|Elevation||166 m (545 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Lanja is a census town in Ratnagiri district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. About 50km from the district headquarters Lanja is well known for it's climatic variability as it has ample rains as well as good enough winters followed by heating summers. Lanja is also well known for cashewnut processing as number of small as well as medium scale processing factories are located in and nearby the town. Also Ratnagiri Alphonso, which is famous for it's taste all over the world is produced in certain nearby villages in Lanja tehsil.
Lanja is located at  It has an average elevation of 166 metres (544 feet). It's a Taluka head in Ratnagiri district. National highway popularly known as Mumbai-Goa Highway passes through it. Nearest rail head is Adivali on konkan railway which is around 15 km away..
From the time of the Peshva up to 1 August 1879, when Vengurle was made a sub-division, Lanja was the headquarters of a petty division of Rajapur.
In the village is the grave of a Muhammedan saint named Syed Chand Bukhari Ali Faqir, said to have lived about five hundred years ago. Yearly at the Magh (January–February) full moon an Urus is held, when the tomb is, with ceremonies and prayers, covered with a cloth and sprinkled with powdered sandalwood. The fair is still largely attended (1960), by people of different communities from Lanja and the neighbouring villages. Shopkeepers come from Rajapur and open temporary booths at which for about a month coarse country and imported cloth and miscellaneous articles are sold. There is also a domed tomb near the village with no more definite history than that it marks the grave of a princess who died on a journey. [Nairne in Ind. Ant. II. 317.]
As of 2001[update] India census, Lanja had a population of 237000. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Lanja has an average literacy rate of 73%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 78%, and female literacy is 69%. In Lanja, 14% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Lanja city has branches of Bank of India, (est.1969), State Bank of India, State Bank of Maharashtra and Saraswat co-op. Bank. There is a ZP Hospital and a ST Bus depot. Also there are number of ZP schools as well as a Secondary Education school popularly known as New English School. Late Eknath Rane English Medium high-school and Dnyaneshwar Vidya Mandir offer Secondary and primary education respectively in English. Senior college for Arts, Commerce and Science is also located in the town.
The temperatures are often below 10 degrees celsius in winters. In summer they jump up to 40 degrees celsius.
==Villages in Lanja== Adavali, Agargaon, Agargaon, Anjanare, Argaon, Asage, Asode, Baing, Bankhor, Bapere, Beni budruk, Beni Khurd, Bhade, Bhambhed, Borival, Borthade, Buddawadi (Devdhe), Buddawadi (Salpe), Buddawadi Veravali, Chafet, Chinchurti, Daphale, Devhe, Dhundare, Dolas, Gangar, Kargaon, Gautam gaon, Gavane, Ghadashi, Golavashi, Gondesakal, Govil, Guravwadi, Harche, Hardkhale, Hasol, Indavati, Isavali, Javade, Joshigaon, Kadugaon, Kangavali, Kante, Katalgaon, Kelambe, Kelvani, Khanavali, Khavadi, Kheravse, Khorgaon, Khorninko, Kochari, Koldhe, Kolhewadi, Kondage, Kondgaon, Kondye, Korle, Kot, Kudewade, Kumbhargaon, Kunane, Kurang, Kurchumb(manewadi,suwarewadi,guravwadi,tapekarwadi,jadhavwadi), Kurne, Kuve, Lanja, Lavgan, Machal, Majal, Manche, Math, Mogargaon, Musalmanwadi, Muslimgaon, Name, Nandivali, Nivasar, Nivoshi, Padavan, Padyar, Palu, Panhale, Panor, Panor (Harche), Patergaon, Patilgaon, Prabhanvalli, Punas, Puragaon, Ramane, Rambadegaon, Ramgaon, Ravari, Ringane, Roon, Sadvali, Salpe, Satavali, Shiposhi, Shirambavali, Talavade, Upale, Vangule, Shiravali, Veral, Veravali Budruk, Veravali khurd(m patil), Vesurle, Vilavade, Virgaon, Vivali, Wadgaon, Wadi Limbu, Waghangaon, Wagrat, Waked, Whel, Yeravande, Zapade
Hotels & Restaurants
Maitri Restaurant. Veg-Non veg Punjabi Dishesh. National Highway No. 17. At Lanja. Hotel yogi, lodging and boarding, National Highway No. 17. At Lanja. Kotrey Restaurant, National Highway No. 17. At Lanja.
Nearby cities: Lanja, Rajapur and Ratnagiri Coordinates: 16°45'53"N 73°27'22"
- Falling Rain Genomics, Inc – Lanja
- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
- Argaon is a town in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra state in (India). Ratnagiri is a coastal district on the Arabian Seafront. The landmass on the western part of Maharashtra along the Arabian Sea, sandwiched between the sea and a mountain range named Sahyadri, is known as Konkan. Argaon is situated at the foothills of Sahyadri mountains. A seasonal river named 'Naveri' runs through the hilly landscape. Sahyadri through thick vegetation With its evergreen vegetation and hilly landscape, it is pristine in the months of monsoon and after. Argaon has a small population because the majority of the people there have migrated to Mumbai, an industrial town. However, their attachment to their native place brings them back every summer and during the Ganapati festivals. Public transport to Argaon is from Lanja, a tehsil town and from Rajapur, another tehsil in the vicinity. Six State Transport (ST) of Maharashtra buses ply during the day. One can avail auto rickshaws and other private vehicles like the jeeps for the purpose. Kolhapur city is just about 100 kilometers and can be approached by Anuskura Ghat section which lies in another village in the vicinity. Ratnagiri city is about 83 kilometers from the village and a regular State Transport bus ply between the village and city. Argaon is surrounded by Ringane, Whel, vilawade of Lanja Taluka and kurang, palule ,zarye of Lanja Taluka, on the east side Sahyadri ranges separate it from Shahuwadi Taluka of Kolhapur district. Drive way from Mumbai is on National Highway 17 (NH17) across Lanja town and a left turn from Watul village takes you on state highway towards Argaon. Vilavade is the nearest railway station on Konkan Railway router, from where one has to take a private vehicle for another 04 km journey towards Argaon. Agriculture and related businesses are prominent with the residents. Horticulture is catching up. This region can grow good quality Alphanso Mangos and cashew nuts. Good quality teakwood is also planted en masse. There are Three primary schools in the village; for secondary school, children have to walk about five kilometers in a neighboring village. Education is in Marathi language. From here you can visit the Vishalgad/Vishalgarh by trekking your way through the forest and Sahyadris which was under the reign of Surve Dynasty of Kumbharkani. Electricity, telephones, and piped drinking water are the few developments in last 10–15 years. A few grocery shops are there to serve the needs of the locals. Cellphone network is available. The language spoken here is Marathi, though some can understand Hindi and English. Dahikala As with a typical Indian village, there are goddesses, Kedarling and Gangeswar, as village deities. in the month of February on the day of Shivratri. Major festivals are Ganapati Utsav, Dahikala, Holi or Shimga, Navratra, Diwali, and Shivaratri; Ganapati Utsav is biggest of all of them. People visit their native village during Ganapati festival and is celebrated with gusto. Other major festival is Holi and is known better as Shimga locally.