Mahabaleshwar is a small town in Maharashtra.  It has several elevated viewing points, waterfalls, lakes and greenery.


  • Arthur’s Seat – a view point which provides a stunning panoramic view of the city
  • Lingmala Waterfall
  • Venna Lake - a beautiful manmade lake, that offers amazing boating (rowboats, paddleboats, etc) and kayaking opportunities
  • Wilson point - highest point in the town
  • Elephant’s head point
  • Elphinstone point
  • Chinaman’s falls
  • Dhobi waterfall


Visit these below listed historical places to make your journey memorable.

  • Pratapgad Fort – a centuries-old fort perched on top of a mountain spur
  • Panch Ganga Temple – a Hindu temple, religious centre and meeting point for 5 rivers - Krishna, Savitri, Koyna, Veena, and Gayatri. It was built by the ruler Raja Singha Deo, King of the Yadavs of Devagiri, in the 13th century
  • Mahabaleshwar Temple – Built in the 16th century, this temple is situated 6 kilometers away from the Mahabaleshwar and is also known popularly as “the Mahabali”. The Temple is dedicated to the worship of the Hindu God Shiva, who most people in this town believe in and worship
  • Bhushan Mahamuni – This temple is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva; it is the base of a Swayambhu (meaning self-originated) Shiva Linga – a symbol of the lord. It is also the merging point of the five major water reservoirs in the region, namely - Krishna, Koyna, Savitri, Venna and Gayatri
  • Shankar Temple – known for its famous Shiva Linga idol, a symbol of Lord Shiva; the temple is also popularly known as the Trigunatmaka - meaning trio of the deities Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, whose images are carved and embodied in the Shiva Linga
  • Krishnabai Temple - One of the oldest temples in Mahabaleshwar dedicated to the Hindu God, Lord Krishna. The temple is nestled on a hilltop and offers amazing views of Krishna Valley from the town. Also, is believed to be the origin of river Krishna, one of the largest rivers in southern India


Mahabaleshwar’s population consists of a majority of Hindus, who worship Lord Shiva. So, most Hindu festivals especially those dedicated to Lord Shiva, and few others are celebrated grandly in Mahabaleshwar. These include:

  • Maha Shivratri (People worship Lord Shiva and fast for long hours)
  • Navrathri & Dussehra (A 10-day festival, where Goddess Durga is revered)
  • Ganesh Chaturthi – A major festival in the state of Maharashtra, this is celebrated in all cites and town in this state, to worship Lord Ganesha (who is also the son of Lord Shiva)
  • Makar Sankranti - an auspicious harvest festival 


Mahabaleshwar has a popular and beautiful wax museum

Hollywood Wax Museum

where life-size wax figurines of celebrities from all over the world are displayed. It is the only museum the town has, and is definitely worth exploring.


Mahabaleshwar is known for its fresh produce of strawberries and mulberries, and many shops here sell delicious locally-made jellies, honey, jams and more! Other things to shop for here include handicrafts, leather items, Kolhapuri footwear. Here are some popular shopping spots where these and a lot more can be found:

  • Town Bazaar
  • Mapro Garden
  • Laxmi Strawberry Farm
  • Wilson Chikki
  • The Mahabaleshwar Vegetable & Fruit Market
  • Imperial Store
  • Indo-Kashmir Collection


  • Orchid Mall and Shopping Centre


Mahabaleshwar is famous for strawberries (and other berries), and also some interesting foods such as street style sandwiches.

  • Burgers
  • Fudge
  • Roasted/fried chana


Some of the best restaurants in the city to eat at are:

  • Bagicha corner (Fruit-and-cream combinations, especially Mulberry/strawberry and cream)
  • The Grapevine (Crab burger)
  • Natraj (Chikki, fudge and chocolate)
  • Roadside stalls selling aby carrots and red radishes (which are exclusive to this town)


Mahabaleshwar has many good hotels and resorts for a comfortable stay. Here are some of the places to stay at in Mahabaleshwar:

  • Brightland resort & spa
  • Aditya Hill view Inn
  • Regenta Place Green Leaf
  • Hotel Amora Premium
  • Treebo Trend Rahi Forest View
  • Citrus Chambers
  • Hotel Uday


Mahabaleshwar also has quite a few nightclubs to liven up the evenings, which are a great place for people looking for some lively entertainment during the wee hours after night.

  • Unlock, the resto bar
  • Angaare
  • Longitude 73
  • Over the edge
  • Plunge Bar
  • The Electrique Mist
  • The Tarang Bar
  • The Grapevine Restaurant and Wine bar


  • Mahabaleshwar STD Code – 2168 (to be used before dialling numbers from a device that is not locally registered)
  • Police Control room – 100
  • Fire emergency – 101
  • Accident helpline (Medical emergencies) – 108
  • Child Helpline – 1098
  • Women Helpline - 1090


Marathi is the main language of Mahabaleshwar.


  • Welcome - Tumcha svagat aso
  • How are you? - Tu kas ahes
  • What's your name? - Tujha nav kay ahe
  • Where are you from? - Apaṇ kothale ahat?
  • Good morning - Su-prabhat
  • Have a nice day - Sukhi raha

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