Ganpatipule is a small town located in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra state,some 20-25 km from Ratnagiri. It is tranquil place surrounded with cliffs, hills and dense forest and it is not much commercialized, so you can enjoy the laid back charm of this place.It is located on Konkan coast of Maharashtra and drive here is one of the scenic ride I ever had in my life as the region is surrounded with lush greenery on one side and Arabian sea on the other; the journey is more beautiful than the destination.
on inquiring to the locals, it came to me that the town contains only 100 houses but it has most spectacular beaches. It is rich in flora and fauna with mango trees and palm trees around.
History to the Past:
The name Ganpati pule has been originated as the 400-year-old Ganpati idol at Ganpatipule is said to have sprung up from the soil, also know as “Swayambhu”. The temple is at the base of a hill, and many pilgrims walk around the hill as a mark of respect. It is popular pilgrimage place for Marathi people.
I have explored the temples, beaches,forts and surrounding areas of Ganpatipule by walk and by auto. Here is best of I can write about:
Ganpati Pule Temple and beach
Ganpati Pule temple gives the name of Ganpatipule Town. It is located right on the Beach. The idol inside the temple is more like Siddhivinayak temple of Mumbai. The idol of Ganapati here is believed to be ‘swayambhu’. The idol of ‘mooshak’ made out of copper is placed outside the temple. The God is considered to be the Paschim Dwarpalak (Western Sentinel God of India) and those who visit Ganapatipule make it a point to pay their respects to this deity.
The beach here is gorgeous and found full with tourists. It has clean water and not so high tides which is good for swimming. There is a small market on the beach which have numerous shops which sells mango pulp, Kokum syrup and other items like Masalas etc. You can always jump on good coconut with so many coconut sellers around.I walked whole beach area spanning approx 1-2 Km.
Aare Ware Beach:
On second day of my stay in Ganpati Pule, I decided to explore nearby beaches of Ganpati Pule. The road to Are ware walks past with cliffs and sea waves below. I can describe this drive as “Great Ocean Road” of India. Are and Ware are small towns that are located near Ganapti Pule. It has some crystal clear waters and beautiful shoreline. I found more tranquility here than Ganpati Pule.
We have reached here by Auto and walked for almost 3-4 Kms as it passed through beautiful cliffs and sea waves that furiously meet the rocks. You can watch this phenomenon for hours. The aerial view with swaying coconut palms and white sand makes it picture postcard perfect. I must say walking is the best way to experience the beauty of this place. I loved every view from the walk, from seashore to Palm trees and endless greenery surrounding the place.
Rahee’s Tip: You can reach to Aare ware Beach by Auto paying Rs.250
BhandarPule beach is located in the small village called Bhandarpule. It is also clean beach with less people who visit it; so you will not find many people around.You can have whole beach to yourself. It is lined with so many palm trees and water is so crystal clear, but you cannot swim due to high tides here.
Rahee’s Tip: You can reach to Bhandarpule Beach from Ganpatipule by Paying Rs.50-100.
Try Delicious Food:
For me my travel is incomplete without Food and if you are in Ganpatipule try Malvan Cuisines. I enjoyed Vada Pav and thali here very much. Bhojanalay is best place to eat in Ganpati pule in budget range. Also MSTDC restaurant Tarang is good place to eat with swaying Coconut trees around. Also eat Vada Pav at Khau Katta.
I found Ganpati Pule an idyllic getaway that attracts peace-seekers, beach lovers, and pilgrims alike.Here you can leave the hectic world behind as you laze around on golden sands or explore the many trails that lead from the beach.
How to Reach:
Ratnagiri is nearest Rail head which is 25 Kms from Ganpati Pule. You can take bus from Ratnagiri Bus station to reach here. Autos ply frequently to Ganpati Pule from Ratnagiri Railway station. It may costs you Rs.500 per Auto. Also Ratnagiri is well connected by road and Rail by major cities of Maharashtra.
Ganpatipule has numerous stay options from budget to luxury.You can book budget home stays on arrival also.I stayed at Sukhakarta homestay near to Beach for Rs.800 per night. Also MSTDC resort is best place to stay just right on the Ganpati Pule beach with swaying coconut trees around. Other options you can try are Abhishek Beach resort, Oceano resort and Blue Ocean resort for some luxurious stay.
Auto is the best option for nearby sightseeing.Also you can hire 2-wheeler for a day at Rs.600-800.If you are not on tight budget, you can hire car and get around all the places you like.