Ratnagiri is one of the most beautiful destinations in Maharashtra and is famous for its serene beaches, palm groves, monuments, Konkani food and Alphonso mangoes!
The town of Ratnagiri is pretty small & easy to navigate, which makes it perfect for a weekend getaway – especially from Mumbai.
Here’s my guide to Ratnagiri for a refreshing weekend!
🚌 There are several busses running between Mumbai and Ratnagiri. Fares range from Rs. 350 to 750, and will take around 11 hours. You can book bus tickets here.
🚂👍 I’d recommend travelling by train from Mumbai to Ratnagiri. A train journey will take you just 5 to 6 hours! Time saved on travel, is extra time at hand for sightseeing. 😊 You can check more details about trains to Ratnagiri here.
Where to Stay
🏨 I stayed at The Ratnasagar Beach Resort which has adorable cottages spread across the shores of Bhatye Beach! The rooms have large beds and clean bathrooms. And to top it all, the major attractions are just a short drive away. Find more about the resort here.
#1 Visit the Ratnadurg Fort
If you are in Ratnagiri, you have to visit the Ratnadurg Fort, one just cannot miss it. This impressive fort was constructed during the rule of Bahamanee and is shaped like a horseshoe. With a length of 1,300 meters and with the Arabian Sea on all 3 sides, it serves as the chief attraction of Ratnagiri.
Spend at least an hour walking around the fort and enjoy beautiful view of the sea!
#2 Drop in at Tilak Ali Museum
The ancestral house of freedom fighter Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak has been converted into the Tilak Ali Museum. The house is a fine example of native Konkani architecture and depicts the life and times of Lokamania Balgangadhar Tilak through paintings and pictures.
The place is very small and compact, 15-20 mins is more than enough.
#3 Treat yourself to Konkani lunch
Have your fill of fresh seafood here! Be it a beach resort or a roadside dhaba, make sure you eat a hearty Konkani lunch.
Signature dishes like Masala Pomfret, Malvan Chicken Curry and Fried Prawns with rice or chapattis are a must try.
#4 Take a tour of Thibaw Palace
The last Burmese King Thibaw ruled Burma (now Myanmar) for seven years, before being exiled for nearly 31 years. The king, the queen & his 4 daughters stayed at Thibaw Palace during this period, constructed by British. Their tombs are still preserved here.
As you walk through the museum, try and understand how the royal family dealt with fall from absolute power, opulence and being treated like demi-gods to living in complete isolation.
#5 Relish Ratnagiri Mangoes
Ratnagiri is a haven for mango lovers. Home to the King of Indian Mangoes – Alphonso, with its rich creamy texture and sweetness it’s a must have. Visit a mango farm and get some fresh mangoes packed for home or if you find it difficult to carry and store, buy canned Mango Pulp/Slices which you can enjoy for a longer period of time!