15 Best Ratnagiri Beaches - 2020 (with Photos & Reviews)
Offering stunning views of the Arabian Sea and enough activities to satisfy the adventurer in you, Ratnagiri beaches make up for a surreal coastline along the Konkan stretch of Maharashtra. The 167 km long stretch boasts of white sand beaches and a diverse marine life.

Due to its close proximity to Mumbai, Goa and Pune, this beautiful port city of Ratnagiri makes for a perfect weekend getaway for those looking to take a break from the chaos of city life.

The beaches in Ratnagiri remain largely unexplored, which is why they are known as some of the cleanest beaches in India. Go for a swim in the sea or experience the most breathtaking sunsets in the tranquil city of Ratnagiri - easily one of the best beach destinations in India.

Here are some of the best Ratnagiri beaches:

01

Velas Beach

Velas Beach

Also known as the Turtle Beach, Velas is home to Olive Ridley turtles - an endangered species of turtles. Visit Velas Beach to witness magic as turtles lay eggs during the breeding season between February and May.

Several female turtles come to the beach to lay eggs that the villagers volunteer to protect. They ensure the safety of the eggs and create a secure passage for the turtles to go back to the sea. The Turtle Festival is celebrated to witness this unique event where thousands of newly hatched Olive Ridley turtles take their first steps towards the sea.

Activities/Water Sports at the Beach: Beach Camping

Best Time to Visit: February to May

Distance from Ratnagiri Bus Stand: Around 200 kms

02

Ganapatipule Beach

Ganapatipule Beach

Ganapatipule Beach boasts of a spectacular stretch of soft white sand along with a wide variety of flora and fauna. One of the most pristine beaches in Ratnagiri, Ganapatipule is slowly becoming a popular beach getaway for travellers looking for some peace in the lap of nature.

Visit the 400-year-old Ganesha Temple, the idol of which is believed to be self-created and discovered over 1600 years ago. Taste the local dishes available at the various food stalls. Don’t forget to try the Modaks and Alphonso mangoes if you visit the beach during peak season.

Activities/Water Sports at the Beach: Motorboat Rides, Water Scooter and Pedal Boat Rides, Camel Rides, Row Boats, Aero Boats, Kayaking, Jet Skiing, Bumper Ride, Banana Ride, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Parasailing.

Best Time to Visit: November - May

Distance from Ratnagiri Bus Stand: Around 23 kms

03

Kunkeshwar Beach

Kunkeshwar Beach

Located in the tranquil city of Sindhudurg, Kunkeshwar Beach is one of the most beautiful and serene Ratnagiri beaches famous for jaw-dropping panoramic views of the sky and sea. Famous for the Shiva Temple, this unpolluted beach attracts hundreds of travellers each year making it the perfect weekend getaway to rejuvenate your body and spirit.

Located on the beach itself is the famous Kunkeshwar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.  Popularly known as Kashi of South Konkan, it was constructed by the Yadav Dynasty in the 12th century and continues to host thousands of tourists annually on the occasion of Mahashivratri.

Activities/Water Sports at the Beach: Parasailing, Scuba Diving, Jet Skiing, Banana Ride, Bumper Ride, Kayaking, Water Scooter Ride

Best Time to Visit: October - March

Distance from Ratnagiri Bus Stand: Around 104 kms

04

Devgad Beach

Devgad Beach

Located around 100 kms from the Ratnagiri Bus Stand, Devgad Beach is one of the nicest and cleanest beaches in Ratnagiri. It boasts of the famous Devgad Fort, ancient temples, a big harbour and a lighthouse.

Situated between two small hills in Devgad town, the beach is also home to a few windmills perched atop a cliff. You can indulge in swimming and sunbathing at the beach. Witness the passing of ships along with breathtaking views of the sea from the top of the lighthouse.

Don’t forget to taste the world-famous Alphonso mangoes when you visit Devgad.

Activities/Water Sports at the Beach: Swimming, Jet Skiing, Banana Boat Ride, Row Boat

Best Time to Visit: September to March

Distance from Ratnagiri Bus Stand: Around 100 kms

05

Bhatye Beach

Bhatye Beach

A tiny village situated close to Ratnagiri city, Bhatye is known for its 1.5 km long stretch of a straight and clear beach with flat sea showers. Bhatye Beach is one of the most secluded and serene beaches in Ratnagiri.

The beach is not that crowded either. You can go for a morning walk, laze around and soak in the beauty, play beach ball or football or just stroll around collecting sea shells. The sand is so soft that you can just dust it off your body. It doesn’t stick.

Enjoy beautiful views of the Ratnagiri lighthouse and the famous Mandavi Beach from here. The sunrise and sunset from Kohinoor is a sight to behold!

Activities/Water Sports at the Beach: Motor Boat Ride, Water Scooter Ride

Best Time to Visit: All year round

Distance from Ratnagiri Bus Stand: Around 2.5 kms

06

Anjarle Beach

Anjarle Beach

Having earned the reputation of being one of the cleanest white sand beaches in Ratnagiri, Anjarle Beach is situated near the 2 km long River Jog Estuary - a sight so beautiful that it is sure to make you feel like you have experienced heaven on earth. The rustic white sand beach and the clear blue waters together create the perfect setting for a quiet vacation in the lap of nature.

A secluded virgin beach situated in Dapoli, Anjarle provides one of the most scenic views with tall palm trees, white sand bordered with tropical vegetation and blue waters. Go for a swim in the sea or witness hundreds of fishing boats make their way back to the shore to sell their catch in the evening.

The beach turns into a paradise for birdwatchers during low tide in the winter season as different species of birds find their way here.

Activities/Water Sports at the Beach: Parasailing, Snorkelling, Windsurfing, Birdwatching

Best Time to Visit: November - March

Distance from Ratnagiri Bus Stand: Around 173 kms

07

Guhagar Beach

Guhagar Beach

An oasis of small beaches, Guhagar Beach is one of the most famous Ratnagiri beaches boasting of a 6 km long stretch of clear water, glistening white sand and Suru and coconut trees lined across the shore.

One of the most unpolluted beaches in the Konkan region, Guhagar is situated between two hills and is the place where the Vashishti River empties into the Arabian Sea. It is one of the best beaches to go for a swim. You can also sunbathe or indulge in some water sports at the beach.

Surrounded by the Arabian Sea on the west and the Sahyadri Hills on the east, Guhagar Beach boasts of scenic landscapes and stunning sunsets. It is also home to different species of birds.

Activities/Water Sports at the Beach: Jet Skiing, Kayaking, Speed Boat Ride, Yacht, Bird Watching, Wildlife Spotting, Parasailing

Best Time to Visit: November - March

Distance from Ratnagiri Bus Stand: Around 91.4 kms

08

Mandavi Beach

Mandavi Beach

Flanked by the Ratnadurg Fort on its west and the Arabian Sea in the south, Mandavi is the most crowded beach in Ratnagiri with a vast, beautiful shoreline that extends up to Rajiwanda Port.

One of the most beautiful Ratnagiri beaches, Mandavi consists of black sand which is why it is also called the Black Sea. It offers spell-binding views of the Ratnadurg Fort and stunning sunsets.

Mandavi beach has a bastion located at the head of the bay which is why it is also known as ‘Gateway to Ratnagiri’ - a beautiful construction that allows you to walk along the shore while overlooking the Arabian Sea.

Activities/Water Sports at the Beach: Parasailing, Camel Ride, Horse Riding, Bumper Boat Ride, Jet Skiing, Water Scooter Ride, Surfing

Best Time to Visit: All year round

Distance from Ratnagiri Bus Stand: Around 1 km

09

Ganeshgule Beach

Ganeshgule Beach

Popular among nature lovers, Ganeshgule Beach is one of the most tranquil, secluded and serene Ratnagiri beaches perfect for those who wish to spend some time away from hectic work schedules.

Flanked by mountains on both sides, this 1.5 km long stretch of rocky, white sandy terrain and clear emerald sea offers jaw-dropping panoramic views of the sunset. You can also visit the well-known Ganeshgule Temple, which also consists of a well believed to be from the era of Pandavas.

Activities/Water Sports at the Beach: Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Surfing, Parasailing, Boat Rides

Best Time to Visit: October - March

Distance from Ratnagiri Bus Stand: Around 22 km

10

Murud Beach

Murud Beach

Located in the Dapoli taluk of Ratnagiri, Murud Beach consists of extremely soft sand and is perfect for a swim in the sea. The coast is full of white flocks of seagulls flying in the sky behind the giant waves.

The beach is slowly gaining popularity because you can see dolphins from here. Boats take tourists out into the sea early in the morning to catch a glimpse of the dolphins. There’s also an ancient Durga Devi Temple situated close to the beach that is worth a visit.

Activities/Water Sports at the Beach: Camel Ride, Quad Bike Ride, Parasailing, Dune Buggy Ride, Horse Cart Ride, Water Scooter Ride, Dolphin Watching

Best Time to Visit: October - March

Distance from Ratnagiri Bus Stand: Around 256 km

11

Aare Ware Beach

Aare Ware Beach

Two unspoiled virgin beaches located near Nevare village, Aare Ware is one of the most scenic Ratnagiri beaches having earned the reputation of being completely garbage free. It is surrounded by greenery and a dense plantation of Suru trees at the shore.

These twin beaches were formed after the corner of a mountain submerged in the sea. The 3 km long stretch is known for its crystal clear water and is the best place to witness breathtaking views of the sunset. Sit on the rocks in the Aare Ware Ghat and get lost in the beauty of nature. You can also visit Aare Ware Point for panoramic views of the beach.

Activities/Water Sports at the Beach: Swimming, Boat Rides

Best Time to Visit: September - March

Distance from Ratnagiri Bus Stand: Around 12.3 km

12

Kajirbhati Beach

Kajirbhati Beach is situated close to the Ganapatipule Beach and happens to be one of the most beautiful, unexplored beaches of Ratnagiri.  Offering picturesque landscape and pristine, tranquil surroundings, Kajirbhati is an ideal beach to visit with family and friends.

The sunset from this beach must not be missed! With stunning views, this beach is a photographer’s paradise. It offers a nice break from the monotonous and chaotic routine, thanks to its peaceful environment. Those looking for some adventure can take part in the various water sports on offer at the beach.

Activities/Water Sports at the Beach: Scuba Diving, Boat Rides, Snorkelling, Parasailing, Kayaking

Best Time to Visit: Winter Season

Distance from Ratnagiri Bus Stand: Around 17.8 km

13

Mirkarwada Beach

Located at a distance of about 35 kms from Waghrat/Pawas, Mirkarwada Beach is a major trading port for marine professionals in Ratnagiri as all the fishing boats and trawlers park themselves here.

The fishes are exported to other cities from Mirkarwada Beach. Be sure to witness the auction of the catch at the fish market here. A photographer’s paradise, Mirkarwada boasts of a beautiful silver sand beach, picturesque landscapes and stunning view of the sunset.

Activities/Water Sports at the Beach: None

Best Time to Visit: October - March

Distance from Ratnagiri Bus Stand: Around 2.6 kms

14

Pandre Samudra

Also known as the White Beach due to its long stretch of white silvery sand, Pandre Beach boasts of beautiful palm groves and crystal clear emerald water to enjoy a refreshing dip in. It is the perfect place to unwind after a tiring week.

There aren’t many activities or water sports to indulge in but Pandre Samudra (White Sea) Beach must still be on your bucket list for its tranquil atmosphere and clear emerald waters.

Go for a swim in the crystal clear waters, take a stroll along the beach or experience the mesmerising sunset - the choice is yours. You can also enjoy a quiet, delicious meal at the several restaurants situated on the beach.

Activities/Water Sports at the Beach: Boat Rides

Best Time to Visit: Monsoon and Winter Season

Distance from Ratnagiri Bus Stand: Around 2.3 kms

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