Travellers to India won’t be disappointed with the incredible sights and stunning landmarks that Mahabaleshwar has to offer. Located at a high altitude of 1,372m above sea level, the region boasts incredible panoramic views of rolling mountains and a cool, pleasant climate.
The best time to visit is in the warmer seasons between March and May, as heavy rains usually fall from June through to September.
Once you’ve reached the plateau of Mahabaleshwar, you’ll find there is so much to do, see and experience. Here at Expedia, we’ve compiled an itinerary, which you can mix and match to create the perfect day in this wonderful location. These are just recommendations though and we urge all tourists to this wonderful city to explore and discover their own journey.
Trip to Mahabaleshwar
Morning in Mahabalehswar
No visitor to this high altitude city should miss out on the stunning sunrise. One of the best places to witness the incredible spectacle is at Arthur’s Seat. With unusual and captivating rock formations, which have been compared to those at the Grand Canyon, this is certainly an area that will amaze you.
The location’s beauty is powerfully paired with the story behind it. It was named after Arthur Mallet, whose wife and children tragically died after a ferry accident on the Savitri River. It is believed this spot provided a reflective seclusion for the grieving Mallet.
If you want somewhere else that’s beautiful to watch the sunrise, then check out Wilson Point. This is the highest point in the whole of Mahabaleshwar, complete with refreshing breezes and panoramic views. Pack a breakfast picnic and head off early to make the most of the dawn hours. You can catch a cab there but be aware that they will only take you so far. You will have to hike up a small trail to reach the peak.
The Panchganga Temple offers mesmerising design and surrounding waters. This temple was built in the 13th century and sits at the confluence of the five rivers of Koyna, Krishna, Sayitri, Venna and Gayatri. Make sure you visit between its opening hours of 8am to 10pm to view the marvellous entrance and experience its unrivalled air of peace.
Lunchtime in Mahabalehswar
Just a stone’s throw away from Panchganga Temple is one of the city’s must-visit destinations, the Mahabaleshwar Temple. This beautiful religious landmark is located in Old Mahabaleshwar and dates all the way back to the 16th century. Shrouded in a spiritual atmosphere, this shrine is said to be the residence of Lord Shiva, who takes the form of a dark black stone lingam. The look and feel of this temple will certainly set your spirits high for the rest of your day.
In the warming daylight, Babington House looks simply stunning. Located close to Arthur’s Seat, this country house is a favourite amongst tourists. Nestled in gorgeous greenery, the colonial style bungalow features a grand dining room and extensive library collection, complete with first edition titles. It is a quiet and aesthetically pleasing place to explore and enjoy a picnic.
If you prefer to bag a few bargains at lunchtime, then Town Bazaar is the place for you. This busy marketplace has everything you need, from exquisite souvenirs to fresh produce and fruit. And once you have filled your bags with knick knacks and culinary delights, you can head to the nearby Holy Cross Church, affectionately known as the ‘toy church’, with its charming architecture and hillside location.
Afternoon in Mahabaleshwar
For an afternoon of thrilling entertainment, you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere better than Velocity Entertainmentz theme park. It is perfect for adrenaline seekers of all ages, thanks to its thrilling rides and fun amusement activities. There are also a few onsite restaurants, so you can get your pulse racing and fill your stomach all in one place.
If you prefer a calmer and quieter afternoon, then the Tapola may be more to your tastes. Located around 28km from Mahabaleshwar, it features scenic settings and a calm lake of water. Whether you want a gentle stroll in the cooling air, a relaxing picnic or even a boat ride, you will find it all right here, just 35 minutes out of the city.
Alternatively, you could get stuck into some fun activities with the horse riding options available at Venna Lake. There’s no need to worry if you aren’t used to riding, as the trainer will walk alongside you on an easy paced journey throughout the beautiful great outdoors of Mahabaleshwar. If you are more experienced, then you can request to kick things up a gear with a faster ride around the circuit.
And if you want to see more horses, make sure you don’t miss the Polo Ground. Located at Bombay Point, this attraction includes a long, enjoyable walk through the forest at Tiger Path to get there. Take a ride through the memorable trails and enjoy a unique view of the city from high up on horseback.
Evening in Mahabalehswar
You should stick around Bombay Point after your horse ride to watch the sun descend below the horizon. The location is famed for its unrivalled views of the night sky and has even been dubbed the ‘Sunset Point’. In terms of its views of the Western sunset, it can’t be beat. Once you have been mesmerised by the natural spectacle, you can take a short trek or cab ride back into Mahabaleshwar.
Another great spot to watch the sunset is Elephant’s Head Point. As well as the captivating views of the colourful sky, you’ll also be able to see the unique rock formations that gave this area its name, thanks to their elephant head and trunk like shape. Once you have soaked in the sights, simply hop in a cab. Please be aware though, that you will need to walk 1km from the car park to reach the main area of Elephant’s Head Point.
For an evening meal, your hotel resort will likely have a good selection to satisfy. The Rahil International Hotel offers particularly good fare, located just a couple steps away from the main market. Here you’ll find a spacious setting, friendly staff and a selection of delectable dishes that are a feast for all your senses.
If you want to dine out, the Grapevine is a safe bet, with its convenient central location and tempting choice of Parsi and continental cuisine. And once you’ve satisfied your hunger, you can head over to Elctrique Mist for a taste of Mahabaleshwar nightlife, and dance the night away to its grooving music and party atmosphere.