The members of our Association invite you to visit our village, learn about ur history,taste our traditional Healthy Food, participate in our Jangal trekking boat on our trails, relax on our river site... or simply join us for a glass of Strawbery juice (traditional welcome drink) at the end of the day.
We hope you find this website helpful as you explore our unique corner of Mahabaleshwar.
We invite you to experience our community as our guest and friend. You are always welcome in Tapola Agro Eco Tourism…Formerly known as Tapola (mini kashmir), this village with a population of about 300, sits on the tophills of the high range mountain range as it stretches into the “Sahyadri” that is the Wasota and Uteshwar Mandir. Surrounding the village are well farmlands and orchards of rice and other cash crops and farms with dairy cows and fish .
From this agricultural background, the area villagers are diversifying into sustainable tourism with the objective of preserving the rural culture, the environment and the traditional activities for future generations. Through small farmers group run guest houses and restaurants, festivals , the villagers open their doors for visitors to join them in the traditional village lifestyle; there is good food as well as demonstrations of activities and other activities like trail walking and Boat rides. Eco-tourism is friendly and a great way to experience the rural side of Mahabaleshwar, so come along and get involved. The eco-tourism and community based tourism activities in the village were initiated by a group of villagers and have made significant steps forward.
This initiative was supported and made possible with the technical and financial assistance of the TEAT Project which is implemented byConsulting TPJV and funded by NABARD.
The Mahabaleshwar Agro tourism Association appreciates the assistance of the TEAT Project that made the development of this web site and a number of other community based tourism initiatives possible.
The primary goal of the Tapola Agro Eco-tourism Producer Company is
to promote sustainable rural development and protect the village lifestyle,
culture and traditions through the promotion of eco-tourism.
Preservation of rich cultural, historical and natural heritage. Support of the villager’s efforts to promote environmental sustainability. Support for eco-tourism initiatives including the organization of training events to raise the public’s awareness of villagers and the Rural Maharashtra region. Organize festivals, trainings and events to raise the awareness of the Maharashtra region’s natural beauty, culture, and history Promote the creation of marketable home-made products by the residents of Tapola Eco Agro Tourism Nearest Village .Facilitate social and cultural integration within the Tapola Eco Agro Tourism Nearest Village.
Develop a promotional campaign based on the village’s natural assets; its flora, fauna, history, culture and cuisine.Founded in 2010, the Mahableshwar Agro tourism Association now has an office in the village and many active members, most of them YoungFarmer. The activities of the Association include: Bi-annual Eco-Day festivals, where music, folk-dancing, village theatre, Boat rides and many other activities compliment the stands selling local traditional foods and crafts make a fun day out for the whole family. markets, where every day throughout the year the members have stalls selling a good selection of Rice , Nagali , Fruits and drinks as well as farmer’s produce like fresh eggs, vegetables, wine and other specialty products. folk dancing group, where the mature members get training in basic folk-dancing so they can add to the variety, colour and action at the festivals and other events, empowering women with self confidence to make them proud and responsible for preservation of their culture. Training of members and other villagers in areas like ecological awareness, sustainable living, fundraising, small business management and other topics that strengthen them as members of a civil society.