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“MTDC Ganpatipule”
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The MTDC Resort
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Ratnagiri
Reviewed 4 June 2009

Description
The beautiful white sand beach at Ganpatipule stretches for 12 kms with the Ganapati temple and the MTDC resort next to each other. On the beach, I was amazed with the clean blue sea water and the white sand. The Ganpati temple is a 'Swayambhu' (self-originated) Ganpati temple and the whole hill is considered as a Ganpati. MTDC resort [Self-contained rooms (84 blocks). Konkani House Deluxe A/C / Non-A/C (12 blocks)] is divided in two parts, one with Konkani huts (AC/non AC) / Tents and the other with Deluxe rooms / Cottages. Each part has a restaurant. Only issue with Konkani part is that it is 1.5 Kms from the main complex and so if you do not have a car, you will have to keep walking. We generally spent our morning (8am to 11am) in the sea and then sitting in an open restaurant with soft / hard drink gaze the sea, for the entire day. Our children played in beach sand. After naps enjoy the sunset again on the sea during 4:30pm to 7pm. Finished off the day with snacks/drinks/dinner till 11pm. Advantage with MTDC is that the rooms are very close to the beach. There is an Ayurvedic massage centre located in the MTDC resort as well. Best destination for anyone wanting to just chill out, relax and one who loves water and its sound.

The nearest airport is Kolhapur. The nearest railhead is Bhoke, on the Konkan Railway. However, Ratnagiri is more convenient. Mumbai-Ganapatipule (via Mahad) is 375 kms. Pune-Ganapatipule (via Satara) is 331 kms. Kolhapur-Ganaptipule is 144 kms.

Around Ganpatipule
Bhandarpule: Located at 3 Kms. from Ganpatipule, Bhandarpule also has a very beautiful beach. The beach at Bhandarpule is secluded and less crowded than Ganpatipule,
Jaygad Fort: The fort of jaygad is located at 25 Kms. from Ganpatipule. You can take your vehicle up to the fort.
Jaygad Lighthouse: Near the Jaygad port. Visiting hours: 4.30pm to 6 pm.
Sangameshwar: Located near the Mumbai - Goa highway and approximately 50 Kms. from Ganpatipule. There is an ancient Shiv temple at Sangameshwar on the confluence of Shastri and Alaknanda rivers.
Velneshwar: The beautiful village of Velneshwar, situated north of the Shastri River, has its own peaceful, coconut-fringed beach,
Ratnagiri: Places to see: The Thibaw Palace, the Lokmanya Tilak Smarak and the Patit Pawan Mandir.
Marleshwar: 60 Km. from Ganapatiple, is famous for its Shiva temple and waterfall (rainy season).

Food
Regional Food: Sol Kadhi (digestive drink), Mango Extract, Kokam Sharbat, Misal Pav, Phanaspoli, Ambapoli, Modak
Khichadi Prasad (Rice cooked with Moong dal) in generous quantity is given in the afternoon at Ganpati Mandir.
MTDC restaurant: The food is very good especially sea-food. Room service for food is limited to tea, coffee and sometimes some food may be served depending upon the availability of manpower.
Eating Joints other than MTDC: Joshi Khanval, Kelkar Lodge for Maharastrian, Konkani & Malwani food. For non-veg food “Annapurna” is also a good option especially for crispy surmai fry. For good veg food a restaurant run by Joshi is very good.

Online booking for MTDC can be done at: http://www.maharashtratourism.gov.in/mtdc/HTML/MaharashtraTourism/PlanYourTrip/resortshotels.aspx

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 December 2006

We visited the MTDC (Maharashtra Tourist Development Corporation) Resort in Ganpatipule as part of a trip by train down the West Coast of India. As we were unable to find any reviews on the hotel before we went I will try to make this as comprehensive as possible to help other travellers.

Location/access. To get to Ganpatipule is about a 7 hour train trip from Mumbai, followed by around 45 minutes to an hour either by bus or by auto. An ordinary taxi is not an option - there just aren't any, so be prepared for a bone shaking transfer and don't take too much luggage. The wonderful views more than make up for the discomfort.

Setting. The MTDC sprawls over what are almost two separate sites, right on the most beautiful unspoilt clean beach. It is right next to a Hindu temple, so there are a lot of Indian visitors, who also throng parts of the beach. But they take a short walk rather than sunbathe and if you are prepared to walk a couple of minutes up the beach you will be totally undisturbed. The local village is also pretty much geared up for the pilgrims - lots of restaurants and a few rooms/basic hotels. However, we were concerned about hygiene at these restaurants so stuck to the hotel.

The rooms. There are a wide range of these.
Main site:
-AC and non AC deluxe rooms - didn't see inside these, but they are all in in 1 or 2 storey blocks with sea views. 1000 - 1300 rupees per night.
- Cottages. This is a misnomer, as the 'cottages' were actually two buildings each with two storeys containing a total of 4 rooms. The lower rooms had large bedroom, spacious bathroom and dressing area, and a very badly furnished but spacious lounge, along with access to a lovely garden area with seating. The upper rooms were minus the lounge, which instead was a balcony/terrace. Sea views from all were great. 2500 rupees per night.

Second site:
This was about 1km down a track, or a 3/4 minute walk along the beach and contained
- Tents. These were set back from the beach. Didn't look closely, but they seemed to have beds provided and also fans. All were permanent tents on concrete bases. 300 - 500 rupees per night.
- AC and non AC Konkani houses. These were individual concrete built huts. OK, but basic and in need of a refit - tiles off the wall, cracked basins, etc. they were also building more of these, with views over the lagoon at the back. 1000 - 1100 rupees per night.

We started in a Konkani hut and moved to a sea view cottage on the main site.

Our cottage room was OK, with a comfortable bed. However, it was not as clean as it should have been. Have stayed in a lot worse, but at 2000 rupees a night would have expected higher standards. On the plus side the staff were friendly.

Restaurants. There was a restaurant at each site. The main site one was set back from the front of the resort and had no sea view. There was a terrace, but the staff insisted we eat in the air con room, which also had loud music. We declined their offer and went to the 'sand under your feet' restaurant at the second site, which was much nicer, in our opinion.

Food. Can only comment on the one at the 2nd site, but both are run by the same (subcontracted) outfit and offer the same menu. This was very disappointing. We were sat on the beach but both the choice and quality of the seafood were poor.

Overall. This could be the most stunning hotel - it has the location and the basic buildings. But it is run by a government department and it shows. The slightly dirty and faded air could all have been resolved if the plentiful staff were better organised. Lots of litter around the site which needed clearing. And there is a lot of building work going on, with the workforce camping in the middle of the resort, burning tyres, etc. at odd times.

Reading back this review, it seems more negative than I expected. Have tried to be accurate about each bit, but this adds up to a lot of negatives. What it does not quite convey is just how beautiful and unspoilt this area is - it's a privilege to be this far off the beaten tourist track, which makes up for a lot.

I loved visiting this beautiful part of india and do not regret staying at the MTDC in Ganpatipule.....but I would have stayed longer if the Resort had felt more like a place to relax rather than somewhere to sleep while exploring/passing through the area.

The MTDC appears to be stuck in between offering to a local and an international market, with lots of local weekend visitors, but far fewer international ones than the area deserves. Because they are busy each weekend, I suspect they do not come under the same pressure from their management as they would otherwise. And the Resort gave every impression of being run by a government official rather than a hotelier.

  • Stayed: December 2006, travelled with family
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Address: Ganpatipule, District | Ratnagiri, Ratnagiri, India
Region: India > Maharashtra > Ratnagiri District > Ratnagiri
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Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Ratnagiri
Number of rooms: 96
Also Known As:
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