The small village of Tapola is nestled amidst
the lush green and mystical hills of Mahabaleshwar. Known for its raw beauty,
Tapola is a satellite village which is commonly referred to as ‘Mini Kashmir’
of Southern India. When you visit this place, you will realize that the time
has stood still here. You will be fascinated by the sober and easy-going
lifestyle among the locals. The early morning sight of people milking cows and
lazy afternoon that give way to a quaint evening will mesmerize and instil composure
In addition to a beautiful lake located in
Tapola, there are many forts situated in the nearby dense forests filled with
mysteries and interesting fables. You can explore various forts including
Jaygad and Vasota which in turn offers a panoramic view of the surroundings
from its top. An excursion to Tapola involves a visit to a lot of interesting
and adventurous activities.
It is one of the best places to visit in
Sahyadri hills for those who love nature and are adventure enthusiasts. You
ought to undertake the popular jungle treks to forts such as Jaygad and Vasota.
You can also visit a few of the unexplored islands which are situated in a long
90 km stretch of the lake. In addition to this, you can also opt for boating in
the beautiful Shivsagar Lake. Alternatively, you can take a stroll across the
village and explore the local lifestyle and cuisines.
More on Tapola
Tapola Eco Agro Tourism
As a part of an excursion to Tapola, you can
enrich your knowledge about the Tapola Eco Agro Tourism. The village is popular
for promoting agro-eco tourism and as a part of the excursion team, you can
directly interact with the locals and learn about their lifestyle. You can also
visit the schools to have an interactive session with the students and the teachers
and perhaps get insights about their contribution in promoting the eco-tourism.
Furthermore, you can visit the strawberry
farms and after getting permission from the owner, pluck a few berries to
savour its taste. The locals here are welcoming and if requested, you can also
have a unique experience of milking, feeding and taking care of the cows. The
most interesting aspect of eco-tourism here is carrying out various fun-filled
water sport activities in Koyna reservoir. Here, you can opt for swimming, kayaking
and water scooter rides.
Attractions of Tapola Lake
The central attraction of Tapola village is
its lake. The pristine water of the lake, calm ambience and lush greenery
around will soothe your senses. It is one of the popular spots to undertake trekking
and organize a picnic with family and friends. Various organizers host a couple
of adventurous water sport activities such as boating, kayaking and swimming.
The region is also famous for paragliding and kite flying. Thus, for those who
are adventure enthusiast, this village is a must-visit place while your trip to
There are many mysterious forts situated
amidst the dense jungles of Tapola village. You can opt for a trek to forts
like Vasota and Jaygad. The narrow trek trail is filled with dense foliage and
is easy to navigate, thus making it suitable for beginners. In addition to
this, you can also explore a number of islands that are located in the long
stretch of the lake. The islands are known for their mind-boggling sunset and sunrise
Tapola River Camps and
Tapola is known for its treks and camping
activities. It is one of the most visited trekking destinations in
Mahabaleshwar that offer an amazing ambience to trek and camp around the Tapola
Lake. In addition to a number of water sports, you can also engage in eco-agro
tours such as Sakha Niwas Agro Tourism, Nisarga Agro Tourism & River Camp
and Mahabaleshwar Agro Village. Few of the popular hotels in the region are
Manorama Resort and Hotel Lake View Sagar. These hotels are affordable and
equipped with modern amenities.
How to reach Tapola?
The city of Mahabaleshwar is well connected to
neighbouring cities including Mumbai and Pune with roadways and trains. Once
you reach Mahabaleshwar, you will have to head towards Aaram Chowk to reach
Tapola. There are many signboards installed on the way for easy navigation.