About Ganpatipule

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Base Station: Ganpatipule

Nearest City to Ganpatipule: Mumbai (345 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Ganpatipule: September to February

Peak Season: November to January

State: Maharashtra | District: Ratnagiri

Ganpatipule Weather: Summer: Maximum - 38°C and Minimum - 19°C
Winter: Maximum - 30°C and Minimum - 16°C

At a distance of 24 km from Ratnagiri, 152 km from Kolhapur, 193 km from Mahabaleshwar, 207 km from Satara, 291 km from Lonavala,307 km from Pune, and 345 km from Mumbai, Ganpatipule is a small pilgrimage & beach town located in the Ratnagiri district on the Konkan coast of Maharashtra in India. This is one of the top Places to visit in Maharashtra and also one of the best tourist places in Ratnagiri.

The town is mainly known for its 400 years old temple of Lord Ganapati which is the prime attraction in Ganpatipule. The idol of Ganesha is believed to be a monolith which was self-incarnated and discovered over 1600 years ago. The Ganesha Temple in Ganpatipule is unique because it is one of the few temples in the country in which the presiding deity faces west. It is one of the Ashta Ganapati Temples of India and is known as 'Paschim Dwar Devata'. The temple is at the base of a hill, and pilgrims walk around (pradakshina) the hill as a mark of respect.

There are two legends associated with the name of Ganpatipule town. According to one legend, after being insulted by a local lady, Lord Ganapati moved to Pule from his original abode of Gule. Thus the region was named Ganpati-Pule. According to another belief, the town got its name from the white sand (or Pule in Marathi) from which the idol of Ganesha was formed.

Ganpatipule has one of the most spectacular beaches along the Konkan Coast in Maharashtra. It is an ideal getaway that attracts peace-seekers, beach lovers, and pilgrims alike. Ganpatipule is one of the only two white sand beaches in Maharashtra, the other being Kashid Beach. The Ganpatipule Beach is clean and the sea is also clear though swimming is not advisable because of the rocky stretches. It is an however ideal spot for sunbathing and mesmerizing sunsets. Ganpatipule also offers water sports between the months of November and May.

There are many other tourist spots in Ganpatipule apart from the beaches and the Ganapati Temple. Malgund about 2 km from Ganapatipule is the birthplace of the famous Maratha poet Keshavsut and houses a memorial of the great poet. Gaywadi beach near Malgund village is the hub of water sports activities in Ganpatipule. Jaigad Fort, Prachin Konkan Museum, Arey Ware Beach, Guhagar Beach and Velneshwar are other attractions near Ganpatipule.

Ganpatipule has number of resorts and hotels but the facilities offered by most hotels are ordinary. State-owned MTDC also runs a holiday resort near the beach.

Mumbai Airport is the nearest airport, which is about 343 km from Ganpatipule. Ratnagiri Railway Station is the nearest railhead about 30 km from Ganpatipule. Ratnagiri has train connectivity with Mumbai, Goa, Patna, Pune, Kochi, Trivandrum, Delhi, Mangalore, Tirunelveli, Bikaner, Amritsar, Dehradun, Chandigarh, Kochuveli, Porbandar, Ajmer, Coimbatore and Madgaon. Ganpatipule is well connected by bus with Ratnagiri, Mumbai, Pune and Kolhapur.

The best time to visit Ganpatipule is from September to February while the peak season is from November to January.

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Other Info
Internet Availability: Poor
STD Code: 02357
Languages Spoken: Marathi, Hindi, Konkani and English
Major Festivals: Ganesh Chaturthi
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How to Reach Ganpatipule

By Air

Nearest Airport: Mumbai - Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (343 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Ratnagiri (30 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Ganpatipule Bus Stand (0 Kms)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Ganpatipule

Beach

#1 of 12 Places to Visit in Ganpatipule

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 well. The 6 km long beach simply looks stunning with the Ganapati Temple on the shores that offers 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 the adventure enthusiasts. Adventure freaks may enjoy paragliding, swimming, going for motorboat, water scooter and pedal boat rides, camel rides, etc., which are some of the popular adventure water activities in Ganpatipule.

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Pilgrimage

#2 of 12 Places to Visit in Ganpatipule

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 that draws thousands of pilgrims every year to seek blessings of 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 idol depicts the god riding on a lion. The idol of mooshak made out of copper is placed outside the temple.

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Museum

#3 of 12 Places to Visit in Ganpatipule

At a distance of 600 m from Ganpatipule Bus Stand and 1 km from Ganpatipule Beach, Prachin Kokan is an open air museum situated in Ganpatipule. It is one of the top places to visit in Ganpatipule.

Spread over an area of 3 acres, the museum has several exhibits depicting the traditional Konkan way of life. The museum was constructed in 2004 by Vaibhav Sardesai who succeeded in not only providing interesting information about Konkan to the tourists but also employment opportunities for the locals. One can get the glimpses of local rural life including the local deities, the lifestyle, barter trade of the olden days, various professions of the people, etc. inside the museum.

The museum showcases the ingenuity of the Kokan with sculptures of the Maratha hero Shivaji maharaj depicting historical moments, and models of the amazing sea forts in the Kokan region. Prachin Konkan has a counter for exhibiting the Sawantwadi wooden handicrafts, the first of its kind in Ganpatipule, where .....

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Beach

#4 of 12 Places to Visit in Ganpatipule

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 Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. This is one of the best beaches in the Konkan coast and also one of the famous places to visit in Ganpati Pule.

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

Aare Ware point, a place on the top of a hill presents a panoramic view of the beach below. These beaches are on the road connecting Ganpatipule .....

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Beach

#5 of 12 Places to Visit in Ganpatipule

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.

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Heritage

#9 of 12 Places to Visit in Ganpatipule

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 attractions in Ganpatipule. It is a protected monument under Archeological Survey of India.

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 Jayba Mahar's sacrificing his life for building the fort. It was conquered by Kanhoji Angre, the commander-in-chief during Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja's regime. Shivaji also .....

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Beach

#6 of 12 Places to Visit in Ganpatipule

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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Pilgrimage

#7 of 12 Places to Visit in Ganpatipule

At a distance of 79 km from Ganpatipule and 46 km from Chiplun, Sri Vyadeshwar Temple is an ancient temple located at Guhagar in Maharashtra. It is considered to be the Kuladevata or clan god of many Chitpavan families from Konkan region.

Vyadeshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva which is located near Guhagar Beach and is the most prominent temple in Guhagar. According to the history of this temple, Lord Parshurama requested Lord Shiva to visit Konkan land everyday so that he can see him. Lord Shiva accepted his request. Lord Parshuram also brought 60 Vipras to settle in Kokan. One such Vipra named Vyad installed a Shivlinga at Guhagar.

After Sriramavatar and Srikrishnavtar, Lord Vishnu came with his Kalki manifestation. In this era, since evil thoughts are supposed to prevail, Gods are to remain in their invisible forms. Accordingly Lord Shiva decided to remain in invisible form in the Vyad Shivlinga. The same Shivlinga is this well-known Vyadeshwar Mahadev. According .....

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Heritage

#8 of 12 Places to Visit in Ganpatipule

At a distance of 14 km from Guhagar and 90 km from Ganpatipule, Gopalgad is an ancient hill fort located at Anjanvel village in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. It is one of the most popular forts in Konkan and also one of the best tourist places to visit near Ganpatipule.

Popularly known as Anjanvel Fort, Gopalgad Fort is believed to have been built by Siddisad, a sardar of Bijapur rulers in the 16th century. The fort was captured by Shivaji Maharaj in 1660 CE. In 1699 CE, it was captured by Khairatkhan, a Siddi ruler who ruled from Murud Janjira. Tulaji Angre then won this fort in 1744 CE and then later lost it to Peshwas in 1755 CE. During the Peshwa rule, the Anjanvel was a center for ship building industry and cloth weaving. With the fall of the Maratha Empire in 1818 CE, the fort came under the control of the British until India got its independence in 1947 CE.

Gopalgad Fort was built on the banks of Vashishti creek for the protection of Dabhol, an ancient port city. .....

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Pilgrimage

#10 of 12 Places to Visit in Ganpatipule

At a distance of 6 km from Jaigad Fort and 13 km from Ganpatipule, Jai Vinayak Temple is a newly built temple situated near Kachare village in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra.

The temple is dedicated to Lord Vinayak, another name of Lord Ganesh. This temple is built by JSW Energy Ltd in 2003 thus it is also known as the Jindal Ganpati among the locales. The temple is surrounded with the clean and beautifully maintained Garden. The fresh air and cool environment is like a relaxing therapy for all the tourists who visit this temple.

The temple was built in Pagoda style of architecture having three layers of roof. The main Ganesh idol is made of brass and holds a very peaceful expression. A bronze coated, 6 feet tall Lord Hanuman statue and Mushik, Lord Ganesha's vehicle in the temple premises. Also it has a pond consists of various fishes. Religious duties are performed by a local priest appointed on full-time basis. At night, lighting of this temple gives everyone an awesome .....

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