Things to Do in Satara

Satara is the old capital of the Maratha Empire of the 17th century, which gives it a weighty significance of being a rich historical site in Maharashtra. The name of the city is taken from the seven hills surrounding the city (Satara) providing with numerous tourist destinations and trekking sites. The seven hills bordering this magnificent city in Maharashtra are Ajinkyatara, Sajjangad, Yawateshwar, Jarandeshwar, NakdichaDongar, KitlichaDongar, and PedhyachaBhairoba.

 River Krishna and River Venna's meeting point is close to this city giving it a picturesque backdrop. Because of the best things to do in Satara and around it, tourists from both Pune and Mumbai flock here on weekends to replenish their system with a wholesome short trip. Due to its location, Satara’s climate is a major crowd puller, and when combined with the lush landscape around, the city produces some of the amazing tourist destinations hard to miss.

 The infamous indentation of Satara known as the ‘Valley of Flowers’ in the Kaas Plateau and is just 25km from Satara.It is looked upon as one of the major attractions. The valley got its name from the numerous wildflowers. Apart from these natural charmers, there are forts and palaces that bring the city’s architectural creativity in the limelight.

Mumbai mainly accesses Satara such that you could easily avail the train or the bus route. Since Satara and Mumbai are well connected, the availability of renting cars and trains are in abundance and people do not face any issues visiting here. Maybe this is the reason why people so frequently flock here whenever they manage the tiniest time span for an escape.

 The best things to do in Satara are countless, yet one must never miss the chance to trek and camp in at least any one of the hills here.

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Kaas Plateau
Kaas Plateau, popularly pronounced as Kaas Pathar, is a deep fiery volcanic reddish soil located in Satara. Kaas Plateau is nearby from Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar; one of the top places to visit in Satara.

It comes under the Sahyadri Subregions. If you are a nature lover, then Kaas Plateau is something that you must not miss. The plateau comes alive to its original form and shines stunning during the late monsoons. Monsoon season from August to October is the best time to visit, a variety of beautiful flowers comes alive, along with the blossoms of flora and fauna in the region.

Location: Satara, Maharashtra.

Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM

Entry fee: INR 50 per person.
Shivsagar Lake
Shivsagar Lake, being one of the most beautiful regions in the Satara district offers a peaceful and calm spot to spend an entire day. You can even choose these lakesides as your one-day picnic spot. Cool water here, is quite clean and fresh.

If you love water sports, then Shivsagar Lake has got boat rides for you. Also, ensure that you are choosing for speed boating, as it feels completely different as if you are entering another world. Fresh greenery, quiet ambiance, and an enthusiastic cool breeze are what impresses the tourists here.

Location: Near Bamnoli, Satara.

Timings: All day.

Entry fee: None.
Thoseghar Falls
If you are looking for some water fun in Satara, Thoseghar waterfalls is what you should never lose here. Being the most popular waterfall, it is one of the highest falls in India, and also the most visited fall in Maharashtra.

Thosegarh falls in Monsoon season is the most serene and calm location to relax. This waterfalls are all surrounded by greenery, that passes a pleasant and fresh air throughout the spot.

: Thoseghar, Satara, Maharashtra.

: 8 AM to 5 PM

Entry fee
INR 10
Ajinkyatara Fort
Quite widely pronounced as the fort of Satara, Ajinkyatara fort is completely visible from any corner of Satara City. Ajinkya fort is the fourth popular capital of Maharashtra which has frequent visitors and tourists as well, which is one of the hills from the seven hills in the region.

This particular fort is the tallest one, being the height of 3,300 feet in the Bamnoli region of the city which was then used by the dynasties to keep an eye on their enemies. Ajinkyatara fort is quite famous for trekking, hiking, and other adventurous activities, even among the locals. Several kings and dynasties have won Ajinkyatara and ruled over it for many years and decades.

Location: Satara City, Maharashtra.

Timings: 5 AM to 9 PM

Entry fee: None.
Natraj Mandir
Lord Natraj, popularly known for embodying of Lord Shiva, who is known for his Rudra Tandava art of Dance in the Hindu Mythology. The Natraj Temple is solely dedicated to Lord Shiva for his Tandava Performance as Lord Natarajar.

It is one of the most visited places in the city of Satara. It is located across NH44 that ultimately connects Solapur to Satara. The Temple is pretty similar to the Chidambaram temple in Pondicherry, TamilNadu.

Location: Aditya Nagari, Uttam Chidambaram , Satara District, Maharashtra.

Timings: All day

Entry fee:
Lingamala Falls
Lingamala is another breathtaking waterfall situated in the Mahabaleshwar region of Maharashtra state. It is the most awe-inspiring falls that you must never miss visiting. The falls is situated just behind Lingamala forest bungalow.

If you are looking for a serene and a calm place for ultimate peace of mind, then Lingamala falls is an awesome pick for you. From the hilltop of Lingamala falls, you can also enjoy Dhobi Falls along with Chinaman’s falls.

Location: Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra.

Timings: 8 AM to 4.30 PM

Entry fee: INR 15 per person.
Mayani Bird Sanctuary
If you are in Satara for some adventure, then Mayani Bird Sanctuary is the right pick where you must step in. It is one of the popular Satara Tourist places that you must never miss. Mayani sanctuary has got different species and varieties of birds.

This sanctuary is a perfect getaway for bird enthusiasts around the world. Mayani Bird sanctuary was built during British times when they ruled our country. This particular sanctuary has more than 400 various types of birds and species from various cities and countries.

Location: SH76, Satara, Kankatre, Maharashtra.

Timings: 7 AM to 9 PM

Entry fee:
 INR 15 Per person.
Koynanagar Dam
The Koynanagar dam was constructed and was finished in 1963. This is one such largest and widest dam built after the independence of India. The structure and designs are inspiring awe giving a picturesque view all over the city.

The dam’s spillway has six wide doors which are located in the middle of the river Sivasagar. This strong dam gives full support and a complete backup in controlling the rainstorms and floods, of the entire state. Koynanagar dam has faced and survived plenty of rainstorms and earthquakes. You can visit this dam during any season of the year.

Location: Koynanagar, Satara, Maharashtra.

Timings: 9 AM to 9 PM

Entry fee: None.
Natskies Observatory

It is another most popular and a large observatory which is quite unique and featured too. One of the main objectives of this particular observatory is to motivate the astronomical education and space science education. Well, this specific observatory can be visited by students of all ages.

There are various astronomical activities that you can experience inside the observatory. Well, in that case, you need to do a pre-book tickets for the entry.

Location: Natventure Camp, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra.

Timings: 10.30 AM to 5 PM

Entry fee
Entry fees vary, in case of astronomical and space science activities, pre-booking is mandatory.

Dholya Ganpati
Dholya Ganpati temple which is located in the city of Satara; the name itself has various meanings to it. This religious place is situated in Wai, which is an archaic location that was known as Virat Nagari, during Mahabharata.

It is surrounded by seven Ghats- also known as Dakshin Kashi. Lord Ganesha’s Idol in the temple was structured and designed by Shri Ganpatrao Bhikaji Raste in the year 1762. This statue is almost 10 feet in height and broad in 8 feet. Lord Ganesha’s idol is in a sitting position, looking cheerful and gives a positive feeling.

Guruwar Peth, Wai, Satara, Maharashtra.

5 AM to 6 PM

Entry fee
: All day
Koyna Dam

Koyna Dam, being one of the popular Satara tourist places, offers its tourist an exciting experience of nature. It is one of the most famous and the largest Dam in Maharashtra which is nearby both Mumbai and Pune, and that backs up the state on the whole.

Koyna dam is built all across the Koyna River, which is one of the primary tributaries of Krishna River. This particular dam was built after independence. Koyna creates Shivsagar Lake, which is around 50km wide.

Location: Koyna Nagar, Satara, Maharashtra.

Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM

Entry fee
: None.

Kaas Lake
Kaas Lake, also known as Kaas Talav, a well-known attraction in the city of Satara in the state of Maharashtra. Well, the Kaas lake was built in 1875; is pretty near to the Satara city and nearby to Kaas Plateau too, which makes it a popular destination for tourists.

The altitude of this particular lake is approximately 1060 m, which is mostly above sea level, giving you a adventurous experience. You can even visit the famous temples such as Kasaidevi Temple, Bamnoli, Yewateshwar Temple and Tapola near the city.

Location: Kaas Lake, Satara, Maharashtra.

Timings: 9 AM to 7 PM

Entry fee: INR 100 per person.
Chalkewadi Windmill Farms
The Chalkewadi farms are all filled with extreme vitality which gives an mesmerized appearance to the tourists. The windmills and slopes in the farm gives you a pleasant and a cool breeze, you will flow along with the nature. You will see several number of windmills that subsequently connects every hill, which ultimately gives you a sound feel. These astounding farms are a must visit hotspots during the monsoon season.

Ever windmill is ranged up to 5km which supplies an ample amount of power to even other spots such as Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar. These serene farms are one of the most popular and the best
 places to visit in Satara.

Location: Near Thoseghar, Satara.

Timings: All day.

Entry fee: None.
Char Bhinti
Char Bhinti is the most significant and widely known historical place in the Satara region. King Chhatrapati Pratapsinh built this place in the year 1830. This place was built to keep a watch over the attackers, as the place enables you to watch the entire city of Satara.

Char Bhinti reminds of various freedom fighters and the country’s queens and kings who ruled back then in the 1850s. Later, in 2001 the place was completely renovated and made more attractive for the visitors.

Location: Ajinkyatara Fort Road, Satara, Maharashtra.

Timings: All day.

Entry fee:
Kalyangad Fort
This particular fort has a great history, and has been ruled by many top dynasties from our history. Shilahar Dynasties constructed Kalyangad fort, popularly known as Nandgiri Fort from 1178 to 1209. Later, after 1209, the fort was acquired by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, which was then ruled by their representatives.

After the rule of Chhatrapati Shivaji over Kalyangad fort, Peshwas took over and ruled it over.

Location: Sri 1008 Parshwanath Jain Cave Temple Road, Dhumalwadi, Maharashtra.

Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM.

Entry fee:
Satara Fort
Another main attraction and a popular spot in the city of Satara, in Maharashtra. There are many forts in the city, but this is one such well-known fort counted along with Ajinkyatara fort. This Satara fort was created and constructed by Raja Bhoj, during the Shikhar Rules and Dynasty.

Later, in the year 1673, the fort was completely captured and acquired by Chhatrapati Shivaji and later in the year 1700, Aurangzeb got hold of Satara fort.

Location: Satara, Maharashtra.

Timings: 6 AM to 8 PM

Entry fee: None.
Shikhar Shingnapur
The spot is situated in the Shingnapur slopes of Satara district. It is one of the astonishing and an ancient sanctuary that still stands in the eyes of the visitors. This particular sanctuary was structured and dedicated to Lord Shiva alone. It is one of the eye-warming places to visit in Satara, wherein every one would seamlessly enjoy the beauty of the view. A lot of devotees visit Shikhar Shingnapur temple throughout the year.

Devotees believe that this particular temple has unbelievable forces and powers that gives peace of mind and calmness. Though there are temple timings to be followed, the temple can be visited during any season of the year.

Location: Shikhar Shingnapur, Mungi Ghat, Shingnapur, Maharashtra.

Timings: 7 AM to 7 PM

Entry fee:
Yawateshwar Temple
The temple is quite popular for tourists and visitors who visit nearby locations such as Pune, Mahabaleshwar, and Panchgani, etc. The temple is located in the village of Yewateshwar in Satara district of Maharashtra. It is 5km far from Satara city.

This temple is surrounded by fresh, breezy, green and dense forests of Sahyadri Western Ghats. You can also visit Yewateshwar hill which is just nearby Yawateshwar temple. This temple is solely dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Location: Yawateshwar Village, Satara, Maharashtra.

Timings: 7 AM to 7 PM

Entry fee
: None
Savitri Temple
Savitri temple, another popular religious spot in Satara. Devotees who visit Satara, never miss this particular religious spot. This temple is completely devoted to Goddess Savitri. Along with the idol of Goddess Savitri, you can also worship Goddess Gayathri. But the temple follows a tradition of worshipping Goddess Savitri first and then worshipping Goddess Gayathri.

Well, you can either go on a trek to the temple or book a cab to land in front of the gates of Savitri temple. You have to follow the traditions and also the temple timings too.

: Satara, Maharashtra.

: 7 AM to 7 PM

Entry fee
Meruling Temple
The Meruling Temple is situated in the Satara city of the Maharashtra state. It is a complete hidden diamond in the mountains of Satara. Meruling temple is one of the most famous religious places to visit in Satara.

You can reach Meruling temple from Anewadi or from Kanher that will drop you to Meruling road. It is completely a visual treat that every visitor must experience. The view from the temple is pretty cool, and it seems so refreshing and inspiring.

Location: Satara, Maharashtra.

Timings: 7 AM to 8 PM

Entry fee: None.

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Satara Things To Do FAQs

What are all the things that can be done in Satara?

Satara does not exhaust itself of the activities and sightseeing, as being a city of cultural significance it is dotted with temples and forts here and there coupled with beautiful natural landscapes. The best things to do in Satara require taking up a challenge, hence, if you are up for it then try the following:

  • Visit the Chalkewadi Windmill Farm
  • Have a picnic close to the Thoseghar Falls
  • Camp at the Kaas plateau
  • Trek from Bamnoli to Vasota Fort
  • Climb up Sajjangad Fort steps

Which are best treks in and around Satara?

Located at an elevation of 2434 ft. above sea level, Satara is a major attraction of Maharashtra. The city is one of the favorite Indian trekking destinations, which is home to several forts like Mahimangad, Varugad,Vardhangad, and others. Since all the forts here are built on different mountain ranges, it is difficult to visit all of them in a single day. Therefore, at least a 5-day trekking tour must be arranged from Mumbai to Satara. As the best things to do in Satara, check out the following trekking routes:

  • A 90 minute trek to Ajinkyatara mountain
  • A 60-90 min trek to Mahimangad Fort
  • A 90 minute trek to Chandangarh and Vandangad twin forts
  • To Kalyangad Fort
  • A 95 min trek to Varugad Fort
  • To Sajjangad Fort

Which are the famous camping sites in Satara?

It is not hard to find a camping site here at Satara as the city itself is encircled with majestic hills creating some of the best scenic vistas of the country. Camping is one of the best things to do in Satara, as it’s so common that people have come up with unknown camping trails attracting more youngsters and explorers. The following camping sites attract maximum travelers throughout the year:

  • Overnight camping at Kaas plateau
  • Vasota Lake side camping
  • Camping by River Krishna
  • Camping in Kamalgad
  • Camping near Wai village

Why is Kass Plateau famous?

Kaas plateau is one of the most magnificent places to visit in India, which has been tagged as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its obvious picturesqueness. The plateau entertains some of the best things to do in Satara and no wonder it is visited throughout the year and especially in the month of September. This is because the ‘Valley of Flowers’ thrives with blooming flowers just when the rain hits, this breathtaking landscape creates a panorama equal to that of the garden of Eden.

The colorful wild flower is a treat to the sore eyes and a balm to the weary traveler who has come to rest his soul in this beauteous valley.

Which are the top sightseeing places in Satara?

Satara is extremely preferred by tourists as a weekend getaway as it is the best destination nearby that suits solo, friends, and family traveling. Although the best time to visit it is from September to December, the place entertains tourists throughout the year with its attractive locale and stunning sightseeing. The best things to do in Satara include sightseeing as its most prioritized because of the following spots:

  • Chalkewadi Windmill Farms
  • Kaas Plateau
  • Thoseghar Falls
  • Panchgani
  • Koyna Dam
  • Tapola
  • Shivsagar Lake
  • Pratapgad Fort
  • Sajjangarh Fort
  • Ajinkyatara Fort
  • Bogda
  • Bamnoli Village
  • Vasota
  • Pandavgad Fort

Which are some famous waterfalls in Satara?

Satara with its quaint mountainous creations has made way to a few majestic cascades that are a favorite of the travelers. They are an absolute treat to the eyes for the weary travelers after a long day’s trek or when camping nearby. Visiting waterfalls here is possibly the best thing to do in Satara for obvious reasons:

  • Thoseghar Falls
  • Vajrai Falls
  • Lingmala Falls
  • Vajrai Falls
  • Dhobi Waterfall
  • Chinaman's Waterfall

Satara Things To Do Reviews

Chetan Dwivedi
Reviewed: 26 Feb 2020
Great trip!!! the driver was on-time and pick us all from the meeting point the journey went smooth and safe which we are able to reach the location on time. Nice camping stayed in the village, Our tour guide was very warm and helpful gave us proper guidance and make fun in the journey, the place wa... Read More
Girika Prajapat
Reviewed: 17 Feb 2020
Amazing experience. Really worth all the effort of trekking after seeing the mesmerizing views of the place. Our guide was very good and responsive gave us proper assistance in every difficulty we faced with. This tour was mixed but it was very nice and able to enjoy the trekking together. Very nice... Read More
Chaten Pandey
Reviewed: 12 Feb 2020
I loved every bit of this trek. Everything was extremely on-time. Nice arrangement with nice and humble staff. Great tour.
Deeksha Chattopadhyay
Reviewed: 24 Dec 2019
With family I took this Kamalgad Fort Trek, we get a confirmation call from the local-operator before 1-day of the travel, we meet up with all the trekkers at the meeting point and get transferred to the base village, We start the trek on-time...Our guide was careful, everything was on-time, beautif... Read More
Bhagwati Marar
Reviewed: 04 Jan 2020
Itinerary planned for this tour was simply amazing, We get everything from it, Would take more trek from Thrillophilia again.
Ashlesh Varrier
Reviewed: 19 Dec 2019
Pratapgad Fort Trek was awesome, we met the driver on-time at the meeting point, the guide was a very welcoming and friendly Nice trek with great sightseeing, this is a must-see and must-expereince people...The foods were great and transport too.

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