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General Information
Mahabaleshwar Mahabaleshwar is a hill station located in the Western Ghats range. With one of the few evergreen forests of the world, it served as the summer capital of Bombay province during the British Raj.

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 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 Shiva and Brahma themselves. An interesting thing to notice is that 4 other rivers come out from the cow (bull's) mouth apart from Krishna and they all travel some distance before merging into Krishna. These rivers are the Koyana, Venna (Veni), Savitri, and Gayatri.

How to reach Mahabaleshwar
By Air : Pune, located at a distance of 120 km is the nearest airport. If you plan to travel to Mahabaleshwar by air, you can board a flight till Pune, and then easily avail a bus, taxi or a private car from the Pune airport. The airport has various facilities within its premises for tourists traveling to the place. State operated buses are also easily available from Pune. Even private tour-operators provide luxury/ non- luxury bus services to Mahabaleshwar. You can even hire a vehicle of your choice from the airport, for the entire duration of your stay.

By Rail: The nearest railhead from Mahabaleshwar is Wather, located at a distance of 62 km from the city. But if you choose to travel to Mahabaleshwar by train, the Pune railhead, located at a distance of 120 km, is comparatively more convenient than the Wather station, because of its better connectivity to Mahabaleshwar. People traveling by train can get down at the Pune railway station to reach Mahabaleshwar. Private tour operators provide buses, mini-buses, taxis, etc, which are easily available for tourists outside the Pune station. One can also avail the state-operated buses that shuttle between Pune and Mahabaleshwar.

By Road: From Mumbai, Mahabaleshwar is 285 km (via Pune route) and the distance is about 247 km (via Mahad route). There are regular state-operated buses that travel to Mahabaleshwar from the nearby cities of Pune and Mumbai. Private tour operators also provide various luxury/ non-luxury, AC/Non-AC, Deluxe and Volvo buses and other vehicles to and from Mahabaleshwar. You can even drive your own vehicle to Mahabaleshwar, enjoying its idyllic beauty, as the roads are excellent. It takes around 5 hrs to reach Mahabaleshwar from Mumbai by road.

Weather Overview
Located atop the Sahyadri mountain ranges on the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, at an altitude of 1353m (4438 ft), Mahabaleshwar stretches for 5 km from one corner of the town to the other. The coniferous forests in and around the hill resort plays a major role in determining its rainfall and climate. Bestowed with some of nature's choicest splendor, the place is a favorite holidaying destination among tourists, for its pleasant climatic conditions. The weather also facilitates the cultivation and growth of various soft fruits and berries, that adds to its variegated vegetation.

Summers, that generally lasts from March to mid-June, are generally warm. The temperature during summers rises to a maximum of 29° C. Days are warmer, though temperature drops down to a minimum of 16° C during the night. Because of its high altitude, the heat during these months is mild and welcoming. With the constant mountain breezes, the harshness of the summer sun is not felt here. The place generally remains packed with tourists from the nearby cities of Pune and Mumbai during the summer months, because of its mild and favourable climate.

During monsoons (mid-June to September), the weather remains wet and extremely damp. But the incessant showers enhances the beauty of the place, and it emanates a charm during this season. Seasonal waterfalls abound the place and the forests and trees prosper in all their lushness. But the place virtually becomes uninhabited during this season, except for the locals, due to the continuous rainfalls.

Winters generally lasts from the month of November to mid-March and the climate is cooler. However, due to its close proximity to the warm water of the Arabian Sea, the hill resort escapes the extremes of nature during these months. Days are warm and pleasant and the sun is soft and solacing, unlike the urban sun. But during the night, the temperature may fall down to a minimum of 13° C. The place sees a lot of tourists during the festive months of December and January and becomes ideal for Christmas and New-Year revelries.

The best time to visit Mahabaleshwar remains anytime between October and June. During the festive months of October and December, the place radiates a joyous spirit and remains packed with tourists.

Places Of Interest
Arthur's Seat
Arthur's Seat Authur's Seat is 1470 meters high. The queen of all points, Authur's point got its name after Arthur Mallet as he was the first man to come here and build a house.

The arrangement of rocks on the southern side is compared with the world notable stratification of rocks of the Grand Canyon of Colorado in the USA.

The desolate deep valley Savitri on the left side and the not so deep green valley on the right side is a captivating sight. The Arthur's seat is the only point from where one can see clearly the geographical differentiation of Kokan and Deccan. Just below the point is the window point.

Baghdad Point
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.

Babington Point
Babington Point Situated with in the precincts of Mahabaleshwar, Babington Point is a much desired hot spot of the tourists. This enchanting place is positioned at a height of 1294 meters above the sea level. Since Babington point is situated atop, the boulevard that leads to this location itself is very thrilling.

A meandering path way that passes through some of the lovely visions of nature finally fetch the visitor to a superb open space from where one can enjoy the awesome beauty of the landscape below. Most imposing sight from Babington point is the view of the gorgeous Koyna valley, Chinaman's waterfall and saddle back.

Bombay Point
Very popular sunset point. Shows the sahyadri range koyana valley & pratap garh.

Catholic Church
Catholic Church Since Mahabaleshwar was the summer capital of the erstwhile Bombay presidency, it had a tremendous populace of English people there in the past. Roman Catholic Church in the town might be constructed by them for their Sunday adorations and holy masses.

One of the alluring attractions in Mahabaleshwar is the Roman Catholic Church that stood as a proud reminiscent of the past glory. Though in a deserted condition, the church offers something worthy for a watch. Its stained glass windows still hold the elegant look even after so many decades. Another interesting aspect about the church is that a Hindu family looks after the church.

Chinaman's Falls
Chinaman's Falls The Chinaman's Waterfall falls towards the south into the Koyana Valley. It is 2.5 km away from Mahabaleshwar.

A tour to Mahabaleshwar is not complete without a visit to the famous and cascading waterfalls.

The Chinaman's waterfall can be reached by going through the Carviali Road. The calm surroundings and the exotic waterfalls render a perfect holiday spot.

In the past the gardens close to the falls were looked after by the Chinese. The Chinese also cultivated the gardens. Thus the falls got its name as Chinaman's Waterfall.

Connaught Peak
Connaught Peak in the Old Mahabaleshwar Road is the second highest peak in Mahabaleshwar. This peak was formerly called as Mount Olympia. In 1880, the Duke of Connaught visited this fabulous spot and he was so inspired by the grandiose of the peak that he renamed the peak with his name. After that Mount Olympia became called by the name Connaught Peak. Situated at an altitude of 1400 meters this peak is a favourite destination of riders.

Besides its challenging treks and rides, this peak offers stupendous views of the entire Mahabaleswar valley. Krishna Valley, Kamalgadh, Elphinston Point, Torana, Pratapgad Ajinkyatara and Venna Lake looks marvelous when viewed from the top of this peak

Elphinstone Point
Elphinstone Point Elphinstone Point is a small scenic spot overlooking the two valleys, koyna on the left & savitri on the right. Elphinstone Point is named after a former Governor of Mumbai.

One can enjoy the beauty of the Koyna valley and the thriving of the plains here. Another spectacular scenery is the ravine, which lies amidst of Elphinstone point and Arthur point. River Savitri originates from here.

Falkland Point
Below it the Artists Point also called as lovers point by some nature lover, presents beautiful koyana & valley below you.

The Lingamala Waterfall
The Lingamala Waterfall is a fantastic sight to watch. It presents an enrapturing view of cascading water. It disperses from the top of a steep cliff. The water falling down looks like thin silver streaks. It encircles with rainbow colors. The tourists and the visitors admire the Lingamala waterfall's beauty.

The Lingamala Waterfall is a glittering waterfall. The water drops into the Venna valley of Mahabaleshwar. The best season for visiting the falls is the rainy season. The water level during the monsoon rises and cascades down. The water which launches from a height of 600 feet from the drop-off extends the most effervescent visions.

Lodwick Point
Lodwick Point Formerly known as the Sidney Point, Lodwick Point might be the most beautiful spot in Mahabaleshwar. An isolated lofty precipice that stood in the midst of two deep gorges, Sidney point brings out the charisma of the surrounding mountain peaks to its entirety. The winding pathway, which leads to it is well suited for carriage drives and it goes through tiny but dense forests.

When compared to other points of this hill station, this point offers narrower views of the surroundings. But Elphinstone point and Pratapgad cannot be better viewed from anywhere else than this point. A twenty five feet high column erected in memory of the late general Lodwick is the chief attraction of this point.

Mahabaleshwar Temple
Mahabaleshwar Temple The Mahabaleshwar Temple has Lord Shiva as its presiding deity. The temple is encircled with a 5 feet high stone wall. The Mahabaleshwar hills were named after Lord Mahabali which means great strength.

The Mahabaleshwar Temple is divided into two - the inner room and the outer room. The inner room is known as the God chamber and the outer is the central hall.

The important site of prayer is a 'lingam' which is of black stone. The lingam is regarded to be the materialization of the Divine. The temple is the land mark of Mahabalewshwar. It is visited by locals and tourists.

Marjorie Point
The Marjorie Point is situated on the way to Authur's Seat. The drop-offs from this point rise from the Konkan valley. The point is about 500 meters below the Konkan valley.

The Marjorie Point offers enchanting and panoramic view of the Sahyadri Ranges. The points in Mahabaleshwar are named after the prominent British administrators. They are the ones who found these beautiful locations.

Panchganga Mandir
Panchganga Mandir One of the holy places in Mahabaleshwar is the Panchganga Mandir. Water from five different rivers that is the Koyna, Krishna, Venna, Savitri and Gayatri join in this place.

The confluence of five rivers has given the name Panchganga where Panch means five and ganga means river. All the rivers come out of a cow's mouth which is carved out of stone. Thus the place being called Panchganga Mandir.

This famous mandir was built by Raja Singhandeo. He was the king of the Yadav of Devgiri in the 13th century. In the 16th century the temple was improved by the Maratha Emperor Shivaji.

Pratapgarh Fort
Pratapgarh Fort The Pratapgarh Fort is the place from where the history of the Maratha Emperor Shivaji turned into a decisive course. This is here that Afzal Khan met his death.

The Pratapgarh Fort is 900 m above sea level. It is 24 km west of Mahabaleshwar. The fort from a distance gives the appearance of a round topped hill. The wall of the lower fort forms a sort of a crown round the brow.

Tapola Tapola is 28 km away from Mahabaleshwar. The place is ideal for picnic and boating because of its beautiful environment and the Koyna Dam's back water.

Tapola is otherwise known as Mini Kashmir. The view of the dam, the rivers, the beautiful Sahyadri range and the deep forest all look so beautiful from this place that there is no wonder the place is known as mini Kashmir. The Koyana river on one side and the Solshi on the other and the merging of both these rivers at Tapola is a breathtaking sight. The dam built here is the biggest in Maharashtra and is called the 'Shivsagar'.

Tiger's Spring
natural spring, which is believed to be the basis of river Savtri, Tiger spring greets one with pictorial beauty. The popular belief is that the spring water is having some devout powers and the spring serves as the source of water to the animals in the jungle. Viewing the luxurious valley beneath from this lovely stream is really awe inspiring.

This pretty, scenic stream is located just a kilometers away from the Arthur point. By descending the steep steps near to the Arthur point, one can reach the Tiger’s spring. The glittering of the gushing shallow waters is so tempting that one would not mind spending hours beside it.

Venna Lake
Venna Lake The Venna Lake is spread over an area of 28 acres and its average depth is 10 feet. The lake is fed by repeated springs. The area encircling the lake is full of flowers and greenery. The lake was constructed by Shri Appasaheb Maharj, who was Raja of Satara in the year 1842.

The Venna Lake is a tourist's attraction as it has boating facilities and stalls for games. It also has snacks stalls. The area of the lake is busy till late night.

Children are attracted towards the mini train. Fishing is fun and it adds to the delectation of the visitors.

Wilson Point
Wilson Point, which is otherwise known as the Sunrise point, is a vast plateau. One can view the sunrise from the three masonry round platforms. The second platform which is about 1 km away from the market area of Mahabaleshwar is the ideal place to view the sun rise. The platform is perfectly located at 4735 feet above sea level and is the highest point in Mahabaleshwar.

The Wilson Point is a vast barren rock with three watching towers at different spots. The point is a tourist attraction with its beautiful view point of the sunrise.

Shopping Mahabaleshwar is known for the different kind of berries it produces, such as strawberries, gooseberries and raspberries. You can not only buy these from here, but also get jams, preserves and marmalades that are simply out of this world. The bazaar here is very popular for its leather goods and tribal trinkets. These exotic pieces can be taken for friends as souvenirs or gifts.

Eating Out
Strawberries and Mulberries are the speciality of Mahabaleshwar. One should not forget to try the Corn grown locally available in both roasted and boiled form. Corn pattice made from it are delecious. The food prepared with local vegetables have a unique taste and one should also try the small tomatoes which look like cherries! Dont forget to have the staple food of Maharashtara the Vada Pav which is deleciously prepared by the local vendor next to the Hanuman Temple in the main market.

Almost all the hotels have their own restaurants. Hotel DreamLand, Hotel Panaroma & Hotel Shreyas have a nice restaurant and good food, and all three are close to the State Bus stand.

Hotel Templeview - Vegetarian restaurant at old Mahabaleshwar for excellent parathas Rajasthani favorites. Hotel Woodland is another good option.

Mapro Garden - Mapro garden restaurant offers a decent menu. Most of the tourist vehicles stop here, on their way to Mahabaleshwar.

Strawberries - Buy the 'sweet charlie' variety of strawberries from the main Mahabaleshwar Market. Alternatively, you can also venture out into interior parts to handpick your berry from the strawberry farms.
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