Best Places to visit in summer

Isn’t it too hot these days? Let’s explore some of cool places in Maharashtra. Some of these places are surely going to sweep you off your feet. Take a look to know what all awaits you in this land!

Kashid
A quaint little beach town nestled along the North Konkan region of Maharashtra, Kashid is one of the coolest places to visit in Maharashtra during summer. Famous for its white sand beaches, clear blue seas, and dense-forested mountains.
Best Time to Visit: March to June
Major Attractions: Kashid Beach, Murud Janjira Fort, Korlai Fort, Revdanda Beach & Fort, and Phansad Bird Sanctuary.
Things to Do: Camping at Kashid beach, trek to Phansad, scuba diving near Murud Janjira, banana boat rides in Kashid, and more.
How To Reach: The nearest airstrip is that of Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport which is about 140 kilometers away. The nearest railway station is that of Roha which is about 122 kilometers away from Kashid.

Lonavla
Lonavala is a hill station surrounded by green valley and mountains. It’s the best picnic spots near Mumbai for all those who want to gate away from the clutter of city life. It is known for the waterfalls and greenery. Get to lonavala for a gala time during vacation as it is one of the cold places.
Best Time to Visit: October to May
Major Attractions: Tiger’s Leap, Lonavala Lake, Rajmachi Wildlife Sanctuary, Koregad Fort, Amrutanjan Point, Bhaja Caves, and more.
Things to do: Enjoy sightseeing and camping, trekking, trek to Koregad, trek to Rajmachi and Kondane Caves, and more.
How to Reach: Lohegaon Airport is the nearest airport located at a distance of about 71 kilometers from Lonavala.

Malvan
Painting a beautiful canvas for you with it’s stunning beaches, sprawling backwater and ancient forts in the backdrop. Renowned to be the most famous fishing ports in the state, Malvan is one of the places to visit in May to enjoy some privacy, great sunsets, and adventurous watersports.
Best Time to Visit: End of October to mid-May
Major Attractions: Tarkarli Beach, Malvan Beach, Nivti Beach, Rock Garden, Devbagh Beach, Sindhudurg Fort, Malvan Marine Sanctuary, and more.
Things to do: Boating in Karli backwaters, scuba diving and dolphin safari in Tsunami island, snorkeling in Tarkarli, and more.
How to Reach: Malvan is located at a distance of about 35 kilometers from Kasal. The destination can be best reached from Pune via Kolhapur through NH 17.

Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar is yet another place to explore which is also a romantic gateway for all the love birds. As this is a hill station you get to see many mountains valley and greenery all around. This place is also famous for strawberries. Mapro is the main attraction here.
Best Time to Visit: March to June
Major Attractions: Mahabaleshwar Temple, Morarji Castle, Venna Lake, Pratapgad, Mapro Garden, Tapola, Lingamala Falls, Lodwick Point, Elephant’s Head Point and many more.
Things to do: Watch the magical sunrise at Wilson Point, mountain biking at Mahabaleshwar hill station, boating from Tapola to Bamnoli Island, rock climbing, horse riding, trekking & more.
How to Reach: The nearest airport is that of Pune located just 120 kilometers away. Wathar is the nearest railway station that is located just 60 kilometers away. Take local buses from Vashi, Dadar East or Sion and reach Mahabaleshwar in just 5 to 6 hours.

Panchgani
Panchgani is renowned as the headquarters for paragliding in the state of Maharashtra. Literally translating into the land of five hills, Panchgani is the ultimate summer resort that is much famed for its scenic beauty and untouched environs.
Best Time To Visit: September to May
Major Attractions: Table Land, Mapro Farms, Sydney Point, Lingmala Falls, Kate’s Point, Arthur Seat, Dhom Dam, Bhilar Waterfalls, and Elephant’s Head Point.
Things to do: Go sightseeing in Panchgani, hiking near the Rajpuri Caves, enjoy trekking and cycling, go shopping for handicrafts, and much more.
How to Reach: One can get to Panchgani by flight via Pune Airport which is located at a distance of 100 kilometers. The nearest railway head is also that of Pune.

Ratnagiri
Located on shoreline of the Arabian Sea. This is one of the coolest places in Maharashtra. It is a perfect place for weekend gateway.
Best Time to Visit: October to April
Major Attractions: Ratnagiri Fort, Bhatye Beach, Thibaw Palace, Bhagwati Mandir, Mandvi Beach, and more
Things to do: Explore the Ratnadurg Fort, visit Ratnagiri Marine Fish Museum, hike up to Kadelot Point, visit Basni Lake, and more
How to Reach: One can reach Ratnagiri via flights, train, and by road. While Mumbai happens to be the nearest airstrip and railhead from Ratnagiri, one can also travel to Ratnagiri from Goa which is just 188 kms away.

Matheran
Located in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, Matheran treats the adventure soul’s right with its lush green and forested routes that are rich in wildlife and best for trekking and hiking.
Best Time to Visit: November to June
Major Attractions: Panorama Point, Echo Point, One Tree Hill Point, Charlotte Lake, Alexander Point, Prabal Fort, and Honeymoon Hill.
Things to do: Trek through the Garbett Plateau, valley crossing from Honeymoon Point to Louisa Point, nature walking, and local shopping in Matheran, and more.
How to Reach: Take the toy train from Neral and enjoy a zigzag ride through which you can reach Matheran in just two hours. One can also drive to Matheran from Neral and reach within 30 minutes.

-By Samiksha Suhas Bhovad
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