Mahabaleshwar means ‘God of great power’ in Sanskrit is the most popular hill station in Maharashtra. Mahabaleshwar is situated at 1,372 meters above sea level in Western Ghats in Satara district. Previously, it was part of the area under Raja Pratap Singh of Satara.Later, Bombay’s Governor Malcolm changed his position after exchange of a village for Mahabaleshwar in 1828. After this, it became the summer capital of the Bombay Presidency in the East during the British Raj.
Famous for its waterfalls, temples and scenic points, Mahabaleshwar is rewarding visitors with a mix of exotic natural beauty and pleasant cold climate. It is located at an altitude of 1372 meters above the seal level and due to this high altutude, makes the climate very pleasant during dry season in Mahabaleshwar.The hill station offers many pleasant excursions for the trip. The hill station has approximately 30 points, which offer spectacular views of the flat top ghat, dense forests and green valleys. Most named people named after former British residents are located in a radius of 10 km from the main market.
Places to visit in Mahabaleshwar
Mount Maclom– It was built in 1829. In the name of John Malcolm, it was one of the renowned buildings of his time. It is said that the British trope was very attracted to the beautiful beauty of Mahabaleshwar. This is a good example of colonial architecture.
Holy Cross Church– Although not very well maintained, the colorful glass windows of this old Roman Catholic Church still retains its beauty.
Mahabaleshwar Club– Created in 1881, Mahabaleshwar Club is one of Mahabaleshwar’s legacy and one of the last surviving turret in history. Designed with red stone, the club is popular for its well-maintained garden and beautiful jogging track with beautiful rose bushes. Spread over 66 acres, there are also 28 residential rooms in the club. It offers its visitors a peaceful ambience and many recreational facilities, including mini-golf courses, badminton, billiards, chess, table tennis, carrom etc.Apart from the golf course, the rest of the other facilities are open to the members only. It also provides a clear view of Lake Wenna below. And every year, Christmas is celebrated by Christmas members.
Prataapgarh Fort– It is 24 km. Made in 1656, away from Mahabaleshwar, Minister Tirmal Pingale made on Shivaji Maharaj’s order to control the rebel saints of the surrounding Jawali basin. Located at a distance of 1,080 meters from the sea level, the fort is built on a spore which overlooks the road between the crosses and villages of Kineshwar. From here, you can get a panoramic view of Wild Mountain.The corner mixes a double wall with the turret, a road leads to the foot of the hill, then moves up to 500 steps. It was here that Shivaji Maharaj killed Bijapur commander Afzal Khan and kept the fort up. From Pratapgarh, you can see the magnificent view of the Konkan region. Any Bhavani temple and Afzal Khan can go to the tomb which is near the fort. According to legend, Shivaji was blessed with a bright sword in the Bhavani temple.There are two lanterns tower inside the Bhavani temple. Their exterior parts are covered with regular estimated estimates like a huge coat hook.
Veena Lake – This is a major attraction in Mahabaleshwar, Mahabaleshwar is situated within walking distance from the city. Built in 1842 by Raja Pratap Singh of Satara, the lake extends over 28 acres. Visitors can enjoy a traditional boat ride or horse ride to explore Mahabaleshwar’s beauty. Colored pedal boats and row boats are available from Lakeside. The lake is surrounded by many food and game stalls.
Chinaman Falls– Located 2.5 km from Mahabaleshwar, there is a waterfall of Chinamanam. Named after the name of some Chinese accused employed for cultivation and gardening, this is a panoramic view to see the spring, which falls from a huge height. Located at the top of the valley, it can be reached on the route of Carvivali Road. It is best during monsoon season.
Dhobi Falls– Mahabaleshwar is situated 3 km away from the city on the way to joining Petit Road and old Mahabaleshwar. Water fell into the valley and merged with Koyna Raver in Mahabaleshwar.
Lingamala Falls– It is a beautiful waterfall situated on the top of the Venna Valley, 6 km from Mahabaleshwar. The rock falls from a height of 600 feet, it is also the best during the monsoon season.
Panchganga Temple– Also known as Krishna-bai, it is said that there are five streams of Krishna, Venna, Koyna, Savitri and Gayatri. In the 13th century, King Singhan made a small tank on the source of Krishna. The self-made sex in the temple resembles a piece of volcanic lava.
Mahabaleshwar Temple– Devoted to Lord Shiva, the temple is surrounded by a wall of 5 feet high stone. The temple is carved in two – the inner chamber, which is known as the Lord Room and the outermost chamber called Central Hall. One of the landmarks of Mahabaleshwar, the temple is composed of Shivlingam black stone.
Connaught Peak– Located approximately 7 km from the main market, the Convert Peak is the second highest peak in Mahabaleshwar. Formerly known as Mount Olympia, it is located at an altitude of 1400 meters. Named after the Duke of Connaught, it provides a spectacular view of the Vena Lake and Krishna Valley to its visitors.In the east, Uttargarh, Rajgarh and Torana, Panchgani and Pasarani Ghats in the east, Ajinitara in the south, Pratapgarh in the west and Elphinston Point in the north and Old Mahabaleshwar can also be seen. Sunset and sunrise are encouraging here.
Wilson Point – Wilson Point or Sunrise Point is a vast plateau and has three masonry round platforms. Mahabaleshwar’s second platform is about 1 km from Mahabaleshwar’s market area. Located at 4735 feet above sea level, it provides a beautiful view of the sunrise. Three observations provide spectacular views of tower basins.Any region can also see Mahabaleshwar, Keats Point, Connaught Pick Point, Arthur Point and Elphinston Point.
Arthur’s Point– Arthur Point is a fun picnic spot 12 kilometers away from the main market. Here you can enjoy the spectacular views of a deep wild valley. Named after the British Arthur Mallet, who was the first person to come and build a house for himself. This is the only place that shows geographical distinction between the Konkan and Deccan regions of Mahabaleshwar.From here, you can see the dense wild Jauli valley. At this point there is a window point, which is very dangerous and risky for the approach. On the way to Arthur Point, a beautiful Marjorie can see a small stream called Elphinston and Savitri Points, Castle Rock and Tiger Spring.
Elphistone Point– It is very close to Arthur’s Point. The peak was named after the governor of Bombay, Sir Elphinston, and was originally discovered in 1830 by Dr. Murray. A popular place with tourists, the beauty of the Koyna valley on the left and the Savitri river on the right can enjoy. This is also the best place to see Pratapgarh and Konkan areas.
Lordwick Point– It is located 5 km from Mahabaleshwar. Known as Sidney Point, it was renamed Loudwick Point in honor of General Lodwick who found this place. R. Son of General Lodwick There is a memorial pole founded by Lordwick. The Lordwick Point also provides a panoramic view of the valley below.