As dark clouds start looming in giving us hopes of an early respite from the scorching summer heat, it is time to start planning our monsoon trips. Most parts of India receive rainfall from June to September turning rugged brown hills into lush green landscapes. This is also when the weather in the plains becomes extremely pleasant and ideal for a vacation in the lap of nature. One state which is at its glorious best during monsoons is Maharashtra. Home to part of the Western Ghats, Maharashtra is an astonishing state abundant in natural beauty, diverse wildlife and intriguing culture. June is an excellent time to visit some of the finest hill stations and coastal towns of Maharashtra. From beaches to waterfalls and hills to forts, Maharashtra has it all. Here are the best places to visit in June 2017 in Maharashtra. ALSO SEE Coolest places in Maharashtra to escape the heat Also Read - Coronavirus in Maharashtra: Total Positive Count Crosses 1,000-mark, 150 New Cases in Last 24 Hours
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Igatpuri is a popular hill station that serves as a great weekend getaway from Mumbai and Pune. It is surrounded by majestic mountains, gushing waterfalls and lush green grasslands. Its lakes are serene and its weather during June is warm but pleasant. It makes for a great picnic spot for families and can be reached easily via the Mumbai-Nashik highway. Also Read - With Highest Toll of COVID-19 Cases, Maharashtra Becomes First State to Hint Lockdown Extension
Bhandardara is located in the Sahyadri mountain range of Maharashtra. It is popular for its beautiful waterfalls that are mesmerizing monsoon attractions. Its forts and mountains make for great tourist spots. Kalsubai peak, Ratangad fort and Harshchandragad fort nearby are great trekking options for those who seek some adventure with a dose of nature.
Koyna Dam backwater
One of the lesser known destinations of the state, Koyna is an excellent choice for a weekend getaway from major cities of Maharashtra. The Koyna Dam is one of the largest dams in Maharashtra. The Koyna wildlife sanctuary is a natural world heritage site. Located in the Western Ghats, it is ideal for a vacation amidst nature.
And then there is Lonavala, Mumbai and Pune’s most visited weekend getaway. At a convenient driving distance, Lonavala is a beautiful hill station that never gets old. With mesmerizing views of the surrounding green valleys, and a number of comfortable resorts providing all the modern amenities, Lonavala is a great family vacation spot in Maharashtra. June is when the weather starts becoming pleasant after the hot summer making it the perfect time for a quick visit.
Harihareshwar is a popular beach town in the Raigad district and is home to a famous Shiva temple which attracts local devotees all year round. However, during June, the weather here is extremely pleasant making it a great time to visit this coastal Konkan town. The black sand beach is a great place for a walk and a pleasant evening. Nearby destinations like Diveagar and Shrivardhan are also great attractions for their forts and beaches.
Sunset seen from Alibaug
Another popular getaway for Mumbaikars and Puneris, Alibaug is a coastal town with mesmerizing sunsets and beautiful holiday resorts.The Kolaba fort here is a popular attraction for history buffs and also provides great views of the surrounding region. However, what Alibaug is most famous for is its beach and lovely country homes located next to the shore. June is the end of the hot summer as the early showers and petrichor beckon many a tourist looking for a break from the heat.
Located right in the lap of lush green hills, Karjat is an unconventional but lovely getaway from Mumbai and Pune. It is full of picturesque natural vistas, rolling green mountains, unspoilt forts and ancient rock-cut cave temples. This makes Karjat an unusual but excellent choice for a quick monsoon getaway. NOW SEE 5 unique trips in Maharashtra that you mustnt miss!
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