Mahabaleshwar is an India’s most pretty hill station located in the Satara district of Maharashtra and it has always been a favorite destination of tourist due to its charming views. The destination’s unmatched beauty, beautiful gardens, lush green trees, lush waterfalls, and attractive lakes make Mahabaleshwar a tourist paradise. Mahabaleshwar literally means ‘God of Great Power’ and that describe the great power of God. The place offers variety of attractions to its visitors such as valleys, forests, waterfalls, lakes and these things eliminate all the fatigue of the travelers. It is nice to come here and see the Wilson Point in the evening. The Echo Point is a children's favorite place where a loud shout is heard back. You will forget your urban fatigue and worries by feeling the freshness and coolness of the air as you move towards Mahabaleshwar on the winding roads with green twists. The real pleasure of going to Mahabaleshwar is to take your vehicle like Maruti Jeep, Sierra, motorcycle or something else as the bus is not useful to see 30 scenic spots located there. So let's go for this vacation tour of the fascinating places of Mahabaleshwar. Here are some tips for you that will help you to make your trip amazing.
Mahabaleshwar Tour Packages
Mahabaleshwar is called the queen of hill stations in Maharashtra. This is the finest reason that it is known as the most famous and favorite hill station among the tourists. The far-flung hills and greenery strewn over them offer a very beautiful and relaxing sight. It’s a perfect holiday getaway from Mumbai and it also best for every kind of traveler like honeymooners, family, and friends. There is something for everyone and whoever is come at this place, they go happily from here. Some of the Mahabaleshwar tour packages are as follows:
Mahabaleshwar Goa tour package – 5 Nights and 6 Days
This is one of the best Mahabaleshwar tour package yes because it will cover Goa as well. You can explore both the destinations in this package and it will offer you the top attractions that will make you feel happy during your trip. This 5 Nights and 6 Days Mahabaleshwar Goa tour package take you to explore some of the topmost attractions of Mahabaleshwar and Goa which includes historical places of Mahabaleshwar, sunny beaches and churches of Goa. Mahabaleshwar where you will feel the lovely weather conditions and in Goa you will witness the prosperity of Goan culture. Apart from that, the package includes luxury hotels and resorts as per your choice for the stay.
Exciting Mahabaleshwar Family Tour Packages – 4 Nights and 5 Days
This is one of the best Mahabaleshwar family tour package and it is specially designed for the family purpose. In this package you can enjoy some amazing sights with your family like we offer you to explore dazzling mountains, fabulous valleys, as well as you can learn about the vibrant history and culture of Maratha’s. It is difficult to explore all the places within a day or two so this 4 Nights and 5 Days Mahabaleshwar tour package can be consider as an ideal itinerary. Some of the top attractions that includes in this package such as Elephant’s Head Point, Chinaman Falls, Dhobi Waterfall, Mahabaleshwar Temple and Venna lake. These are the attractions that you shouldn’t be missed on when traveling with the family. Next, the package has embraces the first class accommodation as per your preferences that will surely feel you superior.
Memorable Mahabaleshwar Holiday Tour Package – 3 Nights and 4 Days
As we all knows Mahabaleshwar has awesome weather throughout the year which is known to be a prominent tourist destination. This package is for all kind of traveler like family, friends and honeymooners because it offers some major attractions such as Venna Lake Lingamala waterfalls, Elephant’s Head Point, Parsi Point, Lord Mahabaleshwar Temple Darshan, Rajapuri Caves, Mapro Garden, Mini Kashmir, Babington point, Lodwick point, Bombay point, Chinaman’s point, Tiger’s spring, Marjorie Point for witness the gorgeous sunset. So, the package includes beautiful waterfalls where you can indulge in photo shoot with your friends, better half and family. You can enjoy trekking activities, shikara ride at Venna Lake, enjoy local cuisines, and many more things.
Mahabaleshwar Tour Package – 2 Nights and 3 Days
This 2 Nights and 3 Days Mahabaleshwar tour package is a simple package which is designed to give you a bunch of things in a short time. This package is perfect for those people who want to explore various sights in a low budget. In this package you can enjoy trekking, shopping, sunset view, waterfalls, and one can enjoy roaming the streets of Mahabaleshwar. It’s an incredible destination where you can enjoy lot of different natural scenery and when you leave from here you will carry unforgettable memories with you. In this 2 Nights and 3 Days Mahabaleshwar tour package you will be provided a hotel, transfer and sightseeing as per your wish. Apart from all these things you can also enjoy services like Ayurvedic massage and spa in the hotel.
As Mahabaleshwar is located at an altitude of 1438 meters above sea level, so the weather remains pleasant throughout the year with intermittent rainfall. However, the best time to visit Mahabaleshwar is from December to February and summer months are also good time to visit this place. The summer season starts from March till the June and during these days afternoon hotness can make it explore difficult but the evenings are good to explore the places. So, if you are planning a trip, October-June are the appropriate months to visit Mahabaleshwar.
Mahabaleshwar in winter season – Being a hill station, winters are considered a great time to visit because during these days the temperature ranging between 10 degrees Celsius to 24 degrees Celsius. Mostly tourists visit this place in this season because of the good climate conditions and another reason is fresh strawberries since winters are well-known to be berry seasons.
Mahabaleshwar in Monsoon season – Well, it’s a rainy season and disadvantage of this season is that it makes travel difficult like roads become slippery which is become problematic for tourists. So, it is better to avoid travel during monsoon season.
Mahabaleshwar in summer season – This season is also nicer to visit Mahabaleshwar as the temperature ranging between 15 degrees Celsius to 35 degrees Celsius and the weather remains satisfying. In summer season, the days can be hot but it is cooler as comparison of the neighboring cities like Mumbai or Pune.
How to reach Mahabaleshwar
Travelers can reach Mahabaleshwar by these three places like Satara, Pune and Mumbai. Satara is the central place. The place is very well connected by the Mumbai-Pune highway and hence one can fly to Mumbai or Pune can hire taxi to reach Mahabaleshwar via road. Trains are also available from Pune, Bangalore, and Mumbai to reach Satara and then tourists can take a private vehicle or public vehicle to reach Mahabaleshwar.
Mahabaleshwar by flight - The nearest airport to Mahabaleshwar is Pune airport which is about one hundred and twenty kilometers. The airport is very well connected with the major domestic and international airports. The taxis are easily available from the airport’s taxi point and then you can reach Mahabaleshwar easily.
Mahabaleshwar by road - Regular buses are connected Mahabaleshwar to other major cities via roadways and travelers can take a tourist bus from Mumbai, which runs from Sion, Vashi and Dadar (East). It takes approximately 6 hours to reach Mahabaleshwar from Mumbai. Alternatively, if you are traveling by your private vehicle then it takes 4 to 5 hours approx. from Mumbai via Panvel-Mahad-Poladpur. It is the preferred option to drive from Mumbai.
Mahabaleshwar by train - The nearest railway station is situated at Wathar which is sixty kilometers from Mahabaleshwar. This railway station connects to other major railway stations of the country. Otherwise, one can reach Satara by train from Mumbai / Pune and hire a taxi to Mahabaleshwar, which takes about an hour.
Places to visit in Mahabaleshwar
Venna Lake – This Lake is one of the elegant lake in Mahabaleshwar and it’s a top tourist charm of Mahabaleshwar which is covered with tall trees. Venna Lake is a man-made lake and it was built in 1942 by Shri Appasaheb Maharaj, the ruler of Satara and a descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Appasaheb was a leader in the 19th century and this lake is spread over an area of 28 acres in 7 to 8 km. The lake also offers boat rides for tourists. Tourists can also opt for horse riding to see nearby places.
Mahabaleshwar Temple – The temple is situated at a distance of 6 km from the city and it is a holy temple which is a perfect example of Maratha heritage. Every year lakhs of devotees visit this temple and the temple is extremely popular among Hindus, as Lord Shiva is the main deity here. It was built in the 16th century by the Chanda Rao Mor dynasty. The main attraction of this temple is the 6 feet tall Shiva Linga, which depicts the stone incarnation of Lord Shiva. Mahabaleshwar Temple has a very serene and spiritual atmosphere. Devotees visit the temple throughout the year to see the calm and serene aura of Lord Shiva. There are two more temples near this site, namely Atibaleshwar Temple and Panchganga Temple.
Elephant’s Head Point - If you want to spend a few moments in this hill station, then Elephant Head Point is the utmost place. Rock formations exist on the site that form an elephant trunk. It’s a most famous attractions of Mahabaleshwar and this point got its name during the British Raj and the then Governor of Bombay was Sir Mount Elstinton. It is believed that it was originated in 1930 by Dr. Murray, who also has an old mansion.
Chinaman Waterfall – If you are a nature lover and photographer lover then this place is ideal for you. You should visit this place with your family, partner and friends because this attraction will surely leave you awestruck. It is also famed for bird watching and your trip to Mahabaleshwar is incomplete if you not visit this beautiful place.
Arthur’s Seat - Arthur's Seat is also known as the Queen of the points. Here one can get the most remarkable and eye-catching view of the dense valleys of Brahma-Aryana and Savitri river. From here if you go up, you can also witness a window point and tiger spring. Take a guide with you as the trek trail becomes quite confusing at times.
Panchgani - Surrounded by five hills near Mahabaleshwar, this place is named Panchgani. Panchgani is a popular hill station and it is well-known for its numerous sunset points and natural valley views. In the British period, this place was recognized as a summer resort and therefore several colonial era creations can be seen here.
Pratapgad Fort – It’s an incredibly beautiful hill fort in Maharashtra which is situated close to the legendary hill station of Mahabaleshwar in Satara district. Partapgad fort labels a history of Mahabaleshwar and the castle goes up to a height of about 3500 feet from the ground. Fort has four magnificent lakes and many of which flow during the monsoon. Other than that, Bhavani temple is situated at the top of the fort, and a cultural library which replicated the heritage of the fort. Also, it has handicraft center which attracts a lot of tourists.
Okay, so here we are talking about the weather of Mahabaleshwar. As it’s a hill station, the weather here is very pleasant and enchanting to the mind. You can visit this place anytime of the year because it has clear attractive weather which is the biggest feature of this place. The weather of this place is so heavenly that anyone who goes here feels healthy. But the important thing is that travelers should visit this place in between winter and summer season for a pretty vacation experience.
Summer: March to June
Monson: July to October
Winter: December to February
Travel Tips for Travelers
Some important tips that you should know before traveling to this place like whenever you are in a mountainous area, you have to come back from there before it gets dark.
- To go to Mahabaleshwar, one must carry clothes and an umbrella, raincoat.
- For walking, you need to keep a pair of flat slippers or shoes with you, which will make it very easy for you to travel.
- Never treat wild animals friendly, do not offer them food or anything. Also, do not try to touch them or scare them.
- Avoid trekking or hiking on the trails of Mahabaleshwar. Try to travel there in a group.
- Mahabaleshwar is a small place and people are helpful. Try to take all necessary directions from the hotel desk. If you have to ask anyone about anything, then you should definitely inquire about two to three people without relying on any one point.
Things to carry
While traveling to Mahabaleshwar so you should carry some important things like if you are planning to visit in winter season make sure you carry woolen sweaters, jackets, gloves, socks, warm cap, trekking shoes, warm scarf, woolen tops, jeans, etc. You have to carry sneakers because it’s helpful in traveling. Must carry medicines with you and especially those medicines you need their on daily basis. Must carry sun glasses, DSLR camera if you are a photography lover. For summer season, you can carry light cotton clothes, jeans, shorts, tops, sunscreen, etc. but for summer nights carry one or two shawls because sometimes nights are cool. Make sure before leaving home you have your hotel vouchers, flight/train tickets, driver number if pre-booked taxi and other legal documents like driving license. These are the important notes from our side that would help you with booking a Mahabaleshwar tour package. Now, you have to make the arrangements accordingly.