Cradled in the midst of five hills that it derives its name from, Panchgani has enchanting scenery, lush green vegetation, wooden walkways, colonial bungalows, Parsi buildings, and the crystal clear water of River Krishna. It is at an elevation of 1334 m, and is still unspoilt, echoing an old world charm not often found. The archetypal colonial hill village, Panchgani was founded in 1854 by a British officer, and was conceived to be a European style health retreat. Unlike others, Panchgani has not yet been lost to commercialisation, and one can still hear the birds chirping instead of noise pollution. For those interested in video arcades, fast food joints and multiplexes, this is really not the place. Instead it is for nature lovers and those looking for a break from the fast-paced city life. Visit vantage points like Parsi Point, which offers the most picturesque view of the meandering Krishna River; and Table Land, which offers a painting like view of the coastal plains. Also visit the nearby The Temple of Lord Karthikeya, located in Rajpuri caves, at a distance of 10 km.