Location: 140-km From Pune In Raigad District, Maharashtra
Attractions: Temple, Waterfall, lake
Best Time To Visit: Year-round destination
Mahabaleshwar is situated in Satara District. The area has strong historical connections with Shivaji, the heroic Maratha warrior king. A tourist paradise. An idyllic & picturesque hill station at the height of 1372 mtrs! Also a religious place. Ancient Shivmandir named Mahabaleshwar built by Singhandev of Yadav dynasty. Golden kalash was donated by Sri Shivaji Maharaj.
Mahabaleshwar was the summer capital of Governor of the old Bombay Presidency. Spread in 10 sq km. of land, Mahabaleshwar is the most ideal respite from the humdrum life of the city. There are 30 valley viewpoints with panoramic views !!! Spread through out the hill station and the way to these places most enchanting with shady, pleasant walks and treks. The holiness of this place is enhanced as five rivers, Krishna, Venna, Koyana, Savitri & Gayatri originate on this hill. At the mouth of these rivers is an ancient temple of Panchaganga.
Mahabaleshwar Temple: The hill station derives its name from the presiding deity "Mahabali", of this famous Hindu temple.
Waterfalls: The various waterfalls flowing through the heart of the place form a crucial part of its sightseeing tour.
Venna Lake: Venna Lake is a popular lake of Mahabaleshwar, because of its verdure surroundings and sparkling water. With a length of 2.5 m and the availability of boating and fishing facilities.
Wilson Point: Mahabaleshwar has about 30 major lookout points that offer breathtaking view of the entire landscape, with Wilson being the most popular among them. It is the highest point of the place and is located at a height of 1438 m (4710 ft).
Other Attractions: Some major lookout points that offer views of the landscape from different perspectives are the Echo Point, Elphinstone Point, Connaught Peak, Marjorie Point, Kate's Point, Arthur's Point, Bombay point, Gaolani Point, Panchgani Point, et al.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Even though Mahabaleshwar is a year-round destination, there are certain perks and snags for every season.
Summer Season - March through mid-June
Monsoon Season - Mid-June to September
Winter Season - Winters are from November to mid-March
Best Time to Visit For Festivals - September and March.
HOW TO GET THERE
Air: Nearest airport is Pune at 80 kms and Mumbaiís International Airport, Chatrapati Shivaji (160 kms away).
Rail: The nearest railhead is Satara, at a distance of 47km. There is another railhead located at Wathar (60 kms).
Road: Mahabaleshwar is 256 km away from Mumbai, 120 km away from Pune.
Bus: Maharashtra State Road Transport provides bus services to all the nearby cities of Pune, Mumbai, Nasik, Satara, Panchgani and Kolhapur.
WHERE TO STAY
The deluxe hotels like Park Plaza, Regal, Citrus Chambers, Ishwar Inn or Saket Plaza, Mahabaleshwar Palace, Pratap Heritage, Sunny International and Sunny Midtown are comfortable with all modern amenities.
The budget hotels in Mahabaleshwar feature good service with all basic facilities. Under this category you can chek out Hotel Blue Park, Dwarka, Sapna, Blue Heaven, Ashoka Inn, President, Sunny Classic, Rahil International and Rahi Plaza.
The MTDC also runs a hotel, besides which there are tourist lodges, exclusively vegetarian guesthouses, luxury resorts, and private apartments for families.