Jaigad fort 15 kms north of Ganapatipule and Ratnadurga fort 25 kms south are the main sea facing forts near Ganapatipule. While Jaigad can be visited even during a short one day weekend break to Ganapatipule Ratnadurga fort is the main attraction of a Ratnagiri trip from Ganapatipule if you are on a longer trip to Ganapatipule. Rappeling and spelunking is also possible at the Ratnadurga fort.
Ratnadurga is about 30 kms from Ganapatipule. Surrounded by the arabian sea on it three sides the fort offer some madnificesnt sea views and the fort definitely is worth the travel. One of the bastions of the Ratnadurga fort, Siddha bastion houses the lighthouse present on the fort. At the entrance of the fort there is a temple of Hanuman and inside the fort there is a Bhagawati temple owing to which it is at times called the 'Bhagawati Killa'.
Built with red sandstone Jaigad is located about 20 kms north of Ganpatipule. Jaigad currently is in ruins and only the fortification remain with a remnant of a building inside. The 17th century Jaigad fort offers some beautiful sea views especially during evenings. Although in ruins Jaigad Fort is a great sightseeing option amd a perfect place to have a picnic perched on a bastion overlooking the confluence of River Sangameshwar and the arabian sea
Anjanvel fort or the Gopagad fort and light house is a coastal fort located to the north of ganpatipule across the Jagad creek close to the Vashishti river. Gopagad fort and light house is worth a visit during a Ganpatipule holiday only if you are really interested in visiting forts or light houses. Gopalgadfort is located to the north of the temple town of Guhagar. Talkeshwar mandir is located just outside the light house and definitely is worth a visit.
Thibaw palace is a three storied structure with sloping roofs and semi-circular wooden windows. There is a dancing hall with marble floor on the first floor. One Buddha idol is installed at the back side of the palace. This idol was brought to India by king Thibaw. Presently the palace is maintained by ASI
The king went to a point on the hill to look at the fishing boats as they returned to the harbor every evening . The fishermen could tell that he was looking from the glint of his binoculars and began to regard him as a guardian angel. This place is now called the Thibaw point.