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Mahabaleshwar Sightseeing

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Lodwick Point

Located approximately 5 kilometers from the central market of Mahabaleshwar 12 kilometers from Mahabaleshwar Just 1 km from Bus-stand 3 kilometers away from Arthur’s Seat and about 11 kilometers from Frere Hall Stationed at the altitude of just12 feet above the Koyna Valley Placed about 6.8 km from the heart of the town

Arthur's Seat Wilson Point

Elphinstone Point

Elephant's head Point

Kate's Point

Bombay Point (Sunset Very close to Mahabaleshwar Market Point) Babington Point Placed merely two kilometers from the Mahabaleshwar Approximately 7 kilometers away from the heart of the city Situated just 2.5 kilometers on the Carviali Road from the heart of the town Located about 6 kilometers from the heart of the town Mahabaleshwar 3 kilometers from the heart of this town Placed on Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani Road about 2 kilometers from the central place of the town Located 2.5km from Mahabaleshwar Approximately 6 kilometers from the heart of present

Connaught Peak

Chinaman's waterfall

Lingamala Falls

Dhobi Waterfall

Venna Lake

Mount Malcolm Mahabaleshwar

a remote precipice snuggled in the midst of two abysmal valleys. He. Thenceforth. Colonel Lodwick was the pioneer European who climbed this hill for the first time. is celebrated as the most admirable viewing point of Mahabaleshwar. this vertex came to be known by Colonel’s name as ‘Lodwick Point’. together with his military brigade and some native guides trekked to the meridian of these hillocks in Sahyadri Mountain Ranges in 1824 and introduced this exalted apex to the whole world. this vantage locale. .5km from Mahabaleshwar Pratapgarh Fort Positioned nearly 24 kilometers from Mahabaleshwar Town About 20 km from the heart of the town Situated nearly 28 kilometers from Mahabaleshwar Panchgani Tapola Lodwick Point Location: 5 kilometers from the central market of Mahabaleshwar Incipiently acknowledged by the title ‘Sydney Point’. The romantic charisma of encircling mountain ridges blanketed with blossoming flowers and verdurous greenery is highlighted brightly from Lodwick Point. The commemorative pole also incurs a marble sculpted head of Colonel General Lodwick. stationed approximately 5 kilometers from the central market of Mahabaleshwar is baptized after Colonel General Lodwick. The well maintained sylvan avenue that reaches us to the Lodwick Point twines through the dense forests of Western Ghats and is precisely suitable for almost all kinds of transport wagons. Lodwick Point.Temple Panchaganga Mandir Roman Catholic Church Mahabaleshwar city Located next to the Mahabaleshwar Temple Located 2. One can also enjoy the seraphic spectacle of the Lodwick Fall and the pictorial panorama of Elphinstone Point from here. Colonel Lodwick’s son later set up a 25 feet high pole at the crest of this sierra and marked the accomplishment of his father.

Each of these towers accessorized by a masonry round platform is set up at varied locations and altitudes. The left brink of Arthur’s Seat is bounded by the deep and barren Savitri valley and the right edge is skirted by verdant green woods shielding the shallow valley lying below. He was the primordial person who built a residence at this pinnacle of Sahyadri hills. yellow and blue emerges Olympian at these hours. Arthur’s Seat is roosted at the altitude of about 1470 meters above sea level and nearly 600 meter above the littoral strip of Konkan territory. Wilson Point is adorned by three observation towers.710 feet above sea level. The rocky arrangement on the southern side of Arthur’s Seat is sometimes compared with the renowned Grand Canyon of Colarado of United States of America. Nestled at the elevation of about 4. As you walk down the path that leads to Arthur’s Seat. you will come across the Udgam (starting point) of Savitri River. commonly known by the epithet ‘Sunrise Point’. . orange. From these watching towers we can appreciate the flabbergasting perceptions of both sun rise and sunset.Arthur's Seat Location: 12 kilometers from Mahabaleshwar One of the must visit destinations of this paradise personified. is one of the most popular viewing points of Mahabaleshwar. Granted with a spacious tableland by the nature at such a height. Amongst the 30 vantage spots of this Arcadia incarnated. Tourists can also apprehend the aerial perspective of Old Mahabaleshwar. this vantage point is christened after a well known English actor ‘Arthur Malet’. Arthur’s Seat is perched nearly 12 kilometers from Mahabaleshwar. Wilson Point Location: Just 1 km from Bus-stand Wilson Point. Honored with the appellation ‘Queen of all points’. Wilson Point is the nearest station to approach. surrounding valleys and many other places atop the Wilson Point. Acclaimed as tourists’ heaven. The azure tinctured with peculiar tones of red. This place is known by the name Tiger’s spring. Arthur's Seat is the only apogee in Western Ghats that confers a clarion perception of the terrestrial dissimilitude between Konkan and Deccan topographies. Wilson Point is also the highest lookout point at Mahabaleshwar. Babington Point.

the Governor of Bombay. Elephant's head Point Location: At the altitude of just12 feet above the Koyna Valley The farthest end of the mountain chain beyond the celebrated Lodwick Point is known by the name ‘Elephant’s Head Point’. The overwhelming views of encompassing terrain and the imposing Sahyadri Mountain Ranges create a majestic demeanor that beckons a number of tourists to visit this vicinity. this scenic locale proposes enchanting spectacle of surrounding topography. the over drooping cliff structure resembles an elephant’s head along with its trunk. From the vertex of Elphinstone Point one can enjoy the pristine vista of the magnanimous Pratapgarh and dumbfounding pulchritude of Koyna Valley. One of the extremities of Elphinstone Point is embroidered by a crevasse embellished with peerless natural charisma. It has been used as the guesthouse by the tourists all these years but now Mahabaleshwar municipality is under speculation of demolishing this impaired building and constructing a new picnic shade here. Awarded by the viridity of refreshing nature.Elphinstone Point Location: 3 kilometers away from Arthur’s Seat and about 11 kilometers from Frere Hall. If we observe this geographical position of rocks from Lodwick Point. Christened after Sir Elphinstone. . The valley is skirted by a hill on its opposite side which is adorned by the celebrated tiara named Arthur’s Seat. The lofty Elphinstone Point featured with thrilling cliffs and beckoning peaks was discovered in the year 1830 by Dr. Elephant’s Head Point is regarded to be one of the favorite destinations around Mahabaleshwar. this place can be reached either on foot or on a pony back. An old Bungalow built during the time of British Raj can be seen standing at the top of the Elphinstone Point. this vantage point is located merely 3 kilometers away from Arthur’s Seat and about 11 kilometers from Frere Hall. Stationed at the altitude of just12 feet above the Koyna Valley. Murray. This is the very place from where the Savitri River originates.

towering Pratapgarh and Makrandgarh and pictorial Koyna Valley. Parked at the older route towards Mumbai (then Bombay). Visitors march towards the Bombay Point every eve to behold the choreography of colors in the coliseum of luminous sky at the hour of dusk. situated to the left of the Sunset Point is thronged by couples all the time who relish their togetherness against the scrim of entrancing natural grandeur.8 km from the heart of the town Named after Sir John Malcolm’s daughter Kate. Kamalgadh and Mandardeo are also visible from Kate’s Point. The ideal season to pay a visit to Kate’s Point is winter when the firmament is clarion and atmosphere is balmy. . The Bombay point is a large peninsula where a pavilion is installed for the sake of visitors to sit and appreciate the graceful glory of nature. frequently visited by millions of tourists receives its name due to its geological locale. nominated by the title ‘Sunset Point’ is one of the primarily celebrated look out points in Mahabaleshwar. From the apex of Bombay Point or Sunset Point we can also capture the wondrous prospects of the imposing Sahyadri Ranges. Placed about 6. Besides. you will encounter Jor Valley. orange. As you descend from this vantage spot.Kate's Point Location: About 6. yellow and grey rhythmically brushed on the back of this cerulean canvas creates a mesmerizing panorama. The hues of red.8 km from the heart of the town. Observers can enjoy the astounding contours of encompassing countryside. You can perceive the brilliant views of circumscribing terrain from here.290 meters in Mahabaleshwar along the Duchess Road. this viewing station is evident for the commanding and graphical spectacles that it offers. prodigious Krishna River and the majestic Dhoom Dam from the top of this giant bouldered plateau. The transition time of sun set and the accession of duskiness design a real banquet for the eyes. Balkawadi. This promontory. Lovers Point. ‘Kate’s Point’ is cuddled at the elevation of about 1. Bombay Point (Sunset Point) Location: Close to mahabaleshwar market Bombay point. particularly the magnificent Krishna Valley. the breathtaking vista of the surrounding pinnacles like Pandavgadh. Dhoom Valley and the intersection points of Krishna and Vedganga Rivers. this is a paradigmatic location for late afternoon and evening picnics. Alongside the Kate’s Point is positioned the famous Eco Point where tourists like to shout out the names of their dear ones and listen them reiterated by the canyon lying below.

Connaught Peak is the second highest summit of Sahyadri Mountain Ranges. Connaught Peak of Mahabaleshwar comprises one of the most treasured destinations here and the enchantment of this peak is such that no one would wish to go back once atop. Situated just 2. Located at such an approving position.Connaught Peak Location: 7 kilometers away from the heart of the city Placed off the Old Mahabaleshwar Road approximately 7 kilometers away from the heart of the city. ‘Mount Olympia’ was rechristened as ‘Connaught Peak’. Chinaman’s waterfall is located adjacent the Falkland as well as the Sasoon point. Krishna Valley. The Duke of Connaught paid a visit to these pearly gates and was so entranced by its charisma that he couldn’t control the temptation of associating his name with this paradise reincarnated. During the period of British colonization in India. Pandavgad. Chinaman's waterfall Location: Just 2. Moreover. this apex offers the enrapturing prospects of besieging valley enshrouded with lush greenery. this is a perfect abode in the lap of Mother Nature to relax and enjoy. It was a favorite destination both for the mountaineers and the adventure seekers. this pinnacle also displays the charming vista of the pageant of colors at the time of dusk and dawn. Ajinkyatara. As a result. From here tourists can behold the picturesque visions of Old Mahabaleshwar. The comely and peaceful surroundings of Chinaman’s waterfall relieve everyone off all the tension of daily routine and recover us extremely rejuvenated and refreshed. Perched at the altitude of about 1400 meters. Pratapgad. Pasarani Ghat Vena Lake and Panchgani that proclaim the perceiver absolutely flabbergasted. .5 kilometers on the Carviali Road from the heart of the town. the Chinese Prisoners held captivated by British were kept here. Kamalgadh. Chinaman’s Waterfall attracts myriads of tourists every year.5 kilometers on the Carviali Road from the heart of the town Another must visit destination of Mahabaleshwar. The background of Chinaman’s Waterfall that is associated with Chinese inhabitation at this place is responsible for its unique name. in the year 1880. They cultivated and maintained the garden which today can be seen alongside this waterfall. Connaught Peak was initially called Mount Olympia. Torana Killa. Featured with exotic water cataract deluging down the Koyna Valley. Elphinstone Point.

or trek the way down the cascade. the waterfall here came to be known as Dhobi Waterfall. Abundant with glimmering silvery water during rainy season. Water drops down into the beautiful Mahabaleshwar Valley here and finally meets the Koyna River. the much in demand picnic spot of Mahabaleshwar. The drizzles of the water that propel the seven colors of rainbow magnify the glamour quotient of this extravaganza. located about 6 kilometers from the heart of the town Mahabaleshwar on the way to Panchgani. Dhobi waterfall receives its name from its interesting background. This magnificent cataract is formed by the waters of river Venna that gush down at the drop of 600 feet from the steep cliff at the Elephant’s Head into the Venna Valley. Based some 3 kilometers from the heart of this town. One singular unimpaired rindle of milky white water plunging down with ultimate ardor and passion enrapture the beholders. Blessed with pristine natural beauty and amiable ambiance. Dhobi Waterfall lays on the path that bridges Lodwick point & Elephantine Point. the Lingamala Waterfalls create an absolutely resplendent sight to watch. This graphic and vivid setting perched against the backdrop of theatrical natural pulchritude render a much sought after picnic spot near Mahabaleshwar. Notwithstanding its splendor that is revealed at its best during monsoon. are deemed as one of the most outstanding and prominent waterfalls existing here. Dhobi Waterfall Location: 3 kilometers from the heart of this town The bridle path which links Petit Road and the Old Mahabaleshwar Road will reach you to Dhobi Waterfall. At that time Lingamala Falls appear a thin streak bathed in silvery nectar. Dhobi Waterfall is placed facing the famous Elphinstone Point. Dhobi Waterfall makes a leading tourist destination of Mahabaleshwar. As this site sufficed as a chief washing place of Mahabaleshwar in olden days. To reach Lingamala Falls one can either opt for a cab or a bus.Lingamala Falls Location: About 6 kilometers from the heart of the town Mahabaleshwar Lingamala Falls. . tourists frequently visit the Lingamala Falls during other seasons too. Once upon a time all the launderers of Mahabaleshwar used to gather here and wash the clothes in this plethora of abundant water.

As the prevalent tale. In the sanctum of this shrine. Shivaji Maharaj weighted his mother Jijamata here and donated the gold equal to her weight in charity. The deity seated in the Mahabaleshwar Temple here is believed to be superior to the auspicious twelve Jyotirlingas of the country. the guardian deity of the town. the much esteemed hill resort of India acquires its exalted name from ‘Mahabali’. This Lingam of Lord Shiva is in the shape of Rudraksha and it is honored by the title ‘Mahalingam’. this historical temple is also noteworthy for its architectonic grandeur. furnished with lush greenery embroidering the fringes and sparkling water proliferating the charm. Depicting the pure Hemadant style of architecture originated in South India. . this water reserve was constructed by the erstwhile King of Satara. These articles are believed to be as old as 300 years. The holy articles that always accompany Lord Shiva namely Trishul. the inner edifice of the temple is divided into two. approximately 6 kilometers from the heart of present Mahabaleshwar city. This ceremony is known as Suvarnatula which was practiced by Kings and wealthy laureates in olden days. raspberries and other canned fruit products. dedicated to Lord Shiva is regarded to be an important Hindu pilgrim destination in India. Moreover. The temple of Mahabali or Mahabaleshwar. Lord Shiva is worshipped as Mahabali here. Placed on Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani Road about 2 kilometers from the central place of the town. The placid milieu around the lake gilded with nature’s bounty makes this an ideal locale both for relaxing and merry making. Situated in the Old Kshetra Mahabaleshwar. fishing and horse riding available here and manifold eating outlets and recreational stations set up on the border bid myriads of tourists everyday. Venna Lake is horded by a number of visitors every evening and the area near the lake is bustling till late night. the temple premises house a legendary square platform which is associated with Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. mulberries. gooseberries. Children are notably amused by the mini train in operation near the lake.Venna Lake Location: Placed on Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani Road about 2 kilometers from the central place of the town Venna Lake. Damru and Rudraksha. The mighty God of destruction. the specialty of the town. The term Mahabali implies the meaning. Mahabaleshwar Temple Location: 6 kilometers from the heart of present Mahabaleshwar city Mahabaleshwar. Garrisoned by a 5 feet high stone wall. Numerous amusement activities like boating. along with a bed meant for the deity to rest are also placed in this temple of Mahabaleshwar. Shri Appasaheb Maharaja in the year 1842. a 500 years old black stone Shiva Lingam is placed which is believed to be Swayambhu (self originated). the sanctum and the Sabha Mandapam (main hall). ‘the one with great power’. this shrine was built by Maharaja Chanda Rao More of More Clan in 16th century AD. is a popular hang out of Mahabaleshwar. who wish to relish the savoring tastes of delectable strawberries. This cyclopean lake is spread over the total area of about 5 acres. The strawberry stalls put up on the fringes of the lake are always thronged by the people.

They lead them to the trap doors which open to the fall of 100 meters. The five auspicious rivers listed above together flow out from this Gaumukh in confluence. As per the myth associated with this temple. Brahma and Shiva respectively. Perched about 900 meters above the see level. This renowned temple of Mahabaleshwar was set up in 13th century by Raja Singhandeo. The entire lower fort is fortified by 10 to 12 meters high towers and a number of basins to protect it from enemies. Koyna and Venna Rivers are the embodiments of Lord Vishnu. The haughty Pratapgarh is the eye witness of the historical battle of 10th November. The Panchaganga Temple is a legendary place of worship in Mahabaleshwar and devotees make it a point to visit this temple and pay homage at the feet of Lord Krishna and the five holy rivers. Raja Chanda Rao More. the King of Jaoli repaired this shrine in 16th century. Pratapgarh Fort Location: Nearly 24 kilometers from Mahabaleshwar Town Pratapgarh Fort. the Yadava King of Devgiri. An idol of Lord Krishna is also worshipped in the Panchaganga temple. the baronial edifice representing the patriarchal antiquity of the great Maratha Empire is positioned nearly 24 kilometers from Mahabaleshwar Town. the Hindu Trinities. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj also renovated the temple thoroughly in late 16th century and Raja Sahu again undertook the restoration in 17th century. ‘Pancha’ means five and ‘Ganga’ means the holy river. Savitri. this imposing Killa was constructed by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in the year 1656. There are many dark paths that mislead the intruders. Vishnu and Mahesh were cursed by Savitri and as a result they turned into rivers. The tomb of Afzal Khan can be seen in Pratapgarh even today. Brahma. It is said that Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj along with his mother Jija Mata had visited this temple and received spiritual guidance from an accomplished Brahmin dwelling here. The outstanding features of this fort include multiple chambers. the Panchaganga Mandir is dedicated to five sacred rivers namely Krishna. when Afzal Khan was killed by Shivaji Maharaj. while the lower fort houses a celebrated Bhavani Temple. . Krishna. A number of royal buildings and a Lord Shiva Temple is situated in the upper fort. The upper fort is stationed at the top of the hill while the lower fort lies in the south and east directions of the ridge. this massive structure is divided into two archaic forts – an upper fort and a lower fort. This fort was built with a major aim to protect the banks of the rivers Koyna and Nira and the Par village from the enemy invasions. Parshuram Angal. Koyna and Venna. Gayatri.Panchaganga Mandir Location: Next to the Mahabaleshwar Temple Located next to the Mahabaleshwar Temple. Based overlooking the road that links the villages Kinesvar and Par. a rich banker of Satara rebuilt this temple in 19th century. 1659 that was fought between the armies of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Afzal Khan. the maze of ponds and a long dark path. The temple houses a beautiful sculpture of Gaumukh (the holy head of divine Cow).

Rajpuri Caves. and lovely surroundings make this satellite village a heaven descended on the earth. Sydney Point. Known by the nickname ‘Mini Kashmir’. located in Satara District about 20 km from the heart of the town is a twin hill station of Mahabaleshwar. this popular hill resort of Maharashtra was discovered by John Chesson during the British Epoch. Marjorie Point. Nestled at the elevation of about 4300 feet above sea level and approximately 200 feet below Mahabaleshwar in Sahyadri Mountain Ranges. The amazing view of Koyna Dam backwater. Devil's Kitchen. Roman Catholic Church Location: 2.Panchgani Location: 20 km from the heart of the town Panchgani . Rested at the altitude of about 1294 meters above the sea level. towering Sahyadri Mountain Ranges. Tapola is a remarkable weekend getaway blessed with incredible natural beauty. this enchanting viewing point offers an awe inspiring arena of the vivid Koyna Valley. The prominent feature of this church is the stain glass windows still unblemished that attract the tourists by their elegant looks. The dam built on Koyna River named ‘Shivsagar’ is the biggest dam in the state of Maharashtra. Table Land. Popular tourist’s attractions of Panchgani include Parsi Point . . this beautiful vicinity is a foremost tourist destination and a perfect picnic spot around Mahabaleshwar. exuberant Chinaman's waterfall and beautiful saddle back. Serbaug. this edifice still stands basking in the past glory of the ingenuity of British artists and artisans. Morarji Castle. this town was inhabited by a large English population. This ancient Roman Catholic Church constructed in 18th century was used by them to conduct their holy masses and prayer services. Tourists make it a point to pay a visit to Panchgani when at Mahabaleshwar. Bhilar Waterfalls. Though in depleted condition today.5km from Mahabaleshwar As Mahabaleshwar furnished as the summer capital of the Bombay presidency. Many not trodden and difficult to climb forts such as Vasota and Jaygad increase the tourism appeal of this Mini Kashmir. Lord Karthikeya temple. winding rivers. The Koyna River that merges with Solshi River at Tapola creates a breathtaking vista. Kamalgad Fort. Wai Lake and all the destinations around Mahabaleshwar. Babington Point Location: Placed merely two kilometers from the Mahabaleshwar Babington Point placed merely two kilometers from the Mahabaleshwar Township is a much sought after tourist hotspot. Tapola Location: 28 kilometers from Mahabaleshwar Situated nearly 28 kilometers from Mahabaleshwar. Mapro Farms. verdant forests. Dhoom Dam. Tapola offers a number of trekking routs passing through the lush green jungles which makes it a favorite place for adventure enthusiasts.

this manor is baptized after Sir John Malcolm to mark his legendary visit to Mahabaleshwar. Tourists make it a point not to miss visiting this paradigm of architectonic proficiency of yesteryears. This prodigious villa stands as one of the most persuading attractions of Mahabaleshwar. still withholds its past glory and its architectural splendor. . the British General had paid a visit to Mahabaleshwar. Mount Malcolm. one of the oldest constructed edifices of Mahabaleshwar is a remarkable monument dating back to the colonial era. Regarded to be the landmark of architectural adroitness. the cloud cuckoo land in the year 1828 and was thoroughly galvanized by the scenic beauty of this ethereal Eden. Mount Malcolm is revered for its peerless engineering and supreme craftsmanship.5km from Mahabaleshwar Mount Malcolm. Significant for its architectonic dexterity. even though almost 200 years old.Mount Malcolm Location: 2. This magnificent mansion recognized amongst the most salient architectures of British epoch in India was erected in the year 1829. Sir John Malcolm.

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