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Mandangad is located in Maharashtra
Location in Maharashtra, India
Mandangad is located in India
Mandangad (India)
Coordinates: 17°59′N 73°15′E / 17.983°N 73.250°E / 17.983; 73.250Coordinates: 17°59′N 73°15′E / 17.983°N 73.250°E / 17.983; 73.250
Country India
 • Total2,911
 • OfficialMarathi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code0-2350
Vehicle registrationMH-08
Nearest cityMangaon

Mandangad (or Mandangadh or Mandangarh) is the headquarters of Mandangad taluka the northmost taluka in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, India.


Mandangad is the taluka (tehsil) headquarters in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra state in India. The heart of Mandangad is Mandangad fort.

The village is situated at the extreme north of Ratnagiri District. In terms of geographical features, its area is about 43,100 Hectares, altitude is 882 feet (268 metres), latitude 17.9833 and longitude 73.2500. Time zone is UTC+5.30. Average rainfall in the taluka is 3996 mm. Mandangad is a hilly coastal zone. Mandangad is 175 km from Ratnagiri, 170 km from Pune and 210 km from Mumbai. It is connected by road. The nearest major town is Mangaon in Raigad District on Mumbai-Goa National Highway No. 66 . The Arabian Sea is about 35 km from Mandangad.


Overlooking the small town of Mandangad is a two-peaked hill fort also known by the same name i.e. Mandangad (also called Chitradurga fort). Mandangad fort doesn’t find much of a mention in history books. In fact, it is one of the very old forts in the region with data suggesting that Mandangad was built in the 12th century during the reign of the Shilahara dynasty. It was built by King Bhoja II. In 1661 it was under an Adilshahi Sardar(Knight) Jaswantrao Dalvi, the person who besieged Vishalgad during Shivaji Maharaj's daring escape from Panhalgad.

When Shivaji Maharaj defeated kartalabhkhan and was marching towards Dabhol, Mandangad was along the way. Hearing this news, Jaswantrao Dalvi ran away to Shingarpur and Shivaji maharaj took Mandangad without a fight. It was held by Kanhoji Angre before captured by British in 1818.

Mandangad and Bankot forts were built to safeguard the trade route through the Savitri River, which was an important trade route.[citation needed] The mazar of Saint Dawood Khan {R.A} and many Muslim graves are there. A Ganapati Temple and two ponds are present inside the fort. This tank is known as "Thorla Talao" (Big Lake


As Mandangad is located on a higher level than the sea, the weather is not that humid. The winters are really very cold.


Mandangad is a junction where all the ST buses coming from Mumbai/ Thane/ Pune etc. and going to Kolhapur, Miraj, Khed, Dapoli, Bankot, Kelshi, Mhapral, Mahad, Velas, etc. halt.

Nearest Railway Stations[edit]

Karanjadi - 27 km. Veer - 35 km. Mangaon - 45 km Khed - 50 km

Nearest Airports[edit]

Lohegaon, Pune - 107 km. Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai - 144 km. Kolhapur - 208 km.

Tourist sites[edit]

The places worth visiting in and around Mandangad town are (a) Mandangad fort (b) Velas (c) Bankot or Himmatgad Fort (d) Kelshi Beach (Dapoli taluka) (e) Panderi (f) Ambavade and (g) Palgadh (Dapoli taluka).

  1. Velas – The coastal place Velas is at the distance of about 36 km from Mandangad. The unique Marine Turtle Conservation Festival is celebrated here. The festival is aimed at conservation of marine turtles.[2] Velas is also the birthplace of Nana Phadanvis alias Balaji Janardan Bhanu, who was the influential personality in the history of Maratha Empire. Nana Phadanvis House and Mahalaxmi Temple are the main attractions in Velas. Gokulashtami Festival is an important event for Velas people.
  2. Bankot or Himmatgad Fort - is also called Victoria Fort. The River Savitri approaches the sea at Bankot. Bankot’s importance is also associated with the holy place Harihareshwar in neighboring Raigad District. From Bankot (Hanuman Tekdi), ferry boats or jetties are available up to Bagmandla in Raigad district; from where tourists can reach Harihareshwar temple by auto rickshaws / S.T.Buses.
  3. The RadhaKrishna Temple, Gokulgaon - The Radha Krishna Temple which has been built in the recent year is gaining attraction among the tourists. The lucrative idols of RadhaKrishna Temple with peaceful atmosphere make place, top on the tourist list.
  4. Kelshi Beach (Dapoli taluka) – Kelshi is a small village in neighbouring Dapoli Taluka. Along the Mahalakshmi temple, Kelshi has got a scenic and unfamiliar beach, which is a very calm and quiet place. Another place worth visiting here is Uttambar.
  5. Panderi – Panderi is the important irrigation project on the Savitri River in Mandangad taluka. Apart from the agricultural importance of the dam, of late, Panderi has become a picnic spot. Also found here Pandava Cave.
  6. Ambavade – this is a native place of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, the Chief Architect of the Indian Constitution, which is about 20 km from Mandangad. There is a monument in this village in commemoration of Dr. Ambedkar.
  7. Palgad (Dapoli taluka) – This is the place where the Marathi author, freedom fighter and social activist Pandurang Sadashiv Sane, known as Sane Guruji, was born. His works in Marathi literature includes Shyamchi Aai (Shyam's Mother) and Dhadapadanari Mule (Struggling Children).
  8. Unhavare - there is a source of warm water located in village name which is almost 23  km away from mandnagad, where u can reach by S.T. buses or any private taxi, these warm water lake stays warm in all the season, there is also a waterfall name SAVAT KADA in nearest village PALAVNI. It is quite a silent place where you can get peace.
  9. Kelshi - is about 37 km from Mandangadh. There is a village known Daira. Shivaji Maharaj's 11th spiritual teacher {Guru} Baba Yaqoob Khan Saharvardi's Mazar is there on the bank of the Arabian sea.
  10. Dahagaon Shree Uttareshwar Temple - Dahagaon is a small village located in Mandangad on the way from Mandangad to Dapoli. Dahagaon is known for the famous temple of Swayambhu Shree Uttareshwar, Lord Shiva. Tripuri Paurnima, Ganeshotsav and Shimga (Holi) festivals are celebrated here.
  11. Shree RadhaKrishna Temple - Gokulgaon is known for the famous temple of Supreme Lord Shree RadhaKrishna.
  12. Latvan in Bhairi Bhavani Mandir And Hanuman Mandir # ahiri Bhavani Navsala Pavnari Dev.
  13. Takede : Beautiful Waterfalls in rainy season.
  14. Aasavale : This is a village situated between Panderi and Aambadave. There is Shiva's awakened (jaagrut) temple which is called as "Shri Kshetrapal". The people of this village celebrate Mahashivratri and Holi which are famous in Mandangad.
  15. Mhapral : Bhuwani Aapreshwar Mahapraleshwar Mandir near Mhapral Kumbharli gaon which is one of the " Tirthkshetra " like ( Trambkeshwar and Hariharshwar )
  16. Tide : Tide Village is one of big village in Manadangad Taluka which is 4 km from Mandangad Dapoli Road & near to Kumbale Village. Tide Dam and Bhairi Bhavani Mandir is the attraction of visitors. Ganeshotsav, Shimga (Holi) and Navratrotsav festivals are celebrated here.

Villages in Mandangad Taluka[edit]

  1. Aatle
  2. Adakhal
  3. Aasavale
  4. Ambadawe
  5. Ambavane bk
  6. Ambavane khurd
  7. Bahiravali
  8. Bamanrghar chokki
  9. Bankot
  10. Borkhat
  11. Bhingloli
  12. Bholavali
  13. Borghar
  14. Buri
  15. Chinchali (Mahpral)
  16. Panhali Khurd
  17. Chinchghar
  18. Dabhat
  19. Dahagaon 114 A/3B/1

7/12 Utara

  1. Devhare keril
  2. Dahimbe
  3. Dhangar
  4. Dhutroli
  5. Dudhere
  6. Gharadi (Known for its Ganesh Mandir in Ganesh Wadi)
  7. Ghosale -Buddha Wadi, Ratambe Wadi, Ganesh Wadi. (EK AADARSH GAV)
  8. Ghote
  9. Gothe-Khalati
  10. Gokulgaon
  11. Govele
  12. Ghumari
  13. Javale
  14. Kadvan
  15. kelvat
  16. Khudak Kh.
  17. Kondgaon
  18. Konhavli
  19. Konzar
  20. Kumbale
  21. keril
  22. Latvan
  23. Lokarvan
  24. Mahu-Borghar
  25. Mandangad
  26. Mhapral Mohlla
  27. Muradpur
  28. Nargoli
  29. Nigadi
  30. Nighavani
  31. Nayane
  32. Panhali Khurd
  33. Padave
  34. Palavani
  35. Pale Gaon
  37. Palghar
  38. Panderi
  39. pacharal
  40. Pat
  41. Peve
  42. Pimploli
  43. Pipalgaon
  44. Sade
  45. Savari
  46. Shedwai
  47. Sheegavan
  48. Shenale
  49. Shirgaon
  50. Soveli
  51. Surle
  52. Takede
  53. Takvali
  54. Tide
  55. Teleghar
  56. Tamhane
  57. Tondali
  58. Tulashi ( EK AADARSH GAV )
  59. Umaroli
  60. Umbarshet
  61. Unhavare
  62. Vakavali Buddhawadi
  63. Velas
  64. Valmikinagar
  65. Valote
  66. Veenhe
  67. Veral
  68. Vesavi
  69. Kumbharli ( Mhapral )


  1. ^ "District Census Handbook" (PDF). Census of India. p. 44. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Details of Marine Turtle Conservation Festival" Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra’s website