Koynanagar is a discreet hill station located in the Patan Taluka of Satara district in Maharashtra and is set in the stunningly beautiful sahyadri mountain ranges of the western ghats. The region is a part of the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves in India and Koynas's evergreen forests mark the transition zone between the Deccan plateau and the Konkan.
Koyna area is known as the renewable energy capital of Maharashta because of its hydro electric and wind energy projects.
Koyna is a mesmerizing place which lures anyone to its surroundings with its,deep valleys, dense evergreen forest with diversified flora and fauna,misty mountains, milky white waterfalls and the pristine shivsagar lake. The serene ambience, sometimes interrupted by the resonating sound of wild animals and birds, sited far from the dirt and grime of the city, with cool and fresh air, rejuvenates your soul and senses. Koyna with a pollution free atmosphere is a relatively upcoming hillstation and is less exploited than the overcrowded hill stations of Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani. it is perfect getaway for those seeking a natural retreat away from stress and strain of city life .
Climate: With the height ranging from 800 to 1200 meters above mean sea level, the vast expanse of the shivsagar lake and the dense forest cover creates a pleasant climate throughout the year. The mean maximum and minimum temperature are generally 28 °C and 15°C respectively. The average rainfall is 2,200 millimeters per year and is same as mahabaleshwar.
The Koyna Dam is the largest dams in Maharashtra, India. It is a rubble-concrete dam constructed on Koyna River which rises in Mahabaleshwar, a hillstation in Sahyadri ranges. It is located in Koyna Nagar,Satara district, nestled in the Western Ghats on the state highway between Chiplun and Karad.
This garden is built in the memory of Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru first prime minster of independent India. This is one of the famous gardens in the west Maharashtra region. The panchadhara Dam or Panchadhara Ghumat reminds us at panchashil principles of Pandit Nehru. It has a audio video interpretation centre that gives information about the history of the koyna dam.
The Sahyadri Tiger Reserve is located in the Sahyadri Ranges of the western ghats of maharashtra. Sahyadri Tiger Reserve is the only place where climax and near-climax vegetation is plentiful and prospects of adverse anthropogenic influence in the future are minimal. The area is bestowed with several biogeographical peculiarities. climax evergreen formations of higher elevations have been wiped out or highly degraded everywhere in Western Maharastra except in tiger reserve area, where this type still occupies substance area.
The huge lake in the koyna Dam is called as Shivsagar lake. Boating facility is available in this lake. The Koyna wildlife sanctuary surrounding the lake is rich in flaura and fauna. Duriung the boat ride one can sometimes spot wild animals like tiger, leopard, wild pigs etc.
As the name indicates ghatmatha is the highest peak in Sahyadri Hills, This points connects kokan and Ghat. Cool breeze and Sunset point view are the attraction here. This point is just 15 minutes away from Koynanagar.
It is one of the famous forts in western Maharashtra. It was used for storing weapons at the time of Shivaji Maharaj. One can reach the fort by 3 hours travel by boat Resourses links.
Bhairavgad is located in the Koyna WLS which is now part of Sahyadri Tiger Reserve. The forest around this fort acts like a wildlife corridor between Koyna and Chandoli forests. This fort used to be a watch fort on the ghat route. Though Bhairavgad as a fort doesn't have much attraction, its location itself is extremely beautiful. We can get excellent view of Dense Jungle and can spot various wild animals on the way. The Bhairav temple and Shivaji Maharaj Idol is another attraction.
This is one of the biggest water falls in Sahayadri and water falls from 200 meter height. This waterfall runs in monsoon as well as summer and one has to trek through dense vegetation to get near.
This beautiful temple or Lord Rama was built by Ramdas Swami and is one of the unique temples in this region. Samarth Ramdas Swami was the spiritual guru of Shivaji Maharaj. The temple is situated on the banks of river 'Maand'.