Mahabaleshwar Travel Essentials


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"The land of Strawberries"

Mahabaleshwar Tourism

Mahabaleshwar is a hill station located in the Western Ghats, in Satara district of Maharashtra. Apart from its strawberries, Mahabaleshwar is also well known for its numerous rivers, magnificent cascades and majestic peaks. It is among the most sought after weekend getaways from Pune & Mumbai, located about 120km south-west of Pune and 285km from Mumbai.

Mahabaleshwar is also a sacred pilgrimage place for Hindus as the Krishna river originates from here. Once a summer capital of the British, the hill station of Mahabaleshwar comprises of ancient temples, boarding schools, manicured and lush green dense forest, waterfalls, hills, valleys. It is often used as a base to visit the magnificent Pratapgad Fort, located an hour away.

Malcolm Peth, Old Kshetra Mahabaleshwar and a region of the Shindola village are the three villages that make up Mahabaleshwar.

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Strawberries of Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar is known as the hub of berry farming in India, accounting for 85% of all the strawberry production in India. There are numerous farms on the Panchgani-Mahabaleshwar road which produce raspberries, mulberries and blueberries along with the famous strawberries.

Mahabaleshwar Strawberries are seasonal which are produced between October–November and April–May. These strawberries are then used to produce jams, ice-creams, milkshakes, crushes, strawberry wine, and strawberry jelly toffee. These can be easily bought from any of the strawberry farms in Mahabaleshwar, open to tourists.

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Strawberries, Mulberries, Carrots, Corn, and Cherry size tomatoes are the natural treasures of Mahabaleshwar's cuisine. Delicious indulges made from strawberries are a speciality of the town such as toffees, syrups, fudge, ice creams, whipped creams, jellies as well as the Corn Pattice

Going to Mahabaleshwar on a short weekend trip is incomplete without paying a visit to the renowned restaurant - Bagicha Corner, which is extremely famous for its strawberry cream, mulberry cream, ice creams and syrups, corn patties, zunka bhakari and corn Frankies. Mapro Garden Restaurant serves lip-smacking Italian delight pizzas and chocolate brownies for a delectable lunch, which can be followed by a round of colourful ice-cold chuskis and garden carrots from local vendors.

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Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra
Elephant's Head point - Offers Picturesque Views
Chinaman's fall - One of the most important falls of Mahabaleshwar
Dhobi Waterfalls is connected with Lodwick and Elphinston point

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What are the places near Mahabaleshwar?

The top places near to Mahabaleshwar are Panchgani which is 14 km from Mahabaleshwar, Lavasa which is located 56 km from Mahabaleshwar, Pune which is located 69 km from Mahabaleshwar, Kolad which is located 71 km from Mahabaleshwar, Mumbai which is located 152 km from Mahabaleshwar

What are the things to do in Mahabaleshwar?

The top things to do in Mahabaleshwar are Elephant's Head point, Chinaman's falls, Dhobi waterfall, Arthur's seat, Venna Lake, Wilson Point. You can see all the places to visit in Mahabaleshwar here

What are the top hotels in Mahabaleshwar?

There are 251 in Mahabaleshwar which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Mahabaleshwar are Gavson Palace by Vista Rooms, Vrundavan Bungalow Homestay, Mayank Residency, Venna View Hotel, Sai Rose Villa, Green Valley Agro Tourism. You can see all the hotels in Mahabaleshwar here

What is the best way to reach Mahabaleshwar?

The three places from where one can reach Mahabaleshwar are Satara, Pune and Mumbai. Satara being the central place. Mahabaleshwar is well connected by Mumbai-Pune highway, and therefore one can fly down to Mumbai or Pune and reach Mahabaleshwar via road. One can also board a train from Pune, Bangalore, Mumbai to reach Satara and then take a private vehicle or tourist vehicles to reach Maharashtra. Travelling is not a problem as it is well connected via main cities.
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What is the local food in Mahabaleshwar?

Strawberries, Mulberries, Carrots, Corn, Cherry size tomatoes are the natural treasures of Mahabaleshwar's cuisine. Delicious indulges made from strawberries are a specialty of the the town such as toffees, syrups, fudge, ice creams, whipped creams, jellies as well as the Corn Pattice made from the corn. Enjoy these refreshing items and take some home too.
The next most popular item, like in almost all of Maharashtra is the Vada Paav along with a popular range of other street food items. One can also bite into the popular sweet Chikki . Other than these, the restaurants offer quite a satisfactory range of cuisines.

Going to Mahabaleshwar on a short weekend trip is incomplete without paying a visit to the renowned restaurant - Bagicha Corner, which is extremely famous for its strawberry cream, mulberry cream, ice creams and syrups, corn pattice, zunka bhakari and corn frankies. If your taste buds lie more on the savoury side - try out their makke ki roti and sarso ka saag.
Mapro Garden Restaurant serves lip smacking Italian delight pizzas and chocolate brownies for a delectable lunch, which can be followed by a round of colourful ice cold chuskis and garden carrots from local vendors.

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What is the best time to visit Mahabaleshwar?

The best time to visit Mahabaleshwar is from December to February when Mahabaleshwar witnesses great climate. Since it lies at an altitude of 1438 metres above sea level, the weather at this height is pleasant throughout the year with intermittent rainfall. The summer months of March to June are also good but the afternoon heat can make it difficult to explore as the temperature can rise up to 35 degrees. Western ghats are most beautiful during monsoon. However, during floods/landslides, it could become problematic. Given that Mahabaleshwar is a known place for a weekend getaways, the decision should be made basis current.
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Who should visit Mahabaleshwar?

Mahabaleshwar is ideal for those who love the cold weather and want to get away from the summer heat. A perfect weekend getaway for the people of Maharashtra, espcially from Mumbai and Pune. It is also perfect for a short outing with family and friends. 

What is not so good about Mahabaleshwar?

Recieves heavy rainfall. Risk of causing landslides high. May get over crowded during summers.

What is famous about Mahabaleshwar?

An immensely beautiful destination. The weather is pleasant almost all year round.

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Q. Does the place has long distances between the points just like in Matheran.. Can we get any transportation facility between the points..??

Kauser akolawala

4 years ago
You can hire a taxi. Easily available at the city center
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Q. Which place is suitable for stay as there are lots of places far from each other so that i am confused. Which place is centre of Mahabaleshwar?

Kauser akolawala

4 years ago
Better to stay near Mahabaleshwar bus stand. After sunset, the whole area between Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar becomes very deserted.
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Q. How much room rent?


6 years ago
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Raksha Tayade

on City Shopping 6 years ago
I love strawberries. I plan trip in next week & get pune to mahabaleshwar tour package by shivneri travels ,I am so excited for my journey and sightseeing.

Deepak Kanade

5 years ago
One of the best destination in summer, wonderful and memorable experience from the Mahableshwar Plan. At least for 2-3 days spend here.The boating tracking view atmosphere awesome experience ever.

Sravya Vemuri

6 years ago
I visited Mahabaleshwar during the summers. It was a respite from scorching heat as Mahabaleshwar is a hill station. One has to travel along the beautiful green roads for sure. The place is also famo (Read More)us for good quality fruits and vegetables. You can also enjoy seeing the strawberry and raspberry farms. For jam and jelly lovers, the Mapro food gardens will be a paradise. Jellies, candies and jams of different flavours are available at reasonable prices. I bought a pack of 100 jellies for a Rs. 200 and they were worth it. Venna lake, Panchgani and Pratapgadh Fort are other not-to-miss tourist attractions in Mahabaleshwar.
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