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Ganpatipule

Posted on 07/07/14

Introduction:

Ganpatipule in Maharashtra is one of the most spectacular beaches along the Konkan Coast – an idyllic getaway that attracts peace-seekers, beach lovers, and pilgrims alike. A great retreat from the hectic pace of Mumbai, Ganapatipule is one of the only two white sand beaches in Maharashtra, the other being Kashid Beach. Ganpatipule is where you can soak in hours of sun and sea-spray at the beach, watch time drift by, wonder at sunrises, marvel at sunsets, drink in the moonlight and dance on the moonbeams. Part of the excitement of going to Ganapatipule is the scenic drive through the Western Ghats – the chain of green hills along the Konkan coast. The beaches on the coastline are amazingly clear, of both rocks and hordes of visitors. All along the way are tiny fishing villages; groves of casuarina and tropical fruits; and stretches of clean, golden sand.

 

Ganapatiphule

 

Destination Facts:

Location: Maharashtra, Ratnagiri.
Altitude: 77 Meters.
Temperature: (Summer 22 to 40°C°C) & (Winter 12 to 33°C)
Languages Spoken: Marathi, English & Hindi

Getting There:

Nearest Airports- The nearest airport is Kolhapur, serviced by Air Deccan.
Main Railway Station- The nearest railhead is Bhoke, on the Konkan Railway. However, Ratnagiri is more convenient.
Main Bus Station or Road- From Ratnagiri, one can also hire private cabs. Mumbai-Ganapatipule (via Mahad) is 375 kms. Pune-Ganapatipule (via Satara) is 331 kms. Kolhapur-Ganapatipule is 144 kms.

Distance of a few Major Towns from Ganapatipule:
Mumbai- 375kms, Goa- 30km, Ratnagiri- 50kms, Kolhapur- 144kms & Pune- 331 kms.

Eating Around:

Maharashtrian food is only served.

Places of Tourist Interest:

For sightseeing in Ganapatipule visit the temple of Swayambhu Ganesh that is 400 years old and is frequently visited by thousands of pilgrims every year who flock to pay obeisance to the Swayambhu Ganpati shrine which is naturally formed and said to have been carved out of one single rock. The deity is considered to be the Paschim Dwardevta (Protector of the West) and those who visit Ganapatipule, normally make it a point to pay their respects at this temple.

Most people come to Ganapatipule to spend time on it's pristine beaches and paddle the clear waters. Here, you can leave the hectic world behind as you laze around on golden sands or explore the many trails that lead from the beach.
Jaigadh Fort built in the 17th century is just 35 kms away from Ganapatipule. Standing tall just above the confluence where the Sangameshwar river meets the Arabian Sea, the fort is precariously perched on a cliff and offers sweeping views of the sea below.

Getting Around the Destination:

Rickshaws, bus, taxis & private vehicles.

Shopping Areas & Entertainment:

Local Markets are famous for all the shopping items like handlooms, handicrafts etc.

Best Time to Visit:

October to February is probably the best time to visit Ganapatipule.

Festivals:

Ganesh Chaturthi, Gudi Padwa and Diwali. 

Additional things to Do:

Paragliding, motorboat rides, water scooter and pedal boat rides are some of the activities in Ganapatipule that you may enjoy.