We come to you with the perfect travelling guide for Mahabaleshwar tourism and what Places to visit in Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra. With the recent seizing of vehicles of the Wadhawan brothers in this town, Mahabaleshwar is in conversation yet again.
Located at a distance from 54 km from the Satara district in Maharasthra and close to both Mumbai and Pune cities, Mahabaleshwar is a small hill station located at a height of 1353m in the Western Ghats. It has been one of the top tourist places not just within Maharasthra, but across India and attracts thousands of tourists in its peak season.
Apart from its famous strawberries, Mahabaleshwar is also well known for its majestic, high seated peaks, beautiful flowing rivers and exquisite cascades. This town is known to have historic, ancient temples, dense, lush green forests, boarding schools, hills and breathtaking waterfalls and much more to make your visit more exciting. There are a number of enchanting places all over this town which is why it has been a popular getaway spot, especially from the busy nearby cities such as Mumbai and Pune.
It is not only a hill station with amazing views and breathtaking natural marvels, one can also enjoy a lot of fun activities like cycling or camping or trekking. It is one of the major tourist spots in India and the best time to visit this place is from the months of July up till January.
Places to Visit in Mahabaleshwar
Mahabaleshwar is easily accessible by air, by train, by bus, or even by taking a road trip. The nearest airport is Pune International Airport and the closest railway station is the Satara Railway station. Travelling within this gorgeous hill station is a great experience. Captivating sloping roads, a serene calm breeze and stunning hills and valleys, and many more; these are some of the top tourist spots and major places to visit in Mahabaleshwar:
1. Lingmala Waterfalls
Located at a distance of just 6 kms from the main bus stand of Mahabaleshwar, Lingmala Waterfall is one of the top tourist places of this town and is situated at the top of the beautiful Venna Valley, in the Satara district of Maharashtra. The waterfall is formed by the Venna River and is located at an altitude of 1278 m. This area actually has two waterfalls, the main waterfall and the mini waterfall. The mini one is a great option for swimming and playing in the water. Visitors have to take a walk of 30 to reach to top point of the main waterfall, where they cannot get into the water, but the view point has magnificent views. The best time to visit is from the months of July through October, when the waterfall experiences its peak flow.
2. Elephant’s Head Point and Kate’s Point
Located about 7 km from the main Mahabaleshwar bus stand, Elephant’s Head Point and Kate’s Point are the most magnificent viewpoints in Mahabaleshwar, with breathtaking, picturesque views. The Kate’s point, named after the daughter of the then British governor, Sir John Malcolm, is located at an altitude of 1290m. This area actually has three points and gives beautiful views of overhanging cliffs and one can even view the Sahayadri mountain range from here.
3. Venna Dam and Lake
A popular spot for honeymooners as well as family tours, the lake was constructed by the ruler of Satara in the year 1842. Encircled by dense forests and lush green views, the Venna Lake covers a total area periphery of 28 acres. Tourists can enjoy this lake and go boating in the lake or enjoy a fun horse ride on the bank of the lake. This is also a great place for family outings, the banks of the lake have small eateries and also games and rides such as toy trains and merry go round, which is a major attraction for the children that visit.
4. Arthur Seat Point
Situated 13 km away from the main Mahabaleshwar bus stand; Arthur Point is another famous viewpoint in the hill station town and is also on the top places to visit in Mahabaleshwar. Named after Sir Arthur Mallet, this point is also often called the Queen of the Points and it is known for the exquisite view that shows a clear geological contrast between the Deccan and the Konkan regions. It is also known for the floating of light objects. If one was to throw a light object, like a bottle cap, it comes up again due to dense air pressure. To visit this point, the tourists are required to take a walk of 30 minutes to reach the top.
5. Krishnabai/ Krishna Devi Temple
Krishna bai temple is an ancient temple that is located a few metres away from the Panch Ganga Temple in Old Mahabaleshwar. The temple is believed to be the source of the Krishna river and has a mesmerising statue of the Goddess Krishna and also a Shiva Lingam. It was built in the year 1888 atop a hill with the view of the Krishna valley, by a ruler of Ratnagiri. The temple also has beautifully carved stone columns and elaborately designed ceilings, which are the main attractions and important characteristics of the temple.
Things to do in Mahabaleshwar
There are many other activities that you can be a part of, instead of sightseeing and enjoying the natural beauty.
- Lake Side Camping
- City tour of Mahabaleshwar
- Cycling across the valleys and sloping hills
- Visiting the magnificent Mapro Garden
Nestles in the lap of nature, Mahabaleshwar is one the best spots to plan your weekend road trip or a family holiday or even a refreshing solo trip. You can enjoy lush green natural beauty, picturesque views from hill tops and winding valleys, while gorging on delicious strawberries. You can also indulge in activities like city tours, road trips, cycling around the town, trekking, camping and much more.
Do share your experiences with us if you have been to this beautiful little hill station!