20 Best Hill Stations In Maharashtra For A Break

Going through the everyday routine of work-home-sleep-repeat can get a little monotonous. And it’s only human to want a change in scenery every now and then. One of the best ways to feel rejuvenated is to visit a hill station! Fortunately, there are plenty of isolated and calm hill stations in Maharashtra. Of these, here are the 20 best hill stations you need to visit for that much-deserving break!

20 Best Hill Stations In Maharashtra For A Break

  1. Lonavala
  2. Khandala
  3. Mahableshwar
  4. Matheran
  5. Panchgani
  6. Igatpuri
  7. Lavasa
  8. Satara
  9. Karjat
  10. Jawhar
  11. Rajmachi
  12. Malshej Ghat
  13. Bhimashankar
  14. Amboli
  15. Koroli
  16. Bhandardara
  17. Sawantwadi
  18. Toranmal
  19. Chikhaldara
  20. Durshet

1. Lonavala

Nestled in the Sahyadri hill range, is the popular hill station of Lonavala. Known as the “Jewel of Sahyadri”, Lonavala is home to a plethora of lakes, caves, forts, valleys, and much more. It is a perfect place to tickle the adventurous spirit in you by going trekking, swimming, or bird watching. Not only can you engage in nature-related activities here, but also have fun at adventure parks like Della Adventure Park. Getting some Lonavala special chikki - a candy made of nuts and jaggery, on your way back home is a mandatory ritual when visiting Lonavala.

How To Reach Lonavala: Since it is located between Pune and Mumbai, the city dwellers find it to be the most convenient getaway, which is just a 1-5 to 2 hours drive away. You can also take a bus to Lonavala from Mumbai or Pune, or take a train and arrive at Lonavala train station.

Best Time To Visit Lonavala: October to February.

Things To Check Out In Lonavala:

  • Bushi Dam
  • Tikona Fort
  • Pawna Lake
  • Aamby Valley
  • Karla Caves
  • Kune Waterfalls
  • Narayani Dham Temple
  • Ryewood Lake
  • Tiger’s Leap

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2. Khandala

It’s no surprise if you just hummed the song “Aati Kya Khandala” while reading the name of this hill station. Situated pretty close to Lonavala, Khandala is known to be its twin. And just like its twin, Khandala too is dotted with several gorgeous waterfalls, green valleys, mighty hills, and serene lakes. Be it trekking, hiking, exploring caves, or simply enjoying the sunset, you can do it all here. But, unlike Lonavala, Khandala has less chaotic and more clean surroundings. Khandala too is known for its delicious chikki and fudge, so don’t forget to give it a try.

How To Reach Khandala: This hill station is easily accessible from both Pune and Mumbai. To enjoy the scenery, you can take a train to Khandala railway station or a bus ride.

Best Time To Visit Khandala: June to September.

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  • Duke’s Nose
  • Karla Hills
  • Visapur Fort
  • Bedsa Cave
  • Shooting Point

3. Mahableshwar

If you know a little something about this hill station, then you definitely must have associated it with strawberries. That’s right, due to its abundance of strawberries it is known as the “Land of strawberries”. With many beautiful lakes, waterfalls, hills, and valleys, Mahableshwar is known to be one of the most scenic hill stations in all of Maharashtra. It is also a sacred place of pilgrimage among Hindus, who visit here to seek blessings from Lord Mahableshwar. Apart from exploring the various wonders and partake in adventures like trekking across the hills, you can also hog on the variety of juicy berries and snacks.

How To Reach Mahableshwar: Mahableshwar is most convenient to reach from Mumbai (6 hours trip) or Pune (3 hours trip) by road. The hill station is relatively closer to Pune. The nearest railway station is Wathar railway station.

Best Time To Visit Mahableshwar: December to February.

Things To Check Out In Mahableshwar:

  • Venna Lake
  • Mapro Garden
  • Tiger’s Spring
  • Lord Mahableshwar temple

4. Matheran

Matheran is certified to be the only eco-friendly hill station in Maharashtra. Not just that, it also possesses the title of being the smallest hill station in all of India. Located in close proximity to Mumbai, it is one of the popular go-to places among Mumbaikars. If you want to enjoy a few days away from the polluted air of cities, then this is the place. The best way to completely explore Matheran is to go around the hill station on foot. Apart from sightseeing the many tourist attractions, you can also trek, hike, or go camping by the beautiful Charlotte lake.

How To Reach Matheran: The most feasible way to reach Matheran is to take a train that goes up to Neral railway station. From there you can easily avail of a sharing taxi to Matheran.

Best Time To Visit Matheran: October to May.

Things To Check Out In Matheran:

  • Chanderi caves
  • Dodhani falls
  • Shivaji’s Ladder
  • Porcupine Point
  • Pisharnath Mahadev temple
  • One Tree Hill Point
  • Prabal Fort

5. Panchgani

With the name meaning - land of five hills, Panchgani gets its name from the five hills surrounding it. Just like Mahableshwar, this one too is known for its picturesque views and fresh strawberries. Getting around Panchgani would include exploring the breathtaking views and delving into several adventurous activities. From camping to paragliding, there are a lot of activities you can try at this gem of a place. And if you want to get a glimpse of the lush berry farms, then you must a in February or March is recommended.

How To Reach Panchgani: Panchgani is close to two railway stations which are namely Wathar railway station and Satara railway station. If you're accessing Panchgani from Mumbai, you can take the Mumbai-Pune highway and NH48.

Best Time To Visit Panchgani: September to May.

Things To Check Out In Panchgani:

  • Mapro Garden
  • Dhom Dam
  • Kate’s Point
  • Kamalgad Fort
  • Table Land Viewpoint
  • Devrai Art Village
  • Arthur Seat
  • Sydney Point
  • Rajpuri caves

6. Igatpuri

Located in the heart of Nashik, this hill station is studded with many spectacular tourist spots. Apart from the alluring waterfalls, green valleys, and ancient caves, it also has many trekking trails. Other than trekking, you can also try white water rafting, camping, or exploring historic forts. And to get a complete refresher, you can meditate at the famous meditation center of Vipassana International Academy.

How To Reach Igatpuri: Igatpuri has its own railway station, so you can easily reach your destination by taking a cab or bus from the station. It is easily accessible by city dwellers of Pune, Nashik, and Mumbai.

Best Time To Visit Igatpuri: June to November and December to February, which is the peak season.

Things To Check Out In Igatpuri:

  • Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Tringalwadi Fort
  • Vipassana International Academy
  • Vihigaon Waterfall
  • Aundha Fort
  • Myanmar Gate
  • Bhatsa River Valley

7. Lavasa

Check out the newest hill station in India, Lavasa. This newly developed hill station comes with an Italian touch. Every time you look at it you might get reminded of the Italian harbor town of Portofino. Not only does it enjoy the backdrop of the mesmerizing hills and valleys, but also various modern entertainment options. Unlike other natural hill stations, this one enjoys an edge over tourists with its contemporary architecture and activities. If you’re looking for an amazing place to get your pre-wedding photoshoot done or to just spend some quality time with your partner, then Lavasa is your answer.

How To Reach Lavasa: Alternatives to reach Lavasa include taking a train to Pune station and taking the road to Lavasa or a road trip to Lavasa from Pune or Mumbai. From Mumbai, it is a 4-6 hour drive and from Pune, it takes around 2 hours.

Best Time To Visit Lavasa: September to March.

Things To Check Out In Lavasa:

  • Mulshi lake
  • Temghar Dam

8. Satara

Known as the “Queen of hills”, Satara is one of the splendid hill stations in Maharashtra. Sitting in the Sahyadri range, this hill station is filled with lakes, waterfalls, and caves. Other than being known for its natural beauty, it also holds some historical and cultural marvels. Ajinkyatara fort is one of the examples of such wonders. Appreciating the beauty of its forts and temples, trekking, boating, horse riding and much more make up the trip to Satara.

How To Reach Satara: Satara has its own railway station, so you can take a train and arrive directly at the Satara railway station. For those of you from Pune (2-3 hours) and Solapur (5 hours), Satara is easily accessible by road.

Best Time To Visit Satara: August to January.

Things To Check Out In Satara:

  • Sajjangad fort
  • Lingamala falls
  • Kaas Plateau
  • Nataraj Mandir
  • Ajinkyatara fort
  • Thoseghar waterfalls

9. Karjat

Located close to the city of Mumbai is the hill station of Karjat. Also a popular weekend getaway among Punekars and Mumbaikars, Karjat is the station connecting Pune and Lonavala to Mumbai. It is known for its fabulous valleys, waterfalls, streams, temples, and forts. If you are a trekking enthusiast, then Karjat has some of the best trekking trails awaiting you. Other than this you can also go rappelling at Bhivpuri waterfalls, camping at Ulhas valley, or have a simple picnic at Pali Bhutivali Dam. Also, don’t forget to try the famous Karjat vada pav while you’re here.

How To Reach: Karjat is located close to Mumbai, so it is easily accessible from Mumbai. You can also consider taking a train to Karjat junction.

Best Time To Visit: June to September.

Things To Check Out:

  • Bhivpuri waterfalls
  • Kondana caves
  • Ulhas valley
  • Kondeshwar temple
  • Bahiri caves
  • Sondai fort
  • Kothaligad fort
  • Morbe Dam

10. Jawhar

Yet another hill station to be situated in the Sahyadri range is Jawhar. This off-beat hill station falls in Thane district. At this hill station, you will find yourself falling in love with its waterfalls, the hills, and the adventurous trekking trails. Apart from these natural wonders, Jawhar also has a rich history and culture. Its elegant palaces, ancient Hindu temples, and the tribal Warli paintings are testament to that. You can shop for the Warli paintings at the local markets, and take them home as a souvenir.

How To Reach: If you’re traveling by train, then you need to get down at Igatpuri railway station. The nearest cities connecting to Jawhar are Silvassa, Palghar, Amli, and Chinchani.

Best Time To Visit: October to February.

Things To Check Out:

  • Jawhar Palace
  • Sunset point
  • Khadkhad Dam
  • Kalmandavi waterfalls
  • Hanuman point
  • Shirpamal

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11. Rajmachi

Rajmachi offers a perfect blend of nature, history, and adventure to its visitors. The ancient and popular Rajmachi fort has several ancient tales to narrate. If you visit Rajmachi during monsoons, you see its beauty at its highest point. The greenery all over the place, makes it come to life. A trek to Rajmachi would always be a memorable one, along with the picturesque views of the hills from the top.

How To Reach: Both Pune and Mumbai are excellent starting points to get to Rajmachi. And if you’re traveling by train then you can either arrive at Pune railway station or Lonavala railway station.

Best Time To Visit: June to September.

Things To Check Out:

  • Rajmachi fort
  • Bhairavnath temple
  • Khodashi dam
  • Sadashivgad Karad
  • Pritisangam

12. Malshej Ghat

A haven of the Western Ghats is the hill station of Malshej. With a plethora of flora and fauna, the views this hill station offers are truly exhilarating. If you happen to be here you can get to witness several exotic bird species, especially the pink flamingos during monsoons. It is also a trekkers abode, where you get to explore the beauty of the peak of Harishchandragad. Rock climbing and bird watching are the two main activities to try at Malshej Ghat.

How To Reach: Pune and Mumbai are both almost equidistant from Malshej. In case you’re planning to travel by train then you can arrive at Igatpuri station and then take a cab or bus to Malshej. NH60 and NH61 are the highways you can take to get to Malshej Ghat by road.

Best Time To Visit: July to March.

Things To Check Out:

  • Malshej falls
  • Shivneri fort
  • Harishchandrgad
  • Lenyadri Buddhist caves
  • Ajoba hill fort
  • Pimpalgaon Joga dam

13. Bhimashankar

If you’re looking to get a spiritual and fun experience, then Bhimashankar is the ideal hill station. It is known to be one of the best hill stations to house many religious places. One of the most popular attractions is that it is one of the places to house one of the Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. Apart from seeking blessing from the Lord, you can also explore the stunning waterfalls and take part in some adventurous activities like trekking or camping.

How To Reach: Bhimashankar is easily accessible from Pune railway station and is a 4 hour 15-minute breezy drive away.

Best Time To Visit: October to March.

Things To Check Out:

  • Ahupe waterfalls
  • Hanuman lake
  • Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga

14. Amboli

Amboli is one of the less explored hill stations in Maharashtra. What makes it special are the vibrant green surroundings and the graceful waterfalls. Amboli enjoys a soothing climate throughout the year. Its serene environment and climate make it a popular honeymoon destination among couples. It also is a great place to go trekking or camping with your friends. And since it is located close to Goa, you might as well extend your trip and take a short vacation in Goa!

How To Reach: By train, you need to arrive at the nearest railway station of  Sawantwadi, which is just 39 km away. By road, you can take NH 548H to reach Amboli.

Best Time To Visit: June to September.

Things To Check Out:

  • Amboli falls
  • Hiranya Keshi temple
  • Madhavgarh fort
  • Shirgaonkar fort
  • Nangarta falls

15. Koroli

Koroli is one of the unexplored hill stations in the Nashik region. If you are looking for a trip to get some calm from the everyday chaos, then Koroli is an ideal place to go. This hamlet is full of endless green fields and laid-back valleys. And these are what make Koroli a paradise among trekkers, hikers, photographers, and nature admirers. Horse riding or boating in the lakes is a nice way to spend an evening in Koroli.

How To Reach: Koroli can be accessed from the nearest railway station of Igatpuri or Nashik. If you’re going by road you can take NH160 from Igatpuri or NH848 from Nashik.

Best Time To Visit: February to June and September to October.

Things To Check Out:

  • Trimbakeshwar Shiva temple
  • Ajaneri
  • Upper Vaitarana Dam

16. Bhandardara

Sitting in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra is this charming hill station of Bhandardara. With dense forests outlining it, the hill station is filled with many natural spectacles. Some of these are the mesmerizing waterfalls, lakes, mountains, and dams. And, that’s not it, Bhandardara is also home to many historic forts and temples. One of the main attractions here is the highest peak of Kalsubai peak. Camping and boating are some of the activities you can do there.

How To Reach Bhandardara: If you’re traveling by train you can get down at Igatpuri railway station and then take a taxi or bus to Bhandardara. And, if you’re coming by road from Mumbai then you can take the NH160.

Best Time To Visit Bhandardara: March to June and October to February

Things To Check Out In Bhandardara:

  • Kalsubai peak
  • Arthur Hill lake
  • Amruteshwar temple
  • Umbrella falls
  • Randha falls

17. Sawantwadi

The quaint hill station of Sawantwadi offers views of both the Sahyadri hills and the coastal road. With the calm surroundings and scenic views, you are bound to fall in love with this place. Other than relaxing at waterfalls and lakes, you can also explore Sawantwadi’s ancient palaces and temples. It is also known for its mouth-watering Konkan delicacies and the Raghunath market. So when you’re all fueled up, maybe go shopping for some souvenirs like Ganjifa cards or traditional wooden toys.

How To Reach Sawantwadi: If you’re traveling by train you directly arrive at the Sawantwadi road railway station. If you’re taking the highway, then NH48 and NH66 are the ones to take.

Best Time To Visit Sawantwadi: September to March.

Things To Check Out In Sawantwadi:

  • Sawantwadi Palace
  • Ganesh Temple, Redi
  • Amteshwar Tali
  • Moti Lake
  • Navadurga Temple, Redi
  • Amboli waterfalls

18. Toranmal

Cuddled up by mother nature, the hill station of Toranmal is adorned with several cascading waterfalls, tranquil lakes, and dense forests. These forests are home to numerous bird and animal species. Not only is Toranmal rich with natural wonders but also many temples narrating their tales through their ornate architecture. Apart from seeking blessings from these shrines, you can also explore the caves and lakes of Toranmal. It is indeed a perfect getaway for city dwellers.

How To Reach Toranmal: The highways taking you to Toranmal are NH48 and NH61. The nearest railway station to Toranmal is Nandurbar.

Best Time To Visit Toranmal: October to February.

Things To Check Out In Toranmal:

  • Torna Devi temple
  • Sita Khai
  • Khadki point
  • Yashavant lake
  • Machhindranath caves
  • Lotus lake

19. Chikhaldara

If you’re a coffee lover, then you have to visit Chikhaldara. This hill station is the only coffee-producing hill station in the region. So as soon as you enter Chikhaldara you will be struck by the overpowering aroma of coffee and the magnificent views of the hills and wildlife. And since it is a house to the Melghat tiger reserve, you might get to spot the big cat! Other than boating at the serene lakes, you can also go visit the 52 Jain temples at Muktagiri.

How To Reach Chikhaldara: Chikhaldara is accessible from both Badnera junction and Amravati railway station. And if you want to travel by road from Mumbai, then you can take the Mumbai-Agra national highway.

Best Time To Visit Chikhaldara:: July to February.

Things To Check Out In Chikhaldara:

  • Bir lake
  • Melghat Tiger reserve
  • Bhimkund point
  • Narnala fort
  • Muktagiri
  • Gawaligarh fort
  • Mozari point
  • Shakkar lake

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20. Durshet

Durshet comes not just with a rich natural heritage but also a history that dates back to the reign of Shivaji Maharaj. It was known to be a battlefield during the time. And what embellishes the beauty of Durshet are the fluvial rivers, exotic flora and fauna, and charming waterfalls. It also is a bridge that connects two of the important Ashtavinayak temples. Other than its history and culture, Durshet also boasts many water sports activities and is also a great place to go for a night safari.

How To Reach Durshet: The nearest railway station is Khopoli railway station which is roughly 35 minutes away from Durshet. And the main cities near to Durshet are Mumbai (1.5 hrs) and Pune (2 hrs).

Best Time To Visit Durshet: September to February.

Things To Check Out In Durshet:

  • Pali fort
  • Uddhar Hot Springs
  • Shri Ballaleshwar Ashtavinayak Pali
  • Imagica Water Park

Summing Up

At this point, it’s only natural if you are confused as to which hill station to pick among these. Maybe throw a dart or roll a dice and make a choice. Whichever hill station you end up visiting, you are sure to make the best of that break of yours!


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