Devgad, is a taluka in Maharashtra’s Sindhudurg district, comprising 70 villages. It is located offshore Arabian Sea, (200 kms north of Goa, 500 kms south of Mumbai, and 370 kms west of Pune) on the Kochi-Panvel highway. Sindhudurg district was earlier a part of the Ratnagiri district. For administrative convenience and industrial and agricultural development Ratnagiri district was divided into Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg on 1st May, 1981, and Devgad became a part of Sindhudurg district along with seven other tahsils.
The taluka has two forts, Vijaydurg, famous for the discovery of helium and Devgad, which was used since the British rule for an observatory and a light house. The Government has recently installed surveillance radar on this fort to keep a watch on the Arabian Sea.
The fort also had strategic significance for the British. The Maharashtra Gazette states that Devgad is the only sheltered port on the western coast; right from Karvar to Jaygad. This important factor was recognised by the British Government which built a small jetty as a fuel base for submarines during the Second World War.
It is considered the heartland of Alphonso mango as the variety grown in Devgad has the best taste among all Alphonso varieties in the world. Alphonso mango is the main driver of the local economy of the entire taluka. The fruit is grown on 45,000 acres and reaches 50,000 tonnes in a year of decent production. Over 5,000 farmer households and 2,000 other families depend on the Alphonso in the taluka.
The taluka is surrounded by Arabian Sea on the West, Ratnagiri District on the North, Kankavali Taluka on the east and Malvan Taluka on the south.