Located close to the meeting point of the River Krishna and River Venna, its tributary, Satara is a well-known tourist destination in Maharashtra. It is flocked by tourists from Mumbai as well as Pune during their weekend. The lush landscape, intriguing history and the pleasant climate of Satara are major crowd pullers. The place is known for having its own culture. This beautiful town is dotted with a number of tourist attractions, which are a must-visit. Enjoy a refreshing and peaceful vacation with your loved ones. A visit to Satara is not only a great one for nature enthusiasts but is also a historical and architectural delight.
How to Reach Satara from Pune
Satara town and Mumbai are well-connected to each other by train. You can board a train from two stations in Mumbai: Mumbai CST (CSTM) and Dadar (DR).
A good network of roads connects Mumbai and Satara to each other and therefore, you can rent a taxi to go to Satara. Services of state-run buses as well as private tourist buses are also available.
The best way to go to Satara from Pune is by road. Renting a cab from Pune to Satara is a suitable option. Going aboard government or private buses is another option.
Attractions in Satara
Famed as the ‘Valley of Flowers’ of the Maharashtra state, Kass Plateau is a placed between 1200-1240 meters, above the sea level. It is just 25 km Satara. The encircling hills, the plateau and the lake are major crowd pullers for the tourists. Thousands of wild flowers that grow between September/October are the highlights. Treat your eyes to the colorful beauty of the nature.
The English translation of the word Sajjangad means ‘Fort of Good People’. Built by Bahmani rulers between 1347 and1527, Sajjangad Fort is also the final resting place, who was a saint as well as a social reformer of the 17th century. This fort is not only an architectural marvel but also has a religious importance. In the present times, this fort is taken care of by Ramdas Swami Sansthan. The fort is open for public from sunrise to sunset.
Situated in the heart center of Satara town, Ajinkyatara Fort is placed within Ajinkyatra Mountains at 3300 feet above the sea level. The hill of Yawateshwar also offers some great views of this magnificent fort. Meaning ‘the Impregnable Star’, this fort was erected during the 16th century. There is now a television tower within its premises. The top of the fort offers great view of the surroundings.
A forest type fort, Bhairavgad Fort is placed at a height of 3000 feet above the sea level amidst Mahabaleshwar ranges. Durgvadi village is located at the foothill of this fort. Erected by the Rajas of Panhala, this fort also has a beautiful temple within its premises, which is also another attraction for the tourists. The temple has three idols of Goddess Tula, Goddess Bheri and Goddess Shree Vaghjai.
Placed at an elevation of 1470 meters above the sea level, Arthur’s Seat offers mesmerizing views of the surrounding hills and the beautiful valleys. This view point has been named after Arthur, who was the first person to come here and built a house. Window Point, another viewpoint is right below the Arthur’s Seat. Perched at an altitude of 1348 m above the sea level, this viewpoint is famed for its arrangement of rocks and is compared to the Grand Canyon.