An enchanting resort town etched on the shayadri ranges of Western Ghats, in the Satara district of Maharashtra- Mahabaleshwar is a wonderful hill station packed with extraordinary natural beauty. A place that holds one of the few evergreen forests in India and forms the base of five strong and beautiful rivers, it has some amazing vistas and magnificent hills that yield an energizing ambiance.
Mahabaleshwar is an expansive plateau encompassed by lush valleys and striped by sparkling rivers. The Krishna River with its source in the springs of Mahabaleshwar along with its tributaries the Koyna River and Venna River are believed to be the trimurtis- Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. The name Mahabaleshwar was derived from Sanskrit words, Maha-bal-ishwar which literally means 'The Mighty Lord Shiva'- whose pristine and naturally occurred form is worshipped in the temple here, after which the city was named.
Mahabaleshwar in ancient days was a base of the chivalrous Marathas whose forts are still found in the region. Later during the British era, it reached new heights and gained fame and glory as one of the desired summer retreats.
The magnificent forts and stunning Mahabaleshwar temples of ancient Indian rulers and the compelling and elegant colonial buildings such as RajBhavan- the bungalow of the Maharashtra Governor general and the other majestic structures in the area speak of the golden period of Marathas and the following British Raj that make an rare and interesting mix. Places to visit in Mahabaleshwar include Venna Lake, Pratapgad, Lodwick point etc. More details on this page below.
Mahabaleshwar, with its eminent temples and the holy rivers, is also a religiously reverred destination in India. The scenic beauty of the region is so serene and mystic and almost mesmerizing. The deep cut valleys lush with vegetation snaked by the lovely rivers contrasting the barren plateau that lay beside, with a wonderful palate of mountainous backdrop this place is a concoction of natural beauty at its finest.
A now famous tourist and honeymoon destination, with the numerous scenic spots that provide with infinite views of the mountains, valleys and its surroundings, one never gets bored around here. The pleasant weather only adds to the charm. The city is also famous for honey and strawberries. At the peak of the winter, Mahabaleshwar which looks almost out of the world is a best place one could ever think of to escape from their mechanical life.