While Mahabaleshwar remains as one of the popular hill stations in Maharashtra, Tapola is currently gaining recognition for its simplistic beauty. Tapola is referred to as Mini Kashmir of Maharashtra. Tapola is 25kms ahead of Mahabaleshwar which falls in the Satara district.
Things to Do in Tapola | Tapola Sightseeing
Tapola is known as ‘Mini Kashmir’ because it is cool throughout the year it offers of the stunning view that the Sahyadri Hills offer of the Koyana Dam and the way the village is perfectly situated at the convergence of the rivers of Koyna and Solshi.
The Koyna Dam is the one of the largest Dams in Maharashtra. The Koyana Hydroelectric Plant is located here. The major attraction of the place is the Shiv Sagar Lake which stretches 90 km long and serves as a water reservoir to the Koyna Dam.
There are many strawberry farms and nurseries of Gerberra around Tapola that are worth visiting. Also there are many unknown forts in the dense forest around the lake in Tapola like Vasota and Jaygad.
How to reach?
After reaching Mahabaleshwar, ask for Tapola Village to the locals. From there you can reach Tapola. Private vehicles would be a better option while travelling here.
Highlights of Tapola | Tourism
Tapola is slowly gaining popularity. It is peaceful and calm as not many people know about it. During monsoon the place becomes all the more attractive. Tapola is popular with nature lovers, photographers, couples, adventures lovers. It is also a popular place for trekking and hiking. Over-night stays and camping can also be done along the river side.
Shivsagar Lake: The main highlight of Tapola is the Shivsagar lake. It is a 90 km long water body infarct, the reservoir of the Koyna dam. If you are a water sports enthusiast Tapola is the place to head to. Be it boating, water scooter rides, kayaking or swimming, Tapola offers all these.