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|Elevation||11 m (36 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
The Sahyadri mountains border Ratnagiri to the east. Heavy rainfall results in highly eroded landscape in the coastal region, but fertile alluvial valleys in the region produce abundant rice, coconuts, cashew nuts, and fruits, "Hāpus" (Alphonso) mangoes being one of the main fruits. Fishing is an important industry in Ratnagiri.
A few illustrious Indians, including Lokmānya Tilak i.e. Bal Gangadhar Tilak, a prime leader in the nation's freedom movement in the British Raj days; Bharat Ratna "Maharshi" Dhondo Keshav Karve, a social reformer and educationist; and Wrangler Paranjpe i.e. Wrangler Raghunath Purushottam Paranjpe, a mathematician and educationist, were born in Ratnagiri or its vicinity.
Ratnagiri is located at  It has an average elevation of 11 meters (36 feet)..
|Climate data for Ratnagiri|
|Average high °C (°F)||32
|Average low °C (°F)||19
|Precipitation mm (inches)||0.8
|Source: World Weather Online|
According to 2008 census of India, Ratnagiri Town had a population of 100,000, males and females constituting 55% and 45%, respectively, of the population. 86% of males and 87% of females were literate. 11% of Ratnagiri's population was under 6 years of age.70% people in Ratnagiri are Hindus and around 20% are Muslims. Other religions are Buddhist, Christians.
In 1731, Ratnagiri came under the control of Satara kings; subsequently, the British gained control in 1818.
According to a legend, after their twelve-year exile, Pandavas of the Mahabharata epic had settled for a while in the vicinity of Ratnagiri during their pilgrimage in the thirteenth year, and the then king of the region, Veeravrat Rāy, had subsequently fought on their side against Kauravas during the Mahabharata war at Kuruskshetra.
Ratnagiri Municipality was established in 1876, the incumbent president is Mr. Ashok mayekar from BJP.
- St. Thomas English Medium School, Ratnagiri.
- Maratha Mandir A.K. Desai High School.
- GGPS (Gangadhar Govind Patwardhan English Medium School)
- Phatak High School
- R. B. Shirke High School
- Patwardhan High School
- Sacred Heart Convent High School (Udyamnagar)
- Sacred Heart Convent High School (Dhanjinaka)
- Mistry High School, Ratnagiri
- B. A. D. Naik High School.
- M. S. Naik High School.
- S.B. Keer Law College
- Gogte Joglekar College.
- Nav Nirmaan College.
- Fisheries College, Shirgaon.
- MKSSS,College of Computer Applications for Women, Shirgaon.
- Finolex Academy of Management and Technology (An engineering college affiliated to 'University of Mumbai')
- Government Polytechnic, Ratnagiri.
- Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Ratnagiri.
- Iqra English Medium School, Near Airport, Ratnagiri
- Government college of Pharmacy, Ratnagiri
- Paisa fund collage of science, Sangameshwar
- Zulekha Dawood Kazi High School, Pawas
Marine Biological Research Station
The Government of Maharashtra under the Department of Fisheries established the Marine Biological Research Station (MBRS) in 1958 at Ratnagiri, which is presently attached with Dr. Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth, Dapoli, Dist.: Ratnagiri. The research station has a 10 hectare area as field facility including a three storied building at main campus, a well equipped 'Aquarium and Museum', a modernised brackish water fish farm, a Mechanized Fishing and Research Vessel, Seed Production facilities and various laboratories at its disposal.
The Marine Biological Research Station, Ratnagiri is one of the premier institutes, especially in the South Konkan Coastal Fisheries Zone, having a mandate for development of fish production technologies, transferring the technologies to fish culturists, entrepreneurs and the industry, and generating professionally trained manpower in fish culture.
A project for seed production of Tiger Shrimp is located at Wadamirya, Ratnagiri. This is located on 57 hectares of Mirya creek. The Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, has provided financial assistance to this project.
Ratnagiri is connected by road to Mumbai, Mangaluru, Madgaon, Karwar, Udupi and Cochin by National Highway number 17 (NH-17). The Konkan railway also connects to these places by train along with Delhi and Jaipur.
Roads in Ratnagiri city as well as in many villages is at par above average compared to road conditions in Mumbai.
Many Volvo Bus plying towards Goa from Mumbai will always alight at Hatkhamba or Sangameshwar.
Mumbai Goa National Highway does not run through Ratnagiri city whereas it crosses 13 km away from Ratnagiri at Hatkhamba, and the point of access to Ratnagiri city is Hatkhamba.
Ratnagiri-Nagpur National Highway NH-204 connects Ratnagiri to important cities like Kolhapur, Sangli, Solapur, Nanded, Nagpur and eastern parts of India.
There are two MSRTC bus stations. One is the main bus station frequently called Madhyvarti bus stand, and the other is just 1 km ahead of Main bus station called Rahataghar.
Rahataghar bus station is responsible for MSRTC services moving towards south or east of Ratnagiri, whereas Main Bus stand is responsible for MSRTC services moving towards north and connecting buses to different villages in Ratnagiri.
MSRTC runs intercity bus service from Ratnagiri to Chiplun, Ratnagiri to Sawantwadi, Ratnagiri to Kolhapur. Also MSRTC runs intercity bus service from Mumbai to Ratnagiri & very few Ratnagiri to Goa, Ratnagiri to Pune.
Although there are lots of MSRTC intercity bus services, there are few private tourists buses such as Ghatge Patil, Mukund Krupa, Sairatna, Ashwini etc. bus services which ply towards Mumbai & Pune.
Most important cities from MSRTC point of view in Ratnagiri Distrcits are Mandangad, Dapoli, Khed, Guhagar, Chiplun, Sangameshwar, Ratngairi, Lanja, Rajapur.
Ratnagiri station is one of the most important stations on the Konkan Railway. The nearest railway junctions are Pune and Kolhapur on the central railway. The Ratnagiri railway station is situated at a distance of 6 km from Ratnagiri city on NH-204. Nearly every train running on Konkan Railway stops at Ratnagiri Station.
Most frequently used trains to reach Ratnagiri from Mumbai are 10111 – Mumbai Madgaon Konkankannya Express, 11003 – Dadar Sawantwadi Express, 10103 – Mumbai Madgaon Mandovi Express, 12051 – Mumbai Madgaon Janshatabdi Express, 16345 – Mumbai Trivandrum Netravati Express, 12619 – Mumbai Mangalore Matsyagandha Express & 12201 – Mumbai Kochuveli Garibrath Express.
Also there are two passenger trains 50105 – Diva Sawantawadi Passenger train. To catch this train one can catch any suburban train from Mumbai moving towards Kalyan and get down at Diva station another poassenger train is 50103 – Dadar Ratnagiri Passenger. 50103 halts at Dadar, Thane, Diva so one can opt any nearest station to board the train.
All the trains on this route runs have two time tables – a monsoon time table (usually running from 1 June to 31 October), where trains usually run at a reduced speed, and a regular timetable when trains usually run at normal speed.
The fastest train on this route is 12431 – Hazrat Nizamuddin Trivandrum Rajdhani Express and the second fastest train to ply MAdgaon is 12051 – Mumbai CST Madgaon Kokankannya Express which takes hardly 8 hours to reach Goa with two classes of journey ( one is 2S commonly known as Second Seating with a fare about Rs. 200/- whereas second is CC commonly known as AC Chair Car with a fare of around Rs. 800/-.
The MSRTC has introduced many bus services from the station to city. The other important stations in Ratnagiri District are Chiplun, Khed and Vithalwadi. While booking a train ticket to Ratnagiri, you should book your ticket a month early because most of the month the trains are full.
Karbude Tunnel: One of the Asia's longest tunnels, 6608 meters long, this is situated 5 km before Ratnagiri station from Mumbai. A monument has been built in front of Ratnagiri Railway station in remembrance of the people who lost their lives building this tunnel.
Ratnagiri also has a small sea port. Ratnagiri Airport currently has no scheduled services.
Pir Babarshekh Urus at Hatis near Village Tonade: There is a Urus of Pir Babarshekh at Hatis every year, a small village situated near village Tonade near the bank of Kajali river. Thousands of people visit here on Magh Pornima to take blessings.
Rajapur Ganga: The site of Rajapur Ganga is three km from nearby Rajapur. According to a theory by some geologists, the Ganges is a rare phenomenon of a large natural siphon from a nearby mountain. There are fourteen blackstone "kunda" (pools), each about 2.25 feet (0.69 m) deep, mutually about three feet apart in the region. Fragrant waters of Rajapur Ganga appear once about every three years in great force from one of the pools, and stay for about two months. The temperature of water is different in the fourteen pools.
Marleshwar: This is a holy place for Hindus where the temple of Lord Shiva is located 70 km away from Ratnagiri near Devrukh. The temple is actually inside a cave. A waterfall is located nearby. Hindus believe that Lord Shiva moved from Maral village to Marleshwar when the Mughal emperor attacked the Konkan region and was threatening to destroy Hindu temples.
Thiba Palace: The Thiba Palace was built in 1910–11 for the 1911–16 stay there in exile of the king and the queen of Burma (Myanmar). The place has tombs of the royal couple. The Government Polytechnic Ratnagiri functioned from Thiba palace, for a few years, it has subsequently shifted to its own premises.
Thiba point: The Thiba point is a sunset point where you can enjoy the sea view and sunset scenery.The coastal view of Ratnagiri is also visible from here.It is just opposite to Thiba palace .
Mandavi Beach: Mandavi Beach is also known as the Gate Way of Ratnagiri. It is 3 km away from MSRTC ST stand. Any one can hire an auto to reach the destination.
Bhatye Beach: This beach is located on the Ratnagiri – Pawas road and this beach has large suru-ban. The important thing of the Bhatye beach is that Mandavi and Bhatye beach are divided by a creek.
Mirkarwada Beach: It is the coastal station for marine professionals; all the fishing boats and trawlers land here. It is the major trading spot in Ratnagiri for marine industry. Most of the fishes from here are exported to other city markets such as Mumbai, Pune, Goa, Bangaluru, and Mangalore.
Mālgund: The Marathi poet, Keshavsut, was born in the village of Malgund. His house has recently been renovated and converted into a students' dormitory. The "Marāthi Sāhitya Parishad" (Marathi Literature Society) has constructed a monument called "Keshavsut Smārak" in Malgund.
Jaigad: This 17th-century fort is located on a cliff at the entrance of the Sangameshwar river, and it offers a view of the sea. Jay Gad's sea fort is situated at a sheltered bay.
Pawas: Pawas achieved prominence after Swami Swaroopānand, a recent influential religious leader in Maharashtra, settled in this town. His residence has now been converted into an "āshram".
Atulit Bal Dham: Atulit Bal Dham is a holy place. This sacred Dham is managed by Sadguru Shree Aniruddha Upasana Trust, Mumbai. It is located at TRP, near petrol pump, just 1 km off the main road in Ratnagiri city. Panchamukhi Hanuman is the deity in this Dham. Devotees believe they get incredible Bal (physical, mental and spiritual power) after visiting this Dham. The total area is of around 2 acres (8,100 m2).
Velneshwar: Velneshwar is located 170 km from Ratnagiri. Its adjoining beach is clean and lined with coconut trees. It is possible to swim in the nearby sea because it is free of rocks. There is a well-known Shiva temple near Velneshwar.
Ratna Durg: This fort was built during the Bahamani rule. In 1670, Shivaji conquered the fort from Bijapur ruler Adil Shah. In 1790, one Dhondu Bhaskar Pratinidhi rebuilt the fort, and strengthened its ramparts. The fort has the shape of a horseshoe, with a length of 1,300 meters and a width of 1,000 meters. The Arabian Sea surrounds it on its three sides. One of the fort's bastions, "Siddha Buruj", has a lighthouse which was built many years ago in 1867 and rebuilt to its present form in 1962. A temple of Goddess Bhagwati is located inside the fort.
Ganpatipule: Ganapatipule is 21 kilometres from Ratnagiri on the way to "Malgund". It has a well-known Ganesha temple. It also has a beautiful beach. MTDC resorts are right beside the beach to stay. Parashurām Temple (near Chiplun): This temple was built in 1685 by Maharshi Brahmendra.
Shivasamarth Gad: (at Sawarde near Chiplun) Contains sculptures from Shivaji's times.
Nivali Waterfall: This waterfall located between the valleys of Nivali Ghats on Mumbai Goa National Highway NH17. It can be seen only during monsoon season and it one of the sight seeing in Ratngiri District.
Caves in Chiplun, Khed, Dabhol, Sangameshwar, Gauhani Velgaum, and Vade Padel: The Buddhist legend in the Papanch, Sudan, and Srath Appakasini records the conversion of Konkan residents to Buddhism during the lifetime of Gautama (BC 560-481). Caves in Chiplun, Kol, and Pabol indicate that the "sarthawalas" (caravan-men) rested in some of them.
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