A day well spent in Ratnagiri #offbeatgetaway #konkan

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20th Sep 2018
Photo of A day well spent in Ratnagiri #offbeatgetaway #konkan by Bhakti Prabhu

A typical town located near the Konkan coast which is usually known for its Alphonso mangoes. Do visit this place if what you seek is peace, calm waters and fresh air. Konkan is special for its charm during different seasons :
Summer : Fresh Alphonso mangoes, jackfruits and various delicacies
Monsoon : Natural beauty and greenery
Winter : Enjoy the pristine waters at untouched beaches

We booked a car for the entire day, but you can plan and get auto/cab for shorter distances accordingly.
Cab driver contact : +91 95270 43549

Day 1

Since it was early morning hours, we started by visiting the beach which was very serene and calm during the morning hours. There's a park beside the beach surrounded by trees which gives a good view and place to rest.Simple sitting by the bench across the sea or walking on the beach relaxes your mind. You can take a dip in the water or just collect a few seashells as a momento. However, this beach is bit isolated and it is not suggested to go very deep for swimming.

Collecting shells : favorite hobby

Photo of Aare Ware Beach., Ratnagiri-Ganpati Pule Highway, Basni, Maharashtra, India by Bhakti Prabhu

Clear waters of Aare beach

Photo of Aare Ware Beach., Ratnagiri-Ganpati Pule Highway, Basni, Maharashtra, India by Bhakti Prabhu

Park beside the beach

Photo of Aare Ware Beach., Ratnagiri-Ganpati Pule Highway, Basni, Maharashtra, India by Bhakti Prabhu

While this was the Aare beach, 1 km ahead youll find the Ware beach and along the way you find scenic path from where you can see the beach and the curvy road ahead which is a sight worth visiting.

Next we headed out to Ganpatipule. Its known for its famous Ganesha temple adjoining the beach. Usually the temple is crowded with the devotees, but during weekdays you can find true peacefulness. There is an adjoining beach with the typical golden sand and clear waters along with coconut trees. Since it's a known tourist place you can find a lot of options for food and indulge in the typical Konkani dishes.

Beach adjoining the Ganesh temple

Photo of Ganpati Pule, Maharashtra, India by Bhakti Prabhu

Temple entrance

Photo of Ganpati Pule, Maharashtra, India by Bhakti Prabhu

Ganesha mandir

Photo of Ganpati Pule, Maharashtra, India by Bhakti Prabhu

As the name suggests there's an open museum which is must visit place to explore about the ancient traditions and culture of the Konkan region. It's located nearby Ganpatipule temple and has various life-size scenarios depicting life in Konkan.

Open museum surrounded by greenery

Photo of Prachin Konkan, Rajwadi, Ganpati Pule, Maharashtra, India by Bhakti Prabhu

Life-size models depicting early Konkan life

Photo of Prachin Konkan, Rajwadi, Ganpati Pule, Maharashtra, India by Bhakti Prabhu

Konkan baskets and tools

Photo of Prachin Konkan, Rajwadi, Ganpati Pule, Maharashtra, India by Bhakti Prabhu
Photo of Prachin Konkan, Rajwadi, Ganpati Pule, Maharashtra, India by Bhakti Prabhu

Parshuram

Photo of Prachin Konkan, Rajwadi, Ganpati Pule, Maharashtra, India by Bhakti Prabhu

Fishing, a major occupation of Konkan

Photo of Prachin Konkan, Rajwadi, Ganpati Pule, Maharashtra, India by Bhakti Prabhu

After having lunch, we proceeded to the next stop - Ratnadurga fort. Try to visit this during sunrise or sunset and you can find many scenic views. On entering you find the Bhagwati Mandir and adjoining to the temple there are steps for the fort.

Bhagwati Mandir

Photo of Ratnadurg Fort, Bhagwati Fort And Light House, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India by Bhakti Prabhu

Ratnadurga Fort - The entrance

Photo of Ratnadurg Fort, Bhagwati Fort And Light House, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India by Bhakti Prabhu

Ratnadurga fort

Photo of Ratnadurg Fort, Bhagwati Fort And Light House, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India by Bhakti Prabhu

View from the fort

Photo of Ratnadurg Fort, Bhagwati Fort And Light House, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India by Bhakti Prabhu
Photo of Ratnadurg Fort, Bhagwati Fort And Light House, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India by Bhakti Prabhu

The last stop for the day was the Thiba Palace. This palace was used for keeping the King Thiba, last king of Burma (now Myanmar) under house arrest. When british brought the King Thiba from Bramahadesh, they shifted him in Ratnagiri and hence the palace was built. Although the palace is mostly in ruins, there's a surreal feel to it and a nice place for photography.

Exploring the other side of palace

Photo of Thiba Palace, Abhyudhya Nagar, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India by Bhakti Prabhu

Houses beside the palace

Photo of Thiba Palace, Abhyudhya Nagar, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India by Bhakti Prabhu

Windows with long passageways

Photo of Thiba Palace, Abhyudhya Nagar, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India by Bhakti Prabhu

Thiba Palace

Photo of Thiba Palace, Abhyudhya Nagar, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India by Bhakti Prabhu

With this ended the beautiful one day trip to Ratnagiri.  We also planned for the Thiba point which is famous for it's sunset, but due to time constraints couldn't go. Also, there are a few other places near Ratnagiri which you can visit if staying for more days. Make sure you try the local dishes while you're there and make the most of it.

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