Nestled in the naturally resplendent Western Ghats range, Mahabaleshwar is an inviting hill station surrounded by cascading waterfalls, multiple rivers and scenic lookouts. A haven for outdoor travellers, Mahabaleshwar grants access to numerous hiking trails, while the town centre reveals family-run restaurants, a wax museum and iconic landmarks.
Things to do in Mahabaleshwar
If you love the water, head slightly outside of the township to the popular Venna Lake, where you can take a leisurely boat ride, ride horses around the shoreline or purchase local delicacies from waterfront stalls. There are beautiful waterfalls in the surrounding countryside, including the towering Dhobi Waterfall and picturesque Chinaman Waterfall.
Are you visiting with your family? Take the kids to the Three Star Amusement Park, where you can ride on quad bikes, play carnival games and enjoy sweet treats. They’ll also enjoy seeing the remarkably accurate wax figures of famous celebrities, sports stars and political figures at the Hollywood Wax Museum.
If you’re searching for panoramic views of the region, you’re spoilt for choice with the region’s impressive lookouts. Connaught Peak is a challenge for adventurous travellers, while Elephant’s Head Point offers mountaintop vistas and nearby local food vendors. Bombay Point, just outside of town, is the perfect spot for sunset views and also offers horseback riding.
Discover a part of the region’s rich history at Pratapgad, a 17th-century hilltop fortification with uninterrupted mountain vistas and a revered Hindu shrine. Back within the township, snap a photograph of the famed Ambedkar Statue before visiting Market Mahabaleshwar to purchase handmade clothing, local produce and trinkets.
Getting around Mahabaleshwar
Mahabaleshwar is about 230 kilometres from Mumbai, connected to India’s largest city via a six-hour-long tourist bus and well-maintained roads. You can easily walk around the township, but you’ll need to use taxis to access the surrounding sights.