Welcome to Ganpatipule
The tiny beach resort of Ganpatipule has been luring a steady stream of beach lovers over the years with its warm waters and wonderful stretches of sand. Located about 375km from Mumbai, it’s a village that snoozes through much of the year, except during holidays such as Diwali or Ganesh Chaturthi. These are times when hordes of boisterous tourists turn up to visit the seaside Swayambhu Temple, which houses a monolithic Ganesh (painted a bright orange). For more solitude, the beaches just south of the main beach (such as Neware Beach) are both more spectacular than Ganpatipule and less crowded – have an autorickshaw take you there.
To reach Ganpatipule, you'll pass through the transport hub of Ratnagiri, home to the crumbling Thibaw Palace, where the last Burmese king, Thibaw, was interned by the British.