The third largest state of India, Maharashtra is renowned among the domestic and international tourist for its beautiful natural landscape, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, sun kissed beaches, wild life sanctuaries and ancient monuments. One of such ancient marvel, Ratnadurg fort or popularly known as Bhagawati fort, is located in the Ratnagiri district of the state. Surrounded by the Arabian Sea, this fort was built during the Bahamani period, which later on came into the control of Shivaji Maharaj in 1670.This horse shoe shaped fort’s length is 1300 meter and width 100 meter. Its surrounding green fields and the amazing sea view makes it look more attractive to the travelers.
Places to visit
- Bhagawati Temple
One of the main reason to visit this fort is the ancient temple of Goddess Bhagawati. Every year thousands of devotee visit this temple during Navratri Festival. Within this ancient temple, there are uniqueidols of Veer Vignesh and Ashtadash Bhuj. In order to visit the temple travelers have to walk a lot.
- Light House and Bastions
Many bastions can be seen in this fort named as Ganesh, Markya, Baskya, Vetal, Khemkya Rede, Vagha, Siddha etc. The light house of the for is located in the Siddha bastion.
- Tourist can take a walk to enjoy the surrounding green beauty.
- Do carry your camera or binocular, as the view of the Arabian Sea from the west side of the fort is incredible.
- Wear a comfortable shoes as you have to walk a lot to explore this spot.
- Try to avoid this place during the Navratri festival as a huge number of devotees visit the temple.
- The fort remains open from 10:00 am morning to 5:00 pm eveningevery day.
- Tourist can also visit the nearby tourist locations like Jaigad Fort, Ganapati Temple, Thibaw ponit etc.
Best time to visit
October to march is the best time to enjoy this beautiful location. But if you want to treat your taste buds with the delicious Alphonso mangoes then you can visit during summer also. Ratnagiri district is famous for Alphonso mangoes.
To make your journey more entertaining you can travel this part of Maharashtra in the world famous Deccan Odyssey.
To boost tourism in Maharashtra,a special luxury train was introduced by the Maharashtra Tourism Development and the Ministry of Railways in 2004.Based on the model of Palace on Wheels, Deccan Odyssey is running under the maintenance of Taj Group of Hotels.
The Deccan Odyssey train has 12 coaches which comprises of 40 deluxe and 4 presidential suits. All the modern amenities like attached bathroom with running hot and cold water, DVD player, air conditioning room, Wi-Fi, library, mini gym are available in this train. Along with this tourists can also enjoy the tradition, continental and Chinese cuisines in its Peshwa I and Peshwa II restaurant.A well-stocked bar, Mumbai, is also there to offer some of the best varieties of wine.
Know more about the cost of Deccan Odyssey train and runs on six different routes to cover the major heritage sites of the Western Ghats. Among them one can select the Maharashtra Splendour tour to explore the fort of Ratnagiri.
- Maharashtra Splendour : Duration 7 nights/ 8 days
Destination covered: Mumbai-Nashik-Ellora Caves-Ajanta Caves-Kolhapur-Goa-Sindhudurg-Mumbai
So, pack your luggage and board this luxury train which will definitely make your journey to Ratnadurg unforgettable.