Say Maharashtra and the image of a kilometres-long Marine Drive promenade flashes across your mind, quickly followed by the front view of the Gothic Victorian structure—Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. Both are famous landmarks in Mumbai, the most popular city in Maharashtra. But there is more, much more to the third-largest state in India. Pristine beaches, surreal hill stations, adventurous treks, strawberry farms, wildlife sanctuaries, pilgrimage sites, rich history, scrumptious food and a vibrant culture—it has something for everyone.
If you have never thought of vacationing in Maharashtra then probably it is time you discover the beauty of the state and bring home some memorable experiences it offers. Here’s a comprehensive list of places to visit in Maharashtra for a complete and fulfilling trip.
1. Mumbai, Maharashtra
Mayanagri, the city of dreams, the one that never sleeps, India’s financial centre, Bollywood—Mumbai has many names and it lives up to each of them every day. Dotted with well-maintained architectural wonders from India’s colonial past, Mumbai offers a visual treat to Gothic architecture lovers. Meanwhile, for those who wish to experience the charm of a fast-moving city, a quick hop on the Mumbai local during the peak hours will be a story to tell. Or just embark on a 15-minute ferry ride from Gateway of India jetty to revisit a lost world at Elephanta Island.
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2. Pune, Maharashtra
Cultural capital of Maharashtra, Pune holds a place of pride in every Marathi’s heart. Once a political centre of the Indian sub-continent, Pune was the seat of Peshwas of the Maratha Empire. The district alone boasts of 17 forts of which the most famous are Shaniwar Wada, Singhagad Fort and Purandar Fort, closely followed by a remarkably different looking Aga Khan Palace that served as a prison for Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi soon after he launched the Quit India movement. Pune is a heaven for an art, culture and adventure lover.
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3. Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra
Nestled amid the scenic Western Ghats, this popular hill station is known for its breath-taking landscapes, evergreen timberlands, waterfalls and ancient temples. A trip to Mahabaleshwar means boating in Venna Lake, undertaking a sunset trek to the Pratapgarh Fort, visiting Rajpuri Caves, tantalising your taste buds with freshly-plucked berries and clicking picture-perfect photos with astounding views of the hills and valleys in the background.
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4. Lonavala, Maharashtra
Located between Mumbai and Pune, this beautiful hill station offers a quick getaway from the rushed city life. Famous for mouth-watering chikki (Indian candy made of nuts set in jaggery or sugar syrup), Lonavala offers a scenic drive from both cities. The beautiful winding roads and long tunnels on the Pune-Mumbai Expressway is a reason enough to keep going back to Lonavala. While Lonavala itself is a very small hill station, it is surrounded by some of the best tourist places in Maharashtra such as Pawna Lake, Lohagarh Fort, Visapur Fort, Tiger’s Point, Bhaja Caves, Kune Falls and Shree Narayani Dham Temple. You can also enjoy camping and trekking in Lonavala.
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5. Khandala, Maharashtra
Located quite close to Lonavala, Khandala is one of the famous places in Maharashtra, thanks to a popular Bollywood song. The hill station enjoys pleasant weather throughout the year and turns lush green during the monsoons. In addition to the pristine lakes and beautiful waterfalls, the quaint little hill station offers views of picturesque peaks and stunning valleys. Some popular attractions in Khandala include Karla and Bhanja Caves, Della Adventure Park, Sunil’s Celebrity Wax Museum and Aadishakti Mata Temple.
6. Matheran, Maharashtra
If you prefer a non-touristy hill station away from the hustle and bustle of weekend travellers, then Matheran is the right choice. What makes Matheran an extraordinary experience is the absence of cars and buses on the road. Yes, you read it right. Cars are not allowed in Matheran, leaving the pathways free for leisurely walks. The town offers many trekking trails to the various viewpoints from where you can enjoy alluring views of the sunrise, sunset and mountains. The peaceful and picturesque Charlotte Lake is an ideal spot for picnics and camping.
7. Lavasa, Maharashtra
Modelled on the Italian town of Portofino, Lavasa is a private hill city that was built from the scratch. This well-planned, clean city boasts of stunning infrastructure and a European experience. Spread over seven hills, Lavasa offers enthralling views of the lakes, hills and valleys, making it one of the most popular tourist places in Maharashtra. Adventure lovers can try their hand at hiking, biking, rappelling, camping and raft building. Lakeshore Watersports, a top attraction in Lavasa, is a wonderful place to enjoy different kinds of water sports.
8. Nashik, Maharashtra
Nashik is one of the most important holy places to visit in Maharashtra. As per Hindu mythology, Lord Rama stayed in Nashik during his 14 years of exile. For Rama devotees, a visit to Nashik is incomplete without visiting the famous Kalaram Temple where a black statue of Lord Rama is worshipped. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple also houses black statues of god Lakshmana and goddess Sita. Nashik is one of the four main sites for Kumbh Mela. Held once every 12 years, the event attracts millions of devotees from across the globe. In Nashik, besides religious visits, you can indulge in the natural beauty of the city and visit popular attractions such as Dudhsagar Waterfalls, Sula Vineyards, Coin Museum and Pandav Leni Caves.
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9. Shirdi, Maharashtra
Located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, Shirdi is a major pilgrimage site. The former home of revered spiritual leader Sai Baba, Shirdi attracts many devotees from all over the country. Shirdi also houses a devotional theme park called Saitheerth. Besides visiting the Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, devotees can also seek blessings at Shani Shingnapur—one of the most famous Shani temples in India.
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10. Panchgani, Maharashtra
Enclosed by five hills, this popular hill station is known for its beautiful waterfalls, lush green forests and juicy strawberries. If you love nature vacations, then Panchgani would be a perfect pick. When you visit Panchgani do not forget to include Kaas Plateau – a UNESCO World Heritage site – in your itinerary. Known as Maharashtra’s Valley of Flowers, Kaas plateau and surrounding grasslands look stunning in the months of August and September when it turns into a sea of blooming flowers. While in Panchgani, you must also visit Mapro Garden for delicious fruit-based treats.
11. Alibaug, Maharashtra
Popular as ‘Mini-Goa’, this small coastal town in the Konkan region of Maharashtra is a must-visit. Apart from spending time on the clean and serene beaches of Alibaug, you can visit many temples and forts here. Alibaug Beach, the most-visited beach in the town, offers stunning views of the sunrise, sunset and Kolaba Fort. Kihim Beach and Nagaon Beach are perfect places for water sports and landscape photography lovers. Do not forget to include Brahma Kund, Khanderi Fort and Vikram Vinayak Temple in your Alibaug itinerary.
12. Igatpuri, Maharashtra
This small hill station in the Nashik district is a popular weekend getaway for Mumbaikars as well as Punekars. Surrounded by high mountain ranges, Igatpuri is quite popular among trekkers and rock climbers. While Vihigaon Waterfall attracts nature lovers, Tringalwadi Fort and historic temples are frequented by history buffs and devotees. The world’s largest meditation centre, Vipassana Meditation Academy, is also situated in Igatpuri.
13. Bhandardara, Maharashtra
Also known as the Queen of Sahyadri ranges, this beautiful hill station boasts lush green landscapes, high mountains and cascading waterfalls. Bhandardara is situated in the Ahmednagar district and is a popular retreat for trekkers and nature lovers. Some must-visit attractions in Bhandardara are Umbrella Falls, Wilson Dam, Arthur Lake, Kalsubai Peak, Ratangarh Fort, Ratanwadi Village and the millennium-old Amruteshwar Temple. For adventurous souls, try trekking on Mount Kalsubai, the highest peak in Maharashtra.
14. Karnala, Maharashtra
This beautiful city in the Raigarh district is quite a treat for nature lovers and architecture enthusiasts. The place looks lush green and inviting during the monsoons and offers much respite from the summer heat. Karnala Bird Sanctuary and Karnala Fort are the main attractions here. The bird sanctuary houses over 220 species of birds and many wild animals. The ancient fort lying within the bird sanctuary is a must-visit for history buffs.
15. Satara, Maharashtra
Located near the confluence of rivers Krishna and Venna, Satara is one of the most important places to visit in Maharashtra. Apart from the natural beauty comprising pristine lakes, gushing waterfalls and gigantic mountains, Satara is known for its caves, forts and other historical ruins. Some must-visit attractions here are Ajinkyatara Fort, Thoseghar Falls, Lingamala Falls, Natraj Mandir, Mayani Bird Sanctuary and Natskies Observatory. Trekking to Kaas Plateau and watching flamingos in the bird sanctuary are some of the most popular things to do in Satara.
16. Nagpur, Maharashtra
The winter capital of Maharashtra, Nagpur is famous for its oranges. Besides, Nagpur is a charming travel destination. Apart from admiring nature’s beauty in the lush green gardens and lakes, you can experience some thrill at the wildlife sanctuaries and tiger reserves, and pay your respects at the temples. Deekshabhumi, an important Buddhist pilgrim centre is in Nagpur. While in the city, you must also visit Swaminarayan Temple, Shree Ganesh Mandir Tekdi, Ramtek Fort Temple, Lata Mangeshkar Musical Garden and Maharaj Bagh and Zoo.
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17. Ratnagiri, Maharashtra
A mention of Ratnagiri brings memories of its famous Alphonso mangoes. With the Arabian Sea on one side and Sahyadri mountain ranges on the other, Ratnagiri is blessed with nature’s bounty. It is also known as the port town of Maharashtra as it houses many ports, beaches and lighthouses. The gushing waterfalls, sandy shores and beautiful mangroves only add to the beauty of the city. Ratnagiri also boasts of magnificent forts built during the reign of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The top tourist places in Ratnagiri are Jaigarh Fort, Jaigarh Lighthouse, Swayambhu Ganapati Temple, Ganapatipule Beach and Thiba Palace.
18. Mulshi, Maharashtra
A clean and eco-friendly destination, Mulshi looks straight out of a postcard. Surrounding the stunning Mulshi Lake, the village offers breath-taking views of the Sahyadri ranges, lush green valleys and dense forests. What’s more? You can enjoy camping and bonfire at the picturesque Mulshi Dam and take a peaceful boat ride at the lake. Other major attractions in the village include Tamhini Ghat, Temghar Dam, Koraigarh Fort and Dhangad Fort.
19. Mandwa, Maharashtra
This small village located in the Raigarh district is a stone’s throw away from Alibaug. When travelling from Mumbai, you can take a ferry from the Gateway of India jetty to Mandwa Beach. This calm and charming beach is the main attraction here. Pleasant weather and clean waters play the perfect host to water sports enthusiasts seeking banana boat rides, kayaking, jet skiing and water scooters rides. Mandwa is also known for its churches, Buddhist caves and Portuguese historical site ruins.
20. Malvan, Maharashtra
A small yet important coastal town in Maharashtra’s Sindhudurg district, Malvan is a hub for beach activities. The town has many beaches where you can relax on the white sands or indulge in adrenaline-rushing underwater activities like scuba diving and snorkelling. Some popular attractions in Malvan are Tarkarli Beach, Chivla Beach, Tsunami Island, Rock Garden, Rameshwar Temple and Sindhudurg Fort. Malvan is particularly known for its lip-smacking seafood.
21. Aurangabad, Maharashtra
The tourism capital of Maharashtra, Aurangabad is also one of the fastest-growing cities in the world. Named after the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, Aurangabad was once a prominent Mughal city. Representatives of India’s glorious architectural past, the famous Ajanta and Ellora Caves are situated here. Also, Aurangabad is dotted with many must-visit attractions such as Daulatabad Fort, Jama Mosque, Bibi Ka Maqbara, Siddharth Garden and Zoo and Soneri Mahal.
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22. Khopoli, Maharashtra
This industrial city in the Raigarh district of Maharashtra is a popular weekend getaway from both Mumbai and Pune. It serves as a perfect destination for those looking to spend time in a quiet and peaceful place amidst nature. Imagica Amusement Theme Park, one of the best entertainment destinations in the country, is situated in Khapoli. While here, you can seek blessings at Shri Vireshwar Mahadev Temple and Shri Varadvinayak Temple, and admire the natural beauty of Kune Waterfall, Zenith Waterfall and Tungarli Lake.
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23. Panvel, Maharashtra
Also known as the gateway of the Konkan region, Panvel is situated on the banks of the Gadhi River and is only 35 km away from Mumbai. The lush greenery and scenic beauty of this place make it a popular weekend getaway for Mumbaikars. Places of tourist interest in Panvel include Prabalgad Fort, Gadeshwar Dam, Karnala Fort, Karnala Bird Sanctuary, Adai Waterfalls and two major Ashtavinayak temples—Balleshwar and VaradVinayak.
24. Kolhapur, Maharashtra
Who has not heard of the famous Kolhapuri chappals. But do be under the impression that that’s all this small city on the banks of River Panchganga has to offer. From ancient temples and forts to lakes, gardens and shopping malls, the city has something for every traveller. While the famous Mahalakshmi Temple attracts devotees all-round the year, the Panhala Fort, Vishalgad Fort and Shri Chhatrapati Shahu Museum are popular destinations for history buffs. And if you are a foodie, you are in for a treat. Try the famous Kolhapuri thali. Kolhapuri food is just as delicious as it is spicy. Certainly, it is not for the faint-hearted.
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25. Harihareshwar, Maharashtra
This quaint little town in the Raigarh district is a popular beach destination for Mumbaikars and Punekars. The beauty of Harihareshwar is accentuated by four hills and verdant forests on one side and beautiful beaches on the other. As home to the famous Harihareshwar Temple, the town holds great significance for the devotees of Lord Shiva. Some top attractions in the town are Kalbhairav Temple, Somja Devi Temple, Shankar Temple, Harihareshwar Beach and Srivardhan Beach.
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26. Chiplun, Maharashtra
Located in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, this peaceful town lies along the banks of the Vashisthi river. Although there are no dazzling attractions in Chiplun, the town still has plenty to offer. You can visit the lovely mango and cashew groves, pay your respects at the Parshuram Temple and spend some peaceful time near Sawatsada Waterfall and Nehru Smriti Udyan. Other places to visit in Chiplun are Vasota Fort, Gowalkot Fort, Marleshwar Temple, Koyna Dam, Pandavaas Cave and Walawalkar Shivaji Museum.
27. Sindhudurg, Maharashtra
A place of historical significance, Sindhudurg is popular among historians and adventure enthusiasts alike. From forts and beaches to temples and waterfalls, Sindhudurg has something for everyone. The majestic Sindhudurg Fort, a historical site surrounded by the Arabian Sea, is the main attraction here. Devotees can also pay their respects at India’s oldest Sai Temple and Navadurga Temple. Meanwhile, adventure seekers can rush to Nivati beach and Tarkarli beach for some adrenaline-rushing water sports.
28. Tarkarli, Maharashtra
This small town located at the convergence of the Arabian Sea and Karli river is known for its white-sand beaches and pristine water. It is a newfound holiday destination and is untouched by commercialisation. Tarkarli is known for the fine talcum-powder like sand. The beaches here are perfect for relaxing and enjoying different water sports. While at the beach, do not miss the beautiful sunset and the sight of dolphins jumping around in the water.
29. Ganpatipule, Maharashtra
A holy destination situated in the lap of nature, Ganpatipule is one of the top choices among beach lovers. This beach town along the Konkan coast is known for the 400-year-old, self-created idol of Lord Ganesha. Also, a hill shaped like Lord Ganesha behind the temple and the confluence of the sea and river are nothing less than natural wonders. When in Ganpatipule, you can enjoy different water sports at the beaches and visit popular attractions such as Jaigarh Fort, Jaigarh Lighthouse and Malgund village.
30. Jawhar, Maharashtra
Popularly known as the Mahabaleshwar of Thane, Jawhar is one of the less explored hill stations in Maharashtra. The beautiful mountains, lush green valleys and gushing waterfalls add to the scenic beauty of the town and make it a wonderful nature retreat. Jawhar also offers thrilling activities such as trekking and hiking to adventure seekers. Some major attractions in Jawhar include the ancient Katya Murti Hanuman Temple, magnificent Jai Vilas Palace, Bhopatgad Fort, cascading Dabdaba Falls and scenic places such as Hanuman Point and Sunset Point.
31. Amravati, Maharashtra
Named after the famous Ambadevi Temple, Amravati is known for its spectacular religious structures and their spiritual vibes. The intricately-built Ambavati temple, Shri Venkateshwara Swamy Temple and Shri Krishna Temple reflect architectural excellence and attract devotees throughout the year. Apart from the temples, you may also visit Chikhaldara hill station, Muktagiri Jain pilgrimage centre and Melghat Tiger Reserve. You can also explore Hurricane Point, Devi Point and Prospect Point for some exquisite nature photography.
32. Durshet, Maharashtra
Nestled in the heart of the Sahyadri range, Durshet is famous for its abundant natural beauty. Apart from meandering rivers, gushing waterfalls and lush green environs, the town houses many ruins of heritage sites and ancient temples. Ballaleshwar Temple and Varad Vinayak Temple—two of the eight famous Ashtavinayak temples—are located in the vicinity. Other popular attractions here include Imagicaa Theme Park, Pali Fort, Durshet Forest Lodge and Uddhar Hot Springs.
33. Gondia, Maharashtra
Situated on the border of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, Gondia is popularly known as the “Rice Bowl of Maharashtra”. The place is known for its bountiful rice cultivation and rice mills. When in the city, you can spend some peaceful time near Chulbandh Dam and Hajra Falls, enjoy jungle safaris at Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary and Navegaon National Park and explore Darekasa Caves and Kachargadh Caves. Nagra Shiv Temple and Mando Devi Temple attract many spiritual travellers all year round.
34. Shani Shingnapur, Maharashtra
Located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, Shani Shingnapur village is quite popular among the devotees of Lord Shani. The place holds great religious significance as it is believed that Lord Shani self-emerged from the earth and still resides in the black stone at the temple. It is interesting to note that people do not have doors and locks for the houses and shops in the village. They believe that no theft can happen in a village protected by Lord Shani.
35. Dapoli, Maharashtra
Although popular as a beach destination, Dapoli has a lot more to offer. Located in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, Dapoli is 215 km away from Mumbai. Dapoli is known for its scenic beaches, beautiful landscapes and lush greenery. While here, you can also explore the historical forts, temples and caves, take a dip at Unhavare hot water springs and enjoy different activities such as water sports, trekking and hiking. Karde beach, Ladghar beach, Keshavraj Temple, Parshuram Bhumi and Panhalekaji caves are among the top attractions here.
36. Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Maharashtra
These ancient rock-cut caves with beautiful paintings and finely-carved sculptures are among the top tourist destinations not only in Maharashtra but across India. Ajanta Caves exhibit the brilliance of the earliest Buddhist architecture, sculptures and paintings. On the other hand, Ellora Caves (104 km from Ajanta Caves) house Hindu and Jain temples, Buddhist monasteries and sculptures inspired by the three religions. As a UNESCO World Heritage site, these popular caves attract tourists from around the world.
37. Tadoba National Park, Maharashtra
A favourite among wildlife and nature enthusiasts, Tadoba National Park is an exciting destination. It is located in the Chandrapur district and is one of the oldest, largest and best-protected Tiger Reserves in the country. Spread across 626 sq.km, the National Park has deep valleys, a dense forest area and some lakes. You can spot a wide range of animals and birds here. On a lucky day, you may even get to see tigers, Indian leopards, barking deer, sloth bears, striped hyenas, Indian pythons and cobra snakes, peacocks and eagles in their natural habitat.
38. Harishchandragad, Maharashtra
This ancient hill fort, situated at an altitude of 4665 ft, in the Ahmednagar district is popular among trekkers and tourists alike. Although challenging, the trek is one of the best ones in Maharashtra. It has multiple routes and each offers wide a range of adventures. The trek route has many caves, temples and a Pushkarni at the top—each representing different cultures from medieval times. Local attractions include Harischandreshwar Temple which is carved from a single rock, Nageshwar Temple Kedareshwar Cave which houses a huge Shiva Linga, Taramati Peak and Konkan Kada.
39. Pratapgarh Fort, Maharashtra
Located at a distance of 21 km from Mahabaleshwar, Pratapgarh Fort is a popular mountain fort in Maharashtra. It was built by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and stands tall at 3543 ft above sea level. This popular hilltop with splendid architecture is divided into two parts–the upper and lower forts. Besides enjoying and capturing panoramic views of the Konkan coast, lakes and valleys, you can seek the blessings of goddess Bhavani at the lower fort.
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40. Rajmachi Fort, Maharashtra
Rajmachi Fort is a famous trekking destination and a perfect escape from the city. It has two fortresses–Manaranjan and Shriwardhan. Nestled in the Sahyadri range, Rajmachi is ringed by nature in its bounty. The trekking trail is amazing with views of Kataldhar and other waterfalls, Shirota Lake, deep gorges and valleys, and picturesque villages. Some popular places to visit at the fort include Udaysagar Lake, Mahadev Temple near the lake, and Bahiroba Temple on the plateau near the twin fortresses.
41. Koroli, Maharashtra
This beautiful hill station in Nashik is a treat for the eyes, mind and soul. Located 160 km away from Mumbai and 250 km away from Pune, Koroli is a perfect weekend getaway. Its scenic beauty is mesmerising and the place comes alive during the monsoon with verdant greenery all around. Koroli is surrounded by the Sahyadri Mountains and has Vaitarna Dam and its backwaters in the vicinity. Some top spots in and around Koroli are Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple, Anjaneri hilltop fort and Talegaon Kachurli forest and lake.
42. Chikhaldara, Maharashtra
Chikhaldara is the only hill station in the Vidharba region and is a preferred summer retreat. It is also the sole coffee-growing area in the region; you can actually get the scent of coffee when you enter Chikhaldara. Bhimkund, the place where Bhim took bath after killing Kichaka, is a popular attraction here. You can also explore Gwaligarh and Narnala Forts, spend a peaceful time near Bir and Kalapani lakes and spot some wild animals at Melghat Tiger Reserve and Gugamal National Park. Muktagiri, a collection of 52 Jain temples is only 46 km away from Chikhaldara.
43. Toranmal, Maharashtra
This beautiful hill town is located in the Nandurbar district and is bordered by seven ranges of Satpura hills. From serene lakes and gushing waterfalls to naturally-formed caves and scenic viewing points, Toranmal is just right for an exciting holiday. Apart from being blessed with nature’s bounty, Toranmal also has many places of religious significance such as Gorakhnath Temple and Nagarjun Temple. Sita Khai, Lotus Lake, Yashavant Lake, Khadki Point, Aawashabari Point and Machhindranath Cave are some wonderful places to visit on this small plateau.
44. Amboli, Maharashtra
A relatively unexplored destination, Amboli is a perfect retreat from chaotic cities. This hill station is located in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, just before the coastal highlands of Goa. In Amboli, you can spend quality time amidst nature and indulge in outdoor activities such as trekking and camping. Durg and Dhakoba peaks offer a wonderful trekking experience while Shirgaonkar Point is perfect for enjoying stunning views of the valley. Amboli Falls, Madhavgad Fort, and Sunset Point are some of the other popular attractions here.
45. Latur, Maharashtra
This beautiful city with a strong historical background is one of the best places to visit in Maharashtra in winter. Apart from the historical and religious sites, Latur also boasts of lush green parks and gardens. Some popular attractions in the city are Ausa Fort, Udgir Fort, Kharosa Caves, Nana Nahi Park, South-Indian style Ashtavinayak Temple, Siddheshwar Ratneshwar Temple and the elephant hill called Hattibet Devarajan.
46. Panhala, Maharashtra
Located at an elevation of 3177 feet above sea level, Panhala offers scenic views of the mountains and valley below. It is the smallest city in Maharashtra and is only 22 km away from Kolhapur. Panhala Fort, the largest fort in the Deccan region, is the main attraction here. It has many structures and monuments that offer a glimpse of the great Maratha Empire’s rich heritage. Parashar Caves, Sajja Kothi, Ambabai Temple, Sambhaji Temple and Someshwar Temple are also some of the must-visit places in Panhala.
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47. Wai, Maharashtra
Enveloped in natural beauty, Wai is a picturesque hill station in Maharashtra’s Satara district. It is a prominent attraction among religious travellers as Wai houses more than 100 temples and is also known as “Dakshin Kashi” (Kashi of the South). Mahaganapati Mandir, Kalubai Mandir, Menawali Wes, Pandavgad Fort, Nana Phadnavis Vada and Vairatgad Fort are some important attractions here. You can also explore Rajpuri Caves and Wai Caves and enjoy scenic views from Harrisons Folly, Table Land, Sydney Point and Dhom Dam.
48. Tamhini Ghat, Maharashtra
A popular weekend getaway from Pune and Mumbai, Tamhini Ghat is all about panoramic mountain views, scenic lakes and beautiful waterfalls. This mountain pass in the Western Ghats looks particularly alluring during the monsoons. When in Tamhini Ghat, you can trek to Sudhagad Fort, Ghangad Fort and Sarasgad Fort for a thrilling experience, enjoy swimming and picnic at Tamhini Waterfall and participate in adrenaline-rushing river-rafting activities at Mulshi Dam. Andharban Trail Point is a popular and picturesque hiking trail here.
49. Sawantwadi, Maharashtra
This beautiful town in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra is a popular pit stop for tourists travelling to and from Mumbai and Goa. The place also has some popular attractions that one must explore. Nature lovers can enjoy a picnic at Hiranya Keshi Nagarta Falls and take a walk at Narendra Dongar Park. Sawantwadi Palace is a key attraction in the district. Also, do not forget to include Moti Lake, Narendra Hill, Hanuman Temple and Vithal Temple in your travel itinerary.
50. Lonar, Maharashtra
A small town in the Vidarbha region, Lonar is just 140 km away from Aurangabad. The town is famous for Lonar Crater Lake, the third-largest crater in the world and the only saltwater lake in basaltic rock. The lake is surrounded by low hills and is covered by a jungle on the sides. The forest is home to many migratory birds and animals including herons, shell ducks, baya weavers, chinkaras, peafowls and gazelles. Gomukh Temple and Daitya Sudhan Temple are religiously significant places in Lonar.
51. Kalavantin Durg, Maharashtra
This beautiful spot near Mumbai (50 km away) awaits your presence with its thick floating clouds, lush greenery and rocky terrains. Kalavantin Durg is located near the famous Prabalgad Fort. During the old days, it was used as a watchtower by the Marathas to guard the fort against enemies. It is now a popular trekking destination but is also one of the most dangerous ones in the country.
These 51 best tourist places in Maharashtra are sure to leave you spoilt for choice. Whether you are planning a weekend getaway or a long vacation, this list will help you find a destination that suits your preferences and fits in your pocket. Which all places have you visited in Maharashtra? Do let us know your favourites and the ones you plan to visit in the near future.