Ganapatipule Experience: A beach town in Ratnagiri District. The MTDC resort is right at the beach. Please book in advance. There is a Ganapati temple at the beach. Avoid Tuesdays as the beach may get crowded. However the part of the beach in front of MTDC resort is always sparse and you can thoroughly enjoy yourself with your family. The neighbouring Bhandarpule is also an excellent beach & you can have the whole beach to yourself. The sand & the clear blue waters keep changing colours at different time of the day. Do not forget to take your swimwear along.
Food, sight-seeing and shopping: MTDC has a good restaurant Tarang. Fish eaters will have a ball. For the vegetarians try the solkadi which is simply amazing. If you go in the months of April & May do forget to fill your car with the famous Ratnagiri mangoes at an incredible price. You can try the cashews also. Jaygad Fort (30 kms) is worth visiting for the incredible view of the sea near the mouth of Shastri river.
Activities & things to do: Water sports at MTDC resort. Just enjoy a swim at the beach in the clear blue waters.
Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: The best option is to drive down. Ideally leave early morning (6 am) to beat the traffic. It will take 8 hours approx. to reach with a breakfast halt.
Take Sion-Panvel road. Move on the old Bombay-Pune Highway. After Panvel turn off to Mumbai-Goa highway (NH-17). After that pass Karnala, Pen, Kolad, Mahad. Have breakfast at Vithal Kamat at Mahad. Toilets here are really clean. Then drive on to the Kashedi Ghat. Watch out for the hair pin bend just as you start descending from the top. Drive past Khed, Chiplun & Sangmeshar. Climb up Nivli Ghat and leave the Mumbai-Goa highway here by taking a right turn for Ganaptipule.
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