Ganpatipule Beach has white, silvery sand. Popularly known as the Carribean of India, the beach stretches into a lagoon. Swimming isn’t allowed here, given the dangerous rocks that stretch underneath the water. Kayaking, is however a sport that is widely practised by locals as well as tourists here.
The view from the top of a nearby cliff is bewitching. Mango and cashew trees line the length of the beach. First-time travellers must try out the Marathi delicacies available near the beach. Camel riding can be a fun option to explore too.
The temple is at a distance of around 20 km from Ratnagiri. It is placed on the beautiful Caribbean-esque beach of Ganpatipule. The interesting fact about the Ganpati idol in this temple is that it is made of white sand that is believed to originate on its own, that is, not artificially made by man.
Astride on top of a lion, there is yet another idol of Ganpati made in copper. It is located in the Sanctum Sanctorium. Situated near a hillock, this temple’s interiors are intricately designed, with the deities facing the west, instead of the usual east. The temple is close to four centuries old. It is open on all days, except on Sundays, from 5.00 am to 9.00 pm.
The Jaigad Lighthouse and the Jaigad Fort serve as popular attractions in Ganpatipule. Located atop the peninsular tip, the Jaigad Lighthouse was constructed nearly 180 years back in 1832. It is situated in Siddha Buruj. Though almost 2 centuries old, the lighthouse still works. It can be viewed on all days, save Sunday.
The Jaigad Fort is situated nearby atop a cliff. It is at a distance of 35 km from Ganpatipule. The fort is mostly in ruins; however, the outer wall still stands strong. The point where the Sangameshwar river meets the Arabian Sea can be espied upon from atop the fort.
Malgund – a tiny little village – is just a kilometre away from Ganpatipule. The renowned Marathi poet, Kavi Keshavsoot belongs to this place. His home has now been converted to a hostel for students.
Nearby, one can find a monument constructed by Marathi Sahitya Parishad, in the poet’s memory. It is called the Keshavsut Smarak. Alongside, there also exists a museum on Marathi literature worth checking out. Malgund is easily accessible by the Maharashtra State owned buses or a local auto.
Velneshwar is a village located close to the region of Ganpatipule. Just north of the River of Shastri, the quaint and pretty village of Velneshwar boasts of a beautiful beach lined with coconut trees and a clear water body that extends to the horizon.
The best possible time to visit this place is during Maha Shivratri, when the festival is celebrated with much aplomb by fellow devotees who throng the Old Shiva Temple in the vicinity to seek his blessings.