Ganpatipule is famous for
Queen of Konkan Darshan - Ganpatipule, Pilgrimage & Sea Beach Masti, both.
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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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 inGanapatipule.
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 inGanapatipule 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 inGanapatipule, 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.
There is so much to see in Ganpatipule.
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