Ganpatipule is sequestered between Ratnagiri to its south and Guhagar to its north with destinations like Velneshwar & Hedvi and Rajapurchi Ganga in its vicinity. If you are visiting Ganpatipule during monsoons Marleshwar waterfalls is also worth a visit especially if you are on a long holiday to Ganpatipule. Shivshrushti in Dervan near Savarde is a sculpture museum which is also worth a visit.
Ganpatipule is part of The Ratnagiri district and there are numerous sightseeing options around it unique to this region. Apart from the numerous beautiful beaches and temples which is the speciality of Konkan you can also visit historic monuments forts and museums around Ganapatipule. Shivsrushti a sculpture museum with sculptures depicting the life of Shivaji located in Dervan on the way to Ganpatipule just off the NH 17 is a good example of the museums in the region.
Distances from Ganpatipule
Marleshwar located about 60 Kms from Ganpatipule is a good one day trip option from Ganapatipule especially during and just after monsoons. The Shiva cave temple here is the main attraction apart from the waterfalls. Marleshwar is known for the dense population of king cobras.
Dashabhuja Ganpati Temple
This ‘Laxmi – Ganesh Temple’ in Hedvi across the Jaigad creek from Ganpatipule is not only ancient but also very rare. Carved in white stone beleived to be from the Kashmir region the idol is 3 feet high with ten hands, hence the name 'Dashabhuja Ganapati'. While in Hedvi you can also visit 'Bahman Ghal' a rare natural phenomenon where continous gradation of the rocks by the sea has created a gorge about 20 feet deep. The sea water gushes in and a water column rises through this gorge upto 20-30ft!
Velneshwar Shiva Temple
Velneshwar about 5 kms ahead has a beautiful little cove of beach tucked between two hillocks however the most prominent attraction of Velneshwar is the Velneshwar Shiva temple built near the beach.
Sightseeing in Ratnagiri
Sri Lokmanya Tilak's Janmasthan has been converted into a museum in his honor. It is the house where Lokmanya Tilak spent his first 10 years of his life. The house has been preserved as it is. Its a pleasure to walk barefoot on the cowdung smeared natural flooring. His topi & a few clothes are also on display within the museum.
Pawas a quaint village about 20 kms from Ratnagiri is an important pilgrim center thanks to the Shri Swami Swarup anand Samadhi mandir which is visited by thousands every year.