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Ganpatipule Sparkling blue waters, endless stretches of golden or silver sand, sun beams dancing through the swaying palms, waves playing with the sand dunes, a cool breeze whispering sweet nothing in your ear. This is the land of Ganpatipule, one of Maharashtra's almost virgin beaches.

Nestled in the greenery is an almost 4000 year old land mark - the Swayambhu Ganapati temple (Swayambhu means 'self-made', this is a temple of the self-originated idol, Ganapati). It is flooded by thousands of devotees and tourists every year. Thus the village got its name Ganapatipule, Ganapati the lord of the "ganas" or army and "pule" which means sand dunes, Ganapatipule is one of the "Ashta Ganapatis" (eight Ganapatis) of India and is known as "Paschim Dwar Dewata" (the Western Sentinel God).

Ganapatipule is a small village, serene, sedate and unspoiled. The beach here is still as natural and pristine as ever. And traveling by roads is an experience by itself. The vast "Konkan" stretch abounds with scenic greenery. There are narrow mud-roads, the earth is red and the roofed houses with clean courtyards add a quaint touch to the panorama. The local vegetation includes fruit bearing trees like mango, betelnut, banana, jackfruit, coconut, etc. The entire western coast is covered with these trees. The locals are as warm and cheerful as their surroundings. Ever ready to chat with the visitors and make them feel at home.

These god-fearing local devotees take a "Pradakshina" around the hill where the temple is located, not just around the temple (Pradakshina is a form of showing obeisance wherein the devotee walks in a circle around the idol of the lord or around the temple, the house of the lord), As for the tourists, they can go walking simple to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

How to reach Ganpatipule
By Air : The nearest airport is the Ratnagiri airport (50 km) which needs a taxi fare of Rs 200 to get there. Other airport is at Belgaum (300 km).

By Rail: The nearest railhead is the Konkan Railway Bhoke which is located at a distance of 35 km from Ganapatipule. However, Ratnagiri, the convenient railhead is located at a distance of 45 km.

By Road: The State Transport plies buses from Mumbai (375 km), Pune (330 km) and Belgaum (300 km). The tariff per seat is Rs 200 and the frequency of the buses is every three hours. Buses also operate to and from Ratnagiri.

Weather Overview
The climate in Ganapatipule is typical coastal climate with warm and humid atmosphere. The summer is hot with maximum temperature nearly touching 38° C. Regular rainfall is obtained in this Konkan region during the monsoon season (June to September). Winter is pleasant with moderate day temperature and cool nights.

Gauri Ganapati, Magh Chaturthi occurring around February are celebrated with much piety and enthusiasm. Other festivals like Holi (March), Diwali (October) are also celebrated with pomp and show.

Best period to visit here is October to February.

Places Of Interest
Thebaw Palace
Thebaw Palace Constructed in 1910-11, the Thebaw Palace was built for the exiled king and queen of Burma( now Mayanmar ). They lived in this palace from 1911 till their death in 1916. The five years of their stay are now immortalised in stone ; their tombs. In future, this palace might be converted into a regional museum or a heritage hotel.

Malgund Birthjplace of the famous Maraathi poet, Keshavsoot. It is a small peaceful village about 1km away from Ganapatiphule. The poet's house was recently renovated and converted into a students hostel. The Marathi sahitya parishad (Marathi litreture society) has constructed a beautiful monument called Keshavesoot Smarak in the memory of the great son of the soil.

Pawas Besides its natural beauty and serenity, pawas achieved prominence when swami swaroopanand( a spiritual leader who influenced an entire generation of maharashtrians)had made it his abode. The place where he used to reside is now converted into an ashram. A visit there is still like a journey through time.

Jaigarh fort
Jaigarh fort Nestled on a cliff, at the entrance of the sangameshwar river and 35kms from Ganapatiphule is the jaigarh fort. This 17th century fort offers a commanding view of the sea. Jaigarh's sea fort is situated at a sheltered bay. Its beach is small and safe.

Velneshwar 170 kms from ratnagiri is the sleepy villlage of Velneshwar. Its adjoining beach is clean and natural and is lined with coconut trees. Swimming and other water sports are possible there as the beach is free from rocks. There is an old shiva temple near Velneshwar which is frequently visited by piligrims ; a heaven for those in search of quiet mysticism in the ethereal presence of the master mystic- Lord Shiva.

Ganpatipule does not put forward much of shopping offers. Ganpatipule has no shopping centers or malls but have local markets which on offer have goods more than of your basic requirements. You can buy many items to take back home some as souvenirs which include artifacts made of sea shells. There are several household and ornamental items made of sea shells and are sold here. Kala Niketan just opposite to MTDC hotel is famous for beautiful handicraft items.

You can also buy the luscious and scrumptious Konkan products like canned Aamras, jackfruit wafers, kokum sherbet, kokums, ambapoli (dry mango chapati), fanaspoli (dry jackfruit chapati), cashewnuts etc. The Konkan Region is blessed with several horticultural fruits. During the Summers the region is best known for the variety of mangoes infact the world famous variety of mango - the devgad ‘hapus’ is found here. One should buy some mangoes, cashewnuts, coconuts etc.

Dongre's is the main market of Ganpatipule and is a good place to buy Konkani goods. A recommended must buy is kokum sherbet, which is a sweet sour drink with a mesmerizing pink color. One can also buy the assorted pilgrim - ware which Is available in row of shops outside the temple.

Eating Out
Local fish curries (since Ganapatiphule is a piligrimage destination, you may get non-vegetarian food just on the outsklirts of the village), rice and 'konkam kadi'(a pink coloured liquid, either to be drunk after food or had with rice ,the 'kokam kadi' is a highly digestive drink and neutralises all effects of spicy food ). Vegetarians can also feast on simple but tasty fare: dal, vegetables prepared with coconut base and 'modak' (a favorite dish of Ganesh). Besides the MTDC resturant Tarang offers some of the finest vegetarian food in the region.
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