Shri Maha Ganpati Temple – The Famous Dholya Ganapati Temple
Mahaganapati Temple or Dholya Ganapati Temple is located on bank of krishna river in wai, satara district of maharashtra. It is also called as ‘a town of temples because there are many temples situated along the ghats of krishna river. It is also known as ‘dakshin kashi‘ because there are 7 ghats along krishna river in wai. Mahaganapati Temple is situated in Ganpati aali ghat in wai - an ancient city. It is said that the large statue of Ganapati is made from single black finished stone and from the same stone the nandi statue is made in kashi vishveshvar temple. The temple was built in 1762 by shri ganapatrao bhikaji raste.
4177 feet above sea level, lies four miles north-west of Wai. The fort is conspicuous over a low spur branching east from its southern angle. From a distance it appears a square fortification with natural escarpment of cut black stone. Spread over six acres, Pandavgad is a famous attraction in Satara district. Once upon a time, there were 18 ponds in the forts, out of which only three can be seen today. All the structures in the fort are in ruins, apart from a temple, which has a beautiful architecture, supported by four carved pillars. All the ancient buildings on the fort have been reduced to a mere heap of bricks.
Rajpuri Caves/ Karthik Caves
Located at a distance of 7 km from Panchgani Bus Station, Rajpuri Caves are one amongst the most ancient attractions. There are four caves and these ancient caves are surrounded by many water kunds. It is believed that these caves were used for penance and religious rituals by Lord Kartikeya. It is also said to be the home of Pandavas during their exile. Devotees believe that taking bath in these holy kunds will provide relief from all kinds of diseases and evils. The approach road is very narrow so one can park their vehicles on the main road and walk into the village. A short walk and a flight of stone steps leads down from an archway to the cave temples.
Kalubai Mandir – Mandhardevi Kalubai Temple
Located on a hill 4,650 feet above sea level is the famous Mandhardevi Kalubai temple that’s near Wai. This is one of those charged temple which is quite popular among Maharashtrian people. Kaleshwari Devi is fondly called as Kalubai by the devotees. The temple, some 20 km from Satara, overlooks the picturesque Purandar fort. Devotees attribute miraculous properties to a grove around the shrine. Local lore has it that the temple is more than 400 years old and was built during Shivaji's Maratha rule.
Vairatgad fort is a fort situated near to the town of Wai in Maharashtra, India. The top of the fort is very small. There are remnants of old buildings. King Bhoj of the Shilahar Dynasty built Vairatgad in the 11th century. During King Shivaji's reign the fort was used as a military station. King Shivaji conquered the Wai region and included Vairatgad and Pandavgad in his kingdom. There is a small cave to the right. At the top there is a Hanuman temple. An idol of Hanuman sits outside the temple.
Nana Phadnavis Wada
The Nana Phadnavis Wada on the bank of the river Krishna at Menavali is one of the very rare places where such a combination is preserved intact. Nana Phadnavis settled the village and built himself the Wada with the ghat on the river Krishna and the two temples, one dedicated to Lord Vishnu and another to Meneshwar Lord Shiva. The Nana Phadnavis wada is a large structure with six quadrangles, or courtyards, and a perimeter-protection wall. Other notable wadas nearby are the Raste Wada and Ranade wada in Wai.
Cradled in the lap of the rolling Sahyadri Hills, it’s a paradise where nature blooms in all its colours and shades. Offering a plethora of vistas, hilltops and riverside retreats, the place is an idyllic destination for nature lovers. Basically a small plateau with wildflowers and shrubs, the place is for those who like to sit back and enjoy life's little moments. From this point, you can also see the sprawling Tableland on the right side. Adventure sports activities (parasailing) are also available here. A must visit for Paragliding adventure sport is available at this spot arranged by private enthusiasts.
Arthur’s Seat - Queen of all the Points
Situated at an elevation of 1470 m above the sea level, Arthur’s seat; which is popularly known as the Queen of all the points. The point offers the amazing views of the Savitri Valley on the left and Brahma-Arayana Valley on the right. The Arthur’s seat is considered to be one of the most beloved trekking spots for the adventure lovers. Arthur's Seat Point brings 6 points along with it, namely Arthur's Seat Point, Echo Point, Hunter Point, Tiger Spring Point, Window Point and Malcom Point, that one should surely visit while exploring the Arthur’s Seat.
Bombay Point – Popular Viewpoint for Sunset
One of the most popular and oldest viewpoints is the Bombay Point which is also known as Sunset Point or Mumbai Point. People pack here to get a glimpse of the gray and orange skyscapes as the sun sets. Tourist can view the magnificent sunset over the valleys below. The place has a large open space with a bandstand, making it an ideal place for late afternoon picnic. Sunset point is the most crowded point because of the fact that one cannot view anything at other viewpoints at that time of the day.
Echo Point – Popular point for fun-seekers
Echo Point is named after the lovely daughter Kate of Sir James Malcolm, an authority of the British raj, this point is also known as Kate’s point. Kate's Point area has 3 points in total; they are Kate's Point, Echo Point and Needle Hole Point or Elephant's Head Point. The geographic location and structure of the hills results into a total reflection of sound resulting into an extremely clear echo. This point is situated at an altitude of 1290 m. Dhom dam as well as peaks of Kamalgadh, Pandavgadh and Mandardeo can be seen from Kate's Point.
Dhom Dam – Water Sports & Sahyadri Boat Club
Dhom Dam, is an earth fill and gravity dam on Krishna River near Wai in state of Maharashtra in India. Constructed in the year 1982, this dam supplies water for agriculture and industries. Construction of the dam commenced in 1976. Dhom Dam is a beautiful boating spot that is located at a distance of 21 km from the town. For enjoying water activities, tourists can hire scooter boats and speed boats from near the dam. Water of the dam also serves the industries and residential quarters located in Wai, Panchgani, Mahabaleshwar and the surrounding villages on its bank.
Elephant’s Head Point – The Famous Needle Hole Point
At a distance of 7 km is the most picturesque viewpoints in Satara district of Maharashtra. It is among the best tourist places that one must visit on their stay in Wai. Elephant's Head Point or Needle Hole Point is another popular vantage point. The overhanging cliffs of this point are similar to the head of an elephant and its trunk. Thus the point got its name as the Elephant's Head Point. One can see a natural rock formation with a hole in between, thus giving the name Needle Hole. From this point, tourist can also get a view of the Sahyadri mountain range.