What to See
Swayambhu Ganapati Temple: This renders the town its sanctity. The idol within the temple is said to have originated on its own, hence the name. An idol inside the sanctum is created in copper and sits on a lion. The sanctum where he sits gets illuminated by the sun's rays at sunrise and sunset. During the day nagaras (heavy drums) and played, and in the evening when the idol changes clothes, chaughadas is sounded. The modak sweet prasad is distributed to devotees from the temple portico. Everyday in the afternoon, the holy lunch of pulse, rice, mango pickle and boondi laddoo is distributed. Also, it is mandatory to walk in a circle on the paved path around the temple.
Open from: 5.00 am-9.00 pm
Thebaw Palace: Located in Ratnagiri, this palace was home to the exiled king and queen of erstwhile Burma, where they stayed for five years. Today, it houses their stone tombs and some belongings from their era.
Open from: 10.00 am-5.00 pm
Entry fee - Rs 3
Malgund: This is the birthplace of the Marathi poet Keshavsoot. Today, it is a converted student's hostel and its courtyard has the Keshavsoot Smarak memorial dedicated to the poet.
Jaigarh Fort: Located 35 kms from Ganpatipule overlooking the Sangameshwar River, Jaigarh Fort is a 17th century fort commanding splendid views of the sea. The beach is relatively small but safe to visit.
Velneshwar: This is another beach destinations lined with coconut groves. The sea is good to swim in, since it is relatively free from rocks. It is also home to an old Shiva Temple, which infrequently has pilgrims visiting it.
Ratnadurga: Built in a horse-shoe shape, the fort is bound by the sea on three sides and land on the fourth. A highlight of this fort is the Siddha Buruj bastion, which has a lighthouse on it. In addition, the fort houses the temple of Goddess Bhagwati and a well, adjoining it.
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