Panchgani By Akhilesh Dasgupta [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Panchgani

Distance

98 Kms

Best Season

Winter, September to May

Overview

Panchgani also called Paachgani is a famous hill station in Satara district. It is spectacular scenic place surrounded with five hill hence named as Panchgani. It is major attraction for spending holidays and enjoy fresh air as oxygen content in this area is considered relatively high than other places. This place is bestowed with great natural beauty. The five hills surrounding Panchgani are topped by a volcanic plateau, which is the second highest in Asia after the Tibetan plateau. These plateaus, alternatively known as "table land", are a part of the Deccan Plateau and they were raised by pressure between the earth plates.

Attractions

Table Land (1.4 km)

This flat large expanse of laterite rock is the second longest mountain plateau in Asia. Some spacious caves including the “Devil's Kitchen” are visible from here.

Sydney Point (2 km)

This point is situated on a hillock facing the Krishna Valley. One can see from here the glittering waters of the Dhom Dam, and Pandavgad and Mandhardeo. Sydney point is about 2 km from Panchgani Bus stand.

Parsi Point (1.9 km)

This scenic point is situated on the way to Mahabaleshwar, and overlooks the Krishna valley and the blue shiny waters of the Dhom Dam.

Devil's Kitchen (1.5 km)

Situated at the south of the table land, the Devil's Kitchen has a mythology associated with it. It is believed that the Pandavas of the Mahabharata epic had stayed here for a while. Pandavgad Caves (near Wai) are also said to be built by them then.

Mapro Garden and Chocolate Plant (6.7 km)

Situated on the curvaceous roads between Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar, it is easily accessible by buses originating both from Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar. It is famous for varieties of chocolate manufactured here.

Mala's Fruit Products

Mala's is one of the best Jam developers in the history of India. Mala's introduced the word 'JAM' in India. Panchgani is the hometown of Mala's Fruit.

Strawberry Festival

Panchgani is not only famous as a hill station but it is also famous for the strawberry farms. An event of Strawberry Festival is held every year in summer.

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