Satara is a district as well as a city in Maharashtra which is well known for cultural tourist destination. There are various factors that determine its uniqueness from other cities in the state. Satara as the name suggests means the city of seven hills. It is surrounded by seven mountains all around the city. Apart from this, the forts, ancient temples, lakes, hill stations and bird sanctuaries are the places of attraction in the district. The place is also well known for the two rivers named as Krishna and its tributaries Veena. The city is blessed with mesmerising natural beauty with a clam and quite surrounding all around. One can visit the places in the month of November, December and February which is the most suitable time. A few of the Satara tourist places have been mentioned below with description.
It is situated in the plateau of Kass. The lake is at a high altitude and serves as a source of water to the city. It is also known as the valley of flowers of Maharashtra. The various types of seasonal flowers attract varieties of epidemic butterflies which makes the spot more attractive. Generally it looks more beautiful in rainy season as the green grasslands start growing making the place suitable as a picnic spot. People from far and wide visit the area in the month of August and September to enjoy its natural beauty.
This is the tallest waterfall in the state of Maharashtra which is located in the village of Thoseghar. It is at a distance of 20 km from Satara. Within the wide range of falls in Satara tourist places it is the most spectacular falls of all. People like to enjoy the splashing water and the slippery place. Some people like to bath under the flowing water. During rainy season the water comes down in huge force and makes the place more magical with the hissing sound of water.
An ideal hill station among the Krishna valley is Panchgani. This mountain retreat is placed between five small hills from where it has derived its name. It is situated at an altitude of 1,335 metre along the highway which runs from Mahabaleshwar to Pune. After the Tibetan plateau it is the second highest volcanic plateau in Asia. The picturesque view from the hilltop is awesome as you can watch the beauty of river Krishna at one side and on the other side the coastal plains.
The atmosphere of the Mayani bird sanctuary is really wonderful. People from all over the world come here for several reasons. Some come for spending their leisure time, some for bird watching and a few for nature study. This is a favourite place for the Ornithologists as more than 400 species of birds are found here which help them to study their nature. This is located near to the Vaduj area of Satara district.
Nestled in the western ghats, Koyna wildlife sanctuary is famous for its dense forest and wide range of flora and fauna. Tigers, panthers, barking deer, langurs are commonly found here along with a number of birds species. The sanctuary is well protected by Western Ghats’ slopes on both side of the forest.
This place is located just 33 kilometres from the city of Satara. It is the most famous cultural heritage and pilgrimage of Maharashtra. Lord Ganesha is worshipped here as Gnapati bappa in the ‘Maha Ganapati temple’ by the residents of the state mainly in Ganesh chaturthi.
Other than this there are dams, masjid and minars, caves, energy project and riverside villages that attract tourists from far off places. Satara tourist places are one of the best tour spots among the south-western part of India. Exploring the south is incomplete without visiting here. And one more thing, do not forget to taste the famous sweet of Satara, which is known as kandi pedha.
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