The landscape of Maharashtra gets a makeover every monsoon. As the parched earth soaks up the rainwater, the brown plateaus, hills, and valleys change to varied shades of green. That it’s such delightful scenery is an understatement.
This monsoon, we chose to explore around Satara. One of the routes we selected wound around the Urmodi dam, a magnificent waterbody fed by numerous waterfalls from the surrounding hillocks. Urmodi is around 17 km from Satara, via Parali village. The dam was commissioned in late 2000s as a major irrigation project.
There are a few villages around the dam, and needless to say, agriculture is the mainstay. The winding roads were in good shape (thanks to Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana) and inviting. Every turn threw a new surprise with different views of the water body and the green landscape. Most of the villages (Kus, Nigudmal, Nitral, and Kelwali) were in a festive mood as it was Ganpati festival and the town folks had come back home to celebrate.
We kept driving till the last village, Katrewadi, which was almost in a jungle. Even after stopping at many places, we couldn’t get enough of the magical beauty and tranquilizing quietness the landscape offered. Camera also didn’t get its fill after clicking so many pictures.
As the sun prepared to set, we reluctantly drove back to Satara.
(Satara, a small town is about 260 kms from Mumbai, on the Mumbai-Bangalore highway. Parali village is 17 kms from Satara. Own vehicle is the best means to explore these places.)