Wai is a town in Satara district of Maharashtra state in India. Located on the Krishna River, Wai was a prominent town during the Peshwa era.
Locally prominent families such as the Raste, Ranade, Phadnavis etc. built several architecturally significant temples in Wai. 400 years old Mandhradevi Kalubai temple is about 12 kilometers from Wai on a hill 4650 feets above sea level. In recent decades, Wai has become a popular location for filming Bollywood and Marathi movies, with over 300 films have been shot in and near Wai. A number of movies have been filmed in Wai, including Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain, Gangaajal, Omkara (2006 film), Dabangg 1, Dabangg 2, Swades, Ishqiya, Singham, Deool, Bol Bachchan, Zila Ghaziabad, Gulaab Gang, R Rajkumar, and Chennai Express, Bajirao Mastani. Others are Ardhasatya, 22 June 1897, Omkara (2006 film), Mrutyudand, Swades, Gangaajal, Dabangg and Gulaab Gang Sargam were shot in Wai and the nearby villages of Dhom, Bavdhan, Chikhli, Menvali, Bhuinj, Pachwad and the surroundings of Dhom, Balakwadi, Jambhali and Nagewadi dams.
Wai has the epithetic name "Dakshin Kashi" (Kashi or Varanasi of the South) because of the city's more than 100 temples. Wai is known in Maharashtra for its ghats on the banks of the Krishna River and its temples, especially the Dholya Ganapati temple on Ganapati Ghat.
Temples of Wai & Popular Tourist Spots
Dholya Ganpati Mandir, Kashi Vishweshwar Mandir, Krishna Ghat, Dhundi Vinayak Ganpati Mandir, Bhiravnath Mandir Kikali, Wakeshwar, Bhadreshwar, Sonjai Wai Caves, nine Buddhist caves.
Mandhardevi: Temple of Goddess Kalubai on the hill of Mandhardevi, which is as high as Tableland of Panchgani.
Pandavgad: North side of Wai via Shelarwadi, known for pandava-caves, pandava's footprint of Bhim.
Kamalgad: It is 10 miles (16 km) west of Wai and 32 km from Satara. This fort sits in the middle of Dhom Dam. Afzal Khan kept his horses here when he came to Wai. Locals also gave him key information about the Mahabaleshwar forest and surroundings. Best Hotel in Panchgani
Raste Wada in Motibag: ancient wada to visit. MTDC Approved Hotel in Mahabaleshwar
Laxmibai Wada in Bavdhan: Birthplace of the Queen of Jhansi Rani Laxmibai's mother. Large palace in the Village Bavdhan. Also there are caves in the hill of PachiDeval, dug by the Pandavas during their Vanvaas.
Boat riding at Dhom Dam in Boriv Village. Hotels in Mahabaleshwar
· Mumbai to Wai is about than 210 kms
· Pune to Wai is about 88 kms
· Panchgani to Wai is 10 kms
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