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General Information about Ganpatipule

A picturesque village in Maharashtra, Ganapatipule is the birthplace of the freedom fighter ‘Lokmanya Tilak’. The quaint village is located in the Ratnagiri district of southwest Maharashtra in India. The beauty of this village lies

in the fact that it has not been touched by the commercialization. There is a 6 kilometer long immaculate beach on the Konkan coastline. As per a local legend, once a villager was passing through the jungles and stumbled upon the idol of Lord Ganpati. He built a temple around the idol. In last 400 years, people have been making constant additions to the temple. The idol is carved out from a massive rock and is known as Swayambhu Ganpati Shrine.

Connectivity :
By Rail :
Ratnagiri is the nearest railhead to Ganapatipule. It is located at a distance of 45 kilometers from Ganapatipule and is connected to various cities in India such as Mumbai and Pune.

By Air :
Ratnagiri Airport is the nearest airport to Ganapatipule. It is located at a distance of 50 kilometers away from Ganapatipule and is well-connected to major cities such as Pune and Mumbai. Taxi cabs ply between Ratnagiri Airport and Ganapatipule.

By Road :
The National Highway number 14 and Goa-Mumbai Highway connect Mumbai to Ganapatipule. For those travelling via car/taxi, the journey will approximately take around 6 to 7 hours. State transport buses ply between Ganpatipule and nearby cities such as Mumbai and Pune.

Modak, the favorite sweet of Lord Ganesha, is a must have delicacy when in Ganapatipule. Another thing that the area is known for are the 'hapus' mangoes and must be relished while here. Other than this one can indulge in the luscious Fish curry and the Kokam curry available at an array of food joints across the place. The other delicacies of Ganapatipule include Ambapoli which are basically pancakes made of dried and crushed mangoes and Phanspoli which are dried and crushed jackfruit as well as the Sabudana Khichdi. Apart from these specialties, one can enjoy traditional Maharashtrian food in the area too.

An Ideal Itinerary :

Arrive in Ganapatipule and start your tour with visiting the famed Ganapatipule temple located in the heart of the town. This temple stands tall in an interesting manner, where all the deities of India face the east, the idol of Ganapati in this famed temple - faces west for the reason of guarding the western gates of the Konkan coast from any natural calamity. Tour the temple and get indulged in some spiritual tranquillity. Later you can head to the nearby beach which the temple flanks nearby. Enjoy your personal spot by the beachside and have your lunch. Head to visit the Jaigar Fort followed by Prachin Konkan museum. In the evening you may want to watch the sunset at the Guhagar beach and call it a day.

Few Places of Interest :

Jaigad Fort
The Jaigad Fort is a famous sea fort located at the tip of a peninsula river in Ratnagiri district of Ganapatipule. Nestled on a rock face which overlooks a bark, the fort is built where the Shastri River enters the Arabian Sea. The fort is just 35 kilometers away from Ganapatipule. There is a lighthouse and a Jetty Port situated close to the fort.

Jaigad Lighthouse
Constructed in the year 1832, The Jaigad Lighthouse is situated on a bastion, known as Siddha Buruj. The lighthouse is still functional and is situated on the western boundary of the Jaigad Fort. The lighthouse has stood for years and remains open to visitors from 4 PM to 5 PM from Monday to Saturday.

Ganapatipule Beach
Scattered with silvery white sands, Ganapatipule Beach is a perfect fit for enjoying a family vacation. The adventure enthusiasts can try their hands at balancing a kayak. There is a small cliff at the end of the beach. The view from the top is really charming. The beach is lined with a number of mango trees. One can enjoy vegetarian Marathi delicacies at the beach.

Swayambhu Ganpati Temple
Located just 20 kilometers away from the town of Ratnagiri, The Swayambhu Ganpati Temple is built of white sands and is said to be self-originated. There is a copper idol of Ganapati which is placed in the Sanctum Sanctorum. The idol has been positioned in such a way that the golden light of the sun infiltrates and illuminates the idol.

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