The monsoon is approaching and all trekkers all over Maharashtra and India are starting to plan their trips to new Monsoon destinations in Maharashtra. Well you do not really have to be a professional trekker to be visiting places such as Mahabaleshwar, Panchagani, Lonavala etc. as these places are popular tourist destinations as well as hill stations with amazing climate during the monsoon. With the first rain in the month of June, all the trekking places in Maharashtra will be covered with color green. Here are the best Monsoon destinations in Maharashtra: -
Mahabaleshwar is a hill city in Satara district of Maharashtra located in the Western Ghats range. This hill station consists of numerous beautiful locations and one of the world’s ever green forests. Even during the summer this place is always cooler than the rest of Maharashtra due to its height from the sea level which is 4500 feet above sea level. Mahabaleshwar is located at a distance of 220 km from Mumbai, 120 from Pune and just 20 km away from the beautiful city of Panchgani.
There are numerous hotels that offer accommodation facilities throughout the year in Mahabaleshwar.
The attractions of Mahabaleshwar include Wilson Point, Connaught peak, Elphiston point, Marjorie point, castel rock, Arthur’s Seat, Baghdad Point, Babington point, Northcote point, Falkland point, Carnac point, Fitzgerald point, Bombay point, Gaolani Point, Lodwick Point & Boars head, The Lamington Plateau, Panchgani Point, Helen’s point, Rosamond Rock, Water Falls, Polo Ground and Bee Keeping Centre.
You can get to Mahabaleshwar by bus, taxi if you do not have your own vehicle. Otherwise you can just drive it down.
Panchgani is another Hill Station located in Satara District of Maharashtra. It is located at a distance of 20 km from Mahabaleshwar, 100 km from Pune and about 200 km from Mumbai. The word Panchgani means five hills and it refers to the 5 plateaus that are located here. One of the Plateaus is known as table land and it is the biggest Plateaus in all of Asia. This place is known for its amazing climate and unpolluted air. The best time to visit Panchgani is during the monsoon as the whole place will be packed with lush greenery. The Plateaus, beautiful and clear climate, Venna Lake and its proximity to Mahabaleshwar are the attractions of this place. There are numerous places in Panchgani where they offer accommodation facilities to tourists. You can get to Panchgani by hiring a car or getting on a bus from Pune station. If you have your own vehicle then you can get there easily by driving yourself.
Lonavala is a town/hill station located in Pune district of Maharashtra. After Mahabaleshwar, Lonavala is the most popular hill station in Maharashtra. The best time to visit Lonavala is during the monsoon when the whole place comes alive with greenery, waterfalls and ponds. Lonavala is known for its unpolluted air and its pleasant climate especially during the monsoon. If you end up going to Lonavala do not forget get some Chikki which is a hard candy sweet made there. The best things to do in Lonavala is trekking in Sahyadri hills, visitng historical forts, ancient caves, lakes, deccan plateau and many more. In proximity of Lonavala, Khandala is located which is another beautiful monsoon destination in Maharashtra.
Lonavala is located on the Mumbai-Pune High way and it is also one of the main stops of on the railway track between Mumbai and Pune.
Bhandardara is a holiday resort village that is located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. This place is located at a distance of 185 km away from Mumbai and it is the perfect get away especially during the monsoon. Bhandaradara can get really hot during the summer or pretty cold during the winter but it is just perfect during the monsoon.
Matheran is another hill station in Maharashtra which comes alive and it is at its best during the monsoon. If you are trekker then you know that monsoon is the traveling time for you. This place is located on the Western Ghats at a height of 2,625 feet above sea level.
Matheran is 90 km away from the major city of Mumbai and about 120 km away from Pune.
Some of the other Monsoon destinations in Maharashtra include: -
- Malshej ghat