Vajrai Waterfall: The Vajrai Waterfall is just 27 km from the city of Satara, Maharashtra. It is situated near the Sahyadri hill and Kas lateau (Kas flower valley) region. The Vajrai waterfall is one of India's tallest waterfalls. Its height is around 1,840 feet (560M); due to this, the Bhambavali Village has become very special. Thousands of people come from all over Maharashtra to visit this place, especially during the rainy season. During the entire season it has a great flow of water. 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. This place is full of natural beauty and has a pleasant climate. To experience this you need to visit Vajrai Waterfall in the rainy season.This place, which is mainly known as Vajrai, is the devotional place of the Bhambavali villagers. Around the waterfall there are many attractions like boating at Tapola and caves
Sajjangad: Sajjangad is 15 kms from Satara City. Sajjangad is linked with a "Samarth Ramdas Swami". The Ramdas Swami was the spiritual master and Guru of King Shivaji. It is one of the important place to visit in Satara city. This place is situated on hill top. Here you will see many worshipers of God Rama. This place get crowded at the time of "Dasnavami. Normally you will find the Ramdas Swami's followers and some visitors here. You can drive up to the base of the hill. Rest of the part you need to walk. You will always get hear the poems written by Ramdas Swami. While traveling to Sajjangad you can take a look of Urmodi dam. At the base(parking place) there is a small hotel. You can buy water and some food. It takes maximum 15-20 minutes to reach temple. You will find few water and butter milk sellers sitting beside road on the way to temple.
Ramdas Swami was the very important person in the history of Maharashtra. He was the spiritual Guru of the king Shivaji. Ramdas Swami has written the poems called "Manache Shlok" and the granth called "Dasbodh"
After climbing you will reach to the entrance of fort called "Shivaji Maharaj Entrance". Some distance ahead on the left side there is a small lake and an old temple. Further through passing the shops, selling books on Ramdas Swami you reach to the main temple. This is the Samadhi place of Ramdas Swami. There is a temple of God Rama. You can sit here as long as you want and spend a time in peace.
Backside of this temple on a walking distance the Hanuman temple is there. From here you can take a beautiful view of Urmodi Dam and surrounding nature. If you wish to stay here the management has offers few residential courses for you.
Kas Lake is a man-made lake and is the main drinking source to the city. The lake is surrounded by lush green trees. During the rainy season Lake becomes a visual treat as the clouds settle on the water giving you the heaven like experience.Kas Lake ls on a distance of 23 km from Satara city. While going to this lake you will have a beautiful nature around you. Total road of 22km is hilly, going from Kaas Plateau which is called as Maharashtra's Valley of Flowers. In monsoons, the climate here is at its best.
VALEY OF FLOWERS (KAS PLATEAU)
The Kass Plateau is situated in Western Ghats near Satara. This plateau is well known for its unique biosphere, high hill plateaus and grasslands. During monsoon season, especially in the month of August and start of september, the plateau comes to life, with picturesque view of various types flowers that carpet the floor of the plateau. As per the Forest Department's Board at Kass Plateau, there are more than 150 or more types of flowers, shrubs and grasses found here. The orchids bloom here for a period of 3-4 weeks during this season. Many of the flowers and plants that grow here are carnivorous in nature i.e. insect eaters!!
Kaas Plateau is really a Valley of Flowers. You can enjoy the scene of widespread carpet of flowers, of different species (including some exclusive and rare species), colors and variety. spread over acres of land on the Kas platue. The lateritic plateau of Kass has becomes home to millions of tiny flowers in late monsoons. More than 300 varieties of wild flowers, herbs, orchids, shrubs, insectivorous plants etc. can be seen here in the time span form August to November (Best time is 15th Aug to 15th Oct). This plateau overlooks the lush evergreen forests that serves as a water catchment area of Koyna Dam, Chandoli National Park and Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary was recently declared as "Sahyadri Tiger reserve". In monsoon the whole area transforms into an unbelievable carpets of flowers like yellow carpets of Smithia and Sonki flowers, Pink carpets of Balsam, Purple carpets of Karvi etc…
It is a dream destination not only for avid botanists but also for those who appreciate nature. These carpets change colours almost every week depending on the dominant flowers during that time.
Shivsagar Lake Bamnoli: Shivsagar is the back water of Koyana dam. You can enjoy boating here with the breathtaking view of expanse of the lake that spreads for hundreds of square kilometers amazes you. The famous fort Vasota is situated near from Bamnoli. Bamnoli is situated 35 kms from Satara city. It is a very small villege. This village lies on the shore of Shivsagar lake formed by koyna dam lies the sleepy village of Bamnoli. The dense forest and the smartly shining roads washed under showers of rain make the drive enchanting. Throughout the ghat you get to see amazing view of backwaters below. Once you reach the village the breathtaking view of expanse of the lake that spreads for hundreds of square kilometers amazes you. Except of noise of hundreds of bats swinging on the high Nilgiri trees all you can hear is the few silent waves slapping on the shores. Shivsagar is the back water of Koyana dam. You can enjoy boating here. This place is Free from the city crowd, pollution and noise.
The local business of people is Boating and fishing. The famous fort Vasota is situated near from Bamnoli. You can go Vasota or Tapola through boat. The Tapola is also called as "mini Kashmir". It will take more than 1 hr. to reach Tapola. This place offers peaceful environment.
A boat ride deep inside the lake would do wonders if you have time.There are 2-3 eateries out here but hardly offer anything to eat except Vadpav and Omlette. You will have to go back to Satara for food. Bamnoli has a great potential of becoming a tourist destination. But sadly with that there is always of risk of being spoilt with litter and garbage. The road continues further to Tapola which is 30 Kms from Bamnoli. Bamnoli and Tapola both are situated around backwaters of Koyna Dam. Bamnoli is called- New Mahabaleshwar and in true sense you would fall in luv with this facinating place!
Thoseghar Water Fall: The Thoseghar is just 20 kms from the Satara city. It is situated at the beginning of Konkan Region. A 1000 feet waterfall makes the village very special. There are thousands of people come from all over Maharashtra to visit this place especially in Rainy season. You will experience the heavy rain fall here.
There is a newly constructed Platform to stand and take a good view of the waterfall. You can enter in the Vally and see where exactly the water falls except the Rainy season (due to heavy rainfall).This place is full of Natural beauty and pleasant climate to experience this you need to visit Thoseghar in Rainy season.
There are some hotels where you can enjoy a food(especially Non-veg) after enjoying the mighty of water fall.
Monsoon season is always the attraction for the picnic lovers. And now a days people are looking for different spots - especially in the rainy season. Thoseghar is near from Satara and a clam and quite newly developing picnic spot.
Thoseghar is very famous for it's high Waterfalls .. These Waterfalls are very attractive and creates a loud noise in the calm nature. These waterfalls are also accompanied by a clean lake, dark woods and highly hilly region.You can enjoy various small waterfalls here which are about 15-20 meters high and one of around 500 meters high.
Thoseghar is really a wonderful place where you can enjoy the beauty of the nature. The best season to visit Thoseghar and enjoy is between July to November.
Satara the erstwhile Capital of Maratha Kingdom has a rich heritage. It has been ruled by successors of ChatrapatiShivajiMaharaj till 1839. Museums and historical places are the main inspirations to the people.The museum mainly constructed to reveal the varied culture of 17th and 18th Century. Sri ChhatrapatiShivajiMaharaj Museum, Satara , exhibits the awesome grandeur of the royal Maratha kingdom. Satara happened to be the Capital of the valiant Marathas and their kingdom in the past. The illustrious successors of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, governed the territory of Satara , till 1839.
Today`s people of Satara can experience the magnificence of the royal Marathas in the museums and sites, bearing the historical importance and preserving the other testimonials of a once powerful dynasty.
The demonstrated objects have been classified into four departments.
1. Weapon Sections
2. Inscription Section
3. Painting Section
4. Textile Section
Chilkhat, the metal shirt was the war-costume. To serve as the protective shield against the assaults o the sword, this shirt was built from iron. Indeed examples of swords of diversified patterns; gold engraving, shinning on silver case, characteristic of the sword of Maharaja`s, are the prime attractions of the ChhatrapatiShivajiMaharaj Museum. Some swords are even decked with invaluable diamonds, as embellishments. The mind-blowing repository of weapons, textiles and other artifacts, speak volumes for the outstanding might of ChatrapatiShivajiMaharaj and his successors and the overall prosperity of the Golden era of Maratha empire.
The arms and weaponry section exhibits weapons used by Maratha warriors including swords, spears, axes, guns, daggers and short knives. Landscapes drawn by noted artist Nene can also found here. The paintings section houses 15th century glass paintings and miniatures, paintings from the Maratha school, portraits of ShivajiMaharaj and SambhajiMaharaj. There are murals and paintings brought from Jairam Swami Ashram at Wadgaon. The costume section gives a rare glimpse of the costumes during the ancient Maratha period. The royal umbrella of ChhatrapatiPratapsinghMaharaj and the grand decorations that graced the jacket of ShahujiMaharaj and embroidered sarees with Zari, Kashida and brocade work are among the rich exhibits The Shivaji museum is also known as the Satara museum which was the erstwhile Capital of Maratha Kingdom has a rich heritage. Ruled by successors of ChhatrapatiShivajiMaharaj till 1839.