Located about 120 km southwest of Pune and 285 km from Mumbai, Mahabaleshwar is a vast plateau, bound by valleys on all sides. At 4710, Wilson Point or the sunrise point is the highest point in central India. Like gems studded in a crown Mahabaleshwar has Tapola - a haven for watersports enthusiasts at a distance of just 25 Kms and Pratapgad Fort the 17th century fort approximately 30 Kms from Mahabaleshwar.
Mahabaleshwar is a popular holiday destination and honeymoon spot and is known for the honey and strawberries produced here. Venna Lake is one of the major tourist attractions of Mahabaleshwar; The Lake is surrounded by trees on all sides. Scores of magnificent scenic perennial springs, streams, and waterfalls of Mahabaleshwar plateau, with its year round superb climate makes it a attractive get away for a weekend.
Famous for Shivaji's legendary battle against Afzhal Khan in 1656, Pratapgad fort is under 30 Kms from Mahabaleshwar. One can drive right up to the base of the fort. The stairway up takes you to the upper fort of Pratapgad and affords some beautiful views of the valley. On the way to Pratapgad there is handicraft centre and metal craft exhibition worth a visit.
Mahabaleshwar is 120 Kms from Pune and about 225 Kms from Mumbai. If you are traveling from Pune you would pass through Panchgani 20 Kms before Mahabaleshwar. On the way is Venna Lake too. You could try strawberry and cream in the stalls near the Venna lake which is a 'not to miss thing' during a Mahabaleshwar vacation! For detailed road map and driving directions to Mahabaleshwar click here
Mahabaleshwar is a perfect getaway and is well known for its points which offer panoramic views. There are as many as 30 viewpoints, named after notable Britishers within close range. Accessibility of these points is largely by foot. Some of the most popular points you could visit are:
Strawberries in Mahabaleshwar
Mahabaleshwar is famous for the strawberries and nuts and the famous Mahabaleshwar 'chana'! Stroll through the Mahabaleshwar market, though slightly crowded you could find bargain footwear here. Visit Mapros if you want to see a strawberry farm in Mahabaleshwar from close quarters.