Maharashtra, a state spanning west-central India, is best known for its fast-paced capital, Mumbai (formerly Bombay). The name is believed to have been originated perhaps from the word Rathi, which means "Chariot driver" and "builders of chariot" who were called as "Maharathis" or "Fighting Force". Known for its amazing natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. The state is bordered by Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Goa and Karnataka. Maharashtra is the third largest state and the second most literate state in the country.
PLACES TO VISIT IN MAHARASHTRA
Lonavala is a beautiful hill station in Pune district of Maharashtra. Lonavala is among the top hill stations in Maharashtra and also one of the famous Tourist places in Maharashtra. Lonavala and Khandala are twin hill stations near Pune to Mumbai highway and are very popular monsoon getaways in India. The name of the city is derived from the Sanskrit word 'Lonavali', which refers to a 'group of caves'. The name was given to the place due to the presence of many caves in and around the city. Lonavala has several tourist places in the form of caves, lakes, forts and waterfalls. Some of the best places to visit in Lonavala are Lohagad Fort, Rajmachi Point, Karla Caves, Valvan Dam, Lonavala Lake, Tiger's Leap, Bhaja Caves, Rajmachi Fort, Bhushi Dam, Korigad Fort, Kune Waterfalls, Tikona Fort, Visapur Fort, Bedsa Caves and Tung Fort.
Mahabaleshwar is a popular hill station and a town in Satara district of Maharashtra. This pretty hill station is often referred as the queen of hill stations in Maharashtra. It offers panoramic view of the plains with the imposing sloppy peaks and surrounding woods. Mahabaleshwar constitutes three villages - Malcolm Peth, Old Mahabaleshwar and some part of the Shindola village. Mahabaleshwar is the source of the Krishna River that flows across Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra PradeshThere are many tourist attractions in Mahabaleshwar like forts, temples, lakes, and many more.
Matheran is one of the smallest hill stations in Maharashtra. Matheran was developed by Hugh Poyntz Malet, the then district collector of Thane district in 1850 AD. The place was developed by Lord Elphinstone, the Governor of Bombay, as a summer resort for the British. Matheran is birthplace of famous freedom fighter Veer Bhai Kotwal. The Matheran Hill Railway was built in 1907 AD by Sir Adamjee Peerbhoy. It is Asia's only automobile-free hill station. Matheran is famous for its 38 viewpoints, which provide panoramic view of the peaks of Western Ghats. Porcupine Point, Panorama Point, Echo Point, Charlott Lake, King George Point, Louisa Point, Monkey Point, Paymaster Park, Panthers' Caves, Rambaug Point, Heart Point, etc. are the some important tourist attractions in Matheran.
Alibaug is a coastal town in the Konkan region well known for its sandy beaches, clean water and fresh, unpolluted, rejuvenating air. Alibaug is a subdivision in the Raigad district of Maharashtra and it has many serene and beautiful beaches, known for its mesmerisingly calm weather and dense coconut groves. Alibag is also known as the 'Goa of Maharashtra'. Apart from the beaches, there are many historical and intricate temples in this region. Alibaug beach, Kanakeshwar devasthan temple, Kanakeshwar forest, Kolaba fort, Hanuman temple are among the popular spots here for the tourists to enjoy. . Arsoli Beach, Nagaon Beach, Korlai Beach, Akshi Beach, Kihim-Navgaon Beach and the Thal Beach are some of the other popular beaches around Alibag.