Ganapatipulé is located in the Ratnagiri district on the Konkan coast of Maharashtra. This small village town is close to Chiplun that is located in the northern fringes. This is one of the quaint beaches on the Konkon Coast and is a perfect getaway for local the urban citizens seeking peace. Ganapatipule has everything that beach lovers want. Besides, the weekend trip can also be a wonderful pilgrimage at the same time. The place is named after the Swayambhu that is self originated icon of Lord Ganesha. Every year thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit this temple. The God is believed to be the Paschim Dwardevta or the Western Guard God of this country.
The pristine and clean beach on the Arabian Sea can be a perfect getaway with friends. Couples can also make some time out for a romantic tour to Ganapatipule.
Winter is the perfect time to tour. Here also, winters are cool and pretty comfortable. It’s better to avoid the monsoon. Otherwise enthusiasts can explore the place around the year.
Ratnagiri: Ratnagiri is 25 Km from Ganapatipule, which is also the district headquarter. Besides, the place also has a historical significance. It is said that during their vanavas period, the Pandavas settled there after their thirteen years of pilgrimage. Alongside there are three major attractions - the Lokmanya Tilak Smarak, Thibaw Palace and the Patit Pawan Mandir. This is the birthplace of Lokmanya Tilak, who had a great contribution in the freedom of India.
Malgund: Malgund is famous for being the birthplace of Marathi poet, Kavi Keshavsoot. Here, people can visit the poet’s house which has been renovated and presently is used as a students’ hostel. Don’t miss to visit the memorial of the poet that was built by the Marathi Sahitya Parishad.
Jaigad Fort: Jaigad Fort is situated at the entrance of the Sangameshwar River that is around 35 km away from Ganapatipule. The 17th Century Fort is the ideal place to take a spectacular view of the Konkon valley.
Velneshwar: This is a spectacular beach famous for being surrounded by the coconut trees. This is the ideal place to relax in the tranquility. The almost sleeping beach awakens up during the Maha Shivaratri fari festival for the Old Shiva Temple there.
Pawas: This place of Ganapatipule is famous for the Ashram of Swami Swaroopanand. He is a well-known spiritual leader who once influenced the entire generation of the Marathi people. Besides, the place is also blessed with blissful natural beauty.
Notable Local Festivals: The Konkonese people celebrate festivals like -Magh Chaturthi, Gauri Ganapti, Gudi Padva, Holi, Diwali and so on.
Tourists usually bag lots of things that are showcased in the local markets of Ganapatipule. Besides buying showpieces and souvenirs made of the coastal stuff such as shells, bamboos, coconuts etc, they can try local preparations such as ambapoli that are thin pancakes made from crushed and dried mangoes. Phanspoli is another form of the same technique but they use jackfruit instead of mangoes to make that.
By Air: The nearest airport is Kolhapur
By Rail: The nearest railhead is Bhoke.
Mumbai-Ganapatipule via Mahad is 375 kms.
Kolhapur-Ganaptipule is 144 kms.
Pune-Ganapatipule via Satara is 331 kms.