Mahabaleshwar is one of the most popular hill stations in India. Mahabaleshwar attracts weekend getaway visitors from nearby metros that are looking for places to visit near Mumbai & Pune as well as tourists from all over India and abroad who mark this as a must-visit place in their itinerary. It is hardly half-an-hour ride from Hotel Ravine, thus keeping Ravine guests comfortably away from instances of crowding that can happen in Mahabaleshwar but still keeping them within reachable distance of various Mahabaleshwar attractions
Mahabaleshwar Travel plan
Mahabaleshwar has very good transport connectivity (specifically Hotel Ravine, as it is just beside the main road to Panchgani.) Following are normal journey distances from the nearest metros:
Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar via Mahad is 220 kms.
Mumbai to Pune is 180 kms and then another 120 kms to Mahabaleshwar.
Panchgani to Mahabaleshwar is 20 kms
Apart from private cars, tourists can take a flight or train to Pune, which is the nearest Mahabaleshwar airport/rail station and then travel onward to Mahabaleshwar. State transport services as well as high-end exclusive private buses ply regularly between Pune to Mahabaleshwar and Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar. Tourists can even hire cars / taxis, which are available at a very economical fare to reach this enchanting place. For an exact idea of Hotel Ravine’s strategic location, please check out Mahabaleshwar map by clicking here.
Mahabaleshwar is blessed with a cool climate all year round. Historically, it was the summer capital of the British Governor for the Bombay State. The British would shift their headquarters to Mahabaleshwar for escaping the oppressive Mumbai heat. The British architecture style can still be seen in many of the buildings in and around Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani.
Meandering lanes through dense foliage, teeming with a variety of flora and fauna, will please any nature lover. For those interested in artifact collections, Mahabaleshwar has its unique handicraft offerings like cane work, handicraft collectibles, leather goods as well as various types of fruits, jams, jellies, strawberries, squashes etc.
Best time to visit Mahabaleshwar
Although Mahabaleshwar weather is pleasant throughout the year, the summer season is the best time to be here. Starting from March to June, the summer days are cool and breezy. The rains (June to September) are the best time to visit for those who love to get wet and love trekking as this season offers spectacular views and numerous waterfalls, rivulets, springs dot the landscape. Winter temperatures can range from 5 degrees to 24 degrees.
Mahabaleshwar sightseeing offers some amazing attractions to see. Mahabaleshwar temples are considered among the holiest of Hindu temples. British Architecture can be seen imprinted in many of the old buildings and there are historical places like Pratapgad that are considered favorite among places to visit near Mumbai/Pune.
Famous places to visit in Mahabaleshwar:
Mount Malcolm: One of the most important buildings of its time, it remains the spectacular evidence of British Raj architecture
Although Mahabaleshwar is popular as a holiday retreat, its religious importance is also quite important. There are various temples in and around Mahabaleshwar that are extremely significant in the Hindu religion. Most famous amongst them are the Mahabaleshwar Temple, Panchganga temple, Krishnabai Mandir and Shri Shankar Mandir and should fascinate any visitor (even if not from the religious point, the aesthetics are definitely a sight to behold.)
There are numerous spots that offer spectacular views of the Mahabaleshwar scenery. Points like Arthur’s seat, Wilson Point, Elphinston Point, Kate’s Point, Lordwick Point etc display various parts of Mahabaleshwar at its best.
Mahabaleshwar Waterfalls: Absolutely amazing sights esp. during the rains, hundreds of waterfalls flow from the higher altitudes to the plains. Chinaman’s, Dhobi and Lingamala falls are the most famous waterfalls in this region Venna Lake: This piece of waterbody is a hub for water sport enthusiasts as well as regular tourists. Boating is a favorite attraction and quite affordable.
Hotel Ravine There are a number of economy hotels in Mahabaleshwar. Due to its popularity, there are a lot of cheap staying options available now but unfortunately many cut corners for attracting visitors under “cheapest Mahabaleshwar package” tag or assuring cheapest Mahabaleshwar hotel tariffs. Visitors should check out the location, connectivity to various attractions, accommodation, other offerings etc. before shortlisting any options.
Hotel Ravine is a three star hotel, considered one of the best hotels to stay in all Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar hotels / resorts and provides all services at moat “value for money” rates of all the old or new Mahabaleshwar hotels. Located barely 20 kms from Mahabaleshwar its nearness from two of the best “must visit” Maharashtra hill stations, gives Hotel Ravine a unique vantage point not only amongst most hotels and resorts in Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani but even most hotels in Maharashtra.