MahabaleshwarIndia

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Spend some time in a hill town in the west of India to see a diversity of landscapes and rock formations shaped like monkeys and an elephant.

With high mountain peaks, forests, waterfalls and a lake, Mahabaleshwar's wild scenery attracts large numbers of visitors every year. During the time of the British Raj it was the summer capital of Bombay. The hill town is located in the Western Ghats range where you can embark on long mountain treks and see unusual rock formations.

Enjoy a day of fun and relxation at Venna Lake, a short drive from town. Go boating or horse riding then stop for something to eat at one of the snack bars along the lake’s shore. Hike through the forests to reach Lingamala Falls.

Mahabaleshwar is known for its many sightseeing points that look out across the hilly terrain. Hike up Duchess Road to Kate's Point, at an elevation of 4,230 feet (1,290 meters). From here, you can see the Balakwadi Reservoir and the colossal Dhom Dam as well as the peaks of Kamalgadh, Mandardeo and Pandavgadh. Next to this lookout is Echo Point. Yell something into the wilderness and hear why this place has earned its sobriquet.

Nearby is Elephant Head’s Point, a set of cliffs that look like the head and trunk of an elephant. For more photo opportunities go to Monkey Point. The cliff is so called because the rock formations resemble three monkeys sitting next to each other. They recall the three wise monkeys that embody the ancient principle of "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil."

There are many other scenic vistas in the area such as Arthur's Seat, Lodwick Point and Sunset Point. To make sure you see all of these, book a guided walking tour or purchase a map and make your own way around.

You can fly into Pune, 75 miles (120 kilometers) away and then drive or take the train to reach Mahabaleshwar. There are also regular bus services from Pune and from Mumbai, the state capital. Before visiting Mahabaleshwar’s spectacular natural attractions, stock up on food and water from the main market.

Top hotels in Mahabaleshwar

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Brightland Resort & Spa
Brightland Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
Kates Point Road, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra
Rs6,623
per night
Mar 16 - Mar 17

Situated in the mountains, this spa hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Mahabaleshwar Bazaar, Wilson Point and Polo Grounds. Bombay Point and Lodwick Point are ...

4.2/5Excellent! (79 reviews)
Wonderful place, high price but then don't worry!!

"Wonderful place!! Can't complain pretty much about anything - everything is just so good ... as always, price is high though, but if you are ready for it, just go for it!!!!"…"

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2019

Brightland Resort & Spa
Le Méridien Mahabaleshwar Resort & Spa
Le Méridien Mahabaleshwar Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
211 / 212 Mahabaleshwar - Medha Road, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra
Rs9,760
per night
Mar 2 - Mar 3

This family-friendly Mahabaleshwar hotel is located in the mountains, within a 15-minute walk of Wilson Point and Mahabaleshwar Bazaar. Polo Grounds and Bombay ...

4.4/5Excellent! (79 reviews)

"Everything was excellent. Onky thing is they should have some facilities for the drivers who come with the guests."…"

Reviewed on 23 Jan 2020

Le Méridien Mahabaleshwar Resort & Spa
Evershine Resort Mahabaleshwar
Evershine Resort Mahabaleshwar
5 out of 5
CTS No. 182, Gautam Road, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra
Rs6,000
per night
Feb 24 - Feb 25

Located in the heart of Mahabaleshwar, this luxury resort is within 1 mile (2 km) of Wilson Point and Mahabaleshwar Bazaar. Polo Grounds is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) ...

4.2/5Excellent! (81 reviews)

"This was my third Stay at the property. This has become a fixture for family visits to Mahabaleshwar. This property tops even Le Meridian when it comes to amenities and facilities for Kids entertainment. Only flaw if I may point out is Food variety on the premise where Mad House Grill can have bit ..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2020

Evershine Resort Mahabaleshwar

Popular things to do in Mahabaleshwar

Kaas Plateau of Flowers
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Kaas Plateau of Flowers

1/5(1 review)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Kaas Plateau of Flowers during your travels in Medha. Take in the museums and waterfalls in the area.

Reviews of Mahabaleshwar

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Jan 22, 2020

It was awesome place especially Arthur Seat... U cant just take your ur eyes from there... U will think once to settle over there...

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jun 2, 2019

The government should take steps to plant trees and avoid construction in future. They should keep nature without disturbing it.

5/5 - Excellent

Nigam

Apr 23, 2019

Awesome 

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Apr 23, 2019

Mahableshwar has always been on our list.....it's a very relaxing place....the walks , strawberry cream, ice creams,shopping , makes it a very interesting and enjoyable experience. Highly recommended if you are looking for a short break.

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