You can get in by train (Kokan Railway) or by bus (on Mumbai Goa Highway. Konkan Railways is one of the best railway tracks laid in India. It's a engineering masterpiece with very long tunnels and huge bridges. You will experience beautiful landscapes along the way.
Its 6-7 hrs journey in train from Mumbai to Ratnagiri.Ratnagiri comes in midway if one is traveliing from Mumbai to Goa.
Travelling by Bus ( A/c & Non A/c ) is also equally comfortable. Most of the Buses leave around late evening around 7PM and reach ratnagiri early morning at 6AM.
But if one is going in a group with friends and that to during Monsoon Season, Taking a morning train and travelling trough Konkan Railways is highly recommended.
Tilak Birth Place: The great freedom fighter Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak's Birth place.
Ganapatipule - is a clean seashore and Ganpati temple situated at about 30 km North from Ratnagiri. This temple is reconstructed in Rajasthani stones and look.
Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak Smarak - is the monument and the home of a man who set off the 'Swadeshi Movement' and spearheaded the fight against the British Raj
Patit Pawan Mandir- The temple built by Swatantryaveer Savarkar for patit class of people.
Thebaw Palace- Burma King Thebaw was imprisoned here. The palace is built in Pagoda style. Govt. had given some of the part of this palace for Polytechnic college.
Bhatyachi Khadi- Khadi is area where river meets to sea. The village near this place is Bhatye, so known as Bhatyachi Khadi. The place is beautiful with a view of river & sea both. There is good casuarin cultivation on the sea shore. Also there is regional research centre for coconut & spices just near the casuarina plantation.
Ratnadurga Fort- A fort covered by sea on 3 sides. A temple of Godess Bhagwati is located on the fort.
Bhagvati Bunder- An old harbour which is not in use as harbour. But good place to visit as beach of white sand.Another beach having black sand is called as Mandvi bunder.
Mangoes- Alphanso Mangoes of Ratnagiri city are famous & available in month of March to June in local or streetside markets. Mango juice(pulp)is a seasonal sweet dish found during these days in Hotels.
Cashews- Ratnagiri is equally famous for cashews. Cashew curry prepared from tender cashew kernels is available in February - March or afterwards in many hotels.
Amboli- A pancake like food available in old hotels like Bhide upahargruha. Its available & eaten only for breakfast.
Sandan: Cake prepared from Jackfruit juice is available during months of March to June. Its available in selected restaurents.
Beautifull Beaches. Ratnagiri is a place where you can find lots of beaches. You have to go maximum 20-30 kms and you will find a excellent beach is waiting for you.edit
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Hotel Prasad is a safe place in the center of the city.