18 Top Holiday Destinations in Maharashtra where you must visit

Bordered by the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats, The Land of the Marathas, Maharashtra is one of the most popular places to visit in India. The 3rd largest state in India is blessed with beauty, history, culture, adventure and much more. The exquisite beauty includes scenic beaches as well as some of the most beautiful hill stations in India. Historical attractions include UNESCO World Heritage Sites, ancient caves, temples, and other religious sites. For thrill mixed with beauty, there is Western Ghats, also a world heritage site, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries to explore.

The mind-boggling diversity, the amazing things to do and see is confusing, so we help you to explore with a list of the top holiday destinations in Maharashtra that you must visit:


Formerly ‘Bombay’, Mumbai is thriving megapolis of India. The capital of Maharashtra is a city that never sleeps. It was formed by a collection of 7 islands of the Arabian Sea by land reclamation techniques in the 18th century. Famous for the Indian film industry ‘Bollywood’, the city is one of the most popular cities in India. History, culture, museums, art galleries, nightlife, great food, amazing shopping are some reasons you must visit Mumbai on your holiday to Maharashtra.

Famous for: Heritage, Monuments, Shopping, Cuisine.

Places to Visit: Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves, Marine Drive, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Haji Ali, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Markets, Siddhivinayak Temple, Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, Beaches, etc.

Ideal Visit Time: 2-3 days.

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The land of Peshwas, Pune is one of the most popular cities in Maharashtra. Since the times of Chattraptyai Shivaji, the town held importance for its rich culture and history. With the changing time it also has gained prominence as an important educational, cultural and economic hub. For tryst with the olden days, explore the gems of the Maratha Empire. The modern delights please you no less. It’s now the destination of the annual EDM Sunburn Festival, music festivals and many other excitements.

Famous for: Culture, Peshwas, History, and Education.

Places to Visit: Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati, Shivneri Fort, Shanivarwada, Aga Khan Palace, Parvati Hill, Rajgad Fort, Lal Mahal, Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, Sinhagad Fort, Lavasa, Western Ghats, etc.

Ideal Visit Time: 2-3 days.


Named after the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, Aurangabad is one of the most prominent tourist places in Maharashtra. The treasures awaiting in Aurangabad is proven by the fact that it is the tourism capital of Maharashtra. It’s known for the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the ancient caves of Ajanta and Ellora. The days of the Mughal era still thrive in the town. The charm is enhanced by the lush gardens, temples, mosques, museums, parks and the mouthwatering cuisines of the region.

Famous for: History, Heritage, Monuments.

Places to Visit: Ajanta Caves, Ellora Caves, Devgiri Fort, Ghrishneshwar Temple, Khuldaba, Daulatabad Fort, Bibi ka Maqbara, Jama Masjid, Panchakki, and the 52 gates, Salim Ali Lake & Bird Sanctuary, Jama Mosque, Aurangabad Caves

Ideal Visit Time: 2 days.

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The picturesque hill station in Western Ghats, Lonavala is one of the most favored places to visit in Maharashtra. It’s the idyllic weekend getaway in Maharashtra. Nicknamed the ‘Jewel of Sahyadri Mountains’, its perfect for an escape to the lush beauty of the hills. Spot waterfalls, explore ancient caves or relax. Things to do in Lonavala include trekking, hot air balloon rides, camping, adventure camps, etc. Monsoon is a great time to visit the scenic hill town.

Famous for: Cave, Fort, Hiking, Trekking

Places to visit: Karla and Bhaja Caves, Tiger Point, Lohagad and Rajmachi Fort, 2nd-century rock-cut cave temples and the artificial lakes of Bushy, Tungarli and Pawna, Lonavala Lake, Duke’s Nose, and Ryewood Park.

Ideal Visit time: 2-3 days or weekend.

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Embodying the beauty of Western Ghats, Mahabaleshwar is one of the best honeymoon destinations in Maharashtra. Settled at 1,353 meters above sea level, it is blessed with beautiful viewpoints. It’s the famous summer retreat as well as weekend getaway for the people in Mumbai. Try trekking, camping, boating in the Venna Lake, watching the sunset or simply relaxing. Do savor the berries that are farmed here which include, strawberries, mulberries, blueberries, etc. Monsoon makes a visit to the town all the more exhilarating.

Famous for: Hill Station, Views, Nature, Temples.

Places to Visit: Pratapgarh Fort, Pratap Garden, Afzal Khan Tomb, Old Mahabaleshwar, Bhawani Mandir, Mahabaleshwar Temple, Morarji Castle, Mount Malcolm, Rajpuri Caves, Wilson Point, etc.

Ideal Visit Time: 2 days.


Located on the banks of River Godavari, Nashik is one of the best tourist places in Maharashtra. Mentioned in Hindu Mythology, the city has a number of ancient temples and most importantly, it’s known for being host to the holy Kumbha Mela of India once in every 12 years. The gathering at Kumbha is for the pious bath in the river that cleanses all sins. Not just for religious fervor, Nashik lure visitors to explore museums, gardens, grape farms, and wineries. The authentic Marathi food is also a great draw.

Famous for: Temples, Forts, Culture, Grape Farms

Places to Visit in Nashik: Trimbakeshwar Temple, Pandavleni Caves, Panchvati, Muktidham Temple, Dugarwadi waterfall, Anjaneri Mountains, Saptashrungi, Kalaram Mandir, Kapaleshwar temple, Ram Kund, etc.

Ideal Visit Time: 1-2 days.

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Located on the banks of the Panchganga River, Kolhapur is one of the former Princely states of the Marathas. It was ruled by the Bhosale Chhatrapati (Bhosale royal clan) of the Maratha Empire. Having been the core of the Maratha Empire, it is famous for its various historical monuments and cultural heritage of Marathas. During the major Hindu festivals like Holi, Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi, Vijaya Dashami, and Navaratri, the town is quite appealing and you must pay a visit. The highlights of the town include the special ‘kolhapuri slippers’ and the kolhapuri cuisines that are worth trying out. Explore these customized Kolhapur tour packages.

Famous for: Heritage, History, Kolhapuri chappal.

Places to Visit in Kolhapur: Mahalakshmi Temple, Jyotiba Temple, Rankala Lake, Chhatrapati Sahu Museum, Panhala Fort

Ideal Visit Time: 1 day.


One of the must visit places in Maharashtra in winter, Matheran is next on our list. Located at 800 meters above sea level, in the lap of Sahyadri, it’s a loved summer retreat for the city dwellers. The hill town has a no-vehicles policy so the environment is clean and fresh. There are 38 scenic look-out points opening to the panoramic beauty. The Matheran toy train is one of the scenic mountain railways in India. Scenic treks, horse rides and adventure sports offer thrill on your vacation.

Famous for: Hill Station, Nature, Views.

Places to visit in Matheran: Celia Pt, Echo Point, Louisa Point, Charlotte Lake, Alexander Point, One Tree Hill, Pisharnath Mahadev Mandir, Hart Point, Monkey Point, Porcupine Point Panorama Point, Louisa Point, One Tree Hill Point, Rambagh Point.

Ideal Visit Time: 1 day or a weekend trip.

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Ganapatipule is a small beach town in the Ratnagiri district in the Konkan region. Snuggled along the pristine stretch of the Arabian Sea, it is one of the best places to visit in Maharashtra. Witness the meeting of the sea and the river along with a hill shaped like Ganpati, the Hindu God of worship. The famous 400-year-old Ganesha temple is the highlight of your visit. Untouched by commercialism, the town is an escape from the hustle bustle of city loves. Be it beach lovers, pilgrims, peace-seekers or water sports, Ganapatipule is perfect for a holiday.

Famous for: Arabian Sea, Mangoes, Beaches.

Places to Visit: Ganpatipule Beach, Ganpatitule Temple, Swayambhu Ganapati Temple, Jaigad Fort, Jaigad Lighthouse

Ideal Visit Time: 2-3 day trip or a weekend.


One of the popular beach destinations in India, Alibaug is a famous weekend getaway from Mumbai. Set amid natural bliss, the beach is loved by couples, groups and adventure enthusiasts. The mesmerizingly weather, dense coconut groves, churches, forts, temples, and relaxing resorts creates a charming holiday. The charm of the beach town attracts history buffs and photographers. The stretch of golden sands are ideal for romantic walks, sunbathing, watching the sunset, lazing and more. Also, it’s one of the best places enjoy water sports like banana boat ride, jet-ski, and parasailing.

Famous for: History, Sea, Forts.

Places to Visit: Alibagh Fort, Alibaug Beach, Nagaon Beach, Kanakeshwar Forest, Janjira Fort, Kanakeshwar Devasthan Temple

Ideal Visit Time: 1 day.


One of the most popular places to visit in Maharashtra, Shirdi is the holy pilgrimage site. Sai Baba was a divine man who preached love and togetherness instead of any particular religion.  Devotees from all over the world of all faiths believe in his miracles and teachings. The spiritual bliss you experience goes beyond the capacity of words. Feel the divine connection at the Sai Temple where the holy man’s statue is carved of Italian marble seated on a golden throne wearing a golden crown.

Famous for: Pilgrimage, history, spirituality.

Places to Visit in Shirdi: Sai Baba Temple, Sai Baba, Samadhi Mandir, Dwarkamai, Chavadi, Lendi Bagh, etc.

Ideal Visit Time: 1-2 Days

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Nestled at an altitude of 2260 ft, Amboli is one of the must visit tourist places in Maharashtra. Perched in the lap of lsug Shayadri hills, it is blessed by natural beauty, adventure and relaxing vacations.

The eco-spot is also known for the Hiranyakeshwar Shiva Temple which is said to be the source of Hiranyakeshi River. According to local legends there were 108 Shiva temples in Amboli. In monsoon the town truly becomes magical as the waterfalls come to life. Adventures that thrill visitors include trekking, rock climbing, bird-watching, camping, and more

Famous for: Hill Station, Views, Nature, Temples.

Places to Visit in Amboli: Amboli Falls, Shirgaonkar Point, Madhavgad Fort, Nangarta Falls, and Sunset Point, Durg Dhakoba, etc.

Ideal Visit Time: 2-3 Days or weekend.


Panchgani gets its name from the five hills surrounding it. One of the most popular places in Maharashtra, the hill station is famous for its sunrise & sunset points, scenic valley views and exciting activities.

Settled at 1334m, the picturesque backdrop had lured the colonials of the British Era. Equally popular till date, the town tempts couples on honeymoon, families, nature lovers, and adventure lovers, especially during the refreshing monsoon. Bliss in essence, Panchgani is perfect for sightseeing, paragliding, trekking, hiking, cycling, and enjoying the natural scenery in winter and summer.

Famous for: Hill Station, Views, Nature, Temples.

Places to Visit in Panchgani: Table Land, Mapro Farms, Sydney Point, Lingmala Falls, Kate’s Point, Arthur Seat, Dhom Dam, Bhilar Waterfalls, and Elephant’s Head Point.

Ideal Visit Time: 2-3 Days


Blessed with gorgeous views of the Arabian Sea, Kashid is a one of the must- visit places in Maharashtra. Soft silver sands, the azure spread of the sea, whispering palms and Casuarina, make it an idyllic beach getaway.

The perfect escape from the hustle-bustle of cities on weekends or just a therapeutic pause from life, or something else regardless of your wish, Kashid will tantalize your senses like no other. Laze on the beach on a hammock. Banana boat ride, camping, snorkeling, scuba diving, stargazing, horse ride, and parasailing are some pleasures to try in the heavenly bliss of the beach town.

Famous for: Beach, Arabian Sea, Relaxing.

Places to Visit in Kashid: Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary, Korlai Fort, Revdanda Beach Fort, Murud Janjira Fort, etc.

Ideal Visit Time: 2-3 Days or weekend.


Snuggled in the lap of Western Ghats, Kamshet is a picturesque hill town in Maharashtra.  Settled at 2200m amid undulating terrain of luscious green forests and scenic lakes. The world-class facility of paragliding lures people to give a try to soar the blue skies at Pavana Dam.

Get away for the weekend to relax, for adventure pursuits or just to escape the hustle bustle of cities. Go trekking, pay a visit to the ancient ruins of temples & fort, or enjoy the beautiful scenery, Kamshet has a number of excitements. Undoubtedly it is one of the best holiday destinations in Maharashtra.

Famous for: Cave, Paragliding, Hiking, Trekking.

Places to Visit in Kamshet: Bhairi caves, Bhedsa caves, Khondeshwar temple, Pavana Lake and Shinde Wadi hills.

Ideal Visit Time: 1-2 Days or weekend.

Tadoba National Park

Unexplored and wild, Tadoba National Park is one of the best places to spot tigers in India. The national park in Maharashtra is an offbeat wildlife safari destination, slowly gaining recognition luring adventure aficionado and nature lovers.

Popular inhabitants of Tadoba are Jungle cat, sloth bear, nilgai, sambar, Indian leopard, barking deer, small Indian civet, gaur, striped hyena and others. The park also has numerous reptiles’ inhabitants including marsh crocodile, Indian star tortoise, Russel’s viper, and others. Also more than 75 species of butterflies, innumerable species of insects, and 195 species of birds found here including three highly endangered species. Gypsy safari in Tadoba is a thrilling experience of exploring the wildlife.

Famous for: Wildlife, Adventure.

Places to Visit in Tadoba National Park: Tadoba Lake, Erai dam, Moharli and Khosla village.

Ideal Visit Time: 1-2 Days.


Nestled at the foothills of Sahyadri, Khandala is one of the famous holiday destinations in Maharashtra. The favored weekend getaway is known to lure visitors with its picturesque scenery. Lush valleys, mist covered hills, serene lakes, frothy waterfalls, ancient views, viewpoints and more combine to create a charm that spell bounds all.

It is now without reason that people swear Khandala as their escape from cities, for pleasure relaxing and good times. Rains enhances the charm making it one of the favorite monsoon destinations in India. Honeymoon couples, families, solo backpackers everyone is definitely left enthralled.

Famous for: Caves, trekking, pleasant weather, viewpoints.

Places to Visit in Khandala: Karla Caves, Kune Falls, Lion’s Point, Ekvira, Duke’s Nose, Bhushi Dam, Bhor Ghat, Manaranjan Fort, Ryewood Park, Walwan Dam, Rajamachi Point, etc.

Ideal Visit Time: 2-3 Days.

Ajanta & Ellora Caves

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ajanta and Ellora Caves is one of the unmissable tourist attractions in Maharashtra. Located close to Aurangabad, the heritage site pays tribute to the excellent craftsmanship of artisans and sculptors by hammer and chisel.

Enveloped by jungles, the Ajanta and Ellora caves are an amalgamation of Buddhist, Jain and Hindu monuments as the complex includes both Buddhist monasteries as well as Hindu and Jain temples. There are 34 caves at Ellora that date between the 6th and 11th centuries AD, and 29 caves at Ajanta that are said to date back between 2nd century BC and 6th century AD. While the Ajanta caves have gorgeous paintings and sculptures, the Ellora caves are well-known for their extraordinary architecture. Explore Ajanta tour packages.

Famous for: UNESCO World Heritage Site, History, Heritage, Culture.

Ideal Visit Time: 1 Day.

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  • Shivani Rathore

    Maharashtra is very well known for it’s tourist places link Ajanta Ellora Caves, Mumbai, Pune, Lonavla, and Amboli. Some places are very well known and some are offbeat places which are not very frequently discovered by the tourist. I have visited almost every place you have covered in this article, some of the places are so near to nature just as mahabaleshwar, punchgini, Lonavla, Khndala, etc. The best time to visit these places is monsoon. I always try something adventurous wherever i have been to, but unfortunately I have missed Kamshet to and i did not get the chance to experience Paragliding in Kamshet. You have covered such an amazing information which would be very helpful to everyone.

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  • Priya Singh

    Very nice list of blog commenting site list. I really appreciate the work you have done, you explained everything in such an amazing and simple way. Those pictures are absolutely gorgeous! I love places with amazing beauty. I will be sure to visit this location. Thank you for sharing!

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  • Kamal Rao

    Thanks for sharing The information. It is very useful to all of us.

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      Hi Kamal

      Thanks for your kind words. Keep on following our blogs for more such posts.

  • Debasree

    Hey Ashish,

    Thank you for kind words. You can follow us for more information on India tourism and wonderful holidays in India.