For those who want to get under the skin of this state; Maharashtra, Ganapatipule is an unexpected starting point to discover the landscape, culture and history of Maharashtra. If you feel like experiancing all this sharing the beach with the affable god Ganapati, take up on the divine invitation to enjoy a weekend in this land of good times - Ganapatipule
Ganapatipule is a small village on the Konkan coast with a series of beaches and vantage points offering some stunning views of the sea. The Swayambhu Ganpati Temple, on the Ganapatipule beach itself is the primary attraction in Ganapatipule that draws thousands of pilgrims every year to this village. The tranquility of the temple percolates in the whole village and there is an aura of peace to Ganapatipule which is hard to miss.
The Swayambhu Ganpati Temple, known for its unique Ganapati idol, is built on the Ganpatipule Beach and opens up to the beautiful beach. The idol of Ganapati here is believed to be 'swayambhu'. The idol of 'mooshak' made out of copper is placed outside the temple. Celebrated as the Paschim Dwar devta the diety is placed in the sanctum sanctorum and at sunrise and sunset a shaft of golden light falls on and illuminates the idol.
Ganpatipule beach is one of the most beautiful white sand beaches amongst the Konkan beaches. With the Ganapati temple on the shores rendering a peaceful atmosphere, Ganpatipule is as close as you can get to a perfect holiday destination in Konkan. With food stalls horse riding and camel rides Ganpatipule beach has a vibe of leisure written all over it. P.S: Alchoholic drinks should be avoided and it is advisable to dress conservatively here.
In Ganpatipule there are secluded beaches right from Jaigad to Ratnagiri seperated from each other by rocky cliffs. The beaches are largely white sand with slight mix of fine black sand at places. The only beach with shops and shacks near by is the main Ganpatipule beach near the Ganpatipule temple. Malgund beach about 2 kms from Ganpatipule beach is the hub of watersports in Ganpatipule.
The 'swambhu' Ganpati temple is definitely the most prominent temple in Ganpatipule however there are a few temple near Ganpatipule and across the Jaigad creek which are equally frequented by devotees. Karhateshwar Temple 15 kilometers from Ganpatipule and Lakshmi Keshav temple in Kolisare are temples worth visiting during a holiday in Ganpatipule. The 'dashabhuja' Ganpati temple in Hedvi is also much frequented..
Prachin Konkan is a life size museum in Ganapatipule depicting life in yester years in Konkan. Prachin Konkan, is the brain child of Mr. Sardesai who succeeded in not only providing interesting information about Konkan to tourist but also employment opportunities for the localites. A guided tour takes you through various aspects of life in Konkan in the past. There also is an interesting 'nakshathra ban' in the premises.
Gaywadi beach near Malgund about 2.5 kms from Ganapatipule is slowly emerging as the water sports hub of Ganpatipule. All the major water rides are available here at Malgund Gaywadi beach.
The different types of water sports that can be enjoyed here are row boats, water scooters, and motor boats. In addition to this the aero boats and the pedal boats along with kayaking which form a part of the water sports available at Ganpatipule.