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Panchgani

Location Western Ghats, Maharashtra
Distance from Mumbai 290kms
Special Features Five Hills Tourist Hotspot
Altitude 1334mts
Other Attraction Mahabaleshwar, Pratapgarh Fort
Best Time October to June

Pratapgarh Fort Panchgani MumbaiPanchgani literally means five hills; this idyllic hilly resort is just 19kms from Mahabaleshwar and perched at an altitude of 1334 mts on the Western Ghats in Maharashtra. With walkways thickly shaded with lush trees and verdant vegetation, Panchgani is tourists' delight.

You can mount a horse and canter along the uncharted routes through hidden lovers' lanes to Kamalgad Fort. There is stunning Krishna river on the one side and coastal plains on the other that leaves tourists agape in wonder.

Panchgani harbors an old world charm which reflects in the architecture of the British buildings, the Parsi houses and the boarding houses that have been around for a century or more. You can spend hours in a row at the bazaar in Panchgani that finds one at peace while sifting through quite yet bustling market place.

Apart from the unhurried pace of life at Panchgani there are many more spots that can savored at length. Sydney Point is one among them. Situated on a small hillock facing the Krishna Valley, you can witness the sparkling waters of the Dhom Dam and Pandavgad and Mandhardeo are also easily seen.

Table Land is situated around 60 mts high, which is a flat large expanse of laterite rock, supposedly the second longest mountain plateau in Asia. There are some spacious caves that can be seen from here and one of them is Devil's Kitchen. Parsi Point overlooks the Krishna valley and Dhom Dam.

At Panchgani you can enjoy the scooter boats and speedboats. Sporting in Krishna river stream is a wonderful experience. The picturesque Lingmala Falls in Mahabaleshwar has unbroken stream of water that precipitates over the face of a steep cliff during the Monsoons sometimes sparkling with rainbow colors in circle. About 10kms from Panchgani are the Rajapuri Caves where a small local fair is held at the time of harvest.

How to Reach Panchgani

By Air
The nearest airport is Pune aboout 98 kms. From here you can have private and public transport to take you to Panchgani.

By Rail/Train
The nearest railway station is Wathar, 45 kms on Miraj-Kolhapur section of South Central Railway. However convenient railhead is Pune.

By Road
Panchgani is well connected by road from all parts of Maharashtra. Mumbai-Panchgani via Pune covers 270 kms and Mumbai Panchgani via Mahad has 266 kms. State Transport buses ply from Satara, Pune, Wai, Mahabaleshwar, Mahad to Panchgani.