Lush Green Forests and Greenery everywhere, waterfalls that enchant us, rivers and lakes overflowing and seas gushing with big waves. Rainy season brings along with it so much beauty. The weather gets cooler and everything seems more merrier and given the usually hot and tropical weather of India, Rainy season is the most favourite season for most Indians; as everything seems fresh and cool.
Rains means different things to all of us, to some of us the smell of wet mud when the rain first hits the ground is enchanting and gives the best feeling ever, to some of us its an excuse to indulge in delicious pakodas and jalebis with chai and to some of us it means getting wet in the rain and enjoying like a kid again.
But we cant get most of the beauty rainy season holds in the cities that we live in, high rises often block the impact of winds and city roads often get clogged with water making this season seem unfavorable to many of us.
So in this case, where do we go to enjoy rains and its beauty ? Where is that ultimate escape where we can go away from city life and admire nature in its true essence? Worry not because in this article we have answered those questions for you.
Here are the best destinations to enjoy Rainy season in Maharashtra.
1. Malshej Ghat ( Thane -Pune)
Primarily known for picturesque trails and orchards of mulberries that flourish at their best during monsoon. Malshej Ghats is the place for adventure seekers. Ajoba Hill Fort – a popular place for adventurers, Darkoba Peak, Jivdhan Chawand Fort, and Nane Ghat are popular trails that give travelers a lot to explore.
Connectivity from other parts of Maharashtra: Connected with other popular cities in Maharashtra, you can also plan to travel to Malshej Ghat by rail. Kalyan Railway Station is almost 85 km from Malshej.
2. Matheran ( Raigad)
Matheran is synonymous with viewpoints and views! Monsoon only adds to the glamor quotient of the heart of Raigad that remains one of the prime attractions of places to visit in monsoon in Maharashtra. Matheran – touted as the smallest hill station presents panoramic vistas and exceptional photography options.
Louisa Point, Panorama Point, Monkey Point, Porcupine Point, Echo Point, and Prabal Fort are some of the places that exhibit true colors of nature with the onset of monsoon. Don’t believe us ? Plan a trip and behold the beauty!
Connectivity from other parts of Maharashtra: Neral Junction is the closest you can get to Matheran by train. From the junction, a toy train runs up to Matheran, which covers almost 21 km in 2 hours time.
3. Alibaug ( Raigad)
With lots of refreshing architecture, pristine beaches and scenic beauty in the offering, Alibag is counted among the top places to visit in Maharashtra in monsoon. Kolaba Fort, Undheri Fort and Murud-Janjira Fort are known for intricate architecture; while Nagaon Beach, Alibaug Beach and Varsoli Beach are the virgin coastal beauties distinguished by their mesmerizing sunsets. The pristine beaches of Alibaug attract a large number of tourists every year.
Monsoons are most awaited in the region because of the fact that beaches in Alibaug undergo a complete makeover and look straight out of a picture postcard. Turquoise waters and lush greenery make it an even more exciting place to visit in Maharashtra.
Connectivity from other parts of Maharashtra: Pen Railway Station is the nearest railhead to Alibaug located 30 km far from the place. You can also take a direct train to Mumbai Central from there.
4. Karnala ( Raigad)
Karnala Fort is one of the oldest remaining buildings that juts over the rainforest area over 450 m above the ground. A trek up to the fort on a gloomy day is an experience that is one of its kind when a bird’s eye view of the Mumbai coastline and Sahyadri Range in front make it a surreal sight. The mosses surrounding the fort and mystic environs around the fort definitely looks picturesque and every moment spent beholding the surreal sight makes for a memorable one.
Karnala Bird Sanctuary is home to 150 plus birds and it’s a pleasure watching them in their natural habitat particularly during monsoon when the birds are out celebrating the rains.
Connectivity from other parts of Maharashtra: Panvel is the nearest railhead which can be easily reached from Mumbai Central and CST. There on a private vehicle can easily take you to Karnala.
5. Kolad ( Raigad)
Are you looking forward to making your monsoon outing fun and adventurous? In that case, Kolad the perfect place for you! The beautiful weekend destination in Maharashtra is full of sprawling campsites, picture-perfect homestays and enough of activities for adventure enthusiasts.
White water rafting is the most renowned activity that you can take in the waters of Kolad during monsoon. Trekking, zip lining and canoeing are other daring activities that adventurers mostly prefer. Some of the most prominent attractions near Kolad are Kuda caves, Tamhini falls and Bhira dam.
Connectivity from other parts of Maharashtra: Kolad Railway Station is the nearest railhead to Kolad and is easily accessible by road from Mumbai and Pune.
6. Harihareshwar ( Raigad )
Popularly known as the House of God. Harihareshwar is a wonderful beach paradise in the west coast region and lives up to its name of popular places to visit in Maharashtra during monsoon. Surrounded by the mountains named after lord Harihareshwar, Brahmadri, Pushpadri, and Harshinachal; the popular beach destination is believed to possess the magical healing powers by the locals residing there.
The place is mostly thronged by visitors during monsoon because surroundings are bright and beautiful than ever and the mountains nearby present scenic vistas.
Connectivity from other parts of Maharashtra: Mangaon Railway Station is the nearest railhead to Harihareshwar located 59 km from the main town.
7. Bhandardara ( Ahmednagar)
An ideal weekend getaway from Mumbai and Pune, Bhandardara is an offbeat hill-station in the Western Ghats decked with waterfalls, lakes, and sprawling greenery. A recommended pit stop while you are headed to Shirdi, Bhandardara is one of the popular places to visit in monsoon in Maharashtra. The rains add to the pristine beauty of this place when nature sways at its glorious best.
At 2000 m plus altitude, Bhandardara is perfect for planning a camping session with your gang. The place has lovely campsites too!
Connectivity from other parts of Maharashtra: Nashik is the nearest railhead at a distance of 70 km from Bhandardara.
8. Lohagad ( Pune )
For a towering fort as rustic as this, Lohagad holds the legacy of being one of the most popular and prominent structures in the south Indian region. The name translates to the fort of iron is a popular structure for the reason that it has been a strategic fort for dynasties over the centuries, right from the Satavahanas to Mughals to Marathas.
Monsoon casts its magical spell on this place and not only the fort area, but places in its vicinity like Pavna dam, Lonavla, Kamshet, Khandala, and Karjat are exciting getaways around Lohagad. A visit to this place during monsoon is the best bargain for your wonderful weekend.
Connectivity from other parts of Maharashtra: 16 km from Lohagad, Lonavla is the nearest railway station, which is easily accessible from Mumbai and other major cities nearby.
9. Igatpuri ( Nashik )
A popular tourist place in Maharashtra to visit in monsoon, Igatpuri comes alive in the rainy season with plenty of waterfall opening around. Bhatsa River Valley and along the same course, Camel Valley are two places that stand out in Igatpuri. The spellbinding sight of five waterfalls in the Camel Valley with gushing water cascading one below the other makes it a magnificent spectacle during the month of monsoon. Nature’s glorious spectacle await you!
Connectivity from other parts of Maharashtra: Igatpuri Railway Station is the nearest rail head enabling people an easy access to it.
10. Bhimashankar( Pune)
The ghat region of the Sahyadri Hills wears the prettiest shade of green with the onset of monsoon. The notable biodiversity of Bhimashankar is certainly a bewitching sight. Explore the place with your friends or family as some stunning escapades await you in the midst of vast valleys.
Sahyadri Wildlife Sanctuary and Jyotirlinga Temple are some of the most popular places to visit in Maharashtra during monsoon. It is this time when the abundant flora and fauna of the sanctuary comes alive and rare animal breeds can be spotted. If you are in or around Pune during monsoon, make sure that you don’t miss out on this place.
Connectivity from other parts of Maharashtra: Bhimashankar can be easily reached by road from places across Maharashtra, nearest railway station being Shivaji Nagar in Pune is at a distance of 127 km
These were our picks on the best places in Maharashtra state to enjoy the best of monsoon, the season is here, the reason is here, what are you waiting for ?