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Top 30 places to visit in Maharashtra

Tripiwiki : 17 May 2021
Maharashtra is one of the most visited state in India, whcih attracts the toursts with it's historial forsts and natural beauty of western ghats mountains. Ajanta Caves, Ellora Caves, Elephanta Caves and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus are the four UNESCO World Heritage sites in Maharashtra. Mumbai, its capital, is the most popular city in India, Aurangabad is the tourism capital of Maharashtra. The Western part of Pune district is dotted with the ruins of many mountain forts from Deccan Sultanate and the Maratha empire eras. hese forts and the surrounding hills with forests are popular with people interested in trekking, hiking and Heritage tourism

Following are the Top 30 places to visit in Maharashtra

Ajanta Caves (1 out of 30 places to visit in Aurangabad)

Ajanta and Ellora Caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, India. Ajanta and Ellora caves, considered to be one of the finest examples of ancient rock-cut caves and are one of the major tourist attractions of Maharashtra, India. According to UNESCO, these are masterpieces of Buddhist religious art that influenced the Indian art that followed. The Ajanta Caves constitute ancient monasteries and worship-halls of different Buddhist traditions carved into a 75-metre (246 ft) wall of rock. There are over 100 caves at the Ellora, all excavated from the basalt cliffs in the Charanandri Hills, 34 of which are open to public.[3] These consist of 12 Buddhist (caves 1–12), 17 Hindu (caves 13–29) and 5 Jain (caves 30–34) caves. Ajanta Caves are located at approx 102km from Aurangabad, 255km from Nashik, 355 km from Pune, 420km from Mumbai, 413km from Nagpur, 451km from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, 368km from Surat, Gujarat.

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Amboli

Amboli, Amboli Falls, Sindhudurg (2 out of 30 places to visit in Sindhudurg)

Amboli Ghat is a small part of the lush green Western Ghats located in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, India. Amboli lies in the Sahayadri Hills of Western India, bordering with Maharashtra, Karnataka is one of the world's "Eco Hot-Spots". The source of the Hiranyakeshi river lies in the hills around Amboli village, and an ancient Shiva temple sits at the cave where the water emerges. The main attraction for tourists is the incredibly-high rainfall and the numerous waterfalls and mist during the monsoons. Breathtaking Amboli Whaterfalls is a must visit place in Amboli which is on the main road. Amboli is located at approx 346km from Pune, 68km from Belgaum, Karnataka, 83km from Panaji, Goa, 118km from Kolhapur.

Bhandardara, Bhandardara Dam, Ahmednagar (3 out of 30 places to visit in Ahmednagar)

Bhandardara is a holiday resort village in the Sahyadri ranges of western ghats near Igatpuri, in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, India. The lush greenery, the humble waterfalls and surrounded by high mountains makes this a perfect holiday spot for the tourist in around the state and is one of the must visit place in Maharashtra, India. Bhandardara is located at approx 174km from Pune, 165km from Mumbai, 72km form Nashik, 673km from Nagpur.

Daulatabad Fort (4 out of 30 places to visit in Aurangabad)

Daulatabad Fort is a magnificent hilltop located in Daulatabadtown of Aurangabad district, India. Often hailed as one of the 'seven wonders of Maharashtra'. The fort was enlarged and structures were added subsequently as the fort passed on from one hand to the other and from one dynasty to another. Today the Daulatabad Fort, besides the moats and fortification walls consists of the stepped wells (baolis), Kacheri (Court) building, Bharat Mata Temple (Temple dedicated to mother India), Hathi haud (Elephant Tank), Chand Minar (70 m high), Aam Khas building (Hall of Public Audience), Royal Hammam, Chini Mahal, Rang Mahal, Andheri (The Dark passage), building known as Baradari and water cisterns, Besides there are 10 unfinished rock cut caves belonging to the Yadava period. Daulatabad Fort is located at approx 17km from Aurangabad, 170k m from Nashik, 242km from Pune, 329km from Mumbai.

Diveagar Beach (5 out of 30 places to visit in Raigad)

Elephanta Caves, Elephanta Island, Mumbai (6 out of 30 places to visit in Mumbai)

Elephanta Caves are located on the Elephanta or Gharapuri island near Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Elephanta Caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a collection of cave temples predominantly dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Elephanta Caves are one the must visit place in Mumbai, India. Upon entering the caves, a massive hall supported by large pillars and a large 'Mahesamurti' statue will greet you. This remarkable, three-headed Shiva sculpture is the main attraction of this island. Other sculptures of Shiva, in the 'Shiva Nataraja' and 'Ardhanarishvara' forms, can also be seen here. The entire cave complex is about 60,000 sq. feet and is made out of natural rock. Elephanta Island is located at approx 10km from Mumbai, To go to Elephanta Caves, one will have to go to the Gateway of India in Mumbai and take a boat/ferry ride from there. The journey takes one hour by sea. Mumbai is located at approx 584km from Goa, 281km from Surat, 150km from Pune, 166km from Nashik, 893km from Mangalore, 984km from Bengaluru.

Ellora Caves (7 out of 30 places to visit in Aurangabad)

Ajanta and Ellora Caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, India. Ajanta and Ellora caves, considered to be one of the finest examples of ancient rock-cut caves and are one of the major tourist attractions of Maharashtra, India. According to UNESCO, these are masterpieces of Buddhist religious art that influenced the Indian art that followed. The Ajanta Caves constitute ancient monasteries and worship-halls of different Buddhist traditions carved into a 75-metre (246 ft) wall of rock. There are over 100 caves at the Ellora, all excavated from the basalt cliffs in the Charanandri Hills, 34 of which are open to public.[3] These consist of 12 Buddhist (caves 1–12), 17 Hindu (caves 13–29) and 5 Jain (caves 30–34) caves. Ellora Caves are located at approx 30km from Aurangabad, 175km from Nashik, 255 km from Pune, 341km from Mumbai, 500km from Nagpur, 572km from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, 351km from Surat, Gujarat.

Gateway of India (8 out of 30 places to visit in Mumbai)

Gateway of India is the most important unique landmark of the city of Mumbai in Maharashtra, India. The structure is an arch made of basalt, 26 metres (85 feet) high. Located at the tip of Apollo Bunder, the gateway overlooks the Mumbai harbor, bordered by the Arabian Sea is one of the must visit places in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Mumbai is located at approx 584km from Goa, 281km from Surat, 150km from Pune, 166km from Nashik, 893km from Mangalore, 984km from Bengaluru.

Harihareshwar Beach (9 out of 30 places to visit in Raigad)

Igatpuri (10 out of 30 places to visit in Nashik)

Igatpuri is a town and a beautiful Hill Station in Nashik District of Maharashtra, India. Igatpuri is one of the highest peaks in Sahyaadri, blessed with picturesque beauty and is a heaven for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. , Most of the highest peaks around the Igatpuri are forts built in Satavahana dynasty. It's heavenly for trekkers and hikers. one of the most popular weekend getaways from Mumbai as well as Pune. Igatpuri railway station is a major railway station connecting Igatpuri to Mumbai The station is famous for its scenic surroundings. Igatpuri is located at approx 45km from Nashik, 121km from Mumbai, 248km from Mumbai.

Janjira Fort, Murud Janjira Fort, Raigad  (11 out of 30 places to visit in Raigad )

Murud-Janjira Fort or Janjira Fort famous mighty fort and tourist place situated on an island near village of Murud, in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, India. Murud-Janjira Fort is situated on an oval-shaped rock off the Arabian Sea coast near the port town of Murud and is considered one of the strongest marine forts in India. Interesting fact about this fort is the main gate of the fort faces Rajapuri on the shore can be seen only when one is about 40 feet away from it. A special attraction of this fort are 3 gigantic cannons named Kalalbangdi, Chavri and Landa Kasam. These cannons were said to be feared for their shooting range.[9] Another gate to the west is sea-facing, called 'Darya Darwaza'. Janjira Fort is located at approx 159km from Mumbai, 182km from Pune, 520km from Panaji, Goa.

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Jawhar

Jawhar (12 out of 30 places to visit in Palghar)

Jawhar is a picturesque setting and a vibrant cultural heritage hill station Situated in Palghar disttrict of Maharashtra, India. It is also known as mini Mahabaleshwar. It is one of the very few tribal kingdoms in Maharashtra and is famous for its vibrant Warli paintings that are a characteristic landmark of this place. Besides trekking in the hills, one can appreciate and buy the Warli paintings. There are many views points, waterfalls and attractions which makes it one of the most popular tourist places in Maharashtra, India. Jawhar is located at approx 141km from Mumbai, 79km from Nashik, 269km from Pune, 216km from Surat, Gujarat.

Kalsubai Peak (13 out of 30 places to visit in Ahmednagar)

Kalsubai at 5400ft is the highest peak of Maharashtra in the Western Ghats, located near Bhandardara in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra,India. The view of this majestic mountain is an amazing sight in Bhandardara. It is also known as the Everest of Maharashtra. The mountain can be viewed, in its entirety, from Bari village located on its eastern side, about six km from Bhandardara. is located at aapprox 60km from Nashik, 179km from Pune, 153km from Mumbai.

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Karjat

Karjat (14 out of 30 places to visit in Raigad)

Karjat is a picturesque small hill station village in Raigad district of Maharashtra, India. Surrounded with lush green agricultural fields and farms. The river Ulhas finds its origin in Karjat and trekking and historical spots make it a most popular tourist attractions in the region. Karjat is on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway located at approx 108km from Pune, 63km from Mumbai.

Khadakwasla Dam, Khadakwasla Lake, Pune (15 out of 30 places to visit in Pune)

Khadakwasla Dam is a dam and famous tourist attraction near Pune in Maharashtra, India. The dam created a reservoir known as Khadakwasla Lake which is the main source of water for Pune and its suburbs. The scenic surroundings make Khadakwasla Dam a preferred picnic spot in the Pune region. Many people come here on weekends and during the monsoon season. Scenic places around the dam include Peacock Bay, Kudje village, and Neelkanteshwar, located near Bahuli village just past Kudje. Khadakwasla Dam is located at approx 15km from Pune.

Khandala, Khandala Ghat, Pune (16 out of 30 places to visit in Pune)

Khandala is a hill station and Ghat section on The Mumbai-Pune Expressway, the main link between the major cities of Mumbai and Pune. Due to the ease of accessibility from nearby cities, Khandala is a common area for hiking. One destination is the nearby peak of Duke's Nose, which offers a panoramic view of Khandala and the Bhor Ghat. Khandala is blessed with a splendorous vista of scenery, overflowing cascades of water, grassy hills and lustrous valleys makes it one of the popular tourist attractions in the region. Khandala is on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway located at approx 71km from Pune, 80km from Mumbai.

Koyna Dam, Shivasagar Lake, Satara (17 out of 30 places to visit in Satara)

Koyna Dam is one of the largest dams in Maharashtra located in Satara district of Maharashtra, India. The main purpose of the dam is hydroelectricity with some irrigation in neighboring areas and it is the largest completed hydroelectric power plant in India. Nestled between the Sahyadris in the Western Ghats, Koyna dam is truly blessed with incomparable scenic beauty. The catchment area dams the Koyna river and forms the Shivasagar Lake which is approximately 50 km . Koyna dam is located at approx 54km from Satara, 196km from Pune, 339km from Mumbai.

Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary (18 out of 30 places to visit in Satara)

Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary and natural World Heritage Site, which is located in Satara district of Maharashtra, India. Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its beautiful landscapes and abundant flora that offers a perfect environment for the mammals to survive. Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary is home to plethora of wildlife species. The rivers Koyna, Kandati, and Solashi flows through the sanctuary. It also forms the catchment area for the Koyna River, and the Shivsagar reservoir formed by the Koyna Dam. The sanctuary includes eastern and western catchments of the Koyna dam. Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary is located at approx 83km from Satara, 289km from Mumbai, 146km from Pune.

Kune Falls (19 out of 30 places to visit in Pune)

The Kune Falls is a famous waterfall in Lonavala and Khandala valley in Pune district of Maharashtra, India. It is a three tiered waterfalls with a total height of 200 metres and is the 14th highest waterfall in India. Kune Waterfalls is a picturesque cataract, nestled between the scenic valleys, stunning backdrop of the famous Sahyadri mountains, the entire waterfall is a magnificent work of art of Mother Nature with the enriched background of greenery. It is one of the famous waterfalls in Maharashtra and also one of the best places to visit. Kune Falls is located at approx 3km from Lonavla, 70km from Pune, 81km from Mumbai. It is located near on the Mumbai -Pune express highway.

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Lavasa

Lavasa (20 out of 30 places to visit in Pune)

Lavasa is a private, planned hill city being built near Pune, Maharashtra, India. Lavasa is located on the Mulshi valley of the Western Ghats enjoys a year-round pleasant weather which makes it a perfect holiday destination. With an array of options in entertainment, sports, events, games and hospitality, this pristine hill city is a welcoming escape for the neighbouring residents of Mumbai and Pune. Lavasa is located at approx 57km from Pune, 188km from Mumbai.

Lohagad Fort, Iron Fort, Pune (21 out of 30 places to visit in Pune)

Lohagad Fort or Iron Fort is one of the many hill forts of Maharashtra situated near Lonavala hill station in Pune district of Maharashtra,India. Lohagad Fort is one of the most populat fort in Maharashtra, India and is ideal destination for trekking and nature lovers, especially from Pune and Mumbai. The lush green beauty, adventurous trekking route, panoramic views or illustrious history, Lohagad Fort is certainly worthy of a visit. Lohagad Fort is located at approx 15km from Lonavla, 62km from Pune, 98km from Mumbai, 231km from Nashik.

Lonar Lake, Lonar Crater, Buldhana (22 out of 30 places to visit in Buldhana)

Lonar Lake also called as saline, soda lake is a notified National Geo-heritage Monument located at Lonar in Buldhana district of Maharashtra, India. It is the Earth’s only hyper-velocity impact crater in basaltic rock. The views of this mighty crater lake, the only one of its kind in the world, are bound to give wings to your imagination. Lonar Lake is located at approx 139km from Aurangabad, 348km from Nagpur, 322km from Nashik, 375km from Pune, 474km from Mumbai, 479km from Hyderabad.

Lonavala (23 out of 30 places to visit in Pune)

Lonavala is a most popular hill station near Pune, Maharashtra, India. Lonavla is the place to be during monsoons is a nature's most gifted region, surrounded by dense forests, lots of waterfalls, dam alongside lakes. Lonavla and the adjacent Khandala are twin hill stations in the Sahyadri ranges of Western Ghats. There are many places to visit in and around the Lonavala which make it a most popular places to visit in Maharashtra,India. Lonavla is on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway and located at approx 66km from Pune, 83km from Mumbai.

Mahabaleshwar (24 out of 30 places to visit in Satara)

Mahabaleshwar is the largest hill station in the Sahyadri range located in Satara district of Maharashtra, India. With one of the few evergreen forests of India, it served as the summer capital of Bombay province during the British Raj. Mahabaleshwar is the source of the Krishna River that flows across Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. there are many tourist points and 5 temples to see, with examples of old Indian architecture. There are also natural view points, some named by the British, who went on holidays in these places during the British Raj. Venna Lake in Mahabaleshwar have recorded temperatures between 0 °C-4 °C several times during winters despite being in a tropical area. Because of the low temperatures during that time, frozen dew drops is reported and the areas surrounding the whole lake turns white. Very heavy rainfall is a normal occurrence during monsoons. Mahabaleshwar is one of the must visit places in Maharashtra, India. Mahabaleshwar is located at approx 120km from Pune and 285km from Mumbai.

Malshej Ghat (25 out of 30 places to visit in Thane)

Malshej Ghat is a beautiful hill station "a nature lovers Paradise" is a mountain pass in the Western Ghats range in the Thane-Ahamad Nagar Road of Maharashtra, India. with its numerous lakes, waterfalls and mountains makes Malshej Ghat a popular trourist attractions in Maharashtra, India. Trekking trails, bird watching, picnic at waterfalls - Malshej Ghat offers plenty of activities and is an ideal getaway for families!. A nice view of valleys is one of the major attraction here. The view from behind the MTDC resort is a must-see. The site is home to hundreds of different kinds of flora and fauna especially the avian population such as quails, rails, crakes, flamingos and cuckoos. Malshej Ghat is located at approx 139km from Pune, 127km from Mumbai, 166km from Nashik, 709km from Nagpur, 327km from Surat, Gujarat.

Matheran (26 out of 30 places to visit in Raigad)

Matheran is a breathtaking hill station, situated on the Western Ghat mountain range near Karjat Tahsil in Raigad district of Maharashtra, India. It is one of the smallest hill station in India. Matheran is located at approx 90km from Mumbai, and 120km from Pune.

Mountain Railways of Maharashtra, Matheran Hill Railway, Raigad (27 out of 30 places to visit in Raigad)

The Matheran Hill Railway is a 2 ft narrow-gauge heritage railway in Raigad district of Maharashtra, India, which is administered by the Central Railway. It covers a distance of 21 km cutting a swathe through forest and connecting Neral to Matheran in the Western Ghats. The MHR is on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Matheran’s cliffs with incredibly heights create stunning points. The Neral-Matheran Hill Railways is one of the most famous attraction of the city, it passes through the amazing mountain tunnels and dense forest of the region. Matheran is located at approx 80km from Mumbai.

Mula Dam (28 out of 30 places to visit in Ahmednagar)

Mula Dam is an beautiful gravity dam on Mula river near Rahuri in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, India. The main purpose for the construction of this dam was to supply water to the nearby villages from the reservoir, Dnyaneshwar Sagar. The towns which benefit from this dam are Ahmednagar and Rahuri district. The dam is located at a beautiful place and attracts a number of tourists in and around the region. Mula dam is located at approx 52km from Ahmednagar, 149km from Nashik, 250km from Mumbai, 635km from Nagpur.

Mulshi Dam (29 out of 30 places to visit in Pune)

Mulshi Dam is a one of the major dam located in the Mulshi taluka, Pune district of Maharashtra, India. Dam water is used for the purpose of irrigation and hydroelectric power plan. Mulshi Dam, located amidst the dense forest near Pune, Maharashtra, is the best picnic spot for weekend holidays. It is the best place for nature lovers. Mulshi is exceptionally close to Pune and a short outing here can be masterminded. Mulshi Dam is located at approx 43km form Pune, 171km from Mumbai.

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Mumbai

Mumbai, Bombay, Mumbai (30 out of 30 places to visit in Mumbai)

Mumbai also know as Bombay (during English rule), The capital of Maharashtra, India is the city of dreams and the land of opportunities. Mumbai is the one of the city that never sleeps, is as commercial hub of india and is one of the most populous and biggest cities in india. it is the prime hub of the Indian Film Industry - Bollywood, Mumbai is also famous for it's local trains and dabbawala service. There are several attractions in Mumbai are Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus, flora Fountain, High Court, Taj Hotel, Gateway of India, Juhu Beach. The most popular of these are the Elephanta Caves and the Gateway of India. Mumbai is located at approx 584km from Goa, 281km from Surat, 150km from Pune, 166km from Nashik, 893km from Mangalore, 984km from Bengaluru.


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