Location : Ratnagiri | Category : Beaches | Distance from Pune : 287 KMs
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Best Season: Throughout The Year
Ganpatipule is a small beach town located South of Chiplun in the Ratnagiri District of Maharashtra. It is an ideal place not only for beach lovers and pilgrims but also for those in search of peace and solitude.
 
The town is named Ganpatipule after a 400 hundred year old Ganpati image is said to have sprung from the soil. Unlike in other temples, the “Swayambhu” idol in Ganpatipule faces the West to guard the western gates and is hence known as the “Pashchim Dhwandadevata.” The pretty temple by the beach is located at the foot of a hill and devotees often take pradakshina of the hill as a mark of respect. Other than an MTDC resort on the beach there are a number of other hotels and beach resorts in Ganpatipule.
 
Situated at a distance of 331 kms from Pune  the shortest way to reach Ganpatipule is by taking NH-17 which makes for a truly picturesque drive. Ratnagiri is the nearest major city that is connected to the railways. Malgund which is two kms away from Ganpatipule is the birthplace of the famous marathi poet Keshavasuta. There is a monument and a museum worth a visit especially for those who enjoy marathi literature.
 
Other places around Ganpatipule are  Pawas, Jaigad Fort, Velneshwar and Ratnagiri.
 
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By Sumedh Bhagwat
23 Dec 2013

Ganpatipule has a rich history a visit to this holy place is a must for all devotees of Lord Ganesh. If you go during off season you will better rates and lesser crowds and will be able to enjoy the surprises this place has to offer to the maximum.

By Sanjay Barve
23 Dec 2013

Ganpatile is such a fun destination. The MTDC beach resort is an ideal place to stay if tou are on a budget trips and offers all the basic comforts. While here be sure to visit Jaigad fort for some truly beautiful sights.

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