One day tour to Ganpatipule

Posted: October 10, 2013 by Sagar Wasule in Beach, Spiritual, Travel
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Ganpatipule small town in konkan amid lush green western ghats of India. I must say this happened to be one of the best short tours that I have ever taken till today. Based in Pune, Ganpatipule is about 380 km from Pune. I along with my friends while planning a road trip happened to discuss Ganpatipule as our destination which I will never regret to go to. With not much of any planning we booked a car(tavera) and set out on our journey to this beautiful destination.

Ganpatipule Temple

Ganpatipule Temple


Ganpatipule Beach with its clear blue waters, endless stretches of white sand and lack of crowd is Serene, Calm and Unspoiled or simply put is Pristine and Natural. The name of this picturesque beach town is derived from the Temple of Lord Ganesh built on the fine white sand (known as ‘Pule’).

View of sea from the hill

View of sea from the hill

As per the legend the idol of Lord Ganesh at the Temple is Self-Originated and temple which is almost 400 years old is referred to as one of the four ‘Dwar-Dewata’ (Door to welcome Deities) to the Indian Subcontinent. Unlike all other Lord Ganesh deities that faces the east side the idol at Ganpatipule Temple faces the west to literally guard the Western Ghats. The temple is very near to the place where the river Shastri meets the Arabian Sea and the hill which is shaped like ‘Ganpati’. A very unique thing about this Temple is that instead of ‘Pradakshina’ of temple devotees perform ‘Pradakshina’ of Hill which they considered sacred and is shaped like ‘Ganpati’. Its a svayambhu (self-originated idol) Lord Ganesha idol, means no-one made the statue, but it is self-originated. It is one of the ‘Ashta Ganapatis’ (eight Ganpatis) of India and is known as ‘Paschim Dwar Dewata’ (Western Sentinel God). It’s a belief that whatever you wish here in this temple, it will get fulfil. The beach was neat and clean, well maintained, with white sand and green water.

Ganpatipule Temple

Ganpatipule Temple

Pradakshina Track

Pradakshina Track

Entrance of Temple

Entrance of Temple

Temple Gate

Temple Gate

I visited this picturesque beach on 28th September 2013. We hired a car and set up for our night journey. started late in the night on 28th September we happened to reach our destination till 12 noon. It took us 9 hrs of travel to get the view of one of the best beaches I have ever visited. Well… entering deep into this beach is not highly recommended as the water here is quiet turbulent. After reaching we checked in to a hotel freshened up to visit the temple and the beach. We just had 6 hrs of our time here but the moment we spent was the best. Definitely I would like to visit this place again with longer span of duration so that I can immerse myself in this natural adobe. After visiting this place I surely now have some first hand information that I would like to share with all of you and will surely take advantage of it on my next tour to the same place.

Beach

Beach

Camel ride on Beach

Camel ride on Beach

Beach

Beach

Beach

Beach

Photoshoot

We happened to visit only the beach and the temple but to add here we can also visit to the following places:
Velneshwar
The beautiful village of Velneshwar, situated north of the Shastri River, has its own peaceful, coconut-fringed beach, where one can relax in tranquility. The village comes alive each year during the Maha Shivaratri fari, when pilgrims in large numbers visit the Old Shiva Temple.
Ratnagiri
About 24 km away from Ganapatipule lies the district headquarter town, Ratnagiri. The region has a long illustrious past and is even mentioned in Indian mythology.
Malgund
Malgund, a small village, 1 km away, is known as the birthplace of famous Marathi poet Keshavasuta, who was born here in 1866. He is regarded as a poet who heralded the dawn of modern Marathi poetry. There is a monument at Malgund dedicated to his work and also a museum where you can find information on most of the modern day poets of Marathi language. The memorial is a real treat for people who are interested in Marathi literature. Malgund also houses Nirmal Nagari of Her Holiness Mrs. Nirmala Shrivastava of Sahaja Yoga fame.
Jaigad Fort
Resting on a cliff, at the entrance of the Sangameshwar river just 35 km away from Ganapatipule, is Jaigad Fort. This 17th-century fort offers a commanding view of the sea and an almost unique view of Konkan village life. Take the back road from Ganpatipule via Malgund to Jaigad. This is about 15 km – but is extremely scenic.
Pawas
Besides its scenic natural beauty and serenity. Pawas is well known for the Ashram of Swami Swaroopanand (a spiritual leader who influenced an entire generation of Maharshtrians). A visit to this place is truly a journey through time.
Light House
The Panoramic view from the Light House is just breath taking. It was completed in 1932 and is still completely operational and serving on the coast. To see the Light House from inside one needs to visit the same between 4.00pm – 5.30pm. It is around 6–7 km from Jaigad Fort.

HOW TO REACH
The town is easily accessible from the port city of Ratnagiri, which also has a railway station and an airport.
By Road – While moving towards Ratnagiri, on Mumbai Goa National Highway No. 17 (NH-17), after Sangameshwar a small village placed on this highway is Nivali. From Nivali one has to take right turn for Ganapatipule (32kms). Alternatively, one can continue on NH-17 till Hathkhamba (Nivali – Hathkhamba: 4kms) and then take a right turn to go to Ganapatipule. Ample number of State Transport buses are available from Ratnagiri bus depot. Frequency is good for fast journeys. Ganapatipule is also connected with other cities by state transport buses.
Best Route from Pune to Ganpatipule
Pune – Satara – Umbraj – Chiplun State Highway – Patan – Chiplun – Savarda – Chafe – Ganapatipule
There are many buses available from Pune. You can also take good sleeper buses for overnight journey to reach early morning and same applies for the journey back to pune.

By Rail – There is no railway station at Ganapatipule. One has to get down either at Ratnagiri station or at Karbude. All the express and local trains stops at Ratnagiri, being a city. Karbude is a small village and only passenger trains will stop.

Important Information

Climate
The coastal climate is mostly hot and humid but it is healthy and devoid of pollution. The temperature is at its peak (around 38 Degree C) in the month of March. The monsoon falls between June and October. The rains are regular here. The climate is pleasant in winter and the temperature often falls at night.

Languages Spoken
Marathi is the common language here. People also know Hindi and English.

Local Festivals
All the festivals are celebrated with great enthusiasm and a spirit of togetherness. Gauri Ganapati and Magh Chaturthi are the most important events in the entire Konkan region. Holi, Gudi Padva and Diwali are well celebrated here, too.

What to wear
Loose cotton attire is suitable and comfortable. Although during winters, warm clothing is preferable. Swimming costumes are recommended for people indulging in water – sports.

What to eat
Since Ganapatipule is a pilgrimage destination, non – vegetarian food is a little rare. But on the outskirts of Ganapatipule fish curry, rice and kokam kadhi are available. Vegetable curries are also very tasty, prepared with a coconut base. “Modak” the favorite sweet meat of Lord Ganesh is also available.

What to Buy
The Konkan coast is rich in horticulture and the place is filled with delicious exotic fruits. These are also turned into sweet preparations like Ambapoli and Phanaspoli (pancakes of dried mango and jackfruit respectively). If you visit during the mangi season, don’t forget to buy the world famous Devgad “Hampus” mangoes.

Where to Stay
The MTDC resort lies on the slope of a green hillock, facing the sea. Alphonso mango trees and coconut palms dot the 45 acre grounds. Sea view cottages. tents and Konkani houses are also available (The latter two are not rented out during the monsoons).

Hope this provides with appropriate eagerness to visit this pristine place. Do share you experience with me.

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