Mahabaleshwar: Mumbai Neighborhood in Monsoon
The heat and humidity of the worst bit of summer have started getting to us, making all of us here eagerly await the onset of monsoon. Even a little downpour would alleviate the scorching days and nights. In another 3 or 4 weeks, the hills of the Western Ghats would get its annual ablution and followed by a new clothing of green.
Then will emerge my favorite hill station near my home, Mahabaleshwar, in all its forest green glory. Visiting Mahabaleshwar in the monsoon is always a great treat. The clouds hang low on the horizon, many times just rolling on to the hills, folding you in its arms in a cool, soft embrace. When I am not eating or shopping in its narrow streets, my favorite past time in Mahabaleshwar is lounging in the balcony with a cup of hot chai and ‘pakoras’, watching the rain and the clouds.
The ample viewpoints in Mahabaleshwar provide fish-eye views of the verdant green Sahyadris and its various forts. I often skip these touristy delights because of my closeness with the hamlet, but for first timers, these places are must-visits!
I remember the time when I took my first boat ride on the beautiful Venna Lake. The boatman telling us interesting stories about the place and pointing to many honeymooning couples giggling and enjoying themselves. Apparently Mahabaleshwar is a popular destination for them. If time and weather permits, I suggest a boat ride here should definitely find a place on your itinerary and so should be the 200M Lingmala Falls, which refreshed by the monsoons, is a sight to behold. Venna Lake is a great attraction to everybody with its dazzling sight, boating, and fishing besides the dam and stalls for games and eatables. It is within walking distance from town Mahabaleshwar.
You might miss plucking strawberries from the farms but no one can stop you from visiting the jam factories! See yourself at leisure how jams and squashes are made. One big advantage of visiting the hill station during rainy season is that there is absolutely no tourist traffic.
Finding accommodation in Mahabaleshwar is never a problem. Hotels and resorts to suit every pocket are available right in the main market street or around and are in plenty, but booking before you reach is advisable to avoid the hassle of going from hotel to hotel in the torrential Western Ghat rains.
There are also a few famous temples to visit. Panchaganga mandir and Shri Shankar Mandir are prominent with loads of mythological stories attached to them.
All in all, Mahabalehwar is a good hill station for any season.
Will I be going to Mahabaleshwar this year? Well, let’s see.
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Can’t wait for the firs drops and the hills to turn green. No doubt the best time to go for a drive in the hills.
Yay! I am also waiting for it. 🙂
Such an awesome view, hope you get to enjoy it again!
Amen to that ! 🙂
Stunning photos. Loved the post. Thank you for sharing.
You are welcome. 🙂
You are so lucky to have such a beautiful spot near your home.. lovely post..
Mahabaleshwar is gorgeous. I like staying at the old Irani/Parsi places for their food 🙂
Oh I have no experience of that.
Added it to my bucket list! Lovely pics!
Thank you. You will love it.
beautiful pictures and very well explained 🙂 Mahabaleshwar is indeed beautiful.
I so love this place, spent most of my childhood days there in Panchgani. Great post ! Thanka for sharing 🙂
You are welcome. 🙂
Thank you Rupam.
I really love visiting Mahabaleshwar during monsoons and most of the times I have been here, I spend my time in balcony taking in the view along with some tea.
Maharashtra is the prettiest in the rains! I just love how everything turns a lush green. Never been to Mahabaleshwar but looks like I should go there soon.
Was there in summer. Should visit again post monsoon. nice pics
Mahabaleshwar is on the most famous destination for the tripping. The places there like the table lands, the waterfalls , the sunset point , the small caves , etc. The best time to visit is during the summer.I had a great experience about this place because I had gone to Mahabaleshwar take some rest after my boards exams.
Lovely photos and write up. I am glad I found your blog 🙂