Petroglyphs - DOT-Maharashtra Tourism

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Tourist Destination / Place Name and Short Description

The Petroglyphs at Ratnagiri are around approx 12,000 years old. The area of Ratnagiri and Rajapur has more than 1,000 petroglyphs.

Districts/ Region

Ratnagiri District, Maharashtra, India.

Unique Features / Exclusivity

The Petroglyph is an image drawn by removing part of a rock surface by incising, picking, carving or abrading as a form of rock art. Petroglyphs are normally found across the world. They are often related to prehistoric people. The petroglyphs present in and around the Ratnagiri area are spread over the open spaces on the outskirts of villages. The rock carvings carved on the Laterite stone is what makes it unique.

These petroglyphs vary in shape and size. The carvings cover shapes of human figures, birds, animals, geometric forms and composite creatures. The size of these petroglyphs also varies from site to site. Some of these are single and small in size while some come in clusters. An elephant carved on the stone surface is more or less a life size depiction of an animal.

The Directorate of Archaeology and Museums is working to preserve this with the initiative taken by local people. Archaeologists found the microlithic tools in the context of these petroglyphs which has given an insight into the dating of these petroglyphs. The proposed date of these petroglyphs is around 10,000 years before the present.


Petroglyphs in Ratnagiri locally known as Katal Shilpa are scattered in the Ratnagiri and Rajapur Talukas of Ratnagiri districts.


The prominent weather in the region is rainfall, the Konkan belt experiences High Rainfall (ranges around 2500 mm to 4500 mm), and the climate Wetter/Klima remains Humid and warm. The temperature reaches up to 30 degrees Celsius during this season.

Summers are hot and humid, and the temperature touches 40 degrees Celsius.

Winters have a comparatively milder climate (around 28 degrees Celsius), and the weather remains Cool and Dry.

Things to do

There are around 1000 rock carvings scattered all over the open spaces on the outskirts of villages. One can see these beautiful rock carved petroglyphs.

  • Image of Petroglyphs

Nearest Tourist Places

  • ●Fort Vijaydurg (34,9 KM)
  • ●Thiba Palace (62,3 KM)
  • ●Festung Ratnadurga (62,6 KM)
  • ●Strand von Pandre Samudra (61.4 KM)
  • ●Marine Aquarium und Museum (60.7 KM)
  • ●Fort Purnagad (36 km)
  • ●Devgad Fort (38,2 KM)
  • ●Strand von Mandvi (61,3 km)

How To Travel

How to travel to tourist place by Rail, Air, Road (train ,flight, bus ) with distance and required time

  • By Flight : Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak Ratnagiri Airport (66 KM)
  • By Train : Ratnagiri Railway Station (68 KM).
  • By Bus : As it is located in the interior parts of Ratnagiri the tourist will have to hire a cab or any private vehicle.

Special food speciality and hotel

Ratnagiri is famous for its Ratnagiri Alphonso, Cashews and different types of sharbat.Sol kadhi, Mori Masala Curry and Mutton Curry are some of the famous cuisines here.

Accommodation facilities nearby & Hotel/ Hospital/Post Office/Police station

There are various accommodation facilities available near to this place.

Police Station Nate (13 KM).                                                                                                           Primary Health Centre (19 KM).

MTDC Resort nearby details

MTDC Holiday Resort Ganpatipule (82 KM)

Visiting Rule and Time, Best month to

● One can visit this place at any time of the year.

● There is no entry fee.

Language Spoken In Area

English, Hindi, Marathi.