When we talk about Maharashtra, most of you will immediately link it to Mumbai! Whether its food, travel or top tourist spots, Mumbai is definitely the popular choice. But Maharashtra has so much more to offer for a tourist. Lucky for you, Curly Tales is here to tell you all about the highlights of Maharashtra outside of Mumbai. Here are the top tourist locations you can visit in Maharashtra -
1. Nashik - For Wine Lovers
Would you rather fall in wine than fall in love? Then Nashik is the place for you. Almost 5 hours from Mumbai, Nashik city has over 30 functional wineries that will pamper the wine lover in you. Our top 5 has to be -
A) Sula Vineyards - Probably the oldest and most popular vineyards in Nashik. Serving nearly 30 wines for all you wine lovers, Sula's vineyards are spread across 1800 acres with wines harvested from premium level grapes.
B) Grover Zampa - Preparing over 20 varieties of wine, Grover Zampa in Nashik is spread across 33 acres. With the scent of freshly prepared wine all around, you can find out everything about the process of wine making, from fermentation to filtering, storing and bottling.
C) Vallonne Vineyard - With 13 wines to try, a wine tasting tour and lovely rooms to stay in, this vineyard could be the perfect getaway for you and bae to spend a romantic weekend together. Vallonne Vineyard prepares unique wines are made French-style with a variety of blends that compliments every taste!
D) Soma Wine Village - Located near the backwaters of the Gangapur Dam, Soma Wine Village offers wine tours and a relaxing weekend stay for you and bae. Enjoy views of the Sahyadri mountain ranges, try out their collection of 19 wines and choose from 28 cozy villas to spend the night.
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E) York Winery - Serving 15 wines and arranging wine tasting tours starting from ₹150 per person, York Winery is spread across 80 acres and offers you a gorgeous view of the Gangapur dam backwaters.
2. Sindhudurg - For Watersport Lovers
Jet skis, banana boats, parasailing, water scooters, or kayaking – thinking about these exciting watersports, we always think about Andamans. But now you won’t have to travel that far to experience the thrill of watersports. Sindhudurg in Maharashtra offers a great deal of watersports to enable the adventurer in you. Nearly 60 km from Sindhudurg fort lies Tsunami Island (near Devbag)which has become an epicenter for all seeking the enjoyment of watersports.
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Most of the water sports in Devbag area are carried out at Tsunami Island and you can either book your slots online via this website or even get your bookings done on the spot. At Tsunami Island, you can try your hand at rides like Jetski, Banana, Bumper, Kayaking, Water scooter, Winch Parasailing. The watersports come in packages for a single person and group.
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3. Shirdi - For Seekers Of A Spiritual Path
The home of our beloved Shri Sai Baba, Shirdi is for the ones seeking a soulful and spiritual journey. The Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust is also here which is one of the richest temple organizations in the world! Believing in the power of prayer, thousands of tourists flock here every year from around the world to offers their prayers and heal through their spiritual journey. The footprints and the deeds of Shri Saibaba have turned the small town of Shirdi into a unique holy place for people of all castes, creeds and religions.
What Else? Shirdi also has a new Spiritual Theme Park and Curly Tales went there! Sai Teerth becomes India’s first ever devotional theme park that includes majestic experiences to seek the sacred blessings of Sai Baba. With 4 major attractions, Sai Teerth offers you the opportunity to explore and relive Sai Baba’s life.
4. Pune - For Food/Nightlife
Move over pubs and lounges in Mumbai because Pune is emerging as the newest food and nightlife capital of Maharashtra. With areas like Koregaon Park, Viman Nagar and Kalyani Nagar, there's nothing that Pune doesn't have. Pune has a great amount of youngsters owing to college like Symbiosis and Fergusson, so Puneris know where to party at! Not just that, Pune hosts a variety of music, nightlife and food festivals to keep the party scenes LIT at all times. So whether you are headed out on a Saturday night with your boyfriend or your girlies, Pune has something to offer for everyone. Here are some of our favourites -
A) House Of Medici - Longest bar in Pune
B) Flying Saucer Sky Bar - Ultimate Rooftop Dining
C) Penthouze - Party till the wee hours of the night
When it comes to dining, Pune scenes are top-notch. If you're looking for rooftop restaurants,themed restaurants or outdoor cafes, Pune has it all. But that's not all. Pune's got excellent street food joints at FC road, Camp, Saras Baug and more. Kyuki Puneri missal pav nahi khaya toh kya kiya?
5. Alibaug - For The Beach Life
Choose beaches over mountains? Alibaug is where you should head to next! With 15 beaches and plenty of beach activities to offer, your Alibaug getaway could be the beachy paradise that you've been wanting. This beach destination also offers the activity of beach cycling that helps you burn calories amidst the stunning views of the vast sea and beautiful horizon. You can now rediscover beaches in Alibaug by indulging in this activity and feel the wind in your hair as you cycle through the coconut tree groves, white sand beaches, and lush forests. If you wish to indulge in beach cycling, there are companies like Travel Trikon and Mumbai Travellersthat will help you with your bookings.
Want to simply relax? Hire a villa with your group or your family and unwind! Curly Tales recently stayed at U Tropicana Villas in Alibaug. The luxury villas offer 4 bedrooms, a living room with a deck opening onto your private plunge pool and party lawn, not forgetting a deck with Sun loungers! You’ll find a private Gazebo bar, where you could enjoy your own mixology, an open to sky bath in all bedrooms for those more exploring, a fully serviced modular Kitchen, separate maid’s quarters with attached bathrooms and private parking. Yes!