Mahabaleshwar is situated at 1372 meters & is Sanskrit for God of Great Power. It was summer capital of Governor of the old Bombay Presidency. There are 30 valley viewpoints with panoramic vistas scattered around the hill station and their access roads make for shady, pleasant walks and treks. The area has strong historical connections with Shivaji the heroic Maratha warrior king.
Panchgani: Just 19 kms east of Mahabaleshwar, The name is derived from the fact that it is located at the centre of five hills (“Panch” = five, “Gani” = hills). ). The place is well known for trekking and other adventure activities. Climb atop ‘Table Land’, a famous flat-mountain top, from where you can have a look at the vast plain below.
Tourist gets attracted towards Mahabaleshwar because of breathtaking valley view, nature, adventurous sports etc. This place is also known for its honey and strawberries production. Another popular hill station, Panchgani, is just 20km before Mahabaleshwar. Mostly, the tourists visit both places together.