Top things to do in Konkan Coast

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…
Top Choice Malvani in Malvan

Chaitanya

On Malvan’s main drag, this great, family-run place specialises in Konkan cuisine including bangda tikhale (fish in thick coconut sauce), prawns malvani and very flavoursome crab masala; portions won't thrill you, b…
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…
Indian in Ganpatipule

Bhau Joshi Bhojnalay

It's not the easiest place to eat (no English sign, nearly no English spoken and no napkins, so bring some baby wipes!), but the delicious Maharashtrian food in this clean, orderly restaurant inland from the beach m…
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…
Indian in Murud-Janjira

Hotel Vinayak

Its sea-facing terrace is the perfect place to tuck into a delicious and fiery Konkani thali (₹120 to ₹300), with fish curry, tawa (hotplate) fish fry, sol kadhi (pink-coloured, slightly sour digestive made from coc…
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…
Indian in Ganpatipule

Hotel Naivedya

A simple local's joint in the village serving up a wonderful daily veg thali with a kick (₹85) and the most refreshing sol kadhi we had on the coast.
Hindu Temple in Ganpatipule

Swayambhu Temple

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