Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra is a popular hill resort of India.
Mahabaleshwar Maharashtra was once the summer capital of the Bombay
Presidency, during the days of the British. Situated at an altitude of 1372
metres, Mahabaleshwar has spectacular panoramic views of the enticing
valley. The sea close to Mahabaleshwar gives it an amazing appearance. The
jungle of Mahabaleshwar is dense & produces many commercial as well as
medicinal trees & plants. The healthy and refreshing weather of
Mahabaleshwar makes it an
ideal health resort.
Pune is the nearest airport, 120 kms away. One
easily reach the spot by bus or any other vehicle.
Rail Lines :
Pune is the normal departure point for
Mahabaleshwar, although Satara Road is the closest railway station.
Bus Lines :
There is also an MTDC luxury bus daily, that
plies in either direction between Bombay and Mahabaleshwar. State Transport
buses run from Pune and Bombay.
Lodging in Mahabaleshwar
Mahabaleshwar offers a wide array of accommodation for the tourists from
all over. The accommodation ranges from the luxury to the budget category.
Charming Spots near Mahabaleshwar
The historic Pratapgad Fort (24 km), built in 1656, by Shivaji to control
the rebellious Satraps of the surrounding Javali Basin is worth a visit.
Legend has it that Shivaji was blessed with a shining sword at the temple of
Goddess Bhawani here.
A major attraction in Mahabaleshwar is the Venna Lake, which has good
fishing and boating facilities.
There are also many beautiful waterfalls, a short distance away from
Mahabaleshwar, that are worth a visit, like Chinaman's (2.5 km), Dhobi(3
km),and Lingamala (6 km). Arthur's Seat, 12 km from Mahabaleshwar, looks out
over a tremendous drop of 600 metres, to the coastal strip of Konkan.
Few of the Lookout Points
Also called as Sunrise point. The highest point. 4710 ft above sea level.
It is a vast plateau. There are three masonary round platforms to see the
sunrise. You are advised to see sunrise from platform no:2. You can see
sunset also from this point.
The second highest point. Presents panoramic view of a green carpet. You
can see sunrise as well as sunset from this point.
The first point of M'war/ Overlooking two valleys, koyna on the left &
savitri on the right.
Queen of all points. It is fascinating 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.
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.
Sir B. D. Petit library, Hindu Gynkhana, The Mahableshwar Club, Parsi
Gymkhana, Horse Riding, Photography, Walking, Boating in Venna lake, Bird
watching, Study of Botany, for the people who keep interest in such things.