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Nestling among the lush green hills, amongst the farms of strawberries and mulberries with breathtaking scenery, is the quaint hill-station of Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar. One of highly visited tourist spots of not only the state, but also the country, Mahabaleshwar receives a great response, especially during monsoons.

Mahabaleshwar is located in Satara district of Maharashtra on the Western Ghats. It is quite close to Pune and Mumbai. It has several attractions that are tourist hotspots such as Venna Lake, Pratapgad Fort, the Mahabaleshwar temple and over 25 enchanting points such as Arthur's Seat, Babington Point, Lodwick Point etc with different views of this lovely hill station.

The nearest landmark to Mahabaleshwar is Panchgani which is also known as "Old Mahabaleshwar". The weather is cool and pleasant and serves as an ideal holiday atmosphere.


The origin of Mahabaleshwar can be traced to the year 1215 and it is said that King Singhan (ruler of Deogiri) constructed a small temple with a water tank next to the Krishna River in Old Mahabaleshwar. A Brahmin dynasty then ruled the city during 1350. The city came into prominence in around 16th century when this dynasty was defeated by Chandarao More in 16th century. During this time, the old temple was reconstructed.

The historical Pratapgad fort was built in 1656 under the reign of Shivaji Maharaj, when he captured Maharashtra and Javli. During the British rule, the district of Satara came into the territory. Mahabaleshwar was a site often visited by army troops and soldiers. Arthur's Seat was named after Sir Arthur Mallet. The current hill station of Mahabaleshwar, however, came into presence around 1829.

Tourist Attractions

Venna Lake

This is an ideal lake for boating on a cool beautiful evening. Boats can be hired, or owned. Likewise, there are horse rides next to the lake as well.

Arthur's Seat

Situated at a height of 1340 metres, the point owes its name to Sir Arthur Mallet, who used to often visit the spot and gaze at the Savitri River and mourn the loss of his wife and children who died in a ferry accident.

Needle Hole Point

It is situated closed to Kate's Point, and got its name from a hole formed naturally that resembles a needle. One can view the Deccan Traps from here.

Kate's Point

This is one of the popular points of Mahabaleshwar, named after Kate Malcolm, Sir James Malcolm's daughter. Balakwadi and Dhom are located close to this point.

Wilson Point

The highest point of the hill station is undoubtedly Wilson Point, which has been named after the Governor of Bombay, Leslie Wilson. It offers a gorgeous view of Mahabaleshwar. Amazingly enough, both sunset and sunrise can be seen from here.


Mahabaleshwar is known for its waterfalls during the rainy season, namely Chinaman’s Falls, Dhobi Falls and Lingmala Falls. The Lingmala Falls are impressive and fall from a height of 600 feet.


There are several hotels in Mahabaleshwar, since it is a tourist hub. However, bookings are advisable during the peak season. Economic hotels for a day's stay with decent facilities as well as five-star hotels with excellent amenities are available. It is advisable to eat outside the hotel, considering the high costs. Most hotels offer excellent vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. Hotels offering a beautiful view of the hills are available.

Weather and Best Time to Visit

As mentioned above, monsoon is the season to visit Mahabaleshwar. The rains enhance the beauty and charm of the hills, the breeze carries an earthy aroma and it's indeed a tourist's paradise.



It is nearly a five hour drive away from Mumbai and about three hours away from Pune. The nearest city is Satara situated 55 km away.


The nearest station is at Satara, followed by Pune, Sangli and Miraj.


Pune's airport is the closest to Mahabaleshwar.

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