Ratnagiri district

This article is about the district. For its eponymous headquarters, see Ratnagiri.
Ratnagiri district
रत्नागिरी जिल्हा
District of Maharashtra

Location of Ratnagiri district in Maharashtra
Country India
State Maharashtra
Administrative division Konkan Division
Headquarters Ratnagiri
Tehsils 1. Mandangad,
2. Dapoli,
3. Khed,
4. Chiplun,
5. Guhagar,
6. Sangameshwar,
7. Ratnagiri,
8. Lanja,
9. Rajapur
  Lok Sabha constituencies 1. Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg (shared with Sindhudurg district),
2. Raigad (shared with Raigad district) (Based on Election Commission website)
  Assembly seats 5
  Total 8,208 km2 (3,169 sq mi)
Population (2001)
  Total 1,696,777
  Density 210/km2 (540/sq mi)
  Literacy 92.44%
Major highways NH-66, NH-204
Website Official website
Ratnagiri district 1896

Ratnagiri district is one of the 36 districts of Maharashtra state in Western India. Ratnagiri (city) is the district headquarters of the district. The district is 11.33% urban.[1] The district is bounded by the Arabian Sea to the west, Sindhudurg district to the south, Raigad district to the north and Satara, Sangli and Kolhapur districts to the east. This district is part of Konkan division.


There are five Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha constituencies in this district. These are:

  1. Rajapur
  2. Ratnagiri
  3. Guhagar
  4. Chiplun
  5. Khed

There are two Lok Sabha constituencies in which the district is partly represented:

  1. Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg Lok Sabha constituency: This includes the southern part of Ratnagiri district, namely, Chiplun, Ratnagiri and Rajapur constituencies, along with the entire Sindhudurg District.
  2. Raigad Lok Sabha constituency: This includes the northern part of the district, namely, Khed, Guhagar and Dapoli constituencies, along with part of the neighbouring Raigad district.


According to the 2011 census Ratnagiri district has a population of 1,612,672,[2] roughly equal to the nation of Guinea-Bissau[3] or the US state of Idaho.[4] This gives it a ranking of 311th in India (out of a total of 640).[2] The district has a population density of 196 inhabitants per square kilometre (510/sq mi) .[2] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was -4.96%.[2] Ratnagiri has a sex ratio of 1123 females for every 1000 males,[2] and a literacy rate of 82.43%.[2]

Notable personalities

Ratnagiri has the distinction of being the native place of notable personalities like Lokmanya Tilak, Anant Lakshman Kanhere, 1st Chief Minister of Mumbai Province Balasaheb Kher, S. M. Joshi, many Bharat Ratna awardees, namely Maharishi Karve, Vinoba Bhave, Dr. Pandurang Vaman Kane, and Dr. B. R. Ambedkar. The ancestors of Govind Ballabh Pant - first Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and a Bharat Ratna awardee also hailed from this area. After his conditional release from Andaman prison, Swatantryaveer Savarkar was moved to Ratnagiri with his freedom of movement restricted to the boundary of the district and also refraining from politics. Savarkar used his more than decade in Ratnagiri to bring major social reforms such as opening Hindu temples to the so-called untouchable castes and bringing back to hinduism those who had converted to Christianity.[5]

Forts and Historical Places

There are many Forts along the sea cost as well as along the Hilly areas near western Ghats. They are Hill Forts-Mahipatgad, Sumargad, Rasalgad, Prachitgad, Palgad, Mandangad fort, Govalkot, Bhavangad, Maimatgad Sea Forts-Bankot, Suvarnadurg, Fattegad, Gova Fort, Gopalgad, Jaigad, Vijaygad, Ratnagiri fort, Purnagad, Ambolgad, Yeshwantgad

See also


  1. Census GIS India
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "District Census 2011". Census2011.co.in. 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-30.
  3. US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 2011-10-01. Guinea-Bissau 1,596,677 July 2011 est.
  4. "2010 Resident Population Data". U. S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-09-30. Idaho 1,567,582
  5. Joglekar, Jaywant (2006). Veer Savarkar Father of Hindu Nationalism. p. 106. ISBN 978-1-84728-380-1. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
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