It is the summer capital of Mumbai. This picturesque hill station, also known as the Queen of Maharashtra's hill stations & nicknamed the Land of Strawberries is located in the Western Ghats, cradled in the Sahyadri ranges. An altitude of 1,372 m gives it the distinction of being the highest hill station in Western India. Its popularity is not only as a honeymoon spot and a great weekend getaway, but also because of its historical and religious significance. It is the source of River Krishna which flows through Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Mahabaleshwar, is named after Lord Shiva also called Lord Mahabali, enshrined at the Gokarna temple in the form of a self-originated lingam, shaped like a rudraksha, and considered to be the most sacred amongst the other twelve jyothirlingams. Historically, while the region is said to have been discovered by the British, its origins can be traced back to as early as 1215, during the reign of King Singhan of Deogiri. However, what we do know is that the British developed this place as a health resort. If you visit during the strawberry season (October to March), you can see fields with rows of strawberry shrubs.
MSRTC buses are aplenty to go to Mahabaleshwar as it is well connected by road. Nearest railroad is Satara, around 58km. Nearest major railway junctions include Pune (120km). The nearest airport is at Pune.