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Panchgani, Satara

Situated at the height of 1,334 m from sea level, Panchgani offers green landscapes which provides quite, serene and calm ambience away from the hustle bustle of city life. The infrastructure of hill station is well developed with water park and amusement facilities for all ages of tourists. Surrounded by five hills of Sahyadri, Panchgani is all time hill station accessible from Mumbai or Pune. Among the major attractions of Panchgani, Table land and Sherbaug Theme Park attracts most of the visitors for spectacular view, children activities and paragliding. Rajapuri Cave and its Karthikeya Mandir, Bhilar water fall and Parsi Point are nearby tourist spots in Panchgani. And Paragliding, Boating and Mapro Farm of strawberry are to spice up your vacation.

Tourist Places in Panchgani

Serbaug Theme Park, Panchgani (www.sherbaug.com, 9.00 am to 7.00 pm)

Serbaug Theme Park is top tourist attraction of Panchgani and ideal place for spending quality time with family. The well designed theme park features mini zoo, Children Park, laughing house, Water Park, Luxury Chalet Tents and rose garden. The fossil park has animal and extinct creatures like eggs of Dinosaurs, nail and teeth of Dinosaur on display. During winter and summer, children activities like clay modelling, pot making are arranged for learning with fun. The garden has collection of World Class Cactus and some of the rare plants.

Table Land

Table land is one of the top tourist attractions of Panchgani. Situated at an elevation of 4550 feet above sea level, it is second largest mountain plateau of Asia. The monsoon month gives green surface to Table Land which comes with mind blowing charm. The place is also equipped with entertainment facilities like horse riding, Merry go rounds, mini trains, kids’ games counter and food stalls.

Panchganga Mandir (Timings: 8.00 am to 10.00 pm)

Panch Ganga Temple was built by Raja Singhandeo during 13th century and later renovated by Shivaji Maharaj. The temple is called Panch Ganga Mandir as it located at the confluence of five rivers - Koyna, Krishna, Venna, Savitri and Gayatri. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and has Gaumukhi out of which waters of five rivers flow. The local handicrafts stores are located nearby temple, if you are interested in local craft.

Mapro Garden (http://www.mapro.comTimings: 8.00 am to 8.00 pm)

Mahabaleshwar is very well known for strawberry and strawberry gardens. Mapro Garden is most visited garden located on Panchgani Mahabaleshwar road with 8 km. The portfolio of products includes Jams, Fruit bars and chews, Syrups, Crushes, Squashes and Dessert Toppings and one can taste for free at the testing counter. Also Mapro Ice Cream counter make mouth-watering varieties of ice creams and milk shakes of Strawberry, Mango, Pineapple, Rose, Bitter Chocolate, and Almonds Honey. The centre also arranges field tour and forest tour for visitors.

Kamalgad fort, Vai (15 km from Panchgani)

Kamalgad also called Bhelanja or Kattalgad (literally death fort) is a square hill fort in Wai Taluka close to the picturesque Hill Station of Mahabaleshwar. Surrounded by the waters of the Dhom Dam on three sides, the fort is ideal destination for trekking from Pune and Mumbai. The history of the fort is not known and was used by British for keeping prisoners. Not much to be seen on the fort but the surrounding view from the top is mind-blowing.

Bhilar Waterfall

Bhilar waterfall is popular during monsoon. The fall is the source of the Kudali River, and meets the Venna River at Sangam Mahuli near Satara.

Moral Re-Armament (http://in.iofc.org, http://www.lmad.in)

Friends of Moral Re-Armament (India) is an Educational Public Charitable Trust established in 1961 and registered under the Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950. This Trust looks after the activities of Initiatives of Change in India. Asia Plateau at Panchgani is used for holding the training programmes and conferences of Initiatives of Change. For more information about activities and events, check http://in.iofc.org.

Rajpuri Caves, Panchgani (10 km from Panchgani)

Rajpuri caves are group of four caves located near Panchgani. Three caves of four caves are connected to each other and fourth one is separate. The main attraction of the caves is a temple of 'Kartik Swami', son of Lord Shiva. The temple is built of the sand of stones and believed to be used for Penance and religious rituals by Lord Karthikeya. The ponds located near caves are said to be sacred and taking holy dip into this, cures the diseases. There are some inscriptions visible at the gate of the caves.

Parsi Point

Parsi Point offers most breath-taking of beautiful Krishna Valley. The name Parsi Point is said to be derived from the fact that in earlier days, this was a favourite spot of the Parsi Community.

Sydney Point, Panchgani

Sydney Point is named after Sir Sidney Beckwarth who was Commander in Chief & senior member of council. The cool and peaceful atmosphere of the point attracts many tourists. It also gives panoramic view of Krishna valley, Kamalgad fort, Dhom dam and Wai city.

Radha Krishna Mandir, Panchgani (Timings: 9.00 am to 7.00 pm, 5 km from Panchgani, 12 km from Mahabaleshwar)

Located on Panchgani-Mahabaleshwar road, Radha Krishna Mandir is beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha. The uniqueness of the temple is the idols of Gods are in sitting pose and carved out of single marble. The temple premises also give marvellous view of surrounding valley.

Devrai Art Village (www.devraiartvillage.com)

Devrai Art Village is a non-profit initiative to connect with nature and human creativity. Different galleries of the art village exhibits the works and crafts of highly skilled Adivasi craftsmen from the areas of Gadchirolli and Chhattisgarh find a livelihood and a safe refuge here in Panchgani.

Mount Malcom, Panchgani (10.00 am to 6.30 pm)

Mount Malcolm was constructed in the year 1829 for the residence of Governor John Malcom. The architecture of the structure is worth of visiting.

Morarji Castle, Panchgani

Moraji Castle is famous for its British architecture and Gandhiji stayed at this place during his visit to Mahabaleshwar in 1945.

Panchgani Club

Panchgani Club was started by a group of Parsi Gentlemen and was used for social meeting place for the Society in the old times. Now it provides facilities of indoor games and housie and is also a meeting place of the local Rotary club of Panchgani.

How to reach

Nearest airport is Pune with 90 km, nearest Railway station is Satara with 60 km and Pune with 100 km. State transport buses, private buses/vehicles are available from Satara/Pune/Mumbai.

Best Period

September to May

Website

Panchgani Municipal Council: http://www.panchganihillstation.com

Distance

18 km from Mahabaleshwar, 45 km from Satara , 100 km from Pune, , 285 km from Mumbai, 173 km from Kolhapur.

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