Mahabaleshwar is a popular hill station whose name has derived from the God ‘Mahabali’. Situated in the Sahyadri ranges of Maharashtra, the hill station boasts of natural scenic beauty which is a visual treat. Due to its high altitude, the city has a cool climate which makes the area suitable for cultivation of strawberries and mulberries.
The hill town is the source of the Krishna River that flows across Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The legendary source of the river is a spout from the mouth of a statue of a cow in Panch Ganga Temple in Old Mahabaleshwar. Four other rivers also come out from the cow’s mouth apart from Krishna and they all travel some distance before merging into Krishna. These rivers are the Koyna, Venna (Veni) ,Savitri, and Gayatri. Mahabaleshwar comprises of three villages: Malcolm Peth, Old “Kshetra” Mahabaleshwar and part of the Shindola village.
Touted as a devout center, it has many things on its platter. Some of the famous local attractions are PanchgangaMandir, Wilson Point, Baghdad Point, Arthur’s Seat and Bombay Point. These points are perfect places to enjoy some unmatched views of the lush greenery for which Mahabaleshwar is extremely famous for. Arthur’s Seat is known as “Queen of all Points” as it gives you a panoramic view of the alluring valleys and majestic Sahyadris.
If you love shopping then there is the destination called The Bazar, situated at the center of town selling an array of items. You can buy handmade walking sticks and kolhapuri slippers to delicious snacks and the specialty of the region – roasted chickpea nuts and many varieties of honey. One can also enjoy a sip of your favourite Strawberry shake as you are on a shopping spree.
You may not call Mahabaleshwar a foodie’s delight but it still has some decent options to satiate your hunger pangs. Do visit places like Grapevine, Aman Restaurant, Mapro Garden Restaurant, Hotel Rajmahal and Hotel Center Point as these restaurants have a multi-cuisine menu and rest assured that you are in for a lovely dining experience. Don’t forget to have the staple food of Maharashtra- Vada Pav. Many hotels have in-house restaurants which allow walk-in guests as well.
Talking about stay options, there are plenty of good hotels in Mahabaleshwar. Some famous luxury hotels with best amenities in Mahabaleshwar are Le Meridien, Mahabaleshwar Resort & Spa, Evershine Keys Prima Resort and Citrus Chambers among others. Brightland Resort & Spa, Evershine Resort, Mango Hotel, Shanti Villa are some of the best hotels in Mahabaleshwar in mid-range category.
Hotel Shreyas, West Hill Hotel, Hotel Lake View, Bella Vista Resort are some recommended budget options which are worth exploring for their well-maintained rooms, decent food and nice client service. If you are planning a trip to this hill town anytime soon (monsoon is the best time to visit Mahabaleshwar), it’s better to have advance hotel bookings in Mahabaleshwar to avoid last minute hassle. Plan well in advance and book train ticket to these places. Know your train status where is your train and many more.