The major Hill Stations of Maharashtra are:
Amboli:Amboli is a hill station engulfed in peace and tranquility. Situated at an altitude of 690 m, Amboli lies in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. This is the last mountain resort before the coastal plain of the southern ranges of the Sahyadri Hills. On one side of Amboli lies the Konkan coast, the other three flanked by handsome looking valleys.
Amboli receives an annual rainfall of nearly 750 centimeters making it the wettest place in Maharashtra. Due to such a heavy rainfall, the steep hills of Amboli are enveloped with very dense forest. The unforgettable bird eye view of the Konkan beach atop Amboli hills attracts thousands of tourists here.
Bhandardara: Bhandardara is blessed with three things - rejuvenating climate, charming mountains and explicit quietness. Located at a distance of just 70km from Nashik, Bhandardara is a small and quiet hill station popular for its magnificent picnic spots. It's also quite near to Mumbai. A short train journey or a drive of 185km is worth to make your vacation more amusing.
The Arthur Lake setting amidst forests is an exhibition of alluring beauty. Surrounded by the dense canopied forests of the Sahyadri hills, the Arthur Lake gets its water from the meandering Pravara River. The enchanting view of the Radha falls pouring down from the Arthur Lake is bound to steal your heart away. The Radha Falls also serves as a hydropower generation.
Chikhaldara Hills: The history of Chikhaldara Hills goes back to the pages of Mahabharata. It is believed that Bheema killed Keechaka here and threw him down the valley. Being the only coffee growing area in Maharashtra, Chikhaldara Hills is also famous for its Melghat Tiger Project too.
Jawhar:Jawhar is one of the very few tribal kingdoms of Maharashtra. Jai Vilas is a gateway to explore the tribal way of living. One can also see the famous Warli painting of Jawhar here. Bhupatgad is close by also demands visiting. That apart the other places of attraction in Jawhar are Dadar Kopra Falls, Hanuman Temple and Sunset Points.
Khandala, Lonavala and Karla: Khandala and Lonavala are situated on the slopes of the Sahyadri Hills 5km away from each other on the Mumbai Pune 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.
Mahabaleshwar: Situated at an altitude of 1372m in the Satara District, Mahabaleshwar is also known as the Queen of Hills. This is the best holiday destination in Maharashtra as it has a magnificent climate and scenic beauty.
Malshej Ghat: The favorite attraction of Malshej Ghat is the migratory flamingoes during the monsoon. The dense forest of Malshej Ghat adds to the beauty of its country side.
Matheran: Vehicles are banned in this hill station, making Matheran a place to breath fresh air. The two hour toy train ride to this 800m high hill station is an experience of unforgettable adventure.
Panchgani: Panchgani derives its name from the 5 hills surrounding it. It is located at an altitude of 1334m and is just 38m below Mahabaleshwar. The breathtaking view of the Krishna River and a pollution free environment attracts many tourists throughout the year to Panchgani.
Panhala:Panhala is associated with the rich and glorious history of the Marathas. The Panhala hill station is situated at an altitude of 977 m. This sparsely populated and peaceful hill station, with a kind of "back-to-nature" environment overwhelms your senses. Panhala is a hill station where the beauty gets new magnification. With fascinating landscapes Panhala is a perfect vent to reach out of the routine congestion, to an escape into the lap of greenery and freshness.
Toranmal: Situated at an altitude of 1461 m, Toranmal is perhaps one of the most peaceful places on earth. Toranmal falls in the Nandurbar district of Maharashtra, surrounded by Satpuda hills. Flanked by the 7 hills of the Satpuda range, Toranmal nestles among varieties of flora and fauna. It is one of those rare places which are not crowded by many people but the natural beauty deeply touches every visito
Getting there:Private cars, taxis, buses are all available. Package tours to these Forts are also available. Frequent train services are available from Aurangabad and Mumbai and also other cities of Maharashtra. Airports are also there in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, and Aurangabad.
Last Updated on : 21 May 2013