Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra

Mahabaleshwar is a perfect getaway for spending some quality time away from the din and rush of the city. Mahabaleshwar is both a city and a municipal council in the Satara district in the state of Maharashtra. It is located in the Western Ghats range of India, which spreads from north to south along the Deccan Plateau. The hill station is at an elevation of 1,353 metres above sea level.

Mahabaleshwar offers panoramic view of the plains with the imposing sloppy peaks and surrounding woods. This prettiest hill station is often referred as the queen of hill stations in Maharashtra. Mahabaleshwar is also home to some remarkable temples and you will come across Krishna and Mahabaleshwar temple here.

How To Reach Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar by Air:
Pune is the nearest airport which is located at a distance of 120 km and you can get regular flights to Mumbai and the other cities of India from Pune. The regular operations of the private and government owned airlines make the air transport quite convenient.

Mahabaleshwar by Rail:
The nearest railhead to Mahabaleshwar is at Wathar (60 km). The railhead at Pune is the most convenient to reach Mahabaleshwar which is located at a distance of 120 km.

Mahabaleshwar by Road:
If you want to enjoy a motor ride in order to getting to Mahabaleshwar, then it would take 6 hours to reach from Mumbai. There are in-fact two routes both of which offer a network of smooth and motorable including state and national highways. If you begin your journey from Mumbai, you will have to go through the route of Panvel and via Mahad you will be reaching Mahabaleshwar. The other route from Pune would take 2 hours to reach Mahabaleshwar.

Mahabaleshwar Weather – Best Time to Visit Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar has a moderate climate all through the year and can be visited any time of the year. However, the best time would be from Octoberto June. Hotels are open round the year even during the rainy seasons.

  • Summers (March to June) are pleasant and temperature varies between a minimum of 15°C to a maximum of 35°C. It is very pleasant and ideal for sightseeing.
  • Winters (December to February) are cool and the temperature varies minimum 10°C to maximum 32°C. It is nice for wandering around the city and also for sightseeing.
  • Monsoons (June to September) offer average annual rainfall. The place looks beautiful in rains.

Major Attractions of Mahabaleshwar

Wilson Point:
Wilson Point is the highest point in Mahabaleshwar at 1439 mts. Known as Sindola Hill during the colonial rule, Wilson point is the only location in Mahabaleshwar where both sunrise and sunset can be seen. It offers a spectacular glance of Mahabaleshwar in all directions.

Mount Malcolm: 
This was one of the most famous buildings and occupied an important place during the British rule. Mount Malcolm was built in the year 1829 with outstanding architectural skills and till date it enchants its visitors with its inescapable charm.

Catholic Church:
Among the other things to watch in Mahabaleshwar, this old Roman Catholic Holy cross church is worth a visit. Its impressive architecture and stained-glass windows are still the sights to behold.

Mahabaleshwar Club: 
This club is one of the prominent tourist attractions in Mahabaleshwar and was built in the year 1881. It is well-preserved and is flourishing quite well. Only members of the club are allowed to stay here. It is very popular for its well-tended roses and fine jogging track.

Arthur’s Seat
Queen of all points.  It is facinating to see the barren deep valley Savitri on the left & shallow green valley on the right. It is more facinating to know that Arthur’s seat is the only place showing geographical distinction of kokan & Desh (Deccan), two territories of Mahabaleshwar.

Kates Point:
Offers breathtaking view of krishna valley & deep waters of the dhom dam. From southern side it looks like an elephants head. There is also an echo point.

Pratapgad Fort:
This legendary fort was built by the eminent Maratha warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in the year 1656 in order to be in command of the rebellious rulers of Javali basin located nearby. This place is also the site of the historic battle that took place between Shivaji and Afzal Khan, who was the ruler of the Bijapur Sultanate.

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