Nestled Between Five Hills Panchgani is an idyllic mountain retreat in the Krishna valley. Tucked away in the Satara district of Maharashtra, Panchgani is a well-known hill station of Maharashtra on the highway to Mahabaleshwar from Pune. It derives its name from the five hills around it.
At an altitude of 1,334m, it is just 38m below Mahabaleshwar. These 38m translate themselves into a breathtaking 18-km approach, offering heart-stopping views of the River Krishna on one side and the coastal plains on the other. It is far from the noise of Pune and the endless hustle-bustle and pollution of Mumbai metropolis. It is the first hill town one reaches from Mahabaleshwar on the Pune road.
Tourists can enjoy a network of nature walks through the woods, thickly canopied by lush trees and vegetation. The river Krishna snakes through tiny hamlets, farms and ravines, hundreds of metres below. Visit Table Land, a flat mountain peak and feast your eyes on the coastal plains, looking like miniature watercolours.
This is a major attraction of Panchgani and offers a great scope of boating to the tourists. 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.
How To get There
By Air - Nearest airport is Pune at 160-km from Panchagani.
By Rail - Pune is the most conventent railway station.
By Road - Panchgani is just 18-km from Mahabaleshwar. Panchgani can be easily approached by road from Mumbai and Pune. Luxury bus services of MTDC are a regular feature from Mumbai and Pune.