If you are looking for some beach fun in Maharashtra, then Ratnagiri and Ganpatipule beach should be on your list. With beautiful coastlines, Ancient forts, Caves and a lighthouse, and the Ganesha temple at Ganpatipule, Ratnagiri is a perfect calm holiday, with a pinch of adventure.
Ratnagiri is 303 km away from Pune, which means it takes almost 6-7 hours to reach here if you drive. There is no direct train to Ratnagiri from Pune, so you have to reach Mumbai first and take the train to Ratnagiri. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Pune to Ratnagiri. Mumbai to Ratnagiri is a journey of 340 km or 8-9 hours if you drive. Alternatively, direct flights are available to Ratnagiri. Direct buses and trains are also available.
The best time to visit Ratnagiri and Ganpatipule is winter i.e. from Nov to Feb. The summers here are humid and intense but can be bearable. In the monsoon, due to the weather and wild sea, beach fun gets ruled out.
Ganpatipule is a town on the Western coast of Maharashtra in the Konkan region. The place is a popular spiritual destination for all the people from Maharashtra, due to the Ganesha temple here. Apart from the temple, the beach is beautiful and fun. You can choose between popular resorts and comfortable homestays. Seafood is very famous here you can sample local fish which is fresh from the sea. Nearest city is Ratnagiri which has very good stay options available for all budgets.
Ganpatipule is 325 km away from Pune, which means it takes almost 7 hours to reach here if you drive. There is no direct train to Ganpatipule from Pune. You have to reach Ratnagiri first and take the bus or taxi to Ganpatipule. Alternatively, buses are available from Pune to Ganpatipule. Mumbai to Ganpatipule is a journey of 338 km or 8-9 hours if you drive. Alternatively, direct flights are available to Ratnagiri and direct buses and trains are also available.
Ganpatipule Temple is an important sacred spot near Ratnagiri. The idol of Ganesha here is said to be Swaymbhu. It is a really old temple. The place is an important pilgrimage spot for all Maharashtrians. It is a tradition to bathe in the sea waters, and then enter the temple to seek the blessings. Although care should be taken as Ganpatipule beach is quite dangerous and unpredictable.