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Mahabaleshwar

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"The land of Strawberries"

Mahabaleshwar Tourism

A hill town in Western Ghats, apart from its strawberries, Mahabaleshwar is also well known for its numerous rivers, magnificent cascades and majestic peaks.

Mahabaleshwar is a hill station located in the Western Ghats, in Satara district of Maharashtra. Known for its captivating beauty and the beautiful strawberry farms, the city comprises of ancient temples, boarding schools, manicured and lush green dense forest, waterfalls, hills, valleys. The city is definitely among the most sought after weekend getaways from Mumbai. Charming views, enticing valleys, serene lakes and a refreshing delight for your taste buds - the best way to summarize this natures gift.

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A Perfect Weekend Getaway

Mahabaleshwar is based on the arms of the ranges of the Sahyadri mountains. Mahabaleshwar has one of the rarely found evergreen forests in India. Malcolm Peth, Old Kshetra Mahabaleshwar and a region of the Shindola village are the three villages of halves that make up Mahabaleshwar. It is based at the distance of about one hundred and kilometres south-west to Pune and the distance of two hundred and eighty-five kilometres from Mumbai. Valleys surround it in every direction. Mahabaleshwar is ver well renowned for its strawberry cultivation. Mapro Gardens, located at the distance of twelve kilometres from Mahabaleshwar, is also well recognised for its variety of delicious food.

Strawberry Farming in Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar is known to be the hub of berry farming in India, so much so that it is said to account for 85% of all the strawberry production in the country! There are a number of strawberry farms right on the Panchgani-Mahabaleshwar Road with plantations that of other berries too like raspberries, mulberries and blueberries. Tourists can drop by in any one of these farms, and walk around the fields with the permission of the owners who may also make one try out these mouth-watering and farm fresh berries. However, if you’re amongst the lucky ones, you may even get to take home with you a big jar of special homemade strawberry jam, made with farm goodness and lots of love! The Mapro Strawberry festival starts in March-April every year. However fresh strawberries sale starts from December and best time to visit is January.

History of Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar, to its acclaim has a rich history of many-a-dynasty setting their base and capital here and waging wars against others in order to defeat the region. Starting from King Singhan who was the first to build a small temple and water tank here, the story then goes on to a Brahmin Dynasty who became the rulers of Mahabaleshwar, before they were defeated by the Maratha family of Chandarao More. In the 17th Century, Shivaji Maharaj reclaimed Mahabaleshwar and built the famous Pratapgarh Fort here. The onset of the 19th Century, saw this land pass on through a succession of British lords and officials, who brought strawberry plants from Australia and planted them in Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar. Today, these strawberries are exported to various countries.

Restaurants and 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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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Start your day with a visit to Arthur's Seat. Post lunch, visit the Elphinstone Point and the Venna Lake. End your day by paying a visit to the Mahabaleshwar Market to chance upon some gorgeous kolhapuri jootis, followed by a horse riding session around Venna Lake or by watching the sunset from the Elephant's Head Point. 

Day 2: Begin your day with a visit to the Wilson Point and the Connaught Peak. If you're a thrill seeker and not faint-hearted, join any local expedition groups to their nearest green snake rescue missions or just a day of forest floor walking or bird watching. Next, go to the Lingmala waterfall. Visit the Mapro Gardens during the evening or when you are leaving Mahabaleshwar.

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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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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 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 famous about Mahabaleshwar?

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

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 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 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 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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Deepak Kanade 7 months 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.
Kovid Kapoor 2 years ago
- Carry Umbrellas, rain gear and jackets to escape unexpected rains or cold climate.
Rekha Shekhawat 2 years ago
While most of Maharashtra is extremely hot during summers, Mahabaleshwar is a great getaway from the heat as it enjoys pleasant weather all year round. It is one of the finest hill stations of Maharashtra with several sightseeing options like Arthur's Seat, Kate's point and Wilson's point.
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