Tourist Places

Vajrai Waterfall - Satara

Vajrai Waterfall - Satara

 

The Vajrai Waterfall is just 27 km from the city of Satara, Maharashtra. It is situated near the Sahyadri hill Its height is around 853 feet (260M); The Urmodi dam project is based on this waterfall's river. The birthplace of Urmodi River is started from Vajrai waterfall. You will experience heavy rain fall here.You can reach here, by using personal vehicle or ALAWADI Bus from Satara ST stand Around the waterfall there are many attractions like Urmodi dam, Thoseghar Waterfalls and Sajjangad fort which attract many tourists.It is a paradise for trekkers.The path leading to the base of this waterfall is quiet adventurous but risky in monsoon.This area is highly saturated with leaches

Directions to reach

Pune=>Satara=>Alawadi=>Vajrai waterfall.

ST bus : Satara st stand - Alawadi Village - Vajrai waterfall

Yamai Devi Temple - Aundh, Satara

Yamai-Devi-Temple---Aundh-Satara

 

The Yamai Devi Temple is situated in a hill complex in the town of Aundh, Satara district, Maharashtra, India. It is said that Goddess Mahalaxmi of Kolhapur and Sri Rama (Lord Vishnu) called her as "Ye Mai" (in Marathi) which means "Come mother" in English. Hence, she is known as Yamai Devi. The top of the hill can either be reached using steps that start at the bottom of the hill or by car using a rather perilous road. The idol of Devi Mahishasur Mardini Yamai in black stone is almost 2 meters high and is in a cross-legged sitting position. The temple is the family shrine (kula-daiwat) for a large number of Marathi families. The top of the temple has images and idols of various Hindu deities. The town and the temple has been associated with the Pant family for many centuries.[1] The present head of this former ruling family, Gayatreedevi Pantpratinidhi, has installed a 7 kilograms (15 lb) solid gold kalash or crown on the pinnacle of the Yamai temple on the hill. Another temple of Devi Yamai is located in the town; apart from the one on the hill.

The temple complex also houses the Shri Bhavani Museum established from the private collection of the Maharajas of Aundh.

Yeoteshwar Temple, Satara

Yeoteshwar temple is a historic temple located at Yeoteshwar and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is about 5 km from Satara. The temple is surrounded by lush green surroundings.

Yeoteshwar Temple, Satara is located in a small village called Yeoteshwar in the Satara District of Maharshtra, at a distance of 5 km from Satara city. Surrounded by dense evergreen forests of the Sahyadri Rangee of the Western Ghats, Yeoteshwar Temple is situated at an altitude of 336 m, on the plateau of Yeoteshwar Hill. Lord Yeoteshwara (Lord Shiva) is the presiding deity of Yeoteshwar temple.

How to Reach

Taxi : Transfer taxi services is useful for the travellers who wants only pickups and drops facility means transfer from one Satara place to another like airport pickups and drops, railway station pickups and drops, bus stand pickups and drops and hotels pickups and drops.

Bus : Satara is well connected to all nearby towns through buses, and frequent buses will be available to the towns and cities of Pune, Mumbai, Raigad, Khandala, Guhagar, Chiplun, Baramati, Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani. Both semi deluxe buses and deluxe buses will be available to Satara and important cities like Mumbai and Pune will even have air conditioned coaches that ply to Satara. Bus fares for the normal class of travel will range around Rs 150-200 from the nearby locations within the state.

Train : Satara itself has train stations and is well connected to the rest of country through railways.Satara has a railway station that is fairly active, and many trains that run from the neighbouring state of Karnataka pass through this railway station. You can opt for trains from Bangalore and Mysore that pass through Satara and reach Dadar, Gandhidham, Ajmer and Jodhpur. These trains will charge around Rs 350 for the basic class of travel and Rs 1200 for AC First Class. Day trains will also cost you around Rs 350.

Air : Satara does not have its own airport but the nearest airport of the region is Pune located at a distance of 110 km.

Kuraneshwar or Khinditil Ganapati - Satara

Tourist Places In Satara

Satara Ganesh Temple, Famous as the Kuraneshwar or Khinditil Ganapati sanctuary, the structure, houses two sanctuaries one of Lord Ganesh and another of Lord Shiva are arranged on Old Satara-Kolhapur street which is one kilometer far from Satara. Known to be a ancient sanctuary of Swyambhu Ganesh, the Gram daivat of Satara. A substantial no of devotees come here on regular basis to pay a regard of their adored God Ganesha.One more significance of this temple is that the God ganesha is a Suyambu (self made). On Ganesha Chaturthi day a hug fair is held.

Priti Sangam - Karad, Satara

Priti-Sangam---Karad-Satara

 

Karad Priti Sangam is a well known place, where River Krishna and River Koyna meet. It is a sangam of both the rivers that originate from the same place, Mahabaleshwar. Travelers visiting this place can also visit the beautiful natural ghat, located close to this attraction.

Also there is beautiful natural Ghat nearby sangam and temple of Gramdevi of Karad, Krishnamai. Now there is very good garden and its most visited tourist spot in Karad. Yashvantrao Chavan-samadhi area. It takes  2 minutes to travel from Karad Stand to Preeti Sangam. Approximate driving distance between Karad Stand and Preeti Sangam is 2 kms or 1.2 miles or 1.1 nautical miles.

Kanher Dam - Satara

kanher-Dam

The Kanher Dam was built in 1986 on the bed of the Venna River which is downstream of a sleepy town called Medha. The dam is visible from the plateau of the village Dund and is famous for its stunning waterfall known locally as Paabal. The dam is 1,954 meters long and approximately 50 meters high. The gross water storage capacity of the dam stands at more than 68,000 cubic meters. The dam plays an important role in the areas of irrigation and power generation of the district.

Water from the Kanher Dam help farmers in keeping the water-guzzling sugarcane crop irrigated. Fish cultivation is another major industry which needs lots of water. Satara district is believed to have the largest number of fisheries in the state with over 14,000 hectares being used for the purpose. There are ten major, 13 medium-sized and 80 minor irrigated projects in Satara. A good percentage of water for this industry also is sourced from Kanher Dam.

How to Reach

Kanher Dam is approximately 21 km from Satara and is easily reachable by road. There are state transport buses and private taxis available to take you from Satara city to Kanher.

Satara Koteshwar - Temple, Limb Gove

Temples In Satara

A small village on the bank of Krishna river, around 16 km north to the Satara city, attracts many devotees due to famous Koteshwar temple. The temple of Lord Shiva is too old and classic example of 16th century architecture. Most of the villagers are farmers and it is nice to see farming in Western state of Maharashtra here.

How to Reach

By Train

Jarandeshwar Rail Way Station is the very nearby railway stations to Limb Gove. Satara Rail Way Station (near to Satara), Rahimatpur Rail Way Station (near to Rahimatpur), Jarandeshwar Rail Way Station (near to Satara) are the Rail way stations reachable from near by towns. However Pune Jn Rail Way Station is major railway station 93 KM near to Limb Gove.

By Road (Driving)

Satara, Rahimatpur are the nearby by towns to Limb Gove having road connectivity to Limb Gove.

Dhom Dam - Satara

Tourist Places In Satara

Dhom Dam is a beautiful boating spot that is located at a distance of 21 km from the town. For enjoying water activities, tourists can hire scooter boats and speed boats from near the dam. This earth fill and gravity dam on Krishna River is located near Wai. For supplying water for agriculture and industries, the dam was constructed in 1982. Construction of the dam commenced in 1976.

Water of the dam also serves the industries and residential quarters located in Wai, Panchgani, Mahabaleshwar and the surrounding villages on its bank. Using water of the dam, lands of Wai, Koregaon, Satara and Javli talukas are irrigated. Approximately 20 km in length, catchments area of the Dhom Lake has been formed by damming the Krishna River. From the basement electricity house, the dam generates 4 MG of hydroelectricity.

Char Bhinti Hutatma Smarak - Satara

Chaar-Bhinti Satara

Char Bhinti is another important historical place in Satara. Situated on the way to Ajinkyatara Fort, this hill offers a good view of Satara city. While on one side one can see Satara city, on the other side there is Ajinkyatara fort. There are two historical links to this place. Char Bhinti i.e. four walls were constructed by Chhatrapati Pratapsinh Maharaj in 1830. This place is also called as Najar Bangala. This place was constructed to offer a good view of arrival of Chhatrapati to the family members (ladies) during Vijay Dashami (Dasara) celebrations.

This place also contains a monument constructed to remember the warriors of great freedom fight of 1857. It remembers Rani Lakshmibai, Tatya Tope, Rango Bapuji Gupte and others. It was constructed on completion of hundred years to the first freedom fight against British (rulers then). This place was renovated during year 2001.

How to Reach?

As this place is on the way to Ajinkyatara Fort, the options to go to Ajinkyatara are also applicable to this. First is from Rajwada (Palace) to Adalatwada and from there to Char Bhinti. Second is the road opposite to Sai temple in Godoli. It comes straight to Char Bhinti. This is better option if you are bringing heavy vehicle.

Bhairavgad Satara

This fort is forest type fort. This fort is in the Satara District. The height of this fort is about 3000 feet and it lies in the Mahabaleshwar range. Durgvadi is the village which is at the base of fort. If you want to visit this fort then you have to require minimum 3 hrs via Durgvadi and 7 hrs via Ramghal. There is no problem of water as water is available in the reservoirs throughout the year. With the help of forts construction you can able to conclude that the fort is mainly used to keep check on the surrounding area. Here is the beautiful picture of Bhairavgad fort. Bhairavgad was one of the forts built by the Rajas of Panhala. The garrison in Maratha times was furnished by soldiers sent from Satara.

 

How to Reach

 

Bhairavgad Fort (Patan T; RS. Karad 48 m. W.,)

 

There are two routes to go there and these routes are as follows:

First one is through the Gavhare which is before village Durgvadi. Second one is through Ramghal of Helwak. On the Chiplun-Karad there is one Kumbharli Ghat. And after crossing this you come near Helwak Phata. Then go towards Ramphal which takes at least two hours. Then go to 'Patharpunj Juna Vaghona' road which directly go to fort. There is a risk of getting lost here due to dense forests and its takes six and half hours.

Koyna Dam - Satara

The Koyna Dam is the largest dams in Maharashtra, India. It is a rubble-concrete dam constructed on Koyna River which rises in Mahabaleshwar, a hillstation in Sahyadri ranges. It is located in Koyna Nagar, Satara district, nestled in the Western Ghats on the state highway between Chiplun and Karad.

The main purpose of dam is to provide hydroelectricity with some irrigation in neighboring areas. Today the Koyna Hydroelectric Project is the largest completed hydroelectric power plant in India having a total installed capacity of 1,920 MW. Due to its electricity generating potential Koyna river is considered as the ‘life line of Maharashtra’.

The spillway of the dam is located at the center. It has 6 radial gates. The dam plays a vital role of flood controlling in monsoon season.

The catchment area dams the Koyna river and forms the Shivajisagar Lake which is approximately 50 km (31 mi) in length. It is one of the largest civil engineering projects commissioned after Indian independence. The Koyna hydro-electric project is run by the Maharashtra State Electricity Board.

The dam has withstood many earthquakes in the recent past, including the devastating 1967 Koynanagar earthquake, resulting in the dam developing some cracks. After the disaster grouting of the cracks was done. Also internal holes were drilled to relieve the hydrostatic pressures in the body of the dam. Indian scientific establishment has formulated an ambitious project to drill a deep borehole in the region and intensely study the earthquake activity. This would help in better understanding and possible forecast of earthquakes. The proposal is to drill up to 7 km and study the physical, geological and chemical processes and properties of the reservoir triggered earthquake zone in real time. It would be an international project to be led by Indian scientists.

In 1973 the non-overflow portion of the dam was strengthened, followed by strengthening the spillway section in 2006. Now the dam is expected to be safe against any future earthquake even of more intensity than that of 1967.

Chalkewadi - Wind Energy Project

Tourist Places In Satara

Chalkewadi, the plateau is about 100 sq. kms and average height is more than 3000 feet from sea level, is the ideal location for Wind Energy Projects. More than 500 towers has been erected for producing of electricity. This is also a sight to watch.

Chalkewadi is about 48km from Satara. This wind energy project in satara was developed with the intention of producing electricity. Hundreds of windmills are put up all along the plateau. Chalkewadi electricity project is based uphill spread on a huge plateau. Chalkewadi has developed as a tourist spot, because the windmills and the hills offer a magical landscape together. Thoseghar waterfall can be seen from chalkewadi. There are hundreds of windmills on the adjacent hills.

One can easily see the Chalkewadi Windmill Farm from Satara, Ajinkyatara Fort, Sajjangad Fort, Thoseghar etc.

Pratapgad Fort Satara Maharashtra

Out of the 360 forts that bear testimony to the glory of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's, the Pratapgad Fort holds the most significant place in Maratha rule because it is from here that the history of this legendary emperor took a decisive course after he scored a victory against the mighty Afzal Khan, commander of the Bijapur Adilshahi forces. Also, the fort commands a spectacular view of the surroundings.

Located close to the hill station of Mahabaleshwar with an overview of the encirclement of mountain ranges and deep valleys, Pratapgad Fort made its way into history on November 10, 1659 with the meeting between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's and Afzal Khan. When the two warriors met, the tall and imposing Afzal Khan embraced Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's as a customary sign of friendship and then drew a hidden dagger to stab Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's in the back. Fortunately, the Maratha ruler was not harmed due to the iron armour that he had worn under his dress. In swift response, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's disemboweled Khan with a single stroke of his ‘waghnakhi’ (iron tiger claws) that he had worn on his hand and concealed with his finger rings. Afzal Khan was then be headed by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's lieutenant, Sambhaji Kavji Kondhalkar.  

After his burial, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's ordered for a ‘dargah’ to be built at Pratapgad Fort, which came to be known as ‘Afzal Buruj’. This tale of bravery apart, the fort in itself is interesting from an architectural point of view too. Described by locals as being ‘a fort within a fort’ since there are two parts to it, the lower fort, which is around 320 meters long and 110 meters wide, has been built on the southern and the eastern terraces and defended by towers and bastions 10 to 12 meters high at corners on the projecting spurs. The roughly square upper fort, which is 180 meters long on each side, was built upon the crest of the hill where the main proceedings and meetings were held.

The upper fort had several important buildings, including the famous temple of Mahadev located at the northwest of the fort. The royal ‘darbar’ used to be held right in front of this temple so that no one would tell a lie in this pious place. The fort is located at the extreme northwestern corner of Satara district and is at a height of 3,500 feet above sea level on a spur, which overlooks the road between the villages of Par and Kinesvar. This place has over the years become an important tourist spot because of its proximity to the hill station of Mahabaleshwar that is barely 24 kilometers away. Udayan Raje Bhosale, the heir of the Satara princely state and a descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's, currently owns the fort, which is still inhabited by the descendant families of the original Maratha soldiers.

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