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18 December 2018
Nobody in my group had visited any of the places covered before, and we all loved it so much. The scenery was breathtaking and everything was executed as per the plan. Great job. Thrillophilia!
16 December 2018
They call Tapola mini Kashmir and Bro! They don't kid. The place is all beauty. I was in love with it from the very first second. It has got this oddly soothing vibe. The stream is clear and totally fa...
10 December 2018
Amidst beautiful scenery and the lake, the camping was a refreshing experience. The tents were perfectly arranged. When we visited the temperature was around 40 degree. Nights were better. We did kayak...
02 April 2018
"best place for tent stay! overall good experience"
08 December 2017
"very good tour"
10 December 2018
The place is literally a mini version of Kashmir. We enjoyed trekking, boating and camping here. Thanks to Umesh, our guide, and thanks to Thrillophilia for pulling this off
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The best bit about Mahabaleshwar is that, being a hill-station, it’s a great place to visit all-year round. Winters are chilly with temperatures between 10°C-20°C, making it a great time for sightseeing.
Monsoons are a good time to visit as well, when you can witness nature in all its glory. Summer temperatures may rise 30°C-35°C, but the evenings are cool, so you can check out indoor sights by day and outdoor sights by evening.
Mahabaleshwar is full of unique attractions, most of which will be a part of Mahabaleshwar packages. Make sure you visit
Elephant’s Head Point
Popular for its tranquility, away from the hustle of city life. The name of this point is derived from the natural rock formations that resemble an elephant’s trunk. This is one of the most popular attractions, best enjoyed with friends and family, as you sit by on a relaxed picnic admiring the lush greenery around.
Tourists call this the Queen of all points, because the Arthur’s Seat offers the best view of the entire hill station, including its valleys, mountains, lakes, parks and more. As you climb to this huge table land, resting on a pillar, you will spot the Window Point and the Tiger’s Spring, as well.
Panch Ganga Temple
As you visit the temple, you will notice the confluence of the 5 rivers within Mahabaleshwar, lending the temple its name, the Panch (five) Ganga. Built in the 13th century, this ancient monument has a stone waterspout, where, it is believed, the five rivers originate from. The structure too is an architectural beauty, and an absolute treat to the eyes.
Wilson Point is a large plateau from where one can get a glimpse of the sunrise which is absolutely breathtaking! This is also one of the highest points in the town, which has three watch points from where you can admire the beauty of Mahabaleshwar.
While Mahabaleshwar is full of temples and forts, don’t miss out on the castle here, which is equally wondrous! The monument built in colonial British style captivates you with its fine architecture and offers a peek into some of the most exotic colonial edifices, built.
One of the many points you can experience from Arthur’s Seat, Echo Point, overlooking the dams and valleys, is fun for all! Once atop, you have to shout out whatever you wish to, and your voice reverberates through the peaks around. Make sure to not let out any secrets!
Being situated along the Bombay-Mahabaleshwar road is what lends this point its name. On arriving here, you will enjoy mesmerising views of the sunset. Head here for a picnic with your loved ones in the early evening and stay on till late to admire the dusk.
Situated at a height of 3937 feet, Babington Point is known for its enticing view of the Chinaman Falls and the valleys surrounding it. Lined with lush green trees and birds hopping from branch to branch, this spot is a sheer delight during the monsoon, when it promises a memorable walk through the woods.
If you don’t visit the Mapro Gardens when in Mahabaleshwar, your trip isn’t complete. This massive strawberry farm lets you gorge on the juiciest, best seasonal fruits and it isn’t just strawberries to look forward. to. There are mulberries and gooseberries too. You can even go berry-picking and bring home some ‘berry-berry-good’ delights. Don’t miss out on the chilled Strawberry Cream and cheesy pizzas at the restaurant here.
Roman Catholic Church
An 18th century church built for the British when they ruled over India, this is the only Catholic Church in Mahabaleshwar. The church is home to some of the prettiest stained-glass windows and intricate paintings. The colonial style architecture is a treat to the eyes, so make sure to add this to your tour.
Replenish with thermal baths at Tiger's Spring
Situated close to Arthur's Seat is the Tiger's Spring which is a natural thermal spring, believed to have powers that can cure. The spring arises from River Savitri and is truly nature's bounty that just keeps giving! Head here for a relaxed experience.
Trek to Pratapgadh For
One of the oldest and most majestic monuments etched in Indian history, the Pratapgadh Fort stands tall and proud at 3500 feet. It bears testimony to the war between the Marathas and the Mughals, which the Marathas eventually won. Once at the top you'll spot the valiant Shivaji Maharaj's statue, amidst other beauty housed by the fort.
Shopping in the town market
Mahabaleshwar has a lot to explore and shop for. The local market is packed with strawberries, mulberries and more. Stop by at the local stores for jams, jellies and concentrates and check the local market for leather shoes and handicrafts by local artisans.
Be 'thrill'ed at On Wheelz
If you're travelling with children, On Wheelz is the place to be for thrilling rides catering to every age group. This amusement park is also equipped with indoor games and a multi-cuisine restaurant. You can even choose to arrange a corporate picnic here.
Ride away at Velocity Entertainmentz
If you're looking for adventure while on your trip to Mahabaleshwar, check out Velocity Entertainmentz for a dose of fun! This amusement park has a range of indoor and outdoor games including go-karting, dashing cars, air hockey, basketball and zorbing. The park also offers Indian and Italian restaurants, with lip-smacking food.
Attend the Strawberry Festival
If you’re exploring Mahabaleshwar tours to do something exciting, try to visit it in April, when the town organises the Strawberry Festival. What began as an event to encourage farmers to sell their excess produce, soon turned into a 3-day annual event, that invites farmers from around the town to participate, maximise sales and celebrate their harvest. It is a unique fest, one that shouldn’t be missed.
Go boating at Venna Lake
One of the best moments you shall witness during your stay in Mahabaleshwar is boating on the serene waters of the Venna Lake. You can choose between a boat or a Shikara and comfortably row away into the sunset as you soak in the panoramic views of hills and trees.
Offer prayers at the Mahabaleshwar Temple
Designed in a unique architectural style, the Mahabaleshwar Temple is a must-visit to get away from city life and delve into some tranquility. It is believed that Lord Shiva himself, resided here, which is why the temple is so sacred. The positivity, peace and purity you experience here can rarely be found elsewhere.
Trek to Connaught Peak
Originally called Mount Olympia, Connaught Peak is one of the most popular points in Mahabaleshwar, with spectacular sights of Venna Lake, Krishna Valley and the town of Panchgani. This is a great point for adventure enthusiasts as well as nature lovers.
Go back in time at Rajouri
Located approximately 10 kms from Mahabaleshwar, the Rajouri Caves are a fine spot, frequented by tourists from across the globe. It is believed that the Pandavas resided in the Rajouri Caves during their exile. The four caves together have a certain element of mystery within, encouraging tourists to go and explore. While two of the caves are connected via underground tunnels, the other two house temples of Lord Kartikeya and Goddess Ghatjal Devi.
If you’re opting for a customised package, you can choose from an array of modern hotels and resorts that this historic town has to offer.
Brightland Resort and Spa
Located in the Western Ghats, surrounded by forests, this hotel is close to Mahabaleshwar Market and Lingamala Falls. The rooms are designed with modern interiors and equipped with tea-coffee making facilities and balconies. The suites also offer living rooms. There’s an open-air pizzeria, a barbecue, a regional restaurant, a pool, a spa, and a bar.
Location: Kates Point Road, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra 412806
Price: Starting at 15000/- per night
Bella Vista Resort
Situated on a lush landscape, this property overlooks the Lingamala Valley and is situated near the Dhobi Waterfall and the Venna Lake. The rooms offer a mini-fridge, a tea-coffee maker, balconies and even sofa-cum-beds. The in-hotel amenities include a restaurant, an outdoor pool, a sprawling lawn where you can relax, an Ayurvedic spa and lots of games if you’re looking forward to a leisurely trip. There’s also a business centre, a meeting room and a kids’ play area.
Location: Village Metgutad, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra 412806
Price: Starting at 11000/- per night
Evershine Keys Prima Resort
Surrounded by farmland and hills, this fine property designed in pink stone has everything that you’d want for a comfortable stay. There’s 24x7 room service, tea-coffee makers, balconies and sofas in the rooms. There’s also a complimentary breakfast buffet, an all-day cafe, an open-air Italian restaurant, a plush bar, a gym area and a spa. If you’re travelling with kids, they have a kids’ play area too, so you can enjoy a leisurely stay while your children play around.
Location: C.T.S No 182, Gautam Road, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra 412806
Price: Starting at Rs. 10000/- per night
Ramsukh Resort and Spa
Surrounded by rainforests and overlooking the valleys of the town, this upscale hotel lies close to the Mahabaleshwar Temple and the Venna Lake. Accommodation includes well-designed rooms, wood-lined huts and suites equipped with everything from flat-screen TVs to whirlpool tubs. The hotel also offers a restaurant with rustic interiors and a bakery, a garden, a terrace, an outdoor pool, a gym, a spa, and regular LIVE entertainment for both, kids and adults. All you need for a leisurely trip!
Location: Near Mahabaleshwar Temple, Kshetra, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra 412806
Price: Starting at Rs. 11000/- per night
This high-end resort is well situated close to Wilson Point which offers a delightful view of the abundant nature around. With an old-school design comprising teakwood furniture, rainfall showers and sleek rooms, the resort overlooks the forests and valleys while even including outdoor showers and fireplaces for suites. Amenities include a chic bar, two multi-cuisine restaurants, a casual rooftop bar, an infinity pool, a lagoon pool, a gym, and a spa to enjoy a relaxed massage.
Location: 211, 212, Satara-Medha-Mahabaleshwar Rd, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra 412806
Price: Starting at Rs. 17000/- per night
Though most Mahabaleshwar tour packages are inclusive of food, you can check out the local delights as well. The Strawberry Cream and pizzas at Mapro Gardens are absolute must-haves. So are the juicy mulberries and the sweet-and-sour gooseberries available in the local markets.
Make sure to grab a bite of corn pattice and roasted sweet corn along the lakeside and if you’re looking for something more substantial, try out the many Parsi restaurants in town. Mahabaleshwar offers global flavours, so there’s never any dearth of choices when you’re hungry.
There are umpteen Mahabaleshwar packages inclusive of trekking, since it is one of the top activities there. You can choose to do just one, or all, if you’re an adventure junkie!
Pratapgadh Fort Trek
One of the most sought-after treks in Mahabaleshwar, Pratapgadh is a glorious sight to witness. The trek comprises climbing a series of steep steps and a tarmac road to reach your destination. This does seem difficult, but the surrounding beauty of thick forests and tree canopies makes it all worth it! Once at the top, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the untouched beauty of nature. Try your best to visit this spot in the monsoons so as to get a glimpse of the surrounding waterfalls, at their finest!
Arthur’s Seat Trek
Climb up to a height of 1340 metres and sit atop Arthur’s Seat as you admire the rustic beauty of Mahabaleshwar all around. At the top, you get a majestic view of the whole town, including the waterfalls, various forts, valleys and more. With Pratapgadh Fort in close proximity, you can also trek here and then head to the fort to get a piece of both, nature and rich history. Trust us, though the climb seems difficult, the picturesque views and gentle breeze blowing at the top is absolutely worth the climb!
Connaught Peak Trek
This is one of the highest peaks in Mahabaleshwar situated at 1400 metres and is an absolute marvel, best visited on foot. Legend has it, that when the Duke of Connaught visited this spot, he was so enthralled by the beauty of nature and the flora and fauna surrounding it, that soon after, it was named after him. Once here, you can admire the Venna Lake, Pratapgadh Fort, Torana, Krishna Valley and a host of other sites.
Often called Mini Kashmir, for the exemplary views it offers, Tapola isn’t just known for its beauty. It is a favourite among campers and trekkers because there’s so much to do here! There’s camping, boating, adventure sports, relaxed picnics, trekking and a lot more. You can pitch your tent here, enjoy activities by day and gaze at the glistening stars by night. You’ll wake up to the chirping of birds, the mist, and a sight that’ll be etched in your memories for a lifetime.
This is one of the most sought-after camping sites in Mahabaleshwar and rightly so. There’s a crystal clear lake and dense forests surrounding the area. Numerous peaks line the valley and India’s largest hydro-electric dam is just around the corner, which makes it a favourite among many.
Mahabaleshwar Agro Village
If you’re looking for something out-of-the-box, we certainly recommend a night, camping at the Mahabaleshwar Agro Village. Located at the base is the vast expanse of Koyna Backwaters and the village also offers a host of amenities along with tents at the camping site. The property is alongside a pristine lake with activities like boating and kayaking. You can also enjoy some finger-licking fine Maharashtrian cuisine cooked locally at the site.
Advait Valley Camp
Planning on some adventure with your friends circle? Check out this spot for a group trip, especially a night-out camping. The camp is located close to the valley and the sight of mountain peaks all around is absolutely mesmerising! There are tents for families, couples and friends as well. There are a host of amenities on-site and you can even opt for meals as part of your package, so you don’t have to head out leaving behind the beauty.
Flowing down 500 feet, Chinaman’s Falls offer an unmatched experience. These are one of the most tantalising and significant falls in Mahabaleshwar, perfect for a vacation with friends and family where you can even enjoy a dip in the falls. In case you’re wondering why it has such a unique name, it’s because there used to be a Chinese prison located in the vicinity, after which the falls were named.
The Dhobi Falls dramatically cascade from a height of 853 feet, offering a surreal view as they lie nestled amidst the beauty of nature. The falls connect Mahabaleshwar’s popular Lodwick Point and Elphinstone Point to each other and are surrounded by lush greenery and rocks, over which the falls flow gently.
Known to be one of the most majestic waterfalls in Mahabaleshwar, the Lingamala Falls are a soothing sight, hidden away in the town’s serene spot. The falls are at a height of 500 feet, and as the water gushes down, it meets the Venna Valley and flows melodiously over another 600 feet. This is one of the prettiest places in Mahabaleshwar, flocked by nature lovers, trekkers, adventure enthusiasts and photographers alike.
All of these waterfalls are absolutely spectacular, especially when visited in the monsoons when the falls are in their full glory. Make sure your packages are inclusive of all the waterfalls so you do not miss out on any.
Within Mahabaleshwar you will find the Pratapgarh Fort. But there are many that you will find around the town, which you can visit via tours included in Mahabaleshwar packages.
One of the most popular forts of Mahabaleshwar, this was built in the 17th century by Shivaji Maharaj. The mighty fort bears testimony to the rise of the Maratha empire after the battle between the valiant warrior and Afzal Khan, the then General of Bijapur. Within the huge structure you will find a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji, surrounded by a watchtower, two temples, four lakes and a library bearing the history of the war.
At a height of 4177 feet, this majestic fort built in the 12th century is popular for its unique shape. As you traverse through the fort, you will find caves, rock-cut water cisterns, and a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Most of this is in ruins, but the view from the peak of the fort is absolutely breathtaking!
Known to be one of the highest forts in Mahabaleshwar, the Kamalgad Fort was presided over by the Marathas and then ruled over by the British. Not much is known about its history, but the site is popular among trekkers and campers as the route to the fort is beautiful, being surrounded by dense forests.
Literally translating to the Fort of Good People, Sajjangad derives its name from Samarth Swami, a spiritual mentor, who resided in the fort for a long time. This spot was mostly frequented by his disciples and is popular for a pilgrimage. Although, earlier ruled over by the Marathas, Mughals and the British, the fort is now being maintained by the Ramdas Swami Sansthan.
This is the most popular fort near Mahabaleshwar, owing to the fact that it was the capital fort for Shivaji Maharaj and the political base for Hindu Swarajya. The fort is strategically situated between a mountain and a river, which is why it was difficult for enemies to get here and conquer it.