Introduction to Ratnagiri

About Ratnagiri

Ratnagiri is located in the southwestern region of Maharashtra on the coast of the Arabian Sea, it is bordered by the Sahyadri hills on the eastern side. The earliest references to this place are found in the ancient epic Mahabharata which states that Pandavas had stayed in close proximity to this place during the thirteenth year of their exile. Veeravrat Ray who was the king of this region at that time became an ally of the Pandavas and fought from their side during the epic war of Kurukshetra.

During the course of its history, Ratnagiri  has been ruled by great dynasties like Mauryas, the Nalas, the Silharas, the Chalukyas, the Kadambas, the Portugese, the Bijapur Sultanate and the Marathas. After being ruled by the Marathas for a considerable period of time, this city came under the control of the Satara Kings in 1731 and was annexed by the British in 1818.

Ratnagiri is well known for having produced four Bharat Ratna awardees i.e. Dr. Pandurang Vaman Kane, Lokmanya Tilak, Maharishi Karve and Dr. B. R. Ambedkar. Ratnagiri has links with various other illustrious men like  Baba Phatak, Wrangler Paranjpe, Sane Guruji, V.D. Sawarkar, Hutatma Anant Kanhere. The last king of Burma, Thibaw Min was kept in custody by the British for thirty years in the Thibaw palace of Ratnagiri. 

Tourism in Ratnagiri

This place is an ideal tourist destination with mesmerizing historical monuments, spell binding religious spots, enchanting beaches and sumptuous cuisine. The various historical monuments like Jaigad Fort, Purangad fort, Thiba Palace, Malgund, Shivasmarth Gad, Ratnadurg Fort are a tribute to this city’s glorious past.

It also possesses captivating natural sites like Mandavi Beach, Ganapatipule beach, Velneshwar, Velas Beach, Mirkarwada beach, Aare-Waare beaches, Bhatye beach, Pawas Beach, Ganga of Rajapur, Lajul waterfall and Nivali waterfall.

You can also visit numerous spiritual and religious places like Swayambhu Ganapati temple, Parashuram Temple, Marleshwar Temple, Laxmi Keshav Temple, Parshuram Temple, Babar Shah Peer, Sayyad Zahid Ali Shah Qadri, Shaikh Ali Baba and Atulit Bal Dham.

Culture and Economy of Ratnagiri

Ratnagiri is also famous for its delectable food and drinks. The fish curries and Mango pulp prepared from delicious Alphonso mangoes served at popular restaurants of Ratnagiri have earned the profound acclaim of tourists. You can also savor other sumptuous delicacies like cashew curry, Alphonso mangoes, cool kokam juice or Kokam Sarbat, coconut water, Sandan or cake made from jackfruit juice.
This area is known for its fertile alluvial valleys which produce rice, coconuts, cashew nuts, and Alphonso mangoes. The Marine Biological Research Station is credited behind the success of the fishing industry in Ratnagiri.

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