Part three of this series on Ratnagiri is all about the Ganeshgule beach. As I mentioned in the earlier post, we stayed at a home-stay right by this particular beach. As it is not frequented by tourists, at any given point of time there were very few people around. And there were times when we had the entire beach to ourselves. There were many paths leading off into dense vegetation around, but not being in a mood to walk much, all we did was to laze around on the beach. We managed to catch some really beautiful sunsets, as the summer sky was very clear.
Apart from the sunset per se, we also found a host of little creatures, including a little eight-legged creature slowly crawling up my shorts! The wind was quite strong and hence we didn't quite feel the April heat. Being cut-off from the usual tourist circuit of Konkan, the place was largely free of the usual remnants of a picnic on the beach- wrappers, bottles and the like. Therefore we could walk about barefoot, without any fear of our foot being pierced by shards of glass. The patterns on the sand made by crabs while building their nest was nice too.
*How to get there: Take the state highway from Rajapur (off NH 17), follow the directions to Ratnagiri, till you reach this area as in the picture- a deserted place with a lone signboard (click on picture to enlarge), take left here to go through a half constructed archway. The road gets a little steep from here, passing through thick mango orchards on both sides. Drive on till you reach the village Panchayat, and ask for directions to the beach.
*Things to carry: Water and food- NOTHING is available there, in addition to the usual suntan, glares, etc.
*Precaution: There is no mobile network at all, so be sure to inform someone where you're going.