Mahabaleshwar the Epitome of Monsoon Breaks, the Perfect Holiday Spot
Mahabaleshwar is a picturesque hill station of Maharashtra with meandering roads, soaring mountains and nippy weather and is known as mini Kashmir. It is a weekend getaway since the time of British people and has several colonial structures and old buildings which have awesome architecture. Mahabaleshwar is perfect weekend destination to escape from the rushing city life of Mumbai and you can enjoy a blissful and enthralling time in the strawberry city of Maharashtra. The city is situated in close vicinity to Mumbai and Pune and is loaded with magnificent natural landscapes and ancient buildings which dot the town. Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar route is around 221 kms which is a four and a half hour run and you can have an awesome experience visiting the place full of mesmerizing beauty and charisma. There are plenty of hotels and resorts in the town according to your budget and requirements and you can enjoy a gala time in Mahabaleshwar.
You can enjoy delicious food at multi cuisine restaurants and indulge in activities like badminton, table tennis or puppet shows. You are sure to get mesmerized by the breathtaking view of the valley and mountains and will enjoy several adventurous sports. Panchgani is just 20 km away from Mahabaleshwar and you can plan a trip from Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar along with Panchgani which is a famous honeymoon destination. You can revel in the strawberry farm, Mapro garden which provides breakfast or brunch to tourists and buy products manufactured by the farm. Panchaganga Temple is on the way to Mahabaleshwar and it is said that five holy rivers Venna, Koyana, Savitri, Krishna and Gayatri appear from the temple.
Places of interest:
• Lake Venna: Lake Venna is a major place of attraction for tourists with sapphire water spread across 28 acres and people can enjoy several fun activities like boating, horse riding, fun fair games and food stalls. However, place is very crowded and it becomes cold after sunset. You can enjoy boating in the lake or roam around in the market near the lake. The place is loaded with fun-filled activities and funfair games. You can buy best strawberries and American sweet corn from vendors around the lake and several hotels and resorts are situated near Lake Venna. You can also enjoy the waterfalls cascading down from the mountains and cherish the wonderful sight forever.
• Ancient forts and monuments: there are several forts in and around the city like Raigarh, Purander, pratapgarh, Kamalgarh and Korna which were built by Chattrapati Shivaji in 15th century. However weekend trip is not enough for visiting all the forts and you require to take a three to four day trip to visit these forts.
• Wilson point: this point is also known as the Bombay point as it is situated on the old Bombay road. The point provides a charming view of complete valley and city with its varied flora and fauna and you can also visit Karnayak point, echo point or Sasoon point for experiencing tranquility of the mountains and the nature.
Other activities to do in Mahabaleshwar
Visit the strawberry farm for strawberry picking: there are several strawberry farms around the place but do not miss Mapro gardens and cream corner. Besides enjoying strawberry picking, you can splurge on various delicacies available at the farm. You can have ice-creams, strawberries with cream and several other delicacies served at the place and you can also feast on fresh strawberries you have picked.
Shop at the market in Mahabaleshwar: there are several souvenirs available in the market like wooden toys, handicrafts, showpieces, footwear, fruit crushes and fresh strawberries. You can buy local Kolhapuris in awesome designs and colors at very reasonable rates.
Weekend getaway from Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar is fantastic and mesmerizing with waterfalls, lakes, picturesque landscapes, strawberry farms, and sunset points so enjoy your holiday at this mesmerizing location. Leave your city stress behind and enjoy the tranquility and sereneness of hills, valleys and waterfalls in the region and feel ecstatic in the monolith outcrops full of greenery. You can stay in hotels or resorts situated near Lake Venna or in Panchgani and feel the chill of the cool mountain air prevailing in the atmosphere. Enjoy the fantastic trip in lush green mountains and valley and forget all your stress and worries.