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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:

 

Elephantís 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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About Mahabaleshwar.....

 

Mahabaleshwar a Hill Station.......

 

This popular hill station takes its name from God 'Mahabali'. Mahabaleshwar is blessed with spectacular views of the valleys and forests.

 

Area: Vast green plateau of about 150 sq. kms.
Height: 4500 feet above sea level.
Climate: Never too hot because of the heights. Never too cold because of the nearness to the arabian sea. Duration of higher temperature is short.

 

As Mahabaleshwar is located at an high altitude it offers a cool climate. If you are willing to enjoy cool and fresh mountain air, plush greenery, astonishing valleys, and elevated mountain peaks, then Mahabaleshwar is a best option to visit in the coming summer vacations. As Mahabaleshwar is known as the summer capital of Mumbai, most of the people, from all over the world prefer to visit this hill station specially in summer. It is situated at an altitude of 1372m, in the Sahayandri ranges of Maharashtra. Perpetually beautiful, fresh and inviting structure of Mahabaleshwar is blessed with wonderful views of forests and valleys.

 

The word 'Mahabaleshwar' is Sanskrit word, which means 'God of Great Power'. Mahabaleshwar is the largest hill station in the Sahyadri range of Maharashtra state. Due to its high altitude, the town has a cool climate and offers many pleasant walks. There are several lookout points which offer spectacular views of the surrounding hills and valleys. There is an old Shiva temple in the forest, which is the source of five rivers, including the Krishna river which is the second longest river of peninsular India.Its very good place to visit. Mahabaleshwar is visited by many thousands of tourists every year. It is well connected by bus with the important towns of the region. There are numerous hotels for every budget. The peak season is March-May; it rains very heavily from June to September.

 

 

Today, Mahabaleshwar is a popular holiday resort and honeymoon spot, and an important pilgrimage site for Hindus. It is the site of Mahabaleshwar Temple. Many tourists visit nearby Panchgani. After the construction of a new highway, it is only a five-hour drive from Mumbai. Mahabaleshwar is also known for the honey and strawberries produced here. One can visit strawberry farms to enjoy the real flavour of the fruit. It is said that the climate of Mahabaleshwar is ideal for Strawberries and Mulberries. One can also get a taste of "Strawberries with Cream" and "Mulberries with Cream" (season: AprilĖMay)and also "Corn Pattice" at "CREAM CORNER".


The Venna lake is one of the major tourist attractions of Mahabaleshwar. The lake is surrounded by trees on all sides. A late winter evening boat ride through the slight fog is well appreciated. Tourists can enjoy a boat ride over the lake or a horse ride next to the lake. A number of small eateries line the banks of the lake. The Mahabaleshwar city market and the S.T. bus stand is about 2KM from the lake and makes for a nice walk during the day. Most tour operators include the Venna lake in their tours. Most buses, private vehicles will stop at the Venna lake on their way to Mahabaleshwar on request.

 
 

Mahabaleshwar comprises three villages: Malcolm Peth, Old "Kshetra" Mahabaleshwar and part of the Shindola village. Mahabaleshwar is the source of the Krishna River that flows across Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The legendary source of the river is a spout from the mouth of a statue of a cow in the ancient temple of Mahadev in Old Mahabaleshwar. Legend has it that Krishna is Lord Vishnu himself as a result of a curse on the trimurtis by Savitri. Also, its tributaries Venna and Koyana are said to be Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma themselves. An interesting thing to notice is that 4 other rivers come out from the cow's mouth apart from Krishna and they all travel some distance before merging into Krishna. These rivers are the Koyna, Venna (Veni), Savitri, and Gayatri.

 
 

Mahabaleshwar Festivals

Almost all the festivals celebrated by Hindu, Christian and Muslims are celebrated by people here with lots of enthusiasm. Some of the main festivals are: Gudhi Padava, Ganesh Chaturthi, Holi, Diwali, Christmas, etc.

 

Ganesh Chaturthi : The most important and popular festival of Maharashtra, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in the month of August - September. This festival marks the birth anniversary of Ganesha, the Hindu god of wisdom. Idols of Ganesha are installed and detailed arrangements are made for lighting and decoration. The festival is held for 7-10 days. The idols of Ganesha are immersed in the ocean or rivers, where thousands of processions meet. The immersion of idols is accompanied by drumbeats, devotional songs and dancing. This marks the end of the festival.

 

Thaipooyam Festival : 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.

 

Gudhi Padava : Maharashtran New Year's Day is celebrated on the first day of the Hindu month Chaitra ( March-April). This festival is known as the Gudhi Padava in Maharshtra. This day marks the start of the Hindu solar year.

 
 

Mahabaleshwar Religious Places

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 Arthurís 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 ĎLord 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.

 
 

Points & Sightseeing

 

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 & Gayatri.


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 Valley.


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 Road.


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.

 

 

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Mahabaleshwar Adventure

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.

 
 
Eat & Drink

 

The most popular drink, available at most restaurants, is strawberry with cream. It is delicious mouthwatering avalanche of strawberry shake topped with super chilled strawberry ice-cream dazzled with chunks of strawberry fruit in its natural form & crowned with a splash of whipped cream garnished with strawberry pieces to make it a eye catchy, irrestible combo of strawberry desert in it's best form

Strawberries, Mulberries and carrots are the specialty of Mahabaleshwar. One should not forget to try the Corn grown locally available in both roasted and boiled form. Corn pattice made from it is delicious. The food prepared with local vegetables has a unique taste and one should also try the small tomatoes which look like cherries! Don't forget to have the staple food of Maharashtara the Vada Pav which is deliciously prepared by the local vendor next to the Hanuman Temple in the main market.

 
 

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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.

 

Mahabaleshwar Elephantís Head Point, Mahabaleshwar Lingmala, Chinaman & Dhobi Waterfalls, Mahabaleshwar Baghdad Point, Mahabaleshwar Wilson Point (Sunrise Point), Mahabaleshwar Bombay Point (Sunset Point), Mahabaleshwar Venna Lake, Mahabaleshwar Tapola - Mahabaleshwar Shivsagar Lake, Mahabaleshwar Connaught Peak, Mahabaleshwar Marjorie Point, Mahabaleshwar Castle Rock, Mahabaleshwar Arthur's Seat, Mahabaleshwar Needle Hole Point, Mahabaleshwar 3 Monkey Point, Mahabaleshwar Babington Point, Mahabaleshwar Northcote Point , Mahabaleshwar Tiger's Spring, Mahabaleshwar Strawberry Gardens, Mahabaleshwar Falkland Point, Mahabaleshwar Carnac Point, Mahabaleshwar Fitzgerald Point, Mahabaleshwar Mahabaleshwar Museum, Mahabaleshwar Gaolani Point , Mahabaleshwar Lodwick Point and Boars Head, Mahabaleshwar The Lamington Plateau, Mahabaleshwar Panchgani, Mahabaleshwar Helen's Point, Mahabaleshwar Rosamond Rock, Mahabaleshwar Polo Ground, Mahabaleshwar Bee Keeping Centre, Mahabaleshwar Pratap Gadh Fort, Mahabaleshwar Kamalgad Fort, Mahabaleshwar Table Land, Mahabaleshwar Sydney Point, Mahabaleshwar Serbaug, Panchgani, Mahabaleshwar Parsi Point, Mahabaleshwar Devil's Kitchen, Mahabaleshwar Mapro Gardens, Mahabaleshwar Dhoom Dam, Mahabaleshwar Hunter Point.