Posted by : Sandeep October 26, 2012

Mahabaleshwar is a town in Satara district of the state of Maharashtra, India. It is also a popular hill station in the state and is located in the Western Ghat of India. It is elevated at the altitude of 1372 m and is adorned with many beautiful natural sights. It was developed by the British as summer resort. It was also the summer capital of Bombay Presidency in the British rule. Marathi is widely spoken language here and Hindi is also spoken by some.

Mahabaleshwar is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the entire state. It houses many places of attraction. 

Venna Lake
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Venna Lake : 

Very attractive and picturesque man made lake which was constructed in 1842. Boating opportunity for travelers make this place a favorite. Row and Peddle boats are available here for half or one hour. Boating time is morning 8:00 AM to evening 8:00 PM. 

Elephant head point
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Elephant head:

Rock formation in a way that it looks like an elephant's trunk. From here you can see a magnificent view of Deccan plateau.

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Arther's Seat:

Known as the queen of all points in Mahabaleshwar is located at the height of 1470 m. The name of this place is derived from British officer Arthur Mallet who is said to have sat here after losing his wife an children to a ferry accident on River Savitri

Panchganga temple

Panchganga temple: 

The Panchganga Temple is constructed at the confluence of five rivers, Krishna, Veena, Savitri, Koyna and Gayatri.

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Kate's Point:  

A must see place in Mahabaleshwar. The point gives you the opportunity to witness a breathtaking and beautiful view of the Krishna Valley and the Dam.

Wilson Point :

point get the name after Sir Leslie Wilson, the Governor of Bombay. This places is very famous for the best view of sunset and sunrise.

Morarji Castle :

Morarji Castle is one of them. The castle is old one and built in British style architecture. The castle is surrounded by many other colonial structures. 

Mount Malcolm :

Mount Malcolm is a mansion built in the memory of John Malcolm. It was built in the year 1829 AD. It is fascinating place in Mahabaleshwar and one of the earliest edifices to be found here. 

Pratapgarh fort :

Pratapgarh fort is another interesting place near Mahabaleshwar. It is the same place where Maratha king Shivaji Maharaj killed Afzalkhan, a Mogul knight. The fort is 24 km from Mahabaleshwar and it was built in 1656.


Mahabaleshwar temple :

Mahabaleshwar temple is a temple of lord Shiva. The temple is visited by locals and tourists.

Connaught Peak :

Connaught Peak is yet another place of attraction in Mahabaleshwar. It is the second highest peak in Mahabaleshwar. Earlier it was known as Mount Olympia.

Mapro Garden :

This is choclate factory of famous Falero choclate and also has a retail outlet of it 

How to reach :

By Road: 
Road connects Mahabaleshwar to other parts of the state and country. Many state run buses and other private vehicles, car rental services are available from Pune, Satara, Mumbai and many other cities and towns of the state. It is just 58 km away from Satara while it is 120 km from Pune.

By Train:
Satara railway station is nearest railhead to this hill town and well linked by many trains to many other cities and towns of the state.

By Air:
Pune Airport serves the nearest airbase to it and is well connected by several domestic flights to other major cities of India. You can book a cab in advance to pick you up from the airport.

There are many hotels and resorts which provides accommodation facilities to tourists. It is better to book your rooms in advance.

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