Mahabaleshwar is an admired tourist places in India and a town in Satara district of Maharashtra. At a distance of 54 km from Satara, 123 km from Pune, 177 km from Kolhapur and 243 km from Mumbai. Mahabaleshwar is Known for its charismatic beauty and the beautiful strawberry farms, the city comprises of prehistoric temples, boarding schools, manicured and lush green dense forest, waterfalls, hills, valleys. Mahabaleshwar is the source of the Krishna River that flows across Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
There are many tourist attractions in Mahabaleshwar like forts, temples, lakes, and many more. Pratapgarh Fort, Venna Lake, Mahabaleshwar Temple, Krishnabai Temple, Lingamala Falls, Tapola, Panchgani are some important tourist spots in Mahabaleshwar. There are several viewpoints that are strategically located to capture the panoramic views created by the majestic Sahyadri Mountains and deep valleys. Arthur’s Seat, Wilson Point, Kate’s Point, Elephant head Point, Connaught Peak and Bombay Point are popular viewpoints. Mahabaleshwar is famous for strawberries and mulberries.
Venna Lake is one of the major tourist attractions of Mahabaleshwar, was constructed by Shri Appasaheb Maharaj, who was Raja of Satara in the year 1842. Surrounded by lush greenary, Venna lake has area of about 28 acres having periphery around 7-8 KM. The lake was constructed to cater the water needs for Mahabaleshwar City. Tourists can enjoy a boat ride over the lake or a horse ride next to the lake. A number of small eateries line the banks of the lake.
Mahabaleshwar Temple is quintessential of the authentic Hemadant architectural style of South India. The temple is enormously popular among the Hindus, as Lord Shiva is the presiding deity here. There are many belongings of Lord Shiva in the premises of this temple, like his bed, damru, Trishul, carvings of his sacred bull and Kalbhairav (his bodyguard); that pertinently defines his presence here.
Krishnabai Temple is an old temple located few meters away from Panch Ganga Temple in Old Mahabaleshwar. It is among the well-known Mahabaleshwar tourist places. Krishnabai Temple is considered to be the origin of Krishna River. Overshadowed by the famous Panchganga temple, which is meeting point of 5 rivers Koyna, Krishna, Venna, Savitri and Gayatri, the nearby Krishnabai temple takes a bit of walking off-track to arrive at. The well-maintained temple of beautiful architecture resting among the woods has not tasted the wrath of urbanisation.
The Lingmala Waterfall is a breathtaking and absolutely awe-inspiring waterfall that is situated on the Mahabaleshwar-Pune Road. The waterfalls provide a sense of relief and peace from the hectic work schedules and honking horns that are characteristic of the daily life, thereby becoming the perfect place for visitors to de-stress and relax. The Lingmala Waterfall also provides a view of the beautiful Dhobi Waterfall as well as Chinaman’s Waterfall. The water level is nearly 500 feet from the cliff, and the falls appear ideal during the rainy season when the area is flooded with water.
Arthur’s Seat is the most popular point in Mahabaleshwar. Although, popularly it is called as Queen of the Points, original name of the point is Madhi Mahaal. Arthur’s Seat is famous for floating of light objects. If you throw light things like cold drink cap in the valley, it comes up again due to air pressure. Arthur’s Seat Point area has 6 points in total via Arthur’s Seat Point, Echo Point, Window Point, Malcom Point, Hunter Point and Tiger Spring Point.
Wilson Point is the highest point in Mahabaleshwar. Wilson Point is also known as Sunrise Point, one can experience the beautiful sunrise from this point. Wilson Point is a vast plateau with three watching towers, each at different spot. Tourists can get a view of sunrise from the three masonry round platforms.
Kate’s Point is the most picturesque photograph of Mahabaleshwar. It is used as cover page photograph by magazines. Original name of the point is Nake Khind. Kate’s Point area has 3 points in total; they are Kate’s Point, Echo Point and Needle Hole Point or Elephant’s Head Point. Dhom dam as well as peaks of Kamalgadh, Pandavgadh and Mandardeo can be seen from Kate’s Point.
Connaught Peak is the second highest peak of Mahabaleshwar region and is perched at an elevation of 1400 m above the sea level. It is one of the top viewpoints in Mahabaleshwar and among the popular tourist places in Mahabaleshwar town. Connaught peak offers beautiful view of Venna Lake and Krishna Valley. This peak is also a vantage point for observing the Kamalgadh, Rajgarh and Torana in the north and Ajinkyatara in the south.
Sunset Point is one of the most popular viewpoints of Mahabaleshwar and is popularly known as Mumbai Point or Bombay Point. This is the place from where people can view the glorious sunset over the valleys below at Mahabaleshwar. It is an ideal place for late afternoon picnic. Sunset point is the most crowded point because of the fact that one cannot view anything at other viewpoints at that time of the day. There is a lovers point to the left of the Mumbai point.
If you’re looking for a place to stop for a while and just breathe, this is it. Parsi Point is a scenic viewpoint situated on the way to Mahabaleshwar. It is one of the good points at Panchgani to get a picturesque view. The point is located at the entrance of Panchgani town while coming from Mahabaleshwar. Parsi Point offer stunning views of the mountains, Krishna valley and the backwaters of Dhom dam.
This volcanic platue is Asia’s second longest mountain plateau after tibetan platue. It is a vast expanse (around 6 km) of flat late rite rock surrounded by hills. This place offers an aerial view of the entire Panchgani and the valleys located nearby. Table Land is popular bollywood shooting spot. Owing to is elevation, the place also offers an aerial view of the Rajpuri Caves and Devil’s Kitchen.
Mapro Garden is a famous tourist attraction nestled in the beautiful hill station of Panchgani. Mapro is short for Mahabaleshwar Products, a brand name associated with delicious fruit-based products. With greenery all around, one will find a chocolate factory, a restaurant, a small nursery, children’s play area and retail outlet selling Mapro products. Visit Mapro Garden for a relaxed weekend with friends and family as you enjoy the beauty of this leafy destination.
Lodwick Point is previously known as Sydney Point. This point offers supreme views of the Pratapgad Fort and Elphinstone Point at a distance. The site acts as the perfect spot to catch hold of Elphinstone Point as well as Pratapgad Fort, and since it is the only place from where one can get such an amazing view, it is visited by tourists day-in and day-out.
Savitri Point is situated between Eliphinstone Point and Arthur Seat Point. This place is known as the originating point of the beautiful Savitri River. Savitri Point is situated atop a hill, from where visitors can get an uninterrupted view of Savitri River and its valley. The point itself is surrounded by dense flora, which serves as a perfect backdrop for photography. Owing to its stunning beauty, this point is frequented by both tourists and locals year-round.
Elphinstone Point is one of the famous viewpoints situated atop a hill near Arthur Seat Point in Mahabaleshwar. Elphinstone Point is one of the highest points in Mahabaleshwar overlooking the two valleys, with rivers Koyna on the left and Savitri on the right. The lofty cliff commands a panoramic view of the Pratapgarh Fort, Koyna Valley and nearby plains. One can also admire the ravine, which lies between Elphinstone Point and Arthur Seat Point.
Marjorie point is one such site from where one can get panoramic views of the Sahyadri Mountain Range in the Western Ghats and the beautiful Konkan Valley. The panoramic view of Konkan valley 500 m below with greenery all around is a sight for the eyes. To enjoy the misty nature at its full splendor, tourists visit this as a picnic spot.
Located at a distance of 24 kms from Mahabaleshwar the Pratapgad Fort is the pride of Maratha Empire. The structure of Pratapgad Fort can be alienated into regions which are upper and lower. It houses a Mahadev Temple in its upper fort and a temple dedicated to Goddess Bhavani in its lower fort. One can also cite a dargah dedicated to Afzal Khan situated near the fort. The Pratapgad Fort is a maze of ponds, chambers and long dark walkways. Some of these lead to trap doors that open to a 100 meter fall. It is one of the destinations of Mahabaleshwar where a lot of tourists visit every year. It is a must see place for history lovers and photographers because of its abundant scenic beauty as well as historical background.