Mahabaleshwar is a hill station in the Western Ghats of the Maharashtra district of Satara. Mahabaleshwar is also well known, apart from its strawberries, for its numerous rivers, spectacular cascades and majestic peaks. It is one of the most sought after Mumbai weekend getaways.
As the Krishna river originates from here, Mahabaleshwar is also a sacred pilgrimage site for Hindus. The Mahabaleshwar hill station, once the British summer capital, consists of ancient temples, boarding schools, manicured and lush green dense woodland, waterfalls, hills, valleys. A visit to the magnificent Pratapgad Fort, located an hour away, is also used as a foundation.
The Head Point of the Elephant is one of the most picturesque viewpoints in Mahabaleshwar, famous for the spectacular view of the ranges of Sahyadri. This popular tourist spot, also known as Needle 's Point, is best visited at sunrise and sunset. The Point of the Elephant got its name as it resembles an elephant 's head and trunk.
As viewed from afar, the distance between the head of the elephant and the trunk appears like a needlepoint, thereby giving it the name Needle Point. Located beyond Lodwick Point, during the monsoons, the Elephant's Head Point turns lush green. A panoramic view of the humongous fort of Pratapgarh flanked by Kova Valley on one side and Savitri Valley on the other side can be obtained by people visiting the site.
Without witnessing the tantalising descent of the Chinaman 's Fall, one of the most important falls in the state, a visit to Mahabaleshwar is less or more incomplete. The place is named after the nearby Chinese penitentiary. It functions as a perfect vacation spot that captivates a bewitching experience.
Dhobi Falls is a group of waterfalls linking the points of Lodwick and Elphinston and join the Old Mahabaleshwar road further on petit road. These are suitable for a surreal experience in the middle of nature, surrounded by greenery and rocks. The waterfall streams down the Koyna river and looks like a spectacle of mists and rainbow. Situated 3 km from the main town of Mahabaleshwar, Dhobi Waterfalls is a suitable picnic spot. To reach the waterfall, a small hike must be undertaken.
One of the most prominent perspectives in Mahabaleshwar, located about 13 km away, is Arthur's Seat. It is famous as the queen of all points, also known as the Suicide Point, as it offers the most mesmerising and fascinating view of the dense valleys of Brahma-Arayana and the river Savitri.
The Seat Point of Arthur consists of six viewpoints: the Seat Point of Arthur, Tiger Sprint Point, Hunter Point, Echo Point, Window Point and Malcolm Point. The Seat of Arthur is known for floating light objects. This means that, because of air pressure, if you throw light stuff like a bottle cap into the valley, it floats back up. Arthur's Point is named after Arthur Malet, whose wife and daughter drowned in the River Savitri. At this point, he used to sit and look at the river below. A 30-minute trek from the parking lot is needed to reach the viewpoint.
Places to visit in Mahabaleshwar
In Mahabaleshwar, Venna Lake is a scenic, manmade lake. The lake offers rowboats and tourists ride paddleboats and is thus typically very crowded. For children, horse riding and rides such as merry go round and the toy train are available. Around the lake, there are a number of restaurants popular for street food such as maize, bhelpuri, and fresh fruits such as mulberries, strawberries, and carrots.
In 1942, Shri Appasaheb Maharaj, who was Satara's ruler and a descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, founded Venna Lake. With a periphery of 7 to 8 km, the lake is spread over an area of 28 acres. It was originally designed in order to cater to the city of Mahabaleshwar's water needs.
The highest point in Mahabaleshwar, situated at an altitude of 1439 m, is Wilson Point. Also known as the Sunrise Point, it is a popular tourist attraction to see the spectacular sunrise. Wilson Point is a large plateau with three watchtowers at various locations, offering amazing panoramic views of Mahabaleshwar. Originally known as Sindola Peak, Wilson Point is named after Sir Leslie Wilson, who from 1923 to 1926 was governor of the province of Bombay.
Located 6 km from the town of Mahabaleshwar, the Temple of Mahabaleshwar is an ancient shrine and an ideal example of the heritage of the Maratha. The temple is flocked by visitors and devotees throughout the year, popularly referred to as the Mahabali, to bask in the serenity and tranquillity offered here. Among Hindus, the temple is extremely famous, as Lord Shiva is the presiding deity here. This picturesque temple, set up amid the hilly terrain, glorifies the Maratha Empire and its 16th century rule.
The Mahabaleshwar temple near Satara is one of Maharashtra's ancient temples. It was founded by the 16th century dynasty of Chanda Rao More. A five-foot wall protects the magnificent temple and has two sections: the inner area and the outer area. As the presiding deity, the inner portion, known as the sanctum sanctorum, has Shiva.
In the premises of this temple, there are many belongings of Lord Shiva, such as his bed, damru, Trishul, carvings of his sacred bull and Kalbhairav (his bodyguard); that defines his presence here accurately.
Panchgani is a prominent hill station near Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra, famous for its numerous sunset and sunrise points and scenic views of the valley, deriving its name from the five hills surrounding it.
Panchgani is also known as Paachgani at an altitude of 1,334 mts, as the five hills that form the ranges of the Sahyadri mountains give Panchgani its name. An impressive view is offered by the picturesque backdrop of hills on one side and coastal plains on the other. The place was treated as a summer resort in the British era and many colonial period establishments can therefore be found here. Mahabaleshwar is like the Panchgani Twin City.
The red, juicy strawberries are a big attraction of Panchgani, apart from the verdant green valleys and relaxing climate. Rightly known as the 'Strawberry Garden of India,' Panchgani's farms, particularly during February and March, are full of enchanting views of luscious berries.
One of the highest vantage points in Mahabaleshwar is Elphinstone Point. It is renowned for the spectacular view of Pratapgad Fort, Koyna Valley and the surrounding areas. It is the point of origin of the Savitri River as well. Discovered in 1830, Elphinstone Point is named after the then Governor of the Presidency of Bombay, Mountstuart Elphinstone.In Maharashtra, Pratapgad is a hill fort. The citadel rises to an elevation of about 3500 feet from the ground, located close to the famous hill station of Mahabaleshwar in the district of Satara.
Most of the fortifications are still intact, and the fort is a popular destination for visitors. Within the fort are four lakes, many of which overflow during the monsoons. Just next to Mahadarwaza, or the main entrance, at the end of the motorway, is a watchtower. In his full glory, there is a statue of Shivaji Maharaj, which was built about 60 years ago. At the top of the fort, there is a Bhawani temple and a cultural library highlighting the fort 's heritage.
Connaught Peak is located on the old Mahabaleshwar path, the second highest peak in the hills, offering a winning view of Venna Lake & Krishna Valley. After the Duke of Connaught found himself in utter awe and admiration of the region, the peak was renamed as Connaught.
Departing from Madurai airport.
On arrival Mumbai airport.
Pick up and then transfer to Mahabaleshwar.
Hotel Check in.
Then proceed to visit Mahabaleshwar major attractions such as Venna Lake, Elephant's head Point and Lodwick Point.
Come back to Hotel.
Overnight stay at Mahabaleshwar.
Morning breakfast at Hotel.
Then proceed to visit Mahabaleshwar major attractions such as Wilson Point of Sunrise, Dhobi Waterfall, Arthur Seat and Mahabaleshwar Temple
Come back to Hotel.
Overnight stay at Mahabaleshwar.
Morning Breakfast and then Check out from Hotel.
Then proceed to visit Mahabaleshwar major attractions such as Lingmala Waterfall, Babington Point and Krishnabai Temple Of Lord Shiva.
Proceed towards airport.
Finally drop at Mumbai airport.
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