Panchgani is a hill station located in the Satara district of Maharashtra state of India. It is well known for its nature. It is named "Panchgani '' that resembles five hills. Tourists from various parts of the world are attracted to Panchgani. It is also known for tableland, a vast volcanic plateau.
If one visits Panchgani for the first time, one would be mesmerized by the terrain. Even though Panchgani is known for its nature and weather, it also has the best places to stay in, and that is, of course, a cherry on the top! We know everyone likes to stay in a good place for sure to have a perfect getaway.
It can be your choice, as Panchgani offers many options from hotels to villas as well as you can get bungalows on rent in Panchgani. There are many options for villas in Panchgani too.
Have you ever wondered how vast is Panchgani?
Well, Panchgani is 4242.1 ft above sea level. It is between the five hills of the Sahyadri mountain ranges. Panchgani also has five villages around termed as Godavari, Ambral, Dandeghar, Taigachat, and Khingar. There is a Dhom Dam that is constructed from which the Krishna River flows through the valley. It is about 9 kilometers from Wai.
Wai is situated at the east of Panchgani, and similarly, Gureghar is at the west of Panchgani. There is Khingar at the south and Dhom Dam at the north of Panchgani.
Weather and climate
The annual temperature of Panchgani is 22.5-degree Celsius. It is not that hot in Panchgani, even during summers as compared to Mumbai. As it is close to Pune and Pune has a hot semi-arid climate all year. And its temperature ranges from 19–33-degree Celsius. The hottest months are April and May.
Best time to visit Panchgani
The best season for sightseeing in Panchgani is winter, and the onset of summers is in February, January, and march. You can visit Panchgani all-round the year except for April and May as the climate is a little hot during these months compared to other months of the year.
Tourist attractions in Panchgani
There are numerous points in Panchgani to visit as it is a hill station, and if you love sightseeing rather than resting on a trip, you have many options. But there is no problem even if you want to go to Panchgani for calm, peace and refreshing your mind by living by nature.
You can have bungalows on rent in Panchgani booked for you for as many days as you want. There are ample options for you to stay according to your convenience, from hotels to villas in Panchgani.
Some other activities in Panchgani include Paragliding, water surfing, trekking. Also, there are scooter boats, motorboats, and speed boat rides at Dhom Dam near Panchgani. As Panchgani is a hill station, Paragliding is one of the favorite activities to enjoy.
There are other sports clubs in Panchgani that offer jeep safaris, horse safaris, and camping too. If you visit Panchgani in the monsoon, you can also enjoy the beautiful waterfalls.
Some touristy points that you can see are:
Tableland - Tableland is a volcanic plateau, and not to forget that it is the second-highest plateau in Asia after the Tibetan plateau. It would be best to visit this as it has a spectacular view, especially in the monsoon season.
Sydney point - Sydney point was named after Sir Sydney Beckworth. It faces towards the Krishna valley and has a fantastic view of Dhom Dam and the city of Wai.
Pratapgad fort - Pratapgad is the fort built by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. It is one of the historical sites of Maharashtra from ancient times. One can see the Konkan coast from this fort. It is believed that Shivaji Maharaj was blessed with a shining sword by goddess Bhavani here.
There are many more places to visit in Panchgani such as Parsi point, Kaas lake and plateau, and Mahabaleshwar that you can visit in or near Panchgani.
As we know that Panchgani is situated on the western coastal plain of Maharashtra, so Maharashtrian food is the specialty of Panchgani, such as Misal Pav, Vada pav, various Sandwiches, burgers, Gujarati thalis, etc. And how can we forget strawberries?
Strawberries are famous in Panchgani , and with strawberries, there are mulberries, blueberries, raspberries, and gooseberries too that are grown. As strawberries are cultivated, there is a famous Mapro Garden that serves strawberries with ice cream.
Places to stay
As mentioned earlier, there are many options to stay in Panchgani. Various hotels and resorts are available, rated from 5 stars. Villas in Panchgani are also available if you want to live in a mansion.
Bungalows on rent in Panchgani or on the outskirts of Panchgani are well maintained too. So, go ahead and plan your next trip to Panchgani and enjoy your wholesome trip!