Mahabaleshwar is an amazing hill station located in the Sahyadri mountain range. It is green and beautiful throughout the year. So you can visit Mahabaleshwar any time of the year. I went there in the summer and it offered me a much-needed relief from the scorching heat of Mumbai.
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Here are my 15 favourite places to visit in Mahabaleshwar.
1. Peking Point
This was the first point I visited in Mahabaleshwar. The view is beautiful and there are monkeys all over the place. It is the point from where you start ascending towards the Elephant Head Point.
2. Lodwick Point
Lodwick Point was previously known by the name of ‘Sydney Point’. It was constructed as a means to pay respect to General Lodwick, who was the first British officer to climb the mountain and reach this point in April 1824. To honor General Lodwick’s achievement, his son erected a memorial pole of about 25 feet. The site acts as the perfect spot to catch breathtaking views of Elphinstone Point as well as Pratapgad Fort.
3. Elephant Head Point
Ahead of the Lodwick Point, we come to the Elephant Head Point. The elephant head point justifies its name as this piece of mountain resembles an elephant’s head. The point renders stunning views of the surroundings.
4. Venna Lake
Venna Lake is very clean and well-maintained; it is surrounded by trees on all sides. You get amazing boating options and the best part is that you can row your boat yourself.
5. Mahabaleshwar Temple
Mahabaleshwar Temple is a very old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Devotees visit the temple throughout the year to experience the calm and peaceful aura of Lord Shiva. It is the meeting point of five rivers – Gayatri, Savitri, Koyana, Venna, and Krishna.
6. Malcolm Point
Malcolm Point is found at the base of Arthur’s Seat Point. It is a great place to view Toranagad, Pratapgad, and Savitri Valley. It is named after the then British Governor, Sir John Malcolm, who is said to have been completely smitten by Mahabaleshwar’s beauty.
7. Tiger Spring
Going further from Malcolm Point, we arrive at Tiger Spring. Tiger Spring is a natural thermal spring near River Savitri. It is believed to be infused with spiritual powers. Situated on the edge of a peak, the point offers panoramic views of the majestic and lush green valley surrounding it.
8. Echo Point
Further ahead, we find the Echo Point. The geographic location and structure of the hills result in a total reflection of sound leading to an extremely clear echo. There is another Echo Point in Mahabaleshwar, which is at Kate’s Point.
9. Arthur’s Seat
It is also known as the Queen of the Points or Suicide Point. This point is named after Sir Arthur Mallet who lost his wife and 1-month-old daughter in a tragic accident at the Savitri River. Arthur used to sit here and stare at the river. Arthur’s Seat offers the most mesmerizing and fascinating view of the dense valleys of Brahma-Arayana and the Savitri river.
10. Kate’s Point
Kate’s Point is named after the daughter of Sir John Malcolm, founder of Mahabaleshwar. The original name of the point is Nake Khind and is situated at an altitude of 1290 m. Kate’s Point provides a beautiful view of the Krishna Valley and the Dhom Dam.
11. Wilson Point
Located 4,710 feet above sea level, Wilson point is the highest point in Mahabaleshwar. It is ideal for watching the astonishing sunrise and is hence also known as Sunrise Point. It is named after Sir Leslie Wilson, who was the Governor of Bombay during the British rule.
12. Mapro Garden
Mapro Garden is abundant with strawberry plantations. I bought and relished so many fresh and super sweet strawberries at Mapro. Jams, preserves, marmalade, toppings, syrups, and squashes – all sorts of strawberry delights can be purchased from Mapro. You can try some wonderful fruit salads, strawberry shakes, candies, and ice creams, prepared from freshly plucked strawberries.
13. Table Land
Table Land in Panchgani is the second highest mountain plateau in Asia after the Tibetan plateau. The 95 acres area of the attraction is located at an altitude of 4,550 feet above sea level. Here, one can wallow in adventure sports like horse riding, paragliding, and so on. Many Bollywood movies like Taare Zameen Par, Mela, Raja Hindustani, Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam, etc have been shot here.
14. Sunset Point
As the name suggests, Sunset Point offers an enthralling view of the sunset over the valleys of Mahabaleshwar. The Sunset Point is also known as the Mumbai Point, as it is situated on the old road to Mumbai. One can indulge in local street food such as corn, bhel, vada pav and much more, and spend a fun-filled and enjoyable evening.
15. Polo Ground
Polo Ground is located near Sunset Point. As soon as you enter Polo Ground, you will be surrounded by horses and their caretakers. Horses here are well fed and maintained. There is no place better than Polo Ground to feel the thrill of horse riding.
Since I visited Mahabaleshwar in the summer, I missed out on the splendid waterfall at Mahabaleshwar namely, Chinaman Waterfall, Lingamala Waterfall, and Dhobi Waterfall. But if you head there during the late monsoon or early winter, please make sure you include these waterfalls in your itinerary.
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