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Panchgani is based on "Panch" as it is surrounded by five hills of sahyadri, and "Gani" meaning settlement. This all season hill station elevated at 1305 meters above sea level and being an area of 6 sq. km is located 18 km east of Mahabaleshwar on Mahabaleshwar Wai road on the heavy rain and fog. it is also shielded from the east wind by a larger extent of Table-land.
The magnificent scenery of Krishna Valley from West to East with its numerous hamlets, cultivated fields and picturesque view of the backwater of Dhom Dam can be seen along the whole northern ridge of the mountain.