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Ganeshgule: Relax & Rejuvenate on this Remote Beach

Are you looking for a secluded beach getaway but do not want to burn a hole in your pocket? Then, Ganeshgule will provide the answer to your search. Also, don’t forget to check our list on how you can save money while travelling.

As a working couple, we were in dire need of a break since we hadn’t had one in a while. Just as we were searching for places nearby, I recollected this place suggested by a friend. Ganeshgule ticked all our boxes since it is near to Mumbai, it is within budget and it is quiet and peaceful.

Ganeshgule is literally a small village about 30 km from Ratnagiri along the Konkan Coast in Maharashtra. But despite it’s remote location, it gives you an experience worth cherishing for a lifetime.

Beautiful Ganeshgule Beach

Ganeshgule is in a polar opposite direction to Ganpatiphule, a popular temple town off the Ratnagiri Coast. While Ganpatiphule is a commercialized spot, Ganeshgule is its exact opposite. It is untouched, unaltered and pure. Here are the complete details from our experience closet.

How To Reach Ganeshgule ?

The best way to reach Ganeshgule is via train. The nearest railway station is Ratnagiri (30 km). All the important trains heading towards Goa and Kerala like Matsyagandha Express, Netravati Express, Marusagar Express, Tejas Express etc halt here. From Ratnagiri, you can either hire a Tuk-Tuk or board state transport bus. The frequency of the state transport buses from Ratnagiri to Ganeshgule is every 2 hours. So if you are on a budget tour, our advice would be to choose the later. Anyhow, the journey time is the same, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Staying Options in Ganeshgule

Currently, there’s only one stay option available at Ganeshgule, and we opted for the same. Oceano Pearl, a property of hospitality firm O’Nest, that gives you the comfort of a hotel at the cost of a home stay. You have options of different types of rooms, we selected a standard room that costed us around 2500 bucks for a night.

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Hotel Oceano Pearl
Palm trees in the property

The place has its own restaurant that serves good Konkani/Malvani cuisine along with the regular North Indian food. They also have decent sea food options, we tried Pomphret Fry there and we liked it. The restaurant, however, does not have liquor serving license. Hence you’ll have to make arrangements for alcohol. The nearest town where you’ll find liquor shop is in Pawas, 6 km from Ganeshgule.

Our Itinerary for Ganeshgule Beach

Day 1

As this was a last minute plan, we boarded a Holiday Special Train from Bandra Terminus on previous night at 11.30 PM and reached Ratnagiri in morning at around 9.00 AM. We had our check-in at 12 in the noon, so we had breakfast at Ratnagiri station before starting our journey towards Ganeshgule.
We took an auto ride which costed us around 400 bucks. The auto guys will quote exorbitant rates, it all depends on how well you can bargain and strike a deal.
The journey wasn’t too great, nor it was too boring. In between, you will find yourselves driving parallel to the ocean and the very next moment you will be in dense forest.

We reached the hotel at around 11.00 AM and after freshening up a bit, headed straight to the beach walking past the palm trees and betel nut trees in the property. On Google Maps, you will find the demarcation of the beach as Ganeshgule Beach. However, it serves as a private beach to the property.

We sat on the beach for some time, taking in the fresh oxygen in our face and soulful rhythm of the waves crashing on the shores before we headed for lunch. As mentioned earlier, the in house restaurant serves some good sea food. Even if they didn’t, you don’t have other option, except you are a Gujju like me, and carry heap loads of ‘snakes’. (P.S. I was carrying only Theplas this time)

Pomphret Fry

There are many ways to pass your time at the property. You can indulge in board games, read books, play carom or outdoor sports like football, badminton and volleyball. The hotel staffs are friendly and courteous. Their service is also quick and efficient.

Beach Experience

As the evening approached, we were again at the beach and it looked beautiful than ever before. The golden hours cast a spell in the environment like Midas Touch, turning everything to Gold. We walked up and down the beach, feeling the softness of the sand beneath our feet and cool mild breeze in hair. The experience in itself was so soulful, it felt as if the time just stands still.

A Walk to Remember


Sunset was at its usual best, as the skies kept on changing its shades till the moment the sun went past the mighty ocean. It was both surreal and pristine, so much so, we didn’t move away till the last bit of light faded off.

Day 2

We made an early start to the day as we decided to climb the cliff by the shore we discovered the previous day. The temperature was pleasantly cool and it helped the small trek pretty enjoyable. Once atop, the view offered was just mesmerizing. The sound of the waves crushing against the rocks of the cliff was similar to the ‘riyaz’ of musical maestro.

View from the Cliff
Mesmerizing Sunrise

And then there was this magical moment when the sun made its presence felt. It was a sight to behold as the sun emerged from behind the palm trees to awaken the mighty ocean. The sight was similar to that from a picture postcard.

After spending some time on the cliff, we returned to our base and had fresh Neera straight from the palm trees. We had our complimentary breakfast at the restaurant and had a few hours in hand before the arrival of the local transport bus. We utilized the same in doing some odd stuffs like playing carom and failed attempts at climbing the palm trees.

Happy Faces

All good things come to an end, and so did our little trip to this unexplored beauty off the Konkan coastline. In my opinion, taking these short trips to uncharted places really helps in rejuvenation of mind and soul. Also find out what is your travelling activity before heading for your next trip to make it sorted. On that note, we bid adieu with the search of unexplored places being on.

10 reasons why Andaman Island is the perfect holiday destination this season

Things to do in Andaman

Andaman tour packages are not only famous among honeymoon travellers seeking some lonely time. But also among the family travellers who want to enjoy some time in natural surroundings with a lot of thrilling activities beyond the chaos of daily life. There are a few major reasons that make Andaman and Nicobar Island a perfect destination for holidays this season:

1. Unwinding at the beach

Neil Island

Your love for beaches and craving for having a good time with your loved ones will be fulfilled here. Very few beaches offer such a breath-taking view along with the solitude away from the madding crowd, it’s still an untouched beauty with clear water, amazing marine life and peaceful nature. You will forget the time while enjoying the tide and the children will feel at the top of the world while making sand castles. Don’t forget to visit Radhanagar beach, the unexplored beach on Neil Island which is voted as one of the best beaches in the world for swimming, you can also witness the beautiful sunset from there.

2. Enjoy your time doing nothing

Relaxing moments

Just spend some time doing nothing. Get your favourite book, bring out your sunglasses and just spend your day lounging at the beach soaking up some sunshine and getting tanned. Just relax and forget the worries of hectic city life.

3.
Witness Bioluminescence at Havelock Island


Bioluminescence

A rare phenomenon known as Bioluminescence is also one of the reasons that attract lots of travellers. The most magical and memorable sight. It feels as if the tiny stars are floating under your feet. This can be experienced in Havelock Island during no moonlight. The beaches glow because of the presence of phytoplankton that is visible during the months of Nov-Dec-Jan.

4. Enjoy the Seafood

Mouthwatering Seafood

As it is dominated by sea and beaches, the seafood is quite famous here. You will be amazed to discover the incredible seafood palate. Keep one of the evenings at leisure to enjoy some quality time with your family along with lavish seafood platter and a glass of wine. You will find lots of café with good quality of sea food, but Port Blair is the best place for quality sea food. You can also choose from Indian, South Indian, Continental, Thai, Israeli or Bengali cuisine. Even if you are not a foodie, it will tempt and attract you because of the unique variety & quality it offers and if you are a foodie just pack your bag as you have one more additional reason to visit this beautiful island.

5.
Adventurous Water Sports

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Sea Walking & Banana Boat
ride. 
Another major reason that attracts travellers is water sports. Andaman tour packages offer a good range of water sports. Scuba Diving & Snorkelling are most famous & many thrilling water sports, you will get a chance to dive deep in the sea and meet the beautiful marine life. If you are afraid of jumping in the sea and still want to experience the marine life Sea Walking is for you. You will get a helmet and transferred into the sea, enjoy the feeling of weightlessness and meet the fishes while walking in the sea. It’s a totally new and different experience. Banana Boat ride is another fun ride. The rider will take sudden twists and turns to make your ride more thrilling. You can also enjoy the Parasailing. Also, check out other water sport destinations in India.

6. Glass Boat Ride

Glass Boat Ride

This one is for kids, one of the must-do activities for children is Glass Boat Ride to experience coral reef in Andaman Island. If your child is too young to do the water sports Glass Boat Ride is the best available option to experience marine life. It’s a boat with glass bottom along with highly trained professionals who will help you with all the information and will not let you miss any of the important things from marine life such as freckled frogfish, fire goby and many more mysterious creatures hiding in the kaleidoscopic coral reefs.

7. Stay in a beach resort in Havelock/ Neil Island

Havelock Beach Resort

You can enjoy your stay in five-star hotels anytime and anywhere but forget
about the hotels and go for beach resorts in Havelock and Neil Island. It will be one of the most memorable stays of your life. Something that charms the travellers and gives them a reason to opt for Andaman tour packages.

8. Visit Cellular Jail

Cellular Jail

Along with the beaches and scenic beauty, Cellular Jail also attracts traveller. The jail was also known as Kālā Pānī and it was a colonial prison in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which was used by the British especially to exile political prisoners. It has a historical significance. The light and sound show at Cellular Jail is a must when you are here.

9. Elephant beach at Havelock Island

Elephant Ride

You can take a boat ride which will take approximately 30 minutes from
Havelock Island dock. It offers a great opportunity to watch the marine ecosystem. For a better view, you can trek to Elephant Beach, a guide will accompany you because he will be familiar with the area. It can be easily explored by boat, but only the walk amidst the mangrove forest and marshland will give you a true and most remarkable experience.

10. Turtle Nesting

Turtle Nesting

Andaman Island not only welcomes lots of tourists between Nov to Jan but it also welcomes varied kind of turtles between December to March for hatching. People seeking more adventure can visit turtle nesting site at Diglipur. It’s a fascinating site that will leave you mesmerised. This place is famous for its Jarawa Tribe too and offers lots of hiking tracks such as Alfred Caves and Ross & Smith Island etc.


The best season to visit Andaman Island is between Nov to Jan, when they
celebrate their annual tourism festival. So, if you are planning to go on
holidays, don’t give it a second thought, Andaman tour packages are the best holiday option available for you this season.

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