Location : Ratnagiri district
Distance : Approximately 150km from Kothapur
Ganapatipule beach is one of the most famous tourist spots in proximity with Kolhapur city, just about 150km apart. It falls under the same Ratnagiri district situated 50km from it. It happens to be one of the few virgin beaches still untouched by the transformation of time. Situated in the secluded Konkan coast, it’s a breath taking adventure for the soul.
The magical waters seem to camouflage under the golden sun, the tranquilizing air seems to take away all mental and physical agony. One can feel the tensions of the world ebbing away with the waves. The breath taking lush green pastures provides the absolute contrast between the land and the ocean. The name Ganapatipule can be understood separately as Ganapati and Pule.
The name is transformed into Lord Ganesha- the Elephant God nd Pule- into sand dunes. The reason for this name is due to the presence of a magnificent Ganesha temple at the foot of the Konkan hills. This temple was built with sand dunes, thus forming the name combining Ganesha and sand dunes, the local village is also known as Ganapatipule.
Tourists and lay people who visit the Ganapatipule beach must make it an absolute necessary to visit the magnificent temple of Ganesha as well. Apart from the regular attractions of the village and the temple, other major places of visit include the famous Malgudi village situated close to the beach, the place of origin of the famous Marathi poet Keshavasoot also known as Pawas, this place also houses the famous ashram of Swami Swaroopana. The magnificent location, abundant in natural beauty provides some of the best resorts and cottages available at Ganapatipule, which will meet the needs of any type of traveller, who drifts to its shores.