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Ganpatipule: Jewel of the Konkan Coast

Dargah of Saint Moinuddin Chishti

Reaping with the temptation to explore one of the spectacular Konkani beaches and lose one's soul in the pure aura of Lord Ganesha's temple, Ganpatiphule is one of the temple towns in Maharashtra. Located on the Konkan coast in the Ratnagiri district, Ganpatiphule is a paradise for intrepid travellers, seeking to unwind at the sun-kissed beach, untouched stretches of land and warm waters. Therefore, this temple town is a brilliant amalgamation of peace, purity and penchant.

The Hindu temple of Swayambhu, the self originated reddish-orange hue of the idol of Lord Ganesha is revered by the thousands of pilgrims. According to the Hindu mythology, Ganpatiphule is made up of two distinct words, which signified the Lord of 'ganas' (army of people) and pule which signifies 'sand dunes.' This temple is also revered for being one of the 'Ashta Ganapatis' (Eight Ganapatis) of India.

Following are the main attractions of Ganpatiphule:

Swayambhu Ganesh Temple: Thousands of pilgrims pay their obeisance to the 400 years old, self originated Swayambhu Ganesh Temple. The idol of Lord Ganesha is called as the 'protector of the west' or Paschim Dwardevta. It is believed that Lord Ganesha, also called as Ganapati, travelled from his native place called 'Gule' to 'Pule' when he was insulted by a native lady. This is why the current location is called as Ganpatipule.

Dargah of Saint Moinuddin Chishti

Ganpatiphule beach: The sun-kissed, spectacular and virgin beach of Ganpatiphule is a prime attraction for sea lovers. It is the only other white sand beach in Maharashtra. The camel and horse rides are other essential attractions. Few adventure sports are also available here. Rocky cliffs separate the beaches at Ganpatiphule, starting from Ratnagiri to Jaigad.

Excursions from Ganpatiphule: The following destinations are located near to Ganpatiphule are Malgund ( 3km), Jaigad Fort ( 26 km), Ratnagiri ( 25km), Velneshwar ( 36 km) and Pawas ( 40 km).

Shopping in Ganpatiphule: Tourists love to buy home-made decorative souvenirs, comprising of an elaborate embellishment of sea shells. Kokam sherbet ( famous Indian juice helpful for curing acidity) and cashew nuts are other specialities. One can also buy pickles and canned mango chutneys. Also, buying the aromatic and tasty Devgad Alphonso Mango, directly from the farmers, is a must.

When to Visit: The best time to visit Ganpatiphule is in between November to February. Those who are inclined to visitthe beach should explore this town,just after the Monsoon months. It is also advised to enjoy the festivity of Ganesh Chathurthi,Dargah of Saint Moinuddin Chishti which normally falls in between August and September.

How to Visit
Air: The closest airport is located at Kolhapur which is approximately 144 km away.
Rail: The nearest railway station is at Ratnagiri, which is 28 km.
Road: State buses ply from Mumbai to Ganpatipule, covering a distance of 375 km.

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