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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.
Accommodation in Mahabaleshwar
A great place to stay contributes to care-free vacations. You can check out a selection of the finest hotels in Mahabaleshwar through Expedia's user-friendly Mahabaleshwar lodging guide.
Kick-start the search for your ideal Mahabaleshwar room by looking into the guest services at the high-ranking Evershine Keys Prima Resort, located at Gautam Road, and the Hotel Krishna Continental, at Panchgani Mahabaleshwar Road. In the same high-end range, you can also check out the Blue Country Resort and the Fountain Hotel. The Blue Country Resort is housed at Khingar Road, while the Fountain Hotel can be found at Oppostie Koyna Valley.
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Wilson Point and within 6 mi (10 km) of Mahabaleshwar Bazaar and Polo Grounds. Venna Lake and Bombay Point are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Panchgani, this hotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Table Land and within 12 mi (20 km) of Mahabaleshwar Bazaar and Wilson Point. Polo Grounds and Venna Lake are also within 16 mi (25 km).
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Wilson Point and within 3 mi (5 km) of Mahabaleshwar Bazaar and Venna Lake. Polo Grounds is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.
This family-friendly Mahabaleshwar hotel is located in the mountains, within a 15-minute walk of Wilson Point and Mahabaleshwar Bazaar. Venna Lake and Polo Grounds are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Mahabaleshwar, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mahabaleshwar Bazaar, Venna Lake, and Polo Grounds. Wilson Point and Lodwick Point are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Spread over 5 scenic acres with woods and gardens, this family-friendly hotel is a 2-minute walk from Mahabaleshwar's main market. Arthur's Seat, with its spectacular views, is just 600 meters from the hotel; Venna Lake is 2.5 km away.
Situated in Mahabaleshwar, this resort is within 6 mi (10 km) of Mahabaleshwar Bazaar, Wilson Point, and Polo Grounds. Bombay Point and Lodwick Point are also within 6 mi (10 km).