As the state of Maharashtra is the Home of Sahydri Mountains, the state has many appealing hill stations. The Britishers founded most of these hill stations during their colonial era to beat the scorching heat. But the beauty and the charming glory are still alive in these hill stations. The Western Ghats, which form a part of the Sahydri range, has also lots of beautiful hill stations.
Hill stations of Maharashtra not only attract the foreign tourists but
also Indian domestic tourists, which are exhausted with the fast urban
life. Popular hill stations of Maharashtra are Matheran, Lonavala,
Khandala, Mahabaleshwar, Panchagani, Bhandardara, Malshej Ghat, Amboli,
Chikhaldara Panhala, Panchgani, Sawantwadi, Toranmal, and Jawahar. It is
said that each hill station of Maharashtra has unique characteristic and
its closeness to a city makes it very popular.
Amboli is located in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. This hill station is at an altitude of 690m above the sea level. Having dense forests and steep mountains, Amboli is the last hill resort before the coastal plains begin in the southern ranges of the Sahyadri Hills.
Bhandardara is located at a distance of 70 km from Nashik. It is a small and peaceful area. This hill station is popular for fun loving and picnic lovers. Radha Falls, a deep valley, a clean and large Arthur Lake,
Chikhaldara is in Amaravatio district of Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. It is believed that its name is derived from Keechaka. This hill station is the only hill station, which offers the tourists lots of wildlife, viewpoints,
Jawhar hill station is in Thane district of Maharashtra. Gifted with exotic valleys, thick rich forests and pleasant climate, Jawhar offers dofferent type of enjoyment comparing to other hill stations of Maharashtra.
Lonavla & Khandala
Locating at an altitude of 625m, Lonavala and Khandala are famous for its beautiful hills, deep green valleys, huge lakes, historic forts and waterfalls etc. These two hill stations are at the Sahyadris Mountains of Maharashtra
Mahabaleshwar is also known as the Queen of all Hill Stations. This hill station is situated at an altitude of 1,372m in the heart of Sahyadri Hills in Satara District. Its name is derived from a Lord Mahadev temple and three Sanskrit words,
Malshejghat is in Pune, Maharashtra. This hill station is known for its special attraction for trekkers, hikers, adventurers, and nature lovers. Malshejghat is at an altitude of 700m above the sea level.
Matheran is an important hill station of Maharashtra as it is the closest one to Mumbai and Pune. This 800m high hill station is located in Alibagh district of Maharashtra.
Panchgani is in Satara district of Maharashtra. One can see the Krishna River on one side and the coastal plain on the other. This hill station lies at an altitude of 1,334m above the sea level.
Located at an altitude of 3177 feet and 18 km away from Kolhapur, Panhala is a scenic hill station and quite popular among tourists. The place houses famous Panhala fort which has great acquaintance with Maratha Empire.
Locating at the Sahyadri Mountains at an altitude of 690m above the sea level, Sawantwadi hill station offers hours of fun to visitors. This hill station is in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra.
Toranmal is at Satpura Hills in Akrani Taluka of Nandarpur district in Maharashtra. This hill station lies at an altitude of 1461m above the sea level. The surroundings of the Toranmal plateau are cool and greenery.