If there is one state in India that showcases unique biodiversity, it is Maharashtra. Although famous for hosting the glamorous city of Mumbai, Maharashtra is more than just Bollywood and glitz. It is adobe to countless hill stations, lakes, beaches, waterfalls, ghats and mountains. For people who are looking to take a break from mundane work, here are 10 best getaways and places to visit in winter in Maharashtra.
Located about 100 km from Pune, this stunning hill-station sits amidst five mountains of the Sahyadri Range. Extending from the Deccan plateau, Panchgani is the second highest volcanic plateau in Asia and is also locally known as "Table Land." Panchgani offers a stunning view of the Parsi Point and Dhom Dam lake, from one of its famous spots, Sydney Point.
Located in Ahmednagar district, this lakeside paradise is one of the places to visit in winter in Maharashtra. There are many tourist attractions. However, Lake Arthur Stands out. Lake Arthur is a prime hotspot for many adventure junkies and thrill-seekers as it offers many trekking and camping options. Kalsunbai Peak Trek is one of the best trekking hotspots in Bhandardara. And it is the highest peak in Maharashtra with an altitude of 1645 m. Randha Falls, a majestic waterfall, located a few miles away from Lake Arthur, is another tourist attraction in Bhandardara.
Ganpatipule is a coastal town located in Maharashtra that hosts one of the cleanest beaches in Maharashtra. With an endless view of Arabian sea, Ganpatipule is one of the best places to visit in Maharashtra in winter. This coastal town is lined with many resorts and shacks and offers many fun and active water sports. Arey Ware and Malgund Beach are a few other beaches in Ganpatipule beach that is worth exploring.
Gaganbawda is a small hill town, located about 280 km from Pune. It has a lot of tourist spots to offer from Mudagad fort in the North to the misty Western Ghats in the South. For nature lovers, there is a soul-quenching trekking option in the Western Ghats. Besides the natural wonders, it displays an array of historical monuments like the Gagangad Fort, the Bhuibawada Ghat and the Karul Ghat.
Known for its scenic charm and many vantage points, Mahabaleshwar is one of the best winter destinations to visit in Maharashtra. Located at an altitude of 1400 m, Mahabaleshwar has many viewpoints. However, Arthur's Seat offers an alluring view of the Elphinstone Point, the Jor valley, and the Wilson point. Apart from the majestic landscapes, Mahabaleshwar also hosts many temples like Panchganga Temple and Old Mahabaleshwar Temple, to name a few.
Located 220 km from Nagpur, Chikkaldara is one of the famous hill stations in Maharashtra. Boasting panoramic landscapes, lush green meadows, lakes, and diverse wildlife, Chikkaldara is a complete family destination that offers much-required respite from the routine. It is also home to Melghat Tiger Reserve that preserves 41 Bengal Tigers and other rare and exotic animals.
Alibag is known for its pristine beaches like the Varsoli Beach and Nagaon Beach. It is located 100 km away from Mumbai. This coastal hotspot is home to Kanakeshwar forest, and it allures many tourists and travellers for its sight of rare and exotic animals and trekking options. Kolaba fort, built in the 17th century, is another tourist attraction in Alibag.
Igatpuri is a hidden gem located amid the Western Ghats. With beautiful landscapes, green meadows, lakes and waterfalls, Igatpuri offer you a serene atmosphere. Apart from the peaceful surroundings, the lush hills also host age-old fort and waterfalls like Tringalwadi Fort and Ashoka Falls, respectively.
Toranmal is a hill station that is a blend of natural beauty and serenity. Located in the Satpura Ranges, Toranmal is decked with two lakes, Yashwant Lake and the Lotus Lake. The Yashwant lake spans over 1.5 km and is a favourite hotspot for camping enthusiasts, and the lotus Lake is beloved among the locals as it displays an infinite number of Lotus flower during the winter season. Therefore, Toranmal is a must-visit place in Maharashtra during winter.
Tadoba is an area spanning 625 km, hosting a national park and a Wildlife sanctuary. The Tadoba was made a National Park in the year, 1995, as an initiative to preserve Tigers. Apart from tigers, Tadoba National Park is also home to many rare and exotic animals. You can also opt for a wild safari to spot the ever-glorious Bengal Tigers and migratory birds like the Serpent eagle and endangered reptiles like the Indian Star Tortoise.