Monsoon awakes the long time sleeping mountains with beautiful flowers, waterfalls,water bodies, green valley and best natural scenery. Sahyadri Mountain Ranges or the Western Ghats are one of the natural wonders of India and the area is one of the world’s ten Hottest biodiversity hotspots with home to flowering plants,mammal,amphibian,reptiles,insects and bird species along with stunning Landscape and Natural Scenic Places.
The Kaas Plateau also known as Maharashtra valley of flowers is a platue situated in the Western Ghat Sahyadri range. The area of plateau is located at a height of 1200 mt and declared as Biodiversity World Heritage Site and has more than 850 different species of flowers and other plants.
Matheran is a Hill Station in Karjat Tahsil located on the Western Ghats range at an elevation of around 800 m. The smallest hill station of India is located around 90 km from Mumbai and 120 km from Pune with 38 designated look-out points to offers the 360 degree view of the surrounding area and famous for Matheran Hill Railway, a narrow gauge heritage railway in Maharashtra.
Malshej Ghat is one of the majestic mountain pass in the Western Ghats range in the Pune and known for its nature for hikers, trekkers and adventure lovers. The birding site is home to hundreds of different kinds of flora and fauna especially the avian fauna of quails, rails, crakes, flamingos and cuckoos.
Lonar crater lake was created by a meteor impact at Lonar in Buldana and lies in a basalt impact structure of both saline and alkaline in nature. The lake is a haven for a wide range of plant and animal life such as black-winged stilts, brahminy ducks, grebes, shelducks and also home to thousands of peafowls, chinkara and gazelles.
Kalsubai Peak is the highest mountain Peak of the Sahyadri mountain range of Maharastra and one of the most famous trekking destination from Mumbai. The topmost peak of Sahyadri mountain is also home to reptiles like lizards and snakes and the Kalsubai temple.
Diveagar is one of the most beautiful beach in Shrivardhan Taluka of Maharashtra facing the Arabian Sea. The beach contains a number of suru trees and a popular beach destination from the nearby towns of Shrivardhan and Harihareshwar.
Yeola Grasslands of Nashik district are hills of rock, plains and savanna grassland and home to variety of wildlife including chinkara Gazella. The grassland of Maharashtra is one of the savanna grassland ecoregion in India. Image Source:atree
Sandhan Valley is a water carved valley around 200 feet deep near beautiful Bhandardara region. The Sandhan Valley is surrounded bu Alang,Madan ad Kulang mountains near the Kalsubai peak and best place for adventure activities such as Rappelling, trekking and campfire.Image Source:mumbaihikers
Bhimashankar area is a home to a relic of near virgin forest in the Northern part of the Western Ghats contains several sacred groves. Forest of Bhimashankar is protect habitat of the Indian Giant Squirrel and known as The Sacred Forest of Maharashtra.
Godavari River is second largest river in India after holy river Gange and Godavari basin is the highest among all the river basins in India. The river Godavari originates from Trimbakeshwar Temple 24 km from Nashik and one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India.
Amboli of Sindhudurg is nestled comfortably in the Sahayadri Hills of Western ghat and the main attraction for tourists is the incredibly high rainfall and variety of fairly unique flora and fauna.
The stunning and spectacular Thoseghar Waterfalls is located 20 km from Satara city at the edge of the Konkan region. Thoseghar is a small village and during the heavy rain falls season series of waterfalls come from hilly area and some of them 15 to 20 metres.
Nighoj is a village in Ahmednagar District famous for the naturally created potholes on the riverbed of the Kukadi River. These potholes and the gorge attracts experts to come here to study the phenomenon of their formation.
Mangroves are assemblages of salt tolerant trees and shrubs, the Maharashtra coast has 12 of the species of Mangroves found in Mumbai,Mumbai Suburban and Thane. Raigad,Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg also cover mangrove across coastal districts, these species of Mangrove forest ecosystem are haven for a lot of living organisms including birds like Kingfishers, Herons, Flamingos also attracts insects like ants, moths,butterflies and spiders, amphibians and reptiles. Image Source:binoygupta
Maharashtra forested area is home to unique varieties of flora and fauna in the forest cover of Malabar Hills,Bhimashankar Forest, many wildlife sanctuaries and national parks. The most rare species of fauna of Maharashtra are Indian grey hornbill,Indian giant squirrel,small forest owlet,Yellow-footed green pigeon,Indian Bison and Indian Leopard, Royal tiger.