Around Kokan - Ratnagiri

Tourist Destination
Mandangad :
Bankot Fort, Velas (Olive Riddle Turtles Breeding Beach), Veshvi Ferry Boat
Dapoli :
Kelshi – Mahalaxmi Mandir, Yakub Baba Dargah – Kelshi, Aade Beach, Anjarle Beach, Kadyavarcha Ganpati – Anjarle, Suvarnadurg Fort, Goa Fort, Harney Fort, Harney Fish Auction, Dr. Balasaheb Sawant Krishi Vidyapith Dapoli (Agriculture University), Aasud - KeshavRaj Mandir, Vyaghreshwar Mandir, Murud Beach, Muruddevi Mandir, Karde Beach, Ladghar Beach, Tamastirth (Red Sea), Unhavare, Chikhalgaon (Lokmanya Tilak Native place), Kolathare (Village Tourism Centre), Heritage Home – Kolathare, Panhale Kazi, Chandika Mandir – Dabhol, Dabhol Bandar (Port), Anda Masjid
Khed :
Rasalgad, Sumargad, Mahipatgad, Chakdev, Parbat, Raghuveer Ghat, Nageshwar Gumpha (caves)
Guhagar :
Dhopave, Anjanvel – Enron Power Project, Guhagar Beach, Wyadeshshwar Mandir – Guhagar, Laxmi Naryan Mandir - Guhagar, Dashbhuj Laxmi Ganesh Mandir – Hedavi, Hedavi Beach, Baman Ghal – Hedavi, Borya Bandar, Palshet, Mamacha gaon Agro Tourism Centre – Mundhar, Modka Aagar – Boat Club, Aabloli, Tavsal Bandar.
Chiplun :
Parshuram Mandir, Vashisthi Darshan, Tumbad, Govalkot Fort, Govalkot Backwater, Maldoli, Karambavne, Ramvardayini Temple, Bhairavgad Fort, Kumbharli Ghat, Koyana Dam, Dervan-Samarthagad (Shivsrushti), Sawatsada Waterfall, Kolkewadi-Pophali(Koyana Dam Project-IV).
Sangameshwar :
Karneshwar Mandir, Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj Smarak, Tiware Ghat, Prachit Gad, Parchuri Backwater, Rai-Bhatgaon Bridge, Karjuve, Golawali, Devrukh-Soljai Mandir, Marleshwar Math-Angivali, Mahipatgad, Marleshwar Caves-Maral, Marleshwar Waterfall, Bamnoli, Devrai Agro Tourism Centre-Karli, Sakharpa-Amba Ghat, Vishalgad, Prabhanwalli, Muchkund Caves-Prabhanwalli, Aarawali (Spring Water).
Ratnagiri :
Nivali Waterfall, Jaigad Baackwater, Jaigad Fort, Jaigad Bunder (port), Karhateshwar, Undi Beach, Laxmi keshwav Ratneshwar Mandir-Kolisare, Warawade Beach, Malgund Beach, Kavi Keshavsut Smarak - Malgund, Nivendi Waterfall, Ganpatipule, Bhandarpule, Aareware Beach, Sakhartar, Ratnadurga Fort, Bhagwati Mandir, MIrya Bunder, Mirya Beach, Bhatye Beach, Bhatye Bunder, Lokmanya Tilak Smarak-Ratnagiri, Thiba Palace, Patit Pavan Mandir, Swami Swarupanand Math – Pawas, Ganeshgule, Purnagad, Kankaditya Mandir - Kasheli,
Rajapur :
Rajapur Ganga, Unhale (Spring Water), Dhoot Papeshwar Temple, Rajapur Godi, Musakazi, Ambolgad Fort, Ambolgad Beach, Madban, Anuskura Ghat.
Lanja:
Machal (Hill Station), Narendra Maharaj Math - Nanij, Unhale-Pali (Spring Water).

Ratnagiri (Maharashtra) is a city in India, located in the southwestern part of Maharashtra State on the Arabian Sea coast, in the Ratnagiri district. It forms a part of the greater tract known as Konkan. This tract is historically famous for it long coastline and convenient harbours.

The surrounding area is bordered by the Sahyadri Hills on the West; the heavy rainfall results into highly eroded landscape in the coastal region. Fertile alluvial valleys produce rice and coconut as the main crops; fruit and cashew nut cultivation is being promoted.

Ratnagiri is noted for the delicious golden Haapus (Alphonso) mangoes that are produced here.
It is here that the great freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak was born.

Geography
Ratnagiri is located at  16.98° N 73.3° E.[1] It has an average elevation of 11 metres (36 feet).

  • Climate: Tropical
  • Clothing: Cotton Clothes
  • Food: Rice, fish and wheat are the staple diet of the people.
  • Language: The principal language is Marathi
  • STD code: 02352

Demographics
As of 2006 India census,[2] Ratnagiri had a population of 70,335. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Ratnagiri has an average literacy rate of 97%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 84%, and female literacy is 86%. In Ratnagiri, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age. Fishing is main business in ratnagiri.

History
In 1731 it came under the control of Satara kings; in 1818 it was surrendered to the British. A fort was built during the Bijapur dynasty and strengthened in 1670 by the Maratha king Shivaji, which is located on a headland near the harbour. It is one of the ports of the Konkan coast. It has a palace where the last king of Burma, Thibaw, and later Veer Savarkar, were confined.

It is also believed that the Pandavas having performed their pilgrimage on the 13th year had settled in the adjoining territory of the Ratnagiri district and when the Pandavas and the Kauravas had the famous war at Kuruskshetra, the king of this region Veeravat Ray had accompanied them there.

Prime Attractions
Parashuram Temple near Chiplun, Ganapatipule and Pavas draw many visitors. Caves in the Chiplun, Khed, Dabhol, Sangameshwar, Gauhani Velgaum and Vade Padel are also worth visiting. The Buddhist legend in the Papanch, Sudan and Srath Appakasini record the conversion of Konkan to Buddhism as early as the lifetime of Gautama (BC 560-481). Chiplun, Kol, and Pabol caves indicate that the Sarthawalas or Caravan-men donated some of them. Shivsamarth gad at sawarde near chipalun is also worth visiting with all sculptures from Shivaji Maharaj era.

The "Ganga (Ganges) of Rajapur" is a natural phenomenon believed by many locals to be a miracle. Nearly every 3 years the well forms 14 small pools of water of different temperatures about 3 ft apart. It is believed that the holy Ganga Mata appears to the devotees there. Geologists have theorized that this is a rare case of a large natural syphon from a nearby mountain.

Thebaw Palace: Constructed in 1910-1l, the Thebaw Palace was built for the exiled king and queen of Burma (now Myanmar). They lived in this palace from 1911 till their death in 1916. The five years of their stay are now immortalised in stone with their tombs. In future, this palace might be converted into a regional museum or a heritage hotel Ganapati Pule Femous Temple of lord Ganapati

Malgund : Birthplace of the famous Marathi poet, Keshavsut. Itis a small peaceful village about 1 km away from Ganapatipule. The poet's house was recently renovated and converted into a students' hostel. The Marathi Sahitya Parishad (Marathi Literature Society) has constructed a beautiful monument called Keshavsut Smarak in his memory.

Jaigad Fort: Nestled on a cliff, at the entrance of the Sangameshwar river and 35 km from Ganapatipule is the Jaigad Fort. This 17th century fort offers a commanding view of the sea. Jaigad's sea fort is situated at a sheltered bay. Its beach is small and safe.

Pawas : Besides its natural beauty and serenity, Pawas achieved prominence when Swami Swaroopanand (a spiritual leader who influencedan entire generation of Maharashtrians) had made it his abode. The place where he used to reside is now converted into an ashram. A visit there is still like a journey through time.

Velneshwar : 170 km from Ratnagiri is the sleepy, village of Velneshwar. Its adjoining beach is clean and natural and is lined with coconut trees. It is possible to swim there as the beach is free from rocks. There is an old Shiva temple near Velneshwar which is frequently visited by pilgrims; a haven for those in search of quiet mysticism in the ethereal presence of the master mystic - Lord Shiva.

Ratnadurga Fort: Built during the Bahamani rule. Later to become the property of Adilshah. In 1670, Shivaji conquered the fort.1761 saw the fort fall into the hands of a man impersonating Sadashivrao Bhau. In 1790, Dhondu Bhaskar Pratinidhi rebuilt the fort and strengthened its ramparts. The fort has never witnessed any decisive, or historically notable battles.

The fort is horseshoe shaped, with a length of 1300 metres and width of 1000 metres.Surrounded by sea on three sides, with land touching it on the fourth side. On one of the sea facing sides, part of the cliff has collapsed to reveal a cave. One of the fort's bastions, the ' Siddha Buruj ', still has a lighthouse, that has stood here for years. A picturesque temple of The Goddess Bhagwati is one of the important places of worship in the area of the fort. A well near the temple has steps leading down.

Ganpatipule : Ganpatipule is a famous place for clean sea beaches. It is 21 kilometers from Ratnagiri city on the way to Purnagad and 4.5 kilometers from Pawas. It is also famous for Lord Ganesh Temple.

 
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