BEST OF KOLHAPUR & GANPATIPULE (FROM MUMBAI)

Pilgrimage | City | Beach | Historical & Heritage

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This trip demands considerable trekking / walking

ITINERARY SUMMARY

Trip Starting Point: Mumbai City

Mode of Travel: Car (or Cab)

Trip Duration: 3 Days

Ideal Start Time: 6 AM (Day 1), 9 AM (Day 2) & 9 AM (Day 3)

Total Places Visited: 12

DAYS

DAY 1 : TRAVEL TO KOLHAPUR & SIGHTSEEING

Travel from Mumbai to Kolhapur

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At a distance of 2.5 km from Kolhapur Railway Station, Sri Mahalakshmi Temple is a prominent Hindu temple situated in the city of Kolhapur, Maharashtra. It is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in India, and among the must include places in Kolhapur Tour Packages.

Sri Mahalakshmi Temple is dedicated to the goddess of wealth, Sri Mahalakshmi, also known as Goddess Ambabai, the guardian deity of Kolhapur who killed demon Kolhasura. Also known as Dakshin Kashi, Shri Mahalakshmi Temple is one of the six abodes of 'Shakti' (Goddess of Power) from where one can attain fulfillment and salvation of desires. The temple was built in the 7th century by Chalukya ruler Karandev. King Gandaraditya of the Shilahara dynasty, built the circumambulation path along with two sanctum sanctorums for Goddess Mahakali and Mahasaraswati in the 11th century CE. It is one of the prominent places to visit in Kolhapur.

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Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

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At a distance of 2.5 km from Kolhapur Railway Station, Bhavani Mandap is a historical building nestled inside the walled city of Kolhapur. Located near the famous Mahalaxmi Temple, it is one of the popular places of heritage in Maharashtra, and among the top places to visit in Kolhapur.

Bhavani Mandap is one of the biggest and oldest structures in Kolhapur. It was built during the period 1785 to 1800 by then the ruler of Kolhapur, Shivaji Maharaj II. It was constructed according to the architectural style of the British Empire with 14 squares. In about 1813, the Muslim ruler Saadat Khan invaded the palace and a part of it was burnt. After repair, 7 squares survived. Bhavani Mandap used to be the court and palace of Chhatrapati Maharaja in the yesteryears. The king conducted important meetings, litigations, and celebrations inside this building. The place also had living quarters for many of its court officials. As per history, Bhavani Mandap is the very place where Shambhu alias Abasaheb .....

Museum & Gallery

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At a distance of 1 km from Mahalakshmi Ambabai Temple, and 2 km from Kolhapur Railway Station, Town Hall Museum is a museum situated at Shaniwar Peth, Kolhapur. It is one of the interesting places to visit in Kolhapur.

The Town Hall Museum is situated in a heritage building with elements of neo-Gothic architecture. The building served as an administrative office during the British period and later became home to the diwan of the local monarch, Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj. The structure was built along with a bandstand during 1872-76 under the supervision of a British engineer, Charles Mant, and required an investment of 80,000 from the royal treasury. The museum was inaugurated in the year 1945.

The museum was established to preserve the items obtained from excavations at the Brahmapuri Hills in the 1940s that belonged to the Satavahana, and Shilahara-Bahmani periods. Later paintings of renowned local artists were added to the collection in 1953. The collection of the museum .....

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At a distance of 2.5 km from Kolhapur Railway Station, and 3 km from Sri Mahalakshmi Ambabai Temple, New Palace Museum is a heritage museum located on Kasaba Bawada Road in Kolhapur. Also known as Shri Chhatrapati Shahu Museum, it is one of the popular museums in Maharashtra, and among must-visit tourist places in Kolhapur.

The New Palace was constructed in 1877-84 and has been the residence of Chatrapati Shahu Maharaj. It is one of the most famous places to visit as part of Kolhapur packages. The beautiful palace is built in black polished stone and is a marvelous architectural feat. The whole building is eight-angled and has a tower in the middle. The principal south facade presents a double-storeyed range, with Neo-Mughal lobed arches beneath and temple-like columns and brackets above. This scheme is interrupted by trefoil arches capped with curving .....

Lake & Backwaters

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At a distance of 2 km from Sri Mahalakshmi Ambabai Temple, and 4 km from Kolhapur Railway Station, Rankala Lake is a picturesque lake in Kolhapur. Marked by the natural beauty and serene environment, make it one of the must-visit places as part of Kolhapur Tour Packages.

The Rankala Lake was constructed by late Maharajah, Shri Shahu Chhatrapati. It is believed to be linked directly to a well in Panhala Fort which Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is believed to have crossed.

The lake has a circumference of 4.5 miles and a depth of 35 ft. The water of the lake is used mainly for irrigation, and the water is let through a sluice gate in the bound. This gate was operated from a minor type of beautiful structure called 'Rankala Tower'. Near the tower is the Rajghat, a flight of board steps leading to the water. On the northern bank of the lake stands the regal Shalini Palace and on the eastern side & slightly in the lake stands the 'Sandhya-Math'. It is a structure of stone columns .....

Overnight Stay in Kolhapur

DAY 2 : TRAVEL TO GANPATIPULE & SIGHTSEEING

Travel from Kolhapur to Ganpatipule

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 6 AM to 9 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 1 km from Ganpatipule Bus Stand, Swayambhu Ganapati Temple is an ancient temple situated on Ganpatipule Beach in Maharashtra. It is one of the top places to visit in Ganpatipule and also one of the popular Ganesh temples in Maharashtra.

The Ganpati Temple is about 400 years old and is the prime attraction in Ganpatipule packages that draws thousands of pilgrims every year to seek blessings of the Lord. According to one legend, after being insulted by a local lady, Lord Ganapati moved to Pule from his original abode of Gule. Thus the place was named as Ganpati-Pule.

The idol of Ganesha is believed to be a monolith which is self-created and discovered over 1600 years ago. The other idol of Lord Ganapati is made of copper and placed in the sanctum sanctorum. This copper .....

Beach

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 1 km from Ganpati Pule Bus Stand, Ganpatipule Beach is a spectacular paradise along the Konkan coast in Maharashtra. It is one of the top places to visit in Ganpatipule and also one of the popular beaches in Maharashtra.

Ganpatipule is one of the only two white sand beaches in Maharashtra, the other being Kashid Beach. It is a perfect gateway that captivates beach lovers, adventure enthusiasts, and pilgrims as part of Ganpatipule tour packages. The 6 km long beach simply looks stunning with the Ganapati Temple on the shores that offer a soothing atmosphere. With several shacks, horse riding, and camel rides, the beach has become a perfect holiday destination for visitors.

The pristine Ganpatipule Beach is the main attraction among tourists and mainly adventure enthusiasts. .....

Beach

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 3.5 km from Ganpatipule Bus Stand, Bhandarpule is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Konkan coast in Maharashtra.

Bhandarpule Beach is nestled amidst two hillocks is the tranquil shore of Bhandarpule. The beach is stretches for 2 km and the seaside at Bhandarpule is lined with suru trees. The brilliant bluish green hue of the sea is marvelous.

The beach at Bhandarpule is secluded and less crowded than Ganpatipule. However the sea here is rough and not advisable for swimming. One can get a beautiful view of Ganpatipule Beach and Bhandarpule Beach from the top of the hill before descending to Bhandarpule. There are no activities at the beach and is an ideal place for people seeking solitude.

Beach

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 9 km from Ganpatipule Bus Stand and 14 km from Ratnagiri, Aare Ware Beach is a beautiful secluded beach situated near Nevare village in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. This is one of the best beaches on the Konkan coast and also one of the famous places to visit in Ganpatipule.

Actually, Aare and Ware are two beaches with clean blue water and are a delight to watch. Aare Beach is one of the lesser-known beaches of the Ratnagiri district. This is a very long beach having a length of approximately 3 km and is mostly an untouched beach. A beautiful and dense plantation of Suru dotted the seashore. This quite long beach is an isolated one covered with smooth sand and offers a breathtaking view of the sunset. The beach is still unspoiled and virgin, making it one of the best place for travelers seeking sheer solitude and tranquility as part of Ganpatipule tour packages.

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Overnight Stay in Ganpatipule

DAY 3 : GANPATIPULE SIGHTSEEING & TRAVEL TO MUMBAI

Historical & Heritage

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 9 AM to 4.30 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 19 km from Ganpatipule and 42 km from Ratnagiri, Jaigad Fort is coastal fortification that is located near Jaigad village in Maharashtra. It is one of the popular forts in Konkan region and also one of the top tourist places near Pune for history lovers. It is a protected monument under Archeological Survey of India.

Jaigad Fort is one of the prime places to include in Ganpatipule tour The meeting point of the river Shashtri and Arabian Sea is called as the creek of Jaigad. For the protection of this creek two forts were constructed, one is Vijaygad at the north direction and the other is Jaigad at south. Situated on a cliff, Jaigad has a commanding view of the bay and the open sea. A jetty port and a lighthouse are located nearby.

It is believed that the construction of Jaigad was initiated in 14th century and completed by Sultan of Bijapur and was named after .....

Beach | Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 17 km from Guhagar and 72 km from Ganpatipule, Velneshwar Temple and Beach are located at Velneshwar in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra.

Sri Velneshwar Temple is believed to be one of the ancient temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati. Earlier, the temple was built by Gadgils and was later renovated by Sri Trimbak Ravaji Gokhale. Representing an example of ancient Hindu architectural style, the temple houses many small shrines dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Ganesha and Kala Bhairav. The main sanctum of the temple is adorned with paintings and stone carvings representing various episodes of mythology. This temple is flocked by a large number of devotees during the festival of Mahashivratri. It is held in the month of March and celebrated in honour of the deity Lord Shiva.

Another prime attraction of Velneshwar is the Velneshwar Beach which is lined with coconut trees. This is one of the most secluded and pristine beaches in the entire .....

Beach

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 79 km from Ganpatipule and 46 km from Chiplun, Guhagar is a pristine beach located at Guhagar in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. It is one of the top places to visit in Ganpati Pule.

Guhagar Beach is one of the cleanest and less polluted beaches in Maharashtra. It is located just 200 m from Guhagar Bus Stand towards the western side. Guhagar is the place where Vashishti River empties into Arabian Sea. Guhagar Beach is a very long beach and extends for almost 6 km between two hillocks.

Guhagar Beach is the main beach and also the most prominent tourist attraction in Guhagar. The beach is dotted with thick plantations of suru trees and white sand. It is known for activities like swimming and sunbathing. The sea beach offers swings and slides to the children and camel ride to the elders. This beach is also famous for various food and beverage stalls, chaat stalls and flea markets. There are no water-sports or boating activities.

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Travel from Guhagar Beach to Mumbai