Ganpatipule, on the west coast of India in Maharashtra, was a sleepy little town, unnoticed by tourists. It was known for its Swayambhu Ganesh Mandir. However, in the last two decades, Ganpatipule started attracting tourists besides the steady stream of devotees. This was because of its long unspoiled beaches, pollution-free environment, mangroves and large tracts lined with coconut trees. Pleasant weather almost all year round is naturally an added advantage. Ganpatipule, in the lap of nature, is the perfect holiday destination or weekend getaway. Explore Places to visit in Ganpatipule
It is believed Lord Ganesh resided in a village called Gule, about 40 km south of Ganpatipule. He was offended by a remark made by a lady there and decided to shift His abode to Ganpatipule. The Murti in the temple sparing out of the earth and faces west. It seemed that Lord Ganesh was guarding the western gates and came to be known as ‘Paschim Dwarpalak’.
Tourist Attraction in Ganpatipule
Swayambhu Ganpati Mandir
The temple is about 400 years old but the Swayambhu Murti is said to be 1600 years old. The Murti is believed to be made of nothing else but white sand. The temple is located at the base of a hill.
This long pristine beach, lapped by the blue sea and with a backdrop of lush greenery is the ideal place to unwind and recharge yourself. The beach is relatively free from commercialization.
As the name suggests, this is the fort of victory. It is a 16th-century CE fort spread over 13 acres of land. The fort is located on a cliff overlooking the place where the Shastri river enters the Arabian Sea. Jaigarh Fort is about 20 km from Ganpatipule.
This is situated on the western edge of Jaigarh Fort, It offers great views of the sea and the countryside as it is on a hill.
This is a small village about 2 km north of Ganpatipule. It is known as the birthplace of the famous Marathi poet – Kavi Keshavsut. His house is now a hostel for students. There is a secluded and quiet beach here.
This is a village about 40 km south of Ganpatipule and is known for its beautiful beach and Shiva temple. The unspoiled beach is crescent-shaped and is a perfect spot for bathing and unwinding.
is a pilgrimage about 40 km south of Ganpatipule. The townhouses are the samadhi of Swami Swaroopananda who lived here for 40 years. His former residence has been made into a memorial to him.
How to reach Ganpatipule
The nearest railhead is Ratnagiri, about 30 km from Ganpatipule.
Mumbai airport is about 338 km from Ganpatipule
Pune Airport is about 345 km from Ganpatipule.
GanpatiPule Temple Timings
The Darshan timings of Ganpatipule Temple are as follows
Khichdi Prasad Time
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