Mahabaleshwar is a city lying in the Satara district of the Indian state of Maharashtra. Lying on the Western Ghats, it is one of the few evergreen forests in the country.
The road distance between Pune and Mahabaleshwar is 120 km while from Mumbai it is 285 km.
The lush green landscape, marked by many silvery waterfalls during the rainy season, green meadows and pastures calls for an irresistible invite of the nature. The place is at its peak during the rainy season with the temperature dripping down, making the place cooler, accompanied by frequent spells of the rain.
Places to visit:
- Venna Lake–A beautiful lake, famous for its calm waters and boat riding, this place is a very famous tourist attraction in Mahabaleshwar. Horse riding is also available next to the lake with a number of eateries around the place.
- Kate’s Point – It is located to the east of Mahabaleshwar and is famous for its view of two reservoirs, Balakwadi and Dhom.
- Needle Hole Point – This place is next to Kate’s point. This point when viewed from the top gives a view of a hole, making it appear like a needle. It is also famous for its view of the Deccan traps that look like an Elephant trunk.
- 3 Monkey Point – The point because of its natural alignment of rocks looks like 3 monkeys sitting beside each other and resembling the three monkeys of Gandhi.
- Pratapgarh – This is a fort near Mahabaleshwar. The fort is very famous because it was built by Shivaji Maharaj. The Fort is more popular because in this place the commander, Afzal Khan, was killed by Shivaji Maharaj.
- Lingmala falls–Lingamala falls are located at a distance of 6 km from Mahabaleshwar. The waterfall is formed by river Venna which flows from a height of 500 ft. The place is a very famous tourist destination.
- Mapro Garden – This is a garden park in the hill station of Panchgani, at a few kilometres from Mahabaleshwar. The place is famous for its strawberry produce which attracts lakhs of visitors throughout the year. The place is also a host to the annual Strawberry festival.
- Table Land (Panchgani) – This flat large expanse of laterite rock is the second longest mountain plateau in Asia. Some spacious caves including the ‘Devil’s Kitchen’ are visible from here.
Best Time to Visit
The place can be enjoyed throughout the year, but if you want to enjoy the zenith of nature’s spell on the Western Ghats, then post monsoon is the best time to visit.
Mainly, June to March is the most appropriate time to visit the hill station.
The spells of rain shower give the place a very refreshing and a cool feel, thereby consummating your trip to the lap of nature.
Your trip to the hill station can successfully and fruitfully be accomplished by Taxi / COOL CAB Services, taking you to the exotic place with its comfortable and relaxing cabs and experienced drivers without any glitches.