Mahabaleshwar is a small own located in Satara district of Mararashtra. It is a hill station located in Sahyadri mountain range. During the British raj, it served as the summer capital of Bombay province. It is known as one of the few evergreen forests of India.
The average elevation of Mahabaleshwar is 1,353 metres (4,439 ft). At highest peak, it reaches a height of 1,439 m (4,721 ft) above sea level. This peak is known as Wilson/Sunrise.
Mahabaleshwar is the source of the Krishna River.
Mahabaleshwar is a beautiful hill station that is also referred as the queen of hill stations in Maharashtra. The place is known for panoramic view or plains from a height and surrounding forests.
The present day Mahabaleshwar was established in 1829 when it became the summer capital of Bombay. But the place has much older history. King Singhan of Devgiri visited Old Mahabaleshwar back in 1215 CE and built a small temple here. He also built a water tank at the surge of river Krishna. Shivaji Maharaj constructed Pratapgarh Fort here in 1656 CE.
Mahabaleshwar attracts lots of tourists who come here to see forts, temples, lakes, and more. The place has Pratapgarh Fort, Venna Lake, Mahabaleshwar Temple, Krishnabai Temple, Lingamala Falls, Tapola and Panchgani.
Mahabaleshwar is also known for berry farming. The place accounts for 85% of all the strawberry production in the country. There are several strawberry farms here. You can drop by any one of these farms and buy a big jar of special homemade strawberry jam from the owners.