On the way from Pune to Panchgani Wai can is a small hamlet known for its temples. Wai is the place referred to as Charanpur in the hit Shah Rukh flick 'Swades'. Menavali ghat is the most popular sightseeing destination in Wai apart from the backwaters of Dhom dam and the famous 'Dholya' Ganpati temple located alongside the Krishna River.
Seven Ghats of Wai
Wai has seven Ghats known as Gangapuri, Madhi Aali, Ganapati Aali, Dharmapuri, Brahmanshahi, Ramdoh and Bhimkund. Many temples are located around these Ghats.
The temple of Dholya Ganapati built in 1762 by Raja Bhoja is located along the Krishna River. The idol of the diety in the temple is carved out of a monolith, and is about 10 ft tall and 8 ft wide. The deity acquired its name Dholya Ganapati from its sheer massive size. The temple is made out of finished stone with a spacious inner sanctum and a huge hall in the front. The rear part of the temple is shaped like a fish which proves useful in case of a floods.
Dholya Ganpati Temple
Wai is a rustic hamlet 30 kms from Mahabaleshwar and is almost symbolic of a village in Bollywood with many recent popular movies having been shot here. Nana Phadanvis one of the Peshwas had his house in Wai near the Menavali ghat. Wai is known for numerous beautiful temples near the ghats and is also called 'Dakshin Kashi'.
With numerous notable temples Wai at times is also referred to as 'Dakshin Kashi'. Some of the main temples in Wai are the Dholya Ganpati, Kalubai Mandhar Devi and Chimneshwar Temple.
Although Dhom dam is closed to public a little ahead of it is the backwaters of the dam. This is one of the most beautiful spot around Wai especially after mosoons when the entire region turns green and the view is absolutely beautiful and also secluded.