Postcards from Ganpatipule, Maharashtra

Ganpatipule has been luring a steady stream of sea-lovers over the years.
Photographer: Poulomi Biswas

Nestled amidst lush vegetation along the Konkan coastline, the tiny town of Ganapatipule in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra has one of the most spectacular and pristine beaches, yet unpoilt by commercialization and crowds of tourists. About 6 hours drive (375 km) from Mumbai along the Mumbai-Goa highway, the town is also famous for the temple Swayambhu Ganesh located on the beach itself and attracts beach lovers and pilgrims alike. Indeed a hidden treasure and the perfect destination for a weekend getaway that my husband and I had been looking forward to!

While angry waves lash against the cliffs at one end of the beach, the gentle ones lovingly kiss the shore at the other end.
Photographer: Poulomi Biswas
Local fishermen wade into the morning high tide, looking for the catch of the day.
Photographer: Poulomi Biswas
The Swayambhu Temple is located on the main beach, at the base of the Western Ghats.
Photographer: Poulomi Biswas
Submerged rocks at high tide.
Photographer: Poulomi Biswas
Ramparts of the Jaigarh Fort located at the confluence of the Shastri River and the Arabian Sea.
Photographer: Poulomi Biswas
The lonely lighthouse near the Jaigarh Fort.
Photographer: Poulomi Biswas
No beach holiday is complete without a perfect sunset.
Photographer: Poulomi Biswas

AUTHOR'S BIO: Poulomi Biswas , a student of IIM Calcutta, is the winner of the Lonely Planet Travel Contest hosted by ambitionMe. This is an education venture with the mission to help youngsters discover and connect with their dream careers. More on: www.ambitionme.com/Blog/meet-this-lonely-planet-winner-and-avid-traveller-4363/

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