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20 Best Places in Maharashtra to Spend Your Holidays


Maharashtra is one of India’s populous states, stocked with exquisite destinations for tourists to explore. Encircled by Sahyadris and the Arabian Sea, this Indian state has everything for every tourist, including sea beaches, old forts, tunnels, shrines, medieval buildings, and environmental spots. There are the best places to stay in Maharashtra to enjoy your holidays, either for a short weekend getaway or an extended period; the choice is yours. 

As there are several best places in Maharashtra, deciding which destination to embark on might perplex you. But worry not, as today, in this article, we have come up with the checklist of those 20 best places in Maharashtra that are worth visiting. 

20 best places in Maharashtra for blissful vacations

1. Lonavala

Lonavala, as the name suggests, means the Chain of Lanes. It is one of the famous cities and tourist destinations in Maharashtra to spend your holidays. This place attracts tourists for its breathtaking scenic beauty, mountains, waterfalls, and plenty of lakes, which is why it is also called the Lake District. 

Major tourist attractions in Lonavala

  • Tiger’s Leap
  • Narayani Dham Temple
  • Dinosaur Parks
  • Rajmachi Forts
  • Lion’s Point
  • Tungarli Lake
  • Pawna Dam
  • Kune Waterfalls
  • Miniature World Museum
  • Bhushi Dam

 2. Kolhapur

Nestled on the banks of the Panchganga River, Kolhapur is one of the appealing tourist destinations in Maharashtra. Going by a mythological fact, the place is said to be named after a demon named Kolhasur, whom Goddess Lakshmi killed. Kolhapur is famous not only for its delectable cuisine but also for the arts and Kolhapuri slippers. 

Major tourist attractions in Kolhapur

  • Mahalaxmi Temple
  • Panhala Fort
  • Gaganbawada
  • Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Panhala Fort
  • Vishalgad

3. Shirdi

When we talk about the top destinations in Maharashtra, it is impossible to skip Shirdi, the birthplace of Sai Baba. It is a small town nestled in Ahmednagar district and is a famous holy shrine where many devotees of Sai Baba come here to seek his blessings. It is a must place to visit with your family. 

Major tourist attractions in Shirdi

  • Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Temple
  • Dixit Wada Museum
  • Chavadi
  • Samadhi Mandir
  • Lendi Baug
  • Dwarkamai
  • Gurusthan
  • Jangli Maharaj Ashram
  • Shani Shingnapur

4. Mumbai

The following top destination is famously known as an economic hub of Maharastra. Yes, we are talking about the state capital, Mumbai — the metropolitan city stockpiles many attractions to be explored by tourists. Located on the shores of the Arabian Sea, Mumbai is an excellent place for a solo traveller or with someone special. 

Major tourist attractions in Mumbai

  • Siddhivinayak Temple
  • Mahalakshmi Temple
  • Juhu Beach
  • Gateway of India
  • Elephanta Caves
  • Marine Drive
  • Film City
  • Rajabai Clock Tower
  • Red Carpet Wax Museum
  • Essel World
  • Prince of Wales Museum
  • Kanheri Caves
  • Hanging Gardens
  • Haji Ali
  • Nehru Science Center
  • Chowpatty Beach

5. Pune

Like the above-renowned places, Pune is one place to visit in Maharashtra. Known to be the second major city after Mumbai, it is also famous for many places tourists would love to spend their weekend getaway. Surrounded by hills, the city is worth visiting for its rich historical sights and natural beauty.

Major tourist attractions in Pune

  • Shaniwarwada palace
  • Parvati Hill
  • Sentosa Water Park
  • Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park
  • Sinhagad Fort
  • Aga Khan Palace
  • Empress Garden
  • High Spirits
  • Okayama Friendship Garden
  • National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla

6. Alibag

Joining the list of top 20 places in Maharashtra is Alibag. Famously called Mini Goa, this seaside town is 110 kilometres from Mumbai. You won’t find the need to plan your vacations to Goa, as Alibag itself is enough to spend a joyous weekend with your family at its lovely sandy beaches. 

Major tourist attractions in Alibag

  • Alibaug Beach
  • Nagaon Beach
  • Akshi Beach
  • Murud-Janjira Fort

7. Suryamal

Himachal Pradesh is indeed the apparent pick for vacationing in hill stations. But you won’t find the need to visit here, as Suryamal is one such place in the Thane district of Maharashtra that attracts tourists for its serene natural beauty. To escape from bustling city life, you can find peace in mesmerising green woods and beautiful valleys in Suryamal. 

Major tourist attractions in Suryamal

  • Suryamal Sunset Point
  • Amala Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Deoband Temple

8. Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar is another hill station in Maharashtra’s Satara district where you can spend vacation with your family. It is a famous tourist destination for its beautiful waterfalls, ravishing natural landscapes, rivers, and lakes. 

Major tourist attractions in Mahabaleshwar

  • Lord Mahabaleshwar Temple
  • Mapro Garden
  • Lingamala Falls
  • Bhushan Mahamuni
  • Parsi Point
  • Lodwick Point
  • Connaught Peak
  • Venna Lake
  • Elephant’s Head Point

9. Igatpuri

Adjoined with the peaks of the Western Ghats, Igatpuri is a splendid destination choice for all who are finding ways to escape their restless work life. The peaceful atmosphere in this place will give you much relief and ease all the negative clutter from your mind. 

Major tourist attractions in Igatpuri

  • Vihigaon Waterfall
  • Tringalwadi Fort
  • Ghatandevi Temple
  • Kalsubai Peak
  • Camel Valley Viewpoint
  • Dhamma Giri Vipassana Meditation Centre

10. Nashik

Nestled on the banks of the River Ganga, this divine and historical city of Maharashtra is worth visiting for tourists to experience spirituality at holy shrines and other main attractions. One main attraction that adds to its popularity is the Kumbh Mela. This festive occasion is held yearly, where thousands of visitors come here. 

Major tourist attractions in Nashik

  • Pandavleni Caves
  • Anjaneri Mountains
  • Trimbakeshwar Temple
  • 9Artillery Centre
  • Coin Museum
  • Muktidham Temple
  • Anjaneri Mountains
  • Sula Vineyards

11. Nagpur

Joining the list of best tourist places in Maharashtra is Nagpur. Popularly called the winter capital of the latter Indian state, this city has a stockpile of attractions for its visitors, ranging from stunning lakes, temples, green gardens, orange farming, and the famous largest hollow Buddhist stupa. 

Major tourist attractions in Nagpur

  • Raman Science Center
  • Japanese Rose Garden
  • Deekshabhoomi
  • Ambazari Lake
  • Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground
  • Jama Mosque
  • Sitabuldi Fort
  • Khindsi Lake

12. Raigad

Raigad is a vital region located in the Konkan area of Maharashtra. Its history traces back to the time of brave Maratha legend Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, who claimed his victory on this land. The site lies near the Arabian Sea and is a famous tourist destination. One of its main attractions is the Raigad Fort, nestled at the highest altitude above sea level. 

Major tourist attractions in Raigad

  • Raigad Museum
  • Raj Bhawan
  • Takmak Tok
  • Prabalgad Fort
  • Gangasagar Lake
  • Morbe Dam
  • Sagargad Fort

13. Kolad

Compared to other mainstream cities of Maharashtra, Kolad is one such underrated city to explore. The place is famous for White Water Rafting and adventure activities like Bungee Jumping, Ziplining, and photoshoots. For your comfortable staycation, there are the resort in kolad. If this is your first time visiting this place, see it now. 

Major tourist attractions in Kolad

  • Tamhini Ghat Waterfalls
  • Bhira Dam
  • Ghosala Fort
  • Kundalika River
  • Kuda Caves
  • Sukeli Waterfalls
  • Avchitgad Fort
  • Sutarwadi Lake
  • Kolad Museum

14. Aurangabad

Aurangabad is also counted among the top tourist destinations in Maharashtra to visit with family or friends. The place is famous for the Buddhist Ajanta and Ellora caves. It is also essential for you to know that the city ranks as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At Aurangabad, you can also explore some small and big temples. 

Major tourist attractions in Aurangabad

  • Grishneshwar Temple
  • Bibi ka Maqbara
  • The Ajanta Caves
  • Ellora Caves
  • Khuldabad
  • Daulatabad Fort

15. Ratnagiri

If you think Alibag is the only place to enjoy its lovely beaches, then let us correct you; another alternate choice exists. This is Ratnagiri. This place’s enchanting beaches will make you want most of your quality moments with friends or a romantic partner. Besides beaches, you can also explore some old forts and temples here.

Major tourist attractions in Ratnagiri

  • Swayambhu Ganapati Temple
  • Velneshwar Shiva Temple
  • Ganeshghule Beach
  • Guhagar Beach
  • Thibaw Point
  • Ratnadurga Fort
  • Kunkeshwar Beach
  • Bhatye Beach
  • Pandre Samudra
  • Jaigad Lighthouse
  • Jaigad Fort
  • Pawas
  • Malgund

16. Panvel

For all those who love trekking, Panvel is the right destination for them. This crowded city of Maharashtra in Raigad district welcomes visitors to explore its main attractions, including the famous Varadvinayak and Ballaleshwar Temple. Besides these, Panvel is also an ideal tourist spot for watching migratory birds. 

Major tourist attractions in Panvel

  • Karnala Fort
  • Karnala Bird Sanctuary
  • Prabalgarh Fort
  • Bet el Synagogue
  • Panvel Nagar Parishad Lake
  • Orion Mall Panvel
  • Manikgad Fort Trek
  • Gadeshwar Dam
  • SMART Eco Park
  • Bharat Pawar
  • DustyRoad
  • Adai Waterfalls

17. Latur

Among the oldest cities of Maharashtra is Latur. The city is also called by other two names – Lataluru and Ratnapura. Tourists must explore this place for its attractions, including Kharosa Caves. There is also a temple called Nilanga Temple. 

Major tourist attractions in Latur

  • Wadwal Nagnath Bet
  • Ashtavinayak Temple
  • Ausa Fort
  • Nana Nani Park
  • Hattibet Devarajan
  • Kharosa Caves
  • Ganj Golai
  • Udgir Fort
  • Surat Shawali Dargah

18. Chikhaldara

A very famous tourist hill destination to explore in Maharashtra’s Amravati district is Chikhaldara. If you are looking for a peaceful place, it is the ideal destination to which you must embark on your journey. It is undoubtedly a perfect picnic spot to spend quality time with your loved ones.

Major tourist attractions in Chikhaldara

  • Kalapani Lake
  • Bhimkund
  • Melghat Tiger Reserve
  • Amner Fort
  • Panchol Point
  • Narnala Fort
  • Gwaligarh Fort

19. Mandwa

Mandwa is one of the tourist spots where you can spend your vacations. Those who cannot resist their eagerness to explore the beaches must visit this tranquil city. Even though it is not that much known compared to other famous towns of Maharashtra, it has become popular with its mention in the Amitabh Bachchan starrer movie Agneepath. 

Major tourist attractions in Chikhaldara

  • Phansad Bird Sanctuary
  • Kihim Beach
  • Korlai Fort
  • Kolaba Fort

20. Khandala

Khandala is a place in Maharashtra known for its clean surroundings and natural beauty. But other than that, you will also love to explore the astonishing view of milky-white waterfalls and lush green valleys and enjoy trekking and hiking. Likewise, Mandwa Khandala also has some touch with Bollywood, where it has been mentioned in a famous Aamir Khan song in his movie Ghulam

Major tourist attractions in Khandala

  • Rajmachi Fort
  • Visapur Fort
  • Bedsa Caves
  • Lohagad fort
  • Valvan Dam
  • Della Adventure Park
  • Duke’s Nose Trail
  • Shingroba Temple
  • Pawna Lake
  • Bhushi Dam
  • Kune Waterfalls
  • Karla Caves


So this ends our guide on the top 20 tourist places in Maharashtra. All the cities listed in this article are worth visiting in terms of unique attractions. Among all the famous names of the towns mentioned, we have also included Kolad. If you wish to see this lesser-known city of Maharashtra, you can plan your luxury stay at jüSTa Rudra Resort & Spa.

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