Nestled amidst the lush Western Ghats of Maharashtra, the quaint hill station of Mahabaleshwar has long been a favourite getaway for city dwellers seeking respite from the urban hustle and bustle. While the misty mountains, cascading waterfalls, and breathtaking viewpoints are the hallmark attractions of this picturesque town, a sweet surprise awaits visitors–the vibrant and delightful strawberry farms.
The Lakshmi Strawberry Farm has been hosting strawberry-picking events since 1975, attracting visitors from all over the country. These farm-fresh, red strawberries are a major draw. A farm representative offers plucking techniques to ensure newcomers have a successful experience. Visitors are advised to select strawberries thoughtfully, leaving the stem intact. The farm takes pride in cultivating its produce without using chemicals or pesticides.
Beyond strawberries, the farm holds year-round picking festivals for berries and vegetables like carrots and radish. It specialises in natural, organic, and locally sourced products, including pesticide-free greens and vegetables throughout the year.
Where: House No.45, Patil Near Jila Parishad Prathmik School, Avakali, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra
Adorned with red strawberries, the farm has become a go-to spot for high-quality strawberries. In the past, concerns about potential damage led farmers to hesitate in allowing tourists onto their farms. However, farm owner Sunil Bhilare recognised a sweet business opportunity and opened the farm for tourists to experience strawberry picking. Visitors are provided with cardboard boxes and a brief introduction, including dos and don'ts for strawberry picking. They are then guided to a designated area to enjoy reaping strawberries.
Where: Panchgani - Mahabaleshwar Rd, Ganeshpeth, Panchgani, Maharashtra
Located on the Satara-Medha-Mahabaleshwar road, Green Valley Farm offers an enjoyable tour of its strawberries, catering to both adults and children. Visitors can stroll through the verdant fields while indulging in plucking and tasting the berries. Beyond strawberries, the farm boasts a variety of other berries, such as blueberries and an assortment of exotic vegetables, all available for guests at affordable prices.
Where: Near Club Mahindra Sherwood Resort, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra
At Shiv Sagar Farm House, situated on Bhilar Road, the mornings greet guests with the sight of strawberry beds. They can enjoy a unique farm stay where they can immerse themselves in farm activities, including strawberry plucking during the day and then retreat to a fully serviced farmhouse. This destination provides a comprehensive blend of the farming experience and a lavish farm stay—an ideal choice for a rejuvenating weekend getaway.
Where: Bhilar Village, Opposite Elysium Resort, Near Windsor Park, Panchgani-Mahabaleshwar Road, Maharashtra