Ratnagiri is a port city on the Arabian Sea coast in Ratnagiri District in the southwestern part of Maharashtra, India. The district is a part of Konkan division of Maharashtra. The city is known for the Hapus or Alphonso mangoes. Ratnagiri was an administrative capital under the Sultanate of Bijapur. A fort built by the Bijapur Sultanate, reconstructed by the Maratha king Shivaji in 1670 is located on a headland near the harbour. In 1731 Ratnagiri came under the control of the Kingdom of Satara, and in 1818 it was annexed to British India.

Ratnagiri is the birthplace of Indian freedom fighter Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak. He was born on 23 July 1856 after which he moved to Pune with his family when he was 10 years old.

In 1886, King Thibaw of Burma was sent to Ratnagiri after he was deposed and his country annexed by the British Empire. Along with his pregnant wife, his junior queen, and his two young daughters, he would live out the rest of his life in Ratnagiri, as a prisoner of the British Crown. Ratnagiri was chosen for its remote location, some 3,000 miles from Thibaw's former royal seat of Mandalay, accessible only by sea for parts of the year and far from any territory of any rival European power.


How To Reach Ratnagiri:

By Road: Mumbai Goa Highway

By Rail: By Konkan Railway - Ratnagiri Rly.Stn.

By Air: Nearest Airport is Sindhudurg Airport.


Places to visit nearby:

1. Jaigad Fort

2. Jaigad Light House

3. Ganapatipule Temple

4. Ganapatipule Beach

5. Thibaw Point

6. Thibaw Palace

7. Ratnadurga Fort

8. Bhatye Beach

9. Velneshwar Shiva Temple

10.  Devghali beach

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