Gorgeous Hill Stations near Mahabaleshwar for a Soothing Getaway

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Hill Stations near Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar in itself is a wondrous hill town with umpteen attractions and majestic peaks. However, little do we know that there are several other beautiful hill stations near Mahabaleshwar which are still unexplored. These gorgeous enticing valleys and hill stations near Mahabaleshwar are ideal to spend a few days all tucked up in the comfort of the hills and the charm of the mountains in pleasant climate and ambience. Some of these hill towns like Amboli and Suryamal are unexploited and almost in their natural state while some others like Lonavala and Panchgani are commercial hill stations. These absolute picturesque hill stations near Mahabaleshwar are definite vacation goals both for the localities or even the tourists.

Here is the list of 22 Gorgeous Hill Stations near Mahabaleshwar for a Soothing Getaway

1. Panchgani, Maharashtra - The Table Land

Panchgani, Maharashtra - The Table Land 3.6 /5 View 16+ photos

Known For : Kaas Plateau Table Land Mahabaleshwar

Deriving its name from the five hills surrounding it, Panchgani is one of the popular hill stations near Mahabaleshwar, famous for its various sunset/sunrise points and scenic valley view. Five hills form the Sahyadri mountain ranges offer Panchgani its name. The picturesque backdrop of hills on one side and coastal plains on the other makes for an amazing view. 

Distance from Mahabaleshwar: 18 km

Best Time: September to May

2. Dapoli, Maharashtra

Dapoli, Maharashtra 3.6 /5 View 6+ photos

Known For : Harnai Port Unhavare - Hot springs Panhalakaji Caves

Dapoli, situated 215km away from Mumbai is a popular tourist destination that serves the needs of all kinds of travellers. It is known as mini-Mahabaleshwar of Maharashtra owing to its cool climate throughout the year. It is located in the Ratnagiri district and is one of the famous hill stations near Mahabaleshwar.

Distance from Mahabaleshwar: 95 km

Best Time: June to September

3. Lavasa, Maharashtra - India's first planned hill station

Lavasa, Maharashtra - India's first planned hill station 3.6 /5 View 5+ photos

Known For : Sightseeing in Lavasa Lakeside Promenade Bamboosa

Known as India's newest hill station, the Lavasa Corporation is constructing this private city. The city is a beautiful project, stylistically based on the Italian town Portofino. Spreading across 7 hills, covering an area of 25000 acres, Lavasa is a perfect blend of beauty and infrastructure.

Distance from Mahabaleshwar: 162 km

Best Time: Throughout the year

4. Plus Valley, Kolad

Plus Valley, Kolad 3.5 /5

The Plus Valley is such a unique place that nobody can resist the call to explore and enjoy it. Exactly like the name of the place, the valley is in the shape of a plus sign, which adds to the intrigue and excitement of this amazing destination. Challenging terrains, exotic fauna, and awe-inspiring scenery will keep you coming back for more.

Distance from Mahabaleshwar: 132 km

5. Raigad, Maharashtra

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Known For : Raigad Fort Diveagar Beach Jagadishwar Temple

Raigad, is a historically rich hill station near Mahabaleshwar is situated in the Konkan region of Maharashtra. Located at 2,851mts, it is surrounded by Mumbai Harbour, Thane, Pune, Ratnagiri and the Arabian Sea.

Distance from Mahabaleshwar: 127 km

Best Time: November to March

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6. Durshet, Maharashtra

Durshet, Maharashtra 2.5 /5

Known For : Durshet Forest Lodge Uddhar Hot Springs Water sports in Durshet

Durshet is a little village found on the banks of the river Amba, nestled in the Sahyadri ranges of Maharashtra. Due to its proximity to Mumbai and Pune, it serves as one of the weekend getaway hill stations near Mahabaleshwar to move away from the crowded cities.

Distance from Mahabaleshwar: 155 km

Best Time: September to February

7. Lonavala, Maharashtra - Misty Weekend Getaway

Lonavala, Maharashtra - Misty Weekend Getaway 4.0 /5 View 38+ photos

Known For : Tiger's Leap Rajmachi Fort Imagicaa

One of the most popular hill stations near Mahabaleshwar, Lonavala is the place to be during monsoons. With lots of waterfalls, lakes and hills around, Lonavala is frequented by all sorts of people, especially hikers and trekkers.

Distance from Mahabaleshwar: 178 km

Best Time: Throughout the year

8. Khandala, Maharashtra - Misty Mountains

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Known For : Rajmachi Fort Visapur Fort Bedsa caves

Perched on the foothills of Sahyadri, Khandala provides for a perfect weekend respite for the Mumbai population, with its scenic valleys, grassy hills, serene lakes and misty waterfalls.

Distance from Mahabaleshwar: 181 km

Best Time: Throughout the year

9. Rajmachi, Maharashtra

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Known For : Trekking in Rajmachi

Rajmachi is a small village situated in the Sahyadri mountain range of the Konkan region of Maharashtra. Rajmachi has two fortified peaks - Shrivardhan and Manaranjan forts, located near two famous hills of Lonavala and Khandala.

Distance from Mahabaleshwar: 190 km

Best Time: June to September

10. Karjat, Maharashtra

Karjat, Maharashtra 2.5 /5

Known For : Kondana Caves Peth Fort Trekking in Karjat

Karjat, a quaint little village is the last station of Thane district in Maharashtra. The river Ulhas finds its origin in Karjat and trekking and historical spots make it a popular destination for trekkers and adventure enthusiasts.

Distance from Mahabaleshwar: 211 km

Best Time: June to September

11. Matheran, Maharashtra - Of the cutest little hill-stations near Mahabaleshwar

Matheran, Maharashtra - Of the cutest little hill-stations near Mahabaleshwar 4.3 /5 View 26+ photos

Known For : Louisa point Charlotte lake Monkey Point Matheran

Nestled amidst the Sahyadri range on the Western Ghats, Matheran is a cosy little hill station near Mahabaleshwar that stands at an elevation of 2600 feet above sea level, and is just 100 kilometres away from Mumbai, making it the perfect weekend getaway. With its name literally translating to 'overhead forest', Matheran is the smallest hill station in all of India, but it is extremely popular in terms of tourists looking for a short trip amid spectacular vistas and serenity.

Best Time: Throughout the year

12. Bhimashankar, Maharashtra

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Known For : Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary Bhimashankar Temple Bhimashankar Trek

Bhimashankar, a small quaint hill station near Mahabaleshwar, located about 100 km from Pune and 223 km from Mumbai, is a popular temple town. It is among one of the twelve traditional 'Jyotilingam' shrines of Lord Shiva in India.

Distance from Mahabaleshwar: 232 km

Best Time: November to February

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13. Panvel, Maharashtra

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Known For : Karnala Bird Sanctuary Karnala Fort Prabalgad Fort

Panvel is best known for all the forts that dot this city and its proximity from Mumbai. Called the gateway of the Konkan coast, Panvel is the most crowded city of Navi Mumbai. Most travellers have their base in Panvel to travel long and short distances to nearby forts at Raigad and Khopoli. Matheran, a hill-station of Maharashtra is also located nearby.

Distance from Mahabaleshwar: 226 km

Best Time: July to February

14. Panhala, Kolhapur

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Panhala is a city and a Hill station Municipal Council which is 18 km northwest of Kolhapur, in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra. Panhala is the smallest city in Maharashtra and is a Municipal Council which is developing rapidly. The city sprawls in the Panhala fort commands a panoramic view of the valley below. The main historical attraction here is the Panhala fort.

Distance from Mahabaleshwar: 186 km

15. Malshej Ghat, Maharashtra

Malshej Ghat, Maharashtra 4.0 /5 View 14+ photos

Known For : Malshej Falls Pimpalgaon Joga Dam Harishchandragad

A beautiful hill station near Mahabaleshwar with its numerous lakes, waterfalls and mountains, Malshej Ghat is popular among hikers, trekkers and nature lovers.

Distance from Mahabaleshwar: 239 km

Best Time: July to March

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16. Ratanwadi, Maharashtra

Ratanwadi, Maharashtra 3.0 /5

Known For : Trekking in Ratanwadi Ratangad Fort Trek Amruteshwar Temple

Ratanwadi is a village near Bhandardara of the Kalsubai peak in Maharashtra. It houses the famous Ratangad fort and the popular Shiva temple called Amruteshwar. It is a famous trekking spot as it is far from the main town and has a rustic charm to it.

Distance from Mahabaleshwar: 309 km

Best Time: September to May

17. Bhandardara, Maharashtra

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Known For : Umbrella Falls Wilson Dam Kalsubai Peak

Bhandardara, a hill station near Mahabaleshwar nestled in the Sahyadri ranges of Maharashtra, has all the nature's blessings a place can get. The lush greenery, the humble waterfalls and surrounded by high mountains makes for the perfect holiday spot for city dwellers.

Distance from Mahabaleshwar: 294 km

Best Time: June to March

18. Igatpuri, Maharashtra

Igatpuri, Maharashtra 3.3 /5

Known For : Tringalwadi Fort Ghatandevi Temple Vipassna Centre

Igatpuri is blessed with picturesque beauty and is a heaven for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. It also has some of the highest peaks of the Sahyadri range. Igatpuri is also a major railway station in Maharashtra connecting surrounding major cities.

Distance from Mahabaleshwar: 358 km

Best Time: July to September

19. Suryamal, Maharashtra

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Known For : Trekking in Suryamal Suryamal Peak

Suryamal is the highest peak of the region, located in Thane district of Maharashtra. The small but beautiful hill station near Mahabaleshwar is a popular place among people for the sheer breathtaking views that it can be seen from the hilltop.

Distance from Mahabaleshwar: 378 km

Best Time: September to May

20. Amboli, Maharashtra

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Known For : Amboli Falls Madhavgad Fort Shirgaonkar Point

Amboli lies in the Sahyadri hills in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. It is the last hill station near Mahabaleshwar before the plains of Goa begin and is a relatively unexplored one.

Distance from Mahabaleshwar: 292 km

Best Time: June to September

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21. Jawhar, Maharashtra

Jawhar, Maharashtra 3.3 /5 View 23+ photos

Known For : Dabdaba Falls Jai Vilas Palace Sunset Point, Jawhar

A small hill station located in the Thane District of Maharashtra, Jawhar is a place with abundant nature's beauty and several man made marvels. Preserving numerous picturesque views, this hill town is loaded with tourist attractions and exotic beauty of flora and dense cover of forest.

Distance from Mahabaleshwar: 399 km

Best Time: September to Apr

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22. Nashik, Maharashtra - Of Wines and Vineyards

Nashik, Maharashtra - Of Wines and Vineyards 3.4 /5 View 10+ photos

Known For : Panchvati Sula Vineyard Dudhsagar falls, Nasik

Nashik gives you the chance to experience a fabulous cocktail of extremes - from temples to vineyards, hills to waterfalls, this place offers a lot to see. Apart from its temples, Nashik also has forts, waterfalls and vineyards to look out for. With multiple vineyards present in Nashik, the most popular being Sula, the wine-tourism industry is mushrooming in this part of Maharashtra.

Distance from Mahabaleshwar: 334 km

Best Time: July to March

Pick your place from our compiled list of the most charming hill stations near Mahabaleshwar for those seeking solace amidst charming views or are on a lookout for a weekend getaway from the city.

This post was published by Aqsa Aleem

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