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I am catching up with old friends who are currently staying and coming from Mumbai while I will boarding from Bangalore. We all ally since College time and haven’t met together since we left Jaipur. Oh, we all are from The Pink City out in Metros for the work. Will look forward to exchange more travel stories :)”
From TWO Cities
To ONE Destination
A land so vivid and spectacular, it has a flavour of its own in every season.
It is a perfect blend of both pristine beaches covered by Arabian Sea in west and magnificent mountains covered by Sahyadris range in east. The unmatched beauty of this place is further elevated by the glorious ancient monuments and forts in the district apart from the beautiful rivers, unspoilt forest and tantalizing waterfalls. What makes this place more stimulating is that 6 out of 43 Bharat Ratna Awardees are from Ratnagiri like Lokmanya Balgangadhar Tilak and Sachin Tendulkar. This really makes me wonder and literally ask what’s in the name – “RATNAgiri”
It is one of the oldest cities which was under the rule of many dynasties starting from the Mauryas, the Silaharas, the Chalukyas, the Kadambas, the Portuguese, the Marathas (Peshwa from Bajirao Mastani 🙂 ) and subsequently the British. This might just be the reason of the birth of Freedom Fighter Balgangadhar Tilak also, I ponder.
Apart from being home to 80,000 hectare of Alphanso (a type of Mango) cultivation and Marine Biological Research Station, Ratnagiri has large industrial potential like Ultra Tech Cement, Bharti Shipyard etc. However, fishing is the most significant industry of Ratnagiri.
Best season to visit Ratnagiri is from October to Feb. But this place is known for its hostile rainfall and if you want to get drenched, step in July / August.
To get to Ratnagiri, I urge you to hop on a train if you are coming from Mumbai to cross Asia’s longest tunnel of 6608 mts. and witness some enthralling sights. Alternatively, the well-built and connected highways will also surprise you.
In the city, I always feel the best way to explore any place is to rent a bike / cycle and keep wandering. Just go with the flow and let the nature unfold its best to you. The second best way is to experience how locals do it with the public transport available. I am also a big Couchsurfing and AirBnB fan to stay and experience different lifestyles.
Begin With and DO NOT MISS Ratnadurg Fort
The horse shoe shaped fort spread over 120 acres is water locked by the Arabian Sea from three sides and Bhagwati Devi Temple on one side. Even if you are an atheist, go to the temple for the view it has to offer and your wanderlust will thank you later for this.
A fascinating tunnel connects the north and south divisions of the fort. A Lighthouse is also perched at one of the bastion. The blend of green and blue shades can strongly tug you to sit here and wander in awe for hours together and you would still want more from Ratnadurg Fort.
With the release of Bajirao Mastani, this fort deserves a special mention about its history. It was constructed during the rule of Bahamanee and was followed by Adilshah, Chatrapati Maharaj Shivaji and finally Peshwa won the fort. But unfortunately, it was captured by the Britishers in the year 1818.
Sri Lokmanya Tilak Janmasthan
The birthplace of Lokmanya Bla Gangadhar Tilak has been converted into a museum in his honor. It is a pleasure to walk barefoot on the cowdung smeared flooring of the house which is preserved as it is.
Thibaw palace was built to keep last king and queen of Burma (now Myanmar) under house arrest in 1910. Though the king was under British rule, he was given legal rights and was treated with the state honors. Later, a freedom fighter “Veer” V. D. Savarkar, had also been confined by the ruling British. Thibaw Garden is the highest point to see complete view of the picturesque town overlooking Ratnagiri Bay.
This is one of the most suggested beach on many sites, but there is a reason for it. I will let the pictures talk the thousand words for this.
And we were lucky enough to see 2 rainbows at perfect time.
No! I would not suggest you to go a place that’s so crowded, so unclean and so un-traveler. With all due respect, I would not suggest Ganpati Pule to go to, but I do recommend the drive till that place and you will be flabbergasted by all that Arabian shore has to offer.
A life size museum set in a sprawling three acre campus depicting the social, economic, cultural and religious life in Kokan. This museum also has a beautiful shell library which has shells from many parts of the country.
This vintage fort is situated at around 30 kms from the town and you should go there for another spectacular view of the Arabian Sea. There lies a Hanuman’s deity, Carvings of Moon, Sun and Lord Ganesha’s and a well at the entrance.
The view from this fort is as majestic as possible and I confess that if this is how smallest of places are then we are too small and too tiny for our existence.
Some of the places you mustn’t miss:
- Aare-Ware Beach
- Jaigad Fort and Lighthouse
- Devgad Fort and Lighthouse
- Siddhivinayak Mandir
- Karhateshwar Temple
- Mandavi Beach
- Panhalekazi and Sangameshwar Caves
- Vanadi valley
- Anaskura Ghat Bird Sanctuary
This enticing waterfalls are essentially known for Cave Shiva Temple, where devotees handle venomous snakes. The temple is perched atop the hill and one has to climb around 400 steps to reach the summit.
But it’s truly worth it.