“Tour to India’s first ‘Village of Honey’ at Manghar just 7.5 km (19 minutes) from Mahabaleshwar hill station and the already famous Apiculture Honey parks are Madhuban & Madhusagar. Pure Honey & other products are what one can expect from these tourist places of Mahabaleshwar, Apart from the live interactions and deep knowledge about the Honeybee community and the entire process of harvesting.
Mahabaleshwar honey tourism is yet another reason to visit these places. Complete details like the location of Madhuban beekeeping, Madhusagar centre, Pure Honey, and other products and the latest Manghar Honey Village tour are detailed below..”
Manghar Village of Honey (Madhache Gaav)
Just 7.5 km from Main Mahabaleshwar market, Manghar is a small village in Satara district at the border of Satara & Raigad. To date, not many knew about this village until it was announced by the Maharashtra Government’s Khadi Gram Udyog Bee Keeping Training Institute (Madh Sanchalanalay), That Manghar will be India’s first ‘Village of Honey’ and special tourism will be arranged to boost rural employment, pure honey business and help ecosystem on this hills too.
Manghar is also called as Smart Village of Satara district as it has won many awards like ‘Nirmal Gram Award’, ‘Peaceful Village’ (No fights & Related Issues) award, ‘Saint Gadge Maharaj Clean Village’ Award, ‘Paryavaran Vikas’ Award, ‘One Village One Ganesh Idol’ Award, and many more awards. Unbelievable right? Yes, so many things to learn from one small place and these villagers.
So, Why was Manghar selected and known as the first ‘Village of Honey’? Upon survey, it was found that every other home in this village is into beehives and working towards the collection and production of pure honey as an in-house production business. Almost every home has ‘Beehive Boxes’ and Apiculture. A prime location is now well known upon recognition for its Apiary business.
Surprise to know that as of day 88 of some 100 total families in this village are engaged in the business of beekeeping. A total of 1450 Beehive Boxes have already been installed in this village. Manghar alone produces about 4000 Kg of pure honey every year. Types of Honey as called in the local Marathi language are Gedha, Hirda, Anjan, Karvi, and Voity.
To boost Honey tourism and the existing honey production and selling a business, the Maharashtra government has also decided to increase the floras & faunas in the vicinity hills that helps Honeybees with more honey. Some of the trees that attract more Worker & Drone honey bees are Hirda, Jamun, Cinnamon, Mulberry, Litchi, and many other flower plants which are already planted. This village location of Mahabaleshwar gets more than 600 mm of rain every year.
Like Madhuban & Madhusagar, Manghar village Bee breeding center will have a guided tour, or an experienced villager give a real-life experience and knowledge about Honey, Bees, and related. One will be able to visit this centre and get information about Bees breeding, Bees collection, and Beehives (Bee Boxes) and will also be able to purchase this natural boon for health, The pure honey at selling counters available inside this village.
Off Tapola road, Mahabaleshwar Taluka
Latitude and longitude of the Manghar Village Mahabaleshwar
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Madhuban Honey Park
Madhuban is a ‘Maharashtra State Khadi & Industries Board’ Apiculture dedicated to bee harvesting and the honey business. It is a Beekeeping (Also called Apiculture) Honey park is known for its artificially (Or Man-made) honey harvesting via boxed bee colonies called ‘Beehive Boxes’ to get more and pure Honey. The best part of beekeeping compared to the natural form of bee harvesting is that One gets 4 to 10 times more honey produced. These man-made colonies are also helpful to understand their behavior, and health conditions and also to control swarming.
3 types of Indian Bees that stay along in one box are Worker bees, Queen Bee and Drone Bees. Worker bees are the main agents of pollination with a life span of 1 to 6 months. Drone bees live for 1 to 3 months and die immediately once mating is done with the queen bee. A queen bee (Usually a single bee in one colony) stays and lives longer than others and has an age span of 2 to 3 years.
Kamble sir, A senior and experienced person with Khadi Gram Udyog (Madhuban Honey park) guides thousands of tourists, school students, and others with information about Honey, Bees colony giving an exceptional experience to individuals of actually handling these Beehives that has 10 thousand to 30 thousand bees.
A point to remember while visiting or personally handling these boxes is that the bees do not like perfume or any other smell around. They get disturbed and can bite the box holder in some situations. So, it is always better to not wear perfume or any strong scent while visiting Madhuban honey park or any other at Mahabaleshwar.
Apart from Honey, These bees also produce Propolis, Wax, Bee Venom, and Royal Jelly and also help the natural pollination of local crops and food plants.
Structure of Beehive Box
From bottom to top, These beehives are made of different compartments and dividers to fit the best for Bee as their colonies. At the bottom is a board which is a takeoff & landing platform for Foraging bees. On top of it is a Hive body for brood rearing which has frames & combs (Also called ‘Beewax Foundation’) to extract honey. On top of the hive body is a layer of frame called ‘Queen Excluder’ to stop the queen bee. Then comes ‘Honey Super’, That also contains a Shallow frame to store honey. The top area has an inner & outer cover, While the inner cover helps stop bees from attaching comb to the outer cover, and the outer cover on top works as a weather protector.
Madhuban Honey Fast Facts
- Types of Honey Sold by Madhuban : Natural Blend & Sunflower.
- 500 Gm cost Rs.300.
- FSSAI approved honey, Best to be consumed before 18 months of packaging.
- To help customer, On Bottle it is written ‘Honey has tendency to crystallise, To reliquify, keep the bottle in luke warm water or under sunlight when required.
- 6 minutes from Main Mahabaleshwar Market on Old Mahabaleshwar road.
Government Bunglow Number 5, Near Mild Dairy
Mahabaleshwar, Satara District
Latitude and longitude of the Madhuban Honey Park
Contact : 02168260264 & 02168230264
See : Map
Madhusagar Honey Factory
Since 1955, Operated as a Semi-Government organization named ‘Mahabaleshwar Madhothpadak Sahakari Society LTD’, Madhusagar is a Government Approved Honey collection centre, located just 5 minutes from Main Mahabaleshwar Market at about 1.5 km. Another best honey tour place to explore and buy the best quality Honey and other products like Jam, Juice, Crush & Syrup, Jelly, Gulkand, Chocolate, Pickle, and Chutney.
3 Special type are Organic Honey, Jambhul Honey, and Gela Honey available at Madhusagar Honey Factory in varieties of pack from 100 grams to 1 kg. Various type of honey has its own health benefits, Below are same :
- PISA Honey: Full Of Vitamins.
- Jambhul Honey: Cough, Cold, Diabetes, Asthama.
- Hirda Honey: Constipation and Gas problems.
- Akhara Honey: Constipation.
- Karvy Honey: Calcium & Bone Builder.
- Whayty Honey: Glucose.
For many years, Thousands of tourists and locals have visited and purchased Madhusagar products and had factory experience which is just behind the counter area. Madhusagar & Madhuban are the origins of Honey tourism in Mahabaleshwar & Panchgani for decades now.
Mahabaleshwar, Satara District
Latitude and longitude of the Madhusagar Honey Factory
Contact : 07057837617 & 02168260219.
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