Monsoon offers one of the best view of nature as it transforms the nature just like a Magic and nature starts displaying its beautiful green landscapes. The monsoons transform the Western ghats like magic! The barren, dry mountains turned into lush green forests, with majestic waterfalls cascading down the hills at every turn. Let’s find out the 10 Ultimate Monsoon Getaways from Pune.

1. Malshej Ghat


Malshej is at its best in the Monsoon you can enjoy all the 3 seasons in one day at Malshej. It goes from Sunny – Cold – Raining in no time there are hundreds of waterfall adjoined the ghat. Malshej ghat is situated in Pune district near the borders of Thane and Ahmednagar districts.


2. Korigad Fort


Korigad (also called Koraigad, Koarigad or Kumwarigad) is a fort located about 20 km away from Lonavla in Pune district, Maharashtra, India. There are two lakes on the top of the fort. A temple to its patron goddess Koraidevi also exists along with several smaller temples dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. The wall of this fort is completely intact and one can walk along its entire perimeter (about 2 km). Its massive gate is also intact. Several ruins of older structures within the fort still exist. We can also see some of the cannons lying on the fort.


3. Karnala


Karnala fort also called Funnel Hill is a hill fort in Raigad district. Currently it is a protected place lying within the Karnala Bird Sanctuary. It was a fort of strategic importance. Redeemed with the power struggle of many rulers, Karnala Fort stands as a specimen of the 13th century constructions.


4. Madhe Ghat


Madheghat is an unknown gem which is getting popular by the day for the superb views of the valley and one particular waterfall which drops into the Shivthar River in Konkan. Madhe Ghat is located south west of Pune bordering Raigad district and in the vicinity of Torna, Rajgad, and backwaters of Bhatghar dam. 


5. Bhandaradara


Bhandardara, a beautiful village among the Sahyadri hills, makes for a perfect monsoon getaway around Pune & Mumbai. The sights in this mountainous village are spectacular. Lush green fields and far stretching blue skies make for a picturesque view and bring you closer to nature. Bhandardara has become the most popular monsoon destination for nature lovers and weekenders. This small hill station is loved in the monsoon for its serene beauty and waterfalls. Also known as Paradise – as clouds meet the land and trails become invisible due to fog.


6. Rajmachi


Rajmachi is one of the famous trek in Shayadri mountains and one of the favorite destination for Monsoon Getaways. It’s a small village in the rugged mountains of Sahyadri in India. The fortification at Rajmachi consists of two forts , namely Shrivardhan fort and Manaranjan Fort . In rainy season this place is filled with giant waterfalls and greenery.


7. Thoseghar Waterfalls


Thoseghar waterfalls is a scenic spot located near the small village of Thoseghar at the edge of the Konkan region, in Western India. There are a series of waterfalls, some of them 15 to 20 metres and one of 500 metres in height. It is one of the best place to visit especially during the rainy or monsoon season.


8. Lohagad Fort


Lohagad (Loha + gad) the name says it all. It’s the iron fort on of the strongest forts of Sahyadris. The Lohagad fort had several empires of the dynasties. It is part of Western Ghats and lies at Lonavala. You get the splendid view of the Pawna Lake from the top, which is to the southwest of the mountain. The four large gates of Lohagad are still in good condition and reasonably intact.


9. Igatpuri


Igatpuri is a hill station in Nasik Dist of Maharashtra state. It is located in the Western Ghats. One can enjoy rappelling and rocks climbing during Monsoon as waterfalls are on its full flow. Igatpuri is surrounded by the highest peaks in Sahyaadri i.e. Western Ghats, most of them are forts built in Satavahana dynasty. It’s heavenly for trekkers and hikers, Most Indian (Hindi) movie outdoor scenes specially songs are shot in Igatpuri region.  


10. Tamhini Ghat


Tamhini is one of best biodiversity hot zones. This place gives you nice sitings in the day time but night is also as interesting as day time. It is possible that you may come across a Jackal or a hyena or perhaps a Leopard may cross your path. Tamhini ghat is really popular for its scenic beauty comprising of mountain ranges, dense forest, beautiful waterfalls in monsoon and amazing landscapes. The length of the ghat is just 15 kms but its a worth riding route in monsoon and this is the best time to visit Tamhini ghat.


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