May 1 is Maharashtra Day. It is celebrated in order to honor the formation of the state of Maharashtra on 1 May, 1960. It’s a good time to draw our attention towards this magnificent state which is abundant in natural beauty, intriguing culture and rich heritage. Few places across India have the kind of diversity in geographical terrain as well as lifestyle like Maharashtra does. While it is home to cities like busy Mumbai known for their vibrant nightlife and economical significance, it is also home to some quiet hill stations like Matheran and Mahabaleshwar known for their scenic beauty and pleasant weather. However, it is when you move past the popular places of Maharashtra that you see how mesmerizing the state really is. Its hidden villages, serene beaches, unexplored waterfalls and raw wilderness are a delight to witness. What better day than Maharashtra Day 2017 to known about some of these hidden gems, right? So, here are 10 offbeat places to visit in Maharashtra you must visit at least once in your lifetime. ALSO SEE Maharashtra Day 2017: Places in Maharashtra that capture different parts of its history Also Read - Instant Karma! Video Showing Buffalo Dislodging Men From Cart For Making it Race Goes Viral

Phaltan

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Located just 50 km from Satara is the beautiful Phaltan which doesn;t receive as much rain as the rest of Maharashtra. Nevertheless, it is surrounded by lush green pomegranate farms and getaways like Thosegar falls and Pussegaon windmills. If you are looking for a quiet place away from the tourist crowds where you can spend some time amidst rural folk and natural beauty, Phaltan is a good choice for you. CHECK OUT Phaltan: Maharashtra’s brand new weekend getaway from Mumbai and Pune Also Read - Earthquake Strikes Manipur, Tremors Felt in Parts of Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram

Dapoli

Dapoli



Home to some spectacular beaches and mesmerizing, misty landscapes, Dapoli is a town in the Ratnagiri district. Its beaches like Murud, Harnai and Anjarle are perfect getaways to get some peace of mind while getting blown away by the scenic beauty of the coastal stretch. Calm, untouched, and rejuvenating – that’s Dapoli for you.

Vengurla

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Perhaps one of the most ebautiful beaches of India which has not become a major tourist spot, Vengurla is located in Maharashtra’s Sindhudurg district. The MTDC resort here provides a comfortable stay and scenic views of the surrounding green hillocks dotted with  cashew, mango, coconut, and different kinds of berry trees. Also, Goa is just a few kilometers away!

Tadoba National Park

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One of the best places to spot tigers in India, the Tadoba National Park in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur district is a delight for wildlife and nature lovers. The forest here is as mesmerizing as the feeling of spotting the Royal Bengal tiger in its natural habitat. Tadoba is Maharashtra’s oldest and largest national park and makes for an excellent getaway amidst nature. DO SEE 10 best places to spot tigers in India

Chikhaldara

Chikhaldara in Maharashtra

Chikhaldara in Maharashtra

Gushing waterfalls, green valleys and a quiet, serene ambiance awaits you at the hill station of Chikhaldara in Maharashtra’s Amravati district. Having featured in the Mahabharata, it also hold religious significance for Hindus. Its pleasant weather and breathtaking views make Chikhaldara a great summer retreat.

Tapola

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Known as Maharashtra’s ‘mini Kashmir’, Tapola is a hill station located near Mahabaleshwar. It is one of the unexplored places of the state and serves as the base to the Vasota fort trek. The Shivsagar lake located here is the hub of water sporting activities making Tapola an excellent choice for an adventurous getaway.

Bhandardara

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The Western Ghats are Maharashtra’s most prized possession and located right at the heart of it is Bhandardara, a scenic holiday resort village with lush green hills and gushing waterfalls all around. It is located near Igatpuri in the Ahmednagar district and is one of the hidden gems that is abundant in natural beauty.

Vijaydurg

Vijaydurg

Maharashtra’s historic legacy lies in its forts. One fort which is humongous and located on the extremely scenic Sindhudurg coast is Vijaydurg. Constructed during the regime of Raja Bhoja II of the Shilahar dynasty and restructured by Shivaji Maharaj, Vijaydurg is one of Maharashtra’s oldest forts. The beautiful beach and breathtaking landscape seen from the fort combined with its historical significance make Vijaydurg a place worth visiting.

Vikatgad or Peb fort

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A beautiful little trek for beginners, Vikatgad Peb fort is not as popular as the nearby Matheran but is every bit as spectacular. Located amidst lush green hills, the fort is an ideal place to visit during the monsoons on account of its splendid views and enchanting weather. It is also home to caves with meditation chambers maintained by disciples of Swami Samartha. You need to crawl through a narrow passage and then climb down into the meditation chamber making it an adventure in itself.

Purushwadi

Photograph Courtesy: Bhatta!/Creative Commons

Photograph Courtesy: Bhatta!/Creative Commons

Purushwadi is one of the unexplored villages of Maharashtra which deserves a visit for its Firefly festival. Located just 71 km from Igatpuri, Purushwadi is home to the fireflies festival where hundreds and thousands of fireflies are visible at nights during May-June as its their mating season. Grassroutes Purushwadi is an experiential stay set up which is worth trying out on your visit to Purushwadi. NOW SEE Maharashtra Day 2017: Photos of Maharashtra’s forts that will leave you mesmerized

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