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Mahabaleshwar: Queen of hill stations in Maharashtra


Mahabaleshwar, June 2 (UITV) - Mahabaleshwar is a town in Maharastra state famous for its lovely hill station and is situated in the Satara district. The hill station is at an elevation of 1,353 meters above the mean sea level in the western ghats and is among the top-visited places in Maharashtra. The place is the source of the famous Krishna river that flows through Maharashtra,  Karnataka, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh and joins the Bay of Bengal, hence the place is a pilgrimage for Hindus. The rivers Koyna, Venna, and Gayatri are the tributaries of river Krishna.

The climate in the region of Mahabaleshwar is best suitable for the cultivation of strawberries and it accounts for 85% of strawberry production in India. It receives heavy rainfall in the monsoon seasons. Continuous rainfall up to 12 days has been observed previously and the place attracts a large number of tourists for its sloppy hills and beautiful views.  The tourist attractions in Mahabaleshwar are temples, forts, lakes, waterfalls, and cultivations. Important tourist spots are Mahabaleshwar Temple, Lingamala Falls, Pratapgarh Fort, Venna Lake, Krishnabai Temple, Tapola, and Panchgani. Mahabaleshwar has been ruled by several dynasties.

Location - Maharastra, India
Nearest City - Satara(54km), Pune(123km), Kolhapur(177km), Mumbai(243km), Panaji(377km)

How to Reach -
By Road: Mahabaleshwar is connected by the NH4. Buses from major cities of Maharastra ply there.
By Railways: The nearest railway stations are Satara and Pune which are located 60km and 120km away respectively.
By Airways: The nearest airports are Pune International Airport and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Mumbai located 120km and 270km away respectively.

Best time to visit: Between September and January
Trip Duration - Up to 3 days

By Shashikant Chaurasia