A pleasant hill station in the state of Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar grabs the attention of many tourists.
Located in the Western Ghats at the elevation of approximately 1,353 meters, Mahabaleshwar Hill Station boasts of extended jungles and calm ambiance. The word 'Mahabaleshwar' is Sanskrit word that means 'God of Great Power'. It was taken as a capital of Bombay Province by the British because of its heaven like beauty. The British have left this country; the beautiful hill station continues to attract people from all over the world; especially the famous man made Venna Lake which is the main attraction of Mahabaleshwar tour.
Mahabaleshwar offers an appealing view of the evergreen valleys and hills of the Konkan and the Deccan coast. Amidst the thick forests, there is a picturesque plateau where several hit films have been pasteurized. So, making your bookings for Mahabaleshwar Tour Packages and set foot in this woody heaven to break the monotony of the routine life.
Tourist Attractions in Mahabaleshwar
A beautiful and scenic lake in Mahabaleshwar, the entire area is surrounded with tall trees and grass, creating heaven like beauty. This lake was built in 1942 by Shri Appasaheb Maharaj, ruler of Satara and also a descendent of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Venna is spread over an area of 28 acres and has Chhatrapati Pratap Singh Garden on its banks.
Popularly known as the 'Sunrise Point', it is the highest point. Situated above 4710 ft above sea level, Wilson Point is a vast plateau. Three masonry round platforms are there to see the beautiful views of the sunrise.
Second highest peak of Mahabaleshwar, the peak was named after the Duke of Connaught who visited here. It was earlier called Mount Olympia. People climb a height of 1400 mtrs to enjoy a bird eye view of Pratapgarh Fort, Venna Lake and the picturesque Krishna Valley. Nearby places that can be seen from here are Helen?s Point, Ram Mandir, Krishnabhai Temple, Falkland Point, Old Mahabaleshwar Temple, Wilson Point (Sunrise Point) and Dhobi Waterfall.
Discovered in 1830, it was named after Sir Elephinston, the Governor of Bombay. Tourists visiting the place can have the opportunity to see a clear view of the famous Pratapgarh from here. Well, one can also see the gorgeous two valleys, the Savitri on the right and the Koyna on the left.
It is said to be the queen of all points, offering ample opportunities to see the barren deep valleys on both sides. Arthur's seat is the only place, displaying geographical distinction of Kokan & Desh (Deccan), two territories of Mahabaleshwar. From southern side, it also looks like an elephants head. Nearby, there is also an echo point.
It is an impressive point, which goes past village Moleshware on the way. You can view the beautiful views of the backwaters of Koyna dam on your left side, whereas river Solshi is in front of you with small villages. On your right side, you can see the vast green slopes of M'war plateau.
Lord Mahabaleshwar Temple
Situated in old city, this ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was raised by the Chanda Rao More dynasty during the 16th century. It holds great significance among Hindu devotees who worship a divine Shivalinga and a sacred pond here.
The fort is perfect to experience the history of Maratha Empire. This is the place where Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj killed Afzal Khan. Situated 24 km west of Mahabaleshwar, the fort is 900 m above sea level and appears like a round-topped hill. Built in 1656, it is a maze of chambers, ponds and dark paths.
Mahabaleshwar has other popular attractions, which include Marjorie Point, Castle Rock, Babington Point, Northcote Point, Falkland Point, Carnac Point, Fitzgerald Point, Bombay Point and Gaolani Point. Several other popular names are Lodwick Point & Boars Head, the Lamington Plateau, Panchgani Point, Helen's Point, Rosamond Rock, Water Falls, Polo Ground and a Bee Keeping Centre.
Mahabaleshwar has a very popular shopping place, Da Sabrane Road, which is also known as the Main Street. Honey, strawberries, mulberries, jams and jellies are good items to buy from here.
Mahabaleshwar has no dearth of accommodation options. There are many hotels ranging from deluxe to budget. Other options include tourist lodges, guest houses and luxury resorts. One can easily choose the one that suits them the best.
Best Time to Visit
Summer months of March to June has temperature rise from 15 to 35 degrees Celsius. This is a good time to plan a family trip for activities and adventures. July to September is monsoon time when the hill station comes in full bloom. Winter months December to February is the best time to visit Mahabaleshwar. Activities like mountain trekking and rope climbing are popular during this time.
How to Reach
By Air: The nearest airport to hill station is located in Pune, around 120 kilometres away.
By Rail: The closest railway station to Mahabaleshwar is situated in Wathar.
By Road: Regular buses connect Mahabaleshwar to other major towns and cities by road.
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