52 Getaways in Maharashtra (Part: 4)

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October 30, 2020

52 Getaways in Maharashtra (Part: 4)

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We welcome you again to the Part-4 of our blog series on ’52 Getaways in Maharashtra’. If you want to relax and rejuvenate yourself do check the blog as we came up with some best places to go and enjoy. It would be all together a different experience with culture, history, lush greenery and much more to explore.

#31 LOHAGAD FORT

Lohagad Fort, near Lonavala/Malavali is a perfect place for the natural beauty and architectural style. For the beginners its the best option to trek and enjoy the  experience. It is said that several dynasties occupied it at different periods of time. Shri Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj captured it in 1648 AD, but he was forced to surrender it to the Mughals in 1665 AD by the Treaty of Purandar. Shivaji Maharaj recaptured the fort in 1670 AD and used it for keeping his treasury. It’s a Trekkers paradise.

How to reach: –

1. By road:- The place is well connected with roads to major cities. It is about 99 km from Mumbai and 62 km from Pune

2. By train:- One can even travel by local trains to visit the place via Lonavala or Malavali on Mumbai-Pune Railway line

Local transport:- Buses are avaiable from Pune, Kamshet to Malavali

Best time to visit:- Throughout the year, however to avoid visit during heavy rains. Precautions may be taken if visiting during Monsoon months

#32 CHIPLUN

Chiplun derives its name from Chiplun Temple which is dedicated to Lord Parshuram. Thus Chiplun is known as “The abode of Lord Parshurama”. The place is famous for mango farms and beautiful lakes.

How to reach: –

  1. By Air: Chiplun does not have its own airport. The nearest airport to Chiplun is at Ratnagiri (50 km)
  2. By Road: Chiplun is 320 km away from the city of Mumbai and is located on National Highway No NH 17. This national highway connects Chiplun to Mumbai, Thane, Ratnagiri, Mangalore, Karwar and Udupi
  3. By train: Chiplun Railway station is on the Konkan Railway. The station is located at a distance of around 5 km from the heart of the city.

Local transport:- Most other major cities are joined to the Konkan railway and buses will be the most cost efficient and easy way to travel.

Best time to visit:- You can visit Chiplun all year round though the best time to visit Chiplun is in the monsoons.

Famous attractions:- Vashishti River, Marleshwar Temple, Guhagar Beach, Sawatsada Waterfalls, Lord ParashuramTemple

Foods to try:- Jackfruit chips, cashew nuts, mangoes and Kokum sherbet.

#33 TRIMBAKESHWAR

Trimbakeshwar Temple is one from the twelve Jyotirlingas in India. It is located in Trimbak which is 28 kilometres away from Nashik city, this Shiva temple is found at the foot of Brahmagiri Hills. The18th century Nagara-styled Trimbakeshwar Temple is constructed in black stone.

How to reach: –

  1. By Air:- The nearest airport to Trimbakeshwar is at Nashik (28 Km)
  2. By Rail:- Trimbak has  well-connected roadways with Mumbai (120 km). It is about 2.5 to 3  hrs drive from Mumbai
  3. By Road- Nearest Railhead is at Nasik (Nashik Road) which is directly connected with major cities in the country

Best time to visit: – Throughout the year, October- March is the best time to visit

Famous attractions: – Panchvati, Sula Vineyard, Dudhsagar falls, Pandavleni Caves

Activities:– Trekking, Camping, Shopping

#34 NASHIK

Nashik, is a major Hindu pilgrimage center, bustling township with perfect blend of ancient and the modern. Kumbh Mela is the major attraction of Nashik, which occurrs once every twelve years and  draws lakhs and lakhs of devotees to the city.

Nashik also known as the wine capital of India and is a famous weekend getaway destination for the wine lovers. The city has the  famous Sula  Vineyard where you can take tour of the vineyards , see and learn the process of wine making and taste them too.

How to reach: –

1. By Road:- Nasik is 165 km from Mumbai and is connected to the rest of India with good motorable road

2. By Rail:– Nashik Railway station has good connectivity. The Nashik Road station is well-connected to a number of Indian cities including Mumbai, Pune etc

3. By Air:- Nashik has an airport and is connected with Mumbai and few other major cities around

Best time to visit:- October-March (Although one can make their visit throughout the year)

Famous attractions:- Pandavleni Caves, Muktidham, Trimbakeshwar, Mhasoba Temple, Sula Vineyards, York Winery & Tasting Room, Soma Vineyards

Activities: – Spiritual tours, heritage walks, Beach hopping, Historic tours

#35 RATNAGIRI

The place which is most famous for its Alphonso Mangoes. The place is also famous for hills, sea shores, creeks, beautiful rivers, hot water springs, forests and water-falls and offers a rejuvenating experience to travelers. It too has some ancient and historical monuments. All these comes together and makes this place a perfect weekend getaway destination.

How to reach: –

1. By Road:- Ratnagiri is well connected by road with major cities in Maharashtra particularly to Mumbai, Madgaon etc via NH17

2. By Rail:- Ratnagiri Railway Station (7 km) on Konkan Railway has the daily connectivity to important cities of India like – Mumbai, Madgaon, New Delhi, Amritsar, Jamnagar, Ernakulam and Mangalore

3. By Air:- The nearest major airports to Ratnagiri are Mumbai (335 km) and Dabolim-Goa (265 km)

Best time to visit:- October-March (Although one can visit throughout the year)

Famous attractions:- Ganapatipule Beach, Anjarle Beach, Guhagar Beach, Bhagwati Fort or Ratnadurga, Thiba Palace etc

Foods to try:- Ambapoli, Solkhadi, Mori Masala curry or Shark Curry and Malvani Mutton curry and much more.

#36 MURUD-JANJIRA

Murud-Janjira, a sea-fort in Raigad District of Maharashtra is one of the most unique and beautiful forts in country. Surrounded by the Arabian sea on all sides it is accessible by sail boats and ferry services from the tiny coastal  village of Murud.

The majestic Murud- Janjira Fort stands on a small island. The place too has a sandy beach, plantation of palm and coconut trees. The place is too known for its adventures activities and spirituality as this place is shrine to the pilgrims of Lord Dattatreya

How to reach: –

1. By Road: Murud is well connected via roads. There are regular buses available from Mumbai, Alibaug, Thane, Navi Mumbai etc

2. By Rail: Roha (App. 50 km) is the closest station which is well connected with major cities in Maharashtra and Gujarat

3. By Air: Mumbai (Chattrapati Shivaji Airport) is the closest to this destination. It is approximately 230 km away

Best time to visit: – October-March (Although one can their visit throughout the year)

Famous attractions: – Murud-Janjira Fort, Beach, Kuda Caves.

#37 KOLAD

Kolad a small little village in the Raigad district of Maharashtra homes some of the most beautiful valleys and natural beauty that was hidden from the rest of the world till recently. The place is well known and a perfect destination for the weekend getaway for the adventure lovers. Being there at Kolad you should try river rafting in the Kundalika River famous for rapids which is a thrilling experience. Its scenic landscape along with several waterfalls from the surrounding mountains is an ideal place for trekking and camping.

How to reach:

1. By road:- Good Motorable Roads connect Kolad with major cities in the State. It is 112 km from Mumbai and 117 km from Pune. Buses are available from most nearby cities and towns to Kolad.

2. By Rail: The Kolad railway station is connected with Mumbai on Central Railway from Mumbai CST station

3. By Air:-Mumbai is the nearest airport to Kolad from where, one can take a cab, bus or train to Kolad.

Best time to visit: – June- February

Famous attractions:- Kundalika River, Kuda Caves, Tala, Tamhini Falls, Kansai Falls

Activities:- Walking, Trekking, Valley Crossing, Horse Riding, Sightseeing, Neral-Matheran toy train ride

Foods to try:- VadaPav, BhajiaPav, MisalPav and more

#38 RAIGAD

Raigad, well-known for its strong  historical background  and scenic beauty  is situated at the Konkan region of Maharashtra. Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj a renowned Maratha ruler, won this place in 1656 and his Maratha kingdom then shifted base to Raigad. The tomb of Shivaji is placed in this fort.

How to reach: –

1. By Road:- Raigad District is well connected by road. The Sion – Panvel Expressway connects Mumbai and Raigad district

2. By Rail:- Vir Dasgaon Railway station is the closest station to Raigad which is 40 km from Raigad and is connected with major cities like Mumbai, Ajmer,  Diva, Ernakulam and Ratnagiri etc

3. By Air:- Nearest airport to Raigad is Mumbai Airport, which is at a distance of 140kms.

4. Ropeway:- The Ropeway traverses a diagonal length of 760 mtrs and a steep ascent of 420 mtrs, in 4 minutes flat! Gone are the days of torturous foots slogging of some 3 hours over 1450 steps. By the Ropeway, one reaches the top of the Fort through the whistling winds & clouds, completely fresh. Lush green flora criss-crossed with waterfalls and steep peaks is a Dream Land of immense beauty in a hiker’s paradise!

Best time to visit:- September- November, however the nature here is at its best during monsoon months

Famous attractions:- Raigad Fort, Raigad Museum, Shiva Temple

Activities:- Hiking, Trekking, Historic Expedition, Cable Car ride

Foods to try: –Misal-pav, Maharashtrian cuisine

#39 KARNALA BIRD SANCTUARY

Located on the Mumbai-Goa highway , this place is a good weekend getaway destination from Mumbai. During its initial phase, the sanctuary covered an area of 4.45 sq km and in 2003 this was increased so that it now spreads across 12.11 sq km. More than 150 resident bird species and 37 types of avian migrants are seen here.

How to reach: –

1. By Road:- The Sanctuary is slightly off the Mumbai-Goa Highway or NH17 making it easily accessible. At a distance of 65km from Mumbai and 112km from Pune, the sanctuary is well-connected by roads

2. By Rail: – The nearest railway station is Panvel (12km)

3. By Air:- The nearest airport is at Mumbai (Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport) at a distance of about 54 km  from the bird sanctuary

Best time to visit: – October- April

Famous attractions: – Karnala Bird Sanctuary, Karnala Fort

Activities: –Trekking, Bird Watching, Picnic, Walking amidst the Rose Garden, Botanical Garden

#40 IGATPURI

Nestled in the lap of the green Sahyadri Hills, Igatpuri is one of the most beautiful towns of the Western Ghats in Maharashtra. It invites travellers with its green mountains, grand waterfalls, ancient complexes and a prominent spiritual centre. The place is a heaven for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.  It also has some of the highest peaks of the Sahayadri range for trekking with amazing trails.

How to reach:-

1. By Road:- From Mumbai it is 121 km and from Nashik 45 km. Igatpuri is well connected by good motorable road with major cities in the state and in the country

2. By Rail:- Igatpuri is a major Railway Station on Central Railway. There are regular trains from Mumbai going towards Igatpuri

3. By Air:- The nearest Airport is Nshik (45 km)

Best time to visit:- Igatpuri can be visited throughout the year, however, best time to visit Igatpuri is in monsoon season when its hills turn lush green and its waterfalls look truly majestic.

Famous attractions:- Dhammagiri, Tringalwadi Fort, Bhatsa River Valley, Kalsubai Peak, Bhandardara,  Arthur Lake, Amruteshwar Temple, Camel Valley

Activities:-Trekking, Hiking, Meditation, Sightseeing

Foods to try: – Misal Pav, Idli- Dosa, parantha, Vada pav, Maharashtraian cuisine

#41 MALSHEJ GHAT

It is a beautiful hill station with its numerous lakes, waterfalls and mountains. Malshej Ghat is popular destination among hikers, trekkers and nature lovers. A road trip from Mumbai to Malshej Ghat is said to be one of the most picturesque trip one can experience in Maharashtra. Diverse flora and fauna adds to the beauty of the place.

How to reach: –

1. By Road:- The Mumbai-Pune Highway connects Malshej Ghat to the major cities(Mumbai-126 km, Thane-105 km and Pune-124 km) in the state

2. By Rail:- Malshej has no railway station. It is more convenient to travel via Kalyan on Central Railway which is 85 km away from Malshej

3. By Air:- The nearest airports to Malshej Ghat are Mumbai126 km and Pune 124 km

Best time to visit: – July- September and October-March

Famous attractions:- Shivneri Fort, Harishchandragad, Pimpal gaon, Joga Dam, Malshej Falls

Activities:- Trekking, Walking, Paragliding, Bird watching

Stay tuned for our upcoming blog posts to know more destinations for a perfect getaway in Maharashtra!

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