Sparkling blue waters, endless stretches of golden or silver sand, sun beams dancing through the swaying palms, waves playing with the sand dunes, a cool breeze whispering sweet nothings in your ear. This is the land of Ganpatipule, one of Maharashtra’s almost virgin beaches.
Nestled in the greenery is a nearly 4000 year old landmark the Swayambhu GanpatiTemple (Swayambhu means a self-originated idol, Ganapati). It is flooded by thousands of devotees and tourists every year. Ganpatipule, the Lord of the ‘ganas’ or army and “pule” means sand dunes. It is one of the ‘Ashta Ganapatis’ (eight Ganpatis) of India and is known as ‘Paschim Dwar Dewata’ (Western Sentinel God). Ganapatipule is a small village, serene, sedate and unspoilt. The beach here is still natural and pristine as ever. And traveling by road is an experience by itself. The vast ‘Konkan stretch abounds with scenic greenery There are narrow mud-roads, the earth is red and the roofed houses with clean courtyards add a quaint touch to the panorama. The local vegetation includes fruit-bearing trees like mango, betelnut, banana, jackfruit, coconut etc.
Early in the morning proceed towards Ganpatipule. Enroute visit Parshuram Mandir just 12 Km before Chiplun. This Mandir is dedicated to Bhargavram or Parshuram. The combination of Hindu, Muslim and European architecture is seen in this temple. There is a temple of Renuka, mother of Lord Parshuram, behind the Parshuram temple. There is a tank called as Banganga Talav which is believed to be made by Parshuram by arching five arrows to the ground. There is a festival every year on the Mahashivratri Day. After darshan proceed to Dervan to see the artificial site of Shiv Srushti. This is a marvelous place 14km from Chiplun, on Mumbai Goa Highway where you can watch the entire life history of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharajah through pictures and statues. From visitors point of view Dervan has cultural importance. After Dervan proceed to Ganapatipule. On arrival check in to the hotel. Evening free to explore the town and beach. Overnight stay in Ganpatipule.
After breakfast proceed to sightseeing tour covering Ganapati Swayambhu Temple the 400-year-old Ganapati Swayambhu Temple, located on the foothill, and an important place of homage. It is said that Ganapatipule is one of the eight significant Ganapatis (Ashta Ganapatis) of India. After darshan proceed towards Malgund, a kilometer away from Ganapatipule, home town of famous Marathi poet Keshavsoot who pioneered modern Marathi poetry. Visit his beautiful monument and the museum there, which is gives information about modern day Marathi poets. Also visit Ratnagiri, the district town of Ganapatipule. Visit the home of Lokmanya Tilak, now Tilak Smarak. The first ever temple built for non-brahmins called Patit Pawan Mandir, the Ratnadurg Fort, Bhagivati Bunder, a sea port and the Coconut Research Centre. Also, stop at Velneshwar, to visit the old Shiva Temple and the beach. You could relive moments from history, at Thibaw Palace, built in 1910-11, for the King and Queen of Burma, who were exiled. Later visit Jaigad Fort, 35 km away from Ganapatipule located at the entrance of the river Sangameshwar. In the evening return back to Ganapatipule. Overnight stay in Ganpatipule.
After breakfast return to Mumbai on arrival drop at residence / Airport / Railway Station with memorable experiences of tour.
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