Located far away from the bustling city of Mumbai, Panchgani promises its visitors a trip
they could cherish for life. The name Panchgani literally means 'five hills'. It was discovered
by the British as an ideal summer resort. The climate here remains stable and pleasant throughout
the year and the place pulsates with greenery and captivating scenic beauty and the environment
is pristine and uncontaminated. One can enjoy the spectacular view of Krishna River, which
accompanies you all the way through, until you reach Panchgani. The lush green scenery, fresh
air and view of the Krishna River are simply breathtaking. Also adding to the overall charm,
Panchgani is dotted with a number of cottages, build in the colonial style. You can also spot
various buildings of British architecture. Read through the following section to get a clear
picture about the place.
Table Land, which ranks second in the list of longest mountain plateaus in the whole of Asia, is an absolute delight that defies all description. It is amazing to see such huge plain on a hill. At 4550 feet above sea level, the 95-acre plain makes your jaw drop in absolute amazement. You can give your legs a wonderful exercise by walking along or you may travel on horse back to cover the vast expanse of land. The views of valleys are spectacular. So are the sunrise and sun set views.
Sydney Point, situated on a hill that faces Krishna Valley, is yet another site that offers views of spectacular landscapes. It was named after Sir Sidney Beckwarth, Commander in Chief, who succeeded Sir John Malcolm as Bombay’s Governor in 1830. Though his tenure was short, his name has come to last. The views of hill ranges, Krishna Valley, Dhom Dam and Kamalgad Fort are stunning. If you are here in the evening you are going to be stunned by the sunset view. In short, it is a perfect place to feel oneness with nature.
Kamalgad Fort, which covers an area of around 4 acres surrounded by steep rocks, is located at a height of 4522 feet. The earliest history of this fort is not known. During the British rule, the fort succumbed to the British. The fort was used by the British to execute war prisoners. Though there is not much to see in the fort now, the history makes your mind heavy. May be the stunning views of the surrounding areas can bring back comfort.
Yet another mind-blowing destination in Panchgani. The place is named after Sir John Malcolm’s daughter Kate. Situated at 1290 meters height, the point offer stunning views of waterfalls, valleys and hill ranges around.
Parsi Point, which offers spectacular views of the mountains, Krishna valley and the backwaters of Dhom Dam. The point is located on the way to the hill station. The serene atmosphere taps the very essence of your soul.