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Tapola, Mahabaleshwar Overview

Situated in Mahabaleshwar, Tapola is a satellite village famed as the 'Mini Kashmir'. It has some of the most picturesque scenic beauty which makes it an ideal destination for a back to nature experience. There are many unknown forts in the dense forest around the lake in Tapola like Vasota and Jaygad, which make for an adventure in its own right.

Jungle treks, especially the trek to Vasota Fort is a thrilling activity in Tapola and is fast gaining popularity amongst tourists. You can also explore the many nameless islands which lie in this vast 90-kilometre reservoir, or boat in Shivsagar Lake as well. With a plethora of fascinating things to do, Tapola is the perfect weekend getaway.

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Attractions at Tapola lake

Tapola Lake: One of the most famous attraction is the Tapola Lake which is famous for its trekking destinations and picnic spots. You can also try activities such as boating, kayaking, paragliding and swimming. 

Ancient Forts: There are many forts in the dense forest in Tapola like Vasota and Jaygad which are a must-visit for history buffs and people looking for a quick trek through the forest.

Quaint Islands: A number of smaller islands are situated near Tapola where you can take a quaint stroll during the twilight hours and enjoy the beauty of the sunset. 

Tapola Eco Agro Tourism

Tapola is quite well known for Tapola Eco Agro Tourism, which gives visitors a chance to experience the life of villages firsthand. This activity is an interactive one where you can chat with the locals and learn more about their ways of life. Visit the local village school and interact with the kids, or beckon the divine at the local temple of Tapola. You can also hike your way to strawberry fields and help with picking the fruit out, or step into the shoes of the locals and spend your day milking, feeding and taking care of the cows. Eco tourism here will allow you to swim in the Koyna reservoir and if you're feeling a little adventurous you can also go for kayaking or water scooter rides.

How to Reach Tapola

The Mahabaleshwar city is well connected from Pune and Mumbai city. After reaching Mahabaleshwar, take a left and reach 'Aaram Chowk', from where you can travel down the hill road to reach Tapola. Sign boards are placed all along the way which should help you out on your way.

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