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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Shadab Sheikh

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  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 14 Reviews
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"Natural delight" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
It is located between Pune and Satara. Not too far from Mumbai also, once the rainy season start you can pick any month to visit this place. Panchgani is nearby only. It has so many places to visit, not easy to cover in single day. You will love this place, can stay there for one or two days.
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Rajeev Kumar

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"Visit for natural beauty" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Excellent place for all the natural beauty and wildlife. The lush greenery will blow your mind away. Although the stay and food expenses are a bit higher during the season, it is worth the experience. We need to understand that income during the 3 to 4 seasonal months are the only source of income for the locals.
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Rahul Aggarwal

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"One of its Kind Experience !!! Great." new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
I went to Mahabaleshwar around 1 Year Back with my friends. We reached there by 9 PM but the local market was full of people and it was like a sunday evening.

Soon to our amaze, it started raining heavily there but that was an amazing experience. We truly like it. Next day we went for some sightseeing at nearby fort and lake.

I still want to go there and feel that great experience.
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Tanzila Rakhangi

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"A beautiful destination" new review

  • 1/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Its a beautiful place. Good for having a short break from the busy work life. The place is so beautiful it makes us relax and refreshed. The cuisine is outstanding, Makkai ki franky and the desert specially.
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Parag

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"Good place to spend on weekends" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Had fun and really enjoyed a lot good option for 2-3 days short weekend always love to come specially in rainy and summer seasons.
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Mannan Shaikh

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  • Lives in Nadiad
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"Visit once in a lifetime" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Mahableshwar is my favourite holiday place and it's famous for its climate and scenery. It is present at Satara district of Maharashtra. The Venna Lake is just awesome, you must see it and it's the main reason of tourist attraction. Certain stalls are also present there. Once in a life, you must visit this place.
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"One of the best places to recharge in the lap of nature" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
If you like clouds floating through you, winding roads amid green hills and numerous waterfalls adorning the path while you drive, Mahabaleshwar is the place for you. Its a hill station, religious site, health resort, boasting gorgeous milky waterfalls, with stunning valley views, adventurous, valley road fit for bike rides - all combined into one.

There are a lot of wonderful points, of which Ludwig's point, Kate's point, Elephant Head point are the popular ones. Then there is Arthur's Peak, which provides awesome valley views, as good as the American mountain ranges. Some of the points offer captivating views of the Krishna river and some offer soothing, scenic sunrise and sunset views.

Plus its home to Strawberry and Mulberry farms, so don't miss the chance to taste a Strawberry cream when you're there.

There are firms offering nature walks, night camping, sky diving and rappelling so there's some for the adventure seeker also.

The best time to visit the place is post monsoon season. If you're not afraid of the rains you can visit during the Monsoon too. Carry the raincoats and warm jackets, as Mahabaleshwar is the city receiving second highest rainfall in India, so it gets cold after evening.
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Pavan Kumar

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"Nice hill station" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
We visited this place in May 1st week. Weather is little bit hot on daytime and cold on nights. In Mahabaleshwar there is no dearth for stay. There are lot of hotels and lodges available in each and every corner. Market and ST bus stand are walkable distances. In season we can get lot of strawberries, mulberries, raspberries and more. Mapro, Manama, Malas and other companies selling products like Jams, Jellies, Squashes, Chutneys. We can taste them and buy the items. Everyone should taste cream with Strawberries and cream with Blueberries. Monsoon is the best time to enjoy the nature's beauty. But in monsoon most of the viewpoints and shops in market close. Summer and winter also good options to enjoy viewpoints and shopping. You cannot find autos in Mahabaleshwar. Book a cab to see the places in Mahabaleshwar or book a trip by bus from Bus stand.

If you are returning from Mahabaleshwar to Pune by bus better to reserve the seats before one or two days. Otherwise you have to wait long time for buses.
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"A nice place to spend a weekend!" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Good place to spend a weekend! We visited the place during November, and i'd say rather than going in peak season or during monsoon, this off-season with drizzling, cool breeze time shall be the best time to visit. Apart from the weather, I heard from our driver, that the roads will be traffic locked, and many places can be seen properly.

How to reach:
MSRTC buses from Pune and Mumbai frequent to Mahabaleshwar. Narrow and Hilly road, takes more time than expected. Online booking facility is available, not so rush during off-season. Cabs are also available from Pune.

Stay:
Being one of the British spot, everything was costly, for a 3 star cost you can get a decent resort/hotel. Try to find a place walkable from bus stand (may be around 1km), as the location near bus stand is noisy, clumsy and crowded. Booking via online didn't reward much.

Travel & Sightseeing:
Car union is available opposite to bus stand. Kind of monopoly they possess. Minimum rates starts with 100rs, even for travelling 1km. They have standard packages rates Rs 550 each for spots within mahabaleshwar and Rs 750-1000 for spots outside the place, say pratapgad. Having own transport will be an advantage. Regarding sightseeing, we took all the 3 packages for RS 1700 for one full day, but i'd say, all the views are almost the same but from different angle of the same ghats. There was no flexibility to club places. I'd say, the route to Sir Arthur's seat and lingamala falls are worth seeing.

Food:
The market street has lot of hotels, both veg and non-veg. You can try the mapro juice mix and strawberry, mulberry. I thought these fruits will be cheap due to huge availability, but proved wrong, even the roadside sellers charge the same price charged by any mall in metro city.

What to buy:
Chakki and other snack items are good. Hand made bags and slippers are available in lot, they will say fixed prices, but it is left your negotiating skills.

Overall a costly & lovely place for a peaceful and relaxing weekend!
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"A nice hill station" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Mahabaleshwar is a very good place to stay for holidays in rainy season. Good place for eating and drinking. Very good condition of anonymity and roads. Nice natural beauty of this place. Strawberry is very tasty products of this hill station. Hotels are very good.
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