Mahabaleshwar Sightseeing

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. The following are a must:

 

Elephant’s Head Point
Lingmala, Chinaman
Dhobi Waterfalls
Baghdad Point
Wilson Point (Sunrise Point)
Bombay Point (Sunset Point)
Venna Lake
Tapola - Shivsagar Lake
Connaught Peak
Marjorie Point
Castle Rock
Arthur's Seat
Needle Hole Point
3 Monkey Point
Babington Point
Northcote Point
Tiger's Spring
Strawberry Gardens
Falkland Point
Carnac Point
Fitzgerald Point
Mahabaleshwar Museum
Gaolani Point
Lodwick Point & Boars Head
The Lamington Plateau
Panchgani
Helen's Point
Rosamond Rock
Polo Ground
Bee Keeping Centre
Pratap Gadh Fort
Kamalgad Fort
Table Land
Sydney Point
Serbaug, Panchgani
Parsi Point
Devil's Kitchen
Mapro Gardens
Dhoom Dam
Hunter Point
Panchaganga Mandir
Shri Shankar Mandir
Shri Krishnabai Mandir
Brahmarishi Caves
Mahabaleswar Temple
Lord Karthikeya Temple, Panchgani
Rajapuri Caves
Catholic Church

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Mahabaleshwar Points & Sightseeing

 

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.

 

Panchgani is also an ideal base for some good trekking from where one can explore several mule tracks that lead through the now thinning forests. Sporting in Krishna river stream with the beautiful natural surrounding is a wonderful experience in itself.

 

 

Elephant’s Head Point : The Elephant’s Head Point is one of the best points to be visited in Mahabaleshwar. The cliffs which overhang resemble an elephant’s head and trunk. Thus the point got its name as the Elephant’s Head Point. The Elephant’s Head Point is the extreme end of the mountain range.


Lingmala, Chinaman & Dhobi Waterfalls :  Lingmala Falls is close to Venna lake situated on the way to Panchgani. The Lingmala Lake is an enthralling lake presenting sights of flowing water as it scatters from the top of a steep cliff into thin silver streaks, often encircled by rainbow colors. Other waterfalls, Chairman and Dhobi are favorite picnic spots. The calm surroundings and the exotic waterfalls offer a perfect holiday spot. The Chairman waterfall can be reached by the Carviali Road whereas the Dhobi waterfall is on a bridle path connecting Petit Road with Old Mahabaleshwar Road.

Baghdad Point : A very beautiful point. It goes past village Moleshware on the way. You see a superb scenic view of the back waters of koyna dam on your left, river solshi in front of you with tiny villages as if sqatting on river banks & vast green slopes of M'war plateau on your right. Famous for its picturesque view of the back waters of Koyna dam on the left, river Solshi.

 



Wilson Point (Sunrise Point) : Famously known as the Sunrise Point, it is the highest point in Mahabaleshwar situated at 4710 ft above sea level. It is a vast plateau having three paltforms that provide breathtaking views of the sunrise and sunset. Platform no. 2 offers clear picture of the sunrise.

Bombay Point (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 Bombay Point is the official place from where people can view the sunset over the valleys below at Mahabaleshwar. The Bombay 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 Bombay point.

Venna Lake : 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 lake provides boating and fishing facilities, especially the boating experience on the Venna Lake is an unforgettable experience. The area encircling the lake is full of flowers and greenery. 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.

 

Tapola - Shivsagar Lake : Tapola famously called the mini Kashmir of the west is a rustic hamlet with a magnificent lake – Shivsagar. Tapola is at the end of the road and practically a dead end! From Mahabaleshwar Tapola is 25 kilometers away and the drive to Tapola is a picturesque one with vistas galore on either side of the road. Tapola is also the base village to the Vasota fort famous for the ardous jungle trek.The primary attraction in Tapola is the Shivsagar Lake – a 90 km long water body infact the reservoir of the Koyna dam!! If you are a water sports enthusiast Tapola is the place to head to. Be it boating, water scooter rides, kayaking or swimming Tapola will certainly not make you feel confined.
 

 

 

Connaught Peak : Connaught Peak in the Old Mahabaleshwar Road is the second highest peak in Mahabaleshwar. This peak was formerly called as Mount Olympia. In 1880, the Duke of Connaught visited this fabulous spot and he was so inspired by the grandiose of the peak that he renamed the peak with his name. After that Mount Olympia became called by the name Connaught Peak. Situated at an altitude of 1400 meters this peak is a favourite destination of riders. Besides its challenging treks and rides, this peak offers stupendous views of the entire Mahabaleswar valley. Krishna Valley, Kamalgadh, Elphinston Point, Torana, Pratapgad Ajinkyatara and Venna Lake looks marvelous when viewed from the top of this peak.

 

Marjorie Point : The Marjorie Point offers enchanting and panoramic view of the Sahyadri Ranges. The points in Mahabaleshwar are named after the prominent British administrators. They are the ones who found these beautiful locations.

Castle Rock : On the way to the Arthur's seat shows savitri valley.

Arthur's Seat :  Arthur's Seat is renowned as the Queen of all points. The Arthur's seat is the only geographical feature that divides Kokan & Desh, two territories of Mahabaleshwar, clearly. There is the barren deep valley of Savitri to its left and shallow green valley to its right. There is also a spring nearby called the Tiger's Spring, which supposed to be the source of the rive. Some compare the stractification of rocks on southern side to the world famous stratification of rocks of the Grand Canyon of Colarado. USA. It is facinating to see the barren deep valley Savitri on the left & shallow green valley on the right. It is more facinating to know that Arthur's seat is the only place showing geographical distinction of kokan & Desh (Deccan), two territories of Mahabaleshwar, so clear & so near. If you go by the steps you come across a spring known as Tiger's spring which is supposed to be the source of the river Savtri. Immidiately below the seat is window point. You have to go deep by steps to reach the window point.Kates Point: Offers breathtaking view of krishna valley & deep waters of the dhom dam. From southern side it looks like an elephants head. There is also an echo point.

 

Needle Hole Point : Needle hole point is located near Kate's Point. One can see a natural rock formation with a hole in between, thus giving the name Needle-hole. The point is also famous for the view of Deccan traps, which look like an elephant's trunk.

 

3 Monkey Point :  Named because of the natural sculpture of the stones which looks like three monkeys sitting beside each other and portraying 3 monkeys of Gandhiji.

 

 

Babington Point : Babington Point is a much desired hot spot of the tourists. This enchanting place is positioned at a height of 1294 meters above the sea level. Since Babington point is situated atop, the boulevard that leads to this location itself is very thrilling. A meandering path way that passes through some of the lovely visions of nature finally fetch the visitor to a superb open space from where one can enjoy the awesome beauty of the landscape below. Most imposing sight from Babington point is the view of the gorgeous Koyna valley, Chinaman’s waterfall and saddle back.

Northcote Point : Presents koyana valley view & saddle back.

 

Tiger's Spring : The Arthur's seat is the only geographical feature that divides Kokan & Desh, two territories of Mahabaleshwar, clearly. There is the barren deep valley of Savitri to its left and shallow green valley to its right. There is also a spring nearby called the Tiger's Spring, which supposed to be the source of the river.

 

Strawberry Gardens : The strawberry gardens are located on the sprawling expanse below the lake bund along the Mahabaleshwar - Panchgani Road. Strawberries are Mahabaleshwar's favourite export.

Falkland Point : Below it the Artists Point also called as lovers point by some nature lover, presents beautiful koyana & valley below you.

Carnac Point : On the same way of falkland point.

Fitzgerald Point : This point so lovely is the open space that reflects the true beauty of the light woods found in the hilly terrain of Mahabaleshwar. A direct road, which is steep but extensive and travelable, takes the traveler to Falkland point. Falkland Point unfurls a magical world that is filled with the mesmerizing charm of the Koyna valley, Makarandgadh and the lush environ of green woods on the background of majestic peaks.

 

Mahabaleshwar Museum : There is a Forest Research Station, a forest museum and a delightful playground for kids. This is a beautiful spot for honeymooners.

 


 

Gaolani Point : At a distance of about 7 kms from ST bus station, by Tapola road you will meet the junction of road which will lead you to village Maharola From Maharola with little inquiry or following the map it should not be difficult to find this point. after reaching the point you will find yourself standing over a pass known as Zolachi Khind & enjoy the scenery of two valleys on the two sides. If you walk by gaolani ride you will enjoy the scenery of koyana valley on your right hand at many spots.

Lodwick Point & Boars Head : Lodwick Point might be the most beautiful spot in Mahabaleshwar. Formerly known as the Sidney Point, An isolated lofty precipice that stood in the midst of two deep gorges, Sidney point brings out the charisma of the surrounding mountain peaks to its entirety. The winding pathway, which leads to it is well suited for carriage drives and it goes through tiny but dense forests.When compared to other points of this hill station, this point offers narrower views of the surroundings. But Elphinstone point and Pratapgad cannot be better viewed from anywhere else than this point. A twenty five feet high column erected in memory of the late general Lodwick is the chief attraction of this point.

The Lamington Plateau : You can go to by a foot path from ganapati mandir. If you follow the map correctly you will reach the plateau safely.

 

Panchgani : Panchgani is nestled at middle of five hills in the Sahyādri mountain ranges, also there are five villages around the Pachgani are Dandeghar, Khingar, Godwali, Amral & Taighat.The Krishnā River flows nearby which made the lake of Dhom Dam on the Krishna 9 K.M. from Wai. The east of the Pachgani is Wai, Bavdhan & Nagewadi dam, at west there is Gureghar,at south is Khingar & Rajpuri,& on north is Dhom Dam.

 



Helen's Point : River solshi starts from this point with a small fall near her origin. Poetic blue valley will be in front of you.

Rosamond Rock : The grandeur of its celestial beauty surpasses all the limits of descriptions.

Polo Ground : Often been used as a helipad, also used for learning car driving.

Bee Keeping Centre : Educational displays on the manufacture of honey by bees.

Pratap Gadh Fort : Pratapgadh is truly a place to visit and remember the heroic deeds of Shivaji Maharaj. As Pratapgadh is very close to Mahabaleshwar, it is always crowded. The 45 minutes journey is wonderful. Pratapgad Fort which is 24 kms, away is a place worth visiting. It was built by Shivaji in 1656. The height of the fort is almost 3500 feet. It was built to control the rebellious Satraps of the surrounding Javali Basin. Legend has it that Shivaji was blessed with a shining sword at the temple of Goddess Bhawani here. It was the site of the famous battle between the Maratha chieftain Chhatrapati Shivaji and Afzal Khan, the commander of the Bijapur Sultanate.

 

Kamalgad Fort : The square hill fort of Kamalgad in mahabaleshwar covers a flat area of 3-4 acres. The fort is surrounded by steep rock and can only be reached by perilously scaling this rock. Although it’s believed that The Kamalgadh fort was build during the Marathas as the other forts in the area were administered by a mokasadar from Bijapur. Early documents written now are in defunct Modi script of the Marathi language refers to the fort as ‘Kattalgad’. A detailed study of these documents is underway. In April 1818, Kamalgad surrendered after resistance to a British detachment commanded by a Major Thatcher. Under the British, it was used to execute prisoners of war.

Table Land : Largest in Asia. A small plane can land here. This flat large expanse of laterite rock is the second longest mountain plateau in Asia. Some spacious caves including the “Devil's Kitchen” are visible from here.

 

Sydney Point: This point is situated on a hillock facing the Krishna Valley. One can see from here the glittering waters of the Dhom Dam, and Pāndavgad and Mandhārdeo. Sydney point is about 2 km from Panchgani Bus stand.

 

Serbaug, Panchgani : Near Sydney point Sherbaug is a panoramic destination in Panchgani with well laid out gardens, mini zoo that showcases small animals for children’s amusement. Children’s Park and a landscaped Rose Garden add elegance to the place. One can also visit the Parsi Point and Table Land that are close by.

Parsi Point: This scenic point is situated on the way to Mahabaleshwar, and overlooks the Krishna valley and the blue shiny waters of the Dhom Dam.

Devil's Kitchen: Situated at the south of the table land, the Devil's Kitchen has a mythology associated with it: It is believed that the Pāndavas of the Mahābhārat epic had stayed here for a while. Pāndavgad Caves (near Wāi) are also said to be built by them.

 

Mapro Gardens : Mapro Gardens is a garden park in the hill station of Panchgani, Maharashtra, India, situated close to Mahabaleshwar, known for their strawberry produce and a popular tourist destination. It is host to the annual Strawberry Festival. Mahabaleshwar contributes to 85% of the total Strawberry produce in India and about 80% is consumed fresh. The Strawberry Festival encourages the strawberry cultivation in the belt. The highlights of this festival are fresh farm picked strawberry lined up on tables for visitors to eat to their fullest as well as traditional folk performances such as Shivkalin Dhol and Lezim, a high energy dance for which dancers are invited from Pratapgarh.

 

Dhoom Dam: Dhom Dam is a beautiful boating spot that is located at a distance of 21 km from the town. For enjoying water activities, tourists can hire scooter boats and speed boats from near the dam. This earth fill and gravity dam on Krishna River is located near Wai. For supplying water for agriculture and industries, the dam was constructed in 1982.

 

Hunter Point : Hunter point is one of such attractions, which is situated with in the boundaries of the main town. At an altitude of 1290 meters, hunter point proffers the visitor with dazzling views of all the above. The most alluring vision from this lofty spot is the flamboyant Koyna valley and apart from that a wide range of astounding spots with pictorial sceneries greets the visitors.

 



Panchaganga Mandir : As per the hindu mythology five holy rivers krishna, venna, koyna, Savitri & gayatri show their token appearance here in five springs flowing closely. They are seen flowing in five stone conduits & joining in one horizontal half channel leading to the Goumukhi cowface spout. Though the Gaomukh it falls in the cistern below. On the northen side there is a similar conduit through which the holy 'ganga' appears every twelve years. From the conduit on the southern side flows the holy saraswati when the following astrological times come together, namely, Bhadrapad month, shasthi (6th day) ,Tuesday sun in hasta nakshatra, Rohini nakshatra in predominance & Vyatipat. This miraculous yoga (coincidence) is known as the "Kapila Shasthi Yoga", which is believed to be very auspicious occassion as per the Hindu faith.

Shri Shankar Mandir : The Mahalinga of the lord Shiva is of Rudraksha shape & believed to be 'self-bodied' (swayambhoo) It is called Trigunatmaka meaning Brahma-Visnhu-Mahesh are on it for ever. On the head of the mahalinga you see the marks of the five holy rivers (Panchaganga) & their waters never loose their level. Mother Jeejabai was weighed by gold by Raje Shivaji in this temple & then the gold was distributed in charity. This Mahalinga is considered to be superior to the twelve jyotirlingas.

Shri Krishnabai Mandir : This is also an old temple. The carving in the stones of the columns & the ceiling is attractive. You can also see the grand view of krishna valley from the temple.

 

Brahmarishi Caves : On the road to Arthur’s Seat, after Marjorie Point you should reach these caves in stone after a short while.

 

Mahabaleswar Temple: The Mahabaleshwar Temple has Lord Shiva as its presiding deity. The temple is encircled with a 5 ft high stone wall. The Mahabaleshwar hills were named after Lord Mahabali which means great strength.

 

Lord Karthikeya Temple, Panchgani: The Lord Karthikeya temple is located at Rajapuri Caves in Panchgani. The temple is dedicated to Lord Karthikeya (Lord Muruga, Son of Lord Shiva). The temple premise is a calm and cool place and is best suited for people looking for serene environment for relaxation and meditation. The spiritual atmosphere adds impetus to relaxing moments. Rajapuri caves got the religious importance due to this famous temple. Thaipooyam festival during January-February month is celebrated here with lots of enthusiasm. Thousands of devotees visit this temple during this period.

 

Rajapuri Caves: Rajpuri Caves hold religions significance, owing to the belief that these were used for penance and religious rituals by Lord Kartikeya. Surrounded by many water kunds (ponds), these ancient caves are also believed to have sheltered the Pandavas during their exile. Owing to the belief that the holy Ganges also flows into these kunds, devotees have a bath in these water bodies to cure all kinds of diseases and evils. Most popular attraction of the caves is a temple of ‘Lord Kartikeya, son of Lord Shiva.

Catholic Church: Visit the Roman Catholic Holy Cross Church, one of the souvenirs of the prosperous yore of Mahabaleshwar. The church is almost in rumbles but the stained glass windows are beautiful. A Hindu family looks after the deserted church.

 

 

 

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