Ratnagiri

Ratnagiri is situated in the southwestern part of Maharashtra. Ratnagiri was the administrative capital during the reign of the Bijapur rulers.

The area around Ratnagiri is bordered by the Sahyadri Hills on the West. The enormous showers resulted into massively eroded landscapes in the coastal region. The valleys are very fertile and produce rice, coconut, fruit and cashew nuts.

Ratnagiri possesses a tropical climatic condition. The main attractions of Ratnagiri include:
  • Parshuram Temple near Chiplun
  • Ganapatipule and Pavas
  • Caves in the Chiplun, Khed, Dabhol, Sangameshwar, Gauhani Velgaum and Vade Padel
  • The Buddhist legend in the Papanch, Sudan and Srath Appakasini record the conversion of Konkan to Buddhism.


Chiplun is a place on the Mumbai to Goa highway (NH-17). It is a town contributing chiefly to the top pharmaceutical and chemical industries. The word Chiplun means 'The abode of Lord Parshuram'. The region is mountainous and the place lies in a valley. The region shows extreme climate. The city takes pride of the Padma Theater.

Ganapatipule is a primitive pilgrimage located in Ratnagiri district. It has a rich history and is a very beautiful sea town. Ganapatipule is 25 kilometers from Ratnagiri. It has a Swayambhoo of Ganapati.

You may go to Ratnagiri by:
  • Air: Ratnagiri airport is the nearest airport.
  • Rail: Ratnagiri has a rail network.
  • Road: The place is connected by road transport with important towns such as Mumbai , Pune , Kolhapur, etc.
Ratnagiri is one of the major tourist site that is located close to the city of Pune. The place is visited by a large number of tourists every year for its tranquil beauty.

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Last Updated on : 23 May 2013