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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Raj Hasan
  • Raj Hasan
  • Lives in Pune
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  • 1 Review

"Beautiful places to visit in Mahabaleshwar" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Mahabaleshwar is a famous hill station of Maharashtra. You can cover both Mahabaleshwar and Panchghani in the same trip. We liked Veena Lake, sunset point, Lingamala waterfall and mostly the Pratapgarh Fort. I simply loved to drive from Mahabaleshwar to Pratapgarh Fort.
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Mahesh Pandarkar
  • Mahesh Pandarkar
  • Lives in Solapur
  • 1 Review

"Honeymoon destination" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Surprisingly it is one of the known destination which gives full of joy & healthy environment to young as well as mature couples. It is totally mind brushing destiny as per my opinion. Spots are very cool & mind blowing, which gives romantic as well as adventurous touch.
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Kaushik Saha
  • Kaushik Saha
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  • 7 Reviews

"Basically, just a nice place to relax during week-end" new review

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Visited during Holi week-end in March 2015 with family. It is basically a nice, quiet place to relax for 2-3 days. Week-ends are overly crowded, as well as 50% more expensive, so far as hotel tariffs go. It offers a good view from innumerable points, of the hills, river valleys and deep gorges. The place has a large number of big and small places to stay as well as eat.

There are plenty of quaint, private bungalows, many of which are also rented out. The roads and other infrastructure are well-developed, so that driving around is a pleasure. The chief downside, and ironically, is that it can hardly be regarded as a "hill-station". Not if it is STIFLING HOT during mid-day in first week of March. After all, a hill-station is expected to have a cool climate even during the peak of summer, like an Ooty or Shimla or Shillong. Like most hill-stations though, hotel and restaurant tariffs are forbidding. Further, I felt a lack of hygienic places to eat.

You cannot escape the feeling that innumerable people there are out to make a fast buck on the back of the tourism boom in the place, with little regard to quality. The "tourist attractions" are forgettable, except Kate's Point and Arthur's Point. I found the Pratapgarh Fort worth far more for the sheer view from the top and the statue of Veer Shivaji, than any historical value. One can savour the strawberries any amount one wants. In fact, I will remember the trip more for the several mugs of fresh cane juice I had at Wai than much else I experienced at Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani.
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Sameer Patil
  • Sameer Patil
  • Lives in Satara
  • 2 Reviews

"Cool experience in cool weather" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The best thing about Mahableshwar is the relax and chilled weather that stays there throughout the year. We went in January and the weather was at its best during that period. Although to enjoy visiting all the local attractions there, I would recommend everyone to go here during summers as many spots at high altitude are shut due to almost zero visibility during winters. Must visit places are Veena Lake, Sunset Point and don't forget the famous Mapro Factory for some awesome Faleros and strawberry crushes!
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Mj Akbani
  • Mj Akbani
  • Lives in Nagpur
  • 6 Reviews

"A nice place to visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
A very good place to visit. Strawberries were yum just loved it. Awesome weather and places are too amazing just love this place. The mountain and the panchgani were too good. The tourist come from all over India. The waterfalls, table mountain, henry point and mahabaleshwar market was awesome.
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Bhushan Patil
  • Bhushan Patil
  • 1 Review

"A superb place to visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
The mahabaleshwar is superb place to visit. It is such a cool place. There are many places to visit. Monkey point, echo sound point are awesome. I visit this place every year. Street shopping experience was best. Everyone must taste local foods like CHIKKI. The summer is best to visit. Everyone must visit here.
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Bernard Alvares
  • Bernard Alvares
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Overall, a good experience" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was good experience. It was my honey moon trip, there were lots of couple. There is a sharing taxi for couple, they take you too many places, they show you many points. There is also local shop for food there is nice place to see and also theres good hotel in the market. There is also a small church in the market, please visit that church.
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Sachin Patkar
  • Sachin Patkar
  • Lives in Panvel
  • 3 Reviews

"A nice place to relax" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Mahabaleshwar is a great destination to relax and detoxify yourself. There are lots of activities you can do @ Mahabaleshwar & Panchgani like Horse riding, boating, cherry picking etc. In my opinion you should go there in all three seasons as every season has it own flavor.
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Priti Tikle
  • Priti Tikle
  • Lives in Pune
  • 2 Reviews

"Perfect Weekend destination"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We keep visiting Mahabaleshwar at least once a year so we visited it in Monsoon, winter and also in summer. Every season has its own flavor. In monsoon you will see greenery and waterfalls everywhere though some of the sights are not accessible because of thick fog and heavy rain.

Winter is the best time to visit having charming weather, fresh strawberries and pleasant stay. One has to book hotel in advance as booking at last moment is difficult because of crowd. There are many good hotels in Mahabaleshwar as well as Panchgani.

Summer is quite hot but evenings are cool and you can roam in the market near the bus stand where you can play video games and do some shopping.

Overall its a perfect weekend getaway from Pune/Mumbai.
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Ca Ranka
  • Ca Ranka
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews

"Good place to relax"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Good place to visit and relax in holidays. Mapro Garden is amazing. I could spend the whole day there. The food near Mapro Garden was great. I still remember the crowd but the speed of making Pizza was astonishing. There are many points like Tiger Point and all. We didn't go to all points but trip was really great.
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