Good place to stop between Mumbai and Hampi?

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I am flying into Mumbai in a couple of weeks. I will spend a few days there and my next destination is Hampi, but I would like to stop someplace in Maharashtra to break up the trip. Any recommendations? It looks like I can either go straight down the coast to Goa (which I am not so interested in), or head south from Pune through Satara, Kolhapur, Belgaum. I will be traveling by train.

I am interested in temples, nature/hiking, and I will probably want a bit of a reprieve from the city after leaving Mumbai. I see there are some hill stations such as Mahabaleshwar along the Western Ghats but I don't know how easy it is to get there from Mumbai and then on to Hospet from there. I am not terribly pressed for time as I will be in India for 3 months total.

What do ya'll think? By the way this will be my first time in India
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Originally Posted by motimo33 View Post I am flying into Mumbai in a couple of weeks. I will spend a few days there and my next destination is Hampi, but I would like to stop someplace in Maharashtra to break up the trip. Any recommendations? It looks like I can either go straight down the coast to Goa (which I am not so interested in), or head south from Pune through Satara, Kolhapur, Belgaum. I will be traveling by train.
From Satara and/or Kolhapur it is easy to visit the Western ghats.
From Kolhapur there are daily trains to Hospet, see erail.in.
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One possibility from Bombay... Bijapur, Aihole, Badami, then Hampi. Or some of them.

Mahabaleshwar is ok for a day or two.
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Originally Posted by motimo33 View Post I am flying into Mumbai in a couple of weeks. I will spend a few days there and my next destination is Hampi, but I would like to stop someplace in Maharashtra to break up the trip. Any recommendations? It looks like I can either go straight down the coast to Goa (which I am not so interested in), or head south from Pune through Satara, Kolhapur, Belgaum. I will be traveling by train.

I am interested in temples, nature/hiking, and I will probably want a bit of a reprieve from the city after leaving Mumbai. I see there are some hill stations such as Mahabaleshwar along the Western Ghats but I don't know how easy it is to get there from Mumbai and then on to Hospet from there. I am not terribly pressed for time as I will be in India for 3 months total.

What do ya'll think? By the way this will be my first time in India
Mahabaleshwar is an easy go from Mumbai. There are lot of AC volvo buses (seater & sleeper) plying on the route. redbus.in is a good source for booking tickets.

Moving from Mahabaleshwar to Hampi would be too much hassle as there is no direct bus or train. Satara road is the nearest railhead, 35kms from Mahabaleshwar. From satara take another bus or train (bus preferred as frequency is great) to Kolhapur. Kolhapur has train to hospet once in a day.

I would rather suggest to skip mahabaleshwar and halt at Kolhapur for 2 days. It has a small hill station (panhala). It is a temple town (Mahalaxmi temple). If you want explore the ruins (there's Khidrapur) 30kms away. The journey to this temple is will give you taste of (the real) rural India. There is a flavour of local culture & cuisine is authentic maharashtrian.
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Thank you all for the recs. It looks like I will either do Kolhapur and surrounding area or go further east through Bijapur and Badami. I still have a few days to decide..
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Why not try Panjim and Old Goa? Great food and relaxed living. Nothing like the beach resorts. Does a major collection of Catholic Basilicas count as Temples in your book?
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Originally Posted by Reg Kipling View Post Why not try Panjim and Old Goa? Great food and relaxed living. Nothing like the beach resorts. Does a major collection of Catholic Basilicas count as Temples in your book?
Hmm. I will consider this. I hear it is beautiful along the coast...
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Originally Posted by motimo33 View Post Hmm. I will consider this. I hear it is beautiful along the coast...
Plus you have the Portuguese inspired Goan food. Unique in India.
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