The state of Maharashtra is blessed with stunning beauty that is diverse and unique at the same time. You will find mountains, beaches, waterfalls and beautiful forts, and sometimes it becomes hard to choose a place while travelling. So here are our top picks which you should definitely check out!
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The small town of Ganpatipule in Ratnagiri district is home to one of the most beautiful white sand beaches along the Konkan coastline. The sparkling blue water and the swaying palms make it an idyllic getaway for people who want to experience peace and tranquility.
The town is also known for its 400 years old temple of Lord Ganapati. The idol of Ganesha is believed to be a monolith which was self-incarnated and discovered over 1600 years ago.
You can go for long leisurely walks on the beach or hop on a boat and go for dolphin sightseeing. The playful dolphins are found in abundance here.
Don’t whine when there is wine! Ignore the bad pun but if you love this Grapey drink, then you should head to Nashik. A laid back vacation amidst vineyards and large estates is what Nashik is off late gaining popularity for. One of the most famous wineries is the Sula Vineyards. You can go for a wine tour or even stay in a wine retreat for a couple of days.
The city is also home to plenty of exotic temples and is known in Hindu mythology as the place where Ravana’s sister, Surpanakha, got her nose cut off by Lakshman in the process.
Visit the Valley of Flowers of Maharashtra in monsoons and fall in love with the colours. Kaas plateau is one of the most incredible places to visit in Maharashtra. Every year in the months of August to September, the plateau comes alive when the wild flowers start blooming. This stunning plateau is home to over 850 species of flora and fauna and has been entitled as a World Heritage site for its spell-binding biodiversity.
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Tadoba National Park
The national park is located in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra and boasts of one of the highest tiger populations in the nation. This place is an ideal weekend gateway for wildlife and nature lovers. Go for a jeep safari to see these mighty creatures roaming freely in the wild. You can also spot leopards, sloth bears, nilgai, striped hyena, jungle cats, sambar, spotted deer, and many colourful birds.
The town of Tarkali is a must visit for the beach bums out there. The 8 km long coastline with a series of pristine beaches made up of white sand makes it an ideal choice for a holiday weekend. The water here is very clear and therefore activities like Scuba Diving and snorkeling has become popular. The place is still a little offbeat so you can enjoy your time here without a lot of people trying to get that perfect sunset picture.
You can also check out the popular sea fort of Singhadurg. Built by the great Chhatrapati Shivaji, this mighty fort looks as if it’s floating in the sea and is a fusion of elegance and antiquity.
If you want to run away from the hustle-bustle and looking for a peaceful place which has a typical hamlet kind of ambience, then Chikhaldhara is the right place to land up. It has a large number of attractions to offer and is mostly one of the best places to visit if you are in search of time to be one with nature. This pristine town, situated near Saputara welcomes you with the scent of coffee in the air. The beautiful coffee plantations, breathtaking panoramic viewpoints and exotic wildlife will make your trip memorable.
Splash the waters in the Bhimkund waterfall, hike to Gavilgad fort or just relax and enjoy the mesmerizing views and greenery.
Lonar is quite popular among the locals because of its fascinating temples. But it is the more fascinating Lonar Lake which people generally overlook during their visit. A meteor strike which happened thousands of years ago created the crater which later turned into Lonar Lake. The lake still contains a lot of secrets that explorers are yet to uncover. Hiking around the mystical lake is an experience in itself.
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