Ganapatipule is a small town located in close proximity to the Konkan coast in Maharashtra. There is a famous legend behind the name Ganapatipule. Ganapatipule is located at Ratnagiri district in southwestern Maharashtra. It is 375 kilometers away from Mumbai.
As per the legend it is said that Lord Ganapati changed the name of this place from Gule to Pule when he was insulted by a native woman. The Swayambhu Ganapati temple is a major attraction of Ganapatipule.
Driving to Ganapatipule is a pleasant experience as there are a number of casurinas plantations as well as a vast expanse of coconut trees that line the road. There are some tiny fishing villages in the vicinity as well.
Visitors can also take a walk around the Pradakshina, which is a walk having the shape of Ganapati. It stretches for a kilometer. It is regarded as a way of showing respect to Lord Ganapati. Besides these the visitors can indulge in a number of activities like football and basketball, to name a few.
There are a number of hotels in and around Ganapatipule where visitors can stay. Some of those hotels are MTDC Beach Resort Ganapatipule, Shivsagar Palace, Krishnali Beach Resort, Landmark Resort Ganapatipule and Abhishek Beach Resort. Besides, visitors can also find accommodation at the houses of the villagers at fair rates. These villagers also provide food facilities. Other than these there are cheap dormitories and expensive garden cottages.
There are a number of places to see in and around Ganapatipule. People can visit Malgund village, which is the birth place of famed Maharashtrian poet Keshav Sut. Visitors can also go to the neighboring village of Bhandarpule.
Getting to Ganapatipule is not a problem as there are a number of ways in this case. The closest airport to Ganapatipule is Ratnagiri airport, which is located at a distance of 50 kilometers. Ratnagiri is also the closest railway station as well. Visitors may also take buses from Pune and Mumbai.