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Ganapatipule Travel Guide

Ganapatipule is located on the Southern Konkan coast at a distance of 375 kms south of Mumbai. Ganapatipule has several kilometers of almost perfect beaches and clean waters. The tourists do not come here for the hedonism of sun and sand but rather for the towns seaside temple with its Swayambhu Ganapati, or "naturally formed" monolith Ganesh, discovered 1600 years ago. Ganpatipule is one amongt the "Ashta Ganapatis" (eight Ganpatis) in India and is known as the "Paschim Dwar-Dewata". The Ganesh Temple is framed by a green hillock on one side and golden sand and open sea on the other. The sunset here is especially beautiful, spilling its rich orange and gold over the gentle, white – fringed waves, a celebrated picture framed from the shore by coconut palms. The temple is serene, the sea calm, and the red soil of the hills warms your heart. It is easy to see why Ganapati is the lord of pule, or sands.

 

Ganapatipule Beach

 

Our Ganapatipule Travel Guide helps you in making your stay memorable. The Ganapatipule City Guide provides with all the information regarding how to reach, places to stay in and around the town, list of good places to eat etc.

How to Reach

How to Reach Ganapatipule

Ganapatipule is located in a small district Ratnagiri in the state of Maharashtra. The main city is located at a distance of 45 kms from Ganpatipule. The temple town is well connected to rest of the nation through Ratnagiri. The railway station at Ratnagiri on the Konkan Railway Network is well connected with rest of the nation. There is a well laid and well connected road network which links Ratnagiri with rest of the region. The buses ply at regular interval from Mumbai (292 kms), Pune (238 kms), Lonavala (228 kms), Kolapur (149 kms), Belgaum (270 kms), Panaji (235 kms) etc. The nearest airport serving to Ganpatipule is located in Kolapur at a distance of 149 kms; where as the nearest International airport is the Panaji in Goa (235 kms). 

 

Important Distances from Ganpatipule
Place Distance
Pune 238 km
Lonavala 228 km
Kolapur 149 km
Panaji 235 km
Mumbai 292 km
Belgaum 270 km

 

How to Reach Ganapatipule by Airways: The nearest airport to ganapatipule is Ratnagiri Airport (non operational condition) and Kolhapur Airport. Read More...

 

How to Reach Ganapatipule by Railways: The nearest railway station to ganapatipule is konkan railway station at a distance approx 45 KM. Read More...

 

How to Reach Ganapatipule by Road: There are no direct buses to ganapatipule and can take bus from Ratnagiri, Mumbai and rest of Maharastra to Ganapatipule. Read More...

Driving Directions

Driving Directions Ganapatipule

 

Ganaptipule is an aloof beach graced by the presence of Lord Ganapati temple. Nestled in Maharashtra, Western India, this region is flocked by millions of travelers every year. Jaigad Fort, Jaigad Light House, Swayambhu Ganapati Temple are the well known attractions in the region which can be explored by the travelers while on a visit to Ganapatipule. The 400 year old Ganapati temple is situated at this place. The self created idol of the Swayambhu Ganesha manifests the divine healing powers. The pilgrims visit this destination to take the blessings of the Lord. Also known as the best weekend tourist spot, Ganapatipule is visited by millions of travellers every year looking forward to enjoy the adventure activities.

The nearest aerodrome to Ganapatipule is Ratnagiri airport which is 50 Km from it. The other airports that are 100 to 200 kilometers away from Ganapatipule includes Kolhapur Airport(124 Km), Lohegaon Aiport(174 Km), Dabolim Aiport, Goa(206Km), and Chatrapati International Aiport(221Km). The travelers can reach this airport by boarding taxi or bus. The other easiest and reasonable mode of transport to reach Ganapatipule is train. The nearest rail head to Ganapatipule is Konkan rail head Bhoke and the Ratnagiri railway station which is 18 Km away form the this main sanctum. Mondovi Express, Goa Sampark Kranti Express and the Karwar Express are the trains which links Ganapatipule with the cities like Panjim and Mumbai. The travelers who are travelling by road can take state transport buses from Mumbai(375Km) and Pune(330 Km). The major state highway(MSH 4) and MDR 37 are the two road links which provides the best connectivity to the self driven vehicles.

Attractions

Ganapatipule Attractions & Tourist Places

There is not much to see in Ganapatipule. One can see the whole place in one day. But if some one wishes to stay for a couple of days for meditation and relaxation then Ganpatipule is the perfect destination. Ratnagiri is the district town of Ganpatipule (45 kms) and has a lot of places to visit. Ratnagiri is the nearest station serving to Ganpatipule. Most of the people visiting Ganpatipule prefer to stay at Ratnagiri. 

Attractions in Ganapatipule
Swayambhu Ganapati Temple Malgund Prachin Konkan
Jaigarh fort Bhatye Beach Bhandarpule
Thibaw Palace Karhateshwar Place of Lokmanya Tilak

Fort Ratnagiri and Bhagwati Temple

 

Swayambhu Ganapati Temple

The temple is known for the distinctive idol of Lord Ganapati. It is believed that the idol has originated itself and is not man made hence it is known as “Swayambhu” which means self-originated. The temple is believed to be about 400 years ago and is constructed on the foothills of a small hillock. A pradakshina (circumference) of the hill is taken instead just of the temple. The pradakshina or the walk of 1 km is interestingly Ganapati Shaped. It is believed that Pradakshina is a way of paying homage and showing respect to the deity. It is said that Ganpatipule is one of the eight significant Ganapatis (Ashta Ganapatis) of India. The idol of Ganapati is made of copper. 

Malgund

Malgund is a small village located at a distance of 1 km from Ganpatipule. Malgund, the small peaceful village is the birthplace of the famous Marathi poet, Krushnaji Keshav Damle (Keshavsoot). The house of the poet was renovated recently and has now been converted into a student’s hostel. A beautiful monument has been constructed by the Marathi sahitya parishad (Marathi literature society) in the memory of Keshavsoot known as the Keshavsoot Smarak. Utensils of the 19th century are preserved in the house. There is a gallery providing information and collection of all great Marathi Poets, there is also a small reading hall in the library. 

Prachin Konkan

Entry Fee: Rs 15. Timings: 8.30 am to 6 pm through the week Another place for which Malgund is known for is the Prachin Konkan (Ancient Konkan). It is an open air museum showing our old culture, basically old customs of Konkan areas. The museum is spread over an area of 3 acres on a hillside. The museum was constructed by a 27 year old resident of Ganpatipule, Vaibhav Sardesai. 

Jaigarh fort

The fort is located on a cliff at the entrance of the Sangameshwar River, 30 kms from Ganpatipule. The fort was built in the 17th century to guard the Jaigarh port. The fort offers a beautiful view of the sea. Some people still inhabit the fort. The view of the Sangameshwar River meeting up with the Arabian Sea is totally astonishing. Vehicles can reach up to the main entrance of the fort by a motorable road. There is a deep pit surrounding the fort on the eastern and northern sides. There are some rooms at the eastern part of the fort with some wells ranging a depth of 75 to 100 feet. All the wells consist of a huge stock of drinkable water. 

Bhatye Beach

Bhatye is a small village sited at a distance of 1 kms from Ratnagiri. The village is known for flat and straight 1.5 km long beach. The beach lies on the way to Pawas from Ratnagiri. The beach is visited by the tourists to see its black sand. There are regular buses run by MSRTC to Bhatye from Mumbai. The beach is not well maintained and is bit dirty as compared to other beaches of the state. The beach is a favorite place for people who love Chat (snacks) Items. 

Bhandarpule

Bhandarpule is located at a distance of 3 kms from Ganpatipule. Bhandarpule is known for its beautiful beach. The beach is less crowded and clean than Ganpatipule. It’s not permitted to swim into the water at the beach as the water is very deep. A beautiful view of the Ganpatipule and Bhandarpule beach can be seen from the view point at the top of the hill before descending to Bhandarpule. 

Thibaw Palace

The Thebaw Palace was constructed in 1910 – 1911 when the king and Queen of Myanmar were dethroned and were exiled. They stayed here in the palace from 1911 till there death in 1916. The palace was built under the King’s supervision. The five years of their stay at the palace have been immortalized on the walls of their tombs. A constant debate is going between the government and private authorities to convert the palace into a regional museum and a heritage hotel. 

Karhateshwar

Karhateshwar Devsthan is located at a distance of 30 kms from Ganpatipule in a small village, Nandiwade near Jaigarh fort. This wooden structured temple was constructed during the reign of Shilaharas. During night the temple is closed for the visitors. 

Place of Lokmanya Tilak

The house where the freedom fighter Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak was born is now declared and maintained as a national monument. He was born on 26th July 1856 in the house. It was Lokmanya Tilak who gave the slogan that "Self rule is my birth right and I will achieve it. There is a full sized statue of the freedom fighter erected. Lokmanya Tilak stayed in the house till 1866. 

Fort Ratnagiri and Bhagwati Temple

The Fort is located on a hill by the sea shore. The fort is constructed in the shape of half Circle like horseshoe. The fort is built on an area of 120 acres and is surrounded by sea from three sides. There is a light house constructed on the western end of the fort. The main part of the fort has a Devi Bhagwati temple. There is also a small tank and a deep well in the fort premises. During the Navratri’s a ten day festival is organized at the fort.

Excursions

Tourist Places Around Ganapatipule

There are several interesting places worth a visit near Ganpatipule. Once you are through with the attractions of Ganpatipule and Ratnagiri you can explore the various destinations in proximity of 100 kms. 

Sangameshwar

Distance: 62
Sangameshwar is located on the Mumbai - Goa highway at a distance of about 62 Kms. from Ganpatipule. Three is an Ancient temple dedicated to lord Shiva at Sangameshwar on the confluence of two rivers Sangameshwar (Shastri) and Alaknanda Rivers.
The beautiful ancient temple is constructed in the old Hemadpanthi style. There are very fine-looking carvings been done on the walls of the temple. A small memorial is constructed in the memory of Sambhaji Maharaja who was captured here by the Mughals.

Pawas

Distance: 73 kms

Pawas is a very beautiful and Serene place. Apart from its beauty the region the place came into light when Swami Swaroopanand, a spiritual leader who influenced an entire generation of Maharashtrian population came to stay here. The place where he used to inhabit has now been converted into an ashram. He brought all the people of Maharashtra together by chanting the Mantra `Om Ram Krishna Hari`. He stayed here for a period of about 40 years. Pawas is now considered as one of the most important holy places in Konkan Region. A temple has been constructed at Pawas near his Samadhi by his devotees. The aarti timings at the temple are, 10.00 am, 12.00 Noon and 7:40pm. After The three aarti’s Khichdi, a dish made of rice and pulse is served as the Prasad. 

Shri Dev Bhairav temple

Distance: 40 kms

The ancient temple was constructed by Gujar family members and is dedicated to Shri Dev Bhairav. Dev Bhairav is the prime God of the people of Rajasthan. The lord is known by several different names Kalbhairav, Gorabhairav, Asitang, Sanhar, Ruru, Chandrachood. The lord is worshiped not only by the Hindus but also by the Jains and Muslims. Dev Bhairav is also known as “Ashtabhairav” in Indian Mythology and scriptures. The temple is located at a distance of 40 kms from Ganpatipule. 

Marleshwar

Distance: 64 kms

Marleshwar is a beautiful cave temple dedicated to lord Shiva. The place is also known as the Kailasa of Sahydris. The god at the Marol village is called Marleshwar. On the eve of Makar Sankranti people from various parts of the Konkan region celebrate `Marleshwar Yatra` near Devrukh. There is a waterfall of Dhareshwar located in the close proximity of the cave. King cobras are found in and around the cave in a large number at their best but they have never bitten any of the devotee who came to visit this temple. 

Derwan

Distance: 86 kms

Derwan is a historic museum located at Chiplun. The museum has several sculptures of Shivshai & Peshweshahi. The museum represents the history of Maharashtra. An exhibition at Derwan is on display which gives details of the life of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharajah. It took more than 15 years to complete the museum. All the event representing Shivaji’s life like coronation, ceremony of Shivaji Maharajah, attack of Shahiste khan, Shivaji`s Soldiers, Elephants, Horses and conservation between Samarth Ramdas and Shivaji, have been exactly picturised. Exhibition timings are 8 am to 6 pm. The museum also has paintings made by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharajah. One has to dress up in Indian Costume to enter into the museum. 

Parshuram

Distance: 115 kms

The ancient temple is located in Chiplun at a distance of 115 kms from Ganpatipule. The temple is famous for the 6th incarnation of lord Vishnu, Parshuram. The temple lies on the Mumbai Goa National Highway. The highway leads to the Ghats from where one has to climb the stairs to reach the temple. The temple was constructed 300 years ago by Brahmendra Swami and is surrounded by stoned walls. The temple was constructed by Portuguese & was funded by a Hindu and a Muslim so the European, Hindus & Muslim styles are noticed in the construction work.

Kiomoi Must Dos

Ganapatipule - Kiomoi Must Do`s

Try local mango products: There are a few shops near the Main Swayambhu temple that serve mango products. The products are made of local mangoes. One should try the aam papad, also one should buy decorative made from mango tree wood and seeds. 

Take a walk: Take a walk down the walkway along the tree-lined boulevards along the hill. The walk way consisting of coconut palms, casuarinas, and mango, jackfruit and other fruit trees suddenly emerges onto a cliff with the blue sea below. 

Shopping: the region is famous for its finest horticultural fruits. One should shop for the fruits like jackfruit, cashewnuts, coconuts etc. also the world famous variety of mangoes - the Devgad `hapus` mango is found here. 

Visit Patit Pawan Mandir: The temple is one of its kinds. It’s the first temple to be built for non – Brahmins by S. Savarkar at Ratnagiri. 

Visit Lokmanya`s house: Ratnagiri is also known to be the birth place of Lokmanya Tilak, one of the well known freedom fighter of India. -`Tilak Smarak` (Tilak Monument) is constructed at his place. 

Picnic: Jaigad fort is a perfect place to picnic. The fort is located on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Sangameshwar River converging into the Arabian Sea. 

Try the local stuff: One should try the local Kokum Sherbet, sweet and sour drink with a mesmerizing pink colour. Also try the local sweets made of Besan and Coconut specially the Coconut Laddus. 

Splash in the water: A water sports center has been build by MTDC complete with water scooters, boats, kayaks etc. Have a splash in the water. 

Watch the sunset: the sunset here is very beautiful, spilling its rich orange and golden colour over the gentle, white fringed waves. Seeing sunsets over here is considered to be special. 

Try the Maharashtrian Thalis: One should also try the local Maharashtrian Thalis served at several restaurants. The Thalis comprise of four roti’s, five types of vegetables, rice, dal, curry, papad, sweet, fried bhujias and taak (buttermilk).

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Accommodation

Accommodation in Ganapatipule

There are several places to stay in and around the town. Staying here is a novelty factor, with stunning sea views, good vegetarian restaurant and a professional attitude on the part of service providers bring an unexpected class to the place. The hotels and the resorts at Ganpatipule provide comfortable stay. Most of the resorts provide accommodation in Konkani houses and Deluxe rooms, both having AC and non - AC options, there are AC duplex – styled cottages with sea views. Group accommodation and the seasonal tents are also available.

Apart from the private accommodation at hotels resorts and lodges one can also opt to stay at the accommodation provided by the temple. The Ramabai Peshwe Niwas or Mandir Niwas is in the temple premises. There are 20 basic rooms with two bathrooms. No prior bookings at the temple are done and the rooms are usually occupied. On the eve of special occasions the villagers also provide lodging facility at a very nominal price. It is a perfect option for the people who wish to enjoy the local flavors of the region to the fullest. The villagers also provide with simple but tasty Maharashtrian meals.

 

Shopping

Shopping in Ganapatipule

Ganapatipule does not put forward much of shopping offers. Ganapatipule has no shopping centers or malls but have local markets which on offer have goods more than of your basic requirements. You can buy many items to take back home some as souvenirs which include artifacts made of sea shells. There are several household and ornamental items made of sea shells and are sold here. Kala Niketan just opposite to MTDC hotel is famous for beautiful handicraft items.

You can also buy the luscious and scrumptious Konkan products like canned Aamras, jackfruit wafers, kokum sherbet, kokums, ambapoli (dry mango chapati), fanaspoli (dry jackfruit chapati), cashewnuts etc. The Konkan Region is blessed with several horticultural fruits. During the Summers the region is best known for the variety of mangoes infact the world famous variety of mango - the devgad ‘hapus’ is found here. One should buy some mangoes, cashewnuts, coconuts etc.

Dongre’s is the main market of Ganpatipule and is a good place to buy Konkani goods. A recommended must buy is kokum sherbet, which is a sweet sour drink with a mesmerizing pink color. One can also buy the assorted pilgrim – ware which Is available in row of shops outside the temple.

Eat N Dine

Eat N Dine in Ganapatipule

There are several good options to dine at in Ganapatipule. Non vegetarian food is not served at the places of religious importance but its opposite in the case of Ganpatipule. Good non vegetarian food is served at the restaurants. There are few options around the MTDC resort. One of such options is the local Khanaval just outside the MTDC Resort run by Kelkars. Many such Khanaval have now sprung up in Ganpatipule and they offer good and genuine Konkani vegetarian food cooked with the typical flavors of coconut, coriander, lime and goda- masala (a spice blend). There is also a MTDC restaurant which serves quality food at reasonable prices. The specialty of the region is the Modak, a dish made up of rice, coconut and jaggery sweet.

There are homes which are now turned into tiny lodges and restaurants. At Ganpatipule a variety of local preparations are served like ambapoli (thin pancakes of crushed and dried mango) and phanspoli (thin pancakes of dried and crushed jackfruit). All kind of food is available in Ganpatipule like Chinese, Continental, and Punjabi etc but they specialize in Konkani cuisines.

Useful Facts

Ganapatipule Useful Facts

Deities: Lord Ganesha 

Built in: 16th century 

State: Maharashtra 

District: Ratnagiri 

Location: 375 kms south of Mumbai, along the `Konkan` coast. 

Latitude: 17° 08` N 

Longitude: 73° 27` E 

Altitude: 396 meters 

Nearest Airport: Kolhapur (144 kms), Panaji (235 kms) 

Nearest Railway Station: Ratnagiri (On Konkan Railway, 47 kms) 

Best time to visit: October to May and in August 

Languages spoken: Marathi, Konkani, Hindi, English 

Annual Mean Rainfall: 3,188 mm 

Minimum Temperature: 14 C 

Maximum Temperature: 38 C 

Nearest Hospital: Civil hospital, Ratnagiri 

Main Festivals: Ganesh Chaturthi 

Attractions: Swayambhu Ganapati Temple, The baw Palace, Malgund, Jaigarh fort, 

STD Code: 02357 

Pin Code: 415 612

Tourist Offices

Ganapatipule Tourist Offices

Tourist information centre

MTDC Holiday Resort
Ganpatipule, Ratnagiri District
Tel: 02357 - 235248, 235061  

MTDC Regional Office

Collector Office Compound
Near Jaistambha, Ratnagiri.

Holiday Checklist

Ganapatipule Holiday Checklist

Those beaches, forts, pilgrimages send tempting vibes!!! While you have made up your mind on these holidays, set aside all your temptations and quickly take a fleeting glance at the things-you-do prior to your travel date. Here is the list.  

Before leaving your house

  • Empty your letter box
  • Fix up security for your house or ask some one to look after
  • Water your plants and ask some one to take care of it
  • Ask your newspaper vendor and milkman to stop supply
  • Clear out the fridge.
  • Switch off the electric appliances
  • Empty out kitchen, waste/dust-bin and kitchen area
  • Lock doors and windows
  • Recharge your mobile or carry coupons
  • Carry traveler’s Cheque or ATM cards
  • Pay all due bills
  • Turn off gas/water
  • Call up the taxi driver/railway
  • station/hotels and other important numbers to confirm and re-confirm
  • Rail Tickets and travel documents should be checked twice 
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Packing your luggage

  • Woolen/cotton clothing
  • Extra towels
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Night wears
  • Raincoats
  • Wrappers
  • Bath robes
  • Jumper and track suits 
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Equipment

  • Battery Charger
  • Camera
  • Mobile
  • Mobile Charger
  • Torch/Emergency Light
  • Headphones 
  •  

Miscellaneous

  • Brochures or holiday book
  • Sunglasses
  • Sewing kit
  • Important stationary(scissors, tape and glue)
  • Film rolls and digital chargers
  • Ear Plugs
  • Watch
  • Umbrellas
  • Address Book
  • Shoulder bags/ Safety pins
  • Important Telephone Addresses/Travel 
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Consultant

  • Few non perishable eatables
  • Medicines
  • Books / magazines to read
  • Binocular  
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Essential Documents

  • Credit/Debit Cards
  • Diving License
  • Maps/ directions(when in car)
  • Itinerary/Directions
  • Photocopies of documents
  • Traveler’s Cheque
  • Passport/Visas (For traveling abroad)
  • ID Cards  
  •  

Health/Hygiene

  • Small First Aid kit
  • Sickness Pill
  • Mosquito and insect repellent
  • Vitamin and medications
  • Pain Killers/Balm
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Anti-infection lotion
  • Toiletries
Bank ATMs

Bank ATM`s in Ganapatipule

Union Bank of India

Ratnagiri Branch,
2115 Jaichand Road,
P Box no 19,
Opp S T Stand,
Rantnagiri-415612 

 

Bank of Maharashtra

Inside Ganapati Temple

Local holidays

Local Holidays in Ganapatipule

List of Holidays in Ganpatipule - 2009
1st January New Year’s Day
08th January Moharum
26th January Republic Day
23rd February Mahashivratri
10th March Id-E-Milad
11th March Holi
27th March Gudi Padwa
3rd April Ram Navmi
7th April Mahavir Jayanti
10th April Good Friday
14th April Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Jayanti
1st May Maharashtra Day
9th May Buddha Pournima
15th August Independence Day
19th August Parsi New Year (Shahenshahi)
23rd August Ganesh Chaturthi
21st September Ramzan Id (Id-Ul-Fitar) Shawal –1
28th September Dasara
2nd October Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti
17th October Diwali Amavasya (Laxmi Pujan)
19th October Diwali (Balipratipada) / Bhaubeej
2nd November Guru Nanak Jayanti
28th November Bakri-Id (Id-uz-zua)
25th December Christmas