Visit the vast strech of
unpolluted silver sands on the western cost of Maharastra, Bathed in
the golden sunshine and silver moonlight, Lapped by gentle
from the expanse of the arabian sea, Laced with the unforgettable
aroma of fruits, flowers and mangroves, Carrying the timid wispers of
saying coconut trees.
This is Ganapatiphule Land of the 400- year old Swayambhu ganapati and
eager tourists. Set along the western coast of maharastra, is a small
little village called Ganapatiphule. It is known for it's scerene
sedate beach. Unlike most beaches which are spoilt by tourist traffic,
the Ganapatiphule beach is as natural and pristine as ever. Even
today, the waters are blue and the sands, white.
Travelling to Ganapatiphule by road is a vacation in itself. The
entire 'konan' region is paradise- for miles there is something new to
discover, in whichever direction you go: narrow roads, red soil roofed
houses, clean courtyards, innumerable fruit- bearing trees (including
mango, betelnut, banana, jackfruit, etc.) and casuarinas lining the
cost are a common sight. Meeting the ever-friendly and hospitable 'konkanis'
and chatting with them could unearth innumerable delights of
holidaying in this naturally gifted countryside.
Besides the beach Ganapatiphule is an important pligrimage centre. The
temple of the 'Swayambhu Ganapati' is known for its unique idol of
Lord Ganapati and its magnificient temple ('Swayambhu' or self
originated, not manmade, 'Ganapati' or the lord of 'ganas' or army. 'Pule'
or sand dune. That's how the name Ganapatiphule). The temple is 400
years old and is at the foot of a hillock. Most piligrims believe in
taking a 'pradakshina' around the hill instead of just the temple. (Pradakshina
is a form of showing obeisance wherein devotiees walk in a circle
around the idol of the deity or around the temple in which the idol is
Geographic location :
Approximately 375 kms south of mumbai, along the 'konkan' coast.
The climate is moist and humid but healthy and devoid of pollution.
From march, the temprature starts rising but rarely crosses 38 C.May
is the hottest month. Monsoon is between June and October. Rains are
usually plentiful and regular. The winter season is perhaps the most
pleasant with temperatures dropping at nights.
How to get there :
BY ROAD :
Mumbai to Ganapatiphule ( via Mahad) is 375 kms. Pune
to Ganapatiphule (via satara) is 331 kms. Kohlapur to Ganapatiphule is
BY RAIL : The nearest railhead is ratnagiri 50 kms on the
By AIR : The nearest airport is Ratnagiri, 50 kms away