Nestling in the Sahyadri range of the Western Ghats, Mahabaleshwar was the summer capital of the erstwhile Bombay presidency. A popular town, with an air of unspoilt beauty, it meanders leisurely for 5 kms at an altitude of 1372 m. The best time to visit is October-June.

Mahabaleshwar is a perfect place for walks as there are many point from where you get panoramic views over the valley and the sea. It is also possible to go boating or fishing at the placid Venna Lake or swim in the crystal waters of the numerous waterfalls.

There is an interesting bazaar with tiny lanes where you can shop for everything from shoes to luscious strawberries, blackberries, jams and jellies.

What to see

  1. Arthur Seat (12 Km);
  2. Babington Point (3 Km);
  3. Bombay Point (3 Km);
  4. Cannought Peak;
  5. Chinamans Waterfalls (4 Km);
  6. Dhobi Water Fall;
  7. Elephant’s Head (6 Km);
  8. Elphinstone Point (10 Km);
  9. Helen’s Point;
  10. Hunter Point (4 Km);
  11. Kate’s Point (7Km);
  12. Lingmala Waterfalls (6 Km);
  13. Lodwick Point (5 Km);
  14. Marjorie Point (10 Km);
  15. Old Mahabaleshwar (5 Km): With the ancient temples of Krishnabai, Shri Ramand Hanuman and the 16. Mahabaleshwar temple after which the town is named;
  16. Venna Lake;
  17. Wheat Research Station (4 Km) and
  18. Wilson Point.

Getting There

Air: The nearest airport is Pune 120 Kms, which is connected with Delhi, Mumbai and other cities & towns.

Rail: The nearest railhead is Satara 47 Km, but the convenient railhead is Pune 120 Km, on the Central Railway line connected with important cities.

Road: Mahabaleshwar is connected by motorable roads with Aurangabad 348 Km, Kolhapur 187 Kms, Lonavala 182 Kms, Mumbai 247 Kms via Mahad & Panvel and 290 Kms via Pune, Panaji 430 Kms, Pune 120 Krns, and Satara 47 Kms.

General information

Area: 140.04 Sq.Km
Altitude: 1372 Mts. Temperature: Summer - Max: 26.8 Deg.C Min: 17.4 Deg.C Winter - Max: 21.2 Deg.C Min: 10.2 Deg.C Rainfall: 663 Cm. (June to Sept). Season: Oct to May.
STD Code: 02168.

Excursions

  1. Pratapgadb (24 Km): One of the most formidable forts of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. A temple of goddess Bhavani is situated within the fort.

  2. Raigad Fort (80 Km): Raigad had the honour of being the capital of Chhatrapati Shivaji from 1664 to 1680.

  3. Sinhagad Fort (96 Km): Formerly known as Kondana, this was one of the most impregnable forts in Western India.