Mahabaleshwar: The perfect conglomeration of hills, forests, and nature
Mahabaleshwar, a beautiful hill station in the heart of the Western Ghats, is an ideal location to visit for a memorable vacation. It has mesmerizing waterfalls and magnificent cascades flowing amidst hills and valleys. It was a summer capital for the Colonial families. Dense forests and ancient temples also make this place ideal for a getaway.
How to reach Mahabaleshwar
The closest airport is in Pune (131 km). Major cities are well connected with this airport. By road, you can take state bus services from Mumbai, Pune, Panchgani, Nasik, Kolhapur, etc. The nearest railway station is at Wather (60 km). You can rent a cab from this place to Mahabaleshwar. The best way to reach via train in Pune.
Best places to visit in Mahabaleshwar
- Elephant’s Head Point - This point is situated on a hilltop in the Sahyadri Ranges. It is also called the Needle Point for its 360-degree unhindered panoramic views.
- Chinaman’s Falls - The mesmerizing descend of this fall will give you a reason to come back to this location someday.
- Arthur’s Seat - Also called Suicide Point, this is a brilliant location offering beautiful views of the Savitri river and the Brahma-Arayana valleys covered with dense forest.
- Venna Lake - It is a manmade lake offering fascinating boat rides. Children especially find this place quite fascinating. It also has a toy train service.
Do’s and Don’ts of traveling to Mahabaleshwar
Do not litter the tourist locations. It is a punishable offense. Keep sufficient cash for personal use. Arrange your accommodation and travel resources beforehand. Always remain in groups and do not wander away.
Major activities to do in Mahabaleshwar
Go to Tapola for jungle trekking. Check out the mysterious spots of Pratapgarh Fort. Enjoy a shikara ride in Venna Lake. Visit the historical caves of Rajpuri. Babington Point is ideal for bird watching. You can also enjoy a picnic in Connaught Peak.
Suitable time to visit Mahabaleshwar
The right time to visit Mahabaleshwar is between November and February. It is also the ideal season for strawberry cultivation. You can also visit in the monsoon season (July-August) to enjoy the true colors of nature.