SaffronStays Avabodha - Panchgani, Maharashtra

Avabodha - Panchgani, Maharashtra

13 people love this home

Quick Takeaways

  • SaffronStays Avabodha is a 3-bedroom eco-friendly home in Panchgani, just off the Panchgani-Mahabaleshwar Road, 5 minutes ahead of the famous Parsi Point.

  • Park your car near Taighat Wadi parking area, hand over your bags to the caretaker and begin a 150 m steep walk downhill on the concrete path through the trees to the house.

  • We bet you will not get a better view of a sangam. The confluence of the Krishna and Valki rivers is visible from every window of the house.

  • One of the only homes in Maharashtra where you can wake up to dancing peacocks. Surreal, isn't it?

  • Savour a traditional vegetarian feast, alfresco with a view of the lake. Kalpana tai, former Sarpanch of the zilla, will serve you hot appe (her signature dish!) with freshly made chutney, tandarachi bhakhri with pithle and mustard-laced jhaal muri, among other traditional dishes.

  • Enjoy a true farm-to-table experience with pesticide-free carrots, brinjal, karela and cauliflower, freshly-grown in the garden. You can even plant a tree or vegetable saplings, and call it your own!

  • The chira stone that the Home Owner, Alka, has lovingly sourced from Konkan Maharashtra, the naturally cool climes of Panchgani, and the hillside location of the home dispel the need for ACs in the home.

  • The home has 3 bedrooms. The master bedroom has an ensuite bathroom and the 2 twin-sharing rooms have a common bathroom.

  • Guided nature trails and a visit to the strawberry farm can be arranged at an additional cost.

  • Attend a workshop at the local Devrai art village, the fee of which will go to the Adivasi craftsmen of Gadchiroli, the Naxalite area. 

Mar 2020

Avabodha - true to its name, has helped me rediscover my battered, abused, ignored and neglected sensory faculties. The sounds of the woods, the sights of the lake and the valley, the glimpse of the magnificent Sahyadri, the endearing long lost vintage fresh air that invigorates not only the body but also the mind and spirit are all a standing testimony to the name of this abode. This place is not a typical bungalow or a villa on a hill station. It's an experience. It's a living entity communicating with the keen observer at every corner of the house. Be it the electrical switches, the jars in the kitchen, the clock, the architecture, the stonework, the woodwork… the attention to details is so intense that the visitor feels welcome at each and every moment and turn of the house. Avabodha envelopes one, the way he would want to be cradled and held in the Almighty's embrace. It infuses life. It's a place where you'd want to spend as much time as life permits. The hustle of ...

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Mar 2020

Kedar and I had stayed over at Avabodha some days ago. Just wanted to say a Big 'Thank you!' 😃 Thank you so much for letting us stay there. The experience of staying in Avabodha has definitely changed quite a few things for us; as individuals and as partners too! The first change was food. Thanks to Kalpana Tai's cooking and all the simple organic food we realised that the veggies and dairy products we get here in the city are hardly any good! Ofcourse we miss the farm fresh vegetables of Panchgani 🙂 After our honeymoon in May last year, Kedar and I hadn't been on even a short break or a weekend to a place close to nature. We were always traveling home for festival and relatives' visits. We didn't realise how much time-off we both needed. This 4 days trip turned out to be way better than the honeymoon ! We mostly spent time alone ... reading, just watching the lake, listening to the chirping of birds and swishing of the leaves, catching on our sleep 🙂 It was relaxing a...

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Jan 2020

Beautiful house.. We enjoyed here thoroughly.. We would love to come here again and again and enjoy our Holidays... Food was superb.. They host guest very nicely. Environment is so refreshed that its hard to go away from here.. Alkaji just amazing lady.. Loved to know about her.....

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Jan 2020

Saffronstays - You will certainly stay for Long ! Awesome place, panoramic view !!!! Homely feeling, we would like to come again :) ...

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Jan 2020

Avabodha is a flawless Villa.. Caretakers are super good.. We felt like its our own Home in Panchagani.. The interiors are well done..The 'Feel' of this place is very Beautiful.. Enjoyed thoroughly !!!...

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Jan 2020

FANTASTIC BUNGALOW !! Marvelous food.. Wonderful sight from every window.. What else can we ask for in Life ! "CHAN MAHARASHTRIAN JEVAN ANI NASHTA DILA BADAL KALPANA LA KHUB AABHAAR.." Thanks Alka !!...

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Jan 2020

We had a Fabulous stay and we were extremely sad to go back to our city after this short Holiday !! Many Thanks to Alka, Kalpana, Madhuri and Anil who made this stay so memorable for us. Special thanks to Alka for the Christmas tree and the plum cake.. We will cherish this forever. Great Property, Awesome Team.. Cheers !!!!...

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Jan 2020

It’s an amazing stay Food was good.....we enjoyed a lot !!!!! Everything was amazing... :D...

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Jan 2020

Absolutely loved the place.Only stayed here for the first time but will come again for sure! Alka (the owner) you have class! And that shows in the way you have built this place. Each and every stone is where it should be.Even the staff is handpicked by you and are superstars.You have given me a serious challenge now to build a home like this in our native place.Lets hope I can do it and welcome you there with your family someday. I give ******* stars to you and your lovely paradise. Thank you so much for making our day and bringing us closer as a family. Really had a lovely time. Thank you saffron stays to help us find a great destination!!...

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Jan 2020

It was a memorable stay. The property is very beautiful and well maintained. ...

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Dec 2019

As with most of my stays at the listed properties of Saffron Stays in the past, the temptation of extending One's scheduled stay is always over-whelming - &, undoubtedly, AVABODHA was no different. Besides the usual parameters listed above on which AVABODHA excelled, my Family& myself felt a definite sense of peace & serenity about the place which, among other things, helped me rekindle my long-lost fondness of reading. In a nutshell, AVABODHA aptly embodies the spirit of Saffron Stays tag-line - "Where Families Bond." I would like to extend my gratitude to the owner - Ms. Alka Sesha & the caring Inn-keepers: AnilJi & his wife Kalpana for making this stay memorable with moments to cherish for a Lifetime. Signing off with Best Wishes to Saffron Stays for a glorious Innings ahead & their efforts in making the Families bond. Godspeed !! -adi...

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Nov 2019

The place was exactly as described. Amazing views and home-cooked delicious food. We would love to come back. Good for people who want to go away from the city and enjoy solitude and peace. Only two points - 1. it has a 200 mt walk from the car park and a little steep. 2. Open kitchen with sitting/hall area. ...

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  • Television
  • WiFi and Internet
  • Air Conditioner
  • Ensuite Bathroom
  • Swimming Pool
Food and Drinks
  • Breakfast included
  • Only Vegetarian or Jain Meals
  • Meals provided at extra cost
  • Meals included in Tariff
  • Self Catered
  • Meals not provided
  • Child friendly
  • Elderly Friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • LGBTQ Friendly
  • Alcohol Allowed
  • Smoking Allowed
  • Genset
  • Parking Available
  • Accommodation For Driver
  • Towels and Toiletries
  • Inverter
  • Clubbing
  • Adventure
  • Shopping
  • Wildlife
  • Dining
  • Nature
  • Theatre Or Films
  • Historical monuments
  • Street food
  • Geographical wonders
  • Beach
  • Places of worship
  • Amusement park
  • Museums and Art
  • Business District
  • Transit
* In case a date does not have text inside it, it means default rates of the property apply OR status is "Available"
Map view

About the Home

Nestled on the cliff of the hill, SaffronStays Avabodha is a charming countryside home in the serene hill station of Panchgani. Set amidst the hills of Sahyadri, the villa stands out against the lush green backdrop. Follow the trail flanked with bountiful bamboo trees with a huge fig tree at the centre. The villa gets its name from the Sanskrit word 'Avabodha' which means 'Awakening'. Like the name suggests the villa is a perfect place for people to rediscover themselves and rebond with their loved ones.

As you enter the home you are sure to be charmed by its earthy vibe. The bare stone walls, wooden doors and antique showpieces lend a rustic touch to the living room. The sofa set is colour-coordinated with the blue arc-shaped pillars and tiles. Embrace the company of our amiable animal neighbours during your stay. Play a game of twisters and scrabble or spend some me-time reading a book as you relax on the terrace.

If the mood strikes wander outdoors exploring the flora and fauna. With plants like Ashok Sita, Kailash Pati, Son Chafa, Beheda, Hirda and Amla the land beholds a herbal treasure. If lucky, you may spot a deer, giant squirrel, mongoose and peacock around!

Visit the organic farm plantations and try your hands at pottery. Enjoy a late-night bonfire session with your group. Thus, we can rightly say that the villa is a perfect spot for artists and writers looking for seclusion in the lap of nature. Take a tour of this scenic town. Visit the famous tourist sites like the Parsi Point, Sydney Point, Tableland and Kamal Gad. Delve in the Rajpuri caves and enjoy a camping adventure at Dhom dam.

Please Note

- The pathway that leads to the property is undergoing major constructions for a few days. Guests are advised to travel carefully.
- There's a 150 m walk uphill and downhill on a concrete pathway to reach the property. A bike pick and drop can be arranged on check-in and check-out at an additional cost of Rs. 100 per person. This amount has to be paid to the caretaker on site.
- The home is a veg-only villa.
- Smoking is only restricted to the smoking area allocated near the villa.

Meal arrangements

We provide healthy home-cooked meals prepared using locally sourced fresh ingredients. We recommend trying out our local chef's specialty like Appam, Zunka Bhakhri, Shev Bhaji and Sabu Dana Khichdi.
Don't forget to end the meal with sweet dish like Kheer, Basundi or Gulab Jamun.

Click here to view the sample menu.

Meal Charges Breakfast and Dinner (₹) All Meals (₹)
Adult - Veg11001400
Children - Veg11001400

These are all charges Per Person, Per Night (Excluding GST)

Food and Beverages

Breakfast will be served from 9 am to 10 am Lunch will be served from 1.30 pm to 3 pm Dinner will be served from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm We provide healthy home-cooked meals prepared using locally sourced fresh ingredients. We recommend trying out our local chef's specialty like Appam, Zunka Bhakhri, Shev Bhaji and Sabu Dana Khichdi. Don't forget to end the meal with sweet dish like Kheer, Basundi or Gulab Jamun.

Guests are not allowed to access the kitchen or get outside food.

Yes, you can use the fridge to store food/beverages.

Yes, alcohol consumption is permitted within limits. There is ample ice stocked in the fridge. Guests are requested to carry there own alcohol.

Stay and accessibility

When coming into Panchgani, drive past Parsi Point on your right-hand side, then take the first right turn sloping downwards away from the main road. Park your car in the lot and walk down.

Yes, the villa is child-friendly. The terrace has railings to ensure safety. Although, parents are requested to take adequate precaution.

Yes. However, guests have to descend a steep 150m path on a concrete pathway to reach the property. We can arrange bike pick-ups from the parking spot on prior request.

No, our home is not wheelchair accessible.

No, this is not a pet-friendly villa.


No, you cannot book just one room. You would need to book the entire home.

While there is a provision for driver accommodation, it's not at the property itself. There is an additional room at the caretaker's home, which is a 3-minute walk from the property. This is available at an additional charge of Rs. 1000 per person, per day. It is not inclusive of meal charges.

Free parking is available at 200 m from the villa. There is parking space for 3 cars.

Yes, the home has a garden/lawn area within the premises that could be used for outdoor picnic activities.


Yes, we do allow events/shoots at the villa, subject to Home Owner's approval.

There is a caretaker onsite.

Yes, we do allow unmarried couples. They should both be adults and should have with them government-approved Photo IDs (that clearly show their residential address) at the time of Check-in.

Absolutely, but all guests have to be adults and government-approved Photo IDs that clearly show the address must be provided to the caretaker during Check-in.

Room specifics

Our bedrooms have lovely queen-sized beds. All our mattresses have mattress protectors.

Yes, we provide toiletries like soap, shampoo, toilet paper, towels, etc.

No, there is no WiFi available. There is adequate network connectivity, if not 3G then 2G.

Yes, we have a backup inverter in case of rare occasions of power failure.

Our home is surrounded by greenery and it is cool throughout the day. Our home is not air-conditioned but all the rooms have been furnished with fans.


A Guest is entitled to a refund of 75% if he/she cancels the confirmed booking upto 15 days before the Date of Check-In (before 1 PM). A Guest is entitled to a refund of 50% if he/she cancels the confirmed booking upto 7 days before the Date of Check-In (before 1 PM) If the Guest cancels within 7 days of the Date of Check-In, he/she is entitled to no refund.

Unfortunately, there is no option for part payment. Guests are required to pay 100% of the payment before check-in.

Once you have chosen your dates and your booking has been accepted, you will receive a payment link where the payment can be processed.

All additional payments (such as extra meals, pet charges, etc.) will have to be paid to the caretaker onsite in cash at the end of your stay.

A security deposit of Rs. 9000 is to be paid to the Care Taker in cash, on site. If no damages are observed, the deposit will be returned after check-out.

House Rules

Given the location of our home, playing loud music is not advisable.

Smoking is allowed only in the smoking area. Alcohol consumption is permitted within limits. We do not encourage late-night revelry or loud music.

Check-in time at 1 pm and check-out time is 10 am. Please note that check-out timings are strict as we need to ready the rooms for our next booking. Guests are requested to respect the timing of other guests as well. In case you wish to check in a little early or check out a little late, do inform us at the time of booking.

As required by law, all adults have to provide their government-approved Photo IDs (that clearly show their residential address) at the time of Check-in. Your co-operation is of utmost importance to us.

Guests are strictly prohibited from crossing into neighbouring properties and homeowner's area under any circumstances. We request our guests to respect the privacy and personal space of our neighbours and homeowners.


There is no watchman, but a caretaker at the villa.

No, there are no CCTV cameras installed on the property.

Yes, we do have a first-aid kit onsite.

There is a small bamboo fencing around the edges.

The villa is well lit up. There is enough lighting even in the surrounding areas i.e lawns, grounds.

How to get there

While roads connecting to the property are good, guests are advised to check the road and weather conditions before leaving for a road trip. Our home is cool and breezy round the year, so you could visit at anytime.

Take a Bus to Panchgani. From there take a taxi to Taighat wadi.

Things to do

Take a tour of this scenic town. Visit the famous tourist sites like the Parsi point, Sydney point, Table land and Kamal Gad. Delve in the Rajpuri caves and enjoy a camping adventure at Dhom dam.

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Normal capacity (per Room) 2
Extra People allowed (per Room) 1
Num of Rooms 3
Security Deposit (per Room booked) 3000
Check In 1 PM
Check Out 10 AM
Cancellation Policy Strict

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