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Ratnagiri , Maharashtra

IN the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra lies this beautiful city known as Chiplun. Sandwiched in a valley between the Western Ghats and the Araban Sea, it is a place which is breathtaking with its natural beauty. Even the advent of industrialism has not been able to take away the wonderful charm of this timeless place. This is a city which is the connection between the Ghats and the interiors of Maharashtra having the best of both worlds. It is also a very common stopover for all the people who are heading from Bombay to Goa. Dwelling on the banks of the river Vashishthi this place means the Abode of Parashuram. One of the best sights to see here is while you are boating on the Vashishthi river. The meandering rivers opens up that part of the Ghats which you may never have seen. The meandering ride is thrilling an soothing at the same time and it gives you the best of this state. It is a land of traders; it trades in groceries, kokams (red colour fruit) and kokam juices. It also has a great crop of mangoes as it falls in Ratnagiri district which is very well known for King of Mangoes, Alphonso. The waterfall known as Savatsada, attracts the eyes of tourists in months of June and July as it rightly should because of its beauty and its serenity. Well connected to the main cities of Maharashtra, it is a place where a host of pharmaceutical companies have established themselves making it a very progressive and industrial city. It is one of those places which are moving towards the future in the right direction by presering the past but also embracing the future. Chiplun will delight you with its riverside views, ghats and the wonderful people there.

Distance / Time Current Temperature Mean Rainfall Altitude Population Best Times Min Hotel tariff
km / Hrs 32.0°C /90.0°F 68 mm 26feet 46213.0 /km2 Jan-Mar,Jun-Dec Coming Soon

Places of Interest

  • Koyna Dam

    "The Koyna Dam is the largest dams in Maharashtra, India. It is a rubble-concrete dam constructed on Koyna River which rises in Mahabaleshwar, a hillstation in Sahyadri ranges. It is located in Koyna Nagar, Satara district, nestled in the Western Ghats on the state highway between Chiplun and Karad.\nThe main purpose of dam i hydroelectricity with some irrigation in neighboring areas.Today the Koyna Hydroelectric Project is the largest completed hydroelectric power plant in India[2] having a total installed capacity of 1,920 MW. Due to its electricity generating potential Koyna river is considered as the 'life line of Maharashtra'.[3]\nThe spillway of the dam is located at the center. It has 6 radial gates. The dam plays a vital role of flood controlling in monsoon season.\nThe catchment area dams the Koyna river and forms the Shivajisagar Lake which is approximately 50 km (31 mi) in length. It is one of the largest civil engineering projects commissioned after Indian independence. The Koyna hydro-electric project is run by the Maharashtra State Electricity Board.\nThe dam has withstood many earthquakes in the recent past, including the devastating 1967 Koynanagar earthquake, resulting in the dam developing some cracks. After the disaster grouting of the cracks was done. Also internal holes were drilled to relieve the hydrostatic pressures in the body of the dam. Indian scientific establishment has formulated an ambitious project to drill a deep borehole in the region and intensely study the earthquake activity. This would help in better understanding and possible forecast of earthquakes. The proposal is to drill up to 7 km and study the physical, geological and chemical processes and properties of the reservoir triggered earthquake zone in real time. It would be an international project to be led by Indian scientists.[4]\nIn 1973 the non-overflow portion of the dam was strengthened, followed by strengthening the spillway section in 2006. Now the dam is expected to be safe against any future earthquake even of more intensity than that of 1967"

    Koyna Dam

  • Walavalkar Shivaji Museum

    "Walavalkar Shivaji Museum is a marvelous place to see, where the entire life history of Shivaji is displayed. The great Martha rulers' life history is presented through exhibits of pictures and statues. The museum was completed in a period of 15 years at a cost of one crore rupees. \nThe beautiful museum was brought about by the great social worker Sitarambuva Walvalkar. He took great pains to bring the museum into what it is today. The Walvalkar Shivaji Museum has become one of the tourist's attractions of Chiplun."

    Walavalkar Shivaji Museum

  • Nehru Smriti Udyan

    "For a full view of Koyna dam one should enter the Nehru Smriti Udyan. The Koyna lake can also be viewed from the Smriti. The lake runs up to 50 km from here. The place is famous for its sweet water fish. The Koyna dam and the reservoir are famous and many visitors visit the Nehru Smriti Udyan to have a clear view of the dam and the reservoir. \nThe entry fee to the Nehru Smriti Udyan is Rs 5 per head."

    Nehru Smriti Udyan

  • Vashishti River

  • Marleshwar Temple

  • Parshuram Temple

    "Parashurama (Sanskrit: ???????, Parashurama), is the sixth avatar of Vishnu, descendant of Brahma and pupil of Shiva. He is son of Renuka and the saptarishi Jamadagni. He lived during the last Treta Yuga, and is one of the seven immortals or Chiranjivi, of Hinduism, He received an axe after undertaking terrible penance to please Shiva, who in turn taught him the martial arts.\nParashurama is most known for ridding the world of kshatriyas twenty-one times over after the mighty king Kartavirya killed his father. He played important roles in the Mahabharata and Ramayana, serving as mentor to Bhishma,Karna and Drona. Parashurama also fought back the advancing seas to save the lands of Konkan, Malabar and Kerala.\nParashurama is worshipped as mool purush, or founder, of the Bhumihar, Chitpavan, Niyogi, Daivadnya, Mohyal, Shukla, Awasthi, Tyagi, Anavil Brahmin communities."

    Parshuram Temple


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