Hills Stations in Maharashtra are in abundance with the foothills of the Western Ghats running throughout the state sometimes coming to the vicinity of the sea and sometimes extending towards the cities. Away from the hectic city lives the Hills Stations of Maharashtra offer a perfect holiday in a nature infested, pollution free environment.
The major Hill Stations of Maharashtra are:
Amboli: Situated at an altitude of 690 m above the sea level, Amboli is the last hill resort of the Sahyadri Hills before the coastal plain begins. Amboli falls in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra and has steep mountains and dense forest.
Bhandardara: The serene beauty of the Arthur Lake, historic Ratangadh Fort, ancient temple of Amriteshwar, Wilson Dam, Radha Falls and a deep quiet valley, Bhandardara has everything the nature could offer.
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, famous for its Warli paintings, is one of the few tribal kingdoms of Maharashtra.
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: 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.
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.