Mahabaleshwar Tourism

Mahabaleshwar Tourism

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  • 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.

Mahabaleshwar is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Pune and Kolhapur.

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Ankita Sharma

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  • Ankita Sharma
  • 19 photos
  • 11 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  496 readers

"Best place for a long weekend."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
If you are looking for a getaway for a long weekend, Mahabaleshwar is your answer. It caters to all age groups. If you have kids, you can take them to Pratapgad Fort for a history lesson. If you like trekking, you have the Lingmala Falls. If you are a foodie, go to Mapro Gardens for their amazing. There are spots all over the highway where you can stop and enjoy the beauty of nature and click beautiful pictures. Definitely an offbeat destination for an offbeat traveler. The weather is just amazing. It gets really foggy in one minute and clear the next. I recommend it as a good place for all age groups. #Indiaoffbeat #olaoutstation #holidayiq
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Sehul T

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  • Sehul T
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 25 Reviews
  •  23 helpful votes
  •  14897 readers

"Short Vacation Trip"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Mahableshwar is a place where you can enjoy short vacation trip. The climate is very good specially in Winters and also in Rainy season. Mahableshwar is famous for Strawberries and one enjoy Strawberry cream along with corn patice.
If you like Fog climate then July, August is best season to visit Mahableshwar
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Hemangi Mehta

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  • Hemangi Mehta
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 5 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1998 readers

"Grand Resort"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 28, 2017
One of the finest and cool place to stay with natural environment. Co-operative Staff. Wonderful location with peace. Yes Grand is for peace, Grand is for birds chirping, Grand is for family As they mentioned that's true. Food was excellent and activities they are arranging is also good. Can stay Hassle Free with leisure. Wonderful property they owned.
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Sathy harshavardhan reddy

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"A Scenic Beauty of plateaus"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted May 24, 2017
Mahabaleshwar hill station is famous for its scenic beauty and also for its strawberries. Its beauty unleashes in the evening with a perfect sunset. The best time to visit mahabaleswar is from 10th May to 25th May, it is during which one can get to see the summer and the monsoons of mahabaleswar. This destination suits to those who'd like to visit for 2-3days.

A must visit places are the Mahabaleshwar temple, Arthur point, Venna lake, Mapro garden and Cheese factory. Points at Panchgani are nothing but viewing the scene from different places.

How to plan a 3 day trip:

Day 1
Arrive at Pune (Shivaji Nagar Bus stop). Take either private travels(from 6:30 AM) and reach mahabaleswar by 11:00 AM. Check in the Hotel(there are plenty of hotels in mahabaleswar, no need of precooking. Afternoon take a taxi from bus stand and visit Mahabaleshwar temple and all the points near Arthur's seat. (2 packages 550 each)

Note: Bargain with the taxi guys and that may save you couple of hundreds.

Day 2
If you really want to have fun, don't take taxi for the second day at Mahabaleshwar. Instead take bus and reach Panchgani. At Panchgani taxi stand ask the your own custom tour package covering Tableland, cheese factory and drop at Mapro garden for 550 if needed). Afternoon you can have food at a hotel near Mapro. Start at 4:30-5:00 pm from Mapro by either taking local transport or bus and get down at Venna lake. Enjoy a ride/ view of the beautiful lake. One can also visit Pratap Singh Park near venna lake to have a pleasant evening. Also have street food at venna lake. Take a taxi(100 and reach hotel.

Day 3
Take pratapgarh darshan bus and visit the fort. Come back in the afternoon and do some shopping in the evening
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Monishanjk

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  • Monishanjk
  • 5 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  3189 readers

"Awesome hill station?"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 10, 2017
The place is too good to visit with family relatives loved ones friends and everyone. I have been to the place for almost 20 times and now I feel as if it is my second home. It is a good hill station to be at and I would love to visit the place again. There are too many attractions of this place. One can go boating at veena lake. One can go to the religious temple situated there. One can also go for different points therein. Overall an budget place to visit.
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  • 3 votes

Unexplorededges F & d

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  • Unexplorededges F & d
  • Lives in Pune
  • 6 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  1744 readers

"Weekend Hillstation for Pune."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 8, 2017
Mahabaleshwar is one of the famous neatest hill station from Pune. A drive of 3 hours can take you there. On the way to Mahabaleshwar you can visit Wai at the base than move towards Panchagani and than finally to Mahabaleshwar.
Good time to visit is during winters or rainy season when it's full of fog and cold climate.
Strawberry are famous out here and the Mapro garden which is a major attractions to tourist.
Multiple point to see, A little of shopping and just a place to chill.
There are many resorts and Hotel in Mahabaleshwar and Panchagani to stay.
Overall a good place to visit for a 2 day or even a single day plan.
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  • 4 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
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"It's hot in Mahabaleshwar in march"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Mar 17, 2017
Mahabaleshwar is hot in March. I've been here after monsoon months and believe me it's an awesome experience then. The weather is cool and foggy all day and night. But when I travelled here in March it was hot in the day but the night was cold. As the Sun sets the weather starts becoming pleasant. But, as for any tourists place the best time to see the destination is in the day time. So, I didn't enjoy much. And the grass also had become yellow. Where as in monsoon months the mountains are covered with lush green grass and there are active waterfalls then. My advice would be that best time to travel to Mahabaleshwar would be from September to February.
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Vaibhav shah

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"Okay place for a weekend trip"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Feb 15, 2017
Views from certain points are just mind blowing but after visiting a couple of points they all look more or less similar. Pleasant Climate is biggest plus point. Strawberry wine is worth trying. Tapola and venna okay places to spend a couple of hours
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Santhosh Nair

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  • Santhosh Nair
  • Lives in Thane
  • 2 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  1677 readers

"Mahabaleshwar December Visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 14, 2017
It is a hill station and if you are at the right time of the year then it's a heaven. It's very cold around some areas and normal chill around some, which is amazing.
Sites such as Mapro garden, Table land and the Krishna Bai and lord Shiva Temple are worth one visit.
From a point perspective if you see a couple of then should be enough rather running around to cover all.
All in all a nice family destination to be for a 2nights!
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"Best short escape from Mumbai"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 10, 2017
If you are looking for a place away from busy Mumbai life, to relax and enjoy Mountains and valleys ... This is the place.
Amazing View points, strawberies, Mapro Garden, Sahyadri mountain ranges, Valleys and horse rides make this place the perfect family gateway.
Visiting there in Winter is the best time to enjoy the view in pleasant weather.
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