Where to go this year, to the sea, no, maybe to the hills? You have undoubtedly faced this question quite a few times. Well, today, we are bringing this blog for the people who love hills. The best part about India is not just its diversity in population buts its natural diversity too. Hills down the south of this beautiful country are also worth visiting. In this blog, we are listing the best hill stations in Maharashtra that are perfect for weekend getaways and vacations too.
Beautiful Hill Stations in Maharashtra
Maharashtra is one of a kind state in India. In hand, it holds the financial capital of India, Mumbai; on the other side, it features Pune, which ranks 1 in the ease of living index. The state of Maharashtra is also very diverse in terms of varied travel destinations.
Tourist places in Maharashtra go from Historical heritages like Elephanta islands and Ellora Caves to beach and pilgrimage like Ratnagiri and Ganpatipule, respectively. But the hill stations are especially remarkable amidst the places to visit in Maharashtra. So let’s go through the list of hill stations in Maharashtra.
Speaking of hill stations in Maharashtra, I’m sure Lonavala is one of the first names that came to your mind just by reading the title of the article. It is around 1.5 hours’ driveway south-east from Mumbai. The word tropical holds the most precision while describing this particular travel destination.
The weather in this hill station usually stays moist even when it is not raining, and it rains a lot here. It’s an excellent destination for a weekend casual hiking trip. Lonavala offers you with its picturesque landscape and natural enrichments. What are the attractions of this place?
- Lonavala Lake
- Ryewood Park & Shivaji Udyan
- Della Adventure Park
- Valvan Dam
- Duke’s Nose
- Karla Caves
- Tigers Leap
These were a few of many tourist attractions that Lonavala holds for you. All of these breathtaking spots deserve entire articles about each of them.
Khandala and Lonavala are neighboring landscapes. So if you visit one, you can’t miss another one. Let’s be honest here. The entire nation knows this place by the iconic song from the Aamir Khan Starrer movie Ghulam. Indeed, such is the magical beauty and charm of this place during the monsoon that it deserves all the praise it can get.
Scenic valleys, misty waterfalls, breezy weather around the calming lakes make it a perfect gateway for the nearby citizens as depicted in the song. Let’s go through some of the main attractions of the place includes:
- Visapur Fort
- Bedsa Caves
- Lohagad Fort
Khandala is undoubtedly one of the most iconic tourist places in Maharashtra.
There’s a small village named Rajmachi, which locates itself in the Sahyadri mountain range of the Konkan region. The main attractions of this place are Shrivardhan and Manaranjan forts. Each of the forts is abandoned and taken by the greenery. The ruins of the fortified castles will surely give you a feel of those lost cities from the fairytales.
Mahabaleshwar is a magnificent hill station in the Western Ghats. You can’t write an article about places to see in Maharashtra without mentioning this place. The heavenly strawberry firms will spellbind you has of the hill station. It has earned the title, ‘The Land of Strawberries’—though the place holds much more than these delicious berries!
You will find a sense of the divine in the ancient temples of this place. And the dense green forests will refresh you for sure. Furthermore, Mahabaleshwar is known for its valleys, streams, and astounding cascades. Here are a few tourist attractions from Mahabaleshwar:
- Elephant’s Head Point
- Chinaman’s Falls
- Dhobi Waterfall
- Arthur’s Seat
- Venna Lake
- Wilson Point
Let’s move on to the next one, or I’ll spend the whole day praising the beauty of this tourist destination.
This one is a bit unique. Five hills surround this hill station; those are Dandeghar, Godwali, Khingar, and Amral & Taighat. Hence the name Panchgani is given to this place. Just like Lonavala—Khandala, Panchgani, and Mahabaleshwar are within reach of each other.
Some of the attractions of this hill station are Kaas Plateau, Table Land, Kate’s Point, and Paragliding in Panchgani & Mapro Garden.
It is one of a kind place among the other tourist places in Maharashtra. Lavasa is almost around 70 km southwest from Pune. More specifically, the location is in the Mulshi valley of Western Ghats. It is a planned city being built following the template of Italian town Portofino. It is constructed in an area of 100sqkm with an elevation of 360 meters of sea level.
As you can guess, the city will surely give you the feel of an aristocrat European city. Undoubtedly the location of the place results in delightful weather throughout the entire year, but the area is at its best in the winters and monsoons. Here are the attractions of the site:
- Lakeside Promenade: It is a part of the Lavasa, which is masterfully modelled after the Italian paved public walk in front of a serene water body. There are facilities for boating too. You can also Cycle or walk around the place. If you are starving, multiple food joints are offering you various cuisines perfect for a weekend family meal.
- Bamboosa: Here, you can witness the incredible craftsmanship of the native villagers surrounding Lavasa while they produce artifacts bearing the authentic stamp of Indian handicraft culture.
- Temghar Dam: The chapter of Lavasa isn’t complete without the mention of Temghar Dam. So, let’s talk about the most important constructions in the city. Temghar Dam is built on the river Muthu. It plays a pivotal role in terms of water supply to the city. It will be an understatement to claim that the view from the Dam is breathtaking. Mere words can’t describe the experience.
So, these were a few of the best hill stations in Maharashtra. Get your backpack ready and head to the hills of Maharshtra. Keep traveling to the most amazing places around the country and the world. Download the Woovly app now and get ahead of your plans and fulfill them this year.