Ganpatipule is flanked by the Ratnadurga fort to its south and Jaigad and Gopalgad forts to its north. Ratnadurga in Ratnagiri is a much larger fort than Jaigad however during a Ganapatipule holiday the Jaigad fort is the one you shouldn't miss. Ratnadurga fort is one of the main attractions of Ratnagiri and shouldn't be missed if you are visiting Ratnagiri. Gopalgad is only worth a visit if you have a lot of time at hand and are planning a one day trip to Guhagar.
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.
Gopalgad is located near Anjanvel - 11 km north of Guhagar, along the coast near the Anjanvel Light house. It is believed to be built by the Siddis in 16th century. Although not open to tourists at this point in time the views from the hill top with the walls of the fort next to you itself is great.
Jaigad Fort (15 Kms)
The 17th century Jaigad fort is located about 15 KMs from Ganapatipule. The Jaigad fort offers some beautiful sea views especially during evenings. Now in ruins Jaigad Fort is a perfect place to have a picnic perched on a cliff overlooking the confluence of River Sangameshwar and the arabian sea
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.
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.