A picturesque village in Maharashtra, Ganapatipule is the birthplace of the freedom fighter ‘Lokmanya Tilak’. The quaint village is located in the Ratnagiri district of southwest Maharashtra in India. The beauty of this village lies in the fact that it has not been touched by the commercialization. There is a 6 kilometer long immaculate beach on the Konkan coastline. As per a local legend, once a villager was passing through the jungles and stumbled upon the idol of Lord Ganpati. He built a temple around the idol. In last 400 years, people have been making constant additions to the temple. The idol is carved out from a massive rock and is known as Swayambhu Ganpati Shrine.
How to Reach Ganapatipule from Pune
Ratnagiri is the nearest railhead to Ganapatipule. It is located at a distance of 45 kilometers from Ganapatipule and is connected to various cities in India such as Mumbai and Pune.
Ratnagiri Airport is the nearest airport to Ganapatipule. It is located at a distance of 50 kilometers away from Ganapatipule and is well-connected to major cities such as Pune and Mumbai. Taxi cabs ply between Ratnagiri Airport and Ganapatipule.
The National Highway number 14 and Goa-Mumbai Highway connect Mumbai to Ganapatipule. For those travelling via car/taxi, the journey will approximately take around 6 to 7 hours. State transport buses ply between Ganpatipule and nearby cities such as Mumbai and Pune.
There is no railway station in Ratnagiri. The nearest railway station is in Ratnagiri, which is located at a distance of 45 kilometers and is well-connected to Pune.
The nearest airport to Ganapatipule is Ratnagiri airport. It is located around 50 kilometers away from Ganapatipule and is well-connected to Pune. Taxi cabs commute between Ratnagiri airport and Ganapatipule.
The National Highway number 4 connects Mumbai to Ganapatipule. The journey via road will take around 307 kilometers from Ganapatipule. State transport buses ply between Ganpatipule and Pune.
Tourist Attractions in Ganapatipule
The Jaigad Fort is a famous sea fort located at the tip of a peninsula river in Ratnagiri district of Ganapatipule. Nestled on a rock face which overlooks a bark, the fort is built where the Shastri River enters the Arabian Sea. The fort is just 35 kilometers away from Ganapatipule. There is a lighthouse and a Jetty Port situated close to the fort.
Constructed in the year 1832, The Jaigad Lighthouse is situated on a bastion, known as Siddha Buruj. The lighthouse is still functional and is situated on the western boundary of the Jaigad Fort. The lighthouse has stood for years and remains open to visitors from 4 PM to 5 PM from Monday to Saturday.
Scattered with silvery white sands, Ganapatipule Beach is a perfect fit for enjoying a family vacation. The adventure enthusiasts can try their hands at balancing a kayak. There is a small cliff at the end of the beach. The view from the top is really charming. The beach is lined with a number of mango trees. One can enjoy vegetarian Marathi delicacies at the beach.
Swayambhu Ganpati Temple
Located just 20 kilometers away from the town of Ratnagiri, The Swayambhu Ganpati Temple is built of white sands and is said to be self-originated. There is a copper idol of Ganapati which is placed in the Sanctum Sanctorum. The idol has been positioned in such a way that the golden light of the sun infiltrates and illuminates the idol.