Panchgani is an idyllic mountain retreat in the Krishna
valley. Tucked away in the Satara district of
Maharashtra, Panchgani is a well-known hill station of
Maharashtra on the highway to Mahabaleshwar from
. It derives its name from the five hills around it.
At an altitude of 1,334m, it is just 38m below Mahabaleshwar. These 38m translate themselves into a breathtaking 18-km approach, offering heart-stopping views of the River Krishna on one side and the coastal plains on the other. It is far from the noise of Pune and the endless hustle-bustle and pollution of Mumbai metropolis. It is the first hill town one reaches from Mahabaleshwar on the Pune road.
can enjoy a network of nature walks through the woods, thickly canopied by
lush trees and vegetation. The river Krishna snakes through tiny hamlets,
farms and ravines, hundreds of metres below. Visit Table Land, a flat
mountain peak and feast your eyes on the coastal plains, looking like
Another important place is Tapola, an enjoyable water sports centre. One can also enjoy eating Strawberries with cream, which are served at various joints located on the road to Mahableshwar - Panchgani and on the lake.
Other tourist attractions are Rajapuri Caves, where a
temple of 'Kartikswami', son of lord shiva is located; Parsi Point gives
breathtaking view of Krishna Valley and vast expanse of Dhom Dam
backwaters. A pagoda has been placed here to have a better view of the
Sydney Point is situated on a small Hillock facing the Krishna Valley. Similarly Pandav-Ghat and Mandharodeo can been seen on the western side the Dhom Dam with its lake is visible. The other important points to visit are Kanga point and Kachhabavdi point.
Panchgani is also an ideal base for some good trekking from where one can explore several mule tracks that lead through the now thinning forests. It is also famous for old British Buildings, the Parsi houses and the boarding schools that have been around for a century or more
Protected from harsh winds by a Table Land on one side and high cliffs descending into a valley on the other, Panchgani has a pleasant, bracing climate throughout the year. October to May is the best time to visit.
Air: Nearest airport is
at 160-km from Panchagani.
Rail: Pune is the most conventent railway station.
Road: Panchgani is just 18-km from Mahabaleshwar. Panchgani can be easily approached by road from Mumbai and Pune. Luxury bus services of MTDC are a regular feature from Mumbai and Pune.
Accommodation is available at the hotels and holiday resorts in Mahabaleshwar.