Mahabaleshwar

Why To Go

Mahabaleshwar is a hill station in India’s forested Western Ghats range, located south of Mumbai. Located in the Satara district of Maharashtra, this hilly town is placed at an average elevation of 1353 metres with maximum height of 1440 metres at Wilson point.

Mahabaleshwar is actually a huge plateau covering an area of 150 sq.km comprises Malcolm Peth, Old Khsetra Mahabaleshwar and a part of Shindola village.

It is also the source of the Krishna River that flows across states of Mahasashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

With its panoramic view of the plains, Mahabaleshwar is one of the few evergreen forest regions in India and offers great scenic beauty.

The city was the summer capital of Bombay province during the period of British rule in India and still shows many signs of British influence in its architecture .Mahabaleshwar is also famous for producing strawberries because of its climate.

With lush greenery, waterfalls, hills, valleys, cool breeze, Mahabaleshwar is one of the sought-after weekend getaways from the maddening crowds of the cities.  

Travel Tips

The best time to visit the town is between December and February, when the temperature remains cool and pleasant. Summer time is also good but mercury may soar up to 35 degree Celcius making it uncomfortable for visitors. Howeevr, the place looks beautiful in monsoon, but heavy showers, floods or landslides can make it difficult to explore.

Things To Do

If you are planning a trip to Mahabaleshwar, make sure that you have packed your hiking boots. The place is full of things to see. The Mahabaleswar Temple is a major pilgrimage site of the Hindus. One of the major tourist attractions of Mahabaleshwar is the Venna Lake. The beautiful lake is surrounded by trees on its bank. You can also go for a boat ride on the lake. If you want to get a great view of the surrounding locations, you can go to one of the 14 points that are scattered across Mahabaleshwar. Some of the popular ones are Arthur’s Seat, Kate’s Point, Wilson Point, and Needle Hole Point. All these places offer a wide view of the surrounding regions and are of great attraction to the tourists. There is Krishnabai Temple where the river Krishna is worshipped. There is also a Shiva lingam and a marvelous statue of Krishna. The Holy Cross Church is a very old church which is known for its architecture and beautiful stained glasses. One of the major tourist spots of Mahabaleshwar is the Pratapgad Fort. This fort is a testament to the Maratha Empire and reflects Maratha architecture at its best.

Getting Around

Getting around the place is quite easy. The public transport system is quite developed. There are regular buses that connect the place to the nearby cities and towns. Hiking is another very good way to explore the various places. You can also hire cars or rent taxis to take you around. Cars can be rented from the local tourist agencies or rental car services.

How To Reach

FLIGHT

If you prefer to travel by plane, the nearest airport is at Pune, which is 110 km from the hilly town. From there, you can either take a taxi or a bus to cover the remaining portion of the journey. Cars for hire are easily available just outside the airport. You can also go to Mahabaleshwar from the Mumbai Airport.

TRAIN

The nearest rail station to Mahabaleshwar is Wathar, 60 km away from the town. It is connected to various other cities and towns. The other way to travel to Mahabaleshwar is taking a train to Satara from Mumbai or Pune and from there hire a cab to reach Mahabaleshwar. The journey takes around 1 hour.

ROAD

The hill station is quite well connected by road. There are direct bus routes between Satara and Mahabaleshwar. You can get up on a bus from any of the important towns or cities and take a bus which will take you directly to the hill station here. Alternately, you can also rent a taxi or a car for the trip. Buses run by the state government as well as private buses make regular trips to Mahabaleshwar. The distance between Mahabaleshwar and Mumbai is around 220 km. From Pune, it is around 110 km to Mahabaleshwar. You can get buses from both Mumbai and Pune which will take you to Mahabaleswar.

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Surrounding Attractions

There are plenty of places of tourist attraction in the regions adjoining Mahabaleshwar. Morarji Castle is of historical importance and is known for its British architecture. Rajpuri Caves are of religious importance as well as tourist attraction. The Dhobi Waterfall is one of the numerous beautiful waterfalls in the region and well worth a visit. Panchgani is quite nearby and it is quite a popular tourist spot.
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