Ganapatipule

Ganapatipule has always been one of most famous tourist spots in Maharashtra , especially for those who crave for silversand, gentle breeze and murmuring sea. It's also famous for the 400 - year old Swayambhu Ganapati. Set along the western coast of maharastra, is a small little village called Ganapatipule. It is known for it's scerene beach. Unlike most beaches, the Ganapatiphule beach is as natural and pristine as ever.

Travelling to Ganapatipule by road is a sheer ride of joy. Here you can see the real beaty of 'konan' region. Narrow roads, red soil, roofed houses, clean courtyards, innumerable fruit- bearing trees (including mango, banana, jackfruit, etc.) and casuarinas lining the cost greet you.

Besides the beach Ganapatipule is also an important pilgrimage spot. The temple of the 'Swayambhu Ganapati' is known for its unique idol of Lord Ganapati. Swayambhu' or self originated, not manmade, 'Ganapati' or the lord of 'ganas' or army. 'Pule' or sand dune. That's why the name Ganapatipule. The temple is 400 years old and is situated at the side of see and at the foot of a hill. Most piligrims believe in taking a 'pradakshina' around the hill instead of just the temple. Pradakshina is a form of showing obeisance wherein devotiees walk in a circle around the idol of the deity or around the temple.

Geographic location :

Approximately 375 kms south of mumbai, along the 'konkan' coast.

Climate:

The climate is hot and humid. In summer the temprature is around 38 C.May is the hottest month. Monsoon is between June and October. Rains are usually plentiful and regular. The winter season is perhaps the most pleasant with temperatures dropping at nights.

Languages spoken :

Marathi is the most widely spoken language along with local dialect of 'konkani'.

How to get there :

BY ROAD : Mumbai to Ganapatiphule ( via Mahad) is 375 kms. Pune to Ganapatiphule (via satara) is 331 kms. Kohlapur to Ganapatiphule is 144 kms.

BY RAIL : The nearest railhead is ratnagiri 50 kms on the Konkan railway.