Once the summer capital of Governor of the old Bombay Presidency, Mahabaleshwar is the highest hill station in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra. It is situated at 1372mts around Lake Venna.
Mahabaleshwar in Sanskrit means God of Great Power. As a hot tourist
spot, Mahabalipuram has 30 viewpoints with striking nature's galore all
around. You could walk up and down the road meandering through
Mahabaleshwar and feel the historical connections that the region had
with the Maratha warrior king Shivaji. The Britishers built various
mansions, cottages and bungalows around the town, adding charm and
sophistication to the region.
A perfect outing from the daily hustle and bustle, Mahabaleshwar is for
those who wish to take a break from the monotonous rat race. Christmas,
Diwali and summer vacations are the time when Mahabaleswar becomes very
Other than being 'The Queen of Hill Stations', Mahabaleshwar is also a
major pilgrimage site for the Hindus, as it is also the site of
Mahabaleshwar temple dedicated to Lord Mahabali.
Mahabaleshwar is especially important for nature lovers with several
breathtaking waterfalls to enthrall you. You will love the Lingmala
waterfall, Chinaman's waterfall and the Dhobi waterfalls. The charming
landscape around the Lake Vena and the surging waters are ideal for
boating in Mahabaleshwar.
With as many as 30 view points you can enjoy the nature's excess at
leisure. Among these view points, the Wilson Point happens to be the
highest in Mahabaleshwar. There are special observation towers from
where you could enjoy the spectacular views. Sunrise is simply heavenly
from the Wilson Point.
Babington point has spectacular vistas of the Koyna valley and
Chinaman's waterfall. Helen's point has lush fecund fields on the Blue
Valley Road. Bombay Point remains an all time favorite among the nature
watchers for its sunset. And how could you miss your echoes at Echo
point. Connaught peak or the Mount Olympia is favorite spot amongst the
riders that also offers picturesque view of Vena Lake and Krishna
Mahabaleshwar also offers excellent option with Panchagni with its five
hills making it all the more lucrative tourist spot. Panchgani is
renowned for its strawberries, blackberries, jams and fruit jellies.
You can also plan an excursion to the Pratapgad Fort when at
Mahabaleshwar, 24kms away; the fort stands testimony to the historic
achievements of the great Maratha leader, Shivaji. You may even plan an
excursion to the Pratapgad Fort. At a distance of 24 kilometers from
Mahabaleshwar the fort stands in testimony to the historic achievements
of the great Maratha leader, Shivaji.
How to Reach Mahabaleshwar
The nearest airport is at Pune at about 120kms from Mahabalehswar. Pune
airport has tourist services for those willing to visit Mahabaleshwar.
Pune is the convenient railhead to Mahabaleshwar. However the nearest
railway station to Mahabaleshwar is at Wathar, at a distance of 62kms.
There is excellent road network accessibility to almost all parts of
Maharashtra. Regular buses of the state transport link Mumbai and Pune
ply to Mahabaleshwar. Further from Mahabaleshwar buses are available for
excursions and sightseeing trips to places like the Pratapgad Fort. For
intra-city ride, Mahabaleshwar has taxis, rickshaws, bicycles and
Where to stay in Mahabaleshwar
Star Hotels in Mahabaleshwar,
|Location||Western Ghats, Maharashtra|
|Distance from Mumbai||290kms|
|Special Features||Highest hill station in Maharashtra|
|Other Attraction||Panchagni, Mount Malcolm|
|Best Time||October to June|