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Situated in the Sahyadri range of the Western Ghats, Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra is known for its enchanting natural beauty and pleasant climate. Today, the former summer capital of the Bombay presidency is a thriving tourist hotspot. From horse riding and hiking to boat rides and trekking, there are many things to do in Mahabaleshwar for all tourists. The place is particularly popular among Mumbai residents for a short holiday and can be easily reached, as discussed below.

Different ways to reach Mahabaleshwar from Mumbai

  • By Air
  • By Train
  • By Road – via NH 48, NH 66

How to Reach Mahabaleshwar from Mumbai?

By Air

Pune International Airport, at a distance of 120 km, is the nearest airport to Mahabaleshwar. However, the distance between Mumbai and Pune is merely about 150 km. So, if you're going to Mahabaleshwar from Mumbai, you can explore more options.

By Train

Wathar railway station in Satara, at a distance of 61.6 km, is the nearest railway station to Mahabaleshwar. There are plenty of trains connecting Satara to Mumbai. The train journey from Mumbai to Satara can vary depending on the trains. A superfast or special train can take about 4 hours to cover the distance. A passenger train can take more than 7 hours to complete the journey. 

Once you reach Satara, you can reach Mahabaleshwar by road within 1 hour and 30 minutes. 

By Road

Travelling from Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar by road is the most popular option among tourists. Various public and private buses ply on the Mahabaleshwar-Mumbai route. However, A car road trip to Mahabaleshwar from Mumbai can be one of the best ways to explore the various places en route while driving through rural areas and off-beat locations. 

The two popular routes to reach Mahabaleshwar from Mumbai are as follows.

Route 1 (NH 48) 

This is the shortest route, where the Mumbai-Mahabaleshwar distance is about 270 km. The approximate 5 hours 15 minutes ride will take you through Lonavla, Talegaon Dabhade, Pune, and Wai. You can visit Lonavla, Pune Okayama Friendship Garden, and Bhaja Caves on your way.

Route 2  (NH 66)

Although the distance between Mumbai and Mahabaleshwar through this route is about 222 km, the route has considerable traffic. The six-hour drive will take you to Mahabaleshwar through Pen, Kolad, and Mahad. Karnala Bird Sanctuary, Tamhini Ghat Waterfall and Raigad Fort are on this route.

Top Tourist Places in Mahabaleshwar

The winter season can be the best time to visit Mahabaleshwar. The weather remains cool and ideal for sightseeing all day long. Following are the popular places to visit in Mahabaleshwar- 

  • Venna Lake
  • Tapola
  • Pratapgarh Fort
  • Mahabaleshwar Temple
  • Mapro Garden
  • Lingmala Falls
  • Town Bazaar

Where to Stay? 

Club Mahindra Sherwood Resort is one of the best resorts in Mahabaleshwar to stay with family and friends. The picturesque resort can provide the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and unwind in the lap of nature.

Whether an adventure seeker or a quiet nature lover, you will love the serenity and tranquillity that Mahabaleshwar offers. So, utilize the information in this post to make your next travel plan to visit Mahabaleshwar from Mumbai and rejuvenate yourself in the lap of nature.

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