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Ganpatipule Beach - Ganpatipule has a fine blend of religion and recreational activities. This is the land of the 400-year old Swayambhaoo (a naturally formed idol) Ganpati and a glittering white sand beach. Ganapatipule is ideal for family outing. The temple is 400 years old and is at the foot of a hillock. Most pilgrims believe in taking a 'Pradakshina' around the hill instead of just the temple. (Pradakshina is a form of showing obeisance wherein devotees walk in a circle around the idol of the deity or around the temple in which the idol is housed). Lord Ganpati of Ganpatipule is also called as the ' Paschim-Dwar Devata' (Western Sentinel God). Two grand festivals are celebrated every year - one is Bhadrapad Shuddha Chaturthi (Ganesh-Chaturthi) and another is Magh Shuddha Chaturthi (Vinayaki Chaturthi).
Ganpatipule is a small village, serene, sedate and unspoiled. The beach here is still as natural and pristine as ever and traveling by roads is an experience by itself. There is something new to discover, in whichever direction you go: narrow roads, red soil, roofed houses, clean courtyards, innumerable fruit-bearing trees (including mango, betel nut, banana, jackfruit, etc.) and casuarinas lining the coast are a common sight. The entire western coast is covered with these trees. The locals are as warm and cheerful as their surroundings - ever ready to chat with the visitors and make them feel at home.
This is very renowned tourist destination in Ratnagiri district. Distance from Ratnagiri is 15-20 kms. There is pleasant seashore with scenic plantation of cypress trees. It is not advisable to venture in the deep sea alone as the level suddenly deeps to dangerous depth. Many a drowning accidents happen due to over-enthusiasm of the tourists. One can have a panoramic view of beautiful seashore up to Kotwade at one side, seashore of Malgund Varawade and Tivari port at other side of Ganpatipule from the hill behind the temple. Nearby villages are worth visiting. Ganeshgule, Kotwade, Malgund, Jaigad, Tivari Port, Kolisare etc. can be visited from Ganapatipule.
Accommodation in Ganpatipule :
Hotels and cottages are available in Ganaptipule and Ratnagiri.
Best Time to Visit Ganpatipule :
November to February is the best time to visit Ganpatipule because of the cool climatic conditions. Ganpatipule can be spectacular during the monsoon showers making it a delightful time to visit for rain lovers. However, the water sports would not be functional between June-October. In March, it starts to get hot and a little humid, with temperature soaring upto 38 Celsius degree mark.
How to Reach Ganpatipule Beach :
The town is easily accessible from the port city of Ratnagiri, which also has a railway station and an airport.
By Air :
The nearest airport is at Kolhapur, which is at the distance of around 144 km. Other nearest airports are Mumbai and Ratnagiri.
By Rail :
There is no railway station at Ganapatipule. The nearest railway stations are at Ratnagiri and Bhoke. All the express, passenger trains stop at Ratnagiri, being a city. Bhoke is a small village and only passenger trains will stop there.
By Bus :
There are frequent buses from the MSRTC Bus Station (Ratnagiri) to Ganapatipule via Ratnagiri Railway Station, Nevade Road and MSRTC Bus Station (Ratnagiri) to Ganapatipule via Ratnagiri Railway Station, Nevade Road, Malgund. One can reach Ganapatipule faster by taking the MSRTC City Bus from Ratnagiri Railway Station to MSRTC Bus Station (Ratnagiri) and then changing buses there to a bus to Ganapatipule via Arevare. There are MSRTC buses from Mumbai, Pimpri-Chinchawad, Pune, Swarget (Pune), Miraj, Solapur, Chiplun, Sawantwadi, and Panjim.
Private buses ply between Mumbai / Pune to Ganpatipule via Ratnagiri. Neeta Travels : Borivali (Mumbai) to Ganpatipule via Ratnagiri. Purple Travels (MTDC) : Borivali (Mumbai) to Ganpatipule via Ratnagiri.
By Road :
Ganapatipule is 32 km from Nivali, a small village on Mumbai Goa Road (NH 17). From Nivali, one has to turn right for Ganapatipule. The distance from Nivali to Ratnagiri is around 20 km. The distance from Nivali to Hatkhamba is around 4 km. From Hatkhamba one has to take a right turn for Ratnagiri, which is 16 km from here. Sangameshwar is about 25 km from Nivali and 45 km from Chiplun. From Ganapatipule one can approach Ratnagiri directly without coming to Nivali and going through Hatkhamba. The direct road has many more turns and is narrow compared to NH-17, but the journey has natural beauty and sea views. That distance is around 30 km. Mumbai is 375 km away via Mahad, and Pune is 331 km away via Satara. For fast journeys, Ganapatipule is also connected with other cities by state transport buses. Buses are available from major cities like Mumbai, Pune, Sangli, Kolhapur and Solapur to Ratnagiri. From Ratnagiri, private cabs also ply to the town.
Kolhapur - Ganpatipule, 144 kms.
Belgaum - Ganpatipule, 299kms.
Pune - Ganapatipule, 331 kms. Via Satara;
Mumbai - Ganapatipule, 375 kms. Via Mahad. State Transport buses ply from Mumbai and Ratnagiri to Ganapatipule.
Things to Do in Ganpatipule Beach :
Ganpatipule is one of the perfect places for a relaxed beach holiday. If you are looking for some interesting things to do here, then you must try the following activities:
Adventure Water Sports:
Adventure freaks may enjoy paragliding, swimming, going for motorboat, water scooter and pedal boat rides, camel rides, etc., which are some of the popular adventure water activities in Ganpatipule and everyone should enjoy here.
Sightseeing in Ganpatipule:
If you don't want to indulge in adventure activities, then you may simply sit and relax on the beach as you may enjoy a picturesque view of sunset or go for a long leisurely walk on the beach. Or else, visitors can also visit to the local Velneshwar beach temple and Swamyambhoo Ganpati Temple, where all programs are held every year. You can also go for romantic beach walks along the coastline of Konkan, with your loved ones by holding hand of each other. You may also have moonlight picnic on the silvery sands.
Shopping and food in Ganpatipule:
Want to do some shopping in Ganpatipule? Just spend some quality time by doing shopping in the local markets where you'll get all types of household and decorative items at reasonable cost. Apart from shopping, Ganapatipule also offers plenty of tasty and mouth watering cuisines like ambapoli, phanspoli, fish curries, Kokam kadi, etc., which are worth trying. If you are here during summer, you can enjoy the popular variety of mangoes in the world.
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Ganpatipule Beach Map :