The Swayambhu Ganpati Temple, known for its unique Ganapati idol, is built on the Ganpatipule Beach and opens up to the beautiful beach. The idol of Ganapati here is believed to be 'swayambhu'. The idol of 'mooshak' made out of copper is placed outside the temple. Celebrated as the Paschim Dwar devta the diety is placed in the sanctum sanctorum and at sunrise and sunset a shaft of golden light penetrates and illuminates the idol.
Apart from the beaches in Ganpatipule there are many interesting spots of importance to the tourist. The backwaters of Ganpatipule is worth exploring, MTDC has watersports and boating options also in the backwaters. The beautifully built temples in and around Ganpatipule are worth visiting. With the sightseeing options in and around Ganparipule, Ganpatipule has all the options to make a funfilled vacation away from the cities.
Laxmi Keshav Temple
Lakshmi Keshav temple in Kolisare about 22 kms from Ganapatipule, is a beautifully built temple which has been recently renovated. The idol is five feet in height with four hands holding conch (Shankh) chakra, Gada, and Padma (lotus flower). On its right is an eagle
Jaigad Fort (15 Kms)
The 17th century Jaigad fort is located about 15 KMs from Ganapatipule. The Jaigad fort offers some beautiful sea views especially during evenings. Now in ruins Jaigad Fort is a perfect place to have a picnic perched on a cliff overlooking the confluence of River Sangameshwar and the arabian sea
Keshavsut Memmorial (2 Kms)
Keshavsut Memmorial although no architectural marvel is a delight for a person intersted in Marathi literature. The house of the great Marathi Poet Keshavsut is preserved in Malgund as a monument 2 Kms from Ganpatipule. You can visit the room where the great poet was born. Behind this house there is a gallery and a small garden giving information of all great Marathi Poets and a small library with a reading hall with some of the rare books of the poet. If you are interested in marathi literature this place is a must visit during your stay in Ganapatipule. There is no entry fee.
Prachin Konkan (0.5 Kms)
Prachin Konkan is a life size museum in Ganapatipule depicting life in yester years in Konkan. Prachin Konkan, is the brain child of Mr. Sardesai who succeeded in not only providing interesting information about Konkan to the tourist but also employment opportunities for the localites. A guided tour takes you through various aspects of life in Konkan in the past. There is a small garden with trees worshiped depending on a persons sunsign in the premises.
Karhateshwar Temple (15Km)
Karhateshwar Devsthan is situated in the village Nandiwade near the Jaigad Fort. The temple is a wooden structure, built during the regime of Shilaharas on the slopes of the hill by the seashore .