Serene, beautiful and unspoiled, these three words can best define the Ganpatipule. Name of the picturesque town is derived from this temple of Lord Ganesha, Ganpatipule Temple, which is located quite close to the beachside. Located on the top of the lush green hill, where nature meets the god, Ganpatipule temple remains flooded with tourists throughout the year. It is believed that taking a "Pradakshina" (circumambulation) around the hill is considered as auspicious. From the Ganpatipule temple, tourists can see Konkan coast hugging the lush green hills sprinkled with trees like mango, betelnut, banana, jackfruit, and coconut.
One can figure out the significance of Ganapatipule Temple from the fact that name of the town came out from its name. One of the 'Ashta Ganapatis' (eight Ganpatis) of India, Ganapatipule temple is sacred to Lord Ganpati. The temple is approximately 4000 years old and remains thronged with tourists throughout the year. In the sanctum of the ancient Ganapatipule Temple, a Ganesh idol carved out of a massive rock, ‘swayambhu’ (self-originated), is beautifully adorned. What makes this temple extra special is its sanctum remains illuminated by the golden rays of the sun.
Apart from visiting the temple, tourists can also visit the beach, here multiple water sports activities like rowboats, motorboats, aero boats, pedal boats, and much more are organized for tourists. Also, do make a point to check out some restaurants and sweet shop to try delicious Modak, Fish curries, and the kokam kadi.
Best Time to Visit
Special puja in the temple takes places during the festivals like Akshaya Tritiya, Tripuri Purnima, Chaturthi and Bhadrapad, are the best time to visit the Ganapatipule Temple.
Ganpati Pule, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra 415615
How to Reach
Locating the temple is not a problem as it quite close to the beach. One can take a car from anywhere in the city to reach the temple. Pilgrims will have to walk to reach the main sanctum as it is located on a hilltop. If visiting from outside the city, the nearest airport and railway station will be in Ratnagiri. The scenic roads and highways connect Ganpatipule with the major cities of India. Buses are available from Ganpatipule to Mumbai, Pune, and Belgaum connecting it with the major cities.