Best time to Visit: October to June
Altitude: 1353 m (4438 ft)
Temperature: Maximum: 29oC (Summers)
Minimum: 13oC (Winters)
Annual Rainfall: 663 cm
Located atop the Sahyadri mountain ranges on the Western Ghats of
Maharashtra, at an altitude of 1353m (4438 ft), Mahabaleshwar stretches
for 5 km from one corner of the town to the other. The coniferous
forests in and around the hill resort plays a major role in determining
its rainfall and climate. Bestowed with some of nature's choicest
splendor, the place is a favorite holidaying destination among tourists,
for its pleasant climatic conditions. The weather also facilitates the
cultivation and growth of various soft fruits and berries, that adds to
its variegated vegetation.
Summers, that generally lasts from March to mid-June, are generally
warm. The temperature during summers rises to a maximum of 29oC.
Days are warmer, though temperature drops down to a minimum of 16oC
during the night. Because of its high altitude, the heat during these
months is mild and welcoming. With the constant mountain breezes, the
harshness of the summer sun is not felt here. The place generally
remains packed with tourists from the nearby cities of Pune and Mumbai
during the summer months, because of its mild and favourable climate.
Winters generally lasts from the month of November to mid-March and the
climate is cooler. However, due to its close proximity to the warm water
of the Arabian Sea, the hill resort escapes the extremes of nature
during these months. Days are warm and pleasant and the sun is soft and
solacing, unlike the urban sun. But during the night, the temperature
may fall down to a minimum of 13oC. The place sees a lot of
tourists during the festive months of December and January and becomes
ideal for Christmas and New-Year revelries.
During monsoons (mid-June to September), the weather remains wet and
extremely damp. But the incessant showers enhances the beauty of the
place, and it emanates a charm during this season. Seasonal waterfalls
abound the place and the forests and trees prosper in all their
lushness. But the place virtually becomes uninhabited during this
season, except for the locals, due to the continuous rainfalls.
The best time to visit Mahabaleshwar remains anytime between October
and June. During the festive months of October and December, the place
radiates a joyous spirit and remains packed with tourists.