Ganapatiphule, Maharashtra

A vast stretch of sandy beach on the western coast of Maharashtra is awash with golden sunshine by day and and silver moonlight at night. Welcome to Ganapatipule, a serene, sedate beach, still untouched by tourist traffic. In other words, walk into paradise.

Travelling to Ganapatipule by road is a vacation in itself. The entire 'konkan' region is picture-perfect: narrow roads, red soil, roofed houses, clean courtyards, innumerable fruit bearing trees and casuarinas lining the coast are a common sight. Besides the beach, Ganapatipule is an important pilgrimage centre. The temple of the 'Swayambhu Ganapati' is known for its unique idol of Lord Ganapati and its magnificent 400-years-old temple.

The Beach:A longish drive takes you to this beach. The road seems to travel on and on and you cannot even get a glimpse of seawater until, from top of a hill you suddenly can see the entire beach with white sand and blue waters - a sight for sore eyes. The beach has rocky stretches - avoid swimming in these parts. However, there is a lagoon where one can paddle a boat. The more adventurous can try balancing a kayak. The beach ends at the base of a small cliff and the view from the top, is breathtaking. There are many trails along the beach, lined with cashew and the mango trees and you can spot some exotic birds. The small green bee-eater has made this place its home -- don't miss its antics.

Nearby Attractions: Nearby is a place called Malgund the birthplace of Keshavsut or Krishnaji Keshav Damle, one of the greatest poets in Maharashtra. North of Ganapatipule is the Jaigad fort, standing atop a hill, at the mouth of a creek 

Getting there : The nearest railhead is Ratnagiri 50 kms on the Konkan Railway. The nearest airport is Ratnagiri, 50 kms away. After reaching Ratnagiri you have to travel northwards again, for about 20 km to reach Ganapatipule.