Mumbai To Mahabaleshwar by Road – Distance, Time and Useful Travel Information

The summer capital of the old Bombay province, Mahabaleshwar is a plateau more than 1300 metres above sea level and is surrounded by beautiful and deep valleys on all side.

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Why travel from Mumbai To Mahabaleshwar?

The strawberry farms of Mahabaleshwar account for more than 80% of the country’s produce and the town is a much loved weekend destination, offering serenity and scenic views to visitors from Mumbai.

When you book a Mumbai car rental with Savaari, the most noteworthy part of it is that you can turn a simple drive into an experiential road trip. Not only do you get to stop at interesting places you also get a chance to customize your itinerary designed fully to your liking.

Mumbai To Mahabaleshwar by car

Travelling from Mumbai To Mahabaleshwar by car

A road trip from Mumbai To Mahabaleshwar by car is one of the best ways to experience the roads that connect the busy metro to the hill station. When you book Mumbai To Mahabaleshwar trip packages with us, you can enjoy a ride through the smaller towns and rural areas of Maharashtra, before you enter Mahabaleshwar. You will pass through some popular, as well as, offbeat locales, on your Mahabaleshwar trip from Mumbai.

Let us help you discover some of the best routes so your trip from Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar by road is nothing short of amazing!


Best time to take a road trip from Mumbai To Mahabaleshwar by car

Mahabaleshwar experiences a tropical hill climate due to its elevation being 1310 metres above sea level. Mahabaleshwar has warm and pleasant summers and cold and chilly winters. Monsoon is considered to be the best time to visit when the surroundings turn lush green and the weather is cool and misty. The best way to experience this city is by driving from Bangalore. And by booking a outstation cab service in Mumbai, you can also customize your entire trip, including the itinerary, and make it an incredible travel experience!

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Route 1: Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar via NH48

This is the shortest and fastest route to cover the Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar distance which is approximately 270KM. You can expect regular Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar traffic, but no severe congestion. So it is certainly important that you check for live traffic updates and follow real-time maps to get a better idea of road conditions.

Here’s a basic Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar road map for this route:

Mumbai — Lonavla– Talegaon Dabhade– Wai– Mahabaleshwar 

Popular places along the way:

  • Lonavala: Lonavala, located at barely 100 km from Mumbai is one of the most sought-after weekend getaways. Nestled in the Sahyadri Mountains, it is surrounded by beautiful lakes, waterfalls, and dense forests cover. The Rajamachi Fort and Bushi Dam are a few human-made wonders in Lonavala that are worth a visit.
  • Pune Okayama Friendship Garden: It is inspired by one of the greatest gardens of Japan, the Okayama’s Koraku-en Garden. Rightly named as Pune Okayama Friendship Garden, it is a well-maintained garden spread across 10 acres with fountains and natural water canal flowing through the garden.
  • Bhaja Caves: Located near Lonavala, Bhaja caves are one of the oldest caves in India believed to have been built around 2200 BC. The 22 rock cut caves are very similar to the early Buddhist style of temples, even drawing inspiration from Barabar caves. The renowned Lohagad Fort and Visapur Fort are also in the vicinity.
Bhaja Caves
Bhaja Caves

Places to eat on this route:

  • Food Court – Here you will find a variety of food items, right from juices and coffee to pizza and ice cream.
  • Hotel Amruta – Located in Khed, this is a vegetarian-only restaurant, but is open until late night.

Route 2: Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar via NH66

This route takes is approximately 222KM but has some traffic along the way. Therefore, no matter which route you take always check for traffic updates and follow live maps.

Here’s a basic Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar road map for this route:

Mumbai — Pen — Kolad — Mahad — Mahabaleshwar
Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar-route2

Popular places along the way:

  • Karnala Bird Sanctuary – Located just off NH66 near Panvel, this sanctuary is home to over 222 species of birds.
  • Tamhini Ghat Waterfall – Popularly known as the Valse, this waterfall is near Kolad. You will also find the Kansai Waterfalls and hot springs at Uddhar nearby.
  • Raigad Fort – Located in Mahad, this museum has weapons, farm equipment, artefacts and photographs showcasing the glory of the Shivaji empire.
Tamhini Ghat Waterfall
Tamhini Ghat Waterfall

Places to eat on this route:

  • Farmhouse Bistro Restaurant – Stop here for delicious wood-fired pizza, pasta and enjoy your meals with mountain views.
  • Grapevine Restaurant – This restaurant is famous for its lamb burgers but you will also find a variety of vegetarian food on their menu.

Other means of traveling from Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar

By Train

You can also reach Mahabaleshwar from Mumbai by train. The nearest railway station is at Wathar, about 60 km from Mahabaleshwar. For the most updated train timings and schedule, visit the Indian Railways website. You can also directly hire a cab from Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar to make most out of your journey.

By Flight

Mahabaleshwar doesn’t have an airport of its own. The nearest airport is in Mumbai. You can book a Mumbai airport to Mahabaleshwar taxi to have a hassle-free road trip.

Explore Mahabaleshwar Like a Local: A Handy Guide

From chilly winters to misty monsoons, the serene hills and valleys of Mahabaleshwar make for the perfect vacation spot any time of the year, for any kind of vacation. With our tips and suggestions, you can make your Mahabaleshwar trip exciting and memorable. 

Attractions in Mahabaleshwar for Sightseeing

“Mabi”, as Mahabaleshwar is popularly called, is the perfect spot for spending a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the city. In the right season, Mabi offers fresh strawberries off farms, walks along Venna Lake and makes for a great place to unwind. Don’t forget to book your accommodation well in advance. Hotels here get filled up really quickly in the peak season and on weekends. On the way to Mahabaleshwar, make sure you stop at Mapro Garden for a tall glass of fresh strawberry milkshake. Shivsagar Lake in Tapola, 29km from Mabi is a well kept secret, but a must-visit if you like water sports.

Pratapgad Fort – Situated close to the famous hill station of Mahabaleshwar in the district of Satara, the fort rises to an elevation of about 3500 feet from the ground. This fort is one of the popular tourist destinations in Mahabaleshwar. There are 4 lakes within the fort and is one of the attractions. There is a watchtower just beside the main entrance. Another main attraction in the fort is the statue for Shivaji Maharaj established nearly 60 years ago.

Shivsagar Lake – Shivsagar Lake was formed after the Koyna River. It is extended up to 50 km in the Koynanagar vicinity and is about 80 m deep. Activities like Speed boating and scooter boating are available at a reasonable cost.

Mahabaleshwar might be an old town with deep-seated Maharashtrian heritage. But the years of tourism and touch of colonial influence has impacted its food culture. Therefore, the town doesn’t have a distinct cuisine so to say and is a blend of international, national, and local flavors.

Visit these places in Mahabaleshwar to sample its local flavors-

  • Elsie’s Bakery, House No.90, opp Hanuman Mandir, Dr Sabne Rd, Main Market
  • The Grapevine Restaurant, Mahabaleshwar Jama Masjid Rd
  • The Sizzler Place, Willow Villa, opposite S T Bus Station
  • Bagicha Corner, Dr. Sabne Road
  • Farmhouse Bistro Restaurant, Hotel Dreamland, behind ST Stand

Hotels and resorts – Accommodation in Mahabaleshwar

Hotel Name Address
Regenta MPG Club  233, Old Tapola Road, Satara, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra 412806 PH: 02168 270 027
Ramsukh Hotel Resorts and Spa near Mahabaleshwar Temple, Kshetra, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra 412806 PH: 098223 00724
Glengerry Bungalow Frere Road, Mahabaleshwar To Old Mahabaleshwar Rd, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra 412806 
Fountain Village Mahabaleshwar Jama Masjid Rd, near Bharat Petrol Pump, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra 412806 PH: 02168 262 222
Le Meridien Mahalabaleshwar Resort & Spa 211, 212, Satara-Medha-Mahabaleshwar Rd, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra 412806 PH: 02168 262 222

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