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Mahabaleshwar Traveller Guide

How to reach
By Air: The closest airport is Lohegaon Airport in Pune and is located at a distance of 80 kms from Mahabaleshwar. You can also get to Mahabaleshwar from Mumbai’s International Airport, Chatrapati Shivaji (160 kms away). From the respective airports one can hire a taxi or avail the bus service to get to Mahabaleshwar.
By Rail: You can reach Mahabaleshwar via rail too. The nearest railhead is Satara, at a distance of 47km. There is another railhead located at Wathar (60 kms). The railhead at Pune is the most convenient to reach Mahabaleshwar which is located at a distance of 120 km. Private and shared cabs/taxis can also be hired from Mumbai and Pune.
By Road: Mahabaleshwar is well connected by road from Mumbai as well as Pune. Maharashtra State Road Transport provides bus services to all the nearby cities of Pune, Mumbai, Nasik, Satara, Panchgani and Kolhapur. Private and shared cabs/taxis can also be hired from Mumbai and Pune.
What to do?

Boating: Visit lake Venna for a ride on paddle/ or rowing boat.
It is a beautiful and scenic lake.
Trekking: There are many many trekking trails around the hills of Mahabaleshwar.
Horse riding: Horse riding options are available at Venna lake.<

What to see?

Roman Catholic Church: Roman Catholic Church is a colonial era Church and a prominent monument near town centre in Mahabaleshwar.
Wilson Point: Wilson Point is the highest point in Mahabaleshwar at 4500+ ft asl.
Wilson point is the only location in Mahabal

Best time to visit

Throughout the year

Famous For

Hillls, valleys, Temples, Strawberry farms, Points.

Mahabaleshwar Reviews

Mumbai’s favorite hill station –and rightly so
Jun 01, 2009 09:36 PM Read
Mahabaleshwar is undoubtedly Maharastra’s finest hill station. It is incredible how the British always managed to find a place in hills in various parts of India to spend the unbearable summers in this land while they were ruling this country. Mahabaleshwar is one such discovery of the Britisher...Read More

Panchgani Health Resort
Jan 26, 2009 09:26 PM Read
Been to Panchgani Health Resort recently. The location / view seems ok, but the accommodation is very average. The problem is that the rooms are too close to one another. There is absolutely no privacy and the resort resembles a chawl when full. The noise level goes up very high and one can actu...Read More

Sai Villa's non service!
Jan 10, 2009 09:38 PM Read
We had decided to take a trip to dapoli and mahabaleshwar with our friends from the 1st to the 4th jan 2009. there were 4 families in all. we made bookings in advance: 4 bedroom bungalows in both places. we decided to visit dapoli first and then go on to mahabaleshwar. when we were booking fo...Read More


Tapola, the Beautiful Getaway !
Nov 19, 2008 10:32 PM Read
Tapola 29 kms from Mahabaleshwar is the most beautiful place in the viscinity of Mumbai and Pune. An unforgettable place where nature stands still in its own natural way. Eyes do not tire looking at unending green forests and gushing waves in the Tapola lake. Tapola, sure is the place, one ca...Read More

Amazing experience!!!
Nov 17, 2008 05:57 PM Read
We visited Mahabaleshwar from Pune which is a distance of 120 kms during Diwali holidays which is the peak season there. We started at 7 in the morning  in our car and took the Pune-Satara highway till Shirwal from where you have to take a right turn. The road is very good (except 4-5 kms after ...Read More

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Cool place with great hill view points
Nov 13, 2008 01:03 PM Read
I visited MB in the nov 2008 and stayed at MTDC resorts. Do book early during peak season as many people flock to this place in n around mumbai & pune. MTDC is 3 kms from main market place but u can always walk down the scenic roads. Me my wife had great time walking down the scenic roads surrou...Read More

Mahabaleshwar in detail
Oct 06, 2008 01:14 PM Read
Mahabaleshwar is definitely one of the best hill stations around Pune. I visited it in first week of Oct, 2008. Here is some useful information Travel from Pune to Mahabaleshwar : Mahabaleshwar is approx 120 KM from Pune. There are lot of private buses ( prasanna tours etc) and govt buses ...Read More

Saket Plaza/TPH Travels
Jul 12, 2008 11:12 PM Read
I planned my 2nd Anniversary trip with my wife to Mahabaleshwar after doing alot of research on the net.Found out few agencys whod do a complete package with the hotel of your choice finally managed a deal with Sai Siddhi holiday Pvt Ltd they quoted me rates n the package etc for Saket Plaza as ...Read More

Romancing the misty hills
May 15, 2008 12:20 PM Read
It was my birthday and I wanted to celebrate it in a memorable way and planned a trip to Mahabaleshwar. The name'Mahabaleshwar' is derived from a temple of Lord Mahadev and three Sanskrit words, "Maha"(great), "Bal"(power) and "Ishwar"(God).The British in order to escape the summer heat of the p...Read More

Things to munch in Mahabaleshwar
Jan 18, 2008 02:58 PM Read
Any trip to Mahabaleshwar would be incomplete without - Strawberries with fresh cream - there are several shops/restaurants in the market place area that serve this Corn pattice - apart from restaurants in the market area, the road-side restaurants also serve this. It is also worth tryi...Read More

Complete review on Mahabaleshwar
Sep 25, 2007 03:03 AM Read
So if u want a useful review on Mahabaleshwar after cutting all the crap then read this one.I have been there twice, both times from Pune. Route: Exact 130 kms from Kothrud in Pune. Take Pune-Bangalore highway, Keep going straight. After about 90 kms there is a right turn (from WAI) and a boa...Read More

Good place for a weekend
Aug 07, 2007 02:58 PM Read
On my recent vacation to India, I thought of getting away from the tiresome and polluted life of Mumbai, after hearing few good words from friends I decided to drive up to Mahabaleshwar, woke up at 5 in the morning 23rd July and on the road by 6:00, I took the Mum-Pune expressway uptil pune from...Read More

Aug 03, 2007 03:29 PM Read
As we wanted to get rid of the Mumbai’s summer, this May we decided to visit Mahabaleshwar.  We started our search by checking with some of the hotels in m’bleswar but the rates were too high as it was peak season and then sight seeing cost is separate which goes to Rs. 10000 then our next searc...Read More

Tapola - Mini Kashmir? No -Maximum disappointment!
May 04, 2007 09:57 PM Read
After reading a few reviews on this site, and elsewhere on the Internet, I decided to visit Tapola(pronounced Taa-po-la!), which is about 25 Kms from Mahabaleshwar. We all know that Mahabaleshwar is a beautiful hill station, and by that standard one can have very high expectations. Many of you w...Read More

Perpetual Paradise - Mahableshwar
Dec 14, 2006 01:37 PM Read

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Most exciting place for adventure lovers!!!
Nov 06, 2006 07:03 PM Read
My family decided to visit Mahabaleswar this post diwali days. We hired a private vehicle from Panchgani. We were in Pangani previously and spent a day there too. Panchgani is near to Pune and our journey had begun from VT station to Pune. As soon as we reached Panchgani via bus from Pune statio...Read More

Some points to enjoy your stay in Mahabalshwar
Nov 06, 2006 05:52 PM Read
Lot of reviews on mahabaleshwar here and about the points so will not bore you with one more :) Had a chance of visting mahabaleshwar almost at the end of the "season"( end of Diwali vacation) and was exploited somehow. Also got a chance to catch a glimpse of the rain of mahabaleshwar it was ...Read More

'Jannat' I call - Mahabaleshwar
Oct 27, 2006 01:13 PM Read
Mahabaleshwar is a popular hill station in Western India. Serene lakes and mystifying hills makes this place a paradise. Overlooking the Koyna and Krishna valleys Mahabaleshwar is truly a ultimate getaway from city life. How we reached: It took 3 hrs by car to reach Mahabaleshwar from Kolh...Read More

Mahabaleshwar-nice change
Aug 27, 2006 07:06 PM Read
This summer vacation I decided to head for Mahabaleshwar, and as usual it has to be in the month of May as the kids are on vacation at this time. Took sometime to get onto mouthshut as got back to some hectic work and busy home schedule. Booked a family room in MTDC through their website well...Read More

Misty Woods, Mahabaleshwar. Most Horrible
Aug 26, 2006 12:27 AM Read
Most horrible place one can ever stay at. We saw the website and booked the place and were asked to deposit the full amount as advance.When we went from Shirdi to Mahabaleshwar and reached the place late in the night we could only make it by 1 o clock in the night. The place was as eerie as a ha...Read More



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