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Places to Visit Near Ganpatipule,Ratnagiri

Top places to visit near Ganpatipule and Jambharun As a part of our  3 days trip to Jambharun ( Blog Post :Hidden Gem - Jambharun ) , we had one day planned to visit the nearby places. Among them was Ganpatipule , which is significantly known for the revered Ganpati temple on the beach.     I will list out the places to visit near Ganpatipule and Jambhrun in this post. Jambhrun is kind of a center point to all these locations, so you can start from one end and circle back to your homestay in Jambharun . 1. Lakshmi Keshav Mandir,Kolisare Keshav Lakshmi idol           This was the highlight of all the locations that we visited. It had the same vibes when we visited Keshavraj temple in Karde(Post: Keshavarja Temple|Karde|Dapoli )

Places to Visit Near Ganpatipule,Ratnagiri

Top places to visit near Ganpatipule and Jambharun

As a part of our 3 days trip to Jambharun (Blog Post :Hidden Gem - Jambharun), we had one day planned to visit the nearby places. Among them was Ganpatipule, which is significantly known for the revered Ganpati temple on the beach.

    I will list out the places to visit near Ganpatipule and Jambhrun in this post. Jambhrun is kind of a center point to all these locations, so you can start from one end and circle back to your homestay in Jambharun.

1. Lakshmi Keshav Mandir,Kolisare

Keshav Lakshmi idol

        This was the highlight of all the locations that we visited. It had the same vibes when we visited Keshavraj temple in Karde(Post:Keshavarja Temple|Karde|Dapoli) . The surrounding is lush green, silent and peaceful. The construction style of temple resembles to most constructions done during 4th-6th century. 
        But the most significant part is the idol, its a beautiful, intricately carved Keshav, Lakshmi and Garud idols in a single block. Its even more mesmerizing to watch it during Abhishek time. I would recommend people to visit before 10am here, so you can take darshan of the murti during abhishek.

Distance from Ganpatipule - 14km

Distance from Jambharun - 23km

History of Keshav Lakshmi temple

        The Keshav Lakshmi idol is said to be approximately 1500-1600 year old(5th-6th century) .As per the temple authority, it is said the idol was kept safely in the Rankala lake in Kolhapur and one day God himself appeared in a person's dream and told him to move the idol elsewhere, that's when while traveling to Konkan it was established in Kolisare village.

Temple area

Hanuman idol

    There is a Natural water spring source which is said to originate from below the Keshav Lakshmi murti. This water is available for 12months and is source of mineral water which is drinkable.

Natural water spring inside temple

2.Ganpatipule

    This place doesn't need an introduction to Maharashtrians, as this is famous for the Swayambhu Ganpati idol which is said to have sprung up from soil. It is also famous because the temple is located on the sea shore, hence the name "Ganpati"-"Pule(sand dune)".

    The temple has visitors all round the year, so you would rarely find this beach and temple empty. The Ganpatipule beach has beautiful golden sand with mangroves on the west. Although the beach is not quite safe to take a dip, due to the rocky topography near shore, the waves hit hard and sea is quite rough due to it. Having said that, there are many hotels, restaurants nearby the shore where you can relax post taking darshan.

Pune to Ganpatipule distance - 332km

Ratnagiri to Ganpatipule distance - 25km

Tourists Places near Ganpatipule

1. Malgund beach - 

    This is a secluded beach about 6km from ganpatipule. Its birthplace of famous Marathi poet - Keshavsuta, who is said to have changed the Marathi poetry culture. There is also a Kavi Keshavsuta smarak museum which can be visited by interested.

2. Prachin Konkan Museum

    This is a open-air museum with life sized display and shows the typical village life of konkan people. It is spread over 3 acres with natural tree cover giving it a look of forest. If you are in Ganpatipule, its a good place to spend your 1 hour and experience it.

Prachin Konkan Museum
        

3. Swami Swarupananda Math -

    This is dedicate to Hindu saint Swami Swarupananda. Its a well maintained math and a must visit near Ganpatipule.

3. Aare Ware Beach

     If you are looking for a beach all to yourself and your family, this is the one. These are 2 different beaches "Aare" and "Ware" separated by a hill. The first beach when you are going from Ganpatipule is Ware beach which is a bit rocky but is worth a stop. 

    Aare beach is clean, covered with golden-white sand, covered by dense plantation of Suru and one of the untouched beach in Ratnagiri.

Distance of Aare ware from Ganpatipule - 11km

    Its the best place to spend your time in the evening and watch the sunset after visiting other places near Jambhrun and Ganpatipule. 

Note: There are no resorts or restaurants near this beach, so plan accordingly. Nearest resort is around 1.5km

4. Marleshwar Temple and Waterfall

Marleshwar Waterfall

    This is again one of the very famous locations in Amba Ghat. It is known for its majestic waterfall and an old Shiva temple which is a cave turned into temple. Somehow places in and around Amba ghat and Warandha ghat are similar. This location is again almost exact replica of Shivthar Ghal. It is located in remote location and surrounded by Sahyadri hills on all four sides and is covered by dense vegetation.

Marleshwar Temple/Waterfall Entrance 

    The cave/temple is located on top of a hill and requires a small trek and walk 520 steps to reach. There are refreshments available all along the way, so if you have kids or elderly people or health issue or tired,  there are many options available.

520 Steps towards temple

Marleshwar Shiva Cave

Ganpati temple at cave entrance

    The Shiva temple is quite old and the village people were not sure how old it was but certainly older than 300-400 year. The temple has direct access to the Marleshwar waterfall but it was closed when we had visited. Its amazing to see the Sahyadri mountains surrounding and the water gushing through the valley.

    While on way back after we reached at the footsteps, we stopped at one of the hotels which is run by the locals. We had Junakha-Bhakri for lunch along with buttermilk. After trekking in the hot sun, it was very relaxing to sit in that hotel with view and sound of river flowing through the valley. 

Marleshwar Photo Gallery

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Huge old tress on the path
All Ready for the trek
On the way to Marleshwar
Hotels along the path
You will find many of us here
Marleshwar Distance from Ganpatipule - 78km
Marleshwar Distance from Jambhrun - 55km

5. Rajwadi Hot water spring

    We covered this while returning back to Pune from Jambhrun as it lies on the way back on Mumbai-Goa highway. Distance from Jambhrun - 48km This village lies near Sangameshwar and has a temple which is around 400-500 year old. Apart from the hot water spring, the significance of this place is the carving on wood of this temple. It has a 2-headed Eagle picking up elephants, depicting the victory of the conqueror over the residing king. The carving depicts complete story of the war that might have happened at that place to take over the reigns from a strong ruler.

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