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Ratnagiri is a district with many popular holiday and tourist destinations to visit with your family and friends. At the same time it is also famous for its beautiful beaches. It has glorious history to explore; there are many prominent historical forts, temples, and many archaeological sites in Ratnagiri.

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Tourist Places in Ratnagiri

There is a lot to see and experience in Ratnagiri however the beaches in Ratnagiri dominate all other tourist attractions in Ratnagiri. Some of them are given below:

• Ganpatipule beach: Ganpatipule beach is very famous family picnic spot; it is situated at a distance of 26 kms from Ratnagiri. This beach offer series of beaches and many popular vantage points. You will get a stunning view of the Arabian Sea. Swayambhu Ganpati temple, which is located near the Ganapatipule beach, it is the most important attraction of Ganapatipule.

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• Mandvi beach: It is the most popular beach in Ratnagiri. It is a black sand beach; Mandvi houses the Ratnadurga fort to its west. Both Mandvi beach Ratnadurga fort this main tourist attraction forms a wonderful combination for tourist destination in Ratnagiri. You can say it is great place to hang-out with your friends& family.

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• Pawas beach: Pawas beach is 20 Kms on opposite sides is great picnic spots near Ratnagiri.

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• Aare-Waare beach: This twin beaches is popular for its beautiful sunset. Many tourist come to this beach to witness the wonderful sunset. It has one more specialty to admire, as it is surrounded by the sea on three sides of the beach.

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Some of the other attractions of Ratnagiri are:

• Panhalekaji

• Patit Pavan Mandir

• Marleshwar

• Ratnadurga Fort

• Thibaw Palace

• Jaigad Fort

To explore all the wonderful places which are given above, plan a trip with your family and friends. It is surely be one of the memorable holidays of yours.

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Ratnagiri is the very beautiful city which is also known as port city. It is located in the Konkan region i.e.. Western coast of an Arabian sea of Maharashtra. As the city is famous for the cultivation of Alphonso mangoes, many mango lovers visit this marvellous place from all around the world.

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Ratnagiri is also entitled as the Lake District of Maharashtra because it contains numerous lakes and beaches. Its pleasant climate and picturesque beauty attracts both domestic and international tourists. Presence of the Sahyadris and Arabian Sea makes Ratnagiri supernatural and one of the favourite tourist destination in India.

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We can feel the difference in air, when we entered Ratnagiri. The chilling atmosphere, unspoilt forest, beautiful calm beaches makes you fill refreshing and stress free. Most of the people visit Ratnagiri to feel the nature. The lush green coconut trees, unspoilt beaches and eye-catching greenery made it one of the most famous destinations in the Maharashtra.

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Points of Attraction in Ratnagiri.

  • Places Of Devotion: Ganpatipule, Hedvi, Parshuram [Chiplun], Hatis, Velneshwar, and Rajapur
  • Rock Shelter: Sangameshwar, Panhalekazi
  • Sea Banks: Kelshi, Guhaghar, Murud, Palshet, Velneshwar, Harne, Purnagad and Ganpatipule
  • Birth Place Of Prominent Personalities:Malgund, Ratnagiri, Palgad, Dapoli
  • Forts: Bankot, Ambolgad, Mandangad, Ratnadurg, Jaigad, Mahipatgad
  • Water Falls: Parshuram, Marleshwar, Prachitgad, Unhavare, Tural, Aravali.

This stunning city is gifted with the majestic hills, pretty seashore, creeks, beautiful rivers, hot water springs and waterfalls apart from the ancient forts and monuments. Situated on the coastal belt, Ratnagiri is blessed with virgin beaches that offer the fantastic sight of an ancient fort overlooking the harbour besides its silvery sands.

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Apart from all these above destinations, Ratnagiri is famous for the production of Juicy Alphonso mangoes, coconut and cashew nut and many more fruits. All these plus points of Ratnagiri are leading to increase the demand of hotels and lodges in Ratnagiri.

In the Sangameshwar taluka of Ratnagiri, a 40 years old mosque had begun to develop cracks in January 2009. At that time it was decided that the existing structure of mosque should be demolished to make way for a new mosque. That mosque has been designed by taking the inspiration from ‘Taj Mahal’, and also from the other aspects of Islamic architecture.

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Let’s take a look at this newly built mosque, and get information about the effort and the inspiration that went into building this magnificent structure. One can easily notice the familiar slants of Islamic architecture on outer face of mosque, whereas interior part includes the minarets, chandeliers and mihrab which is a semicircle niche in the mosque, indicating the direction of Mecca. This mosque that is spread over a land of 5,000 sq ft, and it was designed by a local architect, Amol Patankar. This mosque has special arrangements for women to pray the namaz here also.

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This mosque is a part of the Ratnagiri district in the Konkan belt, and is located midway on the Mumbai-Goa Highway. The Kondivare village, where the mosque is situated, comprises of near about 200 families. Number of men in this district are employing in the merchant navy. The same village is also known for the biggest madrasas in India, ‘Darul Uloom Imam Ahmed Raza’, who caters to over 1,500 students.

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Little information given by the architects, about their experience while building this beautiful mosque, is explained below.

The inspiration behind this mosque:
The Taj Mahal in Agra, was an inspiration behind this beautiful development. You can also spot the similarities in the dome design, front view and exterior carvings of this mosque and Taj Mahal. To appreciate it’s significance, we must visualize the mosque in isolation.

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The challenges faced by architects while working on it:
Being a Hindu, that architect had no idea of Islam. Even though he had never been visited any of the mosque and never followed Islamic architecture. So, its challenge for him. I collected all the information about Islam and its architecture, and also studied the photographs of mosques and visited few of them. He was live in Kolhapur, which is at a distance of 150 kms from the mosque site. He preferred to travel daily, from Kolhapur to the site on his scooter, so he has to cover total of 300 km daily!

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It was the first mosque designed by this architect. Along with this, he has designed three temples in Kolhapur.

The unique features of this mosque:
Initially this mosque was built using concrete and marble. The carvings were also designed in concrete though these are usually done with stone or POP (Plaster Of Paris). But stone carvings are time-consuming and could have delayed the project. It requires 86 people from Rajasthan, to do plastering, carving, POP, tiles, electrical and plumbing work. The dome of this beautiful mosque is 18 ft in diameter, and 32 ft in height, whereas the minar towers up to 78 ft, 6 inches in height.

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To take a look of this beautiful mosque, travelers came from all over the world. So, it will ultimately increase the development and demand of comfortable ‘Ratnagiri Hotels’.