Mahabaleshwar


Mahabaleshwar is a very popular hill station in Maharashtra because of its placid lakes, verdant hills and cascading waterfalls. It is not only famous for its scenic beauty but also for its various temples, spectacular viewpoints and historically significant places. It is a great place for holidaying as it provides ample opportunities for leisure activities such as fishing, boating and trekking.  Mahabaleshwar lies on the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats in Maharashtra. It is at an altitude of 1372 meters and overlooks the Krishna and Koyna valley.

Mahabaleshwar is also home to several scenic points that are located here such as the Lodwick Point, Elphinstone Point, Kate's Point, Wilson Point, Helen's Point, Badington Point, Falkland Point and Carnac Point not forgetting the Mahabaleshwar Temple and the Krishna Temple.

How to Reach

If you wish to go by air, you can fly to the airport in Pune, which is at a distance of 120km from Mahabaleshwar.

Again Pune is a convenient railhead for Mahabaleshwar and is at a distance of 120kms. The nearest railroad to Mahabaleshwar though is at Watar, which is 62kms away.

If you rather travel by road, there are regular buses of the state transport that link Mahabaleshwar to Mumbai and Pune.

The best time to visit Mahabaleshwar is from October to June. The Sparkling brooks, the lush greenery and the cool breeze make Mahabaleshwar seem like an oasis to the city weary who need a break from the heat, pollution and stress.

Places to Visit

Mount Malcolm:
This was one of the most famous buildings and occupied an important place during the British rule. Mount Malcolm was built in the year 1829 with outstanding architectural skills and till date it enchants its visitors with its inescapable charm.

Catholic Church:
Among the other things to watch in Mahabaleshwar, this old Roman Catholic Holy cross church is worth a visit. Its impressive architecture and stained-glass windows are still the sights to behold.


Mahabaleshwar Club:

This club is one of the prominent tourist attractions in Mahabaleshwar and was built in the year 1881. It is well-preserved and is flourishing quite well. Only members of the club are allowed to stay here. It is very popular for its well-tended roses and fine jogging track.

 



This legendary fort was built by the eminent Maratha warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in the year 1656 in order to be in command of the rebellious rulers of Javali basin located at a distance of 24 km from the hill station of Mahabaleshwar. This place is also the site of the historic battle that took place between Shivaji and Afzal Khan, who was the ruler of the Bijapur Sultanate.

From Mahableshwar you can also visit the Panchgani Hill Station which is situated in the Heart Of Sahyadri Hills In Satara District located at a distance of 20 kms from Mahabaleshwar

Places worth a visit in Panchgani are :

Parsi Point , the famous Table Land, Bhim Chula and Harrisons valley.
Parsi Point : This is the most windy point in Panchagani. It is near the Dhom dam.
Table Land : Table Land is one of the Largest Table land in Asia, and many films have been shot here. This point is the most famous point of all the points in Panchagani.
Bhim Chula an exaggerated name for this place and Harrision valley both are breath taking points in Panchgani.
The Mumbai Point is well known as the Sunset Point. People pack here to get a glimpse of the gray and orange skyscapes as the sun sets. The place has a large open space with a bandstand. It is an ideal place for late afternoon picnic.
The Mumbai Point is the official place from where people can view the sunset over the valleys below at Mahabaleshwar.
The Mumbai Point is the most famous and oldest point of Mahabaleshwar. The point got it’s name as it was on the old road to Mumbai. There is a lovers point to the left of the Mumbai point.


The Venna Lake is spread over an area of 28 acres and its average depth is 10 feet. The lake is fed by repeated springs. The area encircling the lake is full of flowers and greenery. The lake was constructed by Shri Appasaheb Maharj, who was Raja of Satara in the year 1842.
The Venna Lake is a tourist’s attraction as it has boating facilities and stalls for games. It also has snacks stalls. The area of the lake is busy till late night.
Children are attracted towards the mini train. Fishing is fun and it adds to the delectation of the visitors.

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