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    Bordered by five hills of Sahyadri, Panchgani is a calm hill town in the Satara district. Its balmy weather and soothing silence make it an ideal place to lose yourself in the wonderful wilderness. Probably the best thing you’ll love about this serene place is the view of the Krishna river flowing through little farms and hamlets. From the refreshing Mapro Garden and scenic Sydney Point to mysterious Rajpuri Caves and Devrai Art Village that celebrates creativity, there are plenty of awesome places to visit in Panchgani. They will instantly make you fall in love with the hill station and satisfy your travel lust to perfection.

    22 Gorgeous Places To Visit In Panchgani

    So, you are looking for some awesome weekend getaways near Mumbai. Here we are presenting you with the best places to visit in Panchgani, a mesmerizing hill station that has everything for the everyday traveller. You can be sure about spending a lot of quality time with your friends or family when here at these awesome places listed below:

    1. Table Land Viewpoint

    Table land in Panchgani

    Perched at a dizzying height of 4,550 ft above sea level, Table Land Viewpoint is the highest point in Panchgani. Also, this entire volcanic plateau is Asia’s second longest mountain plateau after Tibetan plateau.  It’s a 6 km of flat laterite rock enclosed by lush hills. The viewpoint offers mesmerizing aerial view of the scenic valleys of Panchgani. Done with sightseeing? You can also find most awesome restaurants in Panchgani here.

    Things to do: Take a horse-riding trip in the evening, take a quick tour of the Pandava’s feet and caves, and head back to the lake before nightfall to watch the sunset. 

    Best Time To Visit : Daytime

    Duration Of Visit: 1-2 hours

    Entry Fee: No charges

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    2. Sydney Point

    Sydney Point Panchgani

    One of the most popular places to visit in Panchgani, Sydney Point is known for offering breathtaking views of the wonderful Krishna Valley, Kamalgad Fort, Dhom Dam, and also the city of Wai. It is basically a hillock which is popular as a viewpoint overlooking the lush green Krishna Valley. The point is named after the then Commander in Chief and senior member of he council, Sir Sidney Beckwarth. 

    Things to do: Take photographs of the unique terrace farms, explore the strawberry gardens and enjoy the landscaping view from one of the visitor points. 

    Best Time To Visit: Sunset

    Duration Of Visit: 1 hour

    Entry Fee: No charges

    3. Dhom Dam

    Lake and Rock Bed

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    If your Panchgani sightseeing doesn’t include Dhom Dam, you’re certainly missing something important on your trip. A gorgeous spot, located at a distance of 21 km from the main town, it is known all across Mahabaleshwar for its water sports. You can hire a scooter boat or speed boat at the dam area and go sailing on the waters. The dam was built in 1982 to supply water for agricultural and industrial use. This is one of the best places to visit in Panchgani, by far.

    Things to do: Take a boat ride and explore the dam, have an afternoon tea overlooking the water and watch the sun go down behind the hills. 

    Best Time To Visit: Daytime and evening

    Duration Of Visit: 1-2 hours

    Entry Fee: No charges

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    4. Parsi Point

    A Serene View of a Lake

    Panchgani is all about views from different points and spots, and Parsi Point is one such place. Offering panoramic view of the Dhom Dam backwaters and the green rolling valleys, this is among the best places to visit in Panchgani in one day. If you’re visiting Panchgani with family, this also make a perfect picnic spot.

    Things to do: Photograph the lofty green mountains from this point and take a camel ride to tour the surrounding places.  

    Best Time To Visit: Daytime and sunset

    Duration Of Visit: 1 hour

    Entry Fee: No charges

    5. Devrai Art Village

    a statue made in Devrai art village

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    If you’re an art lover and love collecting or seeing the process of making beautiful handcrafted pieces, Devrai Art Village is one of the best places to visit in Panchgani for you. A non-profit community of artists, the art village connects nature and art. Devrai Art Village also provides a livelihood  to a group of skilled Adivas artists from the naxalite affected areas of Gadchiroli & Chattisgarh. You can choose from a wide range of products made of brass, iron, wood, bamboo, tone, and fabric. This is amoung the best places to see in Panchgani.

    Things to do: Buy yourself a souvenir and participate in workshops to learn the craft. 

    Best Time To Visit: Daytime

    Duration Of Visit: 1 hour

    Entry Fee: No charges

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    6. Kate’s Point

    the gorgeous Krishna river amid green valleys

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    Just like other view points in Panchgani, Kate’s Point or Echo Point also offers stunning view of Dhom Dam and Krishna Valley down below. Situated at a distance of 5 km, the point is named after Kate, the daughter of Sir Sohn Malcom, the man who founded Mahabaleshwar.  The site is called the best sunset point in Panchgani. One of the most scenic places to visit in Panchgani, Mahabaleshwar, it is perfect for a day dedicated to landscape photography. Visit Kate’s point can be one of the best things to do in Panchgani.

    Things to do: Take a panorama picture of the valley, spot elephants, and undertake a short hike to the nearby points for picturesque views. 

    Best Time To Visit: Daytime

    Duration Of Visit: Less than 1 hour

    Entry Fee: No charges

    7. Kamalgad Fort

    Kamalgad fort on the top of the mountain

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    If you want to spend your Panchagni vacation exploring the history and experience the glorious past of the region, you must go to one of the best places to visit in Panchgani hill station: Kamalgad Fort. Holding centuries old secrets, griefs, and stories, the fort attracts many tourists during peak season. Surrounded by steep rocks, this square shaped fort was built during Maratha rule.

    Things to do: Explore the Red Ochre cave, climb to the highest point in the fort for a majestic view and observe the entrance to Balekilla on your trek to the location.

    Best Time To Visit: Daytime

    Duration Of Visit: 2 hours

    Entry Fee: No charges

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    8. Mapro Gardens

    Strawberry plantation under gazebo at Mapro Gardens which is one of the best places  to visit in Mahabaleshwar

    Want to try some organic edibles in Panchgani? Do pay a visit to Mapro Garden. Mapro Garden is not really a garden, but a place where you can get fruit-based products. Surrounded by absolute greenery, the garden has a chocolate factory, a restaurant, a tony nursery, children’s play area, and an outlet selling Mapro products. This is one of the most amazing places to visit in Panchgani in summer. 

    Things to do: Try the firewood pizza and fresh strawberry cream, buy yourself some organic eatables and if possible, visit this place during the Strawberry Festival. 

    Best Time To Visit: Noon and evening

    Duration Of visit: 1-2 hours

    Entry Fee: No charges

    9. Harrison’s Folly

    Blue Skies and People in Mountains

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    A flat barren piece of land, Harrison’s Folly is one of the many view points in Panchgani. This place offers dramatic view of Panchgani one side and Wai on the other side. Also, you get to witness a grand view of Krishna Valley from three sides. What else do you get? The most awesome homestays in Panchgani are located here for all your affordable stays.

    Things to do: Indulge yourself in some home-made ice cream by the local vendors, take a go-cart ride, and take a road trip to the top of the folly. 

    Best Time To Visit : Daytime and sunset

    Duration Of visit: 1 hour

    Entry Fee: No charges

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    10. Rajpuri Caves

    Rajpuri caves in Panchgani

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    Rajpuri Caves is not only one of the most exciting places to visit in Panchgani, but also a religious place. The people of Panchgani and nearby town believe that the ancient caves were used for religious rituals by Lord Kartikeya. According to the stories, these caves surrounded by small ponds once provided shelter to Pandvas during their exile. It is also believed that the holy Ganges flows into these ponds, and that’s why people take bath in these water bodies.

    Things to do: Take a short hike around the caves to observe the indigenous flora and fauna. 

    Best Time To Visit: Daytime and sunset

    Duration Of Visit: 1 hour

    Entry Fee: No charges

    11. Lingmala Falls

    Waterfall around Greens

    Enjoy a refreshing bath in Lingmala Falls, falling from  500 feet. It is one of the great places to visit in Panchgani which will act as a great weekend getaway. You can get picturesque views of the Dhobi and Chinaman’s waterfall located nearby. An ideal place for friends or family, you can click some great pictures to create perfect memories. And if you like rain, then do visit Lingmala during the monsoons. You can also find the most awesome villas in Panchgani near Lingmala Falls where you can plan for a luxury stay.

    Things to do: Take a detour to the Dhobi and Chinaman’s waterfalls nearby, take a small trek into the woods surrounding the fall, and if you are a photography buff, try some long-exposure shots at the scene. 

    Best Time To Visit: Monsoon

    Duration Of Visit: 1 hour

    Entry Fee: No charges

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    12. Wai

    Mountain View In Maharashtra

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    Wai is an awesome getaway situated in Panchgani, housing popular temples that hold immense mythological significance. Also known as  “Dakshin Kashi” since the town has more than 100 temples. Known to be a perfect place for devotees, and general public, alike, you get some unpolluted air and lush greenery to explore. 

    Things to do: Take a walk to the Wai Caves, view the Dholya Ganpati Mandir, and take a refreshing swim in the Krishna river. 

    Best Time To Visit: Daytime

    Duration Of Visit: 3 hours

    Entry Fee: Free

    13. Wilson Point

    Colourful sunset at Wilson Point

    Also called Sunrise point, it is the highest point situated in the region at 4,710 ft. above the sea level. You can watch from 3 major towers which give you a bird’s eye view of the whole region. This place is an absolute delight for nature lovers. Photography enthusiasts can take extremely amazing shots of the region. Due to its mesmerizing views, Wilson Point is one of the best places to visit in monsoon in Maharashtra.

    Things to do: Take out your best gear and do some landscape photography, try and observe both the sunrise and sunset (as it is the only point where you can do so), and do some bird-watching activities. 

    Best Time To Visit: Monsoon

    Duration Of Visit: 2 hours

    Entry Fee: Free

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    14. Bhilar Falls

    bhilar waterfalls

    If you haven’t visited Bhilar Falls, then you are yet to complete your trip to Panchgani. It is truly an offbeat destination, hence, acts as a perfect spot which is unexplored. Located at an altitude of 4500 ft., you can get some picture-perfect shots of the region. Get immersed in the serenity and tranquility by spending a nice evening near the falls. What’s even better is that you get to enjoy a range of activities including rappelling.

    Things to do: Take part in some rappelling and enjoy a view from the telescope (INR 30) on the opposite mountain for a complete view of the falls. 

    Best Time To Visit: Evening

    Duration Of Visit: 5 hours

    Entry Fee: Free

    15. Sherbaug

    Resort View

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    A perfect place to relax and enjoy the sightseeing of the region. This attraction is a theme park with multiple beautiful resorts to spend your valuable time in. Nature walk is preferred by many of the tourists and the park also houses the largest man-made waterfall with rain dance and water guns. You can also enjoy a bonfire with friends and eat delicious local meals.

    Things to do: Enjoy a bonfire night, order a bed-in-breakfast buffet and enjoy a rain dance show under the largest man-made waterfall. 

    Best Time To Visit: Anytime of the day

    Duration Of Visit: 1 day

    Entry Fee: Free

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    16. Panchgani Bazaar

    guy selling shawl

    This is the place for you when you feel like shopping in Panchgani. A popular destination attracts the locals here and offers some awesome products, be it fashion, lifestyle, home decor or more! If you want to buy locally grown products at affordable prices, then this is the place for you. Find fruits like litchi, strawberry, and lots of juices, and jams. You can also buy the very famous Kolhapuri chappals that are available at pretty affordable prices. This is one of the best Panchgani tourist places for shopping.

    Things to do: Splurge on some fruit crushes and marmalades, get some hand-crafted decor for your home, and indulge in street-side delicacies for the evening. 

    Best Time To Visit: Day and Evening

    Duration Of Visit: 1 day

    Entry Fee: Free

    17. Pratapgad Fort

    Pratapgardh fort

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    For the people who are fond of hiking and admiring the beauty of nature, a visit to Pratapgad fort located in Satara. This is one of the best tourist places in Panchgani which is famous for its own rich history. Located at a distance of 22 kms away from Mahabaleshwar, this fort is situated at a height of 1,080 meters above sea level. The purpose of building this fort was to connect the villages of Par and Kinesvar. Surrounded by the lush greenery, this fort is an epitome of architectural beauty.

    Things to do: Relish in the architectural history of the fort, take a detour for a local experience into the villages of Par and Kinesvar, and climb to the highest point for a view of the area. 

    Location: Poladpur Mahabaleshwar Road, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra 412806

    Timings: 6AM-6PM

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    18. Kaas Plateau

    Kaas Plateau

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    Locally called the valley of flowers, the Kaas Plateau is one of the must visit places in Maharashtra. A paradise for the nature lovers, this place takes at least 3 hours to be explored. For its beautiful and attributes of nature, this valley has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. There are around 850 species of flowers which can be seen at the Kaas Plateau. The place is also an ideal location for hiking around and exploring the areas. Alongside that there are other tourist attractions like Kaas Lake, Bamnoli and Thoseghar waterfalls.

    Things to do: Take a hike to explore the many varieties of flora and fauna in the garden, take a swim in the Kaas Lake, and take a piece of souvenir (may it be a flower itself) as memorabilia from this place.

    Location: 25 Kms away from Satara district, Maharashtra

    Timings: 9AM-7PM

    Entry Fee: INR 100

    19. Chinaman’s Waterfall

    Chinaman's Fall

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    This is one of the famous waterfalls to visit while visiting Panchgani and enjoy a great time away from the hustle bustle. The gushing water falls from a height of 500m which is surrounded by surreal green beauty of the valley. The best sight of this place is to see the water coming out from two points and meet at a single stream. The Chinaman’s waterfall is situated at a tip of the Venna Valley which is surrounded by the serene ambiance. Alongside the waterfall there are few gardens which were once looked after by the Chinese, hence the name of the waterfall.

    Things to do: Explore the nearby Koyna Valley, take a hike into the forests for a temporary camp, and enjoy the day walking down the waterfall for an adventurous getaway. 

    Location: 2.5 kms from Mahabaleshwar Bus Stand

    Timings: Throughout the day

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    20. Venna Lake

    Venna Lake

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    Go for a peaceful getaway at this beautiful lake near Panchgani which is surrounded by lush greenery and surreal views. Sitting by the lakeside, one can enjoy the views and silence in the air. This is a man-made lake which was built by Sri Appasaheb Maharaj in the year 1942. The main purpose of constructing this lake was to cater the needs of the local people and also give a place to relax and enjoy. Around this lake there are various adventure activities like boat ride and visiting the amusement park which is located just opposite the lake. Alongside that one can also go horse riding.

    Things to do: Take a boat ride to the middle of the lake and take a detour to the Mahabaleshwar market to unwind from the rigorous activities of the day by shopping and eating desserts.

    Location: Satara, Maharashtra

    Timings: 7AM-7PM

    21. Babington Point

    Babington Point

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    Addition to every person’s bucket list, Babington Point is one of the best places to visit in Panchgani for nature lovers. Located at the Krishna Valley and close to the Dom Dam backwaters, this is a place which is blessed with nature’s beauty. While here one can visit the Parsi point which is a popular picnic spot and offers a beautiful view to enjoy.

    Things to do: Enjoy a picnic in the jungle, take an evening stroll to the nearby villages and take photographs on your way back to the bazaar for a cultural view of the locale. 

    Location: Ganeshpeth, Panchgani, Maharashtra 412805

    Timings: 8AM-6PM

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    22. Panchganga Mandir

    Panch Ganga temple

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    The Panchganga mandir is one of the famous places in Panchgani which is known for its spiritual importance. This place holds a strong importance among the devotees who come here from various places to offer their prayer. Built in the 13th century, this mandir was built by the Yadavas and the Raja Singhandeo. Located around 18 kms from the city, this temple is located just 40 minutes away from Panchgani.

    Things to do: Participate in the daily prayers at the temple, queue with other devotees to touch the sacred water, and learn about the 13th-century architecture of the temple.

    Location: Old Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra

    Timings: 5AM-12PM, 4PM-9PM

    Best Time To Visit Panchgani

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    Panchgani has the most pleasant weather and it doesn’t fluctuate much throughout the year. The temperature ranges between 16 to 18 degrees Celsius. The hill station receives heavy rainfall between June to September. The best time to visit Panchgani is from September to May when cool wind blows, flowers bloom, and the weather is just right for sightseeing.

    While you’re in Panchgani, you can shop for leather goods, wood handicrafts, honey, jams, chikkis etc. Also, don’t forget to pay a visit to Roach and Sons, which is Panchgani’s oldest bakery, founded in 1901.

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    So, there are plenty of places to visit in Panchgani, which is a small wonder in Maharashtra and a marvelous weekend getaway for the people of Pune and Mumbai. While this was our list of some places that can be explored on your trip to Panchgani, we would also like you to contribute to the list in the comment section below.  

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    Frequently Asked Questions about Places to Visit in Panchgani

    What are the best outdoor activities in Panchgani?

    1. Explore the intriguing tribal lifestyle at Devrai Art Village
    2. Enjoy boating on the serene waters of Venna Lake
    3. Go for a jeep safari tour
    4. Have a fun-filled day at Wheelz Amusement Park

    What are the places to visit in Panchgani at night?

    Arthur's Seat, Pratap Singh Park, Town Bazaar, The Electrique Mist, etc. are some of the best places to visit in Panchgani at night.

    Can I visit Panchgani during the current Covid situation?

    Yes, you can plan a visit to Panchgani during the current Covid situation. However, make sure that you are completely vaccinated and always carry your vaccination certificate. Besides this, you need to follow government protocols that include wearing a mask when in public, sanitizing hands at certain intervals, and maintaining social distance.

    What is the best time to visit Panchgani?

    The best season to visit Panchgani is during winter and autumn. The temperature remains pleasant and appropriate for sightseeing. Hence, the best months to visit the destination will fall between September and May.

    What is special in Panchgani?

    Panchgani has a lot of temples, magnificent hills and valleys. It is known to believe that the Pandavas used to stay here and you can find their footprints in Table Land.

    What can I buy in Panchgani?

    You can find a lot of speciality items in multiple markets including Shivaji Circle Market, Buddha-Ka-Bazaar and Panchgani Bazaar. You can find handmade slippers, bags and wooden handicrafts. Some other special items include locally-grown products, Kolhapur chappals and jellies, litchi crush, candies, jam, and honey.

    How to visit Panchgani?

    Trains are the best option to reach Panchgani. Satara, 45 km away is the closest station. Top trains include: Pune Satabdi, Mumbai Express, CSTM Latur Express, Mumbai Mail, and Udyan Express.

    How far is Panchgani from Mumbai?

    Panchgani is approximately 250 km from Mumbai and is a perfect place to enjoy a weekend getaway from there. While Satara railways station is the closest one to the city, you can also consider the Pune station which is well connected to multiple routes.

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