Rugged hills, steep and sudden falls,
forests crowded with plant life and rivers that flow in every way that they
please.... ....these are some of the reasons why Mahabaleshwar is always
bursting at the seams with tourists. This cool misty resort of
Mahabaleshwar, engages the senses not just on the strength of its natural
beauty but also because of the charming tales spun around its most favoured
points. Nature is extraordinarily munificent here and one can get all the
hill station experience as anticipated.
The cool breezes and gorgeous greens of Mahabaleshwar
draws nature lovers to this place. There is something to do every minute of
- This is a well known landmark from the days of the
Raj. It used to be the residence of Sir John Malcom, the founder of this
Sir BD Petit Library
- This library offers a good collection of
books and an excellent billiards table. This library is a must see for the
- This castle once served as a temporary home for
Mahatma Gandhi in 1945.
- Lake Venna is the ideal place for an evening
outing and is a favourite hangouts for most of the tourists. Boating,
fishing and horse riding are the extra attractions near the lake. The place
is also famous for its luscious strawberries.
Lingmala & Chinaman's Waterfalls
- These falls are at their best
during and after monsoon when the water level rises.
- This is Mahabaleshwar's highest point, which offers a
spectacular view of the sunrise.
- This is Mahabaleshwar's 'echo point' which also
offers great views of the surrounding countryside. You can see the
ribbon-like Krishna river as it winds its way through green fields.
- It is one of the important landmarks of this
hill resort. The temple is dedicated to Lord Mahabaleshwar and so the name
of the hill station is on him.
- This fort was built in 1656 and till today it
survives in a good shape. Some 450 steps lead up to the top. This fort is
built in three levels. There are four observation towers at strategic
corners, from where one can see the neighbouring districts of Raigad, Satara
There are certain other places worth a visit like: Helen's Point, Babington
Point , Hunter Point and Bombay Point etc.
Meek - Hearted - No Entry!
Mahabaleshwar offers great opportunities
for a complete and entertaining holiday . Here you may indulge in activities
like boating, fishing, horse riding and trekking. One can also try golf
Fishing & Boating
- One can enjoy fishing and boating in the
Venna Lake of Mahabaleshwar.
is comparatively undemanding, requiring only stamina to
walk long hours and the mental agility to adapt to an ever-changing
landscape. One can enjoy wide scope of trekking in Mahabaleshwar.
- A good way of exploring Mahabaleshwar is on horse
back, because the streets are very narrow.
Mahabaleshwar is not for the shopaholics. Shopping at
Mahabaleshwar can quite literally be a savouring experience. Jams,
Strawberry crushes, Marmalades and Honey are the special delights of this
town. Wicker products or Mahabaleshwar's famous walking sticks also make for
good souvenirs. And in no way miss on the local chikki....
Several kinds of cuisine can be relished in
Mahabaleshwar. From Chinese to Indian, Continental to
Mexican.......everything that suits your stomach's calibre. Most of the
restaurants here also serve Gujarati food.
- This restaurant serves good kebabs and tandoori.
- All the Chinese, Gujarati and Mughlai food lovers,
Hotel Meghdoot will not disappoint you.
- Famous for pizzas, toasted sandwiches, burgers and
- Famous for its mouth watering non veg dishes.
- It serves great Thai and Continental dishes.
Accommodation is no great problem in Mahabaleshwar.
There are staying options that suit every budget.
- Brightland Holiday Village
- Valley View Hotel
- Hotel Surya Retreat
- Hotel Lake View
- Fountain Hotel
- Strawberry Country Resort
- Panorama Resort
- MTDC Holiday Resort
- Hotel Rajesh
- Grand Resort
Mahabaleshwar experiences a moderate climate - never
too hot because of the heights and never too cold because of its nearness to
the Arabian Sea. Duration of higher temperature is short. In summers the
temperature ranges between 16 and 20 degrees C and in winters the
temperature falls even further.