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District Focus: Ratnagiri, Maharashtra

What if I tell you that you can see all of the following things in a single district inside India: the birthplace of a famous freedom fighter, pristine beaches, Olive Ridley turtles, alphonso mangoes, cashewnut plantations, gorgeous mountain ghat roads and sea-side temples. The district’s name translates to a ‘mountain of jewels’. That would be Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, a district that lies between the sea and the mountains and has some of the richest people in the country, courtesy the export of Alphonso mangoes. Continue reading

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District Focus: Satara, Maharashtra

We know that India has plenty of cities, towns and villages which are beautiful, historic and friendly. But what about entire districts which are packed with things to see and do? For instance, plenty of Indians often talk about travelling to Coorg or Kullu-Manali. These aren’t single towns, but entire districts enriched with beauty. One such district is Satara district in Maharashtra. The district lies at the foot of Sahyadri mountains and is blessed with two major river beds. Satara district is home to exotic fruits like the strawberry. To see the unparalleled beauty of Satara district, one must visit it during monsoon in July-August. Continue reading