With an aim of getting more domestic and international tourists to Ratnagiri district, the three-day long Ratnagiri Tourism Mahotsav will begin on May 2. Tourists will be able to enjoy Konkani food and fish while revelling in folk music and ‘Balya’ dance, Ratnagairi guardian minister Ravindra Waikar told reporters.
“Earlier the tourism Mahotsav was held every year but it stopped since the last 15 years. Ratnagiri has clean and untouched beaches, even better than that of Goa and facilities like scuba diving can attract a lot of tourists,” Waikar said adding that the mahotsav will be held every year in various tehsils of the district starting this year.
The government has decided to invest Rs 500 crore for better transport facilities to the district. Also, during the mahotsav, state transport and private transporters will facilitate a day tour to tourist spots within Ratnagiri on a concession fare basis. The tourist spots will include Thiba palace, birth place of Lokmanya Tilak, Swatantryaveer Sawarkar memorial, Ganpatipule, Pawas and Marleshwar. “Tourists will also be given a concession at private hotels,” the minister said.
Musafir Namah Bureau