List of Best Hill Stations in Maharashtra

The Western Ghat and the Shyadri range of Maharashtra have designed the place with beautiful greenery and sloppy hills. There are many hill stations in Maharashtra, which are unbeatable in beauty and peaceful surroundings. These places are really gorgeous and ideal for the film shooting also. In this article, we are going to discuss some awesome places of Maharashtra. This hill stations are quite near from Mumbai, the financial capital of India.

Top 10 Hill Stations in Maharashtra

Lonavala & khandala:

Lonavala

It is counted among the most popular twin hill stations in Maharashtra. The best weekend destination for Mumbaikars & Punekars, so close to them is this beautiful place is. One can say a blessing for them, situated between Bombay-Pune expressway this place is just about 64 km away from Pune and almost 96 km away from Mumbai. One can enjoy the breathtaking valley, hill points and natural beauty of it. The place is famous for “chikki”, a kind of fruit.

How to Reach: Can easily reach by road from Mumbai and Pune. Just on Expressway. One can go by train also from Mumbai or Pune both.

Attractions: Pavana Lake, Rajmachi Fort, Bhaja Caves

Best time to Visit: at any time of the year, though during monsoon this place becomes more romantic.

Distance: Lonavala is nearly 85 km distance away from Mumbai whereas it’s roughly 65 km away from Pune.

Matheran

Matheran

Huge Malet, a collector from thane district finds out this beautiful tiniest hill station somewhere near 1850. This picturesque hill station is about 800 meters above sea level. Automobiles are mostly restricted in this area, thus very much pollution free. Situated atop in Sahyadri mountain range, this is one of the most attractive & popular weekends escape.

How to reach:  can be reached easily from Mumbai and Pune via road as well as train.

Attractions: Louisa Point, Charlotte Lake, Monkey Point, One Tree Hill Point

Best time to visit: you can visit any time of the year, but mostly get crowded during summer.

Distance: Matheran is 80 km away from Mumbai and 124 km away from Pune

Panchgani

Panchgani

This beautiful hill station was discovered by British during 1860’s. Surrounded by five hilltops, as the name “Panchgani” came from that, the place has five villages too. River Krishna flows nearby. It attracts tourist for its scenic beauty and pleasant weather.

How to reach: from Mumbai by road it takes 4/5 hours via Panvel through Mahad and Poladpur. There are many ST buses from Mumbai CST, Dadar and Pune. By train, Satara is the nearest rail station, 45 km away.

Attractions: Sydney Point, Dhom Dam, Lingmala Falls, Harrison’s Folly

Best time to visit: Can visit any time of the year, but summer is the best time to go.

Distance: Panchgani is about 241 km away from Mumbai and nearly 98 km distance away from Pune

Mahabaleshwar

Pratapgarh Fort Mahabaleshwar

One of the preferred weekend destinations of Maharashtrians, once the summer capital during the British Raj. The name means in Sanskrit “God of Great Power” and the place has lots to discover. There are so many points, Bazar, waterfalls to enjoy. The place is also famous for fresh strawberry.

How to reach:  nearest rail station is Satara, 55 km away. State transport bus and private taxi are available from Mumbai and Pune every day.You can take private transport also. The nearest airport is Pune, 120 km away.

Attractions: Elephant’s Head Point, Venna Lake, Chinaman’s fall, Arthur’s seat

Best time to visit: Anytime of the year.

Distance: Mahabaleshwar is approx 260 km from Mumbai city and 117 km distance away from Pune.

Lavasa

Lavasa

A planned hill city near Pune.  This place is breathtakingly beautiful and designed like Portofino, a picaresque town of Italy. It is one of the most stylish hill cities of India. Infrastructure and grace both melt here beautifully.

How to reach: you can take a bus or can hire a car to reach there from Mumbai or can reach there from Pune also. By train, you can also reach there;  Lonavala is the nearest rail station of the place.

Attractions: Lakeshore Watersports, Lakeside Promenade

Best time to visit: monsoon or June to August is the best time to visit Lavasa. You will get the gorgeousness of flowers and the beauty of greeneries at that time.

Distance: Lavasa is about 187 km distance away from Mumbai city and just 57 km away from pune.

Bhandardara

Bhandardara hill station

Just an 185 km away from Mumbai and Pune too, this awesome hill station is in Ahmednagar and known as trekker’s paradise, a quiet place to spend with family or friends in nature’s lap out of daily life stress.

How to reach: Igatpuri is the nearest rail station, also can easily travel through road from Mumbai and Pune.  

Attractions: Umbrella Falls, Mt. Kalsubai, Randha Falls

Best time to Visit:  Any time of the year.

Distance: Bhandardara is 163 km away from Mumbai and approx 171 km distance away from Pune city.

Chikhaldara

Chikhaldara hill station

The hill station is in Vidarbha region; 100 km north to Amravati, situated almost the border of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. Such hill station with heavy rainfall helps to flourished flora and fauna, as it has 1676 sq. km Tiger project, which is the main attraction. The place is 1088 meters high from sea level and has lots of species of plants and animal which gives live as well as attraction to this place.

How to reach:  Nagpur is the nearest airport, 230 km away. Amravati rail station is 100 km away. There are lots of Luxury buses from Mumbai and Pune by road, distance is almost 750 km.

Attractions: Gawaligad Fort, Bhimkund-Kichakdara, Panchbol Point

Best time to visit: October to June is the best time to visit Chikhaldara.

Distance: Chikhaldara is about 660 km away from Mumbai and 593 km away from Pune.

Amboli

Water fall in Amboli

690 meters above sea level along with 750 centimeters average rainfall per year, enriched with flora and fauna, this hill station is known as the ‘Queen’ of Maharashtra, a natural majesty.

How to reach: Dabolin is the closest airport and sawantwadi road of konkan railways is the nearest rail station. By road from Mumbai, Pune, Belgaum, Kolhapur; Amboli is well connected.

Attractions: Amboli Waterfalls, Shirgaonkar Point, sunset point

Best time to visit: Any time of the year, avoid Monsoon.

Distance: Amboli hill station is 486 km distance away from the Mumbai city and nearly 343 km away from Pune.

Gaganbawda

Gaganbawda

This lovely hill stations is located in Kolhapur of Maharashtra. The place is attracting Bollywood filmmakers day by day with its breathtaking scenery, charming weather throughout the year.

How to Reach: Kolhapur rail station is 55 km away, while Pune is the nearest airport. It’s also nicely connected by road from Kolhapur, Mumbai.

Best time to Visit: Throughout the year.

Distance: Gaganbawda is just 57 km away from Kolhapur and 284 km distance away from Pune city.

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