derives its name from the five hills around it. At an altitude
of 1334 m, Panchgani is just 38 m below Mahabaleshwar. These 38 m
translate themselves into a breathtaking 18 km approach, that
swoops around and bends with abandon, offering splendid views
of the river Krishna on one side, and the coastal plains,
on the other. Panchgani is the quintessential hill station.
It can be seen in the architecture of the old British buildings,
the Parsi houses, and the boarding schools that have been
around for a century or more.
Amble along the walkways, thickly canopied by lush trees and
vegetation, and delight in the secrets you stumble upon. The
river Krishna snakes through tiny hamlets, farms and ravines.
Select a horse from one of the numerous stables and canter
along unchartered routes through hidden lovers' routes, to
the caves and the Kamalgad fort. Or while away your time at
the bazaar. Taxis are available, but bicycles and horses are
recommended for travelling long distances.
Temperatures vary from 16 deg celsius in winter to 35 deg
celsius in summer. September to May is the best time to visit.
How to Get There
Pune, 98 km away, is the nearest and most convenient railhead.
Luxury bus services are available from Pune and Mumbai.