We visited Ganapatipule, a temple town and beach resort on the Konkan coast of Maharastra. Ganapatipule is located about 350 km south of Mumbai in the Ratnagiri district famous for it’s “Apus” mangos (Alphanso). The Lord Ganesh of Ganapatipule is the “Paschim Dwardevta”, Western Sentinel God of India. The temple is built into a hill right on the beach and is beautiful.
We had booked a room in the MTDC resort on the Maharastra Tourism web site the previous week. The resort was on a hillock right on the beach with spectacular views of the sea. The resort is well kept and clean, with large rooms. The restaurant in the resort is expensive but serves good food. We had found very good reviews of the food at a family run restaurant called “Samir” on the Jaigadh – Ganapatipule road and believe me it is great! I have never had such well cooked Konkani food anywhere. A meal for 4 with 3 different kinds of sea food including prawns cost me Rs. 600/-. Very highly recommended!
We also visited Ratnagiri, the district head quarters, which is 24 kms from Ganaptipule. There we easily found the birthplace of “Lokamanya” Bal Gangadhar Tilak, which is preserved as a museum. Very well kept and a real treat.
On the last day we checked out of the resort and on our way back we stopped at the “Prachin Konkan” museum (Ancient Konkan). The museum is built on a hill about a kilometer from the beach and is fashioned after an ancient Konkan village. It showcases all aspects of life in a Konkan village of antiquity and is beautifully done. It houses an amazing showcase of sea shells. I had never seen so many different types of sea shells!
We all loved the beach, the food, the fresh air and the tranquillity. The drive to and from Mumbai was spectacular and I loved every minute of it.