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Mahabaleshwar is a hidden gem that lies in the lap of Sahyadri mountain ranges in Maharashtra. Lush hills, greenery, and mystical landscapes surround Mahabaleshwar making for an enthralling view. Mahabaleshwar is famous for its strawberries, and you should buy tons of it, as they are the best. There are numerous places to visit here and many activities to do like trekking and water sports or go on a bike ride to Mahabaleshwar.

It is a perfect getaway with family, friends and it even makes for a great spot for solo traveling. Also one of the hill stations near Pune, Mahabaleshwar in Satara is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Maharashtra. Situated at an altitude of 1400 plus meters above sea level, Mahabaleshwar offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding hills, woods, and plains.

Also home to remarkable ancient temples, spectacular waterfalls, lush green hills and a myriad of exotic flora and fauna, Mahabaleshwar is truly a nature lover's paradise. In this Mahabaleshwar travel guide, I will tell you about the famous tourist spots, restaurants and what type of adventurous activities you can do while staying in Mahabaleshwar.

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7 Famous Tourist Places in Mahabaleshwar

1. Temple of Lord Shiva

It is an important site for pilgrims, but everyone who visits Mahabaleshwar comes to seek blessing from Lord Shiva here. The temple has a pure, tranquil and serene ambiance that calms and rejuvenates the minds of everyone who comes here.

It dates back to the 16th century and is also known as the Mahabali temple. You can visit this temple between 5 AM to 12 PM or from 4 PM to 9 PM.

2. Pratapgarh Fort

It is situated 24 km from Mahabaleshwar and is easily accessible via roads. It has amazing ponds, caves, chambers, and walkaways which makes it enthralling. Also, it has a historical significance, as Maratha’s swaraj struggle under Chhatrapati Shivaji’s command started here.

Timings- 10 AM to 6 PM.

3. Lingmala Falls

If you love waterfalls, a visit to the lingmala fall is a must for you. Enjoy a dip in the cool water and hike up to the waterfall to enjoy the best of nature. You have to pay an entry fee of 20 rupees, and the timings are from 8 AM to 5:30 pm.

4. Wilson Point

Wilson point is the highest point in Mahabaleshwar. From here you have the best view of hills and greenery. Also, it one of those rare places where you can enjoy both sunsets and sunrise. The best time to come here is in December and the timings are 6 AM to 7:30 PM.

5. Connaught Peak

It is a favorite picnic spot in Mahabaleshwar where you can enjoy the splendid view of Venna Lake and Krishna valley.

6. Elephant Point

It is famous for its beautiful and peaceful environment. The rock formation here represents the head and trunk of an elephant, hence the name. You can enjoy the enthralling view of hills from here.

7. Panchgani

A stunning hill station near Maharashtra in the Sahyadri range, Panchgani was actually initially developed as a summer resort by the British during the mid-eighteenth century. One of the most beautiful hill resorts of Maharashtra, Panchgani quickly became a retirement place for British officials.

Replete with stunning natural beauty and home to diverse, remarkable species of flora and fauna, Panchgani is one of the most popular weekend getaways for people of Mumbai and Pune alike.

The place could be quite crowded but the list of romantic places in Maharashtra is incomplete without mention of Panchgani. Nestled in the Sahyadri Mountains in the midst of lush trees, Panchgani has been the favorite refuge of visitors since the time of Britishers. And even today, the tinsel village remains full of people in a hurry of tourists.

Rajpuri caves, Parsi Point, Sydney Point and Table Top Mountain are some of the places in Panchgani, where you can spend some quality time with your loved ones. If you have extra time at your disposal, make a point to visit Wai, a picturesque village, on the banks of the Krishna River, is known for its beautiful temples and ghats.

Other must visit places in Mahabaleshwar are: Elphinstone Point, Arthur's seat, Dhobi waterfall and Chinaman Waterfall.

Adventure activities in Mahabaleshwar

1. Shikara riding over the mesmerizing Venna Lake

One of the most beautiful lakes of India, Venna Lake in Mahabaleshwar is surrounded by lush hills and nature. The lake offers you ride over it using boats or shikaras that is a must to witness the amazing beauty of the whole river and the surrounding scenery.

You can take a private boat to enjoy the hills that are on the boarders from 7 am to 7 pm. Also, there are many street foods available near the river to take something on the journey.

  • Price for rowing the boat- For ₹ 250, 30 minute and for ₹ 500, 1 hour for 7 people.
  • Price for peddling the boat- 400 ₹ for 6 people up to 1 hour.

2. Go trekking in the jungles of Tapola

Tapola is a small trekking ground near Shivsagar Lake. It is a beautiful place for trekking in Mahabaleshwar or taking nature walks. While trekking here, you will have a great view of flora and fauna. Another adventure activity that you can do here is water sports. The quiet water of the lake lets people indulge in kayaking, swimming, boat rides, and water scooter rides.

3. Bird watching at Babington Point

If you are a nature/wildlife enthusiast or bird watcher, you must visit the Babington point. It is situated at the height of 1,294 m above sea level and is home to some of the most amazing birds.The climate here is excellent with a lush spread of greenery, and other numerous animals. Timings- 8 AM to 7 PM.

Famous Restaurants in Mahabaleshwar

The Mapro garden

Visit the mapro garden, and enjoy the delicious food and drinks made using the best strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and mulberries. Mapro has become a famous brand that sells drinks, jams and so on internationally.

Bagicha Corner

If you love street food, you should go to this food joint, near Panchgani, Mahabaleshwar road. It has Indian and fast food and is famous for its strawberry cream. Also, it is vegetarian and budget-friendly.

Farmhouse Bistro

For a sophisticated dining experience with moderate pricing, try the Farmhouse Bistro. It is situated inside hotel dreamland and offers the Mediterranean, Italian and European cuisine to its consumers.

Olive Garden

If you love fine dining, visit Olive garden at Kates Point Road Brightland Resort and Spa. It has vegan and vegetarian food options.

Places to stay and Hotels in Mahabaleshwar

Regenta MPG club

It is a premium and refined hotel that is 1km from the market and 5 Km from Venna Lake. The cost of this hotel is rupees 10,000 per night. The rooms have warm decors and have coffee makers, minibars, well-furnished bathroom, and many other amenities. Here you can enjoy multiple cuisines in the complimentary breakfast. Also, room service is available 24*7 and other there is a pool, hot tub, spa and so on.

Treebo Trend JB Point

This hotel is near Lingmala Falls, and the price starts from 4,143 rupees. You may find better deals on many travel making websites. It is a neat and clean hotel with many amenities that include free breakfast. It has suite rooms with free WIFI and A/C and laundry service.

OYO 11914 Pratap Heritage

If you want good amenities and clean rooms in a budget, choose this hotel. The price for a room per night is 1986 rupees. The rooms have free WIFI and AC. They also provide laundry services, and there is an outdoor and indoor pool.

(The prices here are a deal by TripAdvisor. Feel free to check other site.)

How to Reach Mahabaleshwar

You can reach Mahabaleshwar by flying to Pune or Mumbai. From Pune, it is 120 Km away and you can take a cab. From Mumbai, you can reach Mahabaleshwar in 4-5 hours via road.

Best Time To Visit Mahabaleshwar

It is the perfect vacation spot to get away from the hot summers as it has cool and pleasant weather year around.

I hope this Mahabaleshwar travel blog will help you figure out what to do on your vacation in Mahabaleshwar. Hit the comments button and tell me if I missed something or about your experience here.
Kalyan Panja Kalyan Panja Author


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  2. This is really interesting; I learned a lot from reading this post and look forward to reading more of yours. Can you also tell me exactly how to pronounce Mahabaleshwar? Thanks!

  3. This is a dream vacation for me. I can't wait to use all of these tips and info!

  4. I am really thankful for this guide. It's a huge of help and the information that travel needs are in there. Wonderful post!

  5. This was such a thorough guide! I truly appreciate the effort that you put into making sure you left nothing out, and now I feel like I must visit Mahabaleshwar! Your photos are stunning as well

  6. I would love to enjoy the bird watching and trekking. Mahabaleshwar look very much untouched and it is best to visit before it was flooded with tourist.

  7. Elephant point sounds like somewhere I'd absolutely have to visit! Mahabaleshwar sounds and looks like such a beautiful destination.

  8. Wow this sounds like a lovely place to visit. I've yet to travel to India and it's great reading about lesser known places. Those falls sound amazing.

  9. Have always want to visit India. I just have so many places I would love to visit and also know more about their custom and belief.

  10. this is full of awesome suggestions! I would love to visit here some day

  11. i so would love to see the Elephant point - its on my bucket list of places to seee

  12. This is actually the first time to learn about this place. Thumbs up for these awesome tips that you shared. Mahabaleshwar sounds a really lovely place to visit.

  13. I can't wait to do a lot of travelling. Thanks for your travel guide.

  14. What a great guide for those looking to travel to there. Thanks for sharing these suggestions.


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