The highest point in the whole
of Panchgani region which is at a height of 4,500 feet from the sea level is
marked by this plateau region popularly known as the Table Land. As if that
wasn’t enough, it is spread across an area of 95 acres, also making it the
second-largest plateau in Asia. A dense cover of the bluebonnet grass covers
the rocky base of this plateau made up of the mighty laterite. The jaw-dropping
height of the Table Land ensures a breath-taking view of the mighty hills and
the low-lying valleys. You can also view the panorama of sunset and sunrise
without any obstructions when the sky splits into various colours.
For people looking for an
adventurous and action-filled getaway, this is the perfect place to be. You can
enjoy horse riding, trekking, merry go ride, mini trains, food kiosks, arcade
games and a lot more activities filled with excitement and a lot of energy
because this place has all of this and much more for your delight and pleasure.
The perfect way to describe this place will be as a natural marvel of beauty.
Table Land has now also become a major tourist destination in the
Panchgani-Mahabaleshwar area and attracts tourists from all over India
throughout the year. A lovely treasure of unparalleled picturesque views and
fun-filled centre bubbling with activities, Table Land is the best choice when
you want to unwind, especially if you’ve had a long week.
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Things To Do at Table Land
A big sized land and an ever bigger magnitude of
splendour await at Table Land, a serene yet happening destination. Due to its
height, the plateau provides for the best scenic view of the endless valleys
covered in lush green foliage due to a lot of fir trees. Its stunning altitude
doesn’t just keep the weather serene and cool but also lets you enjoy the fresh
breeze to get rejuvenated and relaxed at the same time.
At this point at Table Land, you get a very clear view
of the Devil’s Kitchen and the Rajpuri caves. Both these places hold high
significance to Mahabharat. Rajpuri caves are ancient structures that find
mythological references in the Mahabharat. Same is the case with Devil’s
Kitchen. It is believed that the Pandavas cooked at this very place during
their exile and ate their meals and enjoyed here in Devil’s Kitchen. Both the
places are exciting and inquisitive in nature and are in the vicinity of Table
Land. If you are a curious traveller who likes to visit offbeat and
unconventional places, you should definitely check out these places.
Along the plateau are two famous tourist attractions
called the Pandava footsteps and One Tree Hill Point. One Tree Hill Point is at
the southern end of the land and has the only single tree that has grown here.
Pandava footsteps are the rare, unique and highly interesting attraction here.
The actual shape and size of the footsteps of the Pandavas are embossed here
and have stayed intact for all this time.
Once you are done with the sightseeing of the
breathtaking view, enjoy some lip-smacking snacks from the nearby kiosks that
are available here. Roasted corn, variety of chaat, missal pav, coconut water,
pav bhaji, they’ve got it all.
You can also allow your inner child to come alive by
enjoying some really cool arcade games and other prop games. You can maybe also
go for horse riding, covering most of the plateau in no time as it will take
you across the whole of the land.
Table Land: Best Time To Visit
The weather at Table Land is pleasant and welcoming
throughout the year but you can find the monthly breakup of the weather
patterns below to better plan your trip and pack accordingly:
November – February: The weather during winters is
not so much overwhelming here at Table Land and the temperature varies between
10 degrees and 32 degrees. This is a very good time to visit Table Land because
of the breezy climate and the cool weather that makes outdoor activities and sightseeing
even better. You might want to pack light woollens for this weather.
March – June: With the onset of March, the
temperatures start rising a little but not too bad to sustain. The pleasant
weather makes the temperature stay within the range of 15 and 35 degrees and
you only need light cotton clothes for your outfit if you are visiting during
July – October: There is heavy rainfall in the
surrounding areas of Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar during this time. Even though
the combination of hills and rains feels like a paradise to behold, it may not
be the best time to visit Table Land as it is an offseason here. If you want to
explore the place when there is least crowd, this is a perfect time.
How to Reach
There is no train station of its own in Panchgani, the
nearest railway connection is at a distance of 26 km at Chiplun Railway
Station. There is another one almost 27 km away, called the Khed Railway
Station. You will get a cab or a bus from either of these places. Both these
places, Chiplun and Khed also have bus stands with a regular frequency of buses
moving to and fro Panchgani.