Ganapatipule is a small village located in Ratnagiri District along the Konkan coast. The town is well famed for housing one of the Ashta Ganapatis in India. The idol of the lord is said to be ‘born of itself’ or ‘swayambhu’. The town Ganapatipule derives its name from Ganapati or Lord Ganesha and Pule or sand dunes. The temple of Ganapatipule is built on sand dunes of Konkan foothills. Pilgrims and devotees perform ‘Pradakshina’ to circle the hill, as a ritual. Besides the temple, Ganapatipule Beach offers stunning views of Arabian Sea and is surrounded by greenery and rich plantations. Located close to Ganapatipule is Malgund, famous for the Swami Swaroopanan Ashram and birth place of Keshavsoot, a Marathi poet.
Jaigarh fort offers breath taking views of the sea. Apart from this there are few beaches to visit in here.
Do try the local food especially ambapoli which are thin pancakes of crushed and dried mango and phanspoli, the thin pancakes of dried and crushed jackfruit. Fish curries and the kokam kadi (a pink – coloured digestive drink) are also worth trying for.
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