Mahabaleshwar means “God of Great Power”, in sanskrit. Apart from being an important site for pilgrimage, it is one of the It is one of the most popular holiday and honeymoon destination. The jungles of Mahabaleshwar are well known for its density and stunning array of wildlife & birds inside the jungle. Mahabaleshwar was initially engineered as a health resort, but now with time and infrastructure development it is well known for its vast plateau with marvellous roads, plantations and forests. It comprises of three villages named old “Kshetra”, MalcomPeth and some parts of Shindola village.Mahabaleshwar is one of the sources of Krishna River which is flowing across Maharashtra.
How to reach Mahabaleshwar?
Mahabaleshwar is a perfect location for people who are checking out to escape from the hustle of everyday city life. You can sit back and enjoy the pristine beauty of the place, along with the wildlife and the lovely nature. Two of the interesting events which people love to go ahead with are- visiting strawberries farm and boating.
- Via Air
The nearest airport is Pune International Airport which is serving Pune and is around 120 KM away from Mahabaleshwar and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport of Mumbai is just 270 Km away.
- Via Train
Satara (42 Km) is one of the nearest railway station and direct trains are available from CST and the central junction of Mumbai. Once you reach the city, there is no issue with respect to transportation as private cars and cabs are available at the reasonable prices along with the state run buses which are available for the direct trip in Mahabaleshwar.
- Via Bus/Car
From Wia it is about 32Km and is around 260 km from Mumbai which is the State Capital. The nearest major city is Satara which is around 45Km away and just 120 Km from Pune. It is connected with National highway 4. It is easily accessible via car and just takes around 4 to 5 hours if you are taking the route of Panvel through Poladpur and Mahad.
Top 10 places to visit in Mahabaleshwar
- Lodwick point
- Arthur’s Seat
- Babington point
- Kate’s point
- Bombay point( sunset point)
- Elephant’s head point
- Lingamala falls
- Wilson point
- Chinaman falls
Where to Stay and Eat?
Mahabaleshwar is quite modern with respect to other hill stations in Maharashtra. There are varieties of cuisines which are being catered to all palates. In case, you are checking out for the local flair then you should try the food named “Hirakanis” as it is surely not going to make you feel disappointed. For those who are lovers of fast food, they are having variety of mini-stalls and vendors of food who are serving Pizzas, sandwiches and burgers. “Batata Vada” is quite famous in the region and could be found across the town. Specialities of Mahabaleshwar are carrots, strawberries and Mulberries. Even one should not forget to go ahead with the corn grown locally which is available in roasted and boiled form. The food which is prepared with the local vegetables has a unique taste and one should surely try to have a look at small tomatoes which resembles like cherries. Almost every hotel is having its restaurant. Some of the Hotels which could be mentioned are –Hotel Dreamland, Hotel Shreya and Hotel Panaroma. The benefit is that all the three mentioned are quite close to bus stand.
It is recommended that for accommodation you should avoid going to old Mahabaleshwar. It would be better to stay near the bus station as it would be quite convenient to commute. In case you are nature enthusiast then a stay option in the old city can be preferred.