A land of myth and magic
|Type of Tourism||: Beach Tourism, Pilgrimage Tourism|
|Altitude||: 0 meters|
|Best Tourist Season||: November to March|
|Languages spoken||: Marathi and Hindi|
|What To Buy||: Devgad Hapus|
|Food Specialties||: Kokam Kadi, Ambapoli, Modak, Phanaspoli|
|Adventure sports||: Row boating, motor boating and water scooters.|
Ganpatipule is a picturesque little town located in the South-western part of Maharashtra. Placed about 375km from the state capital Mumbai, Ganpatipule is placed in the Ratnagiri District. It is flanked by the Konkan coast and holds the district of Chiplun to its north. Blessed with an aquamarine sea, sun kissed beach, the divine presence of the most revered deity of the state, Lord Ganpati and an elfin and pristine hinterland, Ganpatipule is an ideal weekend getaway for the urban masses of Maharashtra as well as the neighboring states.
Ganpatipule marks a melting pot of history and legend. According to the myth, Lord Ganpati originally resided in a place called Gule. Once he was mocked and jeered at by a native woman and hence he had walked for a few kilometers and finally reached this place. Ever since then, Ganpatipule has been famous as the abode of the mighty Ganpati (‘pule’ in the native tongue means ‘walking a short distance’).
The vast expanse of golden sand that lace the azure blue waters of the Arabian Sea in this dainty town of Ganpatipule renders it the most spectacular beach in Asia. The enchanting Mangrove and coconut trees embellish the beach here and create a magical spell that is capable of enthralling any traveler.
Ganpatipule is also a hallmark of the rich culture and heritage of Maharshtra. Festivals like Holi, Ganesh Chaturthi and Magh Chaturthi observes great pomp and show in this otherwise quiet and sleepy town. Thus, whether you are a couple on your honeymoon or a staunch devotee of Ganpati, Ganpatipule has the potential of gratifying all your senses, needs and aspirations.
Ganpatipule is an ideal destination for the naturalists and environmentalists. While the tranquil beaches enthrall the lovers of nature, the temple dedicated to Lord Ganpati guarantee a sublime spiritual experience for the religiously inclined. People here are extremely warm and hospitable, thus perfectly complementing the calm and tranquil surrounding of the place.
Food in Ganpatipule
Ganpatipule is home to some of the most authentic and exclusive dishes of the Maharashtrian cuisine. Some of the delicacies that are locally as well as widely available are as follows:-
- Phanaspoli Thin pancakes of crushed and dried jackfruit
- Ambapoli Thin pancakes of crushed and dried mango
- Modak A favorite sweet of Lord Ganesha
- Kokam Kadi A pink colored digestive drink