PNL Recommends 8 Spots to visit this Monsoon

Tamhini Ghat

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Located after the Mulshi lake, the ghats look like an unbeatable wall at one end by the roadside. If you love natural waterfall, then this place is a must visit. The drive from Pune is quite enjoyable and just awesome during the rainy season. You can take a halt at any of the several waterfalls falling from the Western Ghat mountain ranges along the road and you’ll have an amazing time.

Distance – 44.4 km via Paud Road and Mulshi Road (Around 1hr 45 min)

Best time to visit – July, August, September

Places to stay – There are few resorts along the road and some home-stays too for the budget travellers. Few of them are close to the waterfalls and viewpoints so it will be easier to experience nature at its best.

Price – Rs 400 onwards

Panchgani 

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Before the monsoon ends, it’s time you make a trip to the picture postcard hill station of Panchgani. It is a popular hill station near Mahabaleshwar, famous for its various sunset/sunrise points and scenic valley view. Five hills form the Sahyadri mountain ranges offer Panchgani its name. The picturesque backdrop of hills on one side and coastal plains on the other makes for an amazing view. The majestic mountains create a beautiful background on one side and the coastal plains form the other. 

Attraction – Panchgani sightseeing is about visiting places like Table Land, Tapola Water Sports Centre, Sydney Point, Rajapuri caves, Kamalgad Fort and much more.

 Distance – 101.3 km via NH 48 (Around 2 hrs 22 min)

Best time to visit – Panchgani is a year round destination, however, the months from August to May are considered to be the best months to pay a visit to this hilly retreat.

Places to stay- There are many resorts in Panchgani hill station that are reasonable and offer a stay that you would cherish for a lifetime

Price- Rs 1000 onwards 

Kamshet

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Kamshet is a major attraction for people interested in paragliding and other adventurous activities. The picturesque location is also a great getaway from Pune. The destination is also dotted with various architectural splendors and historic sites that leave the visitors spellbound. Thick forest, surrounding the region also adds to the magical charm of the place.

Distance- 64 km via NH 48 (1hrs 38 min)

Best time to visit –  Monsoons are a grace of God on this picturesque town of Kamshet. It receives rainfall which makes the town lush green. The waterfalls here are well thronged during the monsoons and are a vision to witness

Places to stay – There are many good options of resorts and villas for every traveler according to their budget.

Price- Rs 1000 onwards

Bhimashankar

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Bhimashankar, a traditional pilgrimage town now attracting thousands of tourists owing to its pleasant climate and stunning vistas. Bhimashankar is located in the village Bhorgiri in the ghat region of the Sahyadri. It is surrounded by lush foliage and thick green rainforests, offering a refreshing experience to visitors.

Bhimashankar also houses one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, which is among the most important temples in India. Other tourist attractions in Bhimashankar include Hanuman Lake and Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Distance- 110 km via NH60 & MH SH 54 (3hrs 12 min)

Best time to visit-  The monsoon is the best time for bird watchers, as the air is full of the mating calls of the Quaker babble, the Malabar grey hornbill, Malabar whistling thrush and the black eagle.

A festival to watch out for in August-September is Ganesh Chaturthi. There is dance, music and merriment everywhere, and the celebration is a riot of colours

Places to stay- There are many budget friendly places to choose from. 

Price- Rs 600 onwards

Matheran

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Matheran is a hill station, situated on the Western Ghat mountain range in Maharashtra. The magnificent hill station boasts of dense green cover, pleasing atmosphere and verdant beauty that allure the tourists from various parts of the world. The hill station is also an empyrean for the adventure junkies as well. Trekking, rock climbing and paragliding are some of the exciting adventure activities that can be enjoyed by the visitors.

Distance- 120km via Mumbai-Pune expressway (2hrs 30min)

Best time to visit – The rain soaked greenery with a sense of peace can be seen this monsoon.

Places to stay- There are plenty of accommodation options in this beautiful valley. There are several options for the tourist in the form of hotels, guest houses and lodges to spend holidays in Matheran.

Price- Rs1000 onwards

Malshej Ghat

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Malshej Ghat is an ideal retreat from the busy city life and is a heaven abode full of natural beauty. This place is especially beautiful during monsoons and is one of the favourite weekend getaways for youngsters from Pune. There are a number of waterfalls to beautifully structured dams and steep, lofty forts, the ghat is a perfect place for nature lovers delight

Distance – 120km via NH60 (3hrs 11min)

Best time to visit- Monsoons are stunning here, and one can enjoy natural waterfalls and overflowing dams

Places to stay- There are many awesome places to stay nearby Malshej Ghat which offers opportunities to live closer to mother nature

Price- Rs600 onwards

Kolad

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Kolad is a thriving tiny village in Raigad district in Maharashtra. It boasts of natural beauty which blooms during the monsoons. The majestic valleys and picturesque backdrops makes Kolad a treat for nature lovers as well as shutter bugs. 

Distance- 145 km via SH92 and Bengaluru- Mumbai highway/Pune highway (3hrs 11min)

Best time to visit- Monsoons are the most beautiful in the Kolad. The lush greenery surrounding Kolad seems to come alive during these brief months.

Places to stay- There are plenty of places to stay nearby Kolad which is a good holiday destination with something to offer to everyone.

Price- Rs1000 onwards

Konkan

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The Konkan region is the most beautiful and God gifted land between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea at western coastline of India and known as little spice of paradise of Maharashtra. A drive through this region is particularly captivating in the monsoons, as it lends breathtaking views of lush green hills rolling in all directions and occasional glimpses of the majestic Arabian Sea.

Places to visit – Beaches, forts, Hill Stations, Waterfalls, Lakes, Konkani Cuisine and many more 

Distance – 183km (3hrs 39 min)

Best time to visit-  Monsoons are the best time to visit Konkan.

Places to stay- There are lots of resorts and villa options.

Price- Rs 1000 onwards

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