Maharashtrian remember the Konkan when it is called heaven on earth. And the most important part of this Konkan is Ratnagiri. Which always gives a pleasant experience to the mind. Ratnagiri is a district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The district is located on the shores of the Arabian Sea and is a major port in India.
Nature seems to have sprinkled a lot of beauty on this district. Ratnagiri is famous for its clean, beautiful beaches, lush green nature, mango, cashew, locust, etc., this district is a great option for tourists. If you want to experience the joys of urban development and rural life together, you must visit this place at least once.
The air of Ratnagiri enchants everyone as anyone who is tired of the hectic life always comes out of here with new vigor. Not only that, various elements add to the beauty of the Konkan. In the rainy season, the Konkan seen passing through the ghat road is a beautiful dream of greenery. Paddy cultivation on the slopes of the hill attracts the attention of the tourists coming to Konkan.
The murky waters of the rivers and the natural beauty of Shravan month (Monsoon Season) add to all this. The beauty of Konkan really depends on the weather. During the four months of the monsoon season, one can experience various aspects of the nature of the Konkan. Tourism in the Konkan is always considered prosperous as it is quiet and safe.
History of Ratnagiri –
According to mythology, the Pandavas lived in the Ratnagiri area for thirteen years during their 14-year exile. Later, Raja Veeravrat Rai had helped the Pandavas against the Kauravas in the battle of Kurukshetra.
Pottu Shri Chenna Reddy, the ruler of Bijapur, built the fort of Ratnagiri. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj repaired it in 1670. In 1721, Ratnagiri belonged to Chhatrapati of Satara. In the year 1818, Ratnagiri came under the control of the British.
King Thiba of Burma (Myanmar) was kept by the British at the Thiba Palace in Ratnagiri. Swatantryaveer Savarkar was also stationed in Ratnagiri by the British. There he did many social works. The Patit Pavan Mandir, built on his initiative, is the first temple in India to be opened to the Asprushyas (untouchables).
Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, an important leader in the Indian freedom struggle; Social Worker, Educationist, Bharat Ratna Maharshi Dhondo Keshav Karve; Mathematician Wrangler Raghunath Purushottam Paranjape was born in Ratnagiri. Also Bharat Ratna Vinoba Bhave, Bharat Ratna Pandurang Vaman Kane, Bharat Ratna Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar, Bharat Ratna Govind Vallabh Pant are all from Ratnagiri district.
Ratnagiri has a special significance in the history of the Marathas. Ratnagiri was under the control of the kings of Satara from about 1731 to 1818, but later from 1818, it was taken over by the British.
There is also a fort built by the royal family of Vijapur. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj repaired the fort in 1670. History tells us that Thibu, the last king of Myanmar, and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, a freedom fighter, were imprisoned at Ratnagiri.
Tourism and pilgrimage sites in Ratnagiri district –
1) Thiba Palace –
The last king of Myanmar, Theba Raja, lived in Ratnagiri and died there. In Myanmar, he is still known as the wise and prudent king. In Myanmar, the king bitterly opposed the British arbitrariness, had compassion for the poor, and devoted his life to maintaining social balance. The British imprisoned the king.
Thiba Palace is a unique example of architecture. This place is also the tomb of King Thiba. In this palace, you can see the treasures of King Thiba carefully preserved. Along with European architecture, we can see here the architectural elements of Burma.
The Thiba kings bitterly opposed the British till the end. Visiting the Thiba Palace, a place of remembrance of the Thiba king who was imprisoned during the British rule, is a must-visit as it is a place to pay homage to the Thiba king.
Marine Aquarium & Museum –
The Marine Biological Research Center of Dr Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidhyapith has started a new aquarium project in the picturesque area of Zadgaon and has been visited by millions of tourists till date.
We can see here a wide variety of freshwater and freshwater fish. Ornamental fish and leaf plants are also on display. Freshwater species include Silver Shark, Discus, Aurona, Catfish, Flower, Tetra and Lion, Nemo, Monoangal, Gobra, Butterfly, Kend. Two 50-year-old turtles are also the centre of attraction of this aquarium.
The 55-foot-long skeleton weighs about 5 tons, giving visitors an idea of how large the sea creatures can be. Classically, about 350 different species of fish are stored in chemicals here so that students and tourists can know about them.
Ratnadurg Fort –
Just 2 to 3 km from Ratnagiri. This fort in the distance is the focal point of the tourist attraction. It is also known as the fort of Goddess Bhagwati. There is an exquisite temple of Goddess Bhagwati in this place. After climbing this fort, you get a panoramic view of the endless sea which is beyond the reach of the eye.
After coming here, what we see and what we don’t happen happens. You can also see an underpass on this fort which leads directly to the sea. Today, even though it is forbidden to go there, you can see it from a distance. In 1670, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj conquered this fort from Adilshah. Later, in about 1790, Dhondu Bhaskar repaired this fort and made it stronger.
Inside the fort, there is also a deep well and a small pond. There is an asphalt road directly to reach this fort, and at the foot of the fort, there is a temple of Lord Shri Bhageshwar. We can see a coconut grove and a flower garden around the temple.
Places to Visit near Ratnagiri –
Ratnagiri district blessed by God! Many pilgrimage sites like Ganpatipule, Kasba, Adivare, Pawas, Marleshwar can be seen in this district. This district is a prosperous district on all sides, from nature to the people, everything applies to us. About 40 km from Ratnagiri.
Ganpatipule is a temple of Lord Ganesha at a distance, and devotees say that this temple has been around for about 400 years. As this temple of Swayambhu Ganesha is a place of peace of mind and scenic area, a large crowd of tourists and devotees can always be seen here.
The beach and the temple are very close, and after leaving the temple we reach the beach directly. The temple is self-contained and if you want to go around this temple; you have to go around the entire mountain. The distance is about 1 km. The sea, the greenery, the coconut groves make the mind happy.
Accommodation is also available from MTDC, direct buses are available from Nashik, Kolhapur, Mumbai and Pune, Ratnagiri can be reached by train and from there to Ganpatipulya. Kinara, Jaigad Fort is also close to the tourist spots.
Marleshwar is a wonderful shrine in Sangameshwar taluka of Ratnagiri district. Being a native of Konkan, it is difficult to find a better place to experience the beauty of Konkan. As a result, many tourists visit here every year. And of course, this place does not disappoint nature lovers.
The main attraction here is the ancient temple of Lord Shiva situated at the foot of the hill. Despite the abundance of tourism, the remains of this temple are still ancient. Stone cave and Shankara’s Pindi in it. Another attraction here is the cascading waterfall during the twelve months of the year. This waterfall is the main attraction here.
Devotees have strong faith in Swami Swaroopanand at Shri Kshetra Pawas. Pavas, 16 km from Ratnagiri, is his birthplace. Swami Swaroopanand, a true worshiper of God, had taken part in the freedom struggle by calling for non-cooperation against the British.
Swamiji’s daily use of items, his bibliography, is preserved here. Every afternoon there is Mahaprasad of Khichdi in the temple. Devotee accommodation is available in the temple premises.
Devotees believe that Swami Swaroopananda resides in this temple in the form of consciousness. In this very peaceful and holy place, the mind experiences deep peace.
Jaigad is a historic seafront that has stood on the shores for centuries. There are 16th-century documents showing the historical significance of this fort. From the total construction of the fort, it is estimated that Bijapurkar built the Jaigad Fort. 16 km from Ganpatipule.
The distant Jaigad port has been very important for trade for many centuries. It is still used today as a useful port. In such a historical place, Jaigad is an equally historic fort that has existed for centuries.
The Jaigad Fort in the creek of Shastri river is spread over an area of 12 acres and it is still standing as strong as before. From Ratnagiri to Khandale-Jaigad ST. Jaigad is at a distance of 45 km from Ratnagiri.
This fort is 55 meters above sea level and is very easy to climb. It takes only 5 minutes to reach the fort from the Jaigad police station. There are places like Ganpatipule, Kolisare Laxmikeshwa, Malgund etc. to roam near Jaigad.
The father of modern Marathi poetry, the poet Keshavsut alias Shri. Krishnaji Keshav Damle was born 130 years ago in 1886 in Malgund. The Konkan Marathi Sahitya Parishad has erected a memorial of poet Keshavsut at Malgund, just 2 km from Ganpatipule.
On the occasion of the inauguration of this monument, Jnanpith awardee Kusumagraj said, “This monument is the pilgrimage place of Marathi poetry, while Malgund is the capital of Marathi poetry.”
The 103 poems written by the early poet Keshavsut in his short life of 39 years have become immortal in Marathi literature, and their value is unparalleled. For a living, Keshavsut worked as a schoolteacher, but poetry and poetry were different.
Poetry means Keshavsut, and Keshavsut means poetry. His poems ‘Tutari’ and ‘Nawa Shipai’ are especially famous.
How to Reach Ratnagiri –
By Bus – There is an excellent bus service to Ratnagiri. Kolhapur Ratnagiri: Highway travel becomes more pleasant.
By Railway – There is an excellent railway service in the native Ratnagiri. So the train is the best option to visit here.
Food & Accommodation –
Konkan fish and chicken Wada are very famous. Many hotels in Ratnagiri have excellent dining facilities.
There are many great hotels available to stay in Ratnagiri.