Best Destinations in Maharashtra

There are various best destinations in Maharashtra. The state is a land of the great Sahayadri mountains and forts. It is also the land of caves and beaches. Furthermore, Maharashtra is also a fusion of ancient Wadas and Modern buildings. Maharashtra is the land where great Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was born. The king built amazing forts on the Sahayadri mountains and on the sea, thus making Maharashtra more elegant and stunning than before.

Following are the best destinations in Maharashtra

Alibag

Water sports on Nagaon beach
Image Source Water sports on Nagaon beach

Alibag is located along the coastline of Maharashtra. Furthermore, It is located in Raigad district and is one of the best destinations in Maharashtra which is famous for beaches and forts.

The beaches here have white sand and crystal clear sea. Moreover, Alibag has some forts that are surrounded by Arabian sea from all of its sides. Such sea forts can be reached by ferry boats

Alibag has amazing Konkani seafood that will make your mouth water. Moreover, it has many spots that offer amazing views of sunsets and sunrises. Alibag also has many beautiful temples. Furthermore, there are amazing water sports which you can play in.

Alibag is also known as ‘Goa of Maharashtra’

Best beaches in Alibag

  • Alibag Beach
  • Kashid Beach
  • Nagaon Beach
  • Kihim Beach
  • Akshi Beach
  • Mandwa Beach
  • Varsoli Beach
  • Saswane Beach
  • Korlai Beach
  • Kasim Beach
  • Awas Beach

Alibag was previously called as Alichi Bagh (Ali’s Garden) because a rich Jewish men-Ali used to live here who owned Mangoes and coconut trees.

Forts in Alibag

  • Murud-Janjira Sea Fort
  • Vijaydurg Sea Fort
  • Underi Sea Fort
  • Kolaba Sea Fort
  • Suvarnadurg Sea Fort
  • Revdanda Fort
  • Korlai Fort
  • Sagargad Fort

Best time to visit

November to February

These are the best months to visit Alibag because the temperature will be cool, calm and comfortable. 

Kolhapur

New Palace, Kolhapur
Image Source New Palace, Kolhapur

Kolhapur is famous for its cuisine, temples, forts, palaces, Museums, Kolhapuri Chappal (Footwear), and Saaj(Jewellery). Kolhapuri has a great history to tell and hence is one of the best destinations in Maharashtra.

Kolhapur got its name due to the fact of Goddess Lakshmi killing the demon Kolhasura. Furthermore, before independence, Kolhapur was a princely state.

Kolhapuri cuisine is spicy and is famous for its Mutton Thali and Chicken Thali. Moreover, out of these dishes, Tambada Rassa and Pandhara Rassa are most famous. Other must-try dishes consist of Kolhapuri Bhel, Kolhapuri Misal, and Vada Pav.

Best destinations in and around Kolhapur

  • Mahalakshmi Temple
  • Chhatrapati Shahu Museum also called as ‘New Palace’
  • Rankala Lake
  • Jyotiba Temple
  • Panhala Fort
  • Vishalgad Fort
  • Sagareshwar Deer Sanctuary
  • Siddhagiri Museum
  • Shalini Palace
  • Town Hall Museum
  • Siddhagiri Museum
  • Chandrakant Mandare Art Gallery Museum
  • Amba Ghat

Best time to visit

September to February

In September or October, Navratri starts and hence are the best months to visit Mahalakshmi temple for darshan. Other months are good to visit other destinations because the weather will be cool, and mesmerizing.

Pune

Dilli Darwaza of Shaniwar Wada
Image Source Dilli Darwaza of Shaniwar Wada, Pune

Pune is a ‘Cultural Capital’ of Maharashtra and hence is one of the best destinations in Maharashtra. Moreover, Pune was once the ‘Capital of the Maratha Empire’. The city is also called as ‘Oxford of the East’ due to various fine educational institutions present here. In addition to this, Pune is also a paradise of IT parks.

Pune has great architectural monuments dating back to the 8th century of the Rashtrakuta period. Furthermore, Pune is famous for Wadas, Temples, Forts, Educational Institutes, Greenery, Weather, Cuisine and many more fascinating things.

Pune has an epic history to tell. In the year 1630, Founder of the  Hindavi Swarajya Empire- Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was born on Shivneri Fort in Pune. His highness childhood was spent in Lal Mahal and later on, Rajgad was capital of Shivaji Maharaj for 26 years.

After many many years later Pune became the seat of Peshwa during the Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Reign.

Pune has delicious cuisne like Mastani, Puneri Misal, Bhakarwadi, Bhel Puri, Kheema Pav, Thalipeeth, Vadapav, Bun Mhaska, etc. 

Furthermore, Laxmi Road is the best place to do shopping. 

Major attractions in and around Pune

  • Shaniwar Wada
  • Lal Mahal
  • Parvati Hill
  • Pataleshwar Cave
  • Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum
  • Vishrambaug Wada
  • Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Temple
  • Pune-Okayama Friendship Garden
  • Saras Baug
  • Shinde Chhatri
  • Tulsi Baug
  • Chaturshringi temple
  • Pawna Lake
  • Panshet Lake
  • Aga Khan Palace
  • Osho Garden
  • Lonavala and Khandala

Major forts near Pune

  • Sinhagad Fort
  • Shivneri Fort
  • Rajgad Fort
  • Lohagad Fort

Best time to visit

Late August to February

These are the months where various festivals start in Pune. In late August or September, Pune celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi with full zeal and enthusiasm.

 In October or November, Diwali is celebrated with full joy and charm. Furthermore, Deepotsav during Diwali is a must-see event where early mornings and late evenings Diyas(Lambs) brighten up at various places like Shaniwar Wada, Saras Baug, Sambhaji Baug, etc. 

Moreover, December is a month where a classical music festival named as Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav takes place.

November to February are the months where the temperature will be cool and comfortable. Besides these months, you can also visit Pune in the rainy season to enjoy trekking Lohagad and various hills.

Furthermore, Lonavala and Khandala are the best destinations to visit even in summers as the temperature here is still chilly.

Satara

Kaas Pathar
Kaas Pathar, Satara

Satara is located near the joint point of rivers Krishna and Venna. Satara means Seven hills, The story behind this name was that the city was surrounded by seven hills. In this, Seven means ‘Saat’ in Marathi and hill means ‘Tara’. Hence the name – ‘Satara’. 

The seven hills are Ajinkyatara, Jarandeshwar, Sajjangad, Yawateshwar, Pedhyacha Bhairoba, Nakdicha Dongar, and Kitlicha Dongar.

Satara is famous for Kandi Pedhe sweet, history, hills, forts, and waterfalls. Moreover, it is most famous for Kaas Pathar which is a plateau full of varieties of wonderful and beautiful flowers that gives a sweet and pleasent scent. Kaas Pathar is the best destination for Nature Photography. Furthermore, Satara is the only place where there is a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj standing near a Cannon.

Satara was once the capital of the Maratha Empire. It was the seat of Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj and hence it is one of the best destinations in Maharashtra.

Best destinations in and around Satara

  •  Ajinkyatara Fort
  • Thoseghar waterfalls
  • Kaas Lake and Kaas Pathar 
  • Vajrai waterfalls
  • Kalyangad Fort
  • Mayani Bird Sanctuary
  • Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum
  • Char Bhinti
  • Koyna Dam

Best time to visit

June to February

Monsoon is the best season to see beautiful flowers of  Kaas Pathar and waterfalls. And winter is the best season to visit Satara because of the temperature that will be cool and pleasant.

Ratnagiri

Sunset at Mandavi Beach, Ratnagiri
Image Source Sunset at Mandavi Beach, Ratnagiri

Ratnagiri is a port town located in Konkal coastal area of Maharashtra. Ratnagiri has everything to offer from Arabian sea to Sahyadri hills. Furthermore, Ratnagiri is famous for Alphonso. Spiritually, Ratnagiri is famous for Ganpatipule. Moreover, there are various forts in Ratnagiri.

Ratnagiri has a legendary history and was a native land to freedom fighters like Lokmanya Tilak, S.M Joshi, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, and Gopal Krishna Gokhale. It was also a native land of the father of Indian Constitution- Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. Because of the great freedom fighters that were born here, Ratnagiri is one of the best destinations in Maharashtra.

Major attractions in Ratnagiri

  • Ratnadurg Fort
  • Mandavi Beach
  • Devgad Fort and Beach
  • Ganpatipule
  • Bhatye Beach
  • Marine Aquarium and Museum
  • Purnagad Fort
  • Jaigad Fort
  • Guhagar Beach
  • Tilak Ali Museum
  • Thiba Palace

Best time to visit

October to February

These are the months when the temperature will be pleasant and comfortable. Besides, these are the months which will be splendid to have a good day on the beach by playing in the sand or swimming in the waters or by just relaxing on the beach.

Nashik

Pandavleni Caves, Nashik
Image Source Pandavleni Caves, Nashik

Nashik is located on the banks of Godavari river and according to Ramayana, Lakshmana cut the Nak (nose) of demon Shurpanakha on this place and hence the place got its name as Nashik.

Nashik is considered as a sacred place as Kumbh Mela occurs here after every 12 years. Furthermore, Nashik is famous for temples, grapes, forts, caves, hills, and Sula Vineyards. Above all, because of the ‘Kumbh Mela’, Nashik is one of the best destinations in Maharashtra.

Moreover, Nashik is the land which has witnessed Ramayana. Panchvati was a place where Lord Ram along with Sita and Lakshmana used to stay. Furthermore, there is Sita Gufa from where Sita was kidnapped by Demon Ravana.

Moreover, Saptashrungi temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas of India and one of the three and a half Shakti Peethas of Maharashtra.

Presently Nashik is the ‘Wine Capital of India’.

Best destinations in and around Nashik

  • Kala Ram Mandir
  • Pandavleni Caves
  • Anjaneri Hills
  • Muktidham
  • Ramshej Fort
  • Patta Fort
  • Harihar Fort
  • Ankai Fort
  • Igatpuri Hill Station
  • Anjaneri Hills
  • Trimbakeshwar Temple
  • Kapaleshwar Mandir
  • Saptashrungi 
  • Sita Gufa
  • Panchvati 
  • Ramghat during Kumbh Mela time.
  • Sula Vineyards

Best time to visit

July to September and November to February

July to September are the months when Kumbh Mela takes place, hence these are the best months if one wants to witness this great festival. Furthermore, from November to February, the weather will be cool. However, even if you visit Nashik besides these months, still the weather will be pleasant.

Nagpur

Pench Tiger Reserve, Nagpur
Pench Tiger Reserve, Nagpur

Nagpur is Maharashtra’s ‘Winter Capital’ as the winter session of the state legislature takes place here. 

Nagpur derived its name from Nag river that flows like a snake. Moreover, Nagpur is also called as ‘Orange City’ because Nagpur is famous for Oranges. 

Furthermore, Nagpur is famous for temples, lakes, forts, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, and gardens.

Major attraction in Nagpur

  • Deekshabhoomi
  • Zero Mile Stone
  • Sitabuldi Fort
  • Ambazari Lake
  • Raman Science Centre
  • Maharaj Bagh Zoo
  • Lata Mangeshkar Musical Garden

Best wildlife destination near Nagpur 

Best time to visit

November to February

These are the best months to visit Nagpur. You can enjoy various attractions in Nagpur very comfortably during these winter months.

Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani

Pratapgad Fort, Mahabaleshwar
Image Source Pratapgad Fort, Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani are the summer retreats. These are the best hill stations to visit during the summer because of the temperature which will be chilly and cool. Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani are the best destinations for couples. Furthermore, both the destinations are famous for strawberries and Mapro garden is the best place to get the strawberries and food products made of it.

Major attractions in Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani

In Mahabaleshwar, there are various points to enjoy the view of the surroundings along with sunrises and sunsets. Points like Helene, Lodwick, Babington, and Elephant’s head will surely intrigue one.

Panchgani also has spectacular points like Sydney Point, Parsi Point, Tableland, etc.  Furthermore, Panchgani derived its name from the Five surrounding hills. Here five means ‘Panch‘ in Marathi, hence the name- Panchgani.

Moreover, Pratapgad fort is a must-visit fort in Mahabaleshwar. Veena lake is also a beautiful lake that one must visit in Mahabaleshwar. One can do camping, trekking, horse riding, golfing and boating in Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani or can see the beautiful Lingmala waterfalls.

Best time to visit

Year-Round

Every season in Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani will be delighted and comfortable. So one can visit anytime in the year. Moreover, both of the places are good for a summer retreat, so save yourself from the scorching heat by visiting chilly Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani.

Mumbai

Gateway of India, Mumbai
Gateway of India, Mumbai

Mumbai is a ‘Capital of Maharashtra’ and is famous as ‘City of Seven Islands.’ Mumbai is also home to Bollywood. In addition to this, It is also a ‘Financial Capital’ of Maharashtra. Furthermore, Mumbai is famous for nightlife.

Major Attractions in Mumbai

  • Gateway of India
  • Marine Drive
  • Film City
  • Chowpatty beach
  • Street food
  • Kanheri caves
  • Elephanta caves

Religiously, Mumbai is famous for Lalbaughcha Raja, Shree Siddhivinayak, Global Vipassana Pagoda, Haji Ali Dargah, Mount Mary Basilica and many more other religious sites.

Mesmerizing beaches in Mumbai consists of Juhu beach, Versova beach, Aksa beach, Marve beach, Hamla beach, Dana Pani beach, Erangal beach, Rock beach, Dadar beach, etc.

Best time to visit

November to February

These are the best months to visit Mumbai as the temperature will be cool and pleasant.

Sindhudurg 

Sindhudurg Fort
Image Source Sindhudurg Fort

The Sindhudurg district is a mesmerizing part of Konkan division which is famous for its 37 forts. Furthermore, It is the only district that has maximum forts in the entire Maharashtra and hence it is one of the best destinations in Maharashtra. There are forts on land as well as on sea. 

The district got its name as Sindhudurg because of a fort known as ‘Sindhudurg’ which was built by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in the 16th century. Sindhudurg literally means ‘Sea Fort’

Moreover, Sindhudurg fort is the only fort that has a temple of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj inside it. One can also get to see the footprint of the king.

Sindhudurg is famous for fish cuisine. Furthermore, Sindhudurg is also famous for Kombadi vade, Amboli, Shirvale, Ukadiche Modak, Olya Kajuchi Usal, Dhondas, etc.

Best destinations in Sindhudurg

  • Tarkarli beach
  • Devbagh beach
  • Talashil Tondavali Beach
  • Bhogwe beach
  • Vengurla Malvan Beach
  • Khavane Beach
  • Sindhudurg Fort
  • Vijaydurg Fort
  • Bharatgad Fort
  • Sarjekot Fort
  • Rangnagad Fort
  • Sawantwadi Palace

Best time to visit

November to February

Winter is the best time to explore various beaches and forts in Sindhudurg. Moreover, the temperature will be comfortable and pleasent.