Ratnagiri is about 30 kms from Ganpatipule on the coastal highway passing through Aare and Waare, twin beaches. There are many destinations in Ratnagiri that can be seen during a one day trip from Ganpatipule. Thibaw palace and Thibaw point, Ratnadurg fort, Bal Gangadhar Tilak janmasthan, the marine aquariums and the beaches just to name a few. Owing to the river there are both white sand beaches and black sand beaches in Ratnagiri.
Bhatye beach is located about 3 km from Ratnagiri Bus Stand, next to Mandvi Beach separated by a creek. Shores of this beach is afforested with 'suru che ban'. A star hotel and spa is located on this beach and dominates the whole beach. Bhatye beach is more of a white sand beach while Mandvi beach across the creek is a black sand beach. Mandvi Beach, a black sand beach and is often referred to as the Gateway of Ratnagiri.
Ratnadurga Fort spread over 120 acres is surrounded by the Arabian Sea from three sides. The fort is located very close to the Ratnagiri town about 4kms from the Ratnagiri bus stand. One could start the Ratnadurga fort tour with a visit to the Bhagwati Mandir thronged by devotees all round the year. A fascinating tunnel connects the north and south divisions of the fort. There is a Lighthouse which was built in 1867 on 'Siddha Buruj', one of the bastions.
Thibaw palace is a three storied structure with sloping roofs and semi-circular wooden windows. There is a dancing hall with marble floor on the first floor. A Buddha idol brought by the king is installed at the back side of the palace. The king went to a point on the hill to look at the fishing boats as they returned to the harbor every evening. This place is now called the Thibaw point which offers a great view of the river and horizons.
Sri Lokmanya Tilak's Janmasthan which is his ancestoral house has been converted into a museum in his honor. It is the house where Lokmanya Tilak spent his first 10 years of his life. The house has been preserved as it is. Its a pleasure to walk barefoot on the cowdung smeared natural flooring. His topi & a few clothes are also on display within the museum.
The Tilak family lived on rent in Indirabai Gores house. At that time, LokmanyaTilaks father worked as a teacher in Ratnagiri. Tilaks native village was Chikhalgaon in Dapoli. Tilaks birthplace in Ratnagiri has been preserved by the ASI and it has been declared as a memorial.