Prachin Kokan is a life size museum set in a sprawling three acre campus in Ganpatipule depicting life in yester years in Konkan.
A guided tour in the museum takes you through various aspects of life in Konkan in the past. The museum elucidates the social, economic, cultural and relegious background of Konkan.
The museum puts on display the grandeur of the history of Kokan region. With sculptures of the maratha hero 'Shivaji maharaj' depicting historical moments, and models of the amazing sea forts in the Kokan region the museum brings the ingenuity of the Kokan people to fore.
Sawantwadi in Kokan is famous for the wood artisans and their handicrafts in wood. Prachin Konkan has a counter for exhibiting the wooden handicrafts, the first of its kind in Ganpatipule , where tourists can purchase memorabilia and souvenirs
It is believed that there are tres assigned to each astrological sunsign. In Prachin Kokan there is a 'Nakshatra Baug' - a garden of trees for each sunsign.
Set in a lush green locale the museum is also a paradise for bird watchers. The trees in the museum is home to many species of birds of the region. The museum also attempts to introduce the birds and fish found in this region by way of a small exhibition.
Prachin Konkan inagurated on the 15 December 2004 is the brain child of Mr. Vaibhav Vasudev Sardesai who succeeded in not only providing interesting information about Konkan to the tourist but also employment opportunities for the localites.
Exhibition of over 450 paintings of Mr Arun Dabholkar. Visitors can also puchase the paintings.
A store for purchasing indigenous products like 'Kokan masalas' honey and ayurvedic products.
A handicraft store - first of its kind in Ganpatipule for the tourists to purchase souveniers from Kokan.
A Kokan speciality restaurant, Athithya serves only kokan specialities like 'kokum sherbet', 'modak' etc.