganesha temple. 
  2. Is Ratnagiri worth visiting?

    Ratnagiri is worth visiting to enjoy its scenic surroundings which are filled with beaches, waterfalls, palm groves and beautiful monuments. It also offers a gastronomic delight with its delicious Alphonso mangoes and Konkani food.

  3. What are the famous things to do in Ratnagiri?

    1. Beach Hopping: Ratnagiri is loaded with numerous pristine beaches like Bhatye Beach, Kunkeshwar Beach, etc, which offers you a plethora of recreational activities like water sports, dining, and much more. 
    2. Visit Tilak Ali Museum: Tilak Ali Museum is the ancestral home of Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak which has a lot of pictures of the freedom movement of India. Besides, it is an excellent example of Konkani architecture for which a lot of efforts are being made to preserve it.
    3. Witness all the forts: The ancient city of Ratnagiri is dotted with various old forts representing the architecture of different eras. So visit all of the forts like Jaigad Fort, Ratnadurga Fort, Purnagad Fort, and Devgad Fort. 
    4. Temple visits: Ratnagiri is a religious village flooding with a lot of temples but temples Swayambhu Ganapati Temple, Jai Vinayak Temple, Velneshwar Shiva Temple, and Parshuram Temple are must-visit as they hold roots in the history. 
  4. What can I buy in Ratnagiri?

    The popular things to buy in the local markets of Ratnagiri are cashews, mangoes, aam panna, kokum sharbat, ambapoli, coconuts etc.

  5. How far is ganpatipule from Ratnagiri?

    The distance between Ganpatipule from Ratnagiri is 26 km which can be reached in approximately 40-60 mins via Arrey Warrey Road.

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