Situated in Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra, Ganpatipule beach with its white sands is an excellent place to include in your bucket-list. As the name indicates, the place in the village named ‘Ganpatipule’ on the Konkan coast of Maharashtra is dedicated to the Ganesha temple.
While the Ganpatipule temple captures tourists with its architectural beauty, the Ganpatipule beach is absolutely a fun place for water adventures such as row boats and water boat rides. The other famous temple called ‘Ganpati Swayambhu Temple’ attracts pilgrims from all over the world and is an ancient structure of over 400 years. Here, the idol manifested itself from the ground and thus derived its name.
If you are on a long vacation to Ganpatipule beach, you can consider a day-trip to Marieshwar, which is about 60 kms away, where you can enjoy the waterfalls and cave temple. Jaigad fort, which is only about 15 kms from Ganpatipule is another place worth a visit. Ratnadurga Fort, another exotic fort, where the entire landscape of 120 acres is embraced by the Arabian Sea from three sides too should feature on your travel itinerary.
Best Time to Visit
Since the western coast remains pleasant in the winter, the best time to enjoy Ganpatipule beach is between October and February. Nevertheless, if you start immediately after the monsoon season gets over, you might enjoy the scenic ride to the place with very fresh greenery around.
How to get there
The nearest domestic airport is at Ratnagiri, which is about 30 kms away. The nearest railway station is also at Ratnagiri. If you are traveling from Pune and Mumbai, it is ideal to take a local train to Ratnagiri and hire a cab for the last stretch. Those wishing to take the road can board MSRTC buses that shuttle between Mumbai and Ganpatipule almost daily.
There are plenty of accommodation options ranging from luxurious ones to budget ones to book your stay for your Ganpatipule beach vacation. Some of the popular choices of beach resorts include Abhishek Beach Resort and Spa, Nakshatra Beach Resort, Landmark Resort, Krishna Sea Resort and the Fern Greenleaf Resort.
Ganpatipule beach can truly create lifetime memories for you apart from making you feel refreshed, which will help you to bounce back to your routine life with renewed zeal and vigor. So, pack your bags to head straight to this beach for a memorable break from your mundane routine.