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Ganpatipule Tourism Guide (Ratnagiri)

Ganpatipule Beach Mandir

Ganpatipule is temple town of Ratnagiri district. This coastal town is famous for weekend destination for its clean beach nested among coconut trees and mangrove plantation. If you are planning for long weekend, you can also other nearby Tourist Places like Ratnagiri (40 km), Dapoli (145 km), Malvan (195 km), Kolhapur (155 km). Best time to visit Ganpatipule is from October to February.

Tourist Places in Ganpatipule

Ganpatipule Temple, Ratnagiri

Ganpatipule Temple is 400 years old beautiful temple and is situated on Ganpatipule beach facing west side. The idol of Shri Ganesha is said to be self-originated from the soil.

Ganpatipule Beach, Ratnagiri

Ganpatipule beach is one of the spectacular beaches on Kokan coastal and one of famous weekend spot for family picnics. Even though the beach is clean and calm, necessary care should be taken during high tide. Ganpatipule Temple is 400 years old beautiful temple and is situated on Ganpatipule beach facing west side. The idol of Shri Ganesha is said to be self-originated from the soil.

Ganpatipule Beach

Prachin Konkan Museum, Malgund (www.prachinkokan.com, 8.30 am to 6.00 pm, 4 km from Ganpatipule)

Prachin Kokan Museum is open air museum which depicts the cultural and religious aspects of Kokan region. The museum has also a store of Kokan handicrafts and local products.

Gaiwadi Beach, Malgund (4 km from Ganpatipule)

Gaiwadi beach is white sand long stretched and safe beach. Water sports including parasailing are available at the beach.

Aare - Ware Twin Beaches (8 km from Ganpatipule)

This twin beaches are located Ganpatipule-Ratnagiri road with one kilometre distance from each other. The beaches are isolated with white sand and suitable for peaceful time spending.

Keshavsut Smarak, Malgund

Keshavasuta Memorial is birth house of Krishnaji Keshav Damle who was a Marathi poet and wrote poetry under the pen name Keshavasuta or Keshavsut. This house has been preserved as a museum by "Marathi Sahitya Parishad" (Marathi Literature Society). Known as the father of Modern Marathi Poetry, Tutari is most poupluar poem out of 132 poems written as Keshavasuta and which encouraged fight for independence against the British rule in India. The complex has a house and new building. The house displayed various articles at that time and newspaper cuttings. New building has two big halls-Library and a Reference cell for researchers of Literature. Several rectangular black marble slabs are also placed with Keshavsut’s popular poems etched in gold lettering

Jaigad Fort and Karhateshwar Temple (17 km from Ganpatipule)

The 17th century Jaigad fort is coastal fort nestled on a cliff, overlooking a bay formed where the river meet Arbian sea. The fort is now in ruined condition but offers beautiful surrounding sea view from lighthouse which closes at 5.30 in the evening.

Karhateshwar Mandir is located in Nandiwade village near the coastline with 4 to 5 km from Jaigad and closed in the night. The mail idol of the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and structure of the temple has wooden structure. It also has spring water which is stored in two small tanks for bathing purpose. Nearby Nandivase beach is worth to visit.

Ratnadurga, Ganapatipule (25 km from Ganpatipule, 5 km from Ratnagiri bus stand)

Ratnadurga fort was constructed during the rule of Bahamanee. Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj captured the fort from Adilshah in the year 1670. In the year 1818, the fort was captured by the British from Peshwa. The fort is surrounded by three sides and has strong fortifications from south east to west side. The fort has Hanumanji temple at the entrance gate and on upper side of fort temple of Lord Ganesha and Lord Hanumnaji. At the middle the fort complex, Bhagvati temple of Goddess Bhagvati is located and it attracts many devotees during the year, especially during Navratri festival. The fort has many bastions and lighthouse is structured on the Siddha bastion. The sunset view from the fort is worth of watching.

Laxmi Keshav Temple, Kolisare (22 km from Ganpatipule)

Lakshmi Keshav temple in Kolisare, is a beautifully built temple which has been recently renovated. The idol is five feet in height with four hands holding shankh, chakra, gada, lotus flower, on its right is an eagle and to left with idols of Laxmi and Vijay.

Places nearby Ganpatipule

Ø Swami Swaroopanand Temple, Pawas (40 km from Ganpatipule)

Ø Marleshwar Temple, Sangameshwar (60 km from Ganpatipule)

Ø Shiv Shrusti, Dervan, Ratnagiri (85 km from Ganpatipule)

Ø Parashuram Temple, Chiplun (110 km from Ganpatipule)

Ø Ratnagiri Tourist Places (45 km from Ganpatipule)

Eating Spots in Ganpatipule

Ø Hotel Durvankur

Ø Mehendale's Swad Dining, Malgund

Ø Bhau Joshi’s Bhojnalaya

Ø Sameer

Ø Aditya Khanawal

Ø Ruchipalat

Shopping in Ganpatipule

The market offers many local products like cashew nuts, mango pulp, kokum juice, dried jackfruit and mango, mango pickles, gooseberry pickles, handmade crafts, decorative items. If you are visiting during March to May month, you can’t afford Devgad mangos. It is better visit Kelkar Supermarket located on ground floor of Durvankur hotel for good discount.

Other Important Tourist Information about Ganpatipule

How to Reach Ganpatipule

Nearest airport is Lohegaon, Pune with 220 km.

Nearest railway station is Ratnagiri with 50 km and ST buses, rikshaws are available from Ratnagiri railway station to Mumbai.

State transport buses/private buses, private vehicles are available from major cities like Mumbai, Pune, and Kolhapur etc.

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