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Ganpatipule

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"A Ganesha Temple amidst White Sandy Beaches"

Ganpatipule Tourism

Beach town on the Konkan coastline, Ganpatipule has temples of Lord Ganesha as major attractions apart from the beautiful virgin beaches.

Ganpatipule is a small town in the Ratnagiri district in Konkan region with a long stretch of pristine beaches, Ganpatipule is a perfect idyllic getaway in the slip of nature. Confluence of beach with river could be witnessed along with a hill shaped like Ganpati, the Hindu God of worship. The village of Ganapatipule is famous for its 400-year-old Ganesha temple. The idol is said to be a self-created monolith of Lord Ganesha, allegedly discovered 1600 years ago. Untouched by commercialism Ganapatipule makes for a great destination for peace-seekers, beach lovers and pilgrim alike. Ganpatipule also has water sports to offer between the months of November-May. Ganpatipule is typically clubbed with Ratnagiri and other smaller villages like Velneshwar, Malgund and Pawas for a perfect 2-3 day trip.

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Unexplored Paradise of Maharashtra

Resting amidst the lush green heritage of mangroves and coconut trees and deep blue sea, Ganapatipule takes its pride in getting its name from the 400 years of folk tales of Swayambhoo Ganapati Temple. Located around 370 km south of Mumbai, this little piece of heaven encapsulates a breathtakingly beautiful beach along the Konkan Coastline. The alluringly pleasant weather, Dwardatas Holy writ, and the tranquillity of the gorgeous Ganapatipule village has been attracting a lot of tourists from around the nation these days.
Apart from awakening the pious side of self, the destination never fails to chuckle the adventure side of a travelling enthusiast. You can attend religious programs at the famed Ganapati Temple and at the same time indulge yourself in all kinds of water sports activity. Walking down the coastline of the Ganapatipule beach is yet another exhilarating experience to the soul.

Restaurants and Local Food in Ganpatipule

Modak, the favorite sweet of Lord Ganesha, is a must have delicacy when in Ganapatipule. Another thing that the area is known for are the 'hapus' mangoes and must be relished while here. Other than this one can indulge in the luscious Fish curry and the Kokam curry available at an array of food joints across the place. The other delicacies of Ganapatipule include Ambapoli which are basically pancakes made of dried and crushed mangoes and Phanspoli which are dried and crushed jackfruit as well as the Sabudana Khichdi. Apart from these specialties, one can enjoy traditional Maharashtrian food in the area too.
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Suggested Itinerary

Arrive in Ganapatipule and start your tour with visiting the famed Ganapatipule temple located in the heart of the town. This temple stands tall in an interesting manner, where all the deities of India face the east, the idol of Ganapati in this famed temple - faces west for the reason of guarding the western gates of the Konkan coast from any natural calamity. Tour the temple and get indulged in some spiritual tranquillity. Later you can head to the nearby beach which the temple flanks nearby. Enjoy your personal spot by the beachside and have your lunch. Head to visit the Jaigar Fort followed by Prachin Konkan museum. In the evening you may want to watch the sunset at the Guhagar beach and call it a day.

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What's Great?

A spectacular beach along the Konkan coastline. Splendid flora, which includes dense coconut palms and mangroves. Water sports. Tropical climate. Can be visited throughout the year. Savour Modaks and Alphonso mangoes during the peak season. Good Konkan delicacies.

What's Not So Great?

Can be crowded during peak season. Since Ganpatipule is a religious village with a beach, it attracts pilgrims from around the world. Hence, a person with the soul purpose to enjoy his time at the beach may feel out of place due to the pilgrim tourists.

For Whom?

Great for the population of Maharashtra to get away from their chaotic and mundane fast paced everyday life. Perfect location for couples, family and friends, adventure enthusiasts, beach lovers, photo fanatics, history buffs and pilgrims as well.

How To Reach Ganpatipule

The nearest railhead is Ratnagiri. This is well connected to most of the major cities in India. Ganapatipule is approachable from Konkan railway station as well, nearly 65 km away, by the frequent buses and taxis to the destination. The nearest airport is Mumbai, which is around 375 km from Ganapatipule. A dense network of private and state transport buses, as well as cabs, are easily available from Ratnagiri, Mumbai to Ganapatipule.

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Rohit Shroff 11 months ago
- Being a religious place, most of the tourists here are pilgrims, so if you have come here to enjoy the sun, sand and water, you might feel a little out of the place, but you can take this to your own advantage and enjoy the beach to the fullest.
- Wear comfortable clothes and light slippers if you are here to enjoy the beach.
- Water Sports are not necessarily carried out on all days even during November-May.
- The village is a calm, serene and clean place, and its ideal if we help maintaining it that way.
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