we have visited Tapola lake in Mahabaleshwar during our Panchgani holiday home stay. which is called mini Kashmir of Maharashtra. If you want to take beautiful experience of boating in Mahabaleshwar then Tapola is best boating destination in Mahabaleshwarm, Maharashtra.
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How to reach Tapola Mini Kashmir of Maharashtra?
Tapola lake is called mini Kashmir due to its magnificent & lush green backgrounds & hills. So from Panchgani to Tapola distance is 44KM which will take 1 hour and 30 minutes of drive. there is no treks involved you will directly reach to boating point and there plenty of parking space available free. To reach Tapola from Mahabaleshwar 28KM drive is required which will take one hour. The views during your travel to Tapola lake are very beautiful & you will definitely enjoy the awesome ride to lake.
How to reach Tapola from Pune or Mumbai?
To reach Tapola from Pune you need to drive 140KM via NH48 highway > Wai>Panchgani>Mahabaleshwar>Tapola. The travel duration to reach Tapola lake from Pune is 3 hours and 48 Minutes. You can travel by bike or car. Another travel option is travel by bus from Swargate/shivajinagar to Mahabaleshwar & then you can hire taxi there. Better & economical way will be traveling by own vehicle.
To reach Tapola, Mahabaleshwar from Mumbai there are 2 routes available one is Via NH48 Mumbai>Pune>Mahabaleshwar>Tapola & Another route is Via NH66 Mumbai>Pen>Mangaon>Mahad>Tapola. By NH48 distance is 277 & by NH66 the distance is 235 but don’t fall for distance as road conditions via NH66 are not really good so better to go via NH48. Via NH48 it will take 6 hours 30 minutes to reach Tapola lake & Via NH66 it will take 7 hours 30 minutes meaqns 1 hour extra.
Our recommendation will be come at Mahabaleshwar in night & stay in tent or you can choose a hotel then travel early morning to Tapola lake from Mahabaleshwar you will enjoy tapola better if you travel after a rest in the night.
Tapola Mini kashmir travel experience
So we were living in Holiday home in panchgani, We left home at 9am started our journey to mesmerizing Tapola lake . The road is beautiful full of waterfalls, Valley views, flowers & awesome trees. So in our road trip we spent 30 mins for photography, Tea and snacks. you can see aerial view of tapola lake and beautiful hills around in below pictures.
Places to visit from Tapola boating point. (ShivSagar Lake)
You can explore below places from Tapola lake by Boating.
1 – Island Point Tapola.
If you have less time to explore you can select this desti
nation for travel. Island point is 6KM ride 2 way ride, so it requires 45 minutes to reach. for 4 people you need 800 rupees to cover this point for additional persons you will need another 200 rupees each.
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2-Triveni Sangam, Tapola.
Triveni sangam is another best point to visit in Tapola. You can cover Triveni sangam and Datta temple in one ride as well by paying extra. We did the same we booked boat for Triveni sangam for 1800 rupees then extended our journey to Datta mandir where you can take blessings of Ganesha, Bramha, Vishnu and Mahesh. So triveni sangam is mating point of 3 rivers named Koyna, Kandati & solashi. After Triveni sangam we also explored Datta temple spot. for triveni sangam of tapola you require 1 hour and 30 minutes (12KM) and from there additional 1 hour required for Datta temple. watch our YouTube video below.
3 – Datt temple.
Datta temple is another best choice on the route you will also see triveni sangam so it will be best deal. So boat ride of datta mandir of Tapola will cost you around 2500 for group of 5-6 people. Datta mandir is devotional place where at first you will take blessings of big Nandi the vehicle of lord shiva. Then next will be underground Lord shiva temple after that you can see beautiful Ganesh temple and last but not least Vishnu temple. So here you can take blessings of Bramha, Vishnu & Mahesh means the whole universe. It is 2 hours & 30 minutes journey of 20KM two way.
4 – Vasota Fort from Tapola lake.
Vasota is another tourist destination you can explore. It is fort of Shree Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was used to punish the enemies and criminals. In ancient Era Criminals were left in Vasota jungle from where coming back is almost impossible. So for vasota fort boat ride and trek you need to start your travel early morning at least at 8am. Vasota will take 4 hours and 30KM for two way journey. The cost would be around 3000 for Vasota boat ride from tapola.
5 – Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary – Koyna Abhayarany from Tapola Lake.
It is also long boat ride of 5 hours & journey of 40KM two way. You also need to take forest pass before travel & don’t carry match box, knife, use and throw plastic otherwise you will not be allowed to enter forest. You nnneed full day for Koyna forest travel. The cost of boat ride from Tapola to Koyna abhayarany will be around 3500
So these are the 5 best places to explore from shivsagar boating point.
Things to do in Tapola, Mahabaleshwar.
So here we covered our Tapola travel experience and information of tapola boat rides. you can also enjoy scooter boats for 200 per ride.
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