October to March are the best months to visit Ratnagiri. The weather remains favourable for sightseeing during winter. Summers from March to June are scorching with humidity that forces you to carry ample sun protection gears. Although summer is off-season and the mango season, the weather is unbearable leaving no option to do anything in and around Ratnagiri. However, if you enjoy mangoes, then this is the season for Alphonso mangoes. Monsoons aren't an excellent time for sightseeing, but Ratnagiri during the rains is a sight to behold.
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The Navrati festival generates a huge turnout at this temple. Situated in the Ratnadurg Fort, you should visit for the calm and serene atmosphere it provides.
A small village on the Konkan Coast, Ganapatipule offers vantage points which give you stunning views of the sea. All the major watersports are available at the Gaywadi Beach. Banana boats, jet skiing and water scooters are available mostly during the months of November to May.
Apart from the beach and clear waters, the temple of Swayambhu Ganpati is also a major attraction in the town of Ganapatipule. Let the rhythmic beats coming from the temple serve as your morning wake up call while getting away from all the noise and pollution of the city.
Velas village, famous for the Olive Ridley Festival, holds the Turtle Festival, a unique event for conservationists every year. One of the most happening events for nature lovers, it records the baby turtles as they take their first steps to the open sea.