green mountains on one side and the azure sea on another, the sleepy little
hamlet of Ganpatipulé is the idyllic retreat for those seeking some peace and
quiet. About 340 kms from Pune, Ganpatipulé derives its name from the sand
(pule) statue of the lord Ganesh situated on the beach by the same name. The
town is not just a very sought after pilgrimage spot for Hindus, but is also an
enchanting sea side resort in its own right, and deserves to be explored again
The best way of reaching Ganapatipulé is by road, since there are no direct trains. Besides, having your own car puts you at a great advantage in a town where there is no public transport. If you do not have your own car, rent one from Zoom, which has several options for you to consider:
Hatchbacks: Take our Ford Figo ZXI for flexibility in your travels. Whether you want to go on a temple tour or relax by the shore, the Figo gives you the freedom to explore Ganapatipulé however you want.
Sedans: Zoom with Volkswagen Vento or a Honda City, or move several notches up with our BMWs and Mercs for hire. Pamper your parents or your significant other by choosing one of these options for your special trip.
SUVs: If you are going with a big group, take a pick from our Scorpios or Ecosports. Travel in style while all your seating needs are taken care of. No need to worry about cramped rides and leg space, our SUVs have room for all.
All Zoom cars come with the following:
- All-inclusive tariff which includes fuel, comprehensive insurance and taxes.
- A 3G enabled tablet, which makes navigation a breeze.
- No deposit required to Zoom off.
Swayambhu Ganpati Temple: Ganpatipulé’s claim to fame, The Swayambhu
Ganpati Temple, houses an idol of Lord Ganesha that is believed to have formed
on its own from white sand. Feel closer to the Supreme Being as you meditate in
temple courtyards, and enjoy being a nameless entity as you partake the
temple’s lunch Bhandara (free for all). The delicious Modak Prasad served at
the temple is not to be missed.
Hit The Beaches: Apart from Ganpatipulé beach, which houses the Ganpati temple, there are a number of other rock free beaches that are more suitable for swimming, long walks and simple beach bumming. If you are with your family and want to indulge in water sports, then Gaywadi beach is the place to go to. Malgund and the twin beaches of Aare Waare are other popular seaside spots. However, if it is serenity and seclusion that you are looking for, then Ril is the beach for you. A still better option is to take the highly recommended scenic road from Ganpathipule to Ratnagiri and select your own peace of shore to relax on.
Eat: Ganapatipulé is one of the few tourist spots still serving authentic Konkan cuisine, so indulge in some local fish curry, sol kadi and kokam curry while you are here. Do not forget to try out local snacks like sabudana khichdi and batata wada, and top it off with some deliciously sweet modaks.
Insider’s Tip: The drive from Ganapatipulé to Ratnagiri is one of the most beautiful coastal drives in India, and should not be missed at any cost.
The ideal time to visit is during winters ranging from November to February. One can also visit Ganpatipule between June and October. Avoid your visits during summers.