Famous For: Once the summer capital of Bombay during the British Raj, Mahabaleshwar is famous for its rivers, ancient temples, waterfalls, evergreen dense forests, stunning cascades, majestic peaks and valleys. The city is known for its winding roads, strawberry farms and pleasant weather conditions all year round. Here are some interesting places to visit in Mahabaleshwar below –
Venna Lake, Tapola (Mini Kashmir), Parsi Point, Babington Point, Bhushan Mahamuni, Lodwick Point, Mapro Garden (Strawberry Garden), Pratapgad Fort, Lingamala Falls, Elephant’s Head Point, Lord Mahabaleshwar Temple, Connaught Peak (A Popular Picnic Spot), Table Land (Asia’s Second Highest Mountain Plateau), Bombay Point (The Best Sunset Point), Chinaman’s Falls, Helen’s Point, Dhobi Waterfall, Wilson Point, Tiger’s Spring, Koyna Valley Trek, Krishnabai Temple, Marjorie Point (Beautiful Sunsets), Roman Catholic Church, Lingmala Falls, Panch Ganga Temple, On Wheelz, Velocity Entertainment, Rajapuri Caves, Panchgani (A Gorgeous Hill Station), Arthur’s Seat (Queen of the Points), Morarji Castle etc.Major Attractions: Chinaman’s Fall, Elephant’s Head Point, Venna Lake, Koyna Valley Trek, Lingamala Falls, Pratapgad Fort, Tapola (Mini Kashmir), Table Land.Ideal Visit Time: Mahabaleshwar has primarily two seasons- Summer and Monsoon with the post-monsoon season being the cooler months, not colder. Notwithstanding, the ideal time to plan Mahabaleshwar is summer from March to June with an average temperature of 33°C.
Mahabaleshwar is a small town and a famous hill station located in the Western Ghats in Satara district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is a place of pilgrimage for Hindus because the Krishna river has its origins here. The British colonial rulers developed the town as a hill station and served as the summer capital of Bombay Presidency during the British Raj. Apart from its strawberries, Mahabaleshwar is also well known for its numerous rivers, magnificent cascades and majestic peaks. It is among the most sought after weekend getaways from Mumbai.
Let’s talk about some interesting places of Mahabaleshwar below –
One of the most notable and beautiful waterfalls in the state is Chinaman’s Fall. This place is a paradise for tourists. The Mahabaleshwar tour is quite incomplete without witnessing the descent of Chinaman’s Fall. The waterfall is named after a nearby Chinese prison. It is determined to provide a magical experience to tourists. There is no substitute for spending time with family, friends or loved ones.
Elephant’s Head Point
Elephant’s Head Point is one of the most picturesque viewpoints in Mahabaleshwar which is famous for the stunning view of the Sahyadri ranges. This incredible place is also known as Needle’s Point. The gap between the elephant’s head and the trunk looks like a needlepoint when viewed from far, thus giving it the name Needle Point. It is mostly famous for enjoying sunrise and sunset & most of the tourists come here to enjoy this. The Elephant’s Point got its name as it resembles the head and trunk of an elephant.
Located on the other side of Ludwick Point, Elephant’s Head Point comes alive during the rainy season. Vitality returns to the chest of this place and the whole area is covered with greenery. Tourists will be able to enjoy the breathtaking view of Pratapgarh, a fortified city surrounded by the Kova Valley on one side and the Savitri Valley on the other.
Venna Lake was built by Shri Appasaheb Maharaj who was the ruler of Satara and a descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, in 1942. The lake is spread over an area of 28 acres with a periphery of 7 to 8 km. It was initially built with the aim of catering to the water needs of the city of Mahabaleshwar.
Venna Lake is a natural man-made lake in Mahabaleshwar. The lake provides visitors with rows and rows of sports such as boating and paddleboats. So this place is usually very crowded. There are sophisticated entertainment facilities for kids, such as the Marry Go Round and the Toy Train. There are also several interesting rides, such as horse rides. The area around the lake is rich in fresh fruits like corn, bhelpuri and fresh fruits like mulberry, strawberry and carrot. It is also famous for its variety of street foods.
Koyna Valley Trek
This beautiful and clean lake is one of the tourist attractions. Densely mysterious forests cover the Koyna Valley, making it one of the most sought after destinations in Maharashtra as a weekend getaway and nature trekking destination. The valley has become an undeniable favorite of adventure lovers with its rocky outcrops and the lining of India’s largest hydroelectric dam. You too should visit once and experience. So, why the delay? Make your plan right now.
Lingamala Falls is an impeccably beautiful and absolutely wonderful waterfall located on the Mahabaleshwar-Pune road. Located right next to the Lingmala Forest Bungalow, the waterfalls offer a breathtaking view of the beautiful Dhobi Falls as well as the Chinaman Falls, which effortlessly captivates tourists. Here in this falls, 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. There are two waterfalls at this site.
There are two waterfalls on this site. The first is a mini waterfall and the second is the main waterfall, which falls from a height of 500 feet. The Mini Falls is a great place to swim and enjoy the surrounding scenery because it is so safe. On the other hand, you have to walk about 30 minutes to reach the main waterfall from the mini waterfall. Although you can’t get into the water of the main waterfall due to the depth and currents, the place is still a great spot to enjoy the scenery.
Pratapgad is a hill fort in Maharashtra. It is located near the famous hill station of Mahabaleshwar in Satara district. This famous fort is located at an altitude of about 3500 feet above the plains, which is truly amazing and the fort is a popular tourist destination. Much of the fortifications are still intact. There are four lakes within the fort, many of which overflow during the monsoons. There is a watchtower just beside the “Mahadarwaza” or the main entrance at the end of the motorable road.
At the beginning of the fort stands a statue of Shivaji Maharaj, which was erected about 60 years ago. There is a Bhavani temple at the top of the fort and a cultural library to preserve the heritage of the fort. There is a handicraft center on the way from base village to Pratapgarh, which attracts a lot of tourists.
Tapola (Mini Kashmir)
Tapola is the name of a wonderful and satellite village located in Mahabaleshwar. This famous village is also known as ‘Mini Kashmir’. It has some of the most picturesque scenic beauty which makes it an ideal destination for a back to nature experience. There are many unknown forts in the dense forest around the lake in Tapola like Vasota and Jaygad, which make for an adventure in its own right. You can also explore the many nameless islands which lie in this vast 90-kilometre reservoir, or boat in Shivsagar Lake as well. With a plethora of fascinating things to do, Tapola is the perfect weekend getaway.
Jungle treks, especially the trek to Vasota Fort is a thrilling activity in Tapola and is fast gaining popularity amongst tourists. So, why so late? Write the name of this place at the top of your trip plan now.
Table Land is a plateau that marks the highest point of five hours at an altitude of 4500 feet above sea level. It is also the second longest mountain plateau in Asia. It is a famous tourist attraction as it offers a jaw-dropping view of deep valleys and majestic hills. It best visited during the sunrise and sunset. Table Land is also known for activities like horse riding, trekking, merry go rounds, arcade games, and mini trains. Best described as a beautiful marvel of nature, this plateau is a very popular attraction of the Mahableshwar-Panchgani region. The base rock of this plateau is majestic laterite entirely covered with dense foliage of miniature bluebonnet grass.
This fascinating place is definitely a must see when visiting Mahabaleshwar. Welcome to Table Land.
How To Reach
By Road: Mahabaleshwar is well-connected with all nearby cities and major cities of India by the National Highway 4. From Mumbai, it takes around 4 to 5 hours. There are regular ST buses from Mumbai CST and Dadar. Bus services by the state-run MSRTC as well as private organizations connect Mahabaleshwar to Pune, Sangli, Mumbai and Satara. Also non-AC, AC, Volvo and sleeper buses are available.
By Train: Mahabaleshwar has no any railway station of its own. The closest station to Mahabaleshwar is in Pune Junction which is just 71 km away. This station is well linked to the rest of India through daily and weekly trains. There are trains to Patna, Mumbai, Solapur, Jaipur, Hyderabad , Bengaluru and more. After reaching the railway station, you can easily hire a taxi or cab to reach your preferred destinations.
By Air: Mahabaleshwar has no any airport of its own. The nearest airports are Pune and Mumbai airports. Pune International Airport is only 120 km from Mahabaleshwar, while the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport of Mumbai is about 270 km away. The Pune airport handles both domestic and international flights. Indian cities of Bengaluru, Jaipur, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Srinagar, Chennai and more are connected through daily and weekly flights. International cities of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Frankfurt also have flights to and from Pune. After reaching the airport, you have to hire a taxi, car or bus to reach Mahabaleshwar.