Ganpati Pule: Temple & Beach - Maharashtra, INDIA

Ganpati Pule is located at the Konkan coast of Maharashtra. There is no railway station at Ganpati Pule, so one has to go via Ratnagiri, which is the nearest railway head. By road, one can take a bus going to Ganpati Pule from Mumbai, Pune, Kolhapur etc. As per my experience, traveling by the rail is a much more convenient option. From Ratnagiri, it takes about an hour (45 kms) to reach Ganpati Pule. One can take Auto-rickshaw or local buses to reach there. Autos will charge you somewhere between Rs. 300-350.
Ganpati Pule is more famous for the 400 years old Ganesh temple situated at the beach line. The Ganesha idol here is said to be swayambhoo (self-manifested). These kind of idols are said to be very powerful and if one wishes for something from the heart, the wish is said to be fulfilled. Ganpati Pule is one of such temples. Ironically though, I don't have any temple pictures! They got misplaced. A picture from the internet can be seen below.

Front view (Picture Credit: Wikipedia)

Mouse [Ganesha's Vahan] outside the temple

The beach at the temple is outstanding and cleanest of all that I have visited. There are a lot of options for staying at Ganpati Pule. The best of all, we found, is 'MTDC resorts'. It's exactly at the beach, and they have nice rooms with decent facilities. The area is quiet and one can enjoy the solitude, watching the sunset, sitting in the balcony facing the beach! Some pictures of the resort are below.

A view of the resort from the beach

View of the beach from the balcony

View from balcony at 5.30 am

As mentioned earlier, the beach is super clean! Or the right way to put it is - it's not commercialized yet. Lot of people don't even know Ganpati Pule exists as a place in Konkan. I suggest that you should visit the place if you haven't yet. The place has some magic within. You find solace and peace of mind here. The beauty of the nature is amazing. Have a look at the pictures and you will know what I mean!

The beach in the evening



It's all really beautiful... romantic and peaceful. The pictures make me feel I should right away head to the beach. We are so fond of this beach, unlike other beaches that we have seen, that we make it a point to go there once in every 2 years. This place is always on our special holiday list - when we just need to relax and chill at the beach... just like amongst the hills, our favorite place for relaxing and having a peaceful time is Almora. But more about Almora in some other post.

Two snaps which are my favorite from this trip are:

People playing cricket (The timing of the shot was just so perfect!)

Yes! Trying to gulp the sun :)

These two snaps, and more from other trips, makes me think that I should take up photography seriously! ;-) Coming back to Ganpati Pule, there are some other places to visit too, of course, if you are done with the beach! It's never enough though, I'm telling you! :) There is Prachin (ancient) Konkan to see. It is an open air museum which depicts the life as it was in ancient Konkan. It is spread across 3 acres. Interestingly, it was constructed by 27 years old Vaibhav Sardesai, a resident of Ganpati Pule.

Oh and you should not miss tasting 'Sol-Kadhi' (a preparation made up of kokum and coconut milk) which is a specialty in Konkan. We relished the food at 'Patankakar's Mess'. The food is just superb!

Overall, Ganpati Pule is a must-go destination, and once you have been there, I'm sure you will want to keep re-visiting!

Article by Nu who blogs on travelling at Happy Feet.

comment 3 comments:

Saurabh Panshikar on May 27, 2010 at 8:56 AM said...

I've been there. Truly an amazing place... Moreover its not been exploited like the other beaches.

Its a must visit place I must say.

PS: The first sunset pic is amazing...

sm on May 29, 2010 at 12:36 AM said...

great shots

Nu on June 16, 2010 at 8:31 PM said...

@Saurabh: Yes you're's not yet commercialized and hence clean and serene :)

thanks for the compliment on the pic !

@SM: thanks :)

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