Places to Visit in Mahabaleshwar
Numerous rivers, magnificent cascades and majestic peaks and beautiful strawberry farms, Mahabaleshwar is a hilly town in the Western Ghats in Satara district of Maharashtra. The captivating beauty of Mahabaleshwar city comprises of ancient temples, boarding schools, manicured and lush green dense forest, waterfalls, hills, valleys.
A perfect weekend gateway from Mumbai, this place consists of charming views, enticing valleys, serene lakes and all the gifts from nature.
Places to See in Mahabaleshwar
Arthur's seat or Suicide point is the point which offers the most mesmerizing and fascinating view of the dense valleys of Brahma-Arayana and the Savitri River. This place looks like a huge table standing on a natural pillar.On the way up, one can also see window point and Tiger's spring.
A wide plateau by the name of Wilson Point, tends to be one of the best places in the town to start your day. Catch a breathtaking view of the sunrise from any of the three watch points here. Enjoy the wide sceneries here as this also happens to be the highest points in the town.
Constructed by Shri Appasaheb Maharaja, King of Satara, Venna Lake is considered to be one of the major tourist attractions of Mahabaleshwar surrounded by trees from all sides. Tourists can also relish the number of eateries around the lake and along with that they can also enjoy boating in the lake. 2 kms from the Mahabaleshwar city market, this lake is an apt place for a walk during day and a must visited place.
One of the most significant falls in the state, Chinaman's fall is one of the most tantalizing spot visit to in Mahabaleshwar. Named after the Chinese prison, located in the vicinity, a trip to Mahabaleshwar would be incomplete without witnessing the enthralling beauty of the lake which will give you a bewitching experience.
Located on the second highest peak of old Mahabaleshwar’s hills, this peak offers stunning view of the Venna Lake & Krishna valley. The beauty of this peak caught the Duke of Connaught’ attention so badly that it was later renamed as Connaught peak.
Situated 6km from the main city, the Mahabali or Mahabaleshwar temple is the landmark of ancient Maratha heritage. Divided into two sections, the inner part of the temple holds the statue of Lord Shiva as the presiding deity.One of the ancient temple of Maharastrain time, this temple is a proud heritage of the Maratha Empire. The residing deity of the temple acts as the main attraction of the temple which only the tip is visible. This temple offers very serene and spiritual environment. Devotees all over the place visit the temple around the year to experience the calm and peaceful aura of lord Shiva.
Cuisines must try
Strawberries, Mulberries, Carrots, Corn, Cherry size tomatoes are the speciality of Mahabaleshwar's exotic cuisine. Delicious delicacies made from strawberries like toffees, syrups, fudge, ice creams, whipped creams, jellies and Corn Patties made from the corn, are the must try one. One can also relish the famous Maharastrain element vada paav and other street food items.
Accommodation in Mahabaleshwar
Accommodation near bus station will be more convenient and easier to travel across the city. There are so many lodges, motels and expensive hotels, resorts available that provides comfortable accommodation to tourists.
Transportation in Mahabaleshwar
Government tourist buses are available which are comparatively cheaper than cab. For some rare places horse riding is also available.