Mahabaleshwar Tourism
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Mahabaleshwar Tourism

Mahabaleshwar Info

  • State: Maharashtra
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • Altitude: 1438 m
  • Pincode: 412806
  • District: Satara
  • Language: Hindi,Marathi
  • STD code: 02168
  • Weather: Summer 15 to 35°C, Winter 10 to 32°C
Mahabaleshwar is both a city and a municipal council in the Satara district in the state of Maharashtra. It is located in the Western Ghats range of India, which spreads from north to south along the Deccan Plateau. The hill station is at an elevation of 1,353 metres above sea level.

Mahabaleshwar lies 285 km south-west of Mumbai and is bound by valleys on all sides. It is a plateau measuring an area of 150 square kilometres.

Mahabaleshwar constitutes three villages – Malcolm Peth, Old ‘Kshetra’ Mahabaleshwar and some part of the Shindola village. The river Krishna originates from the mouth of the legendary statue of a cow in the temple of Mahadev situated in Old Mahabaleshwar and flows across Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Four other rivers also flow from the mouth of the cow, before they merge into the Krishna; these are Koyana, Venna (Veni), Savitri and Gayatri.

The destination was ruled by various dynasties including the Mauryas, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Adil Shahi, Shilahar, Marathas, Peshwas and Satavahanas. The history of Mahabaleshwar dates back to 1215, when king Singhan of Deogiri visited Old Mahabaleshwar. A temple and a water tank were constructed by him at the source of the Krishna. This area was invaded by a Brahmin dynasty in 1350.

In the 16th century, the Maratha family of Chandarao ruled over the city. Later, in the 17th century, Jaoli and Mahabaleshwar were taken over by Shivaji Maharaj, who constructed the Pratapgad Fort in 1656. The city also witnessed the imprints of the British, who included the destination in the territory of the Raja of Satara in 1819.

Getting around Mahabaleshwar is not a problem for tourists. Travellers can hire a taxi or board a bus to explore the city and its attractions. Mahabaleshwar is famous for strawberries and mulberries. Tourists can enjoy 'strawberries with cream' from January to February and 'mulberries with cream' from April to May. Also, strawberry milkshake and vada pav made here is a must-try for tourists. The city also produces fresh jams and marmalades, which can be bought. Tourists can also buy fresh honey from the various bee farms in the city.

The moderate climate of Mahabaleshwar makes it destination tourists can visit any time of the year.

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Bijoy Anupam

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  • Bijoy Anupam
  • Lives in Pune
  • 44 photos
  • 14 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
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"Best hill station near Pune" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
We had visited just a week after rainy season in the first week of September. Mahabaleshwar was less crowded and deserted and we loved it. Usually, Mahabaleshwar is crowded in extended weekends. We drove into own car, and a early morning drive within Mahabaleshwar was awesome. Do visit Pratapgarh Fort, Krishna Bai Temple (old deserted temple), and do not miss Mapro Garden Food while reaching Mahabaleshwar.
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Rohit Agrawal

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  • Rohit Agrawal
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
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"Is it worth for holidaying?"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Hello,
I visited Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar on 28th Oct. We planned to stay there for there day but we left in two days only.
Nothing much to see one day most of spots can be visited.
2) Restaurant, shops, hotel including local municipality are there to Rip you.
3) 1st shock when entering Panchgani you have to pay car parking charges and per person entry fee. (Are you serious? Entry fee for bad roads, vehicle parking fee for what most of place you visit you will have to pay parking fees again).
4) Enter in Mahabaleshwar again pay vehicle fees and per person entry fees. Within 15-20 kms you will be ripped off by 300+ Rs for 2 kids and two adult with your car.
5) Road, it was hard to find road, most of main roads were had small patch of roads between pot holes.
6) Cheese Factory- One of the smallest cheese factory where cheese is more expensive then all foreign brands available in malls in India( indian cheese brand have much cheaper price).
7) Fudge and chikki- Highly overpriced, 180/- for 250 Gms. I believe dry fruit sweets at local mithai wala will have 650-750/- per kg.
8) Test of chikki and fudge was nothing special, infact buying from you local shop of your city would have better taste and price.
9) Main market parking is a problem, most of local taxi people acquire parking place so if you get parking you should treat it as miracle from Baba Mahabaleshwar.
10) Local road side Restaurants also not less, highly priced and no local price control. Paying 50Rs for tea (plus 12. 5â„… vat )is not much but I expect that kind of ambience and hygiene.
Now about sight seeing.
Few location/point were really beautiful.
Scenic beauty is there but Government lack of interest can be seen on most of spots.
On high hills spots the walls height are so less that any one, specially kids needs extra care.
Beautiful lake view, water falls, mountain are relaxing but with all these commotions I felt like run away.
Overe all million dollar question is
Should we really go for holidays for all this?
I believe I will go to a peaceful resort next time instead of this type of so called holiday destinations.
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Amit Sakhare

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  • Amit Sakhare
  • Lives in Pune
  • 1 Review
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"Awesome Mahabaleahwar"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
As a couple, this is our second visit. Believe me the fog, showering rains, beautiful vallyview its just amazing. Some of point makes you very adventurous like Linamala waterfall, Plato point, Vienna lake boating.
I advise for couple must have two day trip to mahableshwar.
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Mahesh Suthar

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  • Mahesh Suthar
  • Lives in Jodhpur
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  • 27 Reviews
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"Monsoon magic"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Mahabaleshwar is one of the most scenic places to go to in monsoon. The thrill of walking amidst the clouds with the sound of waterfalls is nectar to any monsoon lover. Less crowd and more cleanliness are a welcome feeling over Lonavla or Khandala which are flocked by thousands of Punekars and Mumbaikars but thanks to the distance, Mahabaleshwar feels a lot more relaxing. We stayed at Kamat's hotel near echo point and loved their hospitality. Having hot pakode with ginger tea in the amazing mountain rains is probably all that you need to kickback and unwind
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Arpit Katariya

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  • Arpit Katariya
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 3 Reviews
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"Beautiful hill station that forces you to visit again and again !!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Time to visit .. End of sep for romantic couples. Just ideal weather. Dec to Feb to enjoy the prime weather and strawberry that its known for.
Place to stay. If you are travelling by your vehicle then saj resort, if without your own vehicle then hotel shreyas which is next to the bus and taxi stand.
Places to eat: Jamaal hotel to enjoy authentic maharastra dishes like poha, missal pav, vada pav
Mama chanawala to purchase quality chanas popular at this place.
Places to visit pratapgad fort, multiple view points and veena lake.
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Balu kongari

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"Feel real monsson in Mahabhaleshwar"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Actually Sep month is off season but to feel real monsoon you can visit during this time. You need to fully equipped with items such as rain coat, big umbrella, shoes. If place is covered with full of fog, we will be not be able to look at the actual scene of the places. We need to wait and watch for it. Also because of unpredictable rains we can not guess all the view points to have same atmosphere.
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Vasant

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  • Vasant
  • Lives in Pune
  • 2 Reviews
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"Place to Enjoy the Weather and Feel close to the Nature"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It is a excellent weekend destination from and is a must vist place during the monsoon, though you can visit any time during the Year. You would enjoy the Mapro Garden and the wonderful drinks offered for tasting, off course you can buy a few you like. Enjpy the windy and cool points together with some special temples at Mahabaleshwar. You can even visit Panchangani, though it doesn't offer a lot. Make sure you take a Cab from Pune or travel by you own vehicle. The local Taxi Tours are useless and expensive. Completely avoid booking the cabs from the hotels.
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Chandni dua

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"One of the most beautiful places to visit during monsoon"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Best to visit during January to June.. Otherwise the place is still beautiful but you don't get to enjoy seasonal strawberries.

Mapro, Pratapgarh, Venna lake and a couple of more points.

Don't miss out on the street food and it's the best to travel on foot and explore new places once in a while.
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Amit borade

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  • Amit borade
  • 2 Reviews
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"Nice weather but not maintained"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Aug 24, 2016
Place is very beautiful but lacks administration....
Govt need to maintain such places.
Local authorities also need to keep the place clean and attractive to catch more tourists....
parking arrangements, toilets and information desks need to develop.

Vena lake is having lake ride facility but none of boat is providing life jackets which is very dangerous.
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Vinayak

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  • Vinayak
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Lovely and romantic place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 3, 2016
Lovely and romantic place.. Climate is more mild and pleasing. Beautifully nestled in the vicinity of the Western Ghats... We visited this place in June 2nd week.. Rainy and foggy environment.. Must visit Kates point, Mapro Garden, Parsi point, Sydney point, Table point and most Important "Pratapgad".

Must try Pizza in Mapro Garden and Little itally.
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