9 less known places to visit in Maharashtra

Maharashtra, formed on the basis of  the States Re organisation Act, 1956, became a state in the year 1960. 1st of May, since then is celebrated as Maharashtra day. 

As diverse as the country itself, Maharashtra is also popular for the beautiful places it has to offer for people looking out for serenity amidst chaos.
Places like Mumbai, Pune, Nashik and Nagpur are also rich for their varied cultures and delicacies. Maharashtra, stands out to be an important state also because of its geographic location and financial stand. 

Beaches, caves, forts, sanctuaries, heritage places, water bodies, hill stations, Maharashtra seems to have it all and who can forget the konkan coast and the western ghats?  

On the occasion of Maharashtra Day, here’s a list of places less known, you may consider to visit this year.

 1. Van Vadi.

Sustainable lifestyle is trending these days, we recommended that if you are a slow traveler, looking out for peace and green not far from the city, Van- Vadi, a place in taluka Karjat, is your spot.
This is 64-acre forest farm (as the owners like to call it), on the foothills of Sahyadri.

(http://www.greenkarjat.com/2008/10/van-vadi-eco-friendly-forest-farm.html)

2. Serene Eco village 

45 kilometres southwest from the city of Pune is this beautiful man-made forest somewhere in Velhe Taluka.
Serene Eco village is the brain child of Dr. Pravin Chordia. He used to be a general surgeon and ran a hospital in Pune. Later, he bought land in Velhe in the year 2000 which is now helping in employment generation and Eco tourism. 

This place also has a school that functions in the traditional gurukul style on the premises.

(https://www.facebook.com/sereneecovillage/)

3. Ralegan Siddhi

Located in the District of Ahmednagar,Maharashtra, Ralegan Siddhi is a place you MUST must visit to see how a barren land can be turned into a beautiful, clean, Eco- friendly place with sustainable living and management.

(http://www.annahazare.org/ralegan-siddhi.html)

Credits: Internet

4. Gugamal National Park

It is located in the Chikhaldara and Dharni Tehsils of Amravati District, Maharashtra, India. 
Also a part of Melghat tiger reserve. Formed in 1974, this park is famous for  Bengal tiger, Indian leopard, sloth bear, Ussuri dhole, Indian jackal, striped hyena, chausinga, sambar (largest Deer on earth) gaur, barking deer, ratel, flying squirrel, cheetal (type of Deer), nilgai, wild boar, langur etc. 
There are 750 species of plants in the area.

There are 90 tree species, 66 shrub species, 316 herb species, 56 climbers, 23 sedge species and 99 grass species. Approximately 50-75 more species have been identified and several more are expected to identify in the future at the Melghat Tiger Preserve.

(http://chikhaldara.org/wildlife-sanctuary/gugumal-national-park.html)

Credits: Internet

5. Suvarnadurg

Located on a small island between Mumbai and Goa, Suvarnadurg, was built by Sultan Adilshah and was ruled on by Shivaji Maharaj. 
In the past, the land fort and the sea fort were connected by a tunnel, but this is now defunct. The present approach to the sea fort is only by boats from the Harnai port on the headland.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suvarnadurg)

Credits: Uddhav Thackeray

6. Kihim Beach

A get away place for Mumbaikars, kihim beach used to be the bird watcher’s paradise. Although very few exotic birds can be spotted now, this beach is worth taking a trip. 
There are also a few water sports available here, so go hit google to know more about this place. Remember, if you are someone who loves quiet, you will love this place as it is not as developed as other beach places are. 

(https://www.tripadvisor.in/Attraction_Review-g2531523-d3705441-Reviews-Kihim_Beach-Raigad_Maharashtra.html )

credits: Internet

7. Velas Beach 

Did you ever see turtle hatchings? Well, Velas has a festival especially for that. 
This place has received international attention for the turtle egg hatching that happens here. Very friendly to the environment and the turtles, we say visit this place for sure. 

(https://www.maharashtratourism.gov.in/treasures/beach/velas)

credits: Internet

8. Ghodazari lake 

Something built by the British, Ghodazari lake/talav is earth fill Dam surrounded by abundance of nature and forest.
It is one of the major developing places for tourism in Chandrapur. 

(https://www.maharashtratourism.gov.in/treasures/dam-waterfall/ghodazari-lake

credits: Internet

9. Sula Vineyard

The name says it all. Go relax with your glass of wine. 

(http://www.sulawines.com/) 

credits: Internet

Apart form all these places, Maharashtra has a rich history and almost 9-10 world heritage sites including, The Ellora cave, The Kaas plateau, The Agakhan Palace and The CST terminus in Mumbai. Who’s to forget the Lonar lake or the hot water spring of Vajrajeshwari… 

There are also hill stations that people visit from all over the world and most importantly, Maharashtra has Mumbai. 

Visit   https://www.maharashtratourism.gov.in/ to know everything you need to about all the places in Maharashtra. 

Jai Maharashtra! 

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