At a distance of 24 km from Ratnagiri, 152 km from Kolhapur, 193 km from Mahabaleshwar, 207 km from Satara, 291 km from Lonavala,307 km from Pune, and 345 km from Mumbai, Ganpatipule is a small holy trip & beach town located in the Ratnagiri district on the Konkan coast of Maharashtra in India. This is one of the top Places to visit in Maharashtra and also one of the best tourist places in Ratnagiri.
The town is mainly known for its 400 years old temple of Lord Ganapati which is the most important attraction in Ganpatipule. The idol of Ganesha is believed to be a huge stone which was self-alive and discovered over 1600 years ago. The Ganesha Temple in Ganpatipule is (like nothing else in the world) because it is one of the few temples in the country in which the ruling (like a president) god faces west. It is one of the Ashta Ganapati Temples of India and is known as’Paschim Dwar Devata’. The temple is at the base of a hill, and travelers (to holy places) walkaround (pradakshina) the hill as a mark of respect.
There are two old stories/famous people connected with the name of Ganpatipule town. According to one legend, after being insulted by a local lady, Lord Ganapati moved to Pule from his original home of Gule. This way the area was named Ganpati-Pule. According to another belief, the town got its name from the white sand (or Pule in Marathi) from which the idol of Ganesha was formed.
Ganpatipule has one of the most amazing beaches along the Konkan Coast in Maharashtra. It is an ideal getaway that attracts peace-searchers (for something), beach lovers, and travelers (to holy places) alike. Ganpatipule is one of the only two white sand beaches in Maharashtra, the other being Kashid Beach. The Ganpatipule Beach is clean and the sea is also clear though swimming is not a good idea because of the rocky stretches. It is an however ideal spot for (lying in the sun) and fascinating/hypnotizing sunsets. Ganpatipule also offers water sports between the months of November and May.
There are many other tourist spots in Ganpatipule apart from the beaches and the Ganapati temple. Malgund about 2 km from Ganapatipule is the place (where someone was born) of the famous Maratha poet Keshavsut and houses a memorial of the great poet. Gaywadi beach nearMalgund village is the hub of water sports activities in Ganpatipule. Jaigad Fort, Prachin KonkanMuseum, Arey Ware Beach, Guhagar Beach and Velneshwar are other attractions nearGanpatipule.
Ganpatipule has a number of resorts and hotels but the facilities offered by most hotels ordinary. State-owned MTDC also runs a holiday resort near the beach.
Mumbai Airport is the nearest airport, which is about 343 km from Ganpatipule. Ratnagiri Railway Station is the nearest railhead about 30 km from Ganpatipule. Ratnagiri has train connectivity with Mumbai, Goa, Patna, Pune, Kochi, Trivandrum, Delhi, Mangalore, Tirunelveli, Bikaner, Amritsar, Dehradun, Chandigarh, Kochuveli, Porbandar, Ajmer, Coimbatore andMadgaon. Ganpatipule is well connected by bus with Ratnagiri, Mumbai, Pune, and Kolhapur.
The best time to visit Ganpatipule is from September to February while the peak season is from November to January.