With the arrival of the monsoon season many people across Maharashtra pack their bags to go ahead and enjoy the time to the fullest. Maharashtra has been blessed with many destinations that offer natural landscape and better holiday experience during the monsoon period. After few weeks of monsoon most of these places are covered with lush green grass all over it to offer mesmerizing views that can capture the heart of nature lovers. Here are few must visit monsoon destinations in Maharashtra that you cannot afford to miss.
Let’s start with some easy to reach monsoon destination that are not too far from Mumbai city. If you are in Pune you can also check out top monsoon destinations near Pune that can offer you great holiday experience. Just two hours drive or train journey from Mumbai and you are right in the lap of Mother Nature when you reach Khandala. Both Khandala and Lonavala are quite close to each other and they offer unpolluted and pleasant climate that can break your stress in minutes. The location offers lush green hills all around and one can enjoy splashing some water at the Bushi Dam in Lonavala. You can also enjoy some great valley view from Sunset Point, Duke’s Nose and Rajmachi Point in Khandala. There are many other forts, ancient caves and historical locations not too far from Lonavala that you can visit as well. With hundreds of budget and expensive hotels available for visitor’s accommodation is never a problem here. On the way back home, you can enjoy shopping some Chikki (locally made hard candy sweet item) for yourself and for your family.
Located in Satara district of Maharashtra in the Western Ghats Mahabaleshwar attracts thousands of visitors and nature lovers throughout the year and also during the monsoon period. Mahabaleshwar is around 220 kilometers from Mumbai and 120 kilometers from Pune so you are never too far from metro cities. It lies at almost 4500 feet above the sea level which makes it one of the coolest and most scenic destinations in Maharashtra. With many different points like Wilson Point, Needle Hole Point, Kate’s Point, Elphinstone Point, Marjorie Point, Arthur’s Seat, Panchgani Point, Fitzgerald Point and many others travelers here can find more than they can ask for. One can find budget and expensive hotels here easily so travelers can always find the right hotels here. On the way back do remember to buy some honey and strawberry related products from here.
If you enjoy the beaches then you can head to Alibag that offers the best monsoon magic that you can experience in Maharashtra. This coastal town is just 108 kilometers from Mumbai by road. You can also reach Alibag through ferry services available from Gateway of India and Ferry Wharf also locally known as Bhau cha Dhakka. Alibag offers the best monsoon experience and therefore it a romantic spot as well especially during rainy period. There are many other beaches close to Alibag like Varsoli Beach, Akshi Beach, Kihim and Nagaon Beach that also offer water sport activities. You can also check out some of the temples and Murud Janjira fort when you are in Alibag. It’s a perfect weekend getaway for many Mumbaikars looking for some quality time.
During the monsoon Bhandardara transforms itself into a green heavenly place that can offer ultimate holiday experience. Located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra Bhandardara is easily accessible through roads. It is located 185 kilometers from Mumbai. This small resort village offers something to every traveler. If you enjoy history you can enjoy the historic forts and temples. If you are nature lover you can enjoy Wilson Dam, Umbrella Falls, and Randhaa Falls. If you prefer adventure you have Mount Kalsubai which is the highest peak in Maharashtra. Travelers can also find many hotels and resorts available here with different budget levels.