Panchgani is an old town in Maharashtra in the Sahyadri ranges. It derives its names from the five or ‘panch’ hills around it. Situated at an altitude of 1334 m just below Mahabaleshwar, it becomes a popular weekend gateaway for the residents of Mumbai & Pune. It is well known for its boarding schools. There are many places in Panchgani and nearby areas famous among the tourists. The town is well known for the ‘Table Land’ – a plateau in the Sahyadri ranges, which attracts lot of tourists. Another famous town – Mahabaleshwar is about 15 kms. away from Panchgani. The road from Panchgani to Mahabaleshwar is a fantastic drive.
There are many other tourist places around Panchgani such as
- Wai (Famous old town on the banks of Krishna river)
- Pratapgadh (Famous fort in the Sahyadri region)
- Dhom dam where water sports are available.
- An amusement park called- On wheels.