Ratnagiri is a port city in Ratnagiri district. Fishing is an important industry in Ratnagiri.
The Thebaw Palace was built in 1910-11 for the 1911-16 stay there in exile of the king and the queen of Burma (Myanmar). The place has tombs of the royal couple.
Ratna Durga fort was built during the Bahamani rule. In 1670, Shivaji conquered the fort from Bijapur ruler Adil Shah. In 1790, one Dhondu Bhaskar Pratinidhi rebuilt the fort, and strengthened its ramparts. The fort has the shape of a horseshoe, with a length of 1,300 meters and a width of 1,000 meters. The Arabian Sea surrounds it on its three sides. One of the fort's bastions, Siddha Buruj, has a lighthouse which was built many years ago in 1867 and rebuilt to its present form in 1962. A picturesque temple of Goddess Bhagwati is located inside the fort.
Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, a prime leader in the nation's freedom movement in the British Raj days; Bharat Ratna Maharshi Dhondo Kehav Karve, an eminent social reformer and educationist and Wrangler Raghunath Purushottam Paranjpe, a mathematician and educationist, were born in Ratnagiri.
Ratnagiri is about 20 km from Hathkhamba and around 400 km from Mumbai by road. Konkan Railway is also an option to reach Ratnagiri.
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