Mahabaleshwar – The Perfect Summer Destination in Maharashtra
Looking for a travel destination for a cool break during the approaching summer? Mahabaleshwar, the queen of all hill-stations in Maharashtra is waiting just for you. Located in the Western Ghats of the Satara district, at an altitude of 1,372 meters above sea-level, the place was a favorite summer destination even during the British era and is still among the most popular ones. The word Mahabaleshwar means “Very Powerful God” in Sanskrit. The awe-inspiring majesty, beauty and divinity of the place will make you realize how appropriate this name truly is.
Major tourist attractions
Mahabaleshwar has everything nature can offer, from lush green jungles to towering mountain peaks and breathtakingly steep valleys. Major tourist attractions include,
Mahabaleshwar is well-known for a number of points located at high altitudes including Lodwick point, Arthur’s Seat, Babington Point, Kate’s Point, Carnac Point, Elphinstone Point, 3 Monkey Point, Helen’s Point, Wilson Point, Bombay Point, etc. These locations offer a spectacular bird’s eye-view of the entire region adorned with beautiful mountains, ghats, valleys and the Balakwadi and Dhom lakes.
Chinaman’s Falls, Dhobi Falls and the spectacular Lingamala Falls with water gushing down from 600 feet, offer real treat to the eyes
Sangam of 5 rivers:
This is another popular tourist’s attraction which is a convergence of 5 holy rivers namely Krishna, Koyna, Venna, Gayatri and Savitri.
It is a well-known fort of Shivaji, the great Maratha king, where he cleverly killed Afzal Khan, the mighty tyrant of Bijapur. The fort is exceptionally built with many ponds, enormous chambers and mysterious walkways leading to secret trap-doors that open up to scary 100 meter falls.
Whether you want to spend your summer holidays with your family or planning to enjoy a memorable honeymoon with your partner, Mahabaleshwar has all the fun and action that will keep you engaged and entertained throughout your stay.
Don’t miss the following activities:
Boating on Venna Lake:
It is a beautiful lake surrounded by thick trees where you can enjoy boating in paddle and rowing boats, fishing and horse-riding.
For adventurous souls, there are many trekking trails to explore.
Sunrise and Sunset Points:
For beautiful sunrises head to Wilson Point and Kate’s Point while Bombay Point and Elphinstone Points are best for spectacular sunsets.
Shopping and eating:
Strawberries, mulberries, carrots, jams, crushes, honey and chikki (a special kind of sweet made of jaggery and nuts) are some of the specialties. Beautiful leather footwear will be a great takeaway. Good hotels and restaurants like Hotel Templeview, Mapro Garden, Hotel Center Point, etc. are also available with sumptuous local and international menus.
Transport and accommodation
Depending on your preference and budget, you have many options to get there.
Pune is the nearest airport which is about 120 kilometers away from Mahabaleshwar.
Pune is the most convenient railway station to get to the hill-station, however, Wathar is the closest one.
State Transport has regular bus service between Pune-Mahabaleshwar and Mumbai-Mahabaleshwar.
You can move around the city and visit important places in and around Mahabaleshwar in a taxi or cab at a very affordable rate.
You can also find excellent accommodation facilities in many hotels, resorts and guesthouses that are suitable for every budget, ranging from economic ones to 4/5 star hotels. Some of the popular ones include the family-run heritage hotels, the pure vegetarian Hotels,
October to June is the best time to plan for a relaxing trip to this beautiful hill-station of Maharashtra. The breathtaking nature will blow you tensions away and recharge your batteries. The fond memories of the trip and the fun moments shared with your loved ones will stay with you forever.