Set at an altitude of 1,372m, the highest point in Maharashtra in Western Ghat mountain ranges - on Sahyadri hills in Satara district, is the quintessential hill station Mahabaleshwar.This popular hill station takes its name from God 'Mahabali'. Eternally beautiful, perennially fresh and inviting ,Mahabaleshwar is blessed with spectacular views of the valleys and forests .Its calm and quiet atmosphere is very attractive to the tourists and makes for a cozy refuge for the sun baked people of the palins. Between March-June ,this lovely hill station sports a brownish look but during the advent of monsoon from mid-June up to September , the nature here seems to spread a lush green carpet all around the hill.
Earlier the summer capital of the Bombay province during the British rule has become one of the most reputed hill stations of the country in the recent past.Draped in natural beauty , Mahabaleshwar enjoys being one of the biggest magnets attracting large flock of tourists every year varying from honeymooners to those looking for a serene weekend holiday base.
Discovered by the British General Lodwick ,this awesome hill station still retains the aura of the colonial period.There are several magnificient mansions,cottages and bunglows built on British style reminding gracefully the bygone era of British Raj.
This lovely hill station offers a number of exciting activities to the tourists.Pony rides on the lanes of Mahabaleshwar are something to be experienced.For the youngsters the place laced with numerous scenic points is the perfect base for enjoying cycle rides.
Together with its invigorating climatic conditions, tempting strawberry and raspberry farms, foggy mountains,serpentine paths, the soothing numbers played by icy cold waterfalls , the amazing views of the valley,romantic strolls and several look out points make Mahabaleshwar a treat for the eyes and soul.