We have all heard this phrase called “An all-in-one package”. Like many others, I was also quite a sceptic of this term. “It’s not possible for anything to have everything” - is a sentiment that most of us have. I realised how mistaken I was. There is indeed an ‘all-in-one” package, and that place is Konkan.
Konkan has everything you desire - natural wonders, beaches, hill stations, lush greenery, forests, forts, caves, pilgrimage sites and so on. It is one of the most popular places to explore in Maharashtra. In Konkan itself, there are many places to explore. One such gem is Ratnagiri. There are many unique places to visit in Ratnagiri.
Ratnagiri was established in the British Era in 1822 CE. The Ratnagiri district is famous for its religious and historical sites and is filled with beautiful beaches. There are many places to visit in Ratnagiri. However, we have listed some of the unique sites, which may not be as popular as the famous ones, but they are just as great!
Top Unique Places To Visit In Ratnagiri
1. Rock Carvings
Rock Carvings? What are those? You are now curious. The ancient rock carvings in Ratnagiri were sculpted during the prehistorical era, around 10,000 years ago. The sculptures are carved on laterite rocks and are one of the unique places to visit in Ratnagiri.
These sculptures portray animals, birds, humans, geometrical figures and ancient hieroglyphics. More than 280 sculptures have been found in the vicinity of Ratnagiri, Rajapur and Lanja. These sculptures have several mysteries behind them. Who sculpted these rock carvings, when were they carved, and why they were?
Some of the carvings of the tigers and elephants are as large as the animals themselves. More is being reserved and discovered while researching the rock carvings. The most common carvings are that of humans. Some of them are incomplete but are carved beautifully. It is one of the most unique places to visit in Ratnagiri indeed!
Ratnagiri District has many gems that we are unaware of, One such place is Jambharoon. On the Mumbai - Goa highway, you will come across the Nivli Diversion near Hatkhamba in Ratnagiri. The road leads to Ganpatiphule. 14 kilometres into this road, you will come across a path that goes leads to Jambharoon. It is also among the unique places to visit in Ratnagiri.
Jambharoon is a paradise especially during the monsoons, with paddy fields, dense forests, and a raging stream. The rice fields are planted on the mountain slopes, making it a great sight. The Mango trees make Jambharoon even better!
The stream has been channelized into the plantations, irrigating them. There are many temples in the village, along with sculptures. The Malabar Hornbill is found here since the village is in the lap of a dense forest.
3. Wax Museum
For those who are visiting Ganpatipule in the Ratnagiri district, we have great news for you. Along with the seashores of the beach, Ganpatipule is also famous for its Wax Museum. It is one of the unique places to visit in Ratnagiri.
The wax museum has look-alike wax statues of many famous personalities of India. When you will visit the museum, you will not be able to differentiate between the statue and the real person! You can view the statutes of Balasaheb Thackeray, Narendra Modi, Deepika Padukone, and Madhuri Dixit. This place is definitely worth the visit.
4. Prachin Konkan Museum
Want to experience the history of 500 years of Konkan, then the Prachin Konkan Museum is the place for you! Hundreds of years of Konkani history have been depicted with the help of life-sized sculptures. Konkan’s history, cultural life, social structure and heritage have been brought to life in this museum. It is a fabulous place to visit in Ratnagiri.
Along with enjoying the museum, you get a panoramic view of Ganapatipule Beach as well. You can purchase the artefacts produced by locals at a reasonable price. Delicious Konkani cuisine such as Thalipeeth, Konkum Sherbet, Aluwadi and Modak can be enjoyed as well.
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Unique Places To Visit In Ratnagiri - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Why Ratnagiri is the best place to visit in Maharashtra
Ratnagiri is one of the best places to visit in Maharashtra because it has forts, museums, beaches and lush greenery.
Which are the unique places to visit in Ratnagiri?
Some of the unique places to visit in Ratnagiri are Rock Carvings, Jambharoon, Prachin Konkan Museum and Wax Museum.
What are the other places to visit in Ratnagiri?
There are many other places you can visit in Ratnagiri. Thiba Palace, Ganpatipule Beach and Temple, Ganeshgule Temple, Jaigad Fort, Ratnadurg Fort, Purnagad Fort etc., are some of the famous attractions in the Ratnagiri district.