Mahabaleswhar offers some of the exotic locales that
make the spectators spellbound. It is naturally bestowed with so many
fascinating beauty spots that offer one with stunning panorama of
nature. There are numerous points that overlook the dazzling valleys and
deep forests, and majestic peaks.
Mahabaleshwar is known for its "points", from which a
person can stand and enjoy the entire scenery. There are around 30
valley view points spread around the hill stations , these are excellent
areas for leisurely walks and to enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty.
All points provide unique view to the tourists.
Arthur Seat (12 Km) : Arthurís seat point is an exotic and
picturesque spot , overlooking the Konkan. This is supposed to be the
source of the five Deccan rivers Ė viz, Krishna, Koyna, Veena, Savitri &
Babington Point (3 Km) : Height 1295 m. Another point which close to
the bazaar. One can have a beautiful view of Saddleback and the Koyna
Bombay Point (3 Km) : A very popular sunset point. One can get a
glimpse of the Sahyadri mountains ,the Koyna valley & Pratapgarh.
Connaught Peak : The second highest point . Presents a panoramic
view of the valley like a green carpet. You can see sunrise as well as
the sunset from this point.
Chinamanís Waterfalls (4 Km) : It can be reached by the Carviali
Dhobi Water Fall : The fall is on the path connecting Lodwick point
to Elphinstone Point.
Helenís Point : River Solshi starts from this point with a small
fall near her origin.
Elphinston Point (10 Km) : A favorite picnic spot, Elphinston Point,
named after the Governor of Bombay, Sir Elphinston, was discovered by
Dr.Murray in 1830.
Hunter Point (4 Km) : Hunterís point approached from Old
Mahabaleshwar Road, gives a picturesque view of the Koyna Valley.
Pratapgadh (24 Km) : Pratapgadh (900 meters) was one of the most
formidable forts of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The famous temple of
Goddess Bhavani is on the eastern side of the lower fort.
Old Mahabaleshwar (5 Km) : it has an ancient temples of Krishnabai.