Tapola in Maharashtra

From Mumbai : 290km
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Tapola is known as Mini Kashmir.Its surrounded by beautiful hills and mountains.The famous boat Club in Shivsagar is very popular for motor boats.There are many forts to visit which attracts tourist and archeologists.Famous for its dence forest tourists can spot various animals such as Leopards, bears and wild fox.Tiger spotting also has been reported in Vaota.

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Tapola Lake (Image 9 of 71)

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Vasota (Image 13 of 71)

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Lodwick Point (Image 22 of 71)

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Connaught Peak (Image 28 of 71)

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Helen's Point (Image 30 of 71)

Venna Lake (Image 31 of 71)

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Dhobi Waterfall (Image 36 of 71)

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Pratapgarh Fort (Image 38 of 71)

Strawberry Farms (Image 39 of 71)

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Gaolani Point (Image 41 of 71)

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Panchganga Mandir (Image 43 of 71)

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Sydney Point (Image 46 of 71)

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Tapola Lake
Tapola Lake is about 30 km from Mahabaleshwar, it is also called Mini Kashmir, two rivers meet there and the back waters of the Koyna Dam lie here. Though there is a lot of bare land here the drive down is truly beautiful. There is a lot water sports here for which people come down from everywhere
Activities at Tapola Lake

Vasota stands tall amidst the dense evergreen forests of the Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary and will mesmerize you with its beauty.Each contour of the Vasota hills enhances its beauty many times over. A trek through this dense forest is an exciting and thrilling experience. Situated on the western edge of the Satara District Vasota is covered in dense forest all the way through. With panoramic view of the shiv saagar lake on the eastern side and the konkan plains on the west and surrounded by the river Koyna Vasota makes a special treat for trekkers.
Sunset Point At Mahabaleshwar 30 Km
A scenic hilly resort nestled in the lap of royal mountain ranges of Western Ghats, Mahabaleshwar show off of an invigorating ambiance. This prettiest hill station is repeatedly referred as the queen of hill stations in Maharashtra. One of the major attractions here is Bombay Point. This is well-known as the Sunset Point. People pack here to get a glance of the gray and orange skyscapes as the sun sets. The place has a great open space with a bandstand. It is an idyllic place for late afternoon picnic. The Mumbai Point is the official place from where people can view the sunset over the valleys beneath at Mahabaleshwar. The Mumbai Point is the most famed and oldest point of Mahabaleshwar. The point got its name as it was on the old road to Mumbai. There is a lovers point to the left of the Mumbai point.
Arthur's Seat At Mahabaleshwar 30 Km
Named after Arthur Malet, this is the queen of all points. Some compare the stratification of rocks on southern side to the world famous stratification of rocks of the Grand Canyon of Colarado. USA. It is fascinating to see the barren deep valley Savitri on the left & shallow green valley on the right. It is more fascinating to know that Arthur's seat is the only place showing geographical distinction of konkan & Desh (Deccan), two territories of Mahabaleshwar, so clear & so near. If you go by the steps you come across a spring known as Tiger's spring which is supposed to be the source of the river Savtri. Immediately below the seat is window point. You have to go deep by steps to reach the window point.Kates Point: Offers breathtaking view of krishna valley & deep waters of the dhom dam. From southern side it looks like an elephants head. There is also an echo point.
Wilson Point At Mahabaleshwar 30 Km
Wilson Point is also commonly known as Sunrise Point. It is a vast plateau. There are three masonry round platforms to see the sunrise. You are advised to see sunrise from platform no:2. It is about 1 km away from Mahabaleshwar Market. When you are on this point believe it you are 4735 ft above sea level and at the highest point in Mahabaleshwar. Other points that can be viewed from this point are Kshetra Mahabaleshwar, Connaught Pick Point and Elphinston Point. You can see sunset also from this point.
Lodwick Point At Mahabaleshwar 30 Km
Elephant's Head Point as it is commonly called. If viewed from a specific point one can see Pratapgad from here. General Lodwick after whose name this point is named was the first European to visit Mahabaleshwar. Long back it was also called as the Sydney Point. The surrounding scenery is beautiful.
Kate's Point At Mahabaleshwar 30 Km
Here you find the famous Echo point. It is a huge rock which stands 50 meters high. It is about 6 km away from Venna Lake. Founder of Mahabaleshwar was sir John Malcom he had a daughter named Kate and this point is named after her name. Offers breathtaking view of krishna valley & deep waters of the dhom dam. From southern side it looks like an elephants head.
Babbington point At Mahabaleshwar 30 Km
2.5 kms. from main market. Makarandgadh ,Solshi and Koyna valley can be easily seen from this point. On the way to Babington point is the Bishop tank- live streams , which are worth visiting.This point mainly presents a view of saddle back & Koyna valley.
Connaught Peak At Mahabaleshwar 30 Km
7 kms. from Mahabaleshwar market Connaught Peak is the second highest point in Mahabaleshwar. Presents panoramic view of a green carpet. You can see sunrise as well as sunset from this point. At its north you can see Torana, Kamalgadh and Rajgadh. To its east are Pasarani Ghat and Panchgani. Ajinkyatara is at the south. To the west is Pratapgadh. Elphinston Point and Kshetra Mahabaleshwar are at north-west. It was formerly known as Mount Olympia.
Helen's Point At Mahabaleshwar 30 Km
This place is also known as Blue Valley. You can see a beautiful water fall at this place which is followed by River Salshi. It is 4 kms. away from main market. Other points in this area are Gavalani Point, Robbers Caves and North coat point.
Venna Lake At Mahabaleshwar 30 Km
Venna lake is one of the major tourist attractions of Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra state in India. The lake was constructed by Shri Appasaheb Maharaj, who was Raja of Satara in the year 1842. The lake is surrounded by trees on all sides. Tourists can enjoy a boat ride over the lake or a horse ride next to the lake. A number of small eateries line the banks of the lake.
Activities at Venna Lake
Horse Riding

Mahabaleshwar Temple At Mahabaleshwar 30 Km
The Mahabaleshwar Temple has Lord Shiva as its presiding deity. The temple is encircled with a 5 feet high stone wall. The Mahabaleshwar hills were named after Lord Mahabali which means great strength. The Mahabaleshwar Temple is divided into two - the inner room and the outer room. The inner room is known as the God chamber and the outer is the central hall. The important site of prayer is a ‘lingam’ which is of black stone. The lingam is regarded to be the materialization of the Divine. The temple is the land mark of Mahabalewshwar. It is visited by locals and tourists.
Lingmala falls At Mahabaleshwar 30 Km
The Lingmala Falls in Mahabaleshwar. It lies on the Mahabaleshwar-Pune road. July to December is the best time to see the waterfall.The stream here precipitates over the face of steep cliff, unbroken when the torrent is swollen by rain but ordinarily divided by projecting rocks about one third of the way down into thin silver streaks and sprays often circled by rainbows.
Dhobi Waterfall At Mahabaleshwar 30 Km
The Dhobi Waterfall is 3 km away from the town area. The fall is on the course which connects Lodwick point to Elphinstone Point. The locale of the fall is a beautiful corner. The falls faces the southern side of the Elphinstone point directly. Either side of the falls is filled with rocks. Due to leafage the rocks appears to be green.
Chinaman’s waterfall At Mahabaleshwar 30 Km
The Chinaman’s Waterfall falls towards the south into the Koyana Valley. It is 2.5 km away from Mahabaleshwar. The Chinaman’s waterfall can be reached by going through the Carviali Road. The calm surroundings and the exotic waterfalls render a perfect holiday spot. In the past the gardens close to the falls were looked after by the Chinese. The Chinese also cultivated the gardens. Thus the falls got its name as Chinaman’s Waterfall.
Pratapgarh Fort At Mahabaleshwar 30 Km
At a distance of 25 kms from Mahabaleshwar stands the majestic Pratapgadh housing the tomb of Afzalkhan at the toe of the fort. There is a temple of bhavani mata, the idol of worship of King Shivajiraje Bhosle. There is a statue of Shivaji Maharaj inside the fort called Bale killa. The Fort is the place from where the history of the Maratha Emperor Shivaji turned into a decisive course. This is here that Afzal Khan met his death. The Pratapgarh Fort is 900 m above sea level. It is 24 km west of Mahabaleshwar. The fort from a distance gives the appearance of a round topped hill. The wall of the lower fort forms a sort of a crown round the brow. The Fort was built in 1656 and it is a maze of ponds, chambers and long dark paths. Some of the paths lead to trap doors and the doors open to a 100 meter fall.
Strawberry Farms At Mahabaleshwar 30 Km
The hill station is famous for its Strawberry plantations. Strawberries are available during March to May months.You can find various starwberry preparations during this period.
Gaolani Point At Mahabaleshwar 30 Km
At a distance of about 7 kms from ST bus station, by Tapola road you will meet the junction of road which will lead you to village Maharola From Maharola with little inquiry or following the map it should not be difficult to find this point. after reaching the point you will find yourself standing over a pass known as Zolachi Khind & enjoy the scenery of two valleys on the two sides. If you walk by gaolani ride you will enjoy the scenery of koyana valley on your right hand at many spots.
Panchganga Mandir At Mahabaleshwar 30 Km
As per the hindu mythology five holy rivers Krishna, Venna, Koyna, Savitri & Gayatri show their token appearance here in five springs flowing closely. They are seen flowing in five stone conduits and joining in one horizontal half channel leading to the Goumukhi cowface spout. Though the Gaomukh it falls in the cistern below. On the northen side there is a similar conduit through which the holy 'Ganges' appears every twelve years. From the conduit on the southern side flows the holy Saraswati when the following astrological times come together, namely, 'Bhadrapad' month, 'Shasthi' (6th day) ,Tuesday sun in 'Hasta nakshatra', 'Rohini nakshatra' in predominance and 'Vyatipat'. This miraculous yoga (coincidence) is known as the "Kapila Shasthi Yoga", which is believed to be very auspicious occasion as per the Hindu faith.
Shri Shankar Mandir At Mahabaleshwar 30 Km
The Mahalinga of the lord Shiva is of Rudraksha shape and believed to be 'self-bodied' (swayambhoo) It is called Trigunatmaka meaning Brahma-Visnhu-Mahesh are on it for ever. On the head of the 'Mahalinga' you see the marks of the five holy rivers (Panchaganga) and their waters never loose their level. Mother 'Jeejabai' was weighed by gold by 'Raja Shivaji' in this temple and then the gold was distributed in charity. This 'Mahalinga' is considered to be superior to the twelve 'jyotirlingas'.
Shri Krishnabai Mandir At Mahabaleshwar 30 Km
This is also an old temple. The carving in the stones of the columns and the ceiling is attractive. You can also see the grand view of the 'Krishna' valley from the temple.
Table Land At Mahabaleshwar 30 Km
This is the largest of it's kind in Asia. A small plane can land here.
Rosamond Rock At Mahabaleshwar 30 Km
The grandeur of its celestial beauty surpasses all the limits of descriptions. You've got to go there and behold it's beauty with your own eyes.
Panchgani Point At Mahabaleshwar 30 Km
This point shows the table land of Panchgani on the eastern side.
Lamington Plateau At Mahabaleshwar 30 Km
You can go to the LAmington Plateau by a foot path from ganapati mandir. If you follow the map correctly you will reach the plateau safely.
Bombay Point At Mahabaleshwar 30 Km
This is a very popular sunset point. From this point one can see the Sahyadri range, Koyana valley and Pratap garh.
Baghdad Point At Mahabaleshwar 30 Km
This is a very beautiful point. It goes past village Moleshware on the way. You see a superb scenic view of the back waters of Koyna dam on your left, river solshi in front of you with tiny villages as if squatting on river banks & vast green slopes of Mahabaleshwar plateau on your right.
Mapro Garden At Mahabaleshwar 30 Km

Sydney Point At Panchgani 45 Km
This point is situated on a hillock facing the Krishna Valley. One can see from here the glittering waters of the Dhom Dam, and Pandavgad and Mandhardeo. Sydney point is about 2 Km from Panchgani Bus stand
Parsi Point At Panchgani 45 Km
Parsi Point is a renowned picnic spot lies on the Mahabaleshwar road in Panchgani. It offers panoramic views of picturesque Dhom Dam backwaters and the lush green Krishna valley.The grandeur view of Wai village from these points are mind blogging and eye catching. This is a spot in Panchgani which is blessed with all worthy natural beauties. One can spend many hours in this calm and cool ambience enjoying the fragrant breeze emerging out from the hilly ranges.
Activities at Parsi Point

Table Land At Panchgani 45 Km
This flat large expanse of laterite rock is the second longest mountain plateau in Asia. Some spacious caves including the “Devil's Kitchen” are visible from here.
Devil's Kitchen At Panchgani 45 Km
Situated at the south of the table land, the Devil's Kitchen has a mythology associated with it: It is believed that the Pandavas of the Mahabharat epic had stayed here for a while. Pandavgad Caves (near Wai) are also said to be built by them then.
Mapro Garden At Panchgani 45 Km
It is host to the annual Strawberry Festival. Mahabaleshwar contributes to 85% of the total Strawberry produce in India and about 80% is consumed fresh. The Strawberry Festival encourages the strawberry cultivation in the belt. The highlights of this festival are fresh farm picked strawberry lined up on tables for visitors to eat to their fullest as well as traditional folk performances such as Shivkalin Dhol and Lezim, a high energy dance for which dancers are invited from Pratapgarh.
Sherbaug At Panchgani 45 Km
Sherbaug, a picturesque and naturally well designed landscape, is an eye feasting valley in quaint hill resort Panchagani. Serbaug thrives with a wonderful children’s park and a beautiful rose garden. This unspoiled and unpolluted land is the home to many kinds of bird fauna, various kinds of rabbits, turkeys and swans. Serbaug visitors can see the majestic scenes of young children participating in various artistic and sculptural activities here. Clay pot making and sculpturing are the important promotional activities undertaken here for the benefits of children.
Rajpuri Caves At Panchgani 45 Km
The Rajpuri Caves in Panchgani is a religiously important tourist spot. These ancient caves are surrounded by many water kunds (ponds). Devotees believe that taking bath in these holy kunds will provide relief from all kinds of diseases and evils. Legends claim that the holy Ganges also flows into these kunds. Lord Karthikeya temple is the main attraction in these caves. The temple itself is constructed out of the sand taken from the caves. The journeys to the Rajpuri caves from Panchgani through serene, greenish villages will rejuvenate the mind of the traveler.
Reaching Tapola From Mumbai:
Via Car: Travel time of 7 Hours , 317 kms.
Via Car: Travel time of 7 Hours , 300 kms.
Reaching Tapola From Pune:
Via Bus: Travel time of 4 Hours .
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