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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
Lamington Plateau : You can go to by a foot path from ganapati
mandir. If you follow the map correctly you will reach the plateau
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.
Ground : Often been used as a helipad, also used for learning car
Keeping Centre : Educational displays on the manufacture of honey by
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.
: 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.
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
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.
Point: This scenic point is situated on the way to Mahabaleshwar,
and overlooks the Krishna valley and the blue shiny waters of the Dhom
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 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 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
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
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.
: 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
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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