Ganapatipulé is a small but quaint town which is located in Ratnagiri district on the Konkan coast of Maharashtra. According to a famous legend in the region, the Hindu god, Ganapati, taking umbrage by a remark made by a native lady, decided to shift to Pule which was quite far from his natural home at Gulé. Thus, the region was called Ganpati-pulé.

A 400 year old Ganpati image at Ganpatipule is said to have emerged from the soil. This deity faces the West, protecting the western gates, unlike deities in other Indian temples who face the east. The temple is located at the base of a hill, and pilgrims walk around (pradakshina) the hill while paying their respects.

Travel Tips

The best time to visit the town is during the winter months. Tourists are advised not to visit during the monsoons.



15C – 33C

When to visit

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sprinkles Hot
  • 37° Max
  • 32° Min
  • 3.2 mm
Getting Around

The best way to get around in the town is by bus, private taxis and auto rickshaws.

Places to Stay

How to Reach

  • The nearest airport is located in Ratnagiri itself � around 24.2 kms away
  • The nearest railway stations are located at Ratnagiri and Bhoke. Also, the nearest rail junctions are Pune Junction (Central Railway) � 300 km, Miraj Junction (Central Railway) � 285 km and Madgaon Junction (Konkan Railway) -325 km.
  • Mumbai is 375 km away via Mahad and Pune is 331 km away via Satara. From Ratnagiri, private cabs also operate to the town.

Surrounding Attractions


The beautiful village is famous for Maha Shivaratri fari, when pilgrims visit the Old Shiva Temple.


The region has a rich history past and was even mentioned in Indian mythology.


Malgund, a small village is famous for the memorial dedicated to Marathi literature. Malgund also houses Nirmal Nagari of Her Holiness Mrs. Nirmala Shrivastava of Sahaja Yoga fame.

Jaigad Fort

This fort offers a commanding view of the sea and a superb view of Konkan village life. Take the back road from Ganpatipule via Malgund to Jaigad.

Emergency No.

Police station: 91-2352-225077

Ambulance: Office - 91-2352-222222; Toll - 100