Carved out of the erstwhile Ratnagiri district and second in the country to achieve 100 per cent literacy, this district has been named after the famous sea-fort Sindhudurg, construct by Chhatrapati Shivaji. Situated adjacent to Goa, this is the first district in Maharashtra to be declared as the Tourism District. Famous for its serene and beautiful beaches, temples, historical forts and folk art forms like Dashavtar, Chitrakathi, Pangul, Keertan, Dhangiri dance, Sindhudurg has a great potential for earning foreign exchange as an international tourism destination.