What can be more calming than waking up to lush green hills and clouds kissing your cheeks. In the laps of nature you can forget your everyday chores and rejuvenate yourself. Mahabaleshwar is one such place that can bring you close to nature and give you that break you were longing for.
Mahabaleshwar is a small hill station located in the Sahyadri range of hills in Maharashtra. It has dense forests, graced with gorgeous waterfalls, which provides excellent natural detox.
Mahabaleshwar has always been a popular honeymoon destination in India as it is easy to reach, budget friendly, and has wide range of hotels and resorts to choose from. Since it is close to the cities like Pune and Mumbai, tourists keep visiting all around year.
What’s the best time to visit?
The best time to visit Mahabaleshwar is between the months of September to February. This time the waterfalls are in full glory due to rains and hills are uber green. The bonus point of going in winter season is that you get to buy farm fresh strawberries and mulberries.
How to reach?
Nearest and most accessible airport is in Pune city. From Pune you can hire a cab or take a bus to Mahabaleshwar. It takes approximately 4-5 hours by road.
Where to stay?
It really depends on what kind of place you want to stay and your budget. In my recommendation, choose to stay in a resort or a hotel that is in middle of hills or facing valley, which will give you excellent views and experience. We booked Treebo trend bright hotel, near Kate’s point, for our family, which was a pleasant stay.
Here are some of the places you must visit in two to three days trip.
Panchgani Table Top
While going to Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani will come on the way, where you can stop to see Table Land view point. The views of the valley are fantastic. You have options to ride horse, play darts games, have snacks, and handmade icecream.
This view point tops my list of places to visit in Mahabaleshwar, as there is a beautiful hike to reach the top of the hill and the view of the waterfall is nothing but mesmerizing. We visited in early September, during rains, when waterfall was just breathtaking, and the valley was simply a treat to eyes. Tip: Wear sport shoes, there are many stairs.
It is named after Aurthur Mallet, who built first house here. This place not only offer picturesque views but also offers hot tea and maggie to suffice your taste buds.
Elephant point or Kate’s point
If you are in Mahabaleshwar, make sure you visit this place. The tip of the hill has a shape of elephant’s head facing towards a magnificent valley. All you want to do is sit there, listening to the sound of small waterfalls, chirping birds, and relish the icecream while clouds passing by.
Stop by this place while going back home and buy some fresh fruit jams and juices made locally. If you visit in or post winters, you can buy locally grown strawberries.
Thank you for reading my blog. Hope it helps you planning your trip. 🙂