One of the major attractions of Ratnagiri city situated on a small hillock. There is also a best sunset point from here. One can have a panoramic view of Someshwar creek, Bhatye bridge to Pawas and Arabian sea. This palace was used for keeping the King Thibaw, last king of Burma (now Myanmar) under house arrest. Thibaw ruled the Burma for 6 years.
Burma was partitioned from India in 1935. British took over the Burma kingdom and arrested king Thibaw. To keep him far away from his kingdom i.e. Burma he was kept under house arrest at Ratnagiri. Though the king was under British rule, he was given legal rights and was treated with the state honors. King died at the age of 58 in Ratnagiri. His grand-grand daughter Tity was the last living heir of the king . She got married to a local resident Shankarrao Pawar.
The palace is a beautifully constructed three storied structure with sloping roofs. Semi-circular wooden windows with beautiful curving are the main attraction of this structure. On the first floor one dancing hall with a fully marble tiles floor is in the palace. One Buddha idol is installed at the back side of the palace. This idol was brought to India by king Thibaw. Presently the palace is maintained by archaeological depth. The plans are a foot to convert the palace in to museum and providing tourist accommodation there. Thibaw palace is best situated on a hillock and panoramic view from this point is most enchanting. This is a point worth – visiting for Ratnagiri tourist.
LOKMANYA TILAK SMARAK
Ratnagiri was also the birthplace of Lokmanya Tilak, one of India’s greatest freedom fighters. His house, now a memorial called The Lokmanya Tilak Smarak, is diligently maintained by the local community.
KILLE RATNADURG / BHAGAWATI TEMPLE
A small hill on the Ratnagiri seashore hasdivided the Ratnagiri shore in two parts. In local language, Marathi, it is known as “Kala Samudra”/”White Samudra” (Black/White sea)Ratnadurga,
popularly known as Bhagavati fort, with aera of 120 acres, is situated on this hill.The fort is surrounded by sea. Shri Shivaji Maharaj won it in 1670 from Adilshah The fort was used as a watch point for keeping vigil on the pirates. Perhaps this was the main reason for construction of fort on this hill. This is very easily accessible fort. Small kids, elderly persons can easily climb this hill. There is a motorway, so one can drive up to the top.
The temple of Goddess Bhagavati is situated here. Navaratri festival is a major festival celebrated here. Many devotees flock to this temple during Navaratri for darshan of the goddess. A lighthouse is also situated in the fort, which guides the ships/vessel’s traveling in the Ratnagiri Sea. The fort is in ruins now. One can see the entire Ratnagiri city from this fort. Viewing the Sunset from this fort is a major attraction for the tourists. The beautiful sight of sun dipping into the sea is a must see for the tourists.
THE PATIT PAWAN MANDIR
Is a much revered Temple, as it is the first place of worship built for Non-Brahmins by the revelutionary leader, Veer Savarkar. Today, Ratnagiri is a bustling agricultural town and also one of India’s important ports in the Western region.
Bhatye is on the immediate outskirts of Ratnagiri town and has a wonderful beach. Water sport facilities available here offer you some exciting options. Join the excursion to Pawas to see the swaroopanand swami ashram.
The evidences about pre-historic period of the Konkan have been coming out from last few years in the form of Rock carvings which is known as Petroglyphs in archeological context. These petroglyphs could be an authentic commentary on man-land relationship during the so called ‘Dark Age’ of Konkan and provide evidence of human dynamisan on the western coast of India.
The scholars who are working on these have been stated that these carving could be dated to earliest phase Mesolithic age to the period of Megalithic cultures (35000 B C E-2000 B C E) In these Petroglyphs that are being found in the Konkan region include figures of animals, birds, humans, geometrical patterns in clusters. Most Striking features of these carving are that they are in huge size and precisive Proportation. Such figures are not found elsewhere in India. Until now these treasures where shrouded in the verily of obscurity and Superstitions and awe.
Konkan Railway bridge across Panval River in Ratnagiri. This is at present Asia’s third highest Viaduct and was constructed by Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T) ECC Division. It was made by one of its kind Slip Technology which was used in India for the first time.
It is 64 m tall and 424 m long.