#4 of 24 Places to Visit in Mahabaleshwar
Distance (From Mahabaleshwar Bus Station): 11 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 3-4 Hours
Place Location: On Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani Road
Transportation Options: Bus / Cab
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 11 km from Mahabaleshwar and 7 km from Panchgani, Mapro Garden is a garden situated at Gureghar on Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani road in Satara district of Maharashtra. A trip to Mapro Garden is one of the top things to do in Mahabaleshwar.
Mapro Garden is very popular tourist spot in Mahabaleshwar and is known for their strawberry produce. The name Mapro is short form of Mahabaleshwar Products. Mapro was founded in 1959 by Mr. Kishore Vora and it is very popular in Maharashtra state for its processed fruit products like fruit crushes, squash, etc. Mapro has also diversified into products like chocolates, honey, gulkand and many more.
The major highlight of Mapro Garden is the chocolate factory within the premises. Visitors can also see a small nursery full of beautiful flowers and plants. There are various counters selling different Mapro products. Tourists can buy variety of Mapro products like syrups, sauces, jelly, chocolates, mock tail mixtures and much more.
Mapro also hosts famous Strawberry Festival in the month of March/April during the Easter weekend. Over 250 farmers from nearby villages participate in the four-day festival, opening their farms to tourists. Mapro garden offers free strawberries to the tourists during this festival. The Festival showcases raw strawberries and innovative strawberry-based products such as strawberry pizza, strawberry bhel, chocolate dipped strawberries and strawberry sandwiches among others. The festival also includes traditional folk performances of Dhol and Lezim for which dancers are invited from Pratapgarh.
Timings: 8 AM to 8 PM