-Ganpatipule is a small town located in Ratnagiri district on the Konkan coast of Maharashtra. It is famous for the 400 year old Swayambhu ( self - originated) Ganesh temple and pristine beaches.
-SaffronStays homestays are located near Ganpatipule Beach and the less crowded Malgund Beach (2kms from Ganpatipule). You can choose from simple homes of locals, beach facing villas and cottages.
-The closest airport to Ganpatipule is the Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport in Mumbai (330 km).
-Ganpatipule is well connected by road and the journey is picturesque. The closest railway station to Ganpatipule is Ratnagiri (25 km) and is one of the stations that falls on the famous Konkan Railway route. There are frequent MSRTC Buses from Mumbai, Pune, Goa and Ratnagiri to Ganapatipule. Private buses ply between Mumbai / Pune to Ganpatipule via Ratnagiri as well.
-The best way to get around is to hire an auto-rickshaw or to hire a private car from Mumbai/Pune itself.
Things to do
-Some of the best places to visit in Ganpatipule are the Ganpatipule Temple, the Ganpatipule Beach and Malgund beach (2km away). The twin beaches of Aare - Ware (9 kms away) are some other pristine beaches near Ganpatipule.
A must visit place is the Bhau Joshi Bhojanalay for veg food and Sameer for Konkani seafood. One can indulge in the fish curry and the Kokam curry available at a number of food joints across town. If you are visiting in summer season, try the 'hapus' or alphanso mangoes.
Other locations to combine
-SaffronStays suggests you combine your visit with a trip to Guhagar ( 50 km) which is known for its virgin beach and Dapoli (100 km) to get the flavour of Konkan.