A blank canvas consisting of fine hues and vibrant colours, Mahabaleshwar is one of the most popular retreats in Maharashtra. Less than five hours by road, Mahabaleshwar is your perfect hill getaway from Bombay. During the British rule, it was referred to as Malcolm Perth.
Charming and captivating, Mahabaleshwar is also famous as a religious spot. A plethora of attractiveness and a range of different activities to indulge in, this hill station offers a lot on the platter. Fresh mountain air, acres of strawberry fields, a mix of old world charm, natural beauty and modernity- Mahabaleshwar is a perfect hill station for a relaxing holiday.
What To Do
- Go Strawberry Picking: Mapro Gardens and Cream Corner are two highly suggested strawberry farms in Mahabaleshwar. Treat yourself to fresh red juicy strawberries in these farms for as long as you like. A visit to these strawberry farms is absolutely free! Mahabaleshwar also hosts an annual strawberry festival every year in March/April. Apart from relishing the delightful strawberries, you can also take part in cultural and entertainment activities during this four-day annual festival.
- Boating at Venna Lake: Enjoy boating at Venna Lake and take in the beautiful aspect. You can also choose between a paddle boat or a row boat and enjoy a relaxed afternoon. There are many counters selling delicious Maharashtra street food, mulberries, strawberries and more, just opposite the lake.
- Take in Views of the Sahyadri Hills: No matter where you are in Mahabaleshwar, you’ll always be enclosed by fabulous hill views. For more peaceful views, head to Arthur’s Seat Point, Echo Point, Wilson Point (Sunrise Point,) and Bombay Point (Sunset Point) and you will enjoy the views to its best.
- Enjoy Delicious Strawberries and Cream: Your holiday is incomplete if you’ve not tried the local cuisine of that place. Without any doubt Mahabaleshwar has the sinful Strawberry with Cream. One can try it out at Cream Corner Restaurant on your trip to Mahabaleshwar. On Panchgani Mahabaleshwar Road the restaurant is located and claims that in the mid-70’s they have innovated the concept of Strawberry with Cream.
Where To Eat
Grapevine: Serving multi-cuisine treat, like Continental and Thai, Grapevine is specially known for its Parsi food. Don’t forget to try your taste buds on the Dhansak, a Parsi dish of chicken cooked in lentils.
Address: Masjid Road, Mahabaleshwar
Opening Hours: 9:30 am-3 pm and 5 pm-10 pm daily.
Hotel Rajmahal: This is a bang-on place to enjoy delicious and pleasing vegetarian food such as Palak Paneer, Daal Makhani and Naan.
Address: 80 Main Road, Mahabaleshwar
Opening Hours: 7 am to 10:30 pm daily.
Aman Restaurant: Famous for its non-vegetarian delights, Aman Restaurant serves delightful Kebabs.
Address: MG Road, Mahabaleshwar
Opening Hours: 10 am to 11 pm daily.
Where To Stay
Hotel Millennium Park: Nestled in the lap of foggy hills of Mahabaleshwar, Hotel Millennium Park is a perfect retreat for a relaxing vacation.
Regenta MPG Club: A 4-star hotel with 32 classicaly furnished rooms, Regenta MPG Club is located close to some highly popular attractions.
Evershine – A Keys Resort: Placed in close locality to popular attractions like Glen Ogle Lake, Echo Point and Needle Point, Evershine – A Keys Resort attributes 86 neatly decorated rooms.
Mahabaleshwar is a popular getaway from Mumbai and Pune and one can easily get there by bus or by cab. It is recommended to hire cabs from Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar for hassle free journey.
Want To Spend Some More?
Shopping: Mahabaleshwar is a great place for purchasing a variety of stuffs without actually breaking the bank. A huge variety of Fruit Crush, wooden toys, handicrafts, footwear and strawberries, are some of the things you can buy here. And also don’t forget to visit India Boot House and Ram Footwear and buy yourself a pair of comfortable Kolhapuris!
What are you waiting for? Book your cab and rush down to Mahabaleshwar to spend a peaceful holiday.