Ganapatipule Tourism

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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Ganapatipule Traveller Reviews

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Tanuja Indi

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  • Tanuja Indi
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Enjoyable, Picturesque,Relaxing visit" new review

  • 6.0 / 7
  • Posted 5 days ago
We took this wonderful drive along the coast from Ganpatipule to Ratnagiri covering amazing Beach view of Aare & Ware. My recommendation is go with some time on hand of 2-3 hours so that you can take photo breaks and absorb the excellent view of the picturesque coastline. It is really worth the time spent.
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Deb Banerjee

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  • Lives in Pune
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"Ganpatiphule - A couple (of days) is enough for a couple" new review

  • 3.0 / 7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Ganpatiphule has come up as a popular location for weekend travelling with every travel company, portal and holiday planners vividly advertising the destination. My take - I too planned for the destination given the beautiful landscape and beach backgrounds which accompany the ads also the costing was light on pocket, given the fact I planned an weekend extended by some public holidays. However the return vs expectations ratio was miserable. I planned my trip from Mumbai via a neeta bus. Bus travels at night drain you out, with constant pee break calls by the conductor, where one has to attend the call like an obedient student even if nature is not actually calling. The bus drops at the ST bus stop which is a very convenient location ad majot hotels and even the mandir are at stones throw. However as a day passed, it turned out that, apart from the Ganpati temple and the Konkan museum there is not much to grab upon. The beaches are dull and unkempt. The beach is touching the temple, therefore it has more of a religious flavour rather than any glam activity. Restaurants are mostly operate on thali or meal system. The food is good, with local flavour but costlier than other coastal Konkan areas like Alibag etc if not at par. Side tours are good if u have a good guide. I booked a Rick to take me around to light house and jaigarh fort etc at some 800 bucks, which was not bad and saved the trip from becoming a total dud. To summarize, the trip to the location makes more sense if there is a like minded group you travel with, book good hotels ( there are some very good hotels & resorts in area which may totally) and focus more, AROUND Ganpati pule rather then IN it. Suggested restaurants - Sameer for N Veg, and Durvankur for Veg, good hotels for stay- the MIDC, Madhachi Banat, and some hill top resorts which arrogantly stare you from their perch as they have good local report( book them if you are really looking for good time & want to impress your lady love + you claim to have deep pockets). Bon voyage.
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  • Hitesh
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"A nice place to be visited at a nice place"

  • 5.0 / 7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Ganpatipule is like a haven on the earth. This place is religious place of Hindus, located at Ratnagari district. People's of Ganpatipule are very simple. The town is full covered with greenery. Nowadays Ganpati pule is one of the main tourist place in Maharashtra. Many people's are getting attracted at this place.
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Urvisha Rao

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"Beautiful and untouched"

  • 5.0 / 7
  • Posted Aug 5, 2015
Imagine a road with one side beach and another side beautiful mountains. Yes that is how the local roads of Ganpatipule looks like. Virgin beach, friendly people, awesome malwan food and less crowded tourist spots. What else can we expect from a holiday. A perfect getaway for a weekend. Jus 350 km from Mumbai.
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Archana Hemmady

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"A place to visit if you wish to relax"

  • 5.0 / 7
  • Posted Jul 31, 2015
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"

  • 6.0 / 7
  • Posted Jul 25, 2015
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"

  • 7.0 / 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"

  • 5.0 / 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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"Good place with nice temple and beach"

  • 6.0 / 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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