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Location in Maharashtra, India

Coordinates: 17°59′N 73°15′E / 17.983°N 73.250°E / 17.983; 73.250Coordinates: 17°59′N 73°15′E / 17.983°N 73.250°E / 17.983; 73.250

Country  India
State Maharashtra
District Ratnagiri
 • Official Marathi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 415203
Telephone code 0-2350
Vehicle registration MH-08
Nearest city Mangaon

Mandangad (or Mandangadh or Mandangarh) is the northmost taluka in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, India.


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.


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.

Mandangad and Bankot forts were built to safeguard the trade route through the Savitri River, which was an important trade route. The mazar of Saint Dawood Khan {R.A} and many Muslim graves are there. A Ganapati Temple and two ponds are present inside the fort. This tank is known as "Thorla Talao" (Big Lake).


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


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.


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.

Tourist sites

The places worth visiting in and around Mandangad town are (a) Mandangad fort (b) Velas (c) Bankot or Himmatgad Fort (d) Kelshi Beach (Dapoli taluka) (e) Panderi (f) Ambavade and (g) Palgadh (Dapoli taluka).

  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. The RadhaKrishna Temple, Gokulgaon - The Radha Krishna Temple which has been built in the recent year is gaining attraction among the tourists. The lucrative idols of RadhaKrishna Temple with peaceful atmosphere make place, top on the tourist list.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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).
  8. 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.
  9. Kelshi - is about 37 km from Mandangadh. There is Village known DAIRA. Shivaji Maharaj's 11th spiritual teacher {Guru} Baba Yaqoob Khan Saharvardi's Mazar is there on the bank of the Arabian see.

Villages in Mandangad Taluka

  1. Aatle
  2. Adakhal
  3. Aasavale
  4. Aambadave
  5. Ambavane
  6. Bahiravali
  7. Bamanghar
  8. Bankot
  9. Borkhat
  10. Bhingloli
  11. Bholavali
  12. Borghar
  13. Buri
  1. Chinchghar
  2. Dabhat
  3. Dahagaon
  4. Devhare
  5. Dhangar
  6. Dhutroli
  7. Dudhere
  8. Gharadi
  9. Ghosale
  10. Ghote
  11. Gothe-Khalati
  12. Govele
  13. Javale
  14. Kadvan
  15. kelvat
  16. Khudak Kh.
  17. Kondgaon
  18. Konzar
  19. Kumbale
  20. Latvan
  21. Lokarvan
  22. Mahu-Borghar
  23. Mandangad
  24. Mhapral Moholla
  25. Muradpur
  26. Nargoli
  27. Nigadi
  28. Nighavani
  29. Nayane
  30. Padave
  31. Palavani
  32. Pale
  33. Palghar
  34. Panderi
  35. Pat
  36. Peve
  37. Pimploli
  38. Pipalgaon
  39. Sade
  40. Savari
  41. Shedwai
  42. Sheegavan
  43. Shenale
  44. Shirgaon
  45. Soveli
  46. Surle
  47. Takede
  48. Takvali
  49. Tide Teleghar
  50. Tondali
  51. Tulashi
  52. Umaroli
  53. Umbarshet
  54. Unhavare
  55. Valas
  56. Valmikinagar
  57. Valote
  58. Veenhe
  59. Veral
  60. Vesavi


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