Last Updated: July 25, 2019 Swati Mishra
My love for hills is eternal and when it comes to visiting a hill station, a frisson of excitement runs through me and same is the case when I heard about Mahabaleshwar- a town tucked away in the lap of the Sahyadri Mountain ranges, South of Mumbai which is one of the best places to travel in India. The hill station is a beautiful hidden paradise with enchanting views and mystical landscapes. The cool, pleasant weather year round, the vistas of the sunset, the spectacular views of lush green hills, and sunrise, the enormous expanse of evergreen forests make the place a must visit tourist destination in India. If you have been planning a trip to Mahabaleshwar, I am sure you must be wondering about the tourism places and things to be done in the picturesque hill station. So allow me to share what needs to be done when you are on your trip to Mahabaleshwar which is also a perfect honeymoon destination in India.
PLACES TO VISIT IN MAHABALESHWAR
1. Wilson Point (Sunrise Point)
Unbeaten Site To Start Your Day With The Views of Sahyadri Hills What could be the best part of the day when sighting the mesmerising view of the sunrise with the view of the Sahyadri Hills. Kick-start your trip on an awe-inspiring note by heading to the Wilson Point which is truly a unique and magical experience in itself. Located at a height of 4735 ft above the sea level, Wilson Point is the highest point in Mahabaleshwar which comprises three towers closely located to each other, offering the perfect platform to the visitors eager to watch a sunrise as well as sunset. The site has gained popularity amid the photographers as it gives a stupendous views of the entire region and is not to be missed from being captured. Not just this, but for those seeking peace,Wilson Point offers surreal views that takes one to the world of tranquility.
2. Arthur’s Seat
The Queen of All Points in the Town Being one of the best places in Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar has Arthur’s seat or the Queen of all points which is yet another sightseeing place in Mahabaleshwar which is visited by a number of tourists all round the year. The place offers the most mesmerizing and fascinating view of the dense valleys of Brahma-Arayana and the Savitri river. The Arthur’s Seat has 5 points in total including Echo Point, Hunter Point, Tiger Spring Point, Window Point and Malcom Point. Visiting the place you would see that the point is a huge table like thing that stands on a natural pillar. Also, the barren deep Savitri valley on the left and lush green Jor valley on the right is no less than a treat to the eyes. Situated amidst fascinating vista, one can admire the Konkan and the Deccan on another.
3. Kamalgad Fort
A Place For Those Bitten By The Adventure Bug Located in the Wai Taluka of Maharashtra, the Kamalgad Fort is a beautiful weekend destination which is surrounded by steep rocky area, which is a challenge to tread. Visiting the place you would see that the fort is built in a very unusual way, and one needs to be careful enough as there are no protective walls built around it but the perilous sharp rocks around give enough protection. There is a hole that is found at the Kamalgad which is formed naturally in the rock. The place truly satiate the wander appetite of the explorers who want to witness the extraordinary. For those seeking who are adventurers and thrill seekers Kamalgad Fort is the perfect destination for trekking and camping. Also, owing to its picturesque beauty and green landscapes the Kamalgad Fort has also been featured in famous Bollywood movies like ‘Swades’ and ‘Being Cyrus’.
4. Wax Museum
A Place To Admire the Sculptures and Statues Made of Wax This is yet another intriguing place that is there in my bucket list. The Wax Museum is a must visit for not only the art lovers, but for all children and adult as the museum has a lot that fascinates one including the sculptures, statutes, showpieces and other items made of wax. Visiting the museum, you would come across not just the the art and the creativity but also how the humanity have come together to create masterpieces. Also, what is not to be missed is to witness and admire the candles in the museum made by the virtually challenged children. If you are willing to, you can even purchase these candles as a part of charity.
5. Venna Lake
Winter Getaway for enjoying Horse Riding, Boating and Munch on Finger Licking Edibles Do not miss out on visiting the popular tourist spot in Mahabaleshwar i.e., the Veena Lake which is a manmade built in the year 1942. Stretching across 7-8 km the Veena Lake what adds beauty to the place is the green vegetation that surrounds it. Nit just this but Veena Lake is a place of pilgrimage and also has the Pratapsinh Garden on its banks. Visiting the place one can get indulged in boating which is a peaceful experience Whether you want to go with the paddle or row boats, both the facilities are available here for the tourists. The boating is available until sunset. For foodies, the place has set up the kiosks opposite the lake selling delicious Maharashtra street food, mulberries, strawberries and more. So planning a family trip or with friends for holidaying in Mahabaleshwar this winter holidays, Venna Lake will let you and your children opt for horse rides nearby. There are some eateries and restaurants at the place that would help you suffice your hunger pangs. The Finger licking corns and strawberries are the best to much on when taking a walk around the lake.
6. Mahabaleshwar Temple
Ancient Shrine and An Epitome of Maratha Heritage Popularly known as the Mahabali, The Mahabaleshwar Temple where Lord Shiva is the presiding deity is a must visit when holidaying in Mahabaleshwar. Set up amid the hilly terrain the temple is flocked by tourists and devotees who come to bask in the tranquility of the place all throughout the year. On visiting the temple, you could witness the belongings of Lord Shiva in the temple premises that include his bed, damru i.e., a small hand drum, trishul i.e., a trident, carvings of his sacred bull and Kalbhairav (his bodyguard) that is enough to define Lord Shiva’s presence in the temple. Having a serene and spiritual environment, that fills one with sanctitude. The place is perfect for those seeking peace of mind. If you happen to visit Mahabaleshwar Temple, the ideal time would be between 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
7. Babington Point
Babington Point: Monsoon Getaway Offering Panoramic and Captivating Site To Nature Lovers and Wildlife Enthusiasts Looking for perfect place in Mahabaleshwar for the Monsoon Getaway? Then, Babington Point is the answer. The scenically blessed Babington Point offers the nature lovers an amazing views of the Chinaman Waterfalls and and the gorgeous views of Saddleback along with the forested hills which is perfect if you are planning for a sightseeing tour. On visiting the beautiful sight you would get the opportunity to admire the different species of flora and fauna, the quietness while sitting in the resting benches, releasing the captivating sight.
Also, the place has a lot to offer to the wildlife enthusiasts as the place takes you to the curvy and tortuous pathway entice the tourists witness and photograph a variety of birds, plants and trees. Other than this, the Babington Point is also perfect for the adventure lover, as the route that goes towards the Babington Point makes an awesome trekking trail.
8. Velocity Entertainmentz
A Naturistic Getaway to Go-Karting and Delectable Food For the motor enthusiasts Velocity Entertainments in Mahabaleshwar is a perfect getaway to nature and Go-Karting. Located on the the Panchgani – Mahabaleshwar road, Velocity Entertainmentz is an appealing sight that provides a variety of both indoor and outdoor games, for children as well as adults. So if you have plans to go on a trip to Mahabaleshwar with family, then yes, velocity entertainment has to be there in your Travel Itinerary. Talking more about activities, the fearless adventurers can take pleasure in the hanging, merry-go-round, zorbing wall, Italian Drop Tower and off course Go-Karting. Visiting the place you can even savour the delectable cuisines served at the restaurant here.
9. Mapro Garden
Treat your taste buds to Strawberries with Cream and witness the Strawberry Festival Located at a distance of 19 km away from Mahabaleshwar, Mapro garden is nestled in Panchgani which is yet another best place to visit in Mahabaleshwar. Visiting the place you could witness the abundant strawberry plantation that appears to be really unique in its own way. Mapro Garden which is a kids friendly destination isn’t an ordinary garden, it has plenty of attractions like that chocolate factory, a small nursery and a children play area that entice both children and adults. Meanwhile if you feel hungry, then there is a restaurant that serves drooling refreshments like fruit salads, strawberry shakes, ice cream and sandwiches. Also, if you happen to visit in the month of May, you can be a part of the 9-days Strawberry Festival which is hosted by the Mapro Garden with great enthusiasm. Attending the festival you would see all sorts of strawberry delights manufactured and sold which include jams, preserves, marmalade, toppings, syrups and squashes.
10. Lingmala Falls
A Quiet, Breathtaking And Absolutely Awe-Inspiring Waterfall Nurturing in the lap of serene nature, amidst the rocky mountains and covered with lush greenery, the Lingamala Falls is a delight for the nature lovers. One needs to be really careful when reaching there as you need to walk through the forest and follow a trudged trail to reach there. Located amidst natural beauty, the Lingmala is a great vacation spot to visit if you are out for photography or family vacation. The feeling that you would get on seeing the majestic and graceful water falling is something cannot be described in words rather the joy need to be experienced. The Lingmala Falls is visited by thousands of residents of Mahabaleshwar for a short weekend trip as well as tourists coming from across the globe every year to appreciate the gorgeousness and grandeur of this site. Also, consider visiting the Lingmala Falls between July and December when the waterfall is at its peak flow, and the sights are the most beautiful and enjoyable. But make sure that you avoid swimming in the rainy season as it could be really dangerous.
11. Helen’s Point
Scenic Beauty Dotted By Eye Catching Landscapes and Cascading Waterfalls Popularly known as the Blue Valley, Helen’s Point is a wonderful spot that attracts a number of tourists packed with eye catching landscapes. If you are looking for a place to spend time in your long weekend the Helen’s point is a superb place offering delightful vistas. It is the thick green fields, human cabins and falling waterfalls which is captivating. Once visited you won’t feel like leaving the place. You can even witness the undulating Krishna Waterway as it goes through little fields.
12. Panch Ganga Temple
Seek Blessings and Shop Multi Coloured Handicraft Holding a paramount spiritual significance, the Panch Ganga Temple holds a prominent position. Situated on the merging point of the five rivers including Krishna, Veena, Savitri, Koyna and Gayatri, the temple attracts innumerable devotees all throughout the year. Visiting the place you would witness the wonderfully carved gaumukhi from where the five rivers flow. For shopaholics, you’ll find multi coloured handicrafts which can be purchased as souvenirs from the shops near the Temple. The place is famous amongst the history buffs as they get plenty of things to gather from here. Other than this, if you are looking forward to attain peace, then the Panchganga temple is the perfect place to visit nearby when in Mahabaleshwar (approx 5 km).
13. Connaught Peak
A popular picnic spot in Mahabaleshwar A visit to the second highest peak in Mahabaleshwar would take you to the mesmerised and outstanding scenic charm. The place offers dazzling views of Venna Lake, Krishna Valley and also the unparalleled views of Panchgani, Pasarani and Pratapgad can also be enjoyed from the tip. Apart from the nature lovers, the place is even popular amongst the trekkers who wouldn’t leave a chance to climb up to get an enthralling view of the sunrise and pleasing sunset. If you are all set for trekking in the Connaught Peak, then make sure to visit after the monsoon months from October till February which is suitable.
14. Elephant’s Head Point
Take The The Pony Ride To Get A Lifetime Experience Being famous for its beauty and peace, the Elephant’s Head Point is a highly admired and an incredible tourist place in Mahabaleshwar. The reason why it is names as Elephant’s Head Point is because of the rock formation here that resembles to the head of an elephant and its trunk. Visiting the place get the amazing view of the Sahyadri mountain range from here. The striking panorama attracts innumerable tourists all throughout the year from across the globe. What excites the tourists more at Elephant’s Head Point is the awaiting pony ride which is not to be missed when visiting the place. So if you are looking for a place in Mahabaleshwar to get the sense of comfort away from the fast moving life of the city, then heading to Elephant’s Head Point would be an ideal choice.
THINGS TO DO IN MAHABALESHWAR
1. Wander in the Historical Caves of Rajpuri
Located at a distance of 25 km from Mahabaleshwar, satiate your wanderlust by visiting the Rajpuri Caves. The place holds a religious significance and is surrounded by many water kunds (ponds) and is believed that the holy Ganges also flows into these kunds. Devotees coming here, take a bath in the kund with the belief that the holy water would cure all kinds of diseases and evils. Wandering in the campus, you would come across the popular attraction inside the cave i.e., the temple of Lord Kartikeya. On entering the cave you would witness that several stone plates with inscriptions on them that are eye catching.
2. Taste the breathtaking views and thrill of jungle trekking in Tapola
Having a picturesque scenic beauty, Tapola is an ideal destination for those up for a great spot for jungle trekking and nature walks. Visiting the place would take you to experience an abundant range of flora, fauna, and avifauna. Other than this, you can even make the most out of your visit to Tapola by enjoying the watersports in the quiet waters of the lake that includes boating, water scooter rides, kayaking, and swimming and more. Also, there are some unknown forts around the lake in the dense forest like the Vasota and Jaigad, which are magnificent from where you can even get a bird’s eye view of the entire region. There are plenty of others that you will come across when trekking in the Tapola jungle. A visit to Tapola would give an opportunity to rediscover the tranquil beauty of nature.
3. Horse Riding and Paragliding at Table Land
With an altitude of 4,550 ft above sea level, the Table Land is a beautifully mountain plateau carpeted with grass. What is really good about the place that holds a number of tourists by providing few activities including horse riding, paragliding, parasailing, nature watching and more. So if you are planning to visit Mahabaleshwar to visit the Table Land then make sure you plan your trip between August and September as it would be the best time when the grass is greenest and the beauty is at its prime.
4. Unveil the secrets of the mysterious Pratapgarh Fort
Visiting the Pratapgarh Fort (best nearby destinations) which is located at a distance of 20 km from Mahabaleshwar, would unveil a lot of secrets that would be no less than adding up mystery while you are wandering inside the fort. The fort is an important historical landmark near the popular hill stations, Mahabaleshwar that marks the Maratha Empire struggle for Swaraj under Chhatrapati Shivaji’s command. On visiting the fort, you would see a maze of elegant ponds, dark elongated walkways and chambers. Aslo, the fort is good to be visited by them who are lovers of adventure and thrill.
5. Shop At the Local Market
Mahabaleshwar being the top tourist destinations in Maharashtra, would not disappoint those with the love for shopping. The main market in Mahabaleshwar is the one stop where you can take home fruit crushes, wooden toys, footwear, handicrafts, decorative showpieces, and yes not to forget the strawberries and raspberries. If you are Kolhapuri footwear lover then visiting the New India Boot House and Ram Footwear would help you find comfortable pair in not more than INR 130.
IMPORTANT TRAVEL INFORMATION
How To Reach
By Air: The nearest airport to Mahabaleshwar is in Pune which is located at a distance of 120 km. Getting down at the airport you can avail bus or taxi service that would take you straight to Mahabaleshwar.
By Train: The nearest railway station to Mahabaleshwar is at Wathar which is at a distance of 64 km. Also, Pune railway station is also a convenient way to reach Mahabaleshwar which is at a distance of 135 km.
By Road: Regular bus services are provided by Maharashtra State Road Transport service which connects the city to major cities of the state. Also, if you are willing to drive from Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar it would take you 5-6 hours depending on the traffic.
Accommodation: If where to stay in Mahabaleshwar is your concern, then you would get a number of best budget hotels and hill resorts in the hill station. Out of many other booking your stay in Hotel The Travellers Inn (2 star) or Citrus Resorts (4 star) would be an ideal choice.
Best Time To Visit: Mahabaleshwar experiences moderate climate all throughout the year. However to get the best experience on your trip plan visiting Mahabaleshwar between October and June to witness the surreal beauty that enchants one’s soul. Whether you are planning for summer or winter vacation, Mahabaleshwar will help you gather plenty of memories.
Travel Tip: As at times it gets windy and wet in Mahabaleshwar, do not forget to pack the necessary clothing and extra pair of shoes as hilly areas often entail a lot of walking.
I hope the blog has covered your search for monsoon and summer destinations in Maharashtra and helped you know the reasons to visit Mahabaleshwar at least once in a lifetime. So all set to explore the famous tourist places in Mahabaleshwar? Escape to Maharashtra and get yourself indulged in the intoxicating and exciting activities for the most unforgettable memories of your life. If you would like to get any assistance regarding hotel bookings or know more about Maharashtra tourism, then give us a call at +91-9212553106/07 or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our experts would help with the travel guide to plan the perfect trip to Mahabaleshwar that you can cherish for the lifetime.
Published: 07 Dec, 2018