Ganpatipule is one of the most beautiful beaches along the Kokan coastline -a getaway that attracts young, teens, old, and kids.
Ganesh Swayambhu temple (self-originated) is much visited by thousands of devotees every year. God is considered to be the Paschim Dwardevta and those who visit Ganpatipule, make it a point to visit the most loved God.
Apart from its clean and clear beach water, Ganpatipule is rich in flora and fauna.
Malgund is a small village about 1 km away from Ganpatipule and the native place of the famous Marathi poet, Kavi Keshavsoot. You can visit the poet’s house, which has been renovated and converted into a student’s hotel.
About 25 Km away Ganaptipule lies the district headquarter town, Ratnagiri. The region has a long illustrious past and is even mentioned on Indian Mythology as the place where the Pandavas settled after their 13 year Pilgrimage.
There are three main attractions here:
The Thibaw palace – King Thibaw ruled Myanmar for almost 7 years and he was the last ruler of that country. The British army captured the King and overtook the entire kingdom. In the year 1885, the British Army had transferred King Thiba with his family from Myanmar ( Burma) to Madras and then to Ratnagiri to make sure that he could not rebel . After 30 years of imprisonment, King Thiba who was away from his motherland and his country died at the age of 58 in 1919
Ratnagiri was also the Birthplace of Lokmanya Tilak, one of the India greatest freedom fighters . His house, now a memorial called the Lokmanya Tilak Smarak , is diligently maintained by the local community.
Resting on a cliff, at the entrance of the Sangameshwar river just 35 kms away from Ganpatipule is Jaigad fort . This fort ( 17 Century) provides a commanding view of the sea and an unique view of Konkan .
Lighthouse is at the south direction of the Jaigad fort. The passage on the side of the Fort wall leads to the Lighthouse.
Besides its scenic natural beauty and serenity. Pawas is also known for the ashram of a Spiritual leader Swami Swaroopanand . A must visit place as it offers a journey through time.
The Fort is surrounded by the Arabian Sea from three of its sides. A lighthouse is also named as the Siddha lighthouse and been situated in one bastions.
For foodies, Ganpatipule offers you varieties like Ambapoli (dry thin pancakes mango pulp) and Phanaspoli (dried jackfruit pulp). Fish curries and the kokam Kadi ( a pink-colored digestive drink) is worth trying. Vegetarians can feast on simple, yet tasty dal, vegetables prepared in coconut and modak ( Sweet dish – and also a sweet offering to Lord Ganesh) . IN summer you can relish Devgad Hapus Mango and Ratnagiri Hapus Mango , the most famous variety of Mangoes in the world .
Language Spoken: Malvani (native language) , Marathi . Hindi and English are understood by many.
Getting there :
By Air: The nearest airport is Kolhapur and or Pune/Mumbai .
By Rail : The nearest railhead is Bhoke on kokan railway . However Ratnagiri stop is more convenient.
Mumbai – Ganpatipule – 375 kms
Pune- Ganpatipule – 331 kms
Kolhapur – Ganpatipule- 144 kms
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Cheers , Escapingsoul