Raigad District of Maharashtra at a Glance

Lok Sabha Constituencies in Raigad district, Maharashtra (MP Constituencies) Maval
MLA Assembly Constituencies in Raigad district, Maharashtra Alibag

About Raigad District :

  • District – 
  • Headquarters – 
  • State
Area in Sq Km (Census 2011)
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  • Rural – 
  • Urban – 
Population (Census 2011)
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Constituencies (ECI)
  • Assembly
  • Loksabha
Geographical Area
Total Area 7,148 Thousand Hectare
Climate & Rainfall
Average Rainfall in District 3884.3 M.M.
Minimum Temperature 16.1 Degree Celsius
Maximum Temperature 40.4 Degree Celsius
Geographical Location
North Latitudes 17.51 to 19.80
East Longitudes 72.51 to 73.40
Population (2001 Census)
Total 22.07 lacs
Male 11.17 lacs
Female 10.90 lacs
Rural 16.73 lacs
Male 8.34 lacs
Female 8.39 lacs
Urban 5.34 lacs
Male 2.83 lacs
Female 2.51 lacs
0-6 Population
Persons 3.1 lacs
Males 1.6 lacs
Females 1.5 lacs
Literacy Rates (%)
Total 77
Male 86.1
Female 67.7
Illiteracy Rates (%)
Total 39.6
Male 30.9
Female 48.5
Scheduled Castes-Proportion (%)
Total 2.4
Male 2.4
Female 2.4
Scheduled Tribes-Proportion (%)
Total 12.2
Male 12.2
Female 12.2
Work Participation Rate (%)
Total 41.4
Male 52.7
Female 29.8
Proportion of Main Workers (%)
Total 30.9
Male 43.3
Female 16.5
Proportion of Marginal Workers (%)
Total 11.3
Male 9.4
Female 13.3
Proportion of Non Workers (%)
Total 58.6
Male 47.3
Female 70.2
Cultivators-Proportion of Total Workers (%)
Total 28.6
Male 21.8
Female 40.9
Agricultural Labourers-Proportion of Total Workers (%)
Total 20.4
Male 13.9
Female 32.1
Workers in Household Industry -Proportion of Total Workers (%)
Total 2.7
Male 2.3
Female 3.2
Workers in other then Household Industry -Proportion of Total Workers (%)
Total 48.4
Male 62.0
Female 23.8
Sex Ratio
Female per 1000 Males 976
Household size 5.0
Administrative Divisions
Revenue Subdivisons Alibag, Panvel, Mangaon, Mahad
Tahasil Offices Alibag, Pen, Murud, Panvel, Uran, Karjat, Khalapur, Mangaon, Roha,Sudhagadh, Tala, Mahad, Mhasala, Shrivardhan, Poladpur
Municipal Councils 11
Panchayat  Samities Alibag, Pen, Murud, Panvel, Uran, Karjat, Khalapur, Mangaon, Roha,Sudhagadh, Tala, Mahad, Mhasala, Shrivardhan, Poladpur
Gram Panchayats 821 Nos.
Villages 1919 Nos.

Tourist Places :

This is the very heart of Maratha country — Raigad, the capital of Shivaji’s kingdom. Strategically perched atop a wedge-shaped block of hill, split off from the  Western Ghats and inaccessible from three sides. Stories of incredible valour and heroic deeds are etched on every pebble at Raigad.

It was here that Shivaji built his capital city in the 14th century, and here that he cro wned himself Chhatrapati. For six years upto his death, Raigad remained the capital of the Marathas with its broad gates and magnificent monuments. There was only one pathway leading to the top, and prizes were offered to those who scaled the fort through unconventional methods. Though parts of Raigad are in ruins, yet they inspire an aura of grandeur.

Shivaji’s impregnable capital, the place where he was crowed and where he died. Besides the fort, you’ll find his samadhi and the remains of his palace.

For its immence beauty, Raigad remains a hiker’s paradice.The formidable Pratapgad fort with its equestrian statue of shivaji is an interesting excursion.

You can also visit Gangasagar Lake or worship at the nearby Jagadishwar Temple or pay your respects to the great Maratha warrior at his Samadhi.

For Trekking : 
There are many interesting routes to Raigad, varying from the relatively easy to the challenging. The path starts from Pachad, 24 kms from Mahad, a shallow sea port on the banks of the Savitri River. Raigad can also be an adventure-filled day excursion from the hill station of Mahabaleshwar or from Pune.

  Getting there

By Air : Nearest airport is Pune 126 kms.
By Rail : Nearest railhead is Pune.
By Road : Mumbai-Raigad 210 kms. via Mahad. Pune-Raigad 126 kms. Mahad-Raigad 27 kms.

State Transport buses ply from Mumbai, Kolhapur and Pune to Ratnagiri and also from Ratnagiri to Pawas via Bhatye.

Murud Janjira Fort Dist. Raigad
Formerly the capital town of the Siddis of Janjira, Murud is today popular for its alluring beach, whispering casurina, coconut and betel palms and an ancient fort. On a hillock to the north is the shrine of Lord Dattatreya, the three heads representing Brahma, Vishnu andMaheshwara.

Battered on all four sides by sea waves, its strong walls yet standing intact and 40 feet high even at full tide is the majestic island fortress of the Siddis — Murud-Janjira. Never conquered by an enemy for over 350 years since its construction by the Ahmednagar rulers under the supervision of their regent Malik Ambar in the 15th century, Murud-Janjira is probably the only impregnable fort on the 720 km Maharashtra coastline.
Neither the Portuguese nor the British could subjugate the fort. And the Marathas, despite their repeated attempts failed to subjugate the Siddi power.

The palace of the Nawab and the Janjira Caves are also a must for the tourist. And just a few kilometres away are two undiscovered beaches: Nandgaon and Kashid. Nandgaon is famous for its Ganapati temple and the annual fair held in honour of ths elephant-headed god every February.

Here you shall discover the charms of an island fortress. The beach is clear and spacious, fringed with palm trees. The fortress is 300 years old, an architectural marvel-in fact, once upon a time considered to be impregnable.

Hotels: The MTDC Resort on the beach offers comfortable accommodation and wonderful cuisine.

Accommodation – Hotels

  Getting there  

By Air : Nearest airport is Mumbai, 165 kms.
By Rail : Nearest railhead is Panvel, 122 kms.
By Road : Mumbai – Murud via Revdanda, 165 kms. Pune – Murud via Mahad, 230 kms. Alibag – Murud, 52 kms.

State Transport buses ply from Mumbai, Pune to Murud.

Mandwa and Kihim Beach :

You will find these two beach fronts 12 miles north of Alibag on the north coast and easily accessible from Mumbai. Mandwa is a beautiful, untrodden beach. On a clear day one can enjoy a long, breathtaking view across the bay, up to the Gateway of India. Mandwa village too, has a charm of its own — with its beautiful groves of coconut palms.

   Plan an unusual tent holiday nearby at Kihim. Unspoilt and isolated, this beautiful place has a soothing effect on all city dwellers. For the nature lover, Kihim has a lot to offer: woods brimming with wild flowers and rare butterflies and birds.

   Worth visiting is the Kolaba Fort, just a furlong away from the shore. 15 kms from Alibag is Chaul, an historic place with Portuguese ruins, Buddhist Caves, the Hamam Khana, a church, a temple and even a synagogue

Hari-Harihareshwar Beach :

re a land where the “Peshwas” or prime ministers of the Maratha KingdoGentle winds, soft sands and inviting waters make Shriwardhan Bay irresistible to beach lovers. And if one relishes sea-food, there is no dearth of 

delicacies to sample here. The adventuerers can even take a small boat to the north side of the bay and explom, Originally resides. The “Peshwas Smarak” is of interest to most people who visit Shriwardhan.

The town of Harihareshwar, known for its tranquil and picturesque beach is also landmarked by Kalbhairav – the Shiva temple. 


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