Why Madangad?



  1. Mandangad is the first Taluka of Ratnagiri district
  2. Fertile land, Red soil and Red stone which is ideal for Mango and cashew plantation.
  3. Virgin Beaches like Kelshi, Anjarle, Harne, karde, Murud are in the range of 30 kms.
  4. Hot water spring is 9 kms from our site
  5. River Touch Land
  6. Coastal Highway will connect Mandangad
  7. Dighi port is 60 Kms from Mandangad
  8. After the completion of 4 Lane work of NH 17 the travelling time to mandangad will be only 3 hrs.
  9. Tourism will also increase due to increased connectivity.
  10. High quality Alphonso Mango production


Mandangad is the taluka (tehsil) headquarters in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra state in India. The heart of Mandangad is Mandangad fort. The village is situated at the extreme north of Ratnagiri District. In terms of geographical features, its area is about 43,100 Hectares, altitude is 882 feet (268 metres), latitude 17.9833 and longitude 73.2500. Time zone is UTC+5.30. Average rainfall in the taluka is 3996 mm. Mandangad is a hilly coastal zone. Mandangad is 175 km from Ratnagiri, 170 km from Pune and 192 km from Mumbai. It is connected by road. The nearest major town is Mangaon in Raigad District on Mumbai-Goa National Highway No. 17. The Arabian Sea is about 35 km from Mandangad,Konkan.


Tourist sites

1.Velas � The coastal place Velas is at the distance of about 36 km from Mandangad. The unique Marine Turtle Conservation Festival is celebrated here. The festival is aimed at conservation of marine turtles.[1] Velas is also the birthplace of Nana Phadanvis alias Balaji Janardan Bhanu, who was the influential personality in the history of Maratha Empire. Nana Phadanvis House and Mahalaxmi Temple are the main attractions in Velas. Gokulashtami Festival is the important event for Velas people.

2.Bankot or Himmatgad Fort - is also called Victoria Fort. The River Savitri approaches the sea at Bankot. Bankot's importance is also associated with the holy place Harihareshwar in neighboring Raigad District. From Bankot (Hanuman Tekdi), ferry boats or jetties are available up to Bagmandla in Raigad district; from where tourists can reach Harihareshwar temple by auto rickshaws / S.T.Buses.

3.Kelshi Beach (Dapoli taluka) � Kelshi is a small village in neighbouring Dapoli Taluka. Along the Mahalakshmi temple, Kelshi has got a scenic and unfamiliar beach, which is a very calm and quiet place. Another place worth visiting here is Uttambar.

4.Panderi � Panderi is the important irrigation project on the Savitri River in Mandangad taluka. Apart from the agricultural importance of the dam, of late, Panderi has become a picnic spot. Also found here Pandava Cave.

5.Ambavade � this is a native place of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, the Chief Architect of the Indian Constitution, which is about 20 km from Mandangad. There is a monument in this village in commemoration of Dr. Ambedkar.

6.Palgad (Dapoli taluka) � This is the place where the Marathi author, freedom fighter and social activist Pandurang Sadashiv Sane, known as Sane Guruji, was born. His works in Marathi literature includes Shyamchi Aai (Shyam's Mother) and Dhadapadanari Mule (Struggling Children).

7.Unhavare - there is a sources of warm water located in village name which is almost 23 km away from mandnagad, where u can reach by S.T. buses or any private trax, these warm water lake stays warm in all the season, there is also a waterfall name SAVAT KADA in nearest village PALAVNI. It is quite a silent place where you can get peace.


History

Overlooking the small town of Mandangad is a two peaked hill fort also known by the same name i.e. Mandangad (also called Chitradurga fort). Mandangad fort doesn't find much of a mention in history books. In fact, it is one of the very old forts in the region with data suggesting that Mandangad was built in 12th century during the reign of the Shilahara dynasty. It was built by King Bhoja II. In 1661 it was under an Adilshahi Sardar(Knight) Jaswantrao Dalvi, the person who besieged Vishalgad during Shivaji Maharaj's daring escape from Panhalgad.

When Shivaji Maharaj defeated kartalabhkhan and was marching towards Dabhol, Mandangad was along the way. Hearing this news, Jaswantrao Dalvi ran away to Shingarpur and Shivaji took Mandangad without a fight. It was held by Kanhoji Angre before captured by British in 1818.


Climate

As Mandangad is located on higher level than sea, the weather is not that humid. The winters are really very cold.


Transportaion

Mandangad is a junction where all the ST buses coming from Mumbai/ Thane/ Pune etc. and going to kolhpur, miraj,khed ,Dapoli, Bankot, Kelshi,mhapral,mahad Velas etc. halt.


Nearest Railway Stations

Karanjadi - 27 km. Veer - 35 km. Goregaon - 45 km


Nearest Airports

Lohagaon, Pune - 107 km. Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai - 144 km. Kolhapur - 208 km.

Facilities

There is one Marathi and English medium high school and S P College (Savitribai Phule COllege) in the village which is affiliated to Mumbai university.

There is one government hospital on the outskirts of the village. There are also few private hospitals. Dr Bam's hospital is the only hospital in the village offering sonography, X-ray and maternity services. There are a number of medical stores as well. Thus the villagers can affordably get all basic medical treatments in the village itself. On May 29, 2009 a new hospital named Shraddha Multispeciality Hospital started at Shivajinagar Mandangad. It is a private nursing home where surgery is carried out.

Distance from Mumbai

181 km, 3 hours 38 mins


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Distance from Pune

160 km, 3 hours 24 mins


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