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Mahabaleshwar Travel Guide

Nature`s Unrehearsed Opera

Nature’s extraordinary strawberry manufacturing farm, Mahabaleshwar is Maharashtra’s pride nestled at 4500ft from the sea level in the Western Ghats. Made from fabrics of rugged hills, impenetrable forests and steep gorges, Mahabaleshwar is nature’s unrehearsed opera to which the waterfalls and rivers provides its music. The best definition to this height sums as: a refreshing summer capital to the Mumbaikars, for here the lot is those of college-goers, lovelorn honeymooners and families at weekend breaks from Mumbai, Pune, Kolhapur and Solapur. And its location near the Mumbai ─ the film capital of India ─ brings in a lot of filmy tales spun around each of its favourite points. Yesteryear’s blockbusters Omkara and Swades were shot here in Mahabaleshwar making it a thrust among the tourists.

Our Mahabaleshwar Travel Guide is an attempt to cover this beautiful city as comprehensive as possible. Sections on how to reach; attractions and excursions; useful facts and weather update laps up a lot more info on the hill station. Welcome to Mahabaleshwar City Guide!

How to Reach

How to Reach Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar, the picture postcard town of Maharashtra, is located at a height of 4500 ft above the sea level in the Western Ghat region. Almost 285 km from Mumbai, Mahabaleshwar — the Mecca of Maharashtra — is connected by means of road to several parts of Maharashtra and India. Nevertheless, Mahabaleshwar is well wired with the entire three transportation modes: air, water, rail and road.

Places Distances
Mumbai 285
Pune 120
Wathar 68
Tuljapur 292
Ratnagiri 250
Guhagar 111
Lonavala 250
Shirdi 320

 

How to Reach Mahabaleshwar By Airways: Pune Airport, Maharashtra, is 120 km from Mahabaleshwar hill station and serves regular traffic from several regions to Mahabaleshwar. Well linked to states and cities of India, Pune International Airport second the primacy to Mumbai International Airport. For further queries passengers can call Pune Airport helpline on 91-020- 26683232. Check your flight schedule here and now!

How to Reach Mahabaleshwar by Railways: Pune and Wathar are nearest rail heads located at a feasible distance of 120 km and 62 km, respectively. Although Pune Railway Station is a known and better connected in comparison to Wathar which is nearer by 58 km to Mahabaleshwar. Passengers can choose their rail stops accordingly. Commuters/passengers are requested to call on 020- 26126575 for any information regarding train schedules and reservation.

How to Reach Mahabaleshwar by Road: National Highway 17 provides an arterial link to Mahabaleshwar connecting it to the state highways after it stretch from Mumbai to Poladpur. From Poladpur a straight road connects Mahabaleshwar. Coming from Satara Road Mahabaleshwar is pivotally connected to Satara and areas nearing it

Attractions

Mahabaleshwar Attractions

Nature is sinfully generous in Mahabaleshwar — steep valleys, strawberry farms, 30 points, waterfalls, temples and green mesh of verdure evidence the munificence. The weather at its moderate best is pleasance which means you never sweat out at Mahabaleshwar. One thing for sure, irrespective of the place you visit narratives and tales of suicide incidents or shooting of Hindi movie will be generously peppered on. However, Mahabaleshwar’s thirty sightseeing points keeps your senses engaged every moment of your vacation. 

Mahabaleshwar Temple

Mahabaleshwar Temple is flanked with 5 ft high stony wall around it. Devoted to Lord Shiva Shankar, the temple is an edifice of yore that has maintained its sanctity and hallow to the highest. It is believed that Mahabaleshwar Temple lends the name Mahabaleshwar Hills to the place … read on 

Mahabaleshwar Waterfalls

Mahabaleshwar is wet with those cascading beauteous waterfalls that languorously make their way out amidst the valleys, gorges, jungle thickets, heights and beyond. Waterfalls, lakes and numerous other water bodies embellish Mahabaleshwar with roaring music and sequestered enchantment … read on 

Venna Lake

Venna Lake is tourists’ faddish run-after spot adorned with facilities for boating, fishing, sightseeing and many more to catch. Sprawling astray on 28 acres in the very centre of Mahabaleshwar, Venna Lake is exact spot to go for boating, fishing and game stalls (new addition) … read on 

Mahabaleshwar Points

Mahabaleshwar has almost 30 designated sightseeing points, from Hunter Point to Wilson Point a row of needle-pointed peak crest have some or other story woven around it. Mahabaleshwar’s attractive points are crowded through out the year for nature’s glimpses of heaven ... read on 

Arthur’s Seat and Window Point

Arthur’s seat was a discovery of British actor Arthur Mallet who had built a house for himself in Mahabaleshwar at the point. Views of Savitri River, Jor Valley and other adjoining valleys are truly exhilarating when seen from the top ... read on 

Strawberry Farms

Proudly, Mahabaleshwar is India’s sole strawberry estate with 1500 hundred acres of land under its farming, and to compliment a trip to the picturesque home is always incomplete without a small trip to strawberry farm ... read on 

Connaught Peak

The advantageous height of the Peak allows a sneak-peek into abutting valleys and lakes like Krishna Valley and Venna Lake. Sunrise is a temptation and one cannot afford to miss this spectacular beauty of orangish dusk. Down below the Connaught Peak the obtuse gaze of the impenetrable jungle green uncovers the inquisitiveness for more … read on 

Panchganga Temple

Location: Adjacent to the Mahabaleshwar Temple

In the heart of the Mahabaleshwar stands tall the Panchganga temple blessing people with its sight and holiness. The temple is named so due to its location at the confluence of five rivers those are: Koyna; Venna; Savitri; Gayatri and Krishna. Quiet interestingly, these rivers flow out of cow’s figure (Goumukhi Spout) carved out of the stone. The temple was constructed by the then Raja Singhandeo, the Yadava ruler of Devagitri in the 13th century. Later, two centuries after the establishment of the mandir, it was renovated by Maratha Emperor Shivaji. 

Marjori Garden

Morarji Castle is worthy to watch this structural spectacle in the very heart of Mahabaleshwar. A senescent enveloped in the charms of British influence, Morarji Castle is a huge draw for the people here. During the freedom struggle movements, Morarji Castle served as the halting place. Close by, there are other colonial structures near the castle. 

Pratap Singh Garden

Next to the Venna Lake, Pratap Singh Garden is a botanical garden running into several acres. The garden is facilitated with children’s park and recreation facilities for young and adult alike. Pratap Singh Garden is appliqued with variegated flora species that light up the park with its beauty. Pratap Singh Garden falls under the aegis of Forest Department of Maharashtra.

Excursions

Mahabaleshwar Excursions

Panchgani

Soothing, balmy atmosphere helps getting Panchgani touristy appraisals every time some one leaves this place smitten. Apart the hospitable people who help instituting Panchgani’s charm, the greenery overhaul your senses in the strawberry, blackberry, raspberry, malberry, goose berries and loads of other English fruit orchards ... read on 

Pratapgarh Fort

This Fort has had a great role in the Maratha history and it was here the warrior Maratha King Shiva ji slain Muslim King Afzal Khan in cold blood. Pratpagarh Fort rises 900 m above the sea and was architected under the aegis of King Morpantha Pingle in the year 1648. Exteriorly, the behemothic Fort of Pratapgarh is vast beyond the ... read on 

Tapola

Bestowed with the title of ‘The Mini Kashmir’, Tapola is a popular hill station near Mahabaleshwar, unsung of its beauty till date. Large dams, teeming valleys draped with Sahyadri hills rightly spins off the Kashmir magic. The weather is not-so-benign as Kashmir’s weather and there is no sight of snowfall. Koyana and Solshi in Tapola give sit due in beauty as both of these valleys are embellished pinnacle ... read on 

Mapro Garden

A temptation for passer-by, motorists and visitors, Mapro Garden is right ahead of the hoardings and billboards overhead advertising Mapro’s scrummy delicacies like jams, jellies, strawberry milkshakes and loads of ice-creams. The garden today has 21 varieties of squashes, syrups, crushes and jellies varieties on display as well as sale ... read on 

Old Mahabaleshwar

It is an interesting place to trek up above to 1372 m high and seek blessings at its number of temples that are known to sanctify the divine aureole at the height. If new Mahabaleshwar is famed for strawberries ... read on

Kiomoi Must Dos

Kiomoi Must Dos

>> Mahabaleshwar is full of Points, and eachspun with a tale of suicides or romance. There are thirty points to explore.

>> Trek up to the heights to seek blessings of the Gods in Old Mahabaleshwar.

>> Maharashtra is just not famous for Chikoo/Chikus, Chikki is another taste tickler of Mahabaleshwar.

>> Add some sensuality to your trip by visiting strawberry farms that blanket 1500 acres of land in tinges of red.

>> Sunsets and sunrise are aboriginal to Mahabaleshwar. Never miss it from the famous points.

>> A little off road, Mapro Gardens befits the concept of food tourism. Taste jams, jellies and other concoctions in new tastes and mouth-watering flavours.

>> Do visit the lakes and waterfalls in Mahabaleshwar. It is an excellent experience.

>> Get a snap at the places where once your favourite stars andhunks created the magic in movies. Mahabaleshwar has many points that were shot in Bollywood movies. Trust your memory and knack to identify the place.

Driving Directions

Driving Directions Thriuvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city of Kerala, South India. Graced by the presence of Arabian Sea in the West and Western Ghats in the East, this destination is a dazzling place where the travelers can spend some precious time of their holiday. The attractions of the region includes a visit to Shri Chitra Art Gallery, Kanakunnu Palace, Napier Museum, Hawa Beach-Kovalam, Neyyar Dam and Wild Life Sanctuary, Samudra beach, Sanghumukam beach, and the Zoological museum. Fringed by the long line of palm trees, temples, and the old edifices, Trivandrum is the place worth visiting for the travelers looking to forward to spend their time in complete seclusion and serenity. Trivandrum International airport, located 10 Kms from Thriuvananthapuram is the nearest aerodrome from where the travelers can board flights to other countries of the world. Trivandrum Railway Junction is the nearest rail head from where the travelers. Many train services originates from here, and also connects to the states like Jammu, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Howrah. The power house road, NH 7 and NH 47 are the roads which links other neighboring cities with Trivandrum. The Kerala State transport buses provides a regular service to and from Trivandrum.

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Nitin Bhaskar Gaonkar

Nitin likes to travel a lot and over the years has collected a lot of information of the places he has been to. He thinks "It is an honor to be a team member of Kiomoi".
As an expert for MahabaIeshwar, he would like to share his knowledge with all the people, tell them about the history, unknown attractions, best places to have food or about exciting activities that makes Mahabaleshwar so unique.
 



 

 

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Accommodation

 

Accommodations in Mahabaleshwar

 Hotels, lodges and boarding facilities are a dime dozen in Mahabaleshwar, Tamil Nadu, South India. In off season most of the hotels slash their rates heavily, but in the peak tourists months , advance bookings are sensible. There are also good numbers of budget as well as luxury hotels in the region which can also be availed through an online booking offered by Kiomoi.

The budget hotels comprise of the basic facilities like few A/C as well as the Non A/C rooms, TV and fridge. But the 2 star, 3 star and 5 star category of hotels constitutes most of the facilities like swimming pool, doctor on call, spa, special luxury suites, and various personalized services are also offered to the travelers seeking for a comfortable stay experience. The list of hotels in Mahabaleshwar are as follows:

MTDC Hotels: The MTDC resort in Mahad Naka is a government property having 116 well furnished rooms. Provided by the spate of best facilities, proper arrangements are made for the food and transportation by the hotels authority.

Valley Facing

The Pratap Heritage hotel is hill facing hotel in(Valley view road) Mahableshwar, Maharashtra Western India. There are 36 rooms in the hotel. The rooms in this hotel are well furnished. Interiors of the rooms are made in best decors and designs that easily blends with outside environs. The credit and debit visa card are also accepted in this hotel.

Additional Facilities: The facilities available at this hotel are as follows:

*Credit cards and Debit cards are accepted here.

*Games

*Room Service

*STD/ISD Telephone

*Television

Accommodations opposite market

Hotel Sheryas: Situated opposite to the market, all the major attractions of Mahabaleshwar are dotted in proximity to Hotel Shreays. Offering 50 well maintained rooms with the facilities like 24 hours room services, STD/ISD, Cable TV and kiddies park, this hotel is specially architected to suit the taste of all the travelers.

Eat n Dine

                        Eat in Dine in Mahableshwar

Several kinds of cuisine can be had in Mahabaleshwar, from Chinese, to Indian, Continental, even Mexican. Most of the hotel restaurants are open to non guests, and almost all serve Gujarati food.

Try the imperial stores for their pizzas and burgers. Aman Restaurant is good for Kebabs and tandoori, Ice cream fanatics. Strawberry is not the only flavor available, the roasted dough nuts can also be relished at the stalls doing brisk business at the temple site in Mahableshwar. For the Chinese Indian fusion, the Megh doot can be the best option.

Shopping

Shopping in Mahabaleshwar

 

Wicker products or Mahableshwar’s famous walking stick is the most prefered accessory which can be purchased by the travelers as the part of the special memoir of the region. Most of the people, get contented by filling their bags with jams and jellies.

More than 150 varieties of strawberries can be found at various shops in he regions. Archies strawberry farm, near Kate’s point is a great place milk shakes and learn a few things about the strawberry cultivation. In full bloom, this place gets draped in the riot of red. A visit to Mapro on the Mahableshwar Panchgani road is also figured in the itinerary. The premises feature in your a rose garden, the fruit factory, and clean loss for visitors. A customer friendly counter allows the travelers to sample produce before buying. There is even complimentary tea for every one.

Events and Festivals

Festivals and Events in Mahabaleshwar

The strawberry festival is also celebrated at Mapro gardens with full glitz and glamour at the Mapro gardens in Mahabaleshwar. Different varieties of strawberries are displayed during this festivity. Farmers from all corners of Mahabalswhar and villages of Maharshtra gather at Mapro gardens to display their freshly grown varieties of strawberries. Organized in the first week of April, strawberry items like strawberry pizza, strawberry biscuits and strawberry sandwich are put on sale by the employees working at the Mapro farms.

Besides this, festivals like Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthy, Holi and the regional festivals are celebrated with full vigour. The travelers visiting Mahableshwar during the festive season can must make a visit to the local villages where all the festivals and events are celebrated with complete vivaciousness.

 

Adventure Activities: Mahabaleshwar is excellent trekking country (also very engrossing for those interested in medicinal plants and herbs). But there are softer options like a taxi or the conducted bus tour which traverses through the treacherous hills, river and old roof hut villages. If the travellers feel intimidated by trekking, they can try also hire their own vehicle and use the guide to show the travellers right place to go. To feel the wind, the travellers can hire a bi cycle and can pedal way around.

Around Mahableshwar: Thirty kilometers from Mahabaleshwar, a placid Koyna river cuddled by the mountains at the far end looks inviting. Highly recommended is the scooter boat ride---Rs 40 for a two minute ride. Several longer boat ride options are also available. But charges for some of these can go up to more than Rs 1,000.

Useful Facts

Mahabaleshwar Useful Facts

State: Maharashtra 

STD Code: 02168 

Location: 4,500ft above the ground in Western Ghats 

Altitude: 400 mt-1200 mt 

Area: 150 sq km 

Famous for: Strawberries, Honey, Jams, Crushes and Chikki 

Best time to visit: Mahabaleshwar is chock-full during peak tourist period of summer vacations during April to May. The best time to assay out Mahabaleshwar is during mid-June to mid-September when the hill station retains its charm of quiet. Christmas and Diwali months are also a right time, but with crowd, to visit Mahabaleshwar. 

Closed: Tourists must make a note that Mahabaleshwar is out of bounds for visitors during monsoon mid of June to mid of September. 

Climate: Weather conditions are observed moderate in Mahabaleshwar. Winter temperature are moderate sans extreme cold as while summer months experiences a cool temp due to its heights. 

Rainfall: 633 cm 

Local Languages: Hindi, English and Marathi 

Communication: BSNL can be trusted to work on such a height. 

Clothing:Clothing must be done accordingly at Mahabaleshwar. During winters, one must wear woollens as it quiet cold on the height. Also, summers clothing must be light. One must note that Mahabaleshwar is located at a good height and maintains some degree of cold throughout the year and warm clothing is a pre-requisite. 

Nearest Hospital: Morarji Gokuldas Rural Hospital 

Nearest Petrol Pump: BPCL and HPCL Petrol Pumps in Mahabaleshwar 

Forest Office: 02618-260281 

Post Office: 02618-260231 

Police Station: 02618-260333 / 260217

Tourist Office

Mahabaleshwar Tourist Office

MTDC,
Mahad Naka, Mahabaleshwar,
Tel:- 02168-260318 

MTDC Mumbai
Tel:-022-22026713

Bank and ATMs

Mahabaleshwar - Bank and ATMs

State Bank of India 

District: Satara
Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra - 412806 

Corporation Bank 

Satara LIC Onsite
Gr Floor, Jeevan Tara
LIC of India
Div. Office, 513, Sadar Bazaar
Gantapatdas Devi Marg, Mahabaleshwar 

Banks 

1. State bank of India Tel:260297
2. Bank of Maharashtra Tel: 260290
3. Union Bank of India Tel: 260413

Local Holidays

Local Holidays in Mahabaleshwar

List of Holidays - 2009
Dates Occasions
1st January New Year’s Day
08th January Moharum
26th January Republic Day
23rd February Mahashivratri
10th March Id-E-Milad
11th March Holi
27th March Gudi Padwa
3rd April Ram Navmi
7th April Mahavir Jayanti
10th April Good Friday
14th April Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Jayanti
1st May Maharashtra Day
9th May Buddha Pournima
15th August Independence Day
19th August Parsi New Year (Shahenshahi)
23rd August Ganesh Chaturthi
21st September Ramzan Id (Id-Ul-Fitar) Shawal –1
28th September Dasara
2nd October Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti
17th October Diwali Amavasya (Laxmi Pujan)
19th October Diwali (Balipratipada) / Bhaubeej
2nd November Guru Nanak Jayanti
28th November Bakri-Id (Id-uz-zua)
25th December Christmas

 

Weather

Mahabaleshwar weather

The weather of Mahabaleshwar is pleasant through out the year. But it’s magical during the monsoons. During the summer season that is in the March to May, the temperature remains hot and humid.

In the monsoon season, the travelers can get to explore the real India. The entire regions gets engulfed in the cover of lush green grass lands. This is the only time when travelers can notice various species of animals and birds coming out of their dens in the forests of Mahabaleshwar. Monsoon months in Mahabaleshwar are from June to September. Being the monsoon destination, the travelers during these months can go for the water boat ride. There are many parched rivers in the region which comes back into life during the monsoons.

In the winter season, the mild cold waves wafts through the region. The nights are cold and the days are blissful.