Panchgani derives its name from the five hills around it. At an altitude of
1334 m it is just 38 m below Mahabaleshwar. These 38 m translate themselves
into a breathtaking 20 kms approach from Mahabaleshwar, that swoops around
bends with abandon, offering heart stopping views of the river krishna on
one side & the coastal plains on the other. Panchgani is the quintessential
hill station, with the Raj stamped indelibly all over it. It can be seen in
the old architecture of the old British buildings, the parsi houses, & the
boarding schools that have been for a century or more.
Amble along the walkways,
thickly canopied by lush trees & vegetation & delights in the secrets you
come upon. The Krishna, snaking through tiny hamlets, farms & ravines,
hundreds of meters below. Visit table land, a flat mountain peak & feast
your eyes on the coastal plains, looking like miniature water colors. Select
a horse from one of the numerous stables & canter along uncharted routes
through hidden lovers' lanes, to the caves & kamalgad fort. Or while away at
the bazaar. Panchgani is one of the rare places that doesn't crowd anyone,
yet in its own unhurried way deeply touches every visitor.
SIGHTSEEING OF VARIOUS POINTS IN
This point is situated on a small hillock facing the Krishna Valley
.From here one can see the the glittering waters of the Dhom Dam and
Pandavgad and Mandhardeo are also easily seen.
Situated around 60 mts high ,this flat large expanse of laterite rock is the
second longest mountain plateau in asia. There are some spacious caves that
can be seen from here and one of them is Devil's Kitchen.
This windy road situated on the way to Mahabaleshwar overlooks the Krishna
valley and the blue mirror like waters of the Dhom Dam.
The Devil's Kitchen situated to the south of tableland, is also a place of
mythological interest. It is believed that the Pandavas stayed here for a
while and used this place to cook their food. There are some legends
regarding this, though most of them appear to be mere tall tales. Some
people claim that Pandvgadh Caves ( near Wai ) are also built by them and
bear their name.
Dhom Dam water sports is one more amazing attraction for tourists which is
21 kms away from Panchgani. A beautiful boating spot.
Here one can enjoy with Scooter boats and Speed boats. Sporting in Krishna
river stream with the beautiful natural surrounding is a wonderful
experience in itself.
The Lingmala Falls
The Lingmala Falls in Mahabaleshwar can be reached by road. It lies on the
Mahabaleshwar-Poona road. The stream here precipitates over the face of
steep cliff, unbroken when the torrent is swollen by rain but ordinarily
divided by projecting rocks about one third of the way down into thin silver
streaks and sprays often circled by rainbows. The forest bungalow of
lingmala is also close by.
About 10 km from the town, the caves have a religious importance as there is
a temple of Lord Karthikeya, (Lord Shiva's son) here. A temple of local
goddess Ghatjal Devi is also in the area. A small local fair is held at the
time of the harvest season.
Accommodation in Panchgani (Maharashtra):
Currently we are offering the following accommodation options:
2. Comfort Inn Dhanhills
3. Blue Country Resort
5. Hotel Summer Plaza
6. Five Hills Resort