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“Lovely Cold Place!!!!”

Mahabaleshwar Hill Station
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Indore, India
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“Lovely Cold Place!!!!”
Reviewed October 30, 2012

Its a really a good place to visit once. Cool breezes flows all round the day.....place is maintained clean..Although most of the visiting points are same in viewing as most of the point gives you valley view.

Visited October 2012
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“on the rocks”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

mahabaleshwar is a place where u can chill and relax...wth couple of points to see(frankly every hill station has those) ....but a weather to really enjy ur scotch..on the rocks

Visited October 2012
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“Excellent Scenic Location!!!”
Reviewed October 26, 2012

Great hill station. Excellent weather. Number of beautiful locations, points, beautiful mountains, valley. Fresh air at its best. Has a good market with very good shops. Strawberry products, wollen clothing, handicrafts etc. are available at reasonable prices. Mahabaleshwar has many good hotels and restaurants. It is a good idea to hire a guide who will take you to most of the important points and locations. Horse riding and boating is also available. Visit during seasons like october/ november or April/May. Enjoy the scenic beauty and relax in the peaceful environment.

Visited October 2012
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“Wonderful, especially in the monsoons”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani are compulsory monsoon escapades for our family every year. Twice if possible!

No doubt it is excessively damp during the rainy season but the misty views, the dense green forest, the cool clean air, the waterfalls and the wildflowers more than compensate. Hotels offer off season reduced rates in the monsoons which is another plus point!

Mahabaleshwar is essentially a plateau in the Western Ghats at an elevation of 1200 to 1450m on a ridge stretching from the foothills at Wai off NH-4 to Poladpur on NH-17 in the Konkan. The forests here are dense and stunted with good chances of sighting the Indian Giant Squirrel apart from the usual monkeys and langurs. In April the forests are coloured in purple flowers of the predominant tree - Anjan - Memecylon umbellatum, a sight to behold.

Like most hill stations, the attractions consist of several view "Points" mostly located on the plateau edge.

Some of the popular sights are:

Kates Point with its stunning views overlooking two large waterbodies, the Balkawadi and the Dhom reservoirs at Wai.

Arthur's Seat which overlooks spectacularly craggy mountains - in clear weather.

Lodwick Point which overlooks a ridge shaped like an elephants head - with a bit of imagination that is!

The Lingmala Waterfalls which are best seen from the Metgutad village or you can take an interesting path through the forest from just before the Surya Resort, or a similar path from the opposite side of the valley just off the Satara Road.

Pratapgad Fort - a historic fort of Chhatrapati Shivaji vintage. This is about 20km away along the scenic Fitzgerald Ghat in the direction of Poladpur. Nothing very impressive but gives good views and the drive there is lovely.

Wilson Plateau - the highest point of Mahabaleshwar, gives 360 degree views and is good at sunrise and sunset. Connaught Peak in the middle of the forest is the second highest point.

Venna Lake - pretty with boating facilities.

Bombay Point - supposedly a sunset point but quite unimpressive and worth a skip.

The Polo Grounds and the Tiger Path Ride are near the Bombay Point, good for those who want an easy walk through dense forest. The Dan To Beersheba Ride is on the other end of Bombay Point leading to the Fitzgerald Ghat. Several of these Rides can be found through the forests of Mahabaleshwar, some are rarely used and completely overgrown. Watch out for snakes if walking through undergrowth.

Old or Kshetra Mahabaleshwar - has an interesting collection of old temples.

Tapola - This is at the shores of the Koyna Lake [Shivaji Sagar], a good 20km scenic drive away, with boating and restaurant facilities. Some less frequented points such as the Robbers Cave, Babington Point etc can be combined with this visit as they are just off the Tapola Road.

Panchgani - 20km in the direction of Pune, and best known for its huge Table Land and strawberry fields. The ubiquitous and over rated Mapro Gardens lies about halfway between Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani.

Table Land - lovely for long walks at sunrise and sunset with good views of the Dhom Reservoir in the valley below.

Harrisons Folly - this is a small plateau just after Panchgani with pleasing views and a site for paragliding in season.

Wai at the foothills has some interesting old temples, some are quite ancient. The Dhom Dam is a beautiful blue reservoir.

Strawberry fields can be visited in season and you are bound to find strawberries and strawberry ice cream on sale at every nook and corner. The strawberry ice cream at Hill Top Ice Cream Parlour in Panchgani is very good indeed. Roasted Chana is another Panchgani speciality with several shops offering this in several varieties at the market place.

Both Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani are great for long and easy walks along good roads and well laid forest paths. Interestingly, most of these forest paths [Rides] were laid during the British period when Mahabaleshwar was considered to be the queen of hill stations in the Western Ghats. Serious trekkers can attempt steeper paths on the cliffs.

Plenty of hotels to suit all budgets can be found at both Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar, most are listed here on Tripadvisor. Most offer meals in the room rate, not a bad idea at all considering that most of the stand alone eateries are exorbitantly priced for what they offer.

Getting there: No rail connections. Pune is the nearest airport. AC Volvo and ordinary ST buses ply regularly from Mumbai and Pune. By your own vehicle, it takes about 3.5 to 4 hours from Mumbai if you leave early enough to avoid the Mumbai traffic. From Pune I expect it would take a maximum of 1.5hours.

Visitors have to pay entry taxes per head and per vehicle at both Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar. These are valid for 7 days.

Stay at least three days if not for a whole week to enjoy at a leisurely pace.

Best season: Monsoons and winters. Very crowded in the popular summer and Diwali holiday season when it is highly avoidable.

I love Mahabaleshwar and look forward to many more visits. It is the perfect holiday destination close to Mumbai.

Visited September 2012
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

This hill station is fantabulous, especially if you visit it immediately after the monsoons or towards its end. Situated at a 3hrs drive from Pune, there are a lot of buses connecting this place to Pune - apart from private operators, the government transport runs a bus almost every hour. So getting here should not be a problem.

For sight seeing you can hire a cab which charge you as a package , and the places of visit are the innumerable 'view points' each with a different name. [It is unfair that tripadvisor has only one place on its attractions - TA must consider adding the other points - Kate's point, needle view point, Echo point so that we can write thorough reviews on them as well]

You should be able to cover all sight seeing points and the ones nearby in about 1 1/2 days, so stay here for more period only if you want to laze around in your hotel or if you want to explore the place at your own pace.

Definitely a hill station worth visiting.

Visited October 2012
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