Monsoon is considered to be the best season for outings in Maharashtra. There is no reason to sit at home as the natural beauty is at its peak with brilliant shades of greenery, cloud covered mountains, multiple unknown water fall, flooding lakes and dams. The ambiance suddenly becomes romantic and fun filled with all living beings dancing on the monsoon music. Let’s look at the top monsoon destinations near Mumbai and Pune to help your monsoon planning –
1. Panchagani & Mahabaleshwar
Mahabaleswar & Panchgani are considered to be the most popular hill stations in the Sahyadri Ranges of Maharashtra. Both these destinations are within 20 kms. The location offers a fantastic panoramic view of surrounding hills and valleys. Monsoons cover the area in thick vegetation with numerous waterfalls.
2. Lonavala & Khandala
The twin hill stations of Lonavla and Khandala close to the Deccan Plateau offers a combined package of land and water. It is surrounded by lush greenery and little poodles of water and gushing streams. The Bhushi Dam situated nearby has a beautiful waterfall.
3. Karnala Bird Sanctuary
The city of Karnala is characterized by the sweet melody of the bird chirping. Relish the views of the natural habitat of enriching flora and fauna. Karnala is amongst the best places to visit during monsoon in Maharashtra.
Igatpuri is a small and charming hill station located in the Sahyadri Hills in the Western Ghats. Dense forests and a number of ancient temples characterize the landscape of Igatpuri.
5. Lavasa City
The planned city of Lavasa is a hidden gem amongst the hills of Western Ghats. It is placed quite close to the Varasgaon Dam and the winding roads that leads up to it are popular with long-distance bikers. The mountains in this region are covered in dense vegetation and coupled with a pleasant weather making this place one of the perfect weekend getaways.
6. Kaas Plateau
The famous Kaas plateau is covered in wild flowers of varied hues after monsoon is a major draw among tourists. The lake along with Thoseghar Waterfall and Vajrai Waterfall are other natural attractions near Satara.
7. Sinhagad fort
The fort is situated on the Sahyadri Hills provides you all the reasons to visit Sinhagad. It’s one of the best monsoon destinations near Pune and Mumbai for a weekend retreat. What better than planning a trek to the fort during the monsoon months.
8. Kolad River
Kolad is a picturesque little place with serene lake surrounded by hillocks and bursting waterfalls. The Kundalika River flows through Kolad and is full to brim in the monsoons. There are white water river rafting facilities at the river. One can enjoy a swim in the lake or trek about the hillocks near the waterfalls.
9. Lohagad fort
One of the hill forts of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, this fort near Pune ruins is a perfect blend of historic and adventure. The entrance of the fort is called the Wind Spot which leaves you literally swept off your feet. Considered one of the best trekking option, especially in monsoon, Lohagad Fort offers a splendid view from the top.
10. Murud Janjira & Alibagh
Just off the coast of a village named Murud is an island where the Murud-Janjira fort stands. With an interesting history behind it, this tourist destination is also appealing for its architecture and construction. Close to Murud is the Alibag. The place has many beaches in its vicinity which include the Versoli Beach, Nagaon Beach, Akshi Beach and Kashid Beach.
The quiet and calm Matheran, a perfect weekend monsoon getaway. This town is famous for not allowing vehicles. Just the journey to Matheran is exciting, a train ride in a heritage railway and travel around the town on horseback or hand pulled rickshaws. The hills themselves have much to offer as the clouds practically descends over it in the monsoon.
12. Khadakwasla Dam
Khadakwasla is one of the most sought after picnic spots around Pune. Away from the common din of city life where you want to spend some moments of solitude. In monsoon season, the place takes the look of a carnival atmosphere with vast gathering of holiday crowds enjoying roasted maize corns and savories from the many Chat outlets.
13. Tamhini Ghat
If you would like to see nature at its best and also pack in a little adventure, one of the best choices, especially during the monsoon, is Tamhini Ghat. It is during this time that the deep brown hills turn a verdant green and provide a feast for the eyes.
14. Mulshi dam
Mulshi Dam built on the Mula River is a major electricity generator for Maharashtra. In the peak monsoon season, the dam flows in full force and there is a deep fog in the region making it feel like literally walking in the clouds. A drive to Mulshi itself is invigorating with the area covered in forest lands and mist.
15. Rajmachi fort
Rajmachi Fort is a popular destination for nature lovers, trekkers and for outdoor campers. In rainy season from mid-June to mid-October, this region is all the more beautiful with clouds, silvery water falls, streams, lush green forests and meadows.
Kamshet is one of the most crowd-pleasing weekend places and is situated at a distance of 16 km from the twin hill stations of Khandala and Lonavla. The natural beauty of the surroundings of Kamshet and the charming little villages that comprise of houses made of mud and thatched roofs hold a special allure for travelers from all over the country and the world. Paragliding is a rage here as the destination provides world class paragliding facilities.
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