Maharashtra has lots of popular weekend destinations for all leisure travelers who are in search of a perfect mix of tranquility, natural landscapes, historical forts, and pre-medieval era. If you are looking for a destination that offers you cultural colors of Marathi folk, boogieing nightlife, festivals, tradition, colonial-era charm, and an ambiance for the ever-increasing commercial world, then Maharashtra is the right answer. When you search for weekend getaways and offbeat destinations in and around Maharashtra, then Pune travel agents are there to help you. They offer all leisure travelers all inclusive tour packages for beach getaways; adventure holidays; family vacations; heritage trails; luxury cruising; mountain retreats; romantic escapes; spa and wellness; wilderness and safari, and spiritual getaways in and around Pune.
Travel agents in Pune will render you the best and full-fledged information about the city and its various aspects that you are not known at all. Let’s have a look at some of the not so famous travelers’ destinations in Maharashtra in details.
Matheran which literally means ‘forest on top’ is Asia’s only vehicle free and tiniest hill station known for its biodiversity and lookout points in the Raigad District of Maharashtra. This eco-sensitive area exists on a plateau toward the western part of the Western Ghats. Matheran’s proximity to many urban areas makes the quaint town a popular weekend getaway for travelers and metropolitan residents. This popular weekend destination is a travel paradise for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts as it passes through plains, hillsides, cliffs, plateau and the Jambol forests, and it makes people experience the intoxicating surroundings and sightseeing attractions.
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- Climate: Summer 19 to 33°C; Winter 13 to 28°C
- Best time to visit: April –September
- How to reach: 36 km from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport; 90 km from Mumbai via road; 120 km from Pune via road; Neral rail junction for toy train; no vehicle inside town, walking and horse riding only
- Place to visit: Charlotte Lake, Malan point, Louisa Point, Porcupine Point, Rambagh Point, and many picnic spots
- Things to do: Trekking, hiking, and climbing, toy train ride
- Where to stay: Cheap hotels to 4-star hotels
- Weekend getaways from Matheran: Ellora, Alibag, Diveagar, Karjat, Kamshet, Khandala, Lonavala, Mahabaleshwar, and Pune
- USP of the area: Fantastic view of the sunset; 33 lookout points offering a panoramic view of the peaks of the Western Ghats and village-dotted plains.
Shaniwarwada, built in 1732 by Bajirao Peshwa, is a great historical fort and tourist destination in Pune having a 7-storied mansion which served as a seat of political power during the regime of Peshwas. Gutted in a fire in 1827 by the mysterious fire, the haunted mansion of the Peshwa Bajirao I is still a popular figure among people. Ranvir Singh and Deepika Padukone classic ‘Bajirao Mastani’ depicts the mansion very epically. The beautiful structure has five gateways and nine bastions covering the entire palace. The main gate of the place is known as Dilli Darwaja (Delhi Gate); Mastani or Alibahadur Darwaja, Khidki Darwaja, Ganesh Darwaja and Narayan Darwaja are other gates.
- Climate: 36.1° C – 15.1° C
- Best time to visit: October to February
- How to reach: Road, railway, or plane
- USP of the area: Ganpati Rang Mahal, Dilli Darwaza
- Weekend getaways: Aurangabad, Ellora, Alibag, Karjat, Kamshet, Khandala, Matheran, Mumbai, Goa, Kolhapur, Lonavala, Raigarh, Murud Janjira, Mahabaleshwar, Karwar, Ajanta, and Jog Falls
Existed in the Sahyadri range of Lonavala, Lohagad Fort which literally means Iron fort is a historical fort on the edge of a hillock at a height of 3400 feet. This fort is closely associated with the great Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji. Maha Darwaja, Ganesh Darwaja, Hanuman Darwaja and Narayan Darwaja are four main entrances that can be used for reaching to the fort. The fort speaks of its unique art and architecture prevalent in olden times. A glimpse of the famous Pawna Dam from the fort makes the fort first choice of travel enthusiasts.
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- Attractions near the fort: Bhaja and Karla Caves, Pavana Lake, Lion’s Point, Western Ghats, Lonavala Lake, Tiger’s Leap, Tung Fort
- Best time to visit: All year round
- Activities: Trekking to the fort and the caves
- Best time to visit: June to August
- Type of destination: Historic and trekking
With dazzling golden beaches in the natural surroundings, Tarkarli is one of the premiere destinations promoted by M.T.D.C. Existed in Sindhudurg district annexing Goa, the beach makes a big difference to travel enthusiasts with the finest white sand beaches in Maharashtra. Tarkarli offers an ideal travel destination for a relaxed weekend at the cleanest beaches where one can enjoy Snorkeling and S.C.U.B.A diving. Tarkarli is budding as the most preferred water sports destination in Maharashtra.
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- Things to do: Scuba Diving, parasailing, water sports, backwaters, dolphins, boat ride, and forts
- Places to Visit: Dhampur Lake, Karli Backwaters, Achra Beach, Shree Shivchhatrapati Temple, Sindhudurg Fort for a Maratha history revision and rock garden for sunsets
- Food Type: Malvani Food, typical Konkani food with coconut, Bhakris, and Kombdi Vada
- Best time to visit: Anytime of the year
- Weather: 32°C-25°C in Summer; Average 21°C in Winter
- How to reach: Dabolim airport 80 km, Kolhapur airport 115 km, Kudal railway station 45 km
- Weekend Getaways: Panji, Kolhapur, Ratnagiri
Panchgani is a trekking, family, and kids-friendly hill station Panchgani that lies between five hills of the Sahyadris in the Satara district of Maharashtra, near Mahabaleshwar. These five hills make the hill station a fantastic scenic place with the background of mountains and coastal plains on either side. For the admirer and enthusiasts of natural beauty, this hill station offers a serene and the beautiful environment around. It is situated just 18 km away from Mahabaleshwar and all of its hills are covered by the 2nd highest volcanic plateau in Asia. This hill station is famous for its unpolluted air and the oxygen content in the atmosphere around. Panchgani exists at an altitude of 1334 m above the sea level.
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- Climate: 20°C – 38°C in Summer; 8°C – 30°C in Winter
- How to reach: By rail and road from Lohegaon Airport, Pune,
- Best time to visit: September to May
- Place to visit: Devil’s Kitchen, Panchganga Mandir, Kamalgad Fort, Sydney Point, Partapgad fort, Venna Lake, Table Land, Dhom Dam, Lord Kartikeya Temple, Mount Malcolm, Wilson Point, and Mahabaleshwar temple
- Where to stay: Hotels, resorts, self-catering villas, resort, serviced apartment, home stays, farm houses, and nature camps
- Weekend getaways: Mumbai, Mahabaleshwar
Bhandardara is a holiday resort village in Ahmednagar District and it exists approximately 185 km from the state capital of Mumbai. Located by the River Pravara, this area is famous for both religious significance and leisure activities. The place is known for its natural beauty and its quiet and soothing environments. This resort entices Indian and global travel lovers due to its invigorating climate, amiable mountains and unequivocal quietness. This area is a heaven for tourists owing to its eco-tourism opportunities and tourist attractions: Bhandardara Lake and Randha Waterfalls. The resort village that offers trekking and mountaineering activities also makes a difference with Ratangad Fort and Harishchandragad Fort.
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- Climate: 40 °C average in summer; 10 °C average in winter
- How to reach: Nearest airport Gandhinagar Airport, Nashik (47.519); Igatpuri railway station 35 km
- Place to visit: Adyar, Ambagar Fort, Andhalgaon, Bawanthadi River and Dam, Bondgaon, Brahmi, Chandpur, Chaundeshwari Devi, Chichgad (Tamarind Fort), Dighori, Gaimukh, Gondumri, Indirasagar Dam, Koka, Rawanwadi
- Things to do: Fishing, picnic, and trekking up
- Best time to visit: August to February
- Weekend getaways: Shirdi, Mumbai, Pune, Toranmal, Kamshet, Melghat, and Nashik
Ganapatipule is a small heritage town existing on the Konkan Coast in the Ratnagiri district of the state of Maharashtra. It is famous not only for the birthplace of legend freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak but also for its salient beaches along the Konkan coastline. With giant forts and beautiful sandy beaches, this town is a relaxing escape for peace-seekers, pilgrims, and tourists. The name of the town has been originated and directly associated with Lord Ganesha. The USP of the town is the radiant water of the beaches.
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- Weather: Up to 38°C in summer
- Best time to visit: Winter
- Place to visit: Swayambhu Ganpati Temple, Ganapatipule Beach
- How to reach: Ratnagiri Airport 50 km, The Konkan Railway Bhoke is the nearest railhead 35 km; the Ratnagiri railway station at 45 km.
- Food: Maharashtrian cuisine, Fish Curry and Kokam curry, modak, ‘hapus’ mangoes in summer
- Where to stay: Hotels, guest houses, resorts, home stays, and self-catering villas
- Weekend getaways: Mumbai, Pune, and Ratnagiri
Existed on the western coast of Maharashtra state, the port city of Ratnagiri is a perfect amalgamation of splendid hills, gorgeous seashore, creeks, stunning rivers, waterfalls and hot water springs. Bound by the Sahyadris, it is also home of the famous Alphonso mangoes. The rich heritage and lovely architecture of the city entice travelers to the city. The city also has Jaigad Fort nestled on a cliff is an important tourist spot from where tourists can see the whole bay.
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- Weather: Summer 23 to 37°C, Winter 17 to 30°C
- Attractions: Ganapatipule Beach, Anjarle Beach, Guhagar Beach, Bhagwati Fort, Ratnadurga, Thiba Palace
- Activities: View the sunset over the sea’s horizon from the Ratnadurga, climb up the lighthouse to get an extensive sight of the sea waters, visit the beaches.
- Location: Coastal Maharashtra, south of Mumbai
- Best time to visit: November to January
- Type of destination: Family and kid friendly, pilgrimage and historic
- Beaches in Ratnagiri: Dapoli, Guhagar, Ganpatipule, Velneshwar, Anjarle, Dabhol, Hedvi, Harnai, Karde, Kelshi, and Ladghar
- Weekend getaways: Tarkarli, Ganpatipule, Dapoli Camp, Pune, Mumbai, Khandala, Kamshet, Karjat, Dandeli, Alibag, Belgaum, and Diveagar
Surrounded by magnificent Sahyadri mountain ranges, Kolad is a small flourishing village in Raigad, Maharashtra. Blessed with natural plants, abundant greenery, amazing valleys and marshlands, Kolad beacons indigenous and foreign travelers to enjoy waterfalls, trekking, and water adventures, including river rafting, kayaking, boating, river crossing, and paragliding. It is the Kundalika River of the village that is ideal for water rafting. Kolad is simply known for its lively waterfalls, jagged topography and the Rocky Mountains around.
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- Weather: 28°C – 40°C in summer, 12°C – 33°C in winter
- Ideal time to visit: Winters
- Things to do: White water rafting, jungle camping, rappelling, kayaking, Tamhini ghat waterfalls, Bhira Dam
- Food: South Indian, Punjabi, Chinese Cuisine, and local Maharashtrian flavors in Vada Pav, Bhajia Pav, Misal Pav
- Tourist sites: Bhira Dam, Dholwal Dam, Ghosla Fort, Kuda Caves, Sutarwadi Lake, Tala Fort, and Tamhini Falls, Kundalika
- How to reach: Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport 125 km from Kolad; Mumbai CST station is directly connected to Kolad railway station
All these offbeat destinations in Maharashtra offer domestic and international travelers lots of things to do in the most unusual and less-traveled areas with a great ambiance around. Just ask your travel agents for the best package and hot deals so that you can enhance your travel experience.