Ratanwadi at a glance:
Coordinates: 19.5177° N, 73.7220° E
Ratanwadi is one of the famous villages in Maharashtra known for the amruteshwar temple, which is a beautiful stoned carved shiva temple made back in 900 AD.
How to Reach Ratanwadi:
By Air: Pune airport is the closest to Ratanwadi at about 78 km whereas Mumbai airport is at a distance of 170 km away. From the airports, you can hire a cab or bus to reach Ratanwadi.
By Rail: Igatpuri is the nearest station to Ratanwadi.
By Bus: The route through road to Ratanwadi is very tedious and unvarying causing discomfort to the passengers also buses are not regular. Regardlessly you can go till Bhandardara by road and then take a boat ride to reach Ratanwadi.
By Waterways: With frequent boats available from Arthur Lake in Bhandardara to Ratanwadi is the most convenient and comfortable way to reach Ratanwadi.
Places to visit and Things to do in Ratanwadi
The beautiful temple of Amruteshwar carved out of stone, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It lies in the little village of Ratanwadi and can be approached from Igatpuri via Bhandardara dam. It is one of the 12 temples built in 900AD by King Jhang.
Ratangad is a 2000-year-old fort, captured by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in his time. It is situated in Ratanwadi which is it’s a base village and overlooks the Bhandardara. It has natural rock peak consisting of a cavity at the top which is called “Eye of the needle”.The main entrance has fine sculptures of lord hanuman and Ganesh.
What to eat in Ratanwadi :
Local Food and Cuisine
The local cuisine here is dominated by Maharashtrian food with a blend of south and north Indian cuisine. This place is known for its spicy food of curries and fries. Misal – a spicy gravy of potatoes, peas and other sprouts, makes for a mouth-watering meal. Vada Pav is on the go fast food.