A port city on the west coast, Ratnagiri comes under the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. Located close to the Sahyadri Mountains, the fertile soil in the regions makes this an agricultural city. Fishing is an important industry in this region. The ‘Hāpus’ (Alphonso) variety of mangoes is one of the main fruits cultivated in the region. The Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project is located in this district.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels in Ratnagiri. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay at Hotel Landmark, Hotel Vivek, Vihar Deluxe Hotel and Hotel Krishna Sea View that offers rooms from Rs.1000 onwards
All annual festivals like Onam, Vishu, Dussehra, Christmas and Ramzan are celebrated here.
Marathi is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
Mandavi Beach (3kms), Bhatye Beach (4kms), Atulit Bal Dham (1kms), Ganpatipule temple (21 kms) and Nivali Waterfall (20kms) are places to visit in this city.
How to Get There
Ratnagiri has its own airport
Ratnagiri has its own railway station
Ratnagiri bus stand runs regular bus services. Private bus operators like Mukund Krupa Travels, Paulo Travels and National Tourist run regular buses to and from the city. Book bus ticket online from the comfort of your home with just a click of a mouse.
Bijapur is an ancient historical and cultural city that was established in 11th century during the Chalukya dynasty. It is 530 km away from Bangalore and nearby Belgaum. Known for its medieval monuments of Islamic architecture, Bijapur has the second largest dome in the world, the “Gol Gumbaz” and the first mosque in India, the “Jamai Masjid”. Historical mosques, palaces, canons, tombs, and dams here draw a large number of tourists to Bijapur every year. The city is well connected by rail and road.
Budget Hotels in Bijapur
Bijapur has a sizeable number of budget hotels. Some of them are Madhuvan International (Tariff-Rs. 950), Kanishka International Hotel (Tariff-Rs. 500), and Shashinag Residency Hotel (Tariff-Rs. 650).
The official language of Bijapur is Kannada. English is the alternate language used.
Events in Bijapur
Navaraspur Music Festival is an annual classical music concert held in January and February every year. A fair organized by Shri Siddheshwar temple during Makar Sankranti is also a popular event here.
Places to See in Bijapur
Swami Narayan temple, Ram Bagh temple, Basanta Vana, Malik-e-Maidan, Almatti Dam, Ibrahim Rouza, and Mehtar Mahal are key tourist landmarks in Bijapur.
How to Get There
Bijapur does not have an airport of its own. The nearest domestic airport to Bijapur is in Belgaum (205 km).
A couple of trains pass through and stop by at Bijapur.
Bangalore is approximately 682 km away from Bijapur. Around six operators offer bus services from Bangalore to Bijapur on a daily basis. Some of them are SRS Travels Bangalore and VRL Travels. Get online bus tickets to more than 4,000 destinations by logging on to TicketGoose.com, a leading bus booking website of India