#1 of 14 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 ..... more


#2 of 14 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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#3 of 14 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 ..... more


#4 of 14 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 ..... more


#5 of 14 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. more


#6 of 14 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 places near Pune for history lovers. 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 ..... more


#7 of 14 Places to Visit in Ganpatipule

At a distance of 84 km from Ganpatipule, 90 km from Ratnagiri, 107 km from Mahabaleshwar, 125 km from Satara, 163 km from Kolhapur, 238 km from Pune, 259 km from Mumbai, and 303 km from Panjim, Chiplun is a town in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. Bang on the Mumbai-Goa highway, it is one of the popular monsoon destinations in Maharashtra, and among the best weekend getaways from Mumbai and Goa.

Situated between the Western Ghats, and the Arabian Sea, Chiplun has stunning natural beauty, which includes lush greenery and stunning waterfalls. Chiplun means 'The abode of Lord Parashurama', got its name because of the famous temple it houses. Lies near the source of the Vashishti river, Chiplun also happens to be an industrial town.

Chiplun was believed to have the first home of the Konkanasth or Chitpavan Brahmans. According to folklore, after claiming the Konkan region from the aggressive sea, people were supplied with sixty ponds and sixty gardens by Parashuram, the 6th .....

Distance (From Ganpatipule): 84 Kms
Trip Duration (From Ganpatipule - Including Travel): 1-2 Days
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#8 of 14 Places to Visit in Ganpatipule

At a distance of 48 km from Sangli, 113 km from Belgaum, 125 km from Satara, 188 km from Mahabaleshwar, 209 km from Panjim, 210 km from Hubli, 237 km from Pune, 250 km from Solapur, 388 km from Mumbai, 452 km from Nashik, 584 km from Hyderabad, and 609 km from Bangalore, Kolhapur is a city and the district headquarters of Kolhapur district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in India, and among the must include places in Maharashtra Tour Packages.

Situated on the banks of the Panchganga River, Kolhapur is a beautiful city famed for its religious and historical sites. The ancient city finds its mention in the holy Devi Bhagavata Purana as a place of Kollamma worship. The town derives its name from a mythological story of Kolhasur - a demon who was slain by Goddess Mahalakshmi. The famous Mahalakshmi temple is situated here in honor of Goddess Mahalakshmi, who is considered the guardian deity of the city. Kolhapur is known worldwide for .....

Distance (From Ganpatipule): 154 Kms
Trip Duration (From Ganpatipule - Including Travel): Full Day
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#9 of 14 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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#10 of 14 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 ..... more


#11 of 14 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. ..... more


#12 of 14 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 ..... more

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#13 of 14 Places to Visit in Ganpatipule

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 ..... more

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#14 of 14 Places to Visit in Ganpatipule

At a distance of 7 km from Velneshwar Temple and 31.5 km (includes ferry ride) from Ganpatipule, Hedvi Ganesh Temple & Beach is located at Hedvi village in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra.

Lakshmi Ganesh Temple at Hedvi is also known as Dasabhuj Ganesh Temple and is one of the famous temples of Konkan region. The name Sri Dasabhuj Ganesh is derived from the idol of Lord Ganesha which possesses dasha bhuja, meaning ten hands. This temple was constructed during the reign of the Peshwas and has been carved from white marble found in Kashmir. The idol is 3 feet high and has 10 hands. There is big ceremony of birth of Ganesh from Shukla Chaturthi to Shashthi in Magh. There is procession of Ganesh in chariot.

Hedvi Beach is situated about 3 km from the Dasabhuj Ganesh Temple and is a black sand cove between the two white sand beaches of Guhagar, Velneshwar and Ganpatipule. Hedvi Beach is a small stretch and is famous because of a rock formation that sits on the beach. Hedvi Beach ..... more

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Most Asked Questions on Ganpatipule

  • What is the best season to visit Ganpatipule?

    Ganpatipule experiences pleasant weather in Winter season, however, the best time to visit Ganpatipule is from September to February. December is also the busiest season and hotels are usually very expensive in this season. Summer would be quite hot and humid but the evenings are pleasant with cool breeze.

  • How many days are required to visit Ganpatipule?

    Ganpatipule usually requires around 1-2 days to visit the most important attractions. Several tourists usually prefer visiting Ganpatipule along with Ratnagiri which requires an additional day. There are several wonderful places near Ganpatipule like Satara, Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani that can be visited with additional day for each place.

  • What is the budget required to visit Ganpatipule?

    Budget of Ganpatipule trip depends on the trip duration and category of hotel you choose for your stay along with the kind of vehicle you prefer. Ganpatipule tour packages offered by start from as low as INR 6900 per person for a 2D/1N trip and from INR 9550 per person for 3D/2N vacation.

  • What are some must visit places & things to do while visiting Ganpatipule?

    Ensure to cover most important places to visit in Ganpatipule like Swayambhu Ganapati Temple, Ganpatipule Beach, Bhandarpule Beach, Jaigad Fort & Lighthouse, Trimbakeshwar, Velneshwar Temple & Beach and Aare Ware Beach. Ratnagiri which is around 25 km from Ganpatipule and can be visited along with Ganpatipule.

  • What are the adventure activities to do in Ganpatipule?

    Ganpatipule is an ideal destination for adventure seekers as well those want a break from the chaos of everyday life. Travellers have the option of simply strolling down the beautiful serene beaches or participating in the myriad water sports like parasailing, Motorboat, Banana Ride, pedal boats and bumper ride that it has to offer.