Monsoons present the ideal opportunity to visit Ganpatipule.
It’s called the California of India for best reasons. And a trip to the Alphonso Mango town of Ganpatipule in Ratnagiri during the rains quenched every doubt in our minds. On a sultry day, we were offered locally-grown black berry ‘Karwanda’, sold on leaf platters along with Kokam sharbat at thatched beach shacks, to bring down the heat levels.
Later, as the drive continued, we saw rivulets of rain-fed waterfalls on the hill sides. This meandering fore-shore ride reminded me of Bollywood road journeys. As we ascended, below the hills, the coastline looked beautifully edged with green Suru shrub plantation (these shurbs naturally control humidity in the air), informs Ramnik Sandhu, our hospitality expert in Ratnagiri. By dawn, we saw people flocking to the popular crescent-shape Aare-Ware Beach for boating trips during low tide.
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