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Nestled in the picturesque Western Ghats, tourist places in Mahabaleshwar will captivate your imagination with their natural splendor. Mahabaleshwar is well known for its numerous rivers, magnificent cascades, and majestic peaks. The city comprises of ancient temples, boarding schools, manicured and lush green dense forest, waterfalls, hills, valleys that will take your breath away on your visit. The city is definitely among the most sought-after weekend getaways from metropolitan cities like Mumbai and Pune. Once, a summer capital of Bombay during the British Raj, the city has British influence of in its architecture. It is a very popular hill station that offers a plethora of tourist activities and attractions to avid travelers and nature lovers.

Amid your visit to Mahabaleshwar witness the alluring dawns and dusks from the slope, in the midst of the rich green vista. Located about 120 kilometers southwest of Pune and 285 kilometers from Mumbai, Mahabaleshwar is a vast plateau measuring 150 kilometers, bound by valleys on all sides. The hill station in the Western Ghats is the source of the Krishna River that flows across Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Known for its captivating beauty and the stunning strawberry farms, Mahabaleshwar boasts of zigzagging roads, a calm breeze at all times, vantage points offering stunning views of hills and valleys, plenty of strawberries to gorge on and the main street full of shops offering all kinds of curios and snacks.

There are numerous enchanting tourist places in Mahabaleshwar exuding charm and elegance. Bordered by a few murmuring waterways, evergreen timberlands, captivating slopes and mountains there are some mesmerizing tourist places in Mahabaleshwar. Arranged in the Satara region in Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar will get you near the captivating excellence of nature. The wonderful hill retreat brags of being one of the most splendid evergreen slope stations in India.

 

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I booked the Mahabaleshwar package from Pune and it was best trips of my life. Well planned, well managed, and cost-effective trip! The experience was satisfactory overall! We saw all the key places on the trip.
It is very budget friendly package of Mahabaleshwar and i visited here with my family. The hotels were decent and tours covers all the main attractions.
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I booked the Mahabaleshwar package for couple and I visited here with my partner. It was an amazing trip. Everything was very well organised. The accommodation was very good and food also. we really enjoyed the trip. Highly recommend!!!
I booked 3N/4D package of Mahabaleshwar and i would say the entire trip was planned and executed very well and we visited the famous Lingmala Falls and we also visited pachgani. Thanks thrillophilia for such a great trip!
One of the memorable trips of my life. I visited Mahabaleshwar with my partner and i will recommend to do baoting at venna lake and we also visited Pratapgad fort and it is one of the best forts I have ever seen and views of Mahabaleshwar from here are incredible!!
For those who love adventure and waterfalls, this is the finest package. This is a 4 day package for family and we loved every bit of it. Convenient and safe place to be at.
All thanks to the team of Thrillophilia for arranging such a beautiful trip to Mahabaleshwar. Loved every day spent here. A great escape in a cost-cutting budget!
It is one of the best and memorable trips of my life. I went with my family for a short vacation in Mahabaleshwar . The guide was very helpful and knowledgeable. The best part of the trip was boating at venna lake. Thank you Thrillophilia for this trip.
The experience we had with Thrillophilia is truly wonderful as everything was well taken care of by the team. We are highly satisfied with the stays in the hotel. It was our very first trip to Mahabaleshwar and everything was so beautifully arranged that we could make memories worth reminiscing all this life.
I visited here with my partner. Everything was very well organised. The accommodation was very good and food also. we really enjoyed the trip. Highly recommend!!!

People Also Ask About Mahabaleshwar

  1. What are the best places to visit in Mahabaleshwar?

    Here are some of the best places to visit in Mahabaleshwar:

    1. Wilson Point: 
    Wilson point happens to be the highest point in Mahabaleshwar that is known for its mesmerizing natural beauty and breathtaking views. If you want to witness the wonderful sunrise views of the Wilson Point, you would need to wake up early and drive to the sunrise point and delight your senses  with the best ever scenic beauty glittering in the first rays of the sun. 

    Location:
    Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra 412806
    Timings: 6 AM – 6 PM

    2. Tiger’s Spring: 
    The gushing waterfalls of Tiger springs offer a small stream of water from a great height all over the year. Views of the cascading waterfalls are certainly a beautiful sight to behold. The best part of this place is its serene atmosphere that will tranquilise your senses. 

    Location:
    Mahabaleshwar Poladpur Road, Maharashtra 402107
    Timings: 7 AM – 6 PM

    3. Venna Lake: 
    Venna Lake happens to be one of the most visited locations in Mahabaleshwar because of its bustling natural beauty. The lake is surrounded by lush greenery on all sides and offers boating options to the tourists. If you wish to make the most of the Venna Lake, then you can visit this place in the evening hours with your loved ones and relish a Shikara for a considerable period of time. You can also spend time fishing and letting your kids enjoy the mini train rides. 

    Location: Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra 412806
    Timings: 7 AM to 7 PM

    4. Pratapgarh Fort: The majestic pratapgarh fort stands as a testament to the past glory of Mahabaleshwar. The fort was built by the Maratha Leaders back in 1665 and the fort has been a witness to some of the fierce battles of the bygone times. Trekking to the pratapgarh fort is one of the most loved adventure activities that tourists love to carry out in their course of the visit to Mahabaleshwar. You will get a chance to visit Mahadev Temple in the upper fort and Goddess Bhavani Temple in the lower fort. 

    Location: Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra 412806
    Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM

    5. Elephant’s Head Point: 
    Elephant’s Head Point or the famous needlepoint happens to be a wonderful rock formation that appears to be alike as an elephant’s trunk. Visiting this place, you will get a chance to witness the famous Sahyadri Range. This place not only attracts romantic couples to ignite the spark of love but also attracts adventure enthusiasts to test their skills trekking here. This place also happens to be a perfect weekend getaway from Mumbaikars and Punekars because of the cool and calm environment far from the hustle and bustle of the city life. 

    Location: Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra 412806
    Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM

    6. Babington Point: 
    Located at an elevation of about 1294 meters above sea level, this place is considered to offer nirvana to nature lovers with its tranquilizing scenic views. The curvy and meandering pathways to the summit will surely lure your senses and entice you to capture the intriguing variety of birds, plants, and trees. If you are looking for a place that would offer you a perfect solitude in the middle of the bustling city life, then this is it. Come over to this place in the monsoon season and experience the heavenly peace and serenity. 

    Location: Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra 412806
    Timings: 8 AM to 7 PM

    7. Lord Mahabaleshwar Temple: Lord Mahabaleshwar Temple is one of the beautiful places of worship that you can visit in Mahabaleshwar. This old temple was built in the 16th century by the famous ruler of the More Dynasty, Chanda Rao. The main point of attraction of this temple is the huge sanctum that houses the divine Shivalinga And the meeting point of five rivers. The best time to come over to this place would be in the monsoon season when the rivers would be brimming up with water and the lush green trees would be sprawling. 

    Location: Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra 412806
    Timings: 6 AM to 7 PM

    8. Bombay Point: 
    If you wish to sight the best ever sunset in Mahabaleshwar, then you would need to come over to the famous Bombay Point. This place is named Bombay point as it falls on the old Bombay road The act of setting sun into the valleys and the changing color of the sky is simply considered to be a remarkable sight to behold. It also happens to be an ideal spot for carrying out picnics as well as a weekend getaway. Tourists love to come over with their loved ones in the evening hours just to grab the beautiful sunset. 

    Location: Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra 412806
    Timings: 6 AM – 6 PM
  2. What are the famous things to do in Mahabaleshwar?

    Check out some of the famous things to do in Mahabaleshwar:

    1. Riding a Shikara at Venna Lake: 
    Venna Lake in Mahabaleshwar happens to be one of the most loved places for an offbeat experience. Located in the middle of a stunning masterpiece of nature, this shimmering lake is home to some colorful Shikaras that offer an unforgettable experience to the guests. Taking a Shikara ride is one of the best things that you can try out in Mahabaleshwar overlooking the breathtaking views of the nearby mountain ranges. 

    Location: Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra
    Timing: 7 AM – 7 PM
    Entry Fee:
    Row Boat – INR 250 for 30 minutes | INR 500 for 1 hour (for 7 people)
    Peddle Boat – Around INR 440 for 1 hour (for 6 people)

    2. Trekking up to the majestic Pratapgarh Fort: 
    Pratapgarh fort is located at a distance of about 24 km from Mahabaleshwar. It happens to be a historical landmark that marks the struggle for Swaraj under the reign of the Maratha Empire. The fort is ornamented with some of the elegant ponds, elongated walkways, secret chambers, and much more, which makes it a delightful place for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Take a road trip to this heritage site located near Mahabaleshwar and unveil the secrets of this mysterious spot. The trek would take about 6 to 8 hours and you will be surprised by a number of steep ascends and descends on the way to the top of the fort. Make sure you follow the advice of the team leader and act accordingly. 

    Location:
    Poladpur Mahabaleshwar Road, Mahabaleshwar 412806
    Timings: 10 AM – 6 PM

    3. Gaze at the mesmerizing sunset at Wilson Point: Wilson point happens to be the highest point in Mahabaleshwar that offers splendid views of the stunning mountain ranges, lush greenery all around, and breathtaking sights of the sunrise and sunset. Visiting this wonderful place can be considered as one of the best things to do in Mahabaleshwar all through the year. 

    Location: Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra 412806
    Timings: 6 AM – 7:30 PM

    4. Spend time birdwatching at Babington Point: Babington point has been serving as one of the most loved places for wildlife enthusiasts, birdwatchers, and nature lovers at an elevation of 1294 meters above the sea level. The tranquilizing environment, splendid climatic condition, and alluring natural beauty of this place are just no less than a paradise. The best time to visit this place is in the course of the monsoon season when you can get a chance to sight the lovely winged visitors from far off places. 

    Location:
    Tapola Rd, Birwadi, Maharashtra 412806
    Timings: 8 AM – 7 PM

    5. Have a day out a picnic at the famous Connaught peak: Connaught peak offers one of the most dazzling landscapes of the Venna Lake and Krishna Valley in Mahabaleshwar. Located at an elevation of about 1400 meters above the sea level, you will also get a chance to gaze at the stupendous views of Panchgani. Having a picnic with your loved ones will be the best thing that you can try out here. You can also capture the astounding natural paradise in your long and wide-angle lenses to boost your photography skills. 

    Location: Connaught Peak Rd, Maharashtra 412806
    Timings: 8 AM – 7 PM

    6. Admire the sweeping views of Arthur’s Seat: Situated at an elevation of 1340 meters above the ground, this place offers wonderful panoramic views. As per the beliefs, Sir Arthur Malet who used to spend time at this place mourning the death of his wife and daughter in a ferry accident in the Savitri River used to come over to this place to admire the majestic views of Mahabaleshwar. 

    Location: Satara, Maharashtra 412803
    Timings: 6 AM – 6 PM
  3. What are the adventure activities to do in Mahabaleshwar?

    Here are some of the most loved adventure activities to do in Mahabaleshwar:

    1. Wandering in the historical caves of Rajpuri: Rajpuri caves are located at a distance of 10 km from the city center of Mahabaleshwar. The caves are surrounded by large kunds, which adds to the beauty of this place. The caves are dark and invite a daring soul to come inside and explore the bygone era. The caves are interconnected with tunnels built under the ground. 

    Location: Rajapuri, Maharashtra 412804
    Timings: 6 AM – 7 PM

    2. Rock Climbing: 
    Rock climbing is yet another most sought adventure activity that you can carry out in Mahabaleshwar. Whether you are traveling with your friends, or family, you can visit the famous rock climbing and zip lining spot, Velocity Entertainmentz to try out these once in a lifetime experiences. 

    Location:
    Village Bhose, Panchgani, Mahabaleshwar Road, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra 412805
    Timings: 6 AM – 5 PM

    3. Horse Riding: 
    The best places to take part in horse riding in Mahabaleshwar is near Venna Lake and Table Tops. You can choose your riding partner and gear up with all the safety harnesses to kick start this immersive activity in Mahabaleshwar. 

    Location:
    Venna Lake
    Timings: 6 AM – 5 PM

    4. Kayaking and WindSurfing: 
    kayaking and windsurfing happen to be one of the most sought after thrilling adventure activities to take part in Mahabaleshwar. Learn about the sport from the experts before trying out your hands. You will spend a considerable amount of time learning and practicing the working dynamics of windsurfing and some basic strokes of kayaking. 

    Timings:
    6 AM – 5 PM
    Price: INR 15,000 per adult
  4. What is the best time to visit Mahabaleshwar?

    The best time to visit Mahabaleshwar starts from the month of March to the month of June. It is the best time to visit places of tourist interest in Mahabaleshwar as well as carry out various adventure activities. The average temperature in this period of the year remains in the range of 30 - 35 degrees Celsius. 
  5. How to reach Mahabaleshwar?

    Mahabaleshwar is located at a distance of 264 km from Mumbai via Mumbai Highway. You can take public transport buses to cover the distance or else take a train to Wathar, which is the nearest railway station. The best way would be driving down the roads of Mahabaleshwar. You will surely get enticed by the alluring natural beauty of the hills. 
  6. What is Mahabaleshwar famous for?

    Mahabaleshwar is known for its enchanting natural scenic beauty, which lures tourists from all over India. Apart from being a hill station, it is also known for its strawberry and mulberry cultivation. You can come over to Mahabaleshwar to visit some of its tourist attractions, take part in its adventure activities, and taste the delicious local produce. 
  7. How many days are enough to explore Mahabaleshwar?

    If you wish to cover all the important points of Mahabaleshwar then you would need to spend at least 3 to 4 days to cover all that it has to offer. You should make sure that apart from visiting places of attraction and carrying out adventure sports, you should spend some time in relaxation overlooking the astounding natural beauty. 
  8. What can I buy in Mahabaleshwar?

    There are a lot of things to be brought from Mahabaleshwar to keep the memories of the time spent unforgettable. Here are some things that you can buy in Mahabaleshwar:
    Strawberries
    Strawberry cream
    Black raspberries
    Farm fresh carrots and radish
    Wooden handicrafts
    Cane items
    Leather Footwear
    Fresh Turmeric 
    Turmeric Powder
    Papads in various flavors and colors
    Juices, syrups, and crushes
  9. What is the famous food of Mahabaleshwar?

    Here are some of the most loved food of Mahabaleshwar:
    Chikki
    Honey
    Strawberries
    Mulberries
    Carrots
    Corn
    Cherry sized tomatoes
    Toffees
    Syrups
    Fudge
    Ice creams
    Whipped creams
    Jellies
    Corn Pattice
  10. What are the best places to stay in Mahabaleshwar?

    Check out some of the best places to stay in Mahabaleshwar:

    1. Brightland Resort & Spa: 
    If you were looking for a luxurious stay in Mahabaleshwar then this is it. With all sorts of modern amenities like outdoor Jacuzzi, swimming pool, etc., this resort will not only offer you a comfortable stay but also make your holiday vacation uber-cool. Staying at this place, you will also be able to overlook the breathtaking views of the majestic Sahyadri Mountain Ranges. 

    Price: INR 8,000 to INR 11,000
    Location: Kates Point Road, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra

    2. Evershine Keys Prima Resort: 
    Nestled in the middle of alluring strawberry fields and located close to just a 15 minutes’ walk from the Venna Lake, this property is widely popular for offering a relaxing and refreshing experience to the guests. You will get world-class hospitality with all sorts of modern amenities to make your stay comfortable. 

    Price: Starts from INR 7,500 
    Location: C.T.S No 182, Gautam Road, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra

    3. Le Meridien Mahabaleshwar Resort & Spa: 
    This 5-star property can be considered as one of the best resorts in Mahabaleshwar that offers some of the rooms and suites designed in a signature style. The resort has an infinity pool and all sorts of recreational services to make you feel pampered and smitten in the course of your stay. 

    Price: INR 9,000 to INR 29,000
    Location: 211 / 212, Mahabaleshwar – Medha Road, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra
  11. Which are the best sites for camping in Mahabaleshwar?

    Mahabaleshwar hill station is renowned for its scenic beauty and jaw-dropping splendid views. However, one of the best experiences which you can enjoy in Mahabaleshwar is camping in the midst of nature. The chief attractions of the camps are watching the sunrise and sunset, trekking, learning the regional flora, cycling and walking in the jungle trails and taking adventurous activities around the lake.

    The camp resorts also feature playgrounds and barbeques.

    - Mahabaleshwar Camps and Resorts
    Koyna Backwater Camp
    Mahabaleshwar Agro Village
    Presidency Wilderness Camp

  12. Which are the best trekking tours to do in Mahabaleshwar?

    The beautiful hill station of Mahabaleshwar is best discovered through its trekking trails. As you hike along this nature’s passage you shall see the most fabulous landscapes and virgin forests. Trekking trips organized along the trail of Sahyadris is ideal for regular hikers or backpackers, who dears to experience the raw allure of nature and its quietude.

    Being a proud part of Sahyadri range of hills, Mahabaleshwar is blessed with stunning natural beauty. Presence of many of its breath-taking points, rivers, lakes and falls, and green forests are origin of many natural sightseeing places. You can pick the most pined for attractions among these destinations on your Mahabaleshwar visit and trek your approach to witness the hypnotizing perspective of this brilliant homestead.

    Some of the best trekking tours to do in Mahabaleshwar:

    - Robber’s Cave
    Lamington plateau
    Hunter point
    Kamalgarh
    North Pole
    Helen’s point
    Connaught Peak
    Arthur’s Seat

  13. Where are the best spots for kayaking in Mahabaleshwar?

    If you are ready for a power packed adventure, pack your bags and head to Tapola for amazing kayaking in Mahabaleswar and basic windsurfing course with experts trained for many years. The primary attraction in Tapola is the Shivsagar Lake – a 90 km long water body infact the reservoir of the Koyna dam which serves a great retreat for kayaking enthusiast.

    For the water adventurer, Tapola is the ideal place to be! From water scooter rides, kayaking or swimming, the 90km stretch of water will let you explore its vast dimensions to the extreme.

  14. Is it worth visiting Mahabaleshwar for a family tour?

    Mahabaleshwar is visited by many thousands of tourists every year. It boasts of excellent connectivity through bus with other important towns in the region. There are numerous hotels for every budget which make it an ideal tourist destination for a family tour.

    There are several lookout points which offer spectacular views of the surrounding hills and valleys. In your leisure time, you can roam about the bazaar and do lots of shopping. You can also try your luck at the poker machines in Mahabaleshwar.

    Some famous activities for a family tour in Mahabaleshwar are as follows:

    1. Boating
    Visit lake Venna for a ride on paddle/ or rowing boat on the beautiful and scenic lake. You may ride boat on your own or, alternatively, you can hire one.

    2. Horse Riding
    Horse riding options are available at Venna lake.

    3. Trekking
    There are many trekking trails around the hills of Mahabaleshwar which you can enjoy for an adrenaline rush.

    4. Watch Sunrise and Sunsets
    Go to Wilson Point or Kate's Point to watch beautiful sunrises, and to Bombay Point or Elphinstone Point to see glowing sunset.

  15. Travel advice:

    1. Don’t follow the locals blindly: Mahabaleshwar is a small location. Majority of the people over here are quite helpful too. But like any other vacation spot, it is important that the locals are not followed blindly. If you need directions around the place, get that sorted at the hotel desk itself.

    2. Beware of the louts
    : There are endless louts that will try to sell you things you don’t need or want. Make sure you politely but firmly reject this consistent persuasion. Otherwise, you will end up in an extremely difficult situation with your money gone and you are in the possession of something you don’t need.

    3. Shopping experience
    : The shopping experiences are never truly complete unless and until you haven’t bargained enough. Make sure you hassle over the prices as these sellers usually put unnecessarily high rates thereby ruining your purchase. Enjoy the shopping experience to the fullest but ensure that you don’t get fooled.

    4. Choose your stay well:
    There are numerous home-stays that you can choose from. They are lined along the road at Mahabaleshwar. The rooms of these places are as good as regular homes with the services being quite basic by nature. For a more luxurious experience, you can opt for these high-end resorts and hotels that face the beautiful hills and mountains. Most of these places are quite affordable and you won’t find difficulty in traveling around either as the place is quite small and limited.

    5. Transportation
    : The place is quite connected. One can easily find local transport to roam about within the hill station. However, it is more convenient if you have your own private transportation. Enjoy the hill station of Mahabaleshwar at your own convenience.

    6. Eatables and water
    : Mahabaleshwar is generally quite cool and relaxed. However, it is essential for the well-being of your body that you consume enough water to stay hydrated. Moreover, your body may or may not accept that local food at Mahabaleshwar. Make sure you are sure about a food item before you consume it. Carry bottled water around.

    7. Drinking laws:
    Like most states in India, the average drinking age in this city is usually 18. There are many teenagers belonging to the different cities around Mahabaleshwar who come and consume alcohol. Therefore, in order to prevent this – an identity is usually required of the individual. Otherwise, alcohol is easily accessible in Mahabaleshwar.