Things to do in the Monsoon Season in Maharashtra

Blessed with some of the most pristine beaches, historical forts, majestic mountains, fascinating hill stations, exotic wildlife, and popular pilgrimage sites in India, Maharashtra has no dearth of
things to do in the monsoon season. Here are top activities and experiences you can enjoy during you monsoon trip in Maharashtra.

Enjoy a Weekend at Bhandardara

Bhandardara is a breath-taking hill station located in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra. It is a popular tourist destination renowned for its natural beauty, peaceful atmosphere, and stunning landscapes. The monsoon season in Bhandardara typically begins in June and lasts until September, and it is a particularly enchanting time to visit.

During the monsoon season, the hills, and valleys of Bhandardara transform into lush green landscapes. The waterfalls come to life, and the lakes and dams overflow with water. The misty clouds that hover over the mountains create a surreal ambiance, while the cool breeze adds to the romantic atmosphere. Moreover, the monsoon season is the perfect time to go trekking in Bhandardara, as the weather is pleasant, and the surroundings are at their most beautiful. Don’t miss out on the trek to Ratangad Fort or relax by the Arthur Lake. 

Bhandardara is truly one of the best places to visit in Maharashtra in monsoon. 

Watch the Forest Bioluminescence 

Forest bioluminescence is a rare and enchanting natural phenomenon that occurs in certain forest regions around the world. In Maharashtra, there are a few forests where bioluminescence has been reported during the monsoon season.

The most popular forest for bioluminescence sightings in Maharashtra is in the Bhimashankar Wildlife Reserve, located in the Western Ghats Mountain range. The Wildlife Reserve is a popular destination for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. The reserve offers several trekking trails that lead through dense forests and stunning waterfalls and viewpoints. You can also explore the reserve's diverse flora and fauna, which includes species like the Indian giant squirrel, Indian python, and Indian rock python, among others.

The forest is also home to a species of bacteria, which emit a faint greenish-blue glow during the night. The bioluminescence phenomenon in this wildlife reserve is most visible during the monsoon season, from July to September. So, this year, put this activity on your list of the best things to see in Maharashtra and head to Bhimashankar Wildlife Reserve. 

Dramatic Sea Views in Mumbai

Mumbai, the financial capital of India, is known for its bustling city life, iconic landmarks, and picturesque sea views. During the monsoon season, the city comes alive with dramatic sea views that are a feast for the eyes and are a unique experience in Maharashtra

The monsoon season in Mumbai typically lasts from June to September and is characterized by heavy rainfall, strong winds, and rough seas. While this can cause inconvenience to the city's residents, it also offers visitors a chance to witness the city's natural beauty in all its glory.

One of the most popular spots for enjoying dramatic sea views in Mumbai during the monsoon season is Marine Drive. This iconic promenade, also known as the ‘Queen's Necklace’, offers panoramic views of the Arabian Sea and the city skyline. The waves crashing against the promenade's rocks and the dark clouds hovering over the sea create a dramatic and mesmerizing sight that draws tourists from all over the country.

Another popular spot for enjoying sea views during the monsoon season is the Bandra-Worli Sea Link. This cable-stayed bridge connects the suburbs of Bandra and Worli and offers stunning views of the Arabian Sea and the city skyline. The bridge's lights reflecting on the sea's waves create a magical and surreal atmosphere that is sure to leave you awestruck. 

Visit the Smallest City in Maharashtra

One of the best Maharashtra things to do is to visit Panhala. Known to be the smallest city in the state, this town has a reputation for having a big heart. Soaked in rich history and culture, this tiny city has deep-rooted connection to the Maratha empire and even served as the capital of the Maratha kingdom till 1782.  

One of the best places to visit in Maharashtra, Panhala is about 18 km from Kolhapur, and it is easily accessible by all modes of transport. While visiting the city is a unique experience, you can also visit the main attraction here, i.e., the Panhala Fort, which literally means ‘Home of the Snakes.’  

For a more adventurous experience, you can trek up the fort and enjoy the stunning panoramic view of the city below and soak in the peaceful and pollution-free environment, especially during the monsoon. If you live in Maharashtra, Panhala is a wonderful place for a weekend getaway.  

You can make your visit to Panhala even better by booking your stay at Riverside County Resort Amba Ghat, one of the most premium resorts in Maharashtra hosted by Club Mahindra. The resort is set amidst the picturesque Sahyadri mountain ranges and provides an idyllic space to chill and unwind. 

Take a Train Ride on the Konkan Railway

The Konkan Railway, which runs along the picturesque West coast of India, offers guests a breathtaking train ride that is particularly stunning during the monsoon season. The route passes through the lush Western Ghats and provides spectacular views of the Arabian Sea.

The train journey is a delightful adventure, with numerous tunnels and bridges providing an adrenaline rush for thrill-seekers. The tunnels are particularly captivating, with some passing through mountains while others cut through hills, providing an unforgettable experience for passengers.

The Konkan Railway has 56 stations and covers a distance of 738 km, passing through the states of Maharashtra, Goa, and Karnataka. The train ride offers an opportunity to witness the natural beauty of the region up close, with waterfalls, streams, and verdant hillsides visible throughout the journey.

With breathtaking views and exciting tunnels and bridges, it's a must-see for any traveller visiting the region.

Monsoon Weather in Maharashtra

The monsoon season in Maharashtra is from June to September and iy brings heavy rainfall and strong winds. This can be the best time to go trekking through the various trails in the state. The hill stations in Maharashtra are filled with lush greenery and offer scenic views during the rainy season. So, for the adventurous souls, monsoon can be the best time to visit the hill towns in the state and indulge in many adventure things to do in Maharashtra

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