Ganapatipule: “The land of Ancient Ganesha Temple”
Ganapatipule is coastal town situated in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra amidst the white sands of Konkan coast. The town is known for its beautiful temples, especially Ganesha Temple, and its pristine and clean beaches.
Ganpatipule is a perfect weekend getaway for people residing in nearby cities such as Pune and Mumbai. The picturesque view of the sea is complemented by a hill-shaped like Lord Ganesha situated in the backdrop of the beach. The town has become one of the most visited tourist destinations in Maharashtra mainly due to its 400 years old Lord Ganesha Temple which is believed to have been constructed by Ganesha himself 1600 years ago. This temple attracts a lot of devotees and tourists from different parts of the country.
For those who are looking for a peaceful vacation at the beachside, Ganapatipule is the best place to visit in Maharashtra. In addition to the religious significance, this town is a must-visit for beach and adventure lovers, as here, you can also partake in various fun-filled water sport activities. A trip to Ganapatipule is usually clubbed with a visit to other nearby places such as Velneshwar, Ratnagiri, Pawas and Malqund.
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Unexplored Paradise of Maharashtra
Nestled at the confluence of deep blue sea and pristine white sand beach is a beautiful coastal town of Ganapatipule. The town is situated 370 km away from Mumbai and is known for its scenic beauty and temples. It derives its name from the famous 400 years old folklore of Swayambhoo Ganapati Temple.
The pleasant weather, clean beach, pollution-free air, tall coconut trees and mangroves lined across the vast expanse of the beach, and rich history of Ganapatipule village makes this place a perfect tourist destination in Konkan coast.
In addition to exploring the ancient Ganesha Temple and attending religious functions at the shrine, you can participate in various thrilling water sport activities. Alternatively, you can take a stroll across the coastline of Ganapatipule beach and get mesmerized by the scenic beauty of the sea and the natural beauty around.
Restaurants and Local Food in Ganapatipule
Although Ganapatipule is a small town, the restaurants here offer a variety of mouth-watering cuisines. Modak is a must-have dessert, which is also believed to be one of the favourites sweets of Lord Ganesha. The region is also popular for ‘Hapus’ mangoes and you should try a few of these.
The local delicacies such as fish curry and the Kollan curry is available at the majority of food stalls spread across the town. Ambapoli, which is a pancake made out of dried and crushed mangoes, Phanspoli, a delicacy made from dried jackfruit, and Sabudana Khichdi are few of the specialities of Ganapatipule.
Once you reach Ganapatipule, you can spend the first half of the day exploring the famous Lord Ganesha Temple situated in the heart of the town. The most fascinating fact about the temple is that the Ganapati idol in the temple faces west, unlike the traditional eastward placement of idols in India. Such unique placement of the idol symbolises the protection that the Lord provides to the town by guarding the gates of Konkan Coast against any natural disaster.
Later, you can visit the nearby beach. Enjoy the peaceful ambience at the beach and undertake a few water sport activities. Alternatively, you can visit Jaigar Fort and Prachin Konkan Museum. You can spend your evening watching the sunset from the Guhagar beach.