The beautiful town on the charming Konkan coast is the birthplace of Lokmanya Tilak, the famous freedom fighter. It is the largest town on the south coast and the main transport hub. Ratnagiri abounds in fruits typical of the Konkan and the luscious mangoes produced here are popular all over the world. It is also an important port.
Lokmanya Tilak Smarak: A small museum here commemorates Lokmanya Tilak.
Thibaw Palace: Thibaw, the last king of Burma, was incarcerated here by the British in 1885.
Patit Pawan Mandir: The famous shrine is the first place of worship built for non-brahmins by Veer Savarkar, a revolutionary leader.
Bhatya Beach: This pleasant site lies on the outskirts of the town.
Ganapatipule (50 kms.)
Gorgeous Ganapatipule, the famous pilgrim site is endowed with splendid scenic beauty. A 400-year old temple at the foot of the green hillock enshrines an idol of Swayambhu (self-originated) Ganapati. The presiding deity is considered to be the Paschim Dwardevta’ or the Western Sentinel God of India. The beautiful beach here is perhaps the most spectacular on the Konkan coast and is noted for its virgin beauty and greenery.