Mandvi Beach, Ratnagiri – what to expect

If someone says ‘Konkan Coast,’ it is almost certain that your mind will jump to Goa or Kerala. You wouldn’t think of Alibaug or Ratnagiri unless you’re in Mumbai, looking for a quick weekend getaway. However, just a hop away from the border of Goa, or 270 kms to be exact, the welcoming beaches of Ratnagiri are a sight to behold.

ratnagiri konkan kanya

Until recently, I’d only had a glimpse of Ratnagiri as the train from Mumbai to Goa chugged past its railway station. Even while peering out through the rusty window grills of the Konkan Kanya express, the district looked pristine, down below. Winding narrow lanes, emerald paddy fields and a multi-hued landscape permeated with red earth.

For those who love wandering to lesser known spots, the coastal shoreline of Ratnagiri is truly astounding in terms of natural beauty. With the Sahyadri ranges on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other, it’s fair distance from Goa and Mumbai have allowed it to keep its scenic beauty intact. There are little pockets of ‘town’ between the greenery and it is here that you will find yourself amidst honking traffic, busy marketplaces and commercial centres for a few minutes.

ratnagiri mandvi beach

But the beaches! Unlike Goa, where the beaches are teeming with tourists, those in Ratnagiri offer undisturbed views of the sea. No shacks blaring loud music, no hawkers coaxing you into getting a henna tattoo, no shouts of joy from tourists as they ride off on their jet-skis. Just plenty of shady trees, the sound of the crashing waves and the opportunity to do absolutely nothing.

Ganpatiphule, Malgund, Arre Waare and Bhandarpule are a few of the blissfully secluded beaches in the area. I wish I could have explored them all, but I was only in Ratnagiri for one evening and Mandvi Beach was the closest to where I was put up for the night. (More on that lovely hotel, Sangam Residency, in my next post).

that goan girl mandvi beach

This particular beach, Mandvi, did have a handful of tourists in places but it wasn’t hard to find quiet spots to sit and relax. There are no food options around, save for a couple of vendors selling chaat off their carts. Don’t expect to find white sand here. While it is lustrously powder-like, the colour is as black as coal, darker than even the monsoon clouds overhead.

If you’re looking for a beach to spend the entire day at, and maybe have a picnic, it is best to overlook this one. An hour or so here would be plenty.

Ratnagiri is home to some popular ancient temples and has some marvelous Konkan cuisine as well and maybe I can stop by on another road-trip to check it out. Let me know if you’ve ever explored this area or this beach! Would love to know what you think.

I visited another gorgeous beach in my home-state of Goa recently. You may like to check out my post on it – Grandmother’s Hole Beach. Also, stay tuned for all the details on my road-trip from Mumbai to Goa.

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8 Comments

  1. September 29, 2017 / 6:07 am

    Just heared so many thing about Ratnagiri about destinations, attractions etc but this Mandvi Beach looks really nice & amazing.

    This info about Mandvi Beach is so cool.

    • Jade DSA
      September 29, 2017 / 7:39 am

      Glad you liked it, Sophia!

  2. Indrani
    October 2, 2017 / 2:26 am

    Good informative post on Ratnagiri.

    • Jade DSA
      October 4, 2017 / 4:37 am

      Thank you, Indrani! Glad you liked it!

  3. October 2, 2017 / 8:44 am

    Always been wanting to drive down too Ratnagari but could never make the time for it. This year I hope to do it for sure…

    • Jade DSA
      October 4, 2017 / 4:36 am

      Hello! Definitely give it a shot this year! 2-3 days would be sufficient.

  4. October 2, 2017 / 9:56 am

    Last year end we went to a virgin beach close to Ratnagiri, at night we could see the waves illuminated like having thousands on LEDs on them. it was some fungi with fluorescent reflecting colors… It was breathtaking scenery..

    • Jade DSA
      October 4, 2017 / 4:35 am

      Wow, that sounds surreal!! Do you remember which beach it was?

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