“Sparkling blue waters, endless stretches of golden sand, sun rays dancing through swaying palms, waves playing with the sand dunes, a cool breeze whispering sweet nothings in your ear. ”
Everywhere on the net you read this: “Ganpatipule is a small village, serene, sedate and unspoiled. The beach here is still as natural and pristine as ever and traveling by roads is an experience by itself. There is something new to discover, in whichever direction you go: narrow roads, red soil, roofed houses, clean courtyards, innumerable fruit-bearing trees (including mango, betel nut, banana, jackfruit, etc.) and casuarinas lining the coast are a common sight.”
We went to Ganpatipule on a weekend in May, the peak of tourist season. The beach was serene and unspoiled largely but there was a lot of rush near the Ganpati Temple. The beach area in the vicinity of the temple is always brimming with locals or people who come to the temple for a day trip. You can find calm and quiet only when you move away (200-300 mts) on either side. The place is quite commercialized. There are numerous logdes and hotels where one can stay, in case MTDC resort is fully booked. The road leading up to the MTDC resort was full of vehicles parked on both sides of the road.
The best place to stay is MTDC resort, undoubtedly, as it is right on the beach. However, a lot can be done in terms of maintenance and service. The food at the MTDC resort’s restaurants is not good at all. We tried both Tarang and Beach restaurant, near Konkani Huts, but neither were good. That being said, the resort provides direct access to parts of the beach that are less crowded.
There is a 4000 year old Swayambhu Ganapati temple (Swayambhu means ‘self-made’, this is a temple of the self-originated idol, Ganapati). The village got its name Ganapatipule from this. Ganapati the lord of the “ganas” or army and “pule” which means sand dunes, Ganapatipule is one of the “Ashta Ganapatis” (eight Ganapatis) of India and is known as “Paschim Dwar Dewata” (the Western Sentinel God).
Things to do
Water sports (motor boat and water scooter)
Dirt Biking at the beach
Places to see
Just a kilometer away from Ganapatipule, Malgund village is the birthplace of the famous Marathi Poet Keshavsoot. This small, yet beautiful village is frequented by visitors who come to take a look at the renovated and converted house of the poet, now a student’s hostel. The Maratji “Sahitya Parishad” (Marathi Literature Society) has constructed a beautiful monument salled “Keshavsoot Smarak” in the memory of the great son-of-the soil.
Pawas is naturally beautiful and serene. The place is also prominent for the ashram of Swami Swaroopanand (a spiritual leader who influenced an entire generation of Maharashtrians). A visit to the place is a journey through time.
The legendary fort stands high and proud on the cliff with a spectacular view of the sea. The fort is at the entrance of the Sangameshwar river and is 35 kms away from Ganapatipule
How to go to Ganpati Pule?
By train: Ratnagiri is the most convenient railhead near Ganpati Pule. Trains plying on Konkan railways go through Ratnagiri, from where one can catch a bus or taxi to Ganpati Pule, which is 25 kms from Ratnagiri.
The roads are in generally good condition. The drive through the western ghats is awesome
Mumbai – Ganapatipule is 375 Kms. There is a road from Nivali on Mumbai–Goa highway
Pune – Ganapatipule is 331 Kms. (Sana travels plys Ajinkya sleeper ac bus from swargate, pune to ganpatipule, daily at 10 pm. You reach Ganpati Pule at 7 am the next morning. Return tickets are to b purchased from Ganpati Pule only.)
Belgaum – Ganapatipule is 299 Kms.
S. T. Buses ply from Mumbai and Ratnagiri to Ganapatipule.
Nearest airport is Belgaum, 299 Kms
P.S. You can rent bikes/activa from KSB travels.