Placed on the tip of a peninsula in Ratnagiri district, Jaigad fort is a popular sea fort. Since it is situated on a cliff, it offers great views of the bay nearby. This bay is formed when the River Shastri enters into the Arabian Sea. There is a jetty port and a lighthouse close to the fort.
Bounded by the Arabian Sea on the three sides, the magnificent Ratnadurga Fort has a shape of a horseshoe, with walls 1300 m in length and 1000 m in width. Originally erected by a ruler of the Maratha empire, this fort was under the rule of a Muslim ruler for a good number of years. Spread in 120 acres of land, this fort offers nice sunset views.
Erected way back in 1832, the Jaigad lighthouse is located in Siddha Buruj, which is a bastion. Placed on the western end of the Jaigad Fort, another prime tourist attraction, this light is still functional. Jaigad lighthouse has given the test of time and still stands strong. This lighthouse is open for visitors on all the days, except Sundays.
The most crowded beach of Ratnagiri, Mandavi beach is slowly becoming extremely popular amidst the tourists. An enchanting beach, it has been blessed with an extended line of sea that continues up till Rajiwanda Fort. Mandavi beach has black sand. This beach is a popular site to have a picnic along with the loved ones.
Also famed as White Sea, Pandre Samudra beach is a long and clean stretch of sand that is located quite close to the Ratnagiri town. The silvery sand of this beach is a crowd puller and family vacationers. Enjoy the amazing sunset view and a leisure walk. Partake in swimming here in the sea waters. Enjoy the serenity spread all around.
Swayambhu Ganpati Temple
Swayambhu Gangpati temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. It is believed this whit sand temple is not man-made and has originated on its own. The Sanctum Sanctorum of the temple also houses another Lord Ganesha idol in copper where he is shown riding a lion. This temple is just 20 km away from the main town.
Ganapatipule Beach is another white sandy and clean beach of the area. Because of stretch of rocks, swimming here is not safe. There is a lagoon as well. If you love adventure, you can partake in kayaking here. You can enjoy a family picnic here on the beach. The end of the beach has a small cliff from where you can enjoy a nice view of the surrounding area with cashew and mango tree standing in a line.