Ganapatipule in Maharashtra is one of the most spectacular beaches along the Konkan Coast - an idyllic getaway that attracts peace-seekers, beach lovers, and pilgrims alike. A great retreat from the hectic pace of Mumbai, Ganpatipule is one of the only two white sand beaches in Maharashtra, the other being Kashid Beach. A peaceful beach destination, Ganpatipule offers sparkling waters against silvery shores and jagged palm fronds frame magnificent sunsets. Part of the excitement of going to Ganpatipule is the scenic drive through the Western Ghats - the chain of green hills along the Konkan coast. The beaches on the coastline are amazingly clear, of both rocks and hordes of visitors. All along the way are tiny fishing villages; groves of casuarina and tropical fruit; and stretch of clean, golden sand. Ganpatipule is well-known for its rich horticulture. It is worldwide famous for Devgad "Hampus" mangoes.
Ganpatipule is 375 km away from Mumbai, the closest metro with an international airport. Kolhapur is the closest airport at 144 km. The nearest railway station for Ganapatipule is Bhoke, though Ratnagiri which is 50 km away from Ganpatipule, has more rail connections to other cities. Ganpatipule is 30 km off the Mumbai-Goa Highway, and 50 km short of Ratnagiri. It is well connected by bus from Mumbai, Panaji and other prominent towns of Maharashtra.
In March it starts to get hot and a little humid, but even so the temperatures rarely rise above the 38 C degree mark. May is actually the hottest month of the year. In the monsoon months it rains aplenty but everything around is washed and green, so it is quite beautiful at this time too. Winter time between the months of November to February is probably the best time to visit Ganpatipule, as this is when the days are cool and temperatures drop at night time.
Visit the temple of Swayambhu Ganesh that is 400 years old and is frequented by thousands of pilgrims every year who flock to pay obeisance to the Swayambhu Ganpati shrine which is naturally formed said to have been carved out of one single rock. The deity is considered to be the Paschim Dwardevta (Protector of the West), and those who visit Ganapatipule, normally make it a point to pay their respects at this temple. Most people come to Ganpatipule to spend time on its pristine beaches and paddle the clear waters. Adventure enthusiasts may enjoy paragliding and enjoy the aerial view of the picturesque Ganpatipule. Going for motorboat, water scooter and pedal boat rides are some of the other activities in Ganpatipule that can be enjoyed. For nature lovers; enjoy the spectacular sun set or go for long leisurely stroll on the beach.