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Mahabaleshwar Sightseeing

Lodwick PointLocated approximately 5 kilometers from the central market of Mahabaleshwar
Arthur's Seat12 kilometers from Mahabaleshwar
Wilson Point Just 1 km from Bus-stand
Elphinstone Point3 kilometers away from Arthur’s Seat and about 11 kilometers from Frere Hall
Elephant's head PointStationed at the altitude of just12 feet above the Koyna Valley
Kate's PointPlaced about 6.8 km from the heart of the town
Bombay Point (Sunset Point) Very close to Mahabaleshwar Market
Babington PointPlaced merely two kilometers from the Mahabaleshwar
Connaught PeakApproximately 7 kilometers away from the heart of the city
Chinaman's waterfallSituated just 2.5 kilometers on the Carviali Road from the heart of the town
Lingamala FallsLocated about 6 kilometers from the heart of the town Mahabaleshwar
Dhobi Waterfall3 kilometers from the heart of this town
Venna LakePlaced on Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani Road about 2 kilometers from the central place of the town
Mount MalcolmLocated 2.5km from Mahabaleshwar
Mahabaleshwar TempleApproximately 6 kilometers from the heart of present Mahabaleshwar city
Panchaganga MandirLocated next to the Mahabaleshwar Temple
Roman Catholic ChurchLocated 2.5km from Mahabaleshwar
Pratapgarh Fort Positioned nearly 24 kilometers from Mahabaleshwar Town
PanchganiAbout 20 km from the heart of the town
Tapola Situated nearly 28 kilometers from Mahabaleshwar

Lodwick Point

Location: 5 kilometers from the central market of Mahabaleshwar
Incipiently acknowledged by the title ‘Sydney Point’, this vantage locale, stationed approximately 5 kilometers from the central market of Mahabaleshwar is baptized after Colonel General Lodwick. Colonel Lodwick was the pioneer European who climbed this hill for the first time. He, 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. 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. Thenceforth, this vertex came to be known by Colonel’s name as ‘Lodwick Point’. The commemorative pole also incurs a marble sculpted head of Colonel General Lodwick.
Lodwick Point, a remote precipice snuggled in the midst of two abysmal valleys, is celebrated as the most admirable viewing point of Mahabaleshwar. The romantic charisma of encircling mountain ridges blanketed with blossoming flowers and verdurous greenery is highlighted brightly from Lodwick Point. One can also enjoy the seraphic spectacle of the Lodwick Fall and the pictorial panorama of Elphinstone Point from here. 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.

Arthur's Seat

Location: 12 kilometers from Mahabaleshwar
One of the must visit destinations of this paradise personified, Arthur’s Seat is perched nearly 12 kilometers from Mahabaleshwar. Acclaimed as tourists’ heaven, this vantage point is christened after a well known English actor ‘Arthur Malet’. He was the primordial person who built a residence at this pinnacle of Sahyadri hills. Arthur's Seat is the only apogee in Western Ghats that confers a clarion perception of the terrestrial dissimilitude between Konkan and Deccan topographies. Honored with the appellation ‘Queen of all points’, 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.
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. As you walk down the path that leads to Arthur’s Seat, you will come across the Udgam (starting point) of Savitri River. This place is known by the name Tiger’s spring. 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.

Wilson Point

Location: Just 1 km from Bus-stand
Wilson Point, commonly known by the epithet ‘Sunrise Point’, is one of the most popular viewing points of Mahabaleshwar. Amongst the 30 vantage spots of this Arcadia incarnated, Wilson Point is the nearest station to approach. Nestled at the elevation of about 4,710 feet above sea level, Wilson Point is also the highest lookout point at Mahabaleshwar. Granted with a spacious tableland by the nature at such a height, Wilson Point is adorned by three observation towers. Each of these towers accessorized by a masonry round platform is set up at varied locations and altitudes. From these watching towers we can appreciate the flabbergasting perceptions of both sun rise and sunset. The azure tinctured with peculiar tones of red, orange, yellow and blue emerges Olympian at these hours. Tourists can also apprehend the aerial perspective of Old Mahabaleshwar, Babington Point, surrounding valleys and many other places atop the Wilson Point.

Elphinstone Point

Location: 3 kilometers away from Arthur’s Seat and about 11 kilometers from Frere Hall.
Christened after Sir Elphinstone; the Governor of Bombay, this vantage point is located merely 3 kilometers away from Arthur’s Seat and about 11 kilometers from Frere Hall. The lofty Elphinstone Point featured with thrilling cliffs and beckoning peaks was discovered in the year 1830 by Dr. Murray. Awarded by the viridity of refreshing nature, this scenic locale proposes enchanting spectacle of surrounding topography. An old Bungalow built during the time of British Raj can be seen standing at the top of the Elphinstone Point.
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. 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. This is the very place from where the Savitri River originates. The valley is skirted by a hill on its opposite side which is adorned by the celebrated tiara named Arthur’s Seat.

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’. If we observe this geographical position of rocks from Lodwick Point, the over drooping cliff structure resembles an elephant’s head along with its trunk. Stationed at the altitude of just12 feet above the Koyna Valley, this place can be reached either on foot or on a pony back. Elephant’s Head Point is regarded to be one of the favorite destinations around Mahabaleshwar. 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.

Kate's Point

Location: About 6.8 km from the heart of the town
Named after Sir John Malcolm’s daughter Kate, ‘Kate’s Point’ is cuddled at the elevation of about 1,290 meters in Mahabaleshwar along the Duchess Road. Placed about 6.8 km from the heart of the town, this viewing station is evident for the commanding and graphical spectacles that it offers. Observers can enjoy the astounding contours of encompassing countryside, particularly the magnificent Krishna Valley, prodigious Krishna River and the majestic Dhoom Dam from the top of this giant bouldered plateau.
Besides, the breathtaking vista of the surrounding pinnacles like Pandavgadh, Kamalgadh and Mandardeo are also visible from Kate’s Point. As you descend from this vantage spot, you will encounter Jor Valley, Balkawadi, Dhoom Valley and the intersection points of Krishna and Vedganga Rivers. The ideal season to pay a visit to Kate’s Point is winter when the firmament is clarion and atmosphere is balmy. You can perceive the brilliant views of circumscribing terrain from here. 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.

Bombay Point (Sunset Point)

Location: Close to mahabaleshwar market
Bombay point, nominated by the title ‘Sunset Point’ is one of the primarily celebrated look out points in Mahabaleshwar. This promontory, frequently visited by millions of tourists receives its name due to its geological locale. Parked at the older route towards Mumbai (then Bombay), this is a paradigmatic location for late afternoon and evening picnics. 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. The hues of red, orange, yellow and grey rhythmically brushed on the back of this cerulean canvas creates a mesmerizing panorama.
The transition time of sun set and the accession of duskiness design a real banquet for the eyes. 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. From the apex of Bombay Point or Sunset Point we can also capture the wondrous prospects of the imposing Sahyadri Ranges, towering Pratapgarh and Makrandgarh and pictorial Koyna Valley. Lovers Point, 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.

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, Connaught Peak is the second highest summit of Sahyadri Mountain Ranges. Perched at the altitude of about 1400 meters, this apex offers the enrapturing prospects of besieging valley enshrouded with lush greenery. From here tourists can behold the picturesque visions of Old Mahabaleshwar, Elphinstone Point, Krishna Valley, Pandavgad, Pratapgad, Kamalgadh, Torana Killa, Ajinkyatara, Pasarani Ghat Vena Lake and Panchgani that proclaim the perceiver absolutely flabbergasted. Moreover, this pinnacle also displays the charming vista of the pageant of colors at the time of dusk and dawn.
Located at such an approving position, Connaught Peak was initially called Mount Olympia. It was a favorite destination both for the mountaineers and the adventure seekers. 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. As a result, in the year 1880, ‘Mount Olympia’ was rechristened as ‘Connaught Peak’. 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.

Chinaman's waterfall

Location: Just 2.5 kilometers on the Carviali Road from the heart of the town
Another must visit destination of Mahabaleshwar, Chinaman’s waterfall is located adjacent the Falkland as well as the Sasoon point. Situated just 2.5 kilometers on the Carviali Road from the heart of the town, Chinaman’s Waterfall attracts myriads of tourists every year. Featured with exotic water cataract deluging down the Koyna Valley, this is a perfect abode in the lap of Mother Nature to relax and enjoy. 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. The background of Chinaman’s Waterfall that is associated with Chinese inhabitation at this place is responsible for its unique name. During the period of British colonization in India, the Chinese Prisoners held captivated by British were kept here. They cultivated and maintained the garden which today can be seen alongside this waterfall.

Lingamala Falls

Location: About 6 kilometers from the heart of the town Mahabaleshwar
Lingamala Falls, located about 6 kilometers from the heart of the town Mahabaleshwar on the way to Panchgani, are deemed as one of the most outstanding and prominent waterfalls existing here. 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. Abundant with glimmering silvery water during rainy season, the Lingamala Waterfalls create an absolutely resplendent sight to watch. One singular unimpaired rindle of milky white water plunging down with ultimate ardor and passion enrapture the beholders.
The drizzles of the water that propel the seven colors of rainbow magnify the glamour quotient of this extravaganza. Notwithstanding its splendor that is revealed at its best during monsoon, tourists frequently visit the Lingamala Falls during other seasons too. At that time Lingamala Falls appear a thin streak bathed in silvery nectar. This graphic and vivid setting perched against the backdrop of theatrical natural pulchritude render a much sought after picnic spot near Mahabaleshwar. To reach Lingamala Falls one can either opt for a cab or a bus, or trek the way down the cascade.

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, the much in demand picnic spot of Mahabaleshwar. Based some 3 kilometers from the heart of this town, Dhobi Waterfall lays on the path that bridges Lodwick point & Elephantine Point. Dhobi waterfall receives its name from its interesting background. Once upon a time all the launderers of Mahabaleshwar used to gather here and wash the clothes in this plethora of abundant water. As this site sufficed as a chief washing place of Mahabaleshwar in olden days, the waterfall here came to be known as Dhobi Waterfall. Dhobi Waterfall is placed facing the famous Elphinstone Point. Water drops down into the beautiful Mahabaleshwar Valley here and finally meets the Koyna River. Blessed with pristine natural beauty and amiable ambiance, Dhobi Waterfall makes a leading tourist destination of Mahabaleshwar.

Venna Lake

Location: Placed on Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani Road about 2 kilometers from the central place of the town
Venna Lake, furnished with lush greenery embroidering the fringes and sparkling water proliferating the charm, is a popular hang out of Mahabaleshwar. Placed on Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani Road about 2 kilometers from the central place of the town, this water reserve was constructed by the erstwhile King of Satara; Shri Appasaheb Maharaja in the year 1842. This cyclopean lake is spread over the total area of about 5 acres. Numerous amusement activities like boating, 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 strawberry stalls put up on the fringes of the lake are always thronged by the people, who wish to relish the savoring tastes of delectable strawberries, mulberries, gooseberries, raspberries and other canned fruit products; the specialty of the town. Children are notably amused by the mini train in operation near the lake. The placid milieu around the lake gilded with nature’s bounty makes this an ideal locale both for relaxing and merry making.

Mahabaleshwar Temple

Location: 6 kilometers from the heart of present Mahabaleshwar city
Mahabaleshwar, the much esteemed hill resort of India acquires its exalted name from ‘Mahabali’, the guardian deity of the town. The term Mahabali implies the meaning, ‘the one with great power’. The mighty God of destruction; Lord Shiva is worshipped as Mahabali here. The temple of Mahabali or Mahabaleshwar, dedicated to Lord Shiva is regarded to be an important Hindu pilgrim destination in India. The deity seated in the Mahabaleshwar Temple here is believed to be superior to the auspicious twelve Jyotirlingas of the country. Situated in the Old Kshetra Mahabaleshwar, approximately 6 kilometers from the heart of present Mahabaleshwar city, this shrine was built by Maharaja Chanda Rao More of More Clan in 16th century AD. Depicting the pure Hemadant style of architecture originated in South India, this historical temple is also noteworthy for its architectonic grandeur.
Garrisoned by a 5 feet high stone wall, the inner edifice of the temple is divided into two, the sanctum and the Sabha Mandapam (main hall). In the sanctum of this shrine, a 500 years old black stone Shiva Lingam is placed which is believed to be Swayambhu (self originated). This Lingam of Lord Shiva is in the shape of Rudraksha and it is honored by the title ‘Mahalingam’. The holy articles that always accompany Lord Shiva namely Trishul, Damru and Rudraksha, along with a bed meant for the deity to rest are also placed in this temple of Mahabaleshwar. These articles are believed to be as old as 300 years. Moreover, the temple premises house a legendary square platform which is associated with Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. As the prevalent tale, Shivaji Maharaj weighted his mother Jijamata here and donated the gold equal to her weight in charity. This ceremony is known as Suvarnatula which was practiced by Kings and wealthy laureates in olden days.

Panchaganga Mandir

Location: Next to the Mahabaleshwar Temple
Located next to the Mahabaleshwar Temple, the Panchaganga Mandir is dedicated to five sacred rivers namely Krishna, Savitri, Gayatri, Koyna and Venna. ‘Pancha’ means five and ‘Ganga’ means the holy river. As per the myth associated with this temple, the Hindu Trinities; Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh were cursed by Savitri and as a result they turned into rivers. Krishna, Koyna and Venna Rivers are the embodiments of Lord Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva respectively. The temple houses a beautiful sculpture of Gaumukh (the holy head of divine Cow). The five auspicious rivers listed above together flow out from this Gaumukh in confluence. An idol of Lord Krishna is also worshipped in the Panchaganga temple.
This renowned temple of Mahabaleshwar was set up in 13th century by Raja Singhandeo, the Yadava King of Devgiri. Raja Chanda Rao More, the King of Jaoli repaired this shrine in 16th century. 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. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj also renovated the temple thoroughly in late 16th century and Raja Sahu again undertook the restoration in 17th century. Parshuram Angal, a rich banker of Satara rebuilt this temple in 19th century. 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.

Pratapgarh Fort

Location: Nearly 24 kilometers from Mahabaleshwar Town
Pratapgarh Fort, the baronial edifice representing the patriarchal antiquity of the great Maratha Empire is positioned nearly 24 kilometers from Mahabaleshwar Town. Based overlooking the road that links the villages Kinesvar and Par, this imposing Killa was constructed by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in the year 1656. 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. Perched about 900 meters above the see level, this massive structure is divided into two archaic forts – an upper fort and a lower 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. A number of royal buildings and a Lord Shiva Temple is situated in the upper fort, while the lower fort houses a celebrated Bhavani Temple.
The entire lower fort is fortified by 10 to 12 meters high towers and a number of basins to protect it from enemies. The outstanding features of this fort include multiple chambers, the maze of ponds and a long dark path. There are many dark paths that mislead the intruders. They lead them to the trap doors which open to the fall of 100 meters. The haughty Pratapgarh is the eye witness of the historical battle of 10th November, 1659 that was fought between the armies of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Afzal Khan, when Afzal Khan was killed by Shivaji Maharaj. The tomb of Afzal Khan can be seen in Pratapgarh even today.


Location: 20 km from the heart of the town
Panchgani , located in Satara District about 20 km from the heart of the town is a twin hill station of Mahabaleshwar. Nestled at the elevation of about 4300 feet above sea level and approximately 200 feet below Mahabaleshwar in Sahyadri Mountain Ranges, this popular hill resort of Maharashtra was discovered by John Chesson during the British Epoch. Popular tourist’s attractions of Panchgani include Parsi Point , Devil's Kitchen, Sydney Point, Table Land, Dhoom Dam, Mapro Farms, Marjorie Point, Morarji Castle, Rajpuri Caves, Kamalgad Fort, Bhilar Waterfalls, Serbaug, Lord Karthikeya temple, Wai Lake and all the destinations around Mahabaleshwar. Tourists make it a point to pay a visit to Panchgani when at Mahabaleshwar.


Location: 28 kilometers from Mahabaleshwar
Situated nearly 28 kilometers from Mahabaleshwar, this beautiful vicinity is a foremost tourist destination and a perfect picnic spot around Mahabaleshwar. Known by the nickname ‘Mini Kashmir’, Tapola is a remarkable weekend getaway blessed with incredible natural beauty. The amazing view of Koyna Dam backwater, towering Sahyadri Mountain Ranges, winding rivers, verdant forests, and lovely surroundings make this satellite village a heaven descended on the earth. The Koyna River that merges with Solshi River at Tapola creates a breathtaking vista. The dam built on Koyna River named ‘Shivsagar’ is the biggest dam in the state of Maharashtra. Tapola offers a number of trekking routs passing through the lush green jungles which makes it a favorite place for adventure enthusiasts. Many not trodden and difficult to climb forts such as Vasota and Jaygad increase the tourism appeal of this Mini Kashmir.

Roman Catholic Church

Location: 2.5km from Mahabaleshwar
As Mahabaleshwar furnished as the summer capital of the Bombay presidency, 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. Though in depleted condition today, this edifice still stands basking in the past glory of the ingenuity of British artists and artisans. The prominent feature of this church is the stain glass windows still unblemished that attract the tourists by their elegant looks.

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. Rested at the altitude of about 1294 meters above the sea level, this enchanting viewing point offers an awe inspiring arena of the vivid Koyna Valley, exuberant Chinaman's waterfall and beautiful saddle back.

Mount Malcolm

Location: 2.5km from Mahabaleshwar
Mount Malcolm, one of the oldest constructed edifices of Mahabaleshwar is a remarkable monument dating back to the colonial era. This magnificent mansion recognized amongst the most salient architectures of British epoch in India was erected in the year 1829. Significant for its architectonic dexterity, this manor is baptized after Sir John Malcolm to mark his legendary visit to Mahabaleshwar. Sir John Malcolm, the British General had paid a visit to Mahabaleshwar; the cloud cuckoo land in the year 1828 and was thoroughly galvanized by the scenic beauty of this ethereal Eden. Mount Malcolm, even though almost 200 years old, still withholds its past glory and its architectural splendor. Regarded to be the landmark of architectural adroitness, Mount Malcolm is revered for its peerless engineering and supreme craftsmanship. This prodigious villa stands as one of the most persuading attractions of Mahabaleshwar. Tourists make it a point not to miss visiting this paradigm of architectonic proficiency of yesteryears.