Mahabaleshwar is a wonderful hill station situated in the Western Ghats in Maharashtra. It is encompassed by beautiful valleys, splendid springs, ravishing waterfalls and resplendent streams. It is a standout amongst the most well known weekend destinations because of its location, as it is very close to Pune and Mumbai. It is well connected by roads and other transport system, so it is easily reachable. This place has a charming and cool atmosphere because of its immensely high height. There are numerous places in Mahabaleshwar that offer the fantastic view of the valleys and hills. Mahabaleshwar is also a prominent pilgrimage site for Hindus and is well known for its historical background.
Location: 220 kms from Mumbai, 120 kms from Pune
Climate: Summers are little warm but are pleasant, while winters are cool.
Carry normal cotton clothes for summer visit and heavy woollens for winters.
Best time to visit: October-May
How to reach:
By Air: Nearest airport is Pune Airport (120 kms)
By Train: Nearest railhead is in Wathar (60 kms)
By Road: Taxis, Luxury and Volvo coaches, private and public transport is available regularly
Places of Interest
Location: Around 2.8 kms from the city centre. It is located at Mahabaleshwar Panchgani Road
Timings: Open every day from 7.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m.
Venna Lake is spread over around 25 acres land. It was built by the king of Satara, Shri Appa Saheb Maharaja in 1842. It is a very deep lake as its bottom is around 10 feet down. This Lake offers different interesting activities for tourists like gaming stalls, angling, boating etc. Activities like angling and boating in such a deep lake, gives the visitors a remarkable experience. Children also spend a fabulous time and cherish the wonderful rides on mini trains. All the sides of the lake are encompassed by beautiful lush green trees, which look amazing. Tourists can also enjoy horse rides in the surrounding areas of the lake.
Location: 24 kms from Mahabaleshwar
Timings: Open daily from 10.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m.
The Pratapgarh Fort is a prime attraction of Mahabaleshwar. The fort looks amazing, as it resembles a round-topped hill from a particular distance. It was constructed in 1656 A.D. by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja. The fort is designed with elegant chambers, intriguing puzzling pathways and a divine lake. Pratapgarh Fort is famous for its trap entryways that open to a sheer fall of around 100 meters. There is a tomb of Afzal Khan and a Bhavani Temple inside the stronghold premises. The upper area of the Fort has a Mahadev sanctuary. This fort is an eyewitness of the memorable Battle of Pratapgarh, which was held in 1659, among Shivaji and Afzal Khan.
Location: 7 kms from the city centre, 116 kms from Pune, 252 kms from Mumbai
Best month to visit: July to December. It opens daily from 8.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Lingmala Waterfall is a fabulous spot of Mahabaleshwar. The beauty of the cascading sprinkling water is so gorgeous, that it cannot be explained in words. The falls flow down into the splendid Venna Valley, from an elevation of 600 feet. Try to visit this place after the rainy season, as at this time, as the waterfall is much higher and amazingly beautiful. You will love the place, as it is an amazing picnic spot. In order to reach the fall, you have to walk through a trudged trail in the exquisite forest area. It is great place for photography, so do not forget to carry your camera while visiting this place.
Location: 6 kms from the city centre
Timings: Open daily from 6.00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m.
Mahabhaleshwar Temple is a very important religious place for Hindus. It is an ancient temple of Lord Shiva, which was constructed in 16th century by Chanda Rao More. The most prominent attraction of this temple is Shiva's trishul, damru, bed and 6 feet long Shivlinga. It is believed that the Shivlinga of this temple is self originated and is around 500 years old. The most fascinating part of this Temple is that the shape of the Shivlinga is similar to Rudraksha and only the tip of the Shivling can be seen. The temple is divided into two parts- the large central hall and beautiful outer rooms. The temple was built as per the South Indian Hemadanta architecture style.
Elephant’s Head Point
Location: 10 kms from the city centre
Timings: Open every day from 9.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Mahabaleshwar is a paradise for romantic couples and nature lovers. The Elephant's Head Point is one of the best sightseeing spots of Mahabaleshwar. The overhanging rock of this place looks like the head of an elephant, so this place is named as ‘Elephant’s Head Point’. It is located at the end point of the mountains, on the other side of the Lodwick Point. It offers the breathtaking views of the Sahyadri Mountains. It is a perfect place to enjoy the picturesque beauty of the magnificent hills and the lush green valley. It is situated at a height from where you can enjoy the spectacular view of the Sunrise.
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