Ganpatipule…a serene secluded getaway, nestled in the Konkan coast. According to local folklore, the Hindu god Ganapati, taking umbrage at a remark made by a native lady, moved to Pulé पुळे (a few km before the town) from his original abode of Gulé. Thus the region was named Ganpati-pulé. As the name suggests, this location is famous for the 400-year-old Ganpati idol at Ganpatipule is said to have sprung up from the soil, on the beach itself. This deity faces the west, so as to guard the western gates, unlike deities in other Indian temples who face the east.
Besides the holy shrine, Ganpatipule is equally famous for mangoes and kokam juice. Hence my reason of going back again in the month of May J.
For a beach-buff like me, who likes his own private time besides the sea, this is an ideal getaway. Pristine empty stretches of hidden beaches, surrounded by mango trees and clear blue water, this place is gorgeous in the truest sense. A word of caution though: the sands are a bit lofty and hence not recommended for swimming in the sea, due to the lack of life guards. Well you can’t expect Goa-like tourism arrangements everywhere you go. That’s what makes it so special, the beautiful isolation. Besides Tarkarli, I believe this has to be my second favourite coastal destination, especially catching a glimpse of the sunset on the beach.
Besides the Ganpatipule beach, be sure to check out Malgund Beach and Jaygad fort as well. The view atop the fort is breathless, which gives you a 360 Degree view of the coast. Apart from a few popular hotels/resorts, which Google would recommend, there are plenty more comfortable hotels to relax after a hot day’s ride. To get a glimpse of what this haven looks like, here are the images. Be sure to LIKE/SHARE/COMMENT
UNTIL THEN, RIDE HARD!