Thibaw Palace was built for the exiled King & Queen of Burma in 1910-11. There is a Sculpture Museum and 3 rooms on the first floor. A short drive away from here is the scenic Thibaw Point.
The town of Ratnagiri is pretty small & easy to navigate. Surrounded by the Sahyadri ranges and once the administrative capital of the Bijapur rulers, Ratnagiri is one of the important ports of the Konkan coast.
There are many spots in Ratnagiri of importance to the tourist. Ratnadurga Fort is the primary attraction of Ratnagiri apart from the beaches. There are historically important places like Tilaks Janmasthan, Patit Pawan Mandir etc also in Ratnagiri.
Aquarium And Museum
There is a small aquarium in Ratnagiri city. Main attraction of it is Huge skeleton of a Whale. Unfortunately some visitors to the aquarium have written their names on it spoiling the artefact. There are many specimens of exotic fish and turtles in tanks.
Ratnadurga Fort spread over 120 acres is surrounded by the Arebian 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.
Sri Lokmanya Tilak's Janmasthan 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.
Sri Lokmanya Tilak's Janmasthan
Pawas a quaint village about 20 kms from Ratnagiri is an important pilgrim center thanks to the Shri Swami Swarup anand Samadhi mandir which is visited by thousands every year.