Ganapatipule Tourism
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Ganapatipule Tourism

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  • State: Maharashtra
  • Famous for/as: Beach
Ganpatipule is a small town situated in the state of Maharashtra. It lies in Ratnagiri District to the south of Chiplun town. The origin of the name of the town lies in mythology. 

History of Ganpatipule

According to legend, God Ganpati took offence to a lady’s remark and moved a few km away from Gule, which was His original abode. The movement of a few km is called ‘pule’ in Marathi and thus came the name Ganpatipule. 

The town has a 400 year old statue of Ganpati. This is said to have originated from the ground by itself. This statue of Ganpati, unlike statues in other temples, faces West to guard the town against the evil western forces. 

Things to do in Ganpatipule

Although pilgrimage forms the major tourist attraction of Ganpatipule, of late, a number of resorts have also come up here which has led to a major boost in the region’s tourism. The town’s location on the Konkan Coast makes it an ideal place for beach lovers. 

The beaches of Ganpatipule are clean and lined with mangroves and coconut palms. The climate of Ganpatipule, like most of Maharashtra, is moderate. The temperature stays the same through the year, hovering at about 30-35° Celsius. However, the months of November to February experience the most pleasant weather which is also the peak season to visit Ganpatipule. 

Apart from being a pilgrimage centre and a beach place, Ganpatipule is also the gateway to a number of tourist spots around the region. The town lies close to Velneshwar, Ratnagiri, Pawas and Jaigad Fort, all of which are important tourist destinations. 

Travelling to Ganpatipule

The small town of Ganpatipule is well connected to the city of Ratnagiri by road. Ratnagiri has an airport and a railway station which connects it to major Indian cities. It lies approximately 30 km from Ratnagiri and the journey by road takes about an hour. 

Accommodation options in Ganpatipule

Accommodation options in Ganpatipule range from budget hotels to 5 star hotels and resorts.
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Archana Hemmady

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"A place to visit if you wish to relax" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Ganpatipule, really a long drive from Pune, is a small place bang on the seashore. The place itself doesn't have too many sightseeing points and those who insist on making their trip complete only with tourist spots have Jaigarh fort and some other spots nearby. The only important spot is the temple after which the temple town is named, a historical Ganesh Mandir carved out of a hillock on the seashore. Not too crowded (unless you go during the Ganesha festivals or Sankashti I suppose) it will take barely a few minutes for the darshan. But the parikrama involves going around the hillock itself, which is undertaken enthusiastically by pilgrims and tourists alike.

Apart from this temple, which is bang on the seashore, and where you can get the usual chaat, and vada pavs, the seashore is not so crowded but yes, evenings do get crowded with people from all the nearby hotels and resorts converging here. But we discovered an empty beach (Bhandarpule, if I am not mistaken) hardly a kilometre away. Almost a private beach it became since we were alone on the beach. The only thing we were told by a local there is that we should be careful since the sand here sinks below your feet. So don't venture too deep into the sea. Those who want to swim can do it at Ganpatipule beach itself.

When in Ganpatipule eat what the konkan food is. The typical and distinct seafood associated with konkan which incorporates use of coconut in the masala, and the sol kadi, all yummy. Small hotels have full meals which are cheap and finger licking. But vegetarians, will have to be satisfied with the usual sabudana khichdi, poha, if you count out the thalis. The only signs of the tourist inflow is that chinese bhel and other fast food which can be found anywhere can be seen in some hotels.

Apart from these, which won't take more than half a day, all we did was relax and spend quality time. Cut off from the mundane life left behind.
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Jawahar Sharma

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"The untouched beaches add to its beauty" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
We visited Ganpatipule during this season, last year. The place is really fantastic, filled with natural beauty. The untouched beaches add to its beauty. We stayed at MTDC Resort which was also a really calm and beautiful place to stay. The resort is near the sea beach and the cottages are also neat and clean.
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Abzek Monty

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"Divinity on the beach"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Mar 25, 2015
A must visit for Lord Ganesha Disciples or so to say one of the most significant ganesha temple across the Sahyadhri range of western ghats. The temple is situated on the beach along the arabian sea. The tranquility helps to relax and enjoy the breeze even inside the temple. Accommodations options are plenty, MTDC being next to the temple on the beach. Other accommodations seems to be economic. Quite a few restaurants / Dhabas along the one road which leads to the temple around 2-3 km stretch.
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Devyani V

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"Nice and relaxing Beach vacation"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Feb 18, 2015
Malgund beach is approx 2-3 KM from Ganpatipule temple and much nicer and safer beach. Beach is shallow and one can go inside the water without any risk.

There are lot of nice resorts near this beach. We stayed in "Sagar Darshan Beach Side Resort" from where there is a bautiful view of sea and you can just walk down to the beach in less than a minute.

Activities to keep busy !!! What else do you need when there is a beautiful and relaxing beach.
Still, there are few tourist attractions nearby :
1. Thiba Palace
2. Bhagwati Bunder
3. Ganpati Mandir
4. Jaigad Fort
5. Kavi Keshavsut Smarak
6. Kolisare
7. Lokmanya Tilak Birth Place
8. Marleshwar
9. Ratnadurg
10. Prachin Konkan Museum
11. Aare and Waare are twin beaches near Ganpatipule on the way to Ratnagiri ahead of Bhandarpule. There is a sunset point near Aare beach which is surrounded by sea on three sides!
12. Hedvi
13. Velneshwar
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Urmil Shah

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"Weekend Break"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Dec 30, 2014
Clean beach with very less commercial exploration. You will find just 1 or 2 water games vendors. Few coconut water stalls and few goals. In all worth a visit for beach lovers. Clean and peaceful beach. Beach, Temple and museum are worth visit. Food stalls will only have chaat and coconut water. There are 1 or 2 vendors for water sports. Train to Ratnagiri and taxi or rickshaw to Ganpatipule is the best mode of transport.
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Dr.ketan Jinwala

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"Good place with nice temple and beach"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Oct 30, 2014
It is a nice place. It is having swayambhu Ganapati temple with nice cool beach. The sea is cool without any undue risk. The water is very clean. Silent not overcrowded like Goa. The beach is better than Goa. The malgund beach is about 5-6 km north to it. Here you can enjoy boating, waterscooter. For veg. food Mr. Joshi restaurant is famous while for non veg Hotel Sameer is famous. Here sabudana Khichadi & sol kadhi is very famous. Here it is famous for Kokam sharbat, Ambapoli ( dried cake of ratnagiri mango) cashew nut & malvani masala.
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Kumar Abhishek

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"Calming and soothing serenity of Ganpatipule"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Sep 12, 2014
Konkan region is full of pristine beaches. Ganpatipule is probably the best, the most beautiful beach destination of Konkan and a must visit for nature lovers. We reached Ratnagiri station by train from Mumbai and from there hired an auto (as we could not find taxi, though there were plenty of autowallahs) for Ganpatipule. This was first week of February. It was less than 15-20 minutes in our auto journey and we were mesmerized by what nature had to offer. Journey on curvy hilly roads, beholding blue water of sea and lines of coconut trees on our left and then hills on our right, it was a unique experience of enjoying beauty of hills and beauty of beach at the same time. The pleasant weather (definitely not a warm day) too immensely added to the experience.

At Ganpatipule, we stayed at MTDC resort (bookings should generally be made well in advance as there is heavy demand) in its super deluxe sea view AC room. The extra large window of the group gave an eyeful view of pristine blue water sea and standing there I could feel the strong temptation to get into the water without further delay. We gave in to our temptations and reached the sea. Standing in knee deep water, I could see each and every finger of my feet as if I was looking across a clean perfectly transparent glass. It was really pleasant experience. Till sunset we stayed there and the beauty of sunset is wonderful to behold.Expansive MTDC resort is also something worth exploring.

The restaurant in MTDC resort offers quite tasty food, not only Konkani but even food suitable to north Indian taste. It was not much expensive restaurant.

The temple of Ganpati is highly revered and attracts worshipers from across Maharashtra. It is a beautiful and peaceful place and adds to the serenity of Ganpatipule.

There were water sports activities such as motor boats, para sailing, water scooters etc available at the beach which we enjoyed. For the kids, those will be good attractions while grown-ups could feel the calmness and soothing effect of place on their mind and hearts.

Needless to say, but do carry your camera to capture your beautiful moments. I assure you that even months after your return when you will look at those photographs you will feel the calmness, the quietness, the ease deep within. Visiting Ganpatipule with family and personal car would be highly gratifying experience.
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Rahul Anwekar

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"Good place to visit"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Aug 22, 2014
Overall, it was the good experience for me and my family. It was very good place for relaxing and refreshment. Ideal for 2-3 days. Very calm and clean place. Will prefer everyone to visit this place at least once. Most preferable transportation medium to reach this place is by own car or taxi.
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Radhika Mangle

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"Clean and beautiful beach for enjoying"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Aug 5, 2014
It was a great experience to drive to this place in your own car. This was a very nice and beautiful spot. Nice destination to all at any time and any season. Nice beach to watch the sunset and up to 1.5 km clean and beautiful beach for enjoying.
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"Beautiful beach for family get together"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Jul 9, 2014
We took the trip together with family and it was great fun. My son loved the beach and the entertainment at the hotel. My husband and me got time to spend with each other. My parents loved the temple and ambience of the place. We all enjoyed the food and the sea. It was just pure fun and joy.
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