Satara District is situated in Western part of Maharashtra. The district offers opportunities to the tourists to visit the most beautiful natural places and also reveal its importance as a center of cultural significance. Several temples, Forts, Lakes, Dams, Museums as well as Sanctuaries make the district a wonderful place to visit. The district has world famous hot beds of Ecotourism namely Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani as 2 listed destinations of “A” type category. The Kas plateau in Javli Taluka which has been listed on UNESCO Bio-Diversity Heritage Site is an additional advantage to the District Tourism.
All these features have led to an increase in tourism growth. At the same time the locations which are popular are getting over saturated with the tourists. As a dispersal policy, there is a need to provide appropriate infrastructure and facilities at these alternate places, to make the tourist experience worthwhile.
The brand such as Mesmerizing Satara, Wonders of Satara, etc. can become a catch phrase to attract tourists
By Air : The Nearest Airport is Pune 120 kms & Mumbai Airport 260 kms
By Rail : There are regular trains from other major cities of the country to Satara. Railway Station(s): Karad (KRD), Satara (STR), Nira (NIRA), Jarandeshwar (JSV)
By Road : Satara is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular buses.Bus Station(s): Satara , Satara (Bye Pass)
Thoseghar Falls : This is a popular scenic spot located about 20 kilometers from Satara city. You will find here a series of waterfalls, one of which is 500 meters in height. Most tourists come here during the rainy season when the waterfalls become thunderous. The area surrounding the falls is quiet and there is also a lake nearby.
Kass lake : Kaas Lake is situated on Kaas Platau. Kaas Plateau is at height of above 3500 feet and built in 1844. It is about 26 km away from Satara city and accessible by road. Built in 1875 the lake provides most supply of drinking water to the old city. This is also a famous picnic spot for the rainy season.
Visit Koyana dam : One of the largest Dam in the state built on Koyna river, completed in 1963 with capacity 98.78 TMC. Hydroelectric Project of 1920 MW. 98 Kms from Satara, 20 Kms from Patan. Very beautiful picnic spot. Nehru garden near the Dam is also good place to visit.
Explore Mayani Bird Sanctuary : If you are a bird lover, then Mayani is not less than a heaven for you. There are more than 400 different species of birds in Mayani that is quite larger to any other bird sanctuary in India. Whether be migratory birds like Brahminy Ducks, Coot, Common Spoon bills,Painted storks, Black Ibis, or other birds like like the Stork, Northern Shoveler, and Kingfisher; you get them in plenty. Flamingoes (migrates from Siberia) that are water birds can also be located on the banks of Mayani. Presence of Flamingoes means plenty of insects, fishes and crabs as they are its prime foods.The Mayani Bird Sanctuary lies in Khatav, Satara district of Maharashtra state, thirteen miles south-east of Vaduj at the junction of the Tasganv-Mograla and Malharpeth-Pandharpur roads. The town is walled and entered by gates on the west and east.
Visit Shri Bhavani Museum, Aundh : Very ancient temple of lord 'Shiva' on the hill called Shikhar Shingnapur is about 89 Km from Satara on Satara-Akluj road. Huge gathering of devotees on eve of 'Mahashivratri took place here every year. It has many historical references about visit of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj
Visit Maha Ganapati Temple, Wai : Wai (the Dakshin kashi of India) is situated just 33 kms away from Satara. It is famous for its temples and ghats. "Maha Ganpati Temple" is here which is worshipped by many holy men and women all over the state. It is the important Pilgrim and Cultural Centre of Maharashtra. The office of Marathi Encyclopedia (Vishwa Kosha) is here. There is a Dam across the Kirishna River at Dhom just 9 KM away from Wai