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General Information about Mahableshwar

Mahabaleshwar is a hill station in India's forested Western Ghats range, south of Mumbai. It features several elevated viewing points, such as Arthur’s Seat. West of here is centuries-old Pratapgad Fort, perched atop a mountain spur. East, Lingmala Waterfall tumbles off a sheer cliff. Colorful boats dot Venna Lake, while 5 rivers meet at Panch Ganga Temple to the north.

Mahabaleshwar is a small town and a municipal council in Satara district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is a hill station located in the Sahyadri mountain range. With one of the few evergreen forests of India, it served as the summer capital of Bombay province during the British Raj

Connectivity :

By Rail :
The closest railway station to Mahabaleshwar is situated in Wathar which is at the distance of sixty kilometres from Mahabaleshwar. This railway station then links to the other railway stations. Alternatively, one can reach Satara by a train from Mumbai/Pune and hire a taxi to Mahabaleshwar, which takes around an hour.

By Air :
The closest airport to Mahabaleshwar is located in Pune at the distance of about one hundred and twenty kilometres. This airport is very well linked to many other major domestic and international airports. An excellent taxi service is also available at the airport.

By Road:
Frequently running buses connect Mahabaleshwar to other major towns and cities by means of roadways. One can take a tourist bus from Mumbai, which runs from Sion, Vashi and Dadar (East). It takes around 6 hours to reach Mahabaleshwar from Mumbai. If travelling from Pune, currently the tourist buses are operated mainly by two private companies. Alternatively, if travelling by a private vehicle, it takes around 4 to 5 hours from Mumbai through the Panvel-Mahad-Poladpur way. This is the preferred option to drive down from Mumbai.

Mahabaleshwar comprises three villages: sumit dave Malcolm Peth, Old "Kshetra" Mahabaleshwar and part of the Shindola village.

Mahabaleshwar is the source of the Krishna River that flows across Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The legendary source of the river is a spout from the mouth of a statue of a cow in the ancient temple of Mahadev in Old Mahabaleshwar. Legend has it that Krishna is Lord Vishnu himself as a result of a curse on the trimurtis by Savitri. Also, its tributaries Venna and Koyna are said to be Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma themselves. An interesting thing to notice is that 4 other rivers come out from the cow's mouth apart from Krishna and they all travel some distance before merging into Krishna. These rivers are the Koyna, Venna (Veni), Savitri, and Gayatri.

Climate of the area is suitable for cultivation of strawberries, Mahabaleshwar strawberry contributes to about 85 percent of the total strawberry production in the country.

Strawberries, Mulberries, Carrots, Corn, Cherry size tomatoes are the natural treasures of Mahabaleshwar's cuisine. Delicious indulges made from strawberries are a specialty of the the town such as toffees, syrups, fudge, ice creams, whipped creams, jellies as well as the Corn Pattice made from the corn. Enjoy these refreshing items and take some home too.
The next most popular item, like in almost all of Maharashtra is the Vada Paav along with a popular range of other street food items. One can also bite into the popular sweet Chikki . Other than these, the restaurants offer quite a satisfactory range of cuisines.

An Ideal Itinerary
Day 1: Start your day with a visit to Arthur's Seat. Post lunch, visit the Elphinstone Point and the Venna Lake. End your day by paying a visit to the Mahabaleshwar Market to chance upon some gorgeous kolhapuri jootis, followed by a horse riding session around Venna Lake or by watching the sunset from the Elephant?s Head Point.

Day 2: Begin your day with a visit to the Wilson Point and the Connaught Peak. If you?re a thrill seeker and not faint-hearted, join any local expedition groups to their nearest green snake rescue missions or just a day of forest floor walking or bird watching. Next, go to the Lingmala waterfall. Visit the Mapro Gardens during the evening or when you are leaving Mahabaleshwar.
Popular Tourist spots :Old Mahabaleshwar, Krishnabai temple, Monkey Point, Arthur point, Venna Lake, Kate's Point, Needle Hole Point / Elephant Point, Wilson Point, Pratapgad, Lingmala Waterfalls etc.

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