Saturday, 30 August 2014

The enchanting beauty of Tapola near Mahabaleshwar

View of Mahabaleshwar Hills
Mahabaleshwar has become one of the popular hill stations in the Indian state, Maharashtra, but there are some beautiful spots around it that are yet to be explored by many tourists. Among these places is Tapola, a village located at a distance of about 25 kilometres from Mahabaleshwar. It is fondly called 'Mini Kashmir', owing to its rustic charm and fascinating views of Koyna and Solshi rivers as well as the Shivsagar Dam. A holiday in Mahabaleshwar offers many individuals and honeymooning couples the chance to make a trip to Tapola. The journey of about an hour and a half from Mahabaleshwar to this charming village is a memorable experience for many.

Shivsagar Lake
The main attraction of Tapola is Shivsagar Lake, a reservoir of Koyna Dam that stretches to about 90 kilometres. Water-scooter rides, swimming, boating and Kayaking can be enjoyed on this lake. A wonderful Mahabaleshwar climate during the months of August to November makes the trip to Kas Pathar truly exciting. This fantastic biosphere transforms into a bed of Kas flowers around this time of the year. People who go for sightseeing around Tapola can witness fabulous strawberry farms and Gerberra nurseries. They would also be delighted to visit Bamnoli village located on the shores of Shivsagar Lake towards the end of Kas plateau.

Vasota Fort
Adventure lovers can enjoy an exhilarating trek to Vasota Fort, which is located within Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary. Tapola also acts as a base camp for the trekkers, as they can embark on some of the most exciting trekking expeditions from this village. Accommodation in any of the popular resorts in Mahabaleshwar would provide great convenience for tourists in visiting Tapola. The excellent facilities provided in these resorts make their stays truly pleasant. Intercom, mini bar and kids' play area are among the many things that guests can enjoy in these resorts.