|Raigad district district
|District of Maharashtra|
Location of Raigad district district in Maharashtra
|Administrative division||Konkan Division|
|Tehsils||1. Alibag, 2. Panvel, 3. Murud, 4. Pen, 5. Uran, 6. Karjat, 7. Khalapur, 8. Mangaon, 9. Roha, 10. Sudhagad, 11. Tala, 12. Mahad, 13. Mhasala, 14. Shrivardhan, 15. Poladpur|
|• Lok Sabha constituencies||1. Maval (shared with Pune district), 2. Raigad (shared with Ratnagiri district) (Based on Election Commission website)|
|• Total||7,149 km2 (2,760 sq mi)|
|• Density||370/km2 (950/sq mi)|
|• Sex ratio||955 per 1000 male|
|Major highways||NH-4, NH-17|
|Average annual precipitation||3,884 mm|
Raigad District (Marathi: रायगड जिल्हा), is a district in the state of Maharashtra, India.  It is located in the Konkan region. The district was renamed after Raigad, the fort that was the former capital of the Maratha leader Shivaji Maharaj, and is located in the interior regions of the district, in dense forests on a west-facing spur of the Western Ghats of Sahyadri range. In 2011 the district had a population of 2,635,394, compared to 2,207,929 in 2001. In 2011 urban dwellers had increased to 36.91% from 24.22% in 2001.
The district is bounded by Mumbai Harbour to the northwest, Thane District to the north, Pune District to the east, Ratnagiri district to the south, and the Arabian Sea to the west. It includes the large natural harbor of Pen-Mandwa, which is immediately south of Mumbai harbour, and forming a single landform with it. The northern part of the district is included in the planned metropolis of Navi Mumbai, and its port, the Jawaharlal Nehru Port.
The district includes towns/cities of Panvel, Alibag, Mangaon, Roha, Pen, Khopoli, Kharghar, Taloja, Khalapur, Uran, Patalganga, Rasayani, Nagothana, Poladpur, Alibag, Karjat and Mahad. The largest city both in area and population is Panvel. The district also includes the isle of Gharapuri or Elephanta, located in Uran which has ancient Hindu and Buddhist caves.
Kulaba (also spelled Kolaba) district was split from Thane district in 1869. According to the 1872 census, Kulaba district had a population of just over 350,000 people, with 94% of the population being Hindus, and most of the remaining population being Muslims. In 1881 the population was about 382,000, with 95% of the population being Hindus.
At this point the northernmost parts of modern Raigad district were retained in Thane district. Panvel, just across the bay from Mumbai, was not included in Kolaba district until 1883, and Karjat, an area in the north-east corner of modern Raigad district, was not placed in Kolaba district until 1891. Kolaba district was subsequently renamed Raigad district.
After the British took over the old Colaba and this region, they established four Anglo – Vernacular medium school and 30 government schools in the year 1865–66. In the year 1861 the first school for girls was started in Alibag. The Mission Church started the first English school in Alibag in 1879. Prabhakar Patil Education Society (PNP education Society) is one of the most well-known institute of Raigad District having established & registered in 2001 [ (Maharashtra) / 83/ 2000 (Raigad) & F-3373 Raigad] by inspiration of late Prabhakar Narayan Patil (Alias “ Bhaoo”) was a great Social Worker in Raigad. His work in the field of education and politics was invaluable. Today the Society runs 27 Institutes: Five Primary English & Marathi Schools, Twenty Seven Secondary Marathi Schools, One Arts, Science & Commerce Jr. & Sr. College, One English & Marathi Medium D. Ed College, One B. Ed. College, One Polytechnic Institute and One MMS College. This Society was established with the point of view of providing quality education to the people of Raigad District. Hence it started with establishing free high schools in the most under developed areas of the District. This provided a great impetus for students. Now they could get quality education at their doorstep. All teachers who work for the society are highly qualified.
Today world has become a global village; there is a dire demand for quality English medium schools. Hence to fulfill this demand the society came up with five English medium schools in an around the district.
After school the PNP education society has broaden its prospect by focusing on higher & higher technical education.
Prabhakar Patil Education Society believes on quality education and its ultimate aim is to ignite the students’ personality and prepare leaders of integrity and excellence who will make a difference in this world and meet the challenges of global world. Our qualified staff and management are committed towards this aim. Trust Members of PNP Education Society MLC. Mr. Jayant Prabhakar Patil, Chairman, He is Chairman of Raigad District Cooperative Bank & Education Society and also party of Peasant and workers. Apart from that he has his own business house under the name PNP group. MLA. Smt. Minakshi Prabhakar Patil, Vice Chairman, She is vice chairman of the education society and a social worker & born leader. She has a vast experience of District Co-operative societies. Mrs. Chitralekha Nrupal Patil, Secretary, She is graduated in media. She has keen interest in education & business activity. Mr. Nrupal Jayant Patil, Treasurer, He is MBA from reputed institute. He is industrialist & also the Chairman of sahakari grahak mandal (Raigad Bazaar). Smt. Supriya Jayant Patil, Trustee, She is known for her social work. Adv. Neeta Rajan Patil, Trustee, She is Sr. Advocate. Mrs. Sunanda Vikas Patil, Trustee, She is well-known social worker
According to the 2011 census Raigad district has a population of 2,635,394, roughly equal to the nation of Kuwait or the US state of Nevada. This gives it a ranking of 153rd in India (out of a total of 640). The district has a population density of 368 inhabitants per square kilometre (950 /sq mi) . Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 19.36%. Raigadhas a sex ratio of 955 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 83.89%.
Raigad District is connected to Mumbai by Sion Panvel Expressway. The Mumbai-Pune expressway and NH4 passes through Panvel. NH 17, which starts at Panvel, traverses the whole district. The Konkan Railway line starts at Roha and passes through Mangaon and Veer. The Central Railway Line of Mumbai to Pune passes through Karjat with Extension Line for Karjat to Khopoli. Panvel Junction is the most important railway station in the district; it is connected to Mumbai (by both the Harbour Line and Main Line of Central Railway), Thane (by Trans-Harbour Line), Roha, Vasai (Western Railway) and Karjat. All trains, ranging from passengers to Rajdhanis stop here, and it is considered the gateway for travelling south. There is a narrow gauge railroad from Neral to Matheran. The main ports are JNPT, Mandava, Revas, Murud and Shrivardhan.
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University is a unitary, autonomous university located at Lonere in Raigad district, Maharashtra, India established in 1989 under the Government of Maharashtra Act 1983.It is the one and only technical university in Maharashtra. 
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||Mumbai City district||Thane district|
|Arabian Sea||Pune district|
|Ratnagiri district||Satara district|