Introduction :

Toranmal plateau has elevation of 1,143 meters of above mean sea level. It is the second coolest hill station in the Maharashtra State. Toranmal is the vast green plateau of 15.65 sq.kms. Toranmal hill station is well known in the North Maharashtra region for its beauty and climate since long. It occupies the highest range of Satpudas qualifying it as hill station. Nestled in the dense lush green forests of Satpudas mountain ranges. It still has considerable salubrious and cool climate during summer season.

The population of Toranmal is 3,000 of which 60 % are tribals. There are two well-known stories that explain how Toranmal got its name. One version goes as that, it derived name from frequently occurring plant known by the name 'Torana' ( Zizyphus rugosa). By another story, the place is named after the goddess called by name "Torana" whose temple is located at the top of the hillock, which is worshipped by the local tribals. 'Mal' is the word used to hill.

History of Toranmal :

Toranmal plateau was once the seat of rulers of Mandu (now in Madhya Pradesh). Local tribals living around the plateau still have high regards for this once a seat of dynastic power and call the plateau by name - 'Gadh'. As a respect for this place, the local tribals used to come every year on Mahashivratri day. British came over here 125 years ago and they constructed Church 100 years back, which is still in existence.

Special Aspects :

It is an immense pleasure to visit the Eco-Tourism Center. It attracts tourists for its high heritage culture of adivasis and aesthetic beauty. Toranmal is photographer's delight, a challenge to hikers & adventure lovers, a great subject for Artists, patron of imaginations to Poets, Lyricists & Writers. The one holiday destination, where tourists are tempted by wonder of nature. The tourists are attracted by the beautiful Yashawant lake, thrilling & exciting points in nearby areas, wonderful location of Forest Rest Houses spread over an area of 2.00 Ha. , the famous Machchhindranath caves, Children Park & the Eco-friendly environment throughout the year. Seasons for visit to Toranmal are October, Diwali, Christmas holidays, summer for cool air and rainy season for foggy weather.

Local Culture :

Toranmal is mix of local tribal and outsiders mainly traders, hoteliers and professionals like tailors, barbers etc. The surrounding hamlets of Toranmal are true showcases of tribals - the Bhils, the Pavaras, the Nhahalas. All of them have their own distinct culture and life styles. Holi is the biggest festival of tribals, which is celebrated on large scale. Mahashivratri is the most revered and largely attended festival of the local tribals. It falls on the 6th day of dark fortnight of Falgun month of Hindu calendar. During the festival, there is a very large fair at Toranmal when the largest gathering of the tribals of all communities and age groups can be seen in their full traditional attire varying colour. Women used to wear their silver ornaments giving insights tribal culture.

Yashawant Lake :

This is a natural lake. During British reign, constructing a dam wall increased the height of the lake. Shri Yashawantrao Chavan, the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra visited this lake in 1960 and thereafter this lake is called as Yashawant Lake. The average depth of the lake is 35 meters and the average circumference is 2 kms. The lake is big attraction to the tourists. At present there are 10 paddle boats available for the tourists.

Forest Park & Medicinal Plant Garden :

This is a small garden spread over an area of 0.2 Ha, wherein about 60 various species of medicinal plants have been raised for variety of purposes like demonstration, conservation and propagation. During the year 2000 almost all the medicinal plants in this medicinal plot are collected from the forests of Satpudas, majority being from Toranmal Range. This plot provides demonstration facility to the students from Colleges of Botany, Pharmacy and Ayurvedic Sciences. Forest Park is also popularly known as Toranmal Park. The park provides panoramic view of the lake water with dense woodland.

Check Dam:

It is constructed on the waste wear of the Yashawant Lake. It acts as protection and guard-wall to the Yashawant Lake. It increases the water storage capacity of the lake by 25 crores of liters. The increased water level attracts the tourist during mansoon. Due to this structure, the landscape of lakeside is improved and enhanced the beauty. It adds to the aesthetic values of the lake.

Aawashabari Point:

On the boundary of Madhya Pradesh, where one can watch deep valleys and panoramic view of mountains & Forest Rest House of Madhya Pradesh. The famous temple of Jalindranath and remains of the fort of Gond Raja are worth watching.

Seetakhai Point 1:

It is an about 30 meter deep gorge on the Northeast side of plateau with eye-catching waterfalls. These can be seen flowing during rainy season only. During good rainfall year, water can be seen falling till the month of November. A barricade of pipes has been erected to facilitate safe and closer viewing of the waterfall. One pagoda is also erected here for the tourists by the Forest Department. The geological formation at this point is such that the sound produced facing the valley walls echoes and re-echoes three times.

Seetakhai Point 2:

Deep valley point. One can watch Zarkal River and Seetakhai point 1. Monkeys (Rhesus macaque) are noticed here.

Kamal Talav ( Lotus Lake):

This is a small pond on way to Seetakhai Point, deep lake with violet coloured lotus. It reflects colourful vision and attracts the tourists. It gets dried in the month of December.

Khadki Point:

This point is having wide scenario angle for watching small padas of khadki village, ranges of hillocks, sight view of Zarkal River.

Sunset Point:

The spectacular view of the Sun's sign-off every evening where horizon looks colourful with amazing shades.

Aamdari Point 1:

Having deep valleys and the vision extends through rising mountains.

Aamdari Point 2:

Steep valleys, ideal for great views of mountains and valleys, for watching Aamdari Padas.

Children Park:

Situated on the bank of Yashawant Lake, equipped with 30 colourful varieties of equipments. The most favourite point for the Children.

Sat Payari ( Seven Steps ) View Point:

Near to Nagarjun temple in Sat Payari Ghat. The most thrilling experience to watch the deep valleys and rows of mountains. During rainy season the thick foggy cover in Sat Payari Ghat tempts tourists.

Machchhindranath Caves Point:

It is one of the most significant places to visit. It is a deep, low height and narrow cave used by the ‘Nath’ sect saints in the past. It is still a place of worship for locals. It provides panoramic view of the southern side low-lying forest tract.

Nagarjun Point:

A small temple of Nagarjun in cave with an ideal location near to Sat Payari viewpoint and mist mountains of Satpuda.

Torana Devi Temple :

It is situated on hillock with beautiful sight to watch all around the plateau. The tribals are having great trust in the Goddess.

Gorakshanath Temple:

It is located on the bank of the Yashawant Lake. It is the place visited by many local tribals on all-important occasions. The temple is ancient, very famous and during Shiv-Ratri more than a lakh devotees take the darshan of Gorakshanath.