(Last Updated on : 06/08/2012)
Hills stations of Maharashtra are beautiful and at the same time appealing to the tourists and visitors. The Indian state
is the Home of Sahydri Mountains. British rulers, during their colonial era, founded most of these hill stations to beat the scorching heat. But the beauty, attractiveness and the charming glory are still alive in these hill stations. The Western Ghats
, which form a part of the Sahydri range, has also lots of beautiful hill stations.
Hill stations of Maharashtra not only popular among the domestic tourists but also attract the foreign tourists, and as result the place is getting fast exhausted with the urban life. Popular hill stations of Maharashtra are Matheran, Lonavala, Khandala, Mahabaleshwar, Panchagani, Bhandardara, Malshej Ghat, Amboli, Chikhaldara Panhala, Panchgani, Sawantwadi, Toranmal, and Jawahar. It is said that each hill station of Maharashtra has unique characteristic and its closeness to a city makes it very popular.
Geographical details of the Indian state of Maharashtra provide ample evidence of a divine hand. Running north to south, throughout its length are the steeply rising Western Ghats. The foothills sometimes approaching the seashore and sometimes withdrawing 40 or 50 kms away seem to be playing an eternal game with the Arabian Sea
Nestling shyly in these mountains, some at an altitude of 2000 metres are the hill stations of Maharashtra. These towns offer clean, calm and a thoroughly refreshing alternative to city life. They are probably the only places in India where you can observe the fall of the land all the way to the shimmering sea. Mumbai, India's commercial capital, and easily the most accessible city in this country, is the perfect gateway to Maharashtra's hill country, with convenient and comfortable links by road, rail, and air.
The Major Hill Stations of Maharashtra are:
Amboli: This place is located at a height of 690 m above the sea level, and is the last hill resort of Sahyadri Hills before the coastal plain begins.
Bhandardara: The tranquil exquisiteness of the Arthur Lake, historic Ratangadh Fort, prehistoric temple of Amriteshwar, Wilson Dam, Radha Falls and a profound quiet valley, Bhandardara has everything that tourists look for in a place.
Chikhaldara Hills: History of Chikhaldara Hills can be found in the pages of Indian epic - Mahabharata
. It is believed that, this was the place where Kichaka
was killed by Bhima
and thrown down the valley. Being the only coffee growing area in Maharashtra, Chikhaldara Hills is also renowned for its Melghat Tiger Project too.
Jawhar: Jawhar, famous for its Warli paintings
, is one of the few tribal kingdoms of Maharashtra.
, Lonavala and Karla: Khandala and Lonavala are positioned on the slopes of the Sahyadri Hills which is 5km away from each other on the Mumbai
highway. Karla is about 12 km away from Lonavala
. Nature is at its best in these beautiful hill stations with profound and long stretch of lush green valleys.
: Situated in the Satara District
, at an altitude of 1372m, Mahabaleshwar is also called as the Queen of Hills. This is one of the amazing holiday destinations in Maharashtra as it has a wonderful climate and scenic beauty.
Malshej Ghat: The favourite attraction of Malshej Ghat is the migratory flamingos during the monsoon. The dense forest of Malshej Ghat adds to the beauty of its country side.
: This is a place where people can effort to take in fresh air, such is the environment. The two hour toy train ride to this 800m high hill station is an experience of unforgettable adventure.
Panchgani: The place has got its name from the 5 hills surrounding it. It is located at an altitude of 1334m and is just 38m below Mahabaleshwar. The splendid sight of the Krishna River
and an environment free from pollution attracts many tourists throughout the year to Panchgani
Panhala: Every part of Panhala
has a haunting history of the Marathas. At an altitude of 977m Panhala offers a magnificent climate.
Toranmal: Toranmal is a quiet and serene hill station situated at an altitude of 1461m above the sea level.