For long, Ganpatipule was a best-kept secret of Konkan region of Maharashtra. Not many tourist guides mentioned Ganpatipule and those who did mention it classified it as a temple town. Given the pristine beauty of Ganpatipule beach, it was inevitable that its days in anonymity were short lived. Today, Ganpatipule is a key destination in Maharashtra tourist circuit and Ganpatipule beach is considered as one of the best in the whole of India. A word of caution – be careful while swimming, there are no guards at the beach and the beach is not marked as a very safe beach for swimming.
Lording over the 12 Km white sand beach is the famous Ganpati temple. The Ganpati statute is said to be ‘Swayambhu’ (self originated) and many believe that hillock behind the temple represents Ganaesha and circumbulate the hillock. On designated days in the month of February and November, Sunrays fall on the idol and on those days, Ganpatipule temple attracts thousands of pilgrims
At just three kilometres from Ganpatipule is Bhandarpule with equally impressive beach. Valneshwar, Ganeshgule and Bhatye beach are other virgin beaches near Ganpatipule. Most of these beaches are along the coastal road to Ratnagiri. In fact, the drive to Ratnagiri on this road is an awesome experience.
Other Attractions near Ganpatipule
Malgund ,birthplace of famous Marathi poet 'Kavi Keshavsut', is just a kilometre from Ganpatipule. Malgund also houses a museum dedicated to Marathi culture. At 25 Kms from Ganpatipule is Jaygad Fort. The view of the sea atop the fort is spectacular and not to be missed
Food at Ganpatipule
Most of the Ganpatipule Beach Resorts have multi cuisine restaurants. However, to taste the local Marathi Thali, do have your lunch at one of the many Bhojanalays at Ganpatipule. Bhau Joshi's Bhojanalaya near MTDC Ganpatipule resort is recommended for its simple but tasty fare.