Konkan Coast attractions

Top Choice Fort in Murud-Janjira

Janjira

The commanding, brooding fortress of Janjira, built on an island 500m offshore, is the most magnificent of the string of forts that line the Konkan coastline. This citadel was completed in 1571 by the Siddis, descen…
Fort in Raigad Fort

Raigad Fort

This enthralling hilltop fort served as Shivaji’s capital from 1648 until his death in 1680. The fort was later sacked by the British and some colonial structures added, but monuments such as the royal court, plinth…
Fort in Malvan

Sindhudurg Fort

Built by Shivaji and dating from 1664, this monstrous fort lies on an offshore island and can be reached by frequent ferries (adult/child ₹70/40, 8am to 5.30pm) from Malvan’s harbour. It’s not as impressive as Janji…
Palace in Ganpatipule

Thibaw Palace

There’s little to see and do in Ratnagiri apart from viewing the remnants of Thibaw Palace, where the last Burmese king, Thibaw, was interned under the British from 1886 until his death in 1916. The three-story, slo…
Beach in Malvan

Tarkali Beach

A golden arc south of Malvan, this crescent-shaped sandy beach is a vision of tropical India, fringed by coconut palms and casuarina trees, plus the odd cow. At dusk (between October and February) fishermen work tog…
Hindu Temple in Ganpatipule

Swayambhu Temple

This seaside Ganesh temple houses a monolithic Ganesh (painted a lurid orange), supposedly discovered 1600 years ago.