Konkan Coast Industrial Visit

Konkan Coast is one of the interesting place to go for industrial visit, the district Ratnagiri has got three industrial area with more than 260 manufactring units, the large scale industries around konkan coast includes Bharati Shipyard Limited., Finolex Industries, JSW Energy Limited, JSW Jaigarh Port Limited, Gadre Marine Export Private Limited., J K Files & Tools Limited.,Narmada Cement Limited., UltraTech Cement etc medium scale industries include Gharda Chemicals Ltd, Vinati Organics Limited, Dow AgroSciences India Pvt. Ltd. etc

Extending from Bordi in the north to Redi Jetty and Shiroda in the south, the Konkan region in Maharashtra is a shoreline of astounding natural beauty.

A coastal strip of land bounded by Sahyadri hills on the east and Arabian Sea on the west, it is rich in mineral resources, and offers long stretches of clean, sandy beaches and bustling seaside towns such as RatnagirI and Ganapatipule. If you are historically minded and willing to explore the might of the Maratha power under Shivaji, then Sindhudurg lying on the shore of Malvan town should be your port of call.
For those that are more inclined towards adventure, Sindhudurg offers some exciting underwater snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities.Ratnagiri is the best place to base yourself while exploring the Konkan coast.This charming port town is famous for Alfonso mangoes, coconuts, jackfruits and a long stretch of black sandy beach with a backdrop of a 15th century fort.

Sights to See

Scuba Diving/Snorkelling
MTDC offers scuba diving or snorkelling for the first time at most competitive rates in the country or if you are already a certified diver, the MTDC’s Konkan diving dream is the right choice for thatspecial Konkan vacation. The coast around Sindhudurg has warm clear waters and interesting and varied diving and snorkelling sites guaranteeing some of the best scuba diving and snorkelling holidays anywhere in Indian subcontinent. Absolute beginners, children from age 10 upwards, and certified divers are all welcome. MTDC’s experienced PADI instructor and India’s well know marine biologist teach a large range of PADI diver certification courses with flexible scheduling. You have the perfect opportunity to try scuba diving or snorkelling for the first time or to get PADI certified whilst still having plenty of time to enjoy your vacation.

Mirya Bay
Also known as Bhagwati Port, this is a beautiful stretch of beach. 

Beaches
The languid sensuality of the landscape and picturesque scenic beauty of Mandvi Beach, PandreSamudra, Bhatye Beach andGaneshghule Beach will mesmerise anyone.
Fish Research Centre

In addition to a Research Centre, the institute also has an aquarium and a museum housing various marine species.

The Ratnadurg Fort
Surrounded by the Arabian Sea, the fort was constructed between AD 1350 to AD 1500. The Bhagwati Temple is situated inside the fort.

Palace of Thiba
Now converted into the Collector’s residence, it is a very old palace. The last king of Burma and eminent freedom fighter V. D. Savarkar were detained here by the British Government. 

Tilak Memorial
This is the birth place of famous freedom fighter LokmanyaTilak which has been converted into a memorial maintained by the State Archaeological Department. Photographs of important incidents in the life of LokmanyaTilak are preserved here. 

PatitpavanMandir
Venerated by the people this is the first place of worship built for non-Brahmins by the revolutionary leader, Veer Savarkar. Veer SavarkarSmarak and Peer Babar Sheikh Darga are other places of interest in Ratnagiri

 

Excursions

Ganapatipule (50 km): 
The venerated ancient temple of Shree Ganapati, believed to be 400 years old is situated here. It is built in a colossal rock on the shore and the idol is believed to be “Swayambhu”. Ganapatipule has a beautiful unspoiled beach. Malgund, a small village about 1 km away from Ganapatipule, where the memorial of the famous Marathi poet, KaviKeshavsoot, built by the Marathi SahityaParishad, is also worth a visit. OmkareshwarMandir and PrachinKonkan Museum are other attractions. 

Sindhudurg(195 km):
Sprawling over an area of 5,207 sq km Sindhudurg comprises sevenprovinces – Malvan, Kankavali, Devgad, Vaibhavwadi, Kudal, Vengurla and Sawantwadi. Ideal especially for beach tourism, Sindhudurg is well connected with various parts of the country by the Konkan Railway. It is named after one of the favourite sea forts of Shivaji, the founder of the Maratha Empire. A beautifully developed coastline, Malvan is famous for the Sindhudurg Fort built by ChhatrapatiShivaji. The journey from the pier to Fort takes just 5 minutes. Boat charges Rs. 25 (round trip). Also Malwani cuisine is well known all over India. The Marine Sanctuary here covers an area of 29.25 sq km and is rich in coral and other sea life. 

Pawas (25 km):
Pawas is known for the Ashram of Swami Swarupananda which is home to an ancient Shiva temple with its five tiered Deepmala and a SwayambhuGanapati formed on the trunk of a tree. 

Jaigad (33 km):
Jaigad creek is dotted with fishing villages and palm fringed beaches. It also has a tiny fort, part of which is now converted into a traveller’s bungalow. The ancient temple of Karateshwar lies 1.5 km from the fort. 

Dapoli (157 km): 
This town is famous for mango farms and its mango market. The place is home to the KonkanKrishiVidyapith and Sane Guruji Institute. The nearest railhead for Dapoli is Khed (27 km) on the Konkan Railway.

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Industries

  • Finolex Industries
  • Bharati Shipyard Limited

And many More Industries for more information see state wise list of Industries

Purnagad (40 km):
The place is home to a ruined fort, from where you can have breath-taking view of the sea. Enroute visit the Samadhi and ashram of Swami Swarupananda at Pawas.

Harnai (174 km): 
This seaside resort is visited by the tourists for its palm fringed beaches – Harnai Beach and Murud Beach. Siddhi VinayakGanapati, Durgadevi Temples and Suvarnadurg Fort are other attartciosn here. 15 km away from Harnai, Anjarle Village is also a popular beach resort. 

Sangameshwar (74 km)
Sangameshwar, the confluence of the rivers Alaknanda and Varuna, is a sacred place for the devotees.

Chiplun(95 km): 

Nestled in scenic surroundings and ringed by the higher hills of the Western Ghats, Chiplun, meaning “The abode of Lord Parshuram”, is an industrial town catering to mostly pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Chiplun is home to the fort of Govalkot, on the top of which is a hotel run by the Taj Group of Hotels. Places around Chiplun are Koyna Dam (43 km) and Marleshwar (65 km), DervanShivshrusti (20 km) and Guhagar (45 km ) 18 km fromGuhagar, Velneshwar is a small seaside resort with a Shiva temple. Hedvi (20 kmfrom Guhagar) has s a temple dedicated to Dasabhuj Lakshmi Ganesh and a beach. 

Devgad:
Devgad is famous for its temples, fort and a beach. Among the places of interest in Devgad include Gajbadevi and Vimleshwar Shiva temples, Devgad Beach, ruins of the Devgad Fort and modern windmills. Devgad is also well known for the Alfonso mangoes. In the south, between Devgad and Kunkeshwar is the Tara Mumbri Beach. A large number of tourists visit this beach in the night to watch a rare phenomenon known as phosphorescence and to see porpoises playing in the sea.

Kolisare (50 km): 
Located40 km from Ganapatipule, this incredibly scenic place is famous for LaxmiKeshavMandir

Kunkeshwar:
Kunkeshwar in DevgadTaluka is an important pilgrim centre in Konkan region and is also famous for its fine and silver sand beach. On the beach is the Hemadpanthi Shiva Temple built in 1650. 

Tarkarli: 
Situated at the confluence of the river Karliand the Arabian Sea, it is the most beautiful beach of Maharashtra and a scenicplace, away from the city life. The water is so clear that the seabed upto a depth of 15 ft can be seen. Places of interest include, Tarkarli Beach, Tarkarli Creek – a bird watcher’s paradise, Kolamb Beach, Ahra Beach, Newali- Bhogwe Beach which can be reached by ferry, Sindhudurg Fort (6 km), Deobagh Beach (7 km), Dhamapur Lake (20 km). 

Kudal:
On the Mumbai Goa National Highway,Kudal is a scenic town on the river side. Places of interest include the Agriculture Research Centre and Kudaleshwar Temple.

Sawantwadi: 
Erstwhile royal seat of Bhonsale Dynasty, Sawantwadi is famous for handicraft items such as ganjifa card, lacquered furniture, wooden toys, etc. Places of interest in Sawantwadi are the Palace of Bhonsales and MotiTalaoor pearl lake. 

Vengurla:
This seaside town is located 524 km away from Mumbai. Vengurla’s coast line is dotted with some of the most exotic and virgin beaches in Maharashtra. Places of interest in Vengurla are the light house, Fruit Research Centre, Vengurla’s Market, Sagareshwar Beach, Vayangani Beach, Mochemad fishing village and beach.

Amboli: 
Engulfed by dense forests and steep valleys, the tranquil hill resort of Amboli is situated at an altitude of 690 m in the ruggedly sculpted Sahyadris. The breath-taking mountain range, the spectacular waterfalls, the mist clad Konkan at the bottom of the hills, Amboli presents some of the best panoramic views of the region. Places of interest include, Mahadevgad (fort), Narayangad, Nangartas Waterfalls, Sunset Point and other view points, etc.

How would you like to travel?

AIR
The nearest airport is Kolhapur. However, Mumbai is the most convenient airport.
RAIL
Ratnagiri is a railhead on the Konkan Railway Line connecting several important cities in India.
ROAD
Ratnagiri is connected by good motorable roads to all major places in Maharashtra.
Ratnagiri is:
  • 120 km from Kolhapur
  • 334 km from Mumbai
  • 493 km from Nashik
  • 320 km from Pune
  • 308 km from Pandharpur
  • 280 km from Belgaum
  • 50 km from Ganapatipule

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