Places in Southern Maharashtra
Up in the Western Ghats, Mahabaleshwar – founded in 1828 by British governor Sir John ‘Boy’ Malcolm – was, at one time, the summer capital of the Bombay presidency. However, what was once a pretty hill station oozing old-world charm is today a jungle of mindless urban construction.
Despite being flanked on both ends by two of India’s top urban centres, it’s laudable how the Konkan Coast manages to latch on to its virginal bounties. A little-developed shoreline running southward from Mumbai all the way to Goa, it is a picturesque strip of land peppered with postcard beaches, vivid green paddy fields, rolling hills and decaying forts.
A little-visited town, Kolhapur is the perfect place to get intimate with the flamboyant side of India. Only a few hours from Goa, this historic town boasts an intensely fascinating temple complex. In August, Kolhapur is at its vibrant best, when Naag Panchami, a snake-worshipping festival, is held in tandem with one at Pune.
Tours and activities
Private Tour: Kanheri Caves, Elephanta Caves or Karla and Bhaja Caves from Mumbai
Journey back in time on this private tour from Mumbai to ancient Indian rock-cut caves. You have three cave options to choose from: the Kanheri Caves, the Elephanta Caves or both the Karla Caves and Bhaja Caves...
Tips and articles
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