Mahabaleshwar – Divine Gift to Maharashtra

The geographical landscape of Maharashtra is a divine gift to Maharashtra! As you move from north to south, the western ghats of the steep ascent cover the entire length. In these mountains, the cool places in Maharashtra are standing at a high altitude.

Mountains here are competing with the sky, breathtaking valleys, lush trees, freshly-crushed mountains must be Mahabaleshwar! The most popular hill station in Maharashtra. During the British rule, these officials made such visits in such large numbers to escape the scorching heat of the summer, that Mahabaleshwar seemed like their summer capital!

Mahabaleshwar offers a clean, tranquil and completely refreshing alternative to urban life. Mumbai, the commercial capital of Maharashtra, is the perfect gateway to a hilly region like Maharashtra! From here, there are roadways, railways and air routes to reach anywhere in the country.

How to reach?

Pune Airport is 120 km from Mahabaleshwar. Vathar is the nearest railway station but Pune station is convenient. Mumbai-Mahabaleshwar distance via Mahad is 247 km by road. State Transport buses from Pune and Mumbai are well equipped.

Mahabaleshwar

The Sanskrit word Mahabaleshwar means the Great Mighty God. Indeed, this place is divine and has received divine gifts. Here, the tourists find the unique combination of old-time charm, natural beauty and modernity. There is so much to see and feel in Mahabaleshwar and the surrounding area. So here is where to go.

After the death of Sir John Malcolm, British Governor of Mumbai, the market here became known as Malcolm Peth. In the centre of the city of Mahabaleshwar, Malcolm Peth can see everything like hotels, shops, restaurants, bungalows, government offices and a crowd of people alike.

There are many sights to visit in Mahabaleshwar, and the good thing is that there are good roads available to reach all those places. So we can get there by car, jeep. Many monuments here take you directly to the British era. Mount Malcolm, the residence of Governor Malcolm, Moraji Castle, the Mahabaleshwar Club,

A tour of the village takes in the breathtaking The Venna Lake. Boating, fishing or horseback riding can also be done on this reservoir. Apart from this, there are various sports and food items for entertainment. The road ahead of The Venna Lake takes us to the nearest Panchgani in this cool breeze. There is also a wide range of eye-catching strawberries.

The unique terrain quality of this unique mountain range stands out because of the sightseeing in Mahabaleshwar. On the way to Babington Point, you can see the Dhom dam. You can stop here for a while and enjoy the beauty of the surroundings. In Old Mahabaleshwar, one can visit the famous Panchaganga Temple. The origins of the five sacred rivers Krishna, Koyna, Venna, Savitri, Gayatri are visible at this temple. Lord Shiva (Mahabaleshwar) also can be seen in the temple.

You can go here throughout the year, the nature of Mahabaleshwar will never disappoint you. In the rainy season, the beauty of the tree is even more pronounced. It is a famous tourist destination at 1372 meters above sea level in the Western Ghats of Satara district. Visitors get a special feast of strawberries, raspberries, their jams, crushes, honey and chikki. The leather footwear made by local artisans is also adorable.

Places of Interest in Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar Temple/Panchganga Temple – The temple of Lord Shiva and big Nandi kept in the front also this temple is the origin of 5 rivers.

Panchganga Mahabaleshwar Temple – Source Google

Venna Lake – The Venna lake is visitors can enjoy boating, horse riding and many eateries surrounded.

Tapola – Tapola is known as the ‘mini Kashmir’ of West India, its breathtaking scenic beauty, strawberry fields, jungle treks and water sports.

Mount Malcolm – The building was constructed in 1829. It was the main centre of political movements in those days.
 
Holy Cross Church – This ancient Catholic church is built in Roman style. Despite being around for so long, the beauty of their stainless glass towers doesn’t seem to be lacking.
 
Mahabaleshwar Club – This club was established in the year to ensure leisure time, relaxation, relieve stress. In addition to recreational facilities, there is a well-equipped badminton hole and a small golf ground. There is a minimum charge for availing these facilities. For those who are health-conscious, a floral bouquet of roses is erected on the jogging track of the club premises. Turning your eye away from here does not detract from the breathtaking Vena Lake. Every year, Christmas is celebrated in the smoke by club members and tourists.

Pratapgad: About 6 km from Mahabaleshwar, Pratapgad is the highest point of the Marathas. Built-in the year 4, the fort has many lakes, canals and long dark pedestrian paths. Some of these astounding paths lead you to a hundred meters deep, just in case! The mighty chieftain of Bijapur was killed at the hands of Shivarai.

Pratapgad – Source Google

Mapro Garden – Mapro Foods Factory which enabled visitors to see the production of jams and syrups. On realising that the customers enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere with greenery all around, one will find a chocolate factory, a restaurant, a small nursery, children’s play area and retail outlet selling Mapro products.

Mapro Garden – Source Google

Other Places like Elphinstone Point, Wilson’s Point, Lodwick Point, Arthur’s Point, Majory Point Nathcote, Bombay Point, Savitri Point, Karnik Point, Falkade Point are some of the famous ones.

Many of the ghats in Mahabaleshwar are flat. Looking down from the pier, it was surrounded by dense forests and lush greenery.

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Anand Sontakke

Anand Sontakke is a Masters in International Business having 10 years experience in field of Import-Export

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