OT Travel Itinerary: Your Perfect 2-Day Guide To Panchgani

From the historical Rajpuri Caves to the picturesque Sydney Point, find out the best that Panchgani has to offer with our 2-day itinerary
A scenic view of Panchgani
A scenic view of PanchganiWikimedia Commons

Panchgani, nestled in the Sahyadri mountain ranges, transforms into a lush paradise during the monsoon. The season paints the hills and valleys with verdant greenery while numerous waterfalls cascade down the cliffs, creating picturesque scenery. Misty mornings, cool breezes, and occasional drizzles enhance the charm of this hill station. The place is known for the Table Land, a huge volcanic plateau. On the other hand, lookouts like Sydney Point and Parsi Point offer views of Dhom Dam Lake and Kamalgad Fort, which was used as a prison by the British in the early 19th century. The monsoon also rejuvenates the Kaas Plateau, turning it into a blooming carpet of wildflowers. Local delicacies and cosy, rain-soaked walks make Panchgani an enchanting and serene monsoon destination. For ease of travel and a comprehensive experience, we have curated a perfect 2-day itinerary to the city. Take a look at the agenda as you plan the perfect monsoon escapade this season.

Day 1: Exploring the Natural Beauty and Local Delicac

Morning: Arrival and Initial Exploration

Inside the beautiful Mapro Garden
Inside the beautiful Mapro Gardenanvigowari/instagram

Arrive in Panchgani early in the morning, ideally before 9 am, to make the most of your day. The town, enveloped in mist and lush greenery during the monsoon, is a sight to behold. Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at Mapro Garden, where you can indulge in freshly made strawberry cream, sandwiches, and refreshing beverages. The monsoon enhances the vibrancy of the garden, making it an ideal spot for a relaxed start.

A scenic view of Parsi Point
A scenic view of Parsi PointWikimedia Commons

After breakfast, head to Parsi Point, which offers panoramic views of the lush Krishna Valley and the Dhom Dam backwaters. The monsoon fog often adds a mystical charm to the landscape, providing ample opportunities for photography. Spend some time here soaking in the scenic beauty and cool breeze.

Mapro Garden address: 15/1B, Gureghar, Panchgani - Mahabaleshwar Rd, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra 412806

Timings: 8 am to 10 pm

Parsi Point address: Ganeshpeth, Panchgani, Maharashtra 412805

Afternoon: Nature Walks and Adventure

For lunch, visit a local eatery like Lucky Restaurant to try some traditional Maharashtrian cuisine. Savour dishes like bhakri (millet bread), pithla (a spiced gram flour preparation), and fresh zunka (a dry gram flour preparation), all of which are perfect for the monsoon weather.

A view from Sydney Point
A view from Sydney Pointunfettered.rich/instagram

Post-lunch, make your way to Sydney Point, another vantage point that offers stunning views of the Dhom Dam and the surrounding hills. The drive to Sydney Point during the monsoon is particularly scenic, with waterfalls and vibrant green landscapes at every turn.

Next, visit Table Land, Asia's second-longest mountain plateau. During the monsoon, this vast expanse turns into a carpet of green, interspersed with small streams and wildflowers. You can enjoy a leisurely walk, horse riding, or even a thrilling ATV ride. The cool monsoon air and occasional drizzles add to the experience, making it refreshing and invigorating.

Sydney Point address: WRP4+M87, Dhandeghar, Panchgani, Maharashtra 412805

Evening: Sunset and Shopping

As evening approaches, head to the local bazaar for some shopping. Panchgani is famous for its jams, jellies, and honey. Visit the Shivaji Circle market area, where you can also find handicrafts and souvenirs to take back home.

For dinner, opt for the Ravine Hotel’s restaurant, which offers a variety of cuisines with a focus on local flavours. Enjoy your meal while taking in the beautiful monsoon view of the valley from the restaurant’s vantage point. The cool, misty weather is perfect for trying warm dishes like hot pakoras and masala chai.

Day 2: Historical Sites and Cultural Experiences

Morning: Historical Exploration

A view of Rajpuri Caves
A view of Rajpuri Cavesalka_dhupkar/instagram

Start your second day with a visit to the Rajpuri Caves, located about 10 km from Panchgani. These ancient caves, believed to have been the residence of Pandavas during their exile, are surrounded by sacred kunds (ponds). The monsoon season fills these kunds to the brim, adding to the place's mystical aura. The lush greenery and the sound of raindrops enhance the spiritual experience.

After exploring the caves, head back to Panchgani for breakfast at Mala’s Fruit Products. This iconic spot is known for its delectable fruit-based products, including fresh fruit juices, jams, and a variety of bread.

Rajpuri Caves address: Rajapuri, Shindola, Maharashtra 412804

Timings: 6 am to 6 pm

Afternoon: Gardens and Cultural Sites

A vie w of the Kaas Plateau
A vie w of the Kaas Plateaulazysince1995/instagram

After breakfast, visit the Kaas Plateau, also known as the Valley of Flowers, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site. During the monsoon, the plateau is in full bloom, with countless species of wildflowers creating a vibrant tapestry of colours. A walk through this floral wonderland, with occasional light showers, is an experience that shouldn’t be missed.

For lunch, try some local delicacies at a nearby dhaba, enjoying dishes like vada pav, misal pav, and thalipeeth (a type of savoury multi-grain pancake). The roadside eateries here serve authentic flavours that are a true representation of Maharashtrian cuisine.

Kaas Plateau address: PRG9+7HF, Kaas Road, Kas, Yekiv, Maharashtra 415013

Timings: 8 am to 7 pm

Evening: Lakeside Relaxation and Departure

In the evening, visit the serene Venna Lake in nearby Mahabaleshwar, a short drive from Panchgani. The lake is particularly beautiful during the monsoon, surrounded by lush greenery and mist. You can enjoy a peaceful boat ride, letting the gentle rain and cool breeze add to the tranquillity of the experience.

Before you head back, have dinner at one of the lakeside restaurants. Enjoy local specialities such as corn patties, spicy bhutta (corn on the cob), and hot, crispy kanda bhaji (onion fritters), all perfect for the monsoon weather.

After dinner, depart for your journey back, carrying the memories of Panchgani’s monsoon magic. The lush landscapes, rich history, and delightful cuisine will make your visit unforgettable.

Address: Satara, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra , 412806, India

Timings: 8 am to 8 pm

Getting There

Air: The nearest domestic airport is Pune Airport, roughly two and half hour drive from Panchgani.

Rail: Panchgani can be reached from any city but the best way would be from Mumbai.

Road: There are 11 direct buses that travel between Mumbai and Panchgani.

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