Maharashtra has some very pretty hill stations. The curving, craggy range of the Sahyadri mountains form a spine along the coastline of Maharashtra. The Western Ghats, which form a part of the range, are home to several charming hill stations. In fact, even in the colonial era, people travelled up to some of these small towns to escape from the searing heat of the plains of Maharashtra. Many hill stations have retained their old-world charm, making them an ideal weekend getaway or holiday haven. The popular hill stations of Maharashtra are Matheran, Lonavala, Khandala, Mahabaleshwar, Panchagani, Bhandardara, Malshej Ghat, Amboli, Chikhaldara Panhala, Panchgani, Sawantwadi, Toranmal, and Jawahar, each hill station having a unique characteristic and its proximity to a city has made it very popular.