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Wai is Historical town located at the foot-hills of the Sahayadri Mountains on the bank of the river Krishna, which has its source in Mahabaleshwar. Wai’s history dates back to 2000 years. The Shelahars, Yadavs, Mughals and Marathas all ruled here. Many temples and wadas were constructed by the rulers. The Hemadpanthi temples here are quite famous. Wai has been of great interest to architects, historians, literates and even film-makers.

MAHA GANPATI & DHOLYA GANPATI (0 Kms)

Located on the banks of the Krishna, this is the tallest and biggest of all temples in Wai. Sardar Ganpatrao Bhikaji Raste built the temple in 1762. The idol of Lord Ganesh is in sitting posture and is 6 ft. tall and 7 ft. broad. The idol is revered and is said to grant boons. In-spite of yearly floods the temple stands erect and in full splendour for the last 245 y

Mandhardevi or Kalubai Mandir/Veruli (21 Kms)

On the northern side of Wai are the Shambhu – Mahadeo mountain ranges of the main Sahayadri ranges. They spread from East to West. Located on top of these mountains is the Mandhardevi temple named after the Village Mandhardev. The temple is located 4510 ft. above sea-level and was built between the years 1650 AD to 1670 AD. The road from Wai to Mandhardevi is winding and is about 17 kms. The drive uphill is a great experience as one can see the majestic beauty of the mountains. From the temple site one can get a view of the Neera River on the northern side and back waters of Dhom Dam and Panchgani-Mahabaleshwar on the South West side. A visit to Mandhardevi is must if one wants to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Sahayadri mountains and valleys, as well as Kamalgad and Pandavgad. Close to Mandhardev is village known as Veruli. The drive from Mandharvedi to Veruli is straight road of 15 kms. on the table top. One must visit Veruli to get a view of the gorgeous Sahayadris and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere here as it is very refreshing.

Wakeshwar Temple

Wakeshwar is located 2 km. from Wai, on the Wai-Satara Road. The temple is by the riverside. The temple has many deities and carvings. The atmosphere is peaceful and one can enjoy the shade of the many trees within the temple compound.

Menavali – Nana Phadnis Wada

Nana Phadnis was a minister of the Peshwas. He built a wada for residing on the banks of river Krishna. He also constructed two beautiful temples of Menavleshwar and Vishnu. The temple is known by the Village Menavali. There is a huge metal bell hung in front of one of the temple. It is said that Chimaji Appa brought it here as a part of loot of the Vasai Fort. A beautiful Ghat built on the river banks is a favourite place for shooting films.

Narsimham Mandir – Dhom Village (4 Kms)

A few kilometres ahead of Menavali is the Dhom Village named after Rishi Dhomya who one day came along the banks of the river and took Samadhi. The Dhomeshwar temple is beautifully carved with a Nandi in a lotus shaped pond made of stone. The Narsimham temple with the two avatars of the deity is a unique temple.

Bhavani Mandir of Asaley Village (8 Kms)

It is located on a hillock a few kilometres from Wai. There are many trees around the temple. Vehicles can go right up to the temple

Dhom Dam – Balkawadi Dam (6 Kms)

The backwaters of the Dhom Dam built across the river Krishna are spread over 25 kms. up-to the foothills of Mahabaleshwar. Boat Club is located near Dhom Dam. At Balkawadi Dam one can get a view of the Kate’s Point or Needle Point of Mahabaleshwar. The Dhom and Balkawadi Dams are worth seeing for the natural beauty of the river and mountains

Jambhali Jungle/Lake (20 Kms)

Jambhali Jungle is on the extreme west of Wai. Many birds, and wild animals can be spotted here. A large water reservoir is also built here. This jungle is at the foothills of Mahabaleshwar.

Velang – Campsite

Anandvan Holiday Home has developed its own campsite at Velang Village. One can get a beautiful view of the backwaters. It is a good place to enjoy trekking, star-gazing and other activities like pitching your own tents and cooking on campfire.

Anandvan Farm

Anandvan cultivates grains, peanuts, gram, tur, onion, garlic, mangoes, lemons and many other produce, in its own 10 acre farm at Shendurjane. Only vermicompost and organic manure is used. The entire staff of the holiday home is involved in farming. This farm is located about 6 km. from Wai. Hurda Parties and farm activities can be arranged here.

Boat Club(8 Kms)

Boat Club, the beautiful lake located at 30 Km from Mahabaleshwar is a famous picnic spot for enjoying boating . This lake is part of Shivsagar the vast expanse back water of Koyana Dam

Panchgani (12 Kms)

Panchgani is nestled at middle of five hills in the Sahyadri mountain ranges, also there are five villages around the Pachgani are Dandeghar, Khingar, Godwali, Amral & Taighat.The Krishna River flows nearby which made the lake of Dhom Dam on the Krishna 9 K.M. from Wai.

Kshetra Mahabaleshwar (35 Kms)

The name of city Mahabaleshwar came from the Lord Shiva (Mahabali), the temple is situated in old Mahabaleshwar, popularly known as Kshetra Mahableshwar. It is situated 5 Km from M'shwar city. Where there are different temples, one Krishnabai Temple, the oldest one built in 13th Century. The 5 holy rivers Krishna, Venna, Koyana, Savitri and Gayatri starts from here called as "Panchganga Temple".

Tapola (60 Kms)

Tapola Lake, the beautiful lake located at 30 Km from Mahabaleshwar is a famous picnic spot for enjoying boating . This lake is part of Shivsagar the vast expanse back water of Koyana Dam

Pratapgad (60 Kms)

Pratapgad is 27 kms from Mahabaleshwar on Mahad Road. It is a very important fort as the major fight with Afzal Khan took place here on 10'th November 1659. In 1656 Ch. Shivaji Maharaj built this fort. The height of this fort is 3543 feet above sea level. Also temple of Tulja Bhavani has been built here by Ch. Shivaji Maharaj. You can have vast look out of Hundreds of kilometer area right from Konkan.

Kas Lake (40 Kms)

Kas Plateau is at a height of above 3500 feet & built in 1844. Kas Talav is the main source of drinking water supply for Satara City. It is 22 kms from Satara. It is a much loved picnic spot for most Satarkars.

Kamalgad (30 Kms)

The fort covers a flat area, 3-4 acres in size. It is surrounded by steep rock and can only be reached by perilously scaling this rock. Earlier, the approach was by an artificial tunnel, which started at the base of the rock and emerged on the top. Now this tunnel is blocked by a big rock which fell into it and was never removed.[4] There are no buildings on the top nor walls of any kind or even a gateway, which is unusual for a fort in this area. Likely, its height and steep rock around it provided it with enough protection.

Vishnu Mandir,Menavali (3 Kms)

Menavali is only 3 km from Wai. Nana Phadnis was a minister of the Peshwas. He built a wada for residing on the banks of river Krishna. He also constructed two beautiful temples of Menavleshwar and Vishnu. The temple is known by the Village Menavali. There is a huge metal bell hung in front of one of the temple. This Ghat of Krishna river is famous place for shooting films.

Bhandreshwar/Veruli (21 Kms)

Anandvan cultivates grains, peanuts, gram, tur, onion, garlic, mangoes, lemons and many other produce, in its own 10 acre farm at Shendurjane. Only vermicompost and organic manure is used. The entire staff of the holiday home is involved in farming. This farm is located about 6 km. from Wai. Hurda Parties and farm activities can be arranged here.

Natraj Temple,Satara (30 Kms)

It's a beautiful Temple of 'Lord Shiva' (Natraj). Where ‘Nataraj' is Lord Shiva's beautifully dancing 'Avatar'. The temple is also called "Uttar Chidambaram Shri Natraj Mandir." It has four entrances in four directions. Only three kms from the centre of the city.

Mahuli,Satara (30 Kms)

Confluence of Venna and Krishna river. 5 kms from Satara City, on Koregaon Road.

Yamai Devi,Aundh (50 Kms)

Aundh is 30 kms away from Satara. Previously, it was the Capital of Princely State of Aundh. The Yamai Devi Temple and the Museum here are famous. Museum is having over 8000 precious articles in its collection.

Sajjangad,Satara (30 Kms)

It has been said that during Chatrpati Shivaji's Period Raigad was the capital of Shivshahi while Sajjangad was the spiritual Capital . Sajjangad (Fort) is situated just 9 kms away from Satara city where Samarth Ramdas took 'Samadhi'. There are 750 steps to enter into this Fort. Sajjangad is 3000 feet above sea level. There are 2 lakes on the fort. . On the day of Das Navami people gather here and take part in the festival.

Pateshwar,Satara (44 Kms)

Pateshwar is a village in Satara district of Maharashtra, known for rock-cut caves with shrines of Shiva.

Pateshwar is located about 11.26 km South East of Satara on the Satara-Kolhapur state highway in Maharashtra. While there are two ways of approaching Pateshwar, the most popular route is through Degaon village by State Transport buses, uutorickshaws apart from private cars. The other route is from the South through a village called Borgaon. This road is preferred by the locals, however tourists prefer the Degaon route.

Palpeshwar,Satara (44 Kms)

It is 5 km north of Wai. This is cave of Lord Shiva and is one of the oldest caves in the region. This cave is a good example of the ancient VASTUSHASTRA.

Gliding Point (15 Kms)

Gliding Point is around 15 kms away from anandvan.It is one of the awesome place for adventure.

Raireshwar (25 Kms)

Raireshwar is situated in Bhor Taluka near Pune, India. Raireshwar has a temple famous for its historical importance. The temple is very old and of stone structure, but it was later re-constructed in the 18th century. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj took the oath of Hindavi Swarajya in this temple at the age of 16 in 1645 and then created history. It's said that he had cut his little finger and taken the oath by dripping blood onto the Shivling. There is a large portrait of Shivaji Maharaj and his friends inside the temple. Thus, Raireshwar can be considered as an important place in Maratha history.

Somjai Matha (6 Kms)

This is a Kulswamini Shree Somjai Devi Mandir, situated at the beautiful location on the river bank.

Every year during Navaratri, festival is celebrated. Devotees comes here and takes blessings from Goddess.

Pandavgad (10 Kms)

The Pandavgad Falls (Pandavgarh Falls) is a waterfall near Owe camp in Thane district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the 29th highest waterfall in India.

Thoseghar (50 Kms)

This waterfall is situated 36 kms away from Satara. It is a pleasant sight to watch in Rainy season. Many people from different walks of life gather here to enjoy it.

Mayani Bird Sanctuary (60 Kms)

Mayani Bird Sanctuary is a bird sanctuary located near Vaduj, in Maharashtra, India. Mayani is well connected from district places like Satara and Sangali, and around 20 km from Vita. It is a market place for near by villages and a developed place with colleges and medical facilities.

The dam is an area where water from all over the upper region is collected because of the big wall. The Mayani bird sanctuary is established on an old dam supposedly built by British. The dam is used for irrigation by canals in nearby villages. When the water is suffice and remains after supply for farming, it is useful for birds.