Sometimes in life you visit certain places that change you forever, those places need not be too far, need not be too fancy, they may not even be very well known but they change you forever, in ways that even you cannot entirely understand.These places leave a mark on you, a mark so deep and so powerful that you would carry with you forever. Ganpatipule was one such destination for me! Not very far away from Mumbai, this place is my personal favorite getaway from everything.
Located in the Ratnagiri district on the Konkan coat of Maharashtra with the town of Chiplun to its north, lies the small town of Ganpatipule that has very evidently been dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The main attraction of this place is its beautiful series of beaches along with the Swayambhu Ganpati Temple that exists on the beach itself.
The one thing that made me fall for this place is not just the long stretch of beaches but the aura of tranquility that exists all around, that is usually hard to find in big cities and towns. Ganpatipule is a perfect weekend getaway destination from Mumbai as well as Pune.
When I first visited Ganpatipule, I was taken aback by the beauty of the place along with the hostility and kindness of the people. The twin beaches of Aare – Ware and Gaywadi beach in Malgund are also right around the corner for you to explore. Gaywadi beach, about 2.5 kms from Ganapatipule is slowly emerging as the water sports hub of Ganpatipule. All the major water rides are available here at a reasonable cost.
Accommodation is not at all an issue here, there are a number of beach resorts, beach hotels, beach villas as well as luxury and budgetary hotels available here at a varying price range from low to high. Ganpatipule is easily accessible by road through public buses, private cars and hired vehicles as well. If you’re looking for some time to refresh your mind and soul, do consider visiting Ganpatipule for sure. Sometimes, the best trips in life are the ones that are unexpected and not too fancy.
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