Malgund is a pristine little village located about 1 km away from Ganpatipule. The claim to fame of this small hamlet is the fact that it is the birthplace of the famous Marathi poet, Kavi Keshavsoot. The native house of this renowned poet, that has been renovated and converted to a student’s hostel by the Marathi Sahitya Parishad is worth a visit.
Velneshwar is the site of an antique Shiv temple. Situated north of the Shastri River, this small village personifies beauty, charm and tranquility. The blovely palm fringed beaches offer the perfect ambience for relaxation and rejuvenation. Velneshwar is worth visiting during the Mahashivratri,when pilgrims in large number visit the Old Shiva temple.
Ratnagiri, the headquarters of the region is located about 25 km from Ganpatipule. Apart from the natural endowments of the place, Ratnagiri also has a past to boast of. This is because, the name of Ratnagiri appears in the Indian scriptures as the place where the Pandavas had settled after their exile for 13 years. Today it proudly stands as a populous and thriving agricultural town which also serves as an important port in the western region of India.
The attractions in Ratnagiri are threefold- the ThiBaw Palace, the Lokmanya Tilak Smarak and the Pawan Putre Mandir. The Thibaw palace marks the historical place where the British had incarcerated Thibaw, the last king of Burma in 1885. Ratnagiri is also the birthplace of one of the greatest freedeom fighters of India, Lokmanya Tilak. His house has been converted into a memorial and has been named, Lokmanya Tilak Smarak. The local community maintains the institution with great patriotic fervor.
The third important landmark of Ratnagiri is the Patit Pawan Temple. It is a much venerated temple among the local people as this is the first temple that was built by the non-Brahmins by the charismatic leader, Veerr Savarkar.
Located at a diatance of 35 km from Ganpatipule is the Jaigad Fort. Being at the mouth of the Sangameshwar river, this fort guarantees a fascinating overview of the Konkan rural life and one of the lovliest scenic views of the sea.
To know the history of Maharashtra and to avoid the name of Swami Swaroopanand is next to impossible. The Swami was a religious leader who had been able to successfully influence an entire generation of Maharashtrians. The region of Pawas, located in the near vicinity of Ganpatipule houses the Ashram of this great personality. The tranquil and scenic beauty of this place makes it a must see for the tourists who are sure to be captivated by its elegance and magnetism.
This is another place of historical significance, places about 3 km away from Ganpatipule.