About Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar is a hill station in India's forested Western Ghats range, south of Mumbai. It features several elevated viewing points, such as Arthur’s Seat. West of here is centuries-old Pratapgad Fort, perched atop a mountain spur. East, Lingmala Waterfall tumbles off a sheer cliff. Colorful boats dot Venna Lake, while 5 rivers meet at Panch Ganga Temple to the north.

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Elephant’s Point

A portion of the hill looks like an elephant’s trunk, but that is not how this point got its name. It is named after Sir Mount Elphinstone, who served as the Governor of Bombay during the British Raj. The Elephant’s Point is one of the most visited sites in Mahabaleshwar. Near the point, there is an old mansion that now lies in ruins. The site is a great place to visit if you love clicking pictures and long walks.Elephant's Head Point or Needle Hole Point is another popular vantage point in Mahabaleshwar, situated next to the Kate's Point. Elephant's Head Point or Needle Hole Point is another popular vantage point in Mahabaleshwar, situated next to the Kate's Point.

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Castle Rock Point

The Babington Point is one of the very popular places to visit in Mahabaleshwar. If you wish to spend some quiet time, attaining peace and admiring the nature then the Babington Point is the perfect place for you. It is situated an altitude of 1294 m above sea level and is highly fascinating because of the lush green vista and enticing landscapes. Several tourists are attracted to the rich vegetation on the meandering routes leading to the Babington Point. One can enjoy a pony ride uphill. If you are an adventurer then the route towards the Babington Point makes an awesome trekking trail.

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Tapola

Called the ‘Mini Kashmir’ of the west, Tapola is a small hamlet, popular for the gorgeous Shivsagar lake. Go for kayaking, motorboat rides, water scooter rides and swimming in the lake. Wait till sunset for the most memorable view of your life. Adventure seekers can also trek through dense Tapola forests. When here, do not miss the local strawberry fields. Walk through the farms, handpick fresh strawberries and make sure you bring some back home. If planned in advance, you can even stay with one of the local families.

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Kate's Point

Originally known as Nake Khind, Kate’s Point was named after the daughter of the then British governor Sir John Malcolm. Close to Lodwick Point and Elephant’s Head Point, Kate’s Point is situated at an altitude of 1290 m. Amongst the popular Mahabaleshwar tourist places, this point is ideal for a view of the Dhom dam, peaks of Kamalgadh, Pandavgadh and Manadardeo, and the Sahyadri range. Move a little further and reach the Echo Point. As the name suggests, shout into the valley to hear your own echo. Strawberry farms are also major tourist attractions.

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Bhilar Waterfall

Mahabaleshwar houses a number of splendid waterfalls hiding deep in dense forests, Bhilar Waterfall is one of them. Though not much explored and not popular among tourists, this waterfall on the Kudali River is scenic nonetheless and qualifies for one of the finest places to visit near Mahabaleshwar. The quiet atmosphere with not much visitors around only increases the charm of the place. The region around the waterfall has numerous peaceful and picturesque picnic spots with lush vegetation to keep you company. And if you are in the mood for some adventure, you can indulge in rappelling here or find some trekking trails nearby.

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Krishnabai Temple

The Krishnabai Temple is an age-old temple of Lord Krishna. It is situated on a hill, overlooking the valley in Mahabaleshwar. The mesmerising landscape here attracts several tourist. The Shivalingam and a beautiful statue of goddess Krishna is the main attraction of the temple. The architecture of the temple is very old and is in ruins, as the Krishnabai temple is believed to be from the Pandav Era. There are fascinating carvings here, which are very alluring but are fading in time. Visit the temple and meditate in its pristine environment.

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Pratapgad Fort

Being built by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the Pratapgad Fort holds supreme historical importance. It is situated approximately 24 Km away from Mahabaleshwar. There is also a Bhavani Temple and Afzal Khan's Tomb situated near the fort. Several significant events from the past have taken place at this Fort. The fort oversees the coast of Konkan. It is said that Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaja was bestowed with a shining sword at the temple of Goddess Bhavani near the Pratapgad Fort. Another noteworthy incident that occurred here was the battle between Chhatrapati Shivaji and Afzal Khan, the commander of the Bijapur Sultanate fought here.

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Carnac Point

The Carnac point is the perfect place for all nature lovers and honeymooners. Its splendid landscape will awestruck you and your partner, enhancing the romance. One can also admire the multi-hued sunset from the Babington point which is just in the forefront. For all you photographers, wanting to freeze the wilderness of nature in a photograph, this a perfect place to click. The Carnac point was named after Sir James Rivett Carnac, the Governor of the Bombay Presidency, during the British Raj, as a tribute to his love for nature.

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Dhobi Waterfall

Situated approximately 3 km away from the main town of Mahabaleshwar, is the Dhobi waterfall. A waterfall has always been a very alluring spot for all the fun seekers and picnic goers. Straight from the hills this water falls into the valley and mixes with Koyna River which is a tributary of the Krishna River. Beat the boredom by spending a day amidst the greenery and the waterfall which make it one of the perfect places to visit in Mahabaleshwar. So when in Mahabaleshwar, a visit to the Dhobi waterfall should have a vital position in your bucket list.

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Wilson Point (Sunrise Point)

Stand tall at 4,710 ft above the sea level and mesmerize yourself as you watch the sunrise from the Wilson Point. The rising sun brightens up your life and rejuvenates you for the journey ahead. There are three stone platforms built for tourists to sit and conveniently admire the pristine nature. The Wilson point, which is also known as the Sunrise point is the highest point in Mahabaleshwar, making it one of the best places to visit in Mahabaleshwar. It is named after Sir Leslie Wilson, who was the Governor of Bombay when the British ruled. This Sunrise point has three watch towers, from where tourists can see the breathtaking scenic beauty of Mahabaleshwar.