A city and a municipality in Valsad district in the southern part of Gujarat, Vapi, is situated on the banks of the Damanganga River. the largest city in the Valsad district, Vapi is now a very important industrial town and is known to be the largest industrial area in Asia in terms of small-scale industries. The numerous chemical industry plants in the city had once even earned it the rank of being one of the most polluted places in the world. National Highway 8 passes through Vapi and the city is the gateway to Daman and Silvassa.
Places to Stay
There are many places in Vapi offer affordable accommodation. Places like Hotel Green View, Hotel Royal Garden and Hotel Royale Inn offer lodging facilities that start at Rs.750.
All the annual religious holidays like Dussehra, Diwali and Holi are celebrated here.
Gujrathi is the local language here.
Places to Visit
The Arabian Sea, at the delta of the Damangana and Daman and Silvassa are located within 7kms of Vapi city centre.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Daman Airport (9.5kms) and the nearest major airport is the Surat Airport (84.4kms)
Vapi has its own railway station.
The Vapi bus stand connects the city to the neighbouring towns. There are great bus operators like Datta Krupa Travels, Neeta travels, Anukool Travels, Shree Balaji Travels, Shree Chaudhari Travels, Shree Arbuda travels and Shree Balaji Travels that offers travellers regular bus services to and from the city. Making use of bus ticket offers are the best way to save money while travelling.
A town in the Ratnagiri District of Maharashtra, Ganpatipule is located 375 kms away from south Mumbai and 25 kms from Ratnagiri along the Konkan coast. The origin of the name Ganpatipule is attributed to the belief that Hindu God Ganapati resided in a place called Pule, near the town.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Ganapatipule. Some options are Atharava Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1240), and Shree Sagar (Tariff – Rs. 1000).
The most spoken language in Ganapatipule is Marathi. The other languages spoken are English and Hindi.
The significant festivals of Ganapatipule are Gauri Ganapati and Magh Chaturthi (Birthday of God Ganapati) which falls either in the month of January or February every year. Other festivals celebrated are Holi in March and Gudi Padva and Diwali in November.
Places of Interest
Ganpatipule has some well-known and attractive tourist spots. The Swayambhu Temple in Ganpatipule (20 kms from the town of Ratnagiri), where God Ganapati’s idol is said to be self-originated from soil, is a famous Hindu pilgrimage site. Besides this, the Jaigad Fort (15 kms from Ganapatipule), Thibaw Palace (23 kms from Ratnagiri), Gaywadi Beach (2.5 kms from Ganapatipule) and Prachin Konkan (0.5 kms from Ganapatipule) are also a must visit.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Ganapatipule is the Kolhapur Airport. It is situated 114 kms away from the town.
Ganapatipule is connected to Ratnagiri with the Konkan Railway line. Ratnagiri Railway Station is 18 kms away from Ganapatipule.
There are private bus and state bus services to Ganapatipule from Mumbai, Pune and Kolhapur. Bus ticket booking discount coupons are available online on several bus booking portals. Make use of them while booking your tickets.