Maharashtra is home to a number of delightful monsoon destinations that spring to life when the rains hit them in June. Spread across the state, these lovely destinations attracts hoards of tourists throughout the monsoon season. With part of the Western Ghats in the state, it is natural that Maharashtra turns lush green during monsoon. Ranging from beaches to hill stations and grasslands to waterfalls, Maharashtra’s monsoon holiday spots make for excellent weekend getaways. These spots have now transformed into extremely popular weekend holiday destinations for locals and tourists alike. However, there are several hidden places tucked away in the interiors of Maharashtra which become as mesmerizing during monsoon as the popular ones. Also Read - Cyclone Tauktae 'Very Likely' to Intensify Further, Landfall in Gujarat Early Tuesday | Highlights

Morachi Chincholi

Photograph Courtesy: Yogendra Joshi/Creative Commons

Photograph Courtesy: Yogendra Joshi/Creative Commons

Located near Pune, Morachi Chincholi is Maharashtra’s prime peacock destination. The dancing peacocks during monsoon here are a sight to behold. This rural area dotted with tamarind trees and lush green farms is a delightful break from the urban noise and pollution. It is located at a distance of 186 km and takes around 3 hours and 50 minutes to reach from Mumbai. Also Read - Rhea Chakraborty Expresses Gratitude Towards 'Covid Warriors', Says 'Let's Go Mumbai'

Tapola

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Tapola has earned the sobriquet of Maharashtra’s mini Kashmir thanks to its scenic beauty and splendid weather. The hill station is located close to Mahabaleshwar  but is far less crowded. Tapola serves the base to the Vasota fort trek and is home to the lovely Shivsagar lake which is worth a visit for its water sporting activities. Monsoons bring out the best in Tapola making it a ideal time for a weekend getaway from Mumbai. Distance from Mumbai to Tapola is 259 km and it takes around 5 hours and 45 minutes to reach by road.

Dapoli

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Perhaps one of the most serene, clean and picturesque regions in the interiors of Maharashtra, the coastal area of Dapoli is home to some stunning beaches. Located in the Ratnagiri district, Dapoli is a coastal town which makes you forget the urban hustle-bustle. Clean and dreamy beaches like Murud, Harnai and Anjarle make for rejuvenating picnic spots and the pleasant weather makes for a romantic ambiance too. Dapoli is located around 225 km from Mumbai and the drive will take you around 4 hours and 50 minutes. CHECK OUT Best family resorts near Mumbai that are perfect for kids

Tikona

Tikona-Fort

Tikona Fort, Photograph courtesy: Vinay Nair/Creative Commons

One of the easiest but most rewarding treks in Maharashtra, Tikona fort is located on a beautiful hillock with great views of the surrounding greenery. Also known as Vitangad, Tikona is just 60 km from Pune in the Maval region. During monsoon, the area surrounding the base village of Tikona-Peth becomes lush green and astonishing making the trek a memorable experience. DIstance from Mumbai to Tikona fort is 121 km and it takes around 2 hours and 30 minutes to reach the base village. The trek itself takes just about an hour and 15 minutes.

Tamhini Ghat

Tamhini Ghat

Tamhini Ghat in Maharashtra

And then there is the Tamhini Ghat tucked away in the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats. The ghat is actually a passage between Mulshi and tamhini and makes for an extremely scenic drive. During monsoon, it turns into a paradise full of green hillocks and cascading waterfalls. It prvides some of the most breathtaking landscapes in Maharashtra for those who dig natural beauty. Tanhini Ghat is located around 160 km from Mumbai and takes close to 3 hours and 20 minutes to reach by road.

Vikatgad Peb fort

Vikatgad, Matheran

Vikatgad, Matheran

Located right next to the supremely popular hill station of Matheran, Vikatgad Peb is a lesser-crowded fort ideal for those who prefer serene over popular. It is just 4 km from Neral station and is a trekking delight for beginners. With an easy trail full of scenic turns and little water streams breaking out of nowhere, the trek is a great one-day monsoon experience. Vikatgad Peb fort is just 53 km from Mumbai and the base of the trek takes just 1 hour and 35 minutes to reach by road.

Chikhaldara

Chikhaldara in Maharashtra

Chikhaldara in Maharashtra

Located in the Amravati district, Chikhaldara is one of the hidden gems of Maharashtra thanks to its picturesque surroundings, gushing waterfalls and intriguing history. It is believed to be the place where Hindu deity Bheema killed the villain Keechaka. CHikhaldara is the only hill station in the Vidarbha region and turns into a beautiful haven during monsoon. Viewing points like Hurricane Point, Prospect Point, and Devi Point provide breathtaking views of the surrounding beauty. Chikhaldara is located at a distance of 700 km from Mumbai and makes for a really long road trip, 13 hours to be precise. Therefore, it is much better to fly to Nagpur and then take a 230-km road trip.

Phaltan

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And finally, there is the lesser-known but beautiful Phaltan located in Maharashtra’s Satara district. With a clean rural backdrop full of vast farmlands, Phaltan is a welcome respite from city life. Phaltan falls in a rain shadow region which means it doesn’t pour cats and dogs here making it great for sight-seeing and moving around. Jakson Inns Hotel provides a comfortable stay with 5-star like amenities and also arranges for excursions to nearby attractions like the Pusegaon windmills and Thosegar falls, which are both mesmerizing monsoon picnic spots. Distance from Mumbai to Phaltan is 254 km and it takes close to 4 hours and 30 minutes to reach by road. NOW SEE 10 Offbeat monsoon destinations in India

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