Ganpatipule Tourism

Ganpatipule Tourism

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Ganpatipule Info

  • State: Maharashtra
  • Famous for/as: Beach
  • District: Ratnagiri

History of Ganapatipule

Located in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, Ganapatipule is a small heritage town. It lies on the Konkan Coast and serves as a great holiday destination for beach lovers. The town is mainly known for its 400 years old statue of Lord Ganapati. According to legend, after being insulted by a local lady, Lord Ganapati moved away from his original abode which was known as ‘Gule’ to another place a few kilometres away known as ‘Pule’. This is how the place received its name. Since the place is not very commercialised, it is a retreat from the bustling city life. From forts to beautiful sandy beaches, there are many interesting places to visit in Ganapatipule.

People and Culture of Ganapatipule

The population of Ganapatipule mainly comprises Maharashtrians and Marathi is the prominent language of the place. Gauri Ganpathi and Marg Chaturthi are two most significant festivals celebrated in the region.

Things to Do in Ganapatipule

Ganapatipule Beach is among the most popular Ganapatipule tourist places. It is a rocky beach with cashew trees lined along the beach. The Jaigad Fort is also among the chief Ganapatipule attractions. The exterior walls of the fort feature bulwarks. The fort offers a beautiful view of the bay and the sea. On the western end of the Jaigad Fort is the Jaigad Lighthouse. It is believed to be around 180 years old and offers a splendid view of the surrounding. While sightseeing in Ganapatipule, one must definitely visit the Thebaw Palace, which served as a home to the king and queen of Burma for five years.

Ganapati Swayambhu Temple is also among the important Ganapatipule places to visit. This 400 years old temple dedicated to Ganesha, is built of pure white sand. The idol of Ganesha is believed to be a monolith which was self-created and discovered over 1600 years ago. There are many things to do in Ganapatipule for tourists who seek adventure. One can engage in various water sports arranged by the Maharashtra tourism department such as banana ride, row boats, water scooters, etc.

Food and Shopping in Ganapatipule

After exploring the numerous places to see in Ganapatipule, one can indulge in authentic Maharashtrian cuisine which is served at the numerous food joints around the place. Fish Curry and Kokam curry are two popular dishes of Ganapatipule which are worth trying. Bhanu Joshi Bhojnalay, Mehendales Swaad Dining are few of the restaurants that serve authentic local cuisine. During the Ganapatipule tour, one must definitely try ‘modak’, which is regarded as the favourite sweet dish of Lord Ganesha.

Tourists can shop for artefacts, souvenirs and other decorative items made of seashells from the shops located near the Ganapatipule sightseeing places. If you visit the place during summers, make sure to buy some ‘hapus’ mangoes which are a specialty of the place. Cashew nuts, mango pickles are some of the other things that you can buy.

Accommodation in Ganapatipule

Those who are wondering how to reach Ganapatipule need not worry since there are many options. The closest airport and railway station from Ganapatipule is in Ratnagiri, which is located at a distance of 30 km. Therefore, it is well connected by road, rail and air. There are numerous buses that ply from Mumbai to Ganapatipule. One can also rent a cab and drive down to the place.

There are numerous hotels in Ganapatipule that offer all modern facilities. One can easily find budget and luxury hotels in Ganapatipule.

Ganpatipule is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Kolhapur and Panjim.

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Ganpatipule Traveller Reviews

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  • Gaurav
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 6 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  159 readers

"Good nice serene and still keeps the authentic look of a village."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
The place is nice. Still keeps the authentic look of a konkan village that people go there for. Not so much commercialized is a good thing that people can move out of their daily chaos to find peace and serenity. The beaches are nice and clean. And in the monsoon the place has a beautiful landscape to see.
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Vijay Mahadik

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  • Vijay Mahadik
  • 3 Reviews
  •  167 readers

"Shree Mangalmurty Ganpati"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Shree Mangalmurty Ganpati he puratan jagrut devsthan aani amha Ratnagiri karanche aaradhya daivat aahe. Aami pratek Ganesh Jayantila Shree Mangalmurty Ganpati yanchya darshnala jatoch, te mhanje 2005 sali Shree Mangalmurty Ganpati yanchya charni kelela navas purna zalyapasun. Nisargane natlela green bhovatalcha parisar.
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Sagar deshpande

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  • Sagar deshpande
  • 4 Reviews
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"Nice place esp. For families"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 6, 2017
Ganpatipule is a nice town with the temple as its main attraction. Important and beautiful temple with serene and peaceful surroundings, best to visit from 5 to 8am to avoid crowds. The town is clean and easy to navigate, with some good hotels and restaurants. Beaches on Ratnagiri road are good for photography however the water is not suitable for wading with rip currents and pits. If visiting in summer it is the best place to get Ratnagiri mangoes.
Overall very good destination for families interested in heritage and nature. Amusement-park type crowds should keep away.
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Dattatraya deotale

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  • Dattatraya deotale
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"Queen of Konkan Darshan - Ganpatipule, Pilgrimage & Sea Beach Masti, both."

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Feb 20, 2017
Ganpatipule is a centrally located place in whole length of Konkan. Rich with long spread sea beaches, comparatively cleaner beaches, and you can have a sea Bath / Masti at the Temple beach as well.
A beautiful sunset view you can enjoy at the beach, right in front of the Lord Ganesha Temple.
Nearby beautiful sea beach landscapes exist at the Aarey-Warey beach, which spells out to be a very appealing sea-shore, silent, clean, enjoyable & quite playful.
All types of food is available at Ganpatipule, including the eateries for shelving connoisseurs & it depends on you alone, to how to satisfy your taste.
Ganpatipule is mainly approachable from Ratnagiri, which is 32 Kms away by shortest route ( via the Aarey-Warrey route).
From Ratnagiri, basically there are 3 routes to reach to Ganpatipule & pre-knowledge of the roads are quite essential.
Common man's best choice is to use the ST bus, which may cost Rs. 33/-, 45/- or 65/- per head depending on the route chosen by the bus.
Private Auto is available who charge Rs. 500/- per trip. I found it as risky to travel by Auto since roads are fully hilly and dangerous, enroute, though quite a lot of travelers use Auto as a reaching medium, since the frequency of ST bus is limited & the ST administration is Not so co-operative & informative as well.
There should be absolutely no problem for Private 4-wheelrs or Taxi commuters, who wish to reach here by their choices vehicle, which is always enjoyable & comfortable.
You can really have a full Konkan darshan, if you indulge in travelling through the interior roads, where the landscape is fully enriched with the thick clusters of Mango trees [mostly the Konkan famous HAPUS ( Alphanso) mango], Cashew trees, & other floriculture which is amply spread over the area, wading your way through the villages, & your charm gets multiplies when you are visiting when there is a serene fragrance of Mango & Cashew flowering all over the places.
Just a sincerely enjoyable destination for any nature loving individual or couple or even for groups.
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Smita Kumar

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  • Smita Kumar
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews
  •  15 helpful votes
  •  7402 readers

"Konkan Beauty"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 22, 2017
Decided to take a trip to Ganapatipule when we bought our new car the Toyota Innova Crysta. Was just the best choice! The drive to Ganapatipule with the mountains on one side and the sea on the other is just amazing. We took the trip in August when the monsoon was still on and the lush green against red soil was a picture perfect backdrop.
You can visit the Swayambhu Ganapati Temple and the Twin beaches of Aare and Waare, for sea food lovers the small local restaurants by the beach serve freshly cooked catch from the sea ... Yummy!
Visit the Jaigad fort while you're there, in ruins and not taken care of at all, but good photo ops.
We stayed at the Green Leaf Resort as it is a part of the Club Mahindra group, not too good but decent. Food at the hotel was pathetic suggest you eat outside.
If you love road trips this is one you shouldn't miss from Mumbai to Ganapatipule!
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Vishal sonavadekar

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  • Vishal sonavadekar
  • 2 Reviews
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"Religious place with awesome relaxed beaches"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 19, 2016
Lord Ganesh Temple with beach is the highlight of this place, you can get few water sports also at this place.

Go only you have hotel reservation with you during public holidays because hotel occupancy is almost full during weekends and public holidays.

Bhakt niwas is Trust place where in you can find rooms for very nominal rates.

Places to visit-

1)Prachin konkan museum- Per Person Cost Rs 30/- + Rs 20/- if you want to take pictures.

2)Aare ware beach-Do visit this beach awesome beach but don't have any facilities like snacks, etc.

3)Keshavsut smarak malgund.

Hire a vehicle for whole day (Will cost Rs 2800-Rs 3000)

See Guhagar-Velneshwar-Hedvi packages.

Trust me awesome temples-



Vyadeshwar Temple

Durga mata Temple

Do visit guhagar beach - cool place to hang out.

Hotels Ganpatipule-Rates are very nominal

Bhau Joshi bhojnalay (Veg)

Aaditya Bhojanalaya (Veg and nonveg) (Near Prachin Konkan Museum)

This is famous for the food cooked on charcoal kitchen.

Hotels Guhagar-Rates are very nominal

Hotel Annapurna (Veg and non-veg) near guhagar beach.

If you are going by Ratnagiri then hire a vehicle as auto cost Rs 500/- per three persons.

Or take a auto from Ratnagiri Railway station to Ratnagiri bus stand you will find bus from there to ganpati pule in every one hour.
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  • Pramodkumar Hosur
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1056 readers

"Good Experience and fun"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 13, 2016
Its a really good experience in Ganapati pule. The Abhishek beach resort is an ultimate place to have a fun and recreation. The Ganapati pule is having very good place for sight seeing. The hotel staff is very good and caring as well as very cooperative.
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Binodsingh alchouni

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  • Binodsingh alchouni
  • 10 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  1186 readers

"Good clean beach."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 10, 2016
Temple is near to beach. Be lucky not to get crowd for the temple darshan. First thing to do after reaching here. Beach is super clean !!
Danger signs and guards are seen more and prevent to go much far for swimming. But 100-200 m was fine. Few water sports also available. Just 3 km away is a less crowded beach Margins. Too good and less crowded !!
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Pankaj Gurav

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  • Pankaj Gurav
  • Lives in Thane
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1932 readers

"Very clean and beautiful beach"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 18, 2016
Konkan is very rich with beautiful seashores. Ganpatipule is one of the beautiful place to visit. Ganpatipule have long seashore with white sand. Sea water is very clear. You will find some stalls of coconut water and baraf ka gola. There are some things to keep in mind when you enjoy on Ganpatipule Beach:

1. If you are going in sea, do not go more inside. Here sea water can pull you inside. So enjoy but don't go more inside.

2. If you are planning to enjoy scooter boat ensure that you and scooter wala both are wearing life jackets.
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  • Akash Bajare
  • Lives in Nagpur
  • 2 Reviews
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"Very good place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 27, 2016
Ganpatipule is holy place having good beaches. The temple is so clean. The beach of Ganpatipule is very clean with clear water. Sand of beach is golden yellowish. Better resorts is available at Ganpatipule for tourists and devotees. Aarey Waare beach, Bhandarra beach, Prachin Konkan are also good for visiting.
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