For those seeking a refuge from the humid heat and the traffic laden roads, here is a list of best hill stations in Maharashtra.
(Distance from Mumbai – 82 kms approx.)
Located in the Western Ghats in the state of Maharashtra, Khandala is a popular hill station and a much frequented weekend getaway for the inhabitants of Mumbai and Pune. The town is located at an elevation of 550 meters above mean sea level amidst the lush green hills of the Western Ghats. Due to its close proximity to the populated city of Mumbai it has been one of the most popular hiking and trekking destination.
(Distance from Mumbai – 84 kms approx.)
Situated at an elevation of 642 meters above sea level, Lonavala is located in close proximity to the town of Pune and Mumbai. Lonavala also houses several medieval forts that once belonged to the Maratha and the Peshwa empires. Rajmachi point, Valvan dam, Lonavala Lake, Lohagarh fort, Loin Point, Wax museum and Reywood Park etc. are the few popular attractions in Lonavala.
(Distance from Mumbai – 491 kms approx.)
A relatively unexplored hill station, Amboli is located in the state of Maharashtra in the Sahayadri Hills. Amboli attracts a lot of visitors through its abundant and unique flora and fauna. The hill town is situated at an elevation of 690 meters above the mean sea level and is best visited during the monsoons. Waterfalls and misty mountains are one of the best attractions that can be witnessed during the monsoons.
(Distance from Mumbai – 262 kms approx.)
One of the most enchanting hill stations in Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar sits at an elevation of 1,438 meters above sea level amidst the Western Ghats.. The town is known for its picturesque surroundings and a wide variety of flora, fauna and natural attractions like lush green hills and waterfalls. Arthur’s seat, Needle Hole rock, Venna Lake, Kate’s point and 3 Monkey point etc. are few of the various attractions one can visit in Mahabaleshwar.
(Distance from Mumbai – 244 kms approx.)
Located at an elevation of 1,293 meters above mean sea level in the state of Maharashtra, Panchgani is a picturesque hill station in the Sahayadri range. Sydney point, Table land, Parsi point, Devil’s kitchen, Marpo garden are few of the most popular tourists attractions in Panchgani.
(Distance from Mumbai – 83 kms approx.)
Matheran is located at an elevation of 800 meters above sea level in the state of Maharashtra. Placed amidst the picturesque hills of the Western Ghats, Matheran is a largely unspoilt hill station which is entirely free of automobiles. Alexander Point, Porcupine point, Pisharnath Mahadev Mandir, Celia Point, Charlotte Lake and Olympia race course are must visit places on your trip to Matheran.
(Distance from Mumbai – 165 kms approx.)
With the maximum elevations reaching upto 1600 meters above sea level, Bhandardara is a popular hill and tourist town in Western Ghats of Maharashtra. Wilson Dam, Arthur Lake, Ghatghar, Ratangad Fort, Harishchandragarh fort, Mount Kalsubai and Amriteshwar temple etc. are a few attractions in Bhandardara that should not be missed.
(Distance from Mumbai – 127 kms approx.)
Located in the Western Ghats, Malshej Ghat is a picturesque hill spot in the state of Maharashtra. Shivneri Fort, Bird Graveyard, Pimpalgaon Joga Dam and Malshej Falls are few of the most popular tourist attractions that can be visited here.
(Distance from Mumbai – 672 kms approx.)
Chikhaldara is situated at an average elevation of 1,188 meters above sea level and is the only coffee growing region in Maharashtra. Tigers, Leopards, Sloth Bears, wild boars etc. are the various animals that are found in the forests of Chikhaldara. Narnala fort, Gavilgad fort, Pandit Nehru Botanical gardens, Semadoh lake, Melghat Tiger reserve, Bhimkund, Shakkar Lake and Kalapani dam are just a few of the several tourist spots that are housed in this picturesque hill town.
(Distance from Mumbai – 459 kms approx.)
Toranmal is a hill station located at 1,150 meters above sea level in the Satpura mountain range in Maharashtra.. Yashwant Lake, Aawashabari point, sunset point, check dam, coffee garden, Gorakshaknath Temple, Lotus Lake, Seven Steps view point, Sita Khai and Nagarjun point are few of the popular attractions that should not be missed.