Mahabaleshwar Tourism

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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Sana rehman

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  • Sana rehman
  • 3 Reviews
  •  9 readers

"Only for the sight seeing" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
I went to Mahabaleshwar with my friends I was so excited when I saw the pictures of Mahabaleshwar on the internet I went to Krishna hotel was good it was surrounded by beautiful garden and trees but place was little expensive there was very little accommodation to reach any where we took taxi which take 1600 for the one day to visit the 12 places for the 4 hours all the 12 places was at the same place with different name points like elephant point echo point actually place is only for sight seeing not for actual fun sight was beautiful but I wanted to do some activities with my friends but we couldn't. Me and my friends were very excited fir the waterfalls but as it was January all waterfall was dry so we couldn't enjoyed the. Waterfall there was only one lingara waterfall that was not so big and had less water hence if you want to visit Mahabaleshwar and you are fond of waterfall then you should visit in the monsoon season and the place is not so large so you should plan for only three days you can cover all the places in Mahabaleshwar only in three days more then three days will be boring
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Amitav roy

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  • Amitav roy
  • 6 Reviews
  •  180 readers

"Good place to visit" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Wonderful experience to visit the PratapGarh Fort from where Shivaji fought and defeated the Adil Shahi general Afoul Khan using a brillaint strategy of luring the invader general to the dense jungle of Mahabaleshwar and then routing him completely. There are other places like Veena Lake and the Mapro garden, Panchagani area which are also good to visit.
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Girish jain

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  • Girish jain
  • 2 Reviews
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"Perfect place to relax" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It is a place where you can relax. It is very famous for strawberries. During peak period these strawberries are very expensive. Do not visit during monsoons as half of the visiting places remain closed. Families would usually love this place to relax and get a change. Mapro garden is a must-go. It is fascinating to see this garden. Adventure lovers may opt for Grating and visit Sherbaug. During winters, the markert is filled with a variety of wollen products, which are very unique and colourful. One can also boat in the Venna Lake. One thing to be noted is, each visiting point is very far from one another. For e. G. Pratapgadg fort is almost an hour away from Mahabaleshwar, even though it is just 19 kms.
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Leena Bokil

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  • Leena Bokil
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  • Lives in Pune
  • 9 Reviews
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"Nice getaway" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
We had never explored at this place in Panchgani+Mahabaleshwar. So we found this a novel idea to see places we did not see before.

The tableland is close to this place.

The market place is nearby and the food is delicious.

We did trekking, playing table tennis and driving.
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Deepika vinika

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  • Deepika vinika
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 38 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  4885 readers


  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Its nice hill station in Maharashtra. We did overnight bus travelling from Thane & reached there early morning. Visit points like king's chair, venna lake with boating, strawberry gardens, needle point, Pratapgad fort & few temples. Hotel's are very nice. You can do shopping on mall road. You can have tasty Gola(ice candy) are always available, strawberries & mulberries are according to seasons.
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Sachin pathade

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  • Sachin pathade
  • 7 Reviews
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"Amazing place to take a break from usual city life"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Kates point, venna lake, elephants point and many more points to visit.
Good climate and breath taking landscapes.
Also most of the points have lot of food options to **** the heat if you are tired.
Panchagani nearby is also a very good option to visit.
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Bijoy Anupam

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  • Bijoy Anupam
  • Lives in Pune
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  • 16 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
  •  4656 readers

"Best hill station near Pune"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month 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
  •  1494 readers

"Is it worth for holidaying?"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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 3 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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"Monsoon magic"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 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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