Mahabaleshwar means ‘God of Great Power’ in Sanskrit. Mahabaleshwar is a popular holiday resort and honeymoon spot, and an important pilgrimage site for Hindus. The Breathtaking valleys, Lush flora, Cool, crisp mountain air. This is Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra’s most popular hill station, and once the summer capital of the Bombay Presidency during the British Rule.
A tour of Mahabaleshwar town and the surrounding countryside would take at least a couple of days as there is much to see and experience. Mahabaleshwar has proper, motorable roads to every point worth visiting. So one could tour the place by car, jeep, or even horseback. There’s Mount Malcolm, the one-time residence of Governor Malcolm; Moraji Castle, where Mahatma Gandhi lived during 1945 and the Mahabaleshwar Club.
A short drive from town is the beautiful Venna Lake, where one can go boating, fishing, and pony riding. Or indulge oneself at the entertainment center with its numerous food and game stalls. Near the lake, further down the road on the way to neighbouring Panchgani, are the great strawberry fields.
Mahabaleshwar is known for its numerous sightseeing points, each providing a unique perspective of the majestic hill range. En route to Babington Point is Dhom dam, which is a good place to take a break. Or one could visit Old Mahabaleshwar and the famous Panchganga Mandir, which is said to contain the springs of five rivers: Koyna, Venna, Savitri, Gayatri and the sacred Krishna River. There’s also the Mahabaleshwar Mandir, revered for its Swayambhu Lingam
In and Around
It is at an elevation of 1340 mts.
Highest point in Mahabaleshwar at 1439 mts
Famous for its view of two reservoirs, Balakwadi and Dhom
Bombay Point (Sunset Point)
For an awesome sunset view
Elephant’s head Point
A natural rock formation which look like an elephant’s trunk.
Enjoy a boat ride over the lake or a horse ride next to the lake
Visit strawberry farms to enjoy the real flavour of the fruit. Strawberries (season: Jan -Feb) and Mulberries (season: April–May).
Panchgani Table Top (20 kms)
‘Table-Land’, second longest mountain plateau in Asia
Sydney Point, Panchgani
Situated on a hillock facing the Krishna Valley
Visit this garden to know more about strawberry farming and preparation of jams, jellies and some awesome fresh fruit delights.
A fort built by Shivaji; great location for trekking.
Shopping in Mahabaleshwar
Mahabaleshwar is famous for its fruit products, Strawberries, honey, Jams, crushes and chikki (a sweet made from jaggery and an assortment of nuts) are a favourite buy-and so is handcrafted leather footwear.
Best time to visit is between October and June.
How to Reach
The nearest airport is Pune International Airport, serving the city of Pune, about 120 km from Mahabaleshwar. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport of Mumbai is 270 km away.
Nearest railroad is Satara, around 42 km. Nearest major railway junctions include Pune (120 km), Miraj (170 km) and Sangli (165 km). Private cars and cabs, as well as state-run bus services are available in these locations to Mahabaleshwar.
Mahabaleshwar is located about 32 km from Wai. It is around 260 km from Mumbai, the state capital. The nearest major city is Satara, around 45 km away, and is 120 km from Pune. Mahabaleshwar is connected by the National Highway 4. Bus services by state-run MSRTC and private organizations connect it by buses from Pune, Mumbai, Sangli and Satara.
Stay / Eat
Where to Stay
L C D’souza Road,
Near Shivaji Statue,
Bella Vista Resort
19/9 A, Panchgani Mahabaleshwar Highway,
Met Gutad , Mahabaleshwar,
Blue Country Resort
Mahabaleshwar Satara Dist,
Khingar Road, Mahabaleshwar,
Where to Eat
Panchgani Mahabaleshwar Road
The Olive Garden
Kates Point Road,
Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra 412806
Street Food near Venna Lake