Mahabaleshwar one of the best hill stations in India is a part of the Western Ghats, recently coveted as a World Heritage Site. It is located 17.51 degree north latitude and 73.35 Degree east longitude, spread over an area of 145.5 sq.kms lying 1372 meters above sea level, is also known as the queen of the deccan’s. The highest peak in mahabaleshwar is known as wilson point and second highest is cannought peak point.
Rainfall in the year 1896 being 402 inches was recorde as highest ever, and the lowest being recorded 139 inches in year 1899. The average rainfall in mahabaleshwar is of 210 inches, min average temperatures 5 and maximum average temperature 29 degree celsius.
Rainy Season starts by pre monsoon showers most probably in the month of may and winter season picks up during mid of september and the retreating monsoon followed till late october. The monsoon being continuous downpour has a cold foggy climate.
The weather then gets pleasant with natural panoramic beauty until december, when it starts getting colder, with the new years generally accompanied with chilling temperatures, it starts to get a bit more pleasant during the month of february end with sunshine of summer season arriving.
Summer season is very pleasant with cool mornings and evening breeze , with the afternoons not so warm. Surrounded by the forts of pratapgadh, makarandgadh, kamalgadh, kangori, chandragarh, vasota, kenjalgadh and pandavgadh.
Garlanded by the majestic waterfalls of Lingmala waterfall, Dhobi waterfall, Chinman waterfall, Bhilar waterfall and many other falls seen especially during the monsoons. Tourist nowadays visit regularly at weekends during monsoon season.
Water in mahabaleshwar from the wells is more potable and sweet and being drawn from the depth of the earth it is cool and rich in content of minerals and pore particles and bacteria free, thus little water quenches the thirst and gives a good appetite to eat, perhaps one more reason for tourist to have regular stays and long holidays in scenic mahabaleshwar.
Mahabaleshwar offers a clean , calm and a thorough refreshing center of various activities , such as nature trails, adventuring, horse riding, trekking,
boating, to historical forts and places, exploring the forest, caves and centres of pilgrimage, enjoying the natural rivers and waterfalls and most interestingly Mahabaleshwar region also shelters ethnic tribal communities harnessing the wonderful tradition and living with nature, and mahabaleshwar provides plenty of good range of luxury and budget hotels, exclusive bungalows and spacious health resorts.
By Air: Nearest Airport Pune, 120kms.
By Rail: Nearest railhead is Wathar, but Pune is more convenient railhead.
By Road: Mumbai _ Mahabaleshwar via Mahad – 247kms.
State Transport buses ply regularly between Pune – Mahabaleshwar and Mumbai – Mahabaleshwar.
Panchgani is situated 20 kms east of Mahabaleshwar and spreads out over five hills.
The name actually means “five lands” and in this very popular hill station, that bears the raj stamp all over it,
you can have some excellent views of the flat surroundings.
It is also famous for its boarding schools, its parsee bungalows, the fresh air, fresh strawberries and mulberries.
At an altitude of 1334m it is just 38m below Mahabaleshwar.
These 38 m translate themselves into a breathtaking 20 kms approach from mahabaleshwar,
that swoops around bends with abondon, offering heart stopping views of the river krishna on one side & the coastal plains on the other.
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