A trip to a hill station is the best way to feel relaxed and rejuvenated when the cities get scorching hot or when you need a break from all the hustle and bustle. And if you reside in Maharashtra or a neighbouring state, you are in for a treat! The massive Sahyadri mountain range that runs through the state is home to many scenic, serene, untouched and uncommercialised hill stations, the majority of which come alive during the monsoon season. So, if you are planning a small getaway to the hills, here’s a list of the 20 best hill stations in Maharashtra that will captivate you with various elements of nature.

1. Lonavala, Maharashtra

Lonavala

Lonavala, also known as the “Jewel of Sahyadri”, is among the most famous hill stations in Maharashtra. The area is rich in natural beauty, with green forests, waterfalls, lakes, caves, forts, and trekking and hiking trails. So, whether you are a nature lover, adventure seeker or history buff, a trip to Lonavala will be a memorable experience.

  • Popular Places to Visit: Pawna Lake, Tikona Fort, Aamby Valley, Bhaja Caves, Karla Caves, Bhushi Dam, Sunil’s Celebrity Wax Museum, Narayani Dham Temple, Kune Waterfalls
  • Things to Do: Enjoy crazy rides and rollercoasters at Imagicaa Adlabs, trek and hike to Lohagad Fort, Rajmachi Fort and Tiger’s Leap, engage in swimming, birdwatching, angling and other activities at Lonavala Lake, spend some fun time at Della Adventure Park
  • Best Time to Visit: October to February
  • How to Reach:
    • Nearest Airport: Pune International Airport (75 km) and Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (90 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Lonavala Train Station

 Here’s a list of the best places to visit in Lonavala

2. Khandala, Maharashtra

Khandala

Tourists are drawn to this charming hill station near Lonavala because of its clean surroundings and natural bounty. Located on the Western Ghats, Khandala is dotted with verdant green valleys, milky-white waterfalls, and thrilling trekking and hiking points.

  • Popular Places to Visit: Tiger’s Leap, Lion’s Point, Kune Waterfalls, Bhaja and Carla Caves, Duke’s Nose, Lohagarh Fort, Shrivardhan Fort
  • Things to Do: Soak in panoramic views from different points, explore the ancient Bedse Caves, enjoy trekking and hiking, spend some serene time near the waterfalls, visit Shooting Point for viewing the sunset
  • Best Time to Visit: July to September
  • How to Reach:
    • Nearest Airport: Pune International Airport (75 km) and Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (87 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Khandala Railway Station

3. Matheran, Maharashtra

Matheran

Do you need to get away from the city’s pollution and commotion? You must visit this cute, scenic, and unpolluted hill station in Maharashtra! Matheran, located at an elevation of 2625 feet, enjoys pleasant weather all year and looks especially beautiful and inviting during the rainy season. The absence of cars and buses in Matheran distinguishes it from other places. So, for a relaxed and rejuvenated feeling, take leisurely walks on the pathways and soak in the beauty of this hamlet.

  • Popular Places to Visit: Dodhani Falls, Porcupine Point, Chanderi Caves, One Tree Hill Point, Shivaji’s Ladder, Pisharnath Mahadev Temple
  • Things to Do: Enjoy picnicking and camping at Charlotte Lake, soak in breath-taking views of the waterfalls, lakes, gardens, mountains and forts from Louisa Point, trek to Prabalgad and Irshalgad forts, enjoy water rappelling and other activities at Dodhani Falls
  • Best Time to Visit: October to February
  • How to Reach:
    • Nearest Airport: Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (90 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Neral Junction (7 km)

4. Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra

Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar, also known as the “Land of Strawberries”, is among the most scenic and popular hill stations in Maharashtra. There are so many places to explore in this stunning hill station, from charming waterfalls, lakes, hills and valleys to ancient temples, forts and caves. What’s more, you can partake in a variety of adventure activities as well as gorge on some juicy berries and local snacks here.

  • Popular Places to Visit: Tiger’s Spring, Venna Lake, Wilson Point, Lord Mahabaleshwar Temple, Chinaman’s Falls, Dhobi Waterfall, Mapro Garden
  • Things to Do: Trek to Pratapgarh Fort and Elephant’s Head Point, enjoy a picnic at Bombay Point, take boat rides on Venna Lake, engage in nature photography, spot exotic species of birds at Babington Point
  • Best Time to Visit: October to June
  • How to Reach:
    • Nearest Airport: Pune International Airport (130 km) and Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (270 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Wathar Railway Station (64 km)

Here’s a list of 30 amazing places to visit in Mahabaleshwar

5. Igatpuri, Maharashtra

Igatpuri

This small and offbeat hill station in Maharashtra’s Nashik district will entice you with its scenic beauty and serene ambiance. Igatpuri has many trekking trails, forts and temples in addition to the lush green hills and gushing waterfalls. The Vipassana International Academy, a renowned meditation centre and wellness retreat, is especially well-known in the hill station.

  • Popular Places to Visit: Vihigaon Waterfall, Tringalwadi Fort, Ghantandevi Temple, Amruteshwar Temple, Vipassana International Academy, Aundha Fort, Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Things to Do: Enjoy a picnic at Bhavali Dam, go on treks at Sadhan Valley, Bhatsa River Valley, Kalsubai Peak and the forts, enjoy white water rafting in Vaitarna River, engage in nature photography, camping and birdwatching
  • Best Time to Visit: June to October and November to January
  • How to Reach:
    • Nearest Airport: Nashik Airport (66 km) and Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (121 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Igatpuri Railway Station

6. Panchgani, Maharashtra

Panchgani

This stunning hill station near Mahabaleshwar, situated at an elevation of 4242 feet and surrounded by five majestic hills, is ideal for people looking for hill stations in and around Maharashtra. Panchgani has a lot to offer, from lush green valleys and cascading waterfalls to trekking trails and fresh strawberries. The hill station is also home to the Kaas Plateau or “Maharashtra’s Valley of Flowers”, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site . Many flowers, lakes, and natural attractions can be found at this scenic spot, which attracts nature lovers from all over the world.

  • Popular Places to Visit: Kaas Plateau, Mapro Garden, Dhom Dam, Kate’s Point, Devrai Art Village
  • Things to Do: Enjoy breathtaking views from Sydney Point, Parsi Point and Table Land Viewpoint, go for boating on Venna Lake, explore Kamalgad Fort and Rajpuri Caves, enjoy trekking, camping, paragliding, horse riding and other activities
  • Best Time to Visit: September to May
  • How to Reach:
    • Nearest Airport: Pune International Airport (111 km) and Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (251 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Wathar Railway Station (45 km) and Satara Railway Station (52 km)

 Also know about the 5 must-visit forts near Mahabaleshwar

7. Karjat, Maharashtra

Karjat

This lovely hill station in the Raigad district, surrounded by lush greenery, is a must-see. Karjat is a popular weekend getaway for Mumbaikars and Punekars due to its perfect blend of natural and man-made attractions. The hill station provides many choices for visitors, from admiring the beauty of lush green valleys and waterfalls to exploring the ancient fort and temples. Ulhas Valley, a popular tourist destination in Karjat, is a sight to behold, with lush greenery, streams, waterfalls, and trekking trails.

  • Popular Places to Visit: Ulhas Valley, Bhivpuri Waterfalls, Kothaligad Fort, Kondana Caves, Kondeshwar Temple, Bahiri Caves
  • Things to Do: Enjoy a picnic at Pali Bhutivali Dam, go camping at Ulhas Valley, hike to Sondai Fort, enjoy rappelling at Bhivpuri Waterfalls
  • Best Time to Visit: June to September
  • How to Reach:
    • Nearest Airport: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai (70 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Karjat Junction

8. Lavasa, Maharashtra

Lavasa

This clean and newly developed hill station is a tourist’s delight, designed to look like the Italian harbour town Portofino. Lavasa is a popular destination for pre-wedding shoots and romantic getaways due to its stunning infrastructure and picturesque backdrop of mountains and valleys. Lakeside Promenade is a great place to unwind and participate in adventurous activities.

  • Popular Places to Visit: Lakeside Promenade, Tikona Fort, Temghar Dam, Mulshi Lake
  • Things to Do: Enjoy kayaking, pedal boating, jet skiing and other activities at Lakeshore Watersports, plan a picnic at Temghar Dam, take a stroll along the lake at Lakeside Promenade
  • Best Time to Visit: September to March
  • How to Reach:
    • Nearest Airport: Pune International Airport (67 km) and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, Mumbai (194 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Pune Junction (60 km)

9. Koroli, Maharashtra

Koroli

Koroli in the Nashik region is a relatively unexplored hill station in Maharashtra that is ideal for those who prefer secluded destinations. For nature lovers and peace seekers, the hamlet offers appealing views of verdant green fields and valleys. Koroli also has many thrilling trekking and hiking trails for adventurers.

  • Popular Places to Visit: Anjaneri, Talegaon Kachurli, Upper Vaitarana Dam, Upper Vaitarana Reservoir, Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple, Bhandardara Waterfall
  • Things to Do: Spending serene time amidst nature, trekking, hiking, horse riding, boating, photography
  • Best Time to Visit: February to June and September to October
  • How to Reach:
    • Nearest Airport: Nashik Airport (93 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Igatpuri Railway Station (39 km)

10. Jawhar, Maharashtra

Jawhar

Nestled amid the majestic Sahyadri range, this quaint hill station with lush valleys, deep woods, dams and cascading waterfalls is a wonderful getaway for nature lovers. Jawhar also has some forts, palaces and other architectural marvels that draw history buffs from all over the world. Thanks to the beautiful hills with many trekking trails, the place is ideal for trekkers and hikers.

  • Popular Places to Visit: Hanuman Point, Sunset Point, Jai Vilas Palace, Jawhar Palace, Shirpamal, Khadkhad Dam, Dabhosa Waterfall, Kalmandavi Waterfall
  • Things to Do: Engage in trekking, hiking, mountaineering and other adrenaline rushing activities, enjoy swimming and camping at Jai Sagar Dam, seek blessings at Hindu temples, shop for wooden items, handicrafts, Warli paintings and tribal art, relish local delicacies
  • Best Time to Visit: October to February
  • How to Reach:
    • Nearest Airport: Nashik Airport (99 km) and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai (128 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Igatpuri Railway Station (68 km)

11. Rajmachi, Maharashtra

Rajmachi

Whether you are a history buff, nature lover, or an adventurer, a trip to Rajmachi will captivate you. This serene hill station near Lonavala and Khandala is home to the popular Rajmachi Fort, which can be reached by trekking. During the monsoon season, the place comes alive with verdant greenery all around, making it a perfect getaway for those seeking respite from the city heat and chaos.

  • Popular Places to Visit: Rajmachi Fort, Khodashi Dam, Bhairavnath Temple
  • Things to Do: Trek to Rajmachi Fort through the lush green hills, treat your eyes to panoramic views from the fort
  • Best Time to Visit: June to September
  • How to Reach:
    • Nearest Airport: Pune International Airport (87 km) and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai (101 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Lonavala Railway Station (17 km) and Pune Railway Station (86 km)

12. Malshej Ghat, Maharashtra

Malshej Ghat

Dotted with mountains, lakes, waterfalls and forts, this popular hill station in the Western Ghats is a haven for nature lovers, trekkers, and hikers. Malshej Ghat also has a variety of flora and fauna; during the months of July and September, you can see many migratory birds here, including exotic pink flamingos.

  • Popular Places to Visit: Malshej Falls, Harishchandragad, Pimpalgaon Joga Dam, Ajoba Hill Fort, Shivneri Fort, Lenyadri Buddhist Caves,
  • Things to Do: Trek up to Harishchandragad and Ajoba Hill Fort, enjoy rock climbing and birdwatching
  • Best Time to Visit: July to March
  • How to Reach:
    • Nearest Airport: Pune International Airport (121 km) and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai (126 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Igatpuri Railway Station (88 km)

13. Amboli, Maharashtra

Amboli

This serene and less explored hill station in Maharashtra is known for its emerald green environs and gushing waterfalls. It is located near the Goa border. Amboli receives plenty of rain and has pleasant weather all year, so you can plan a trip whenever you need a break from the sweltering heat and city pollution.

  • Popular Places to Visit: Amboli Falls, Nangarta Falls, Madhavgarh Fort, Hiranya Keshi Temple, Shirgaonkar Fort
  • Things to Do: Enjoy panoramic views from Shirgaonkar Point and Sunset Point, go for trekking and camping at Durg and Dhakoba
  • Best Time to Visit: June to September
  • How to Reach:
    • Nearest Airport: Goa International Airport (108 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Sawantwadi Railway Station (39 km)

14. Bhimashankar, Maharashtra

Bhimashankar is popular among devotees and nature lovers as the country’s holiest hill station. Many religious places are located here, including one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. Besides paying your respects at the temples, you can spend time near the lakes and waterfalls, as well as exploring the famous Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary.

  • Popular Places to Visit: Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga, Shri Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Wildlife Sanctuary, Hamunam Lake, Ahupe Waterfalls
  • Things to Do: Spot different species of birds and animals, including the Great Indian Squirrel at Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary, enjoy trekking, sightseeing and nature photography
  • Best Time to Visit: October to March
  • How to Reach:
    • Nearest Airport: Pune International Airport (105 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Pune Junction (109 km)

15. Bhandardara, Maharashtra

Bhandardara

Bhandardara, surrounded by lush greenery and endowed with mountains, waterfalls, lakes, and dams, is a nature lover’s paradise. Aside from its many scenic natural attractions, the hill station also has some ancient forts and temples that appeal to both history buffs and devotees. Looking for an adrenaline rush? Trek to Mount Kalsubai, Maharashtra’s highest peak, and satisfy your appetite for adventure.

  • Popular Places to Visit: Umbrella Falls, Randha Falls, Amruteshwar Temple, Kalsubai Peak, Lake Arthur, Harishchandragarh Fort
  • Things to Do: Enjoy boating and camping at Arthur Hill Lake, trek to Ratangad Fort, Sadhan Valley and Kalsubai Peak
  • Best Time to Visit: October to February
  • How to Reach:
    • Nearest Airport: Pune International Airport (157 km) and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai (166 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Igatpuri Railway Station (45 km)

16. Chikhaldara, Maharashtra

Chikhaldara

From picturesque views of the mountains and unique wildlife at Melghat Tiger Reserve to serene lakes and ancient forts, this sole hill station in the Vidharba region has a lot to offer. Chikhaldara is also the only coffee-producing place in the region, making it a popular destination for coffee lovers. If you enjoy mythology, here’s an interesting fact for you. According to the Mahabharata, Bheema killed the evil Kichaka and threw him into the valley in Chikhaldara.

  • Popular Places to Visit: Bhimkund, Melghat Tiger Reserve, Gawilgarh Fort, Narnala Fort, Bir Lake, Muktagiri
  • Things to Do: Visit Muktagiri to pay your respects at 52 Jain temples, enjoy panoramic views from Panchol Point, take boat rides on Shakkar Lake
  • Best Time to Visit: July to February
  • How to Reach:
    • Nearest Airport: Nagpur Airport (234 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Amravati Railway Station (85 km) and Badnera Junction (103 km)

Know more about Maharashtra tourism and the major attractions here

17. Sawantwadi, Maharashtra

Located near Maharashtra-Goa border, a trip to this serene hill station with many natural wonders, will leave you with wonderful memories. Apart from relaxing in Sawantwadi’s peaceful environs and exploring the temples, waterfalls, lakes and other attractions, you can plan a day trip to Goa to experience the best beach life and local cuisine.

  • Popular Places to Visit: Ganesh Temple Redi, Navadurga Temple Redi, Sawantwadi Palace, Moti Lake, Atmeshwar Tali, Amboli Waterfall
  • Things to Do: Enjoy boat rides on Moti Lake, explore Raghunath Market, pay your respects at the temples
  • Best Time to Visit: September to March
  • How to Reach:
    • Nearest Airport: Sindhudurg Chipi Airport (43 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Sawantwadi Road Railway Station

18. Panhala, Maharashtra

Panhala

Perched at an elevation of 3177 feet, this small hill station in Maharashtra mesmerises tourists with its serene environment and magnificent lakes, gardens, temples and historical sites. Panhala is also known for housing the Panhala Fort, the largest fort in the Deccan region. This magnificent structure depicts the history of the great Maratha Empire and dates back to the reign of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

  • Popular Places to Visit: Panhala Fort, Shree Mahalaxmi Ambabai Temple, Shree Jotiba Devasthan, Sajja Kothi, Male Lake, Masai Pathar
  • Things to Do: Enjoy puppet and magic shows, water rides and other activities at Shivtej Shivsrushti and Waterpark and Agro, explore Pohale Buddhist Caves, spend some tranquil time at Tabak Udyan
  • Best Time to Visit: October to December
  • How to Reach:
    • Nearest Airport: Kolhapur Airport (30 km) and Pune International Airport (246 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Kolhapur Junction (21 km)

19. Satara, Maharashtra

Satara

Satara, located on the Sahyadri Range, has a wonderful mix of tourist attractions. From lush green mountains, cascading waterfalls and pristine lakes to forts, caves, temples and trekking trails, Satara has something for everyone. Nature lovers should also visit Kaas Plateau, also known as the “Valley of Flowers”, which is only 25 km away from Satara.

  • Popular Places to Visit: Ajinkyatara Fort, Sajjangad Fort, Kaas Plateau, Thoseghar Waterfall, Lingamala Falls, Nataraj Mandir
  • Things to Do: Soak in the panoramic views of the mountains, spend some serene time near the lakes and waterfalls, admire the ancient craftsmanship of the forts and temples, trek to Kaas Plateau
  • Best Time to Visit: August to January
  • How to Reach:
    • Nearest Airport: Pune International Airport (122 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Satara Railway Station

20. Durshet, Maharashtra

Durshet

Adorned with rivers, waterfalls, flora and fauna and dotted with trekking trails, temples and historical ruins, Durshet is a tourist’s paradise. The hill station is also historically significant because it was the site of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s battlefield in the 1600s. Aside from that, Durshet is located between two important Ashtavinayak temples, so devotees can take a short detour to visit this mesmerising hill station and spend a couple of hours in the tranquil surroundings. 

  • Popular Places to Visit: Varad Vinayak Temple, Shri Ballaleshwar Ashtavinayak, Pali Fort, Uddhar Hot Springs, Imagicaa Water Park
  • Things to Do: Trek to Sarasgad and Sudhagad Forts, enjoy river rafting, rappelling, and other water sporting activities at the Kundalika River, go on a night safari in the woods
  • Best Time to Visit: November to March
  • How to Reach:
    • Nearest Airport: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai (83 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Khopoli Railway Station (18 km)

 You can easily shortlist a few of the best hill stations in Maharashtra now that you know about them and embark on a memorable trip with your loved ones. Most of these hill stations are within a few hours’ from the state’s major cities. Hence, you can easily plan a long vacation or weekend trip to relax in nature’s tranquil setting.