The seven hills surrounding Satara give this picturesque district its name. Home to the popular Panchgani and Mahableshwar, Satara in Maharashtra is perfect for a rejuvenation holiday. If you are here for a holiday, do visit the scenic Kaas Plateau overlooking the Kaas Lake. Though it is a popular spot, you may be disappointed with the lack of good eating places. It's best to head here after breakfast. Another wonderful tourist spot is the Thoseghar Waterfalls. Located about 25 km from Satara, these lovely waterfalls offer the most stunning views during monsoon. Also the highest waterfall in Maharashtra, Thoseghar should definitely be on your itinerary. If you have more time, then head to the village of Bamnoli, located 50 km away, where you can enjoy boating in the Shivsagar Lake. There are tons of places to visit in Satara district so do choose your destinations in accordance to the kind of holiday you'd like to take.
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3. Vasota FortA bus journey from Mumbai to Satara and further to the village called Barnoli will take you to the spot where the hike begins. Vasota Jungle trek starts with a delightful hour long ferry ride. The Fort was a Maratha base during the Swarajya Mission and this hike could give you a chance to get a sneek peak into the incredible local history of Maharashtra.Base Village: Barnoli (40 kms from Satara)Distance between Mumbai to Satara: 256kmHiking time: 3 hours
Dakshin Kashi Shiv Temple
Thanks to our driver we found out about a small temple nearly 20 kms away from Shrivardhan in another coastal town called Harihareswar. This Shiva temple dates back to 16th century and is popularly known as Dakshin Kashi in Maharashtra. The temple is situated on the sea shore and the pradakshina route comprises the shoreline itself. The beach at Harihareswar is not safe for bathing and it is not advised to get down in the water, so with heavy hearts we stayed clear of the sea. Here we were introduced to another specialty of the Konkan coast, Kokam sarbat. Sipping the refreshing kokam sarbat and taking the blessings of lord Shiva, we ended our journey of the 3 towns of Diveagar-Shrivardhan-Harihareswar.None of us wanted this journey to get over because of obvious reasons, but the duty calls and we started our return journey to Pune. To our surprise the last leg of monsoon was waiting for us in the Western Ghats and again we were lucky to witness the Ghats at its best. Hence bidding adieu to the monsoon we finished our reunion.