Mahabaleshwar Tourism | Mahabaleshwar Hill Station | Mahabaleshwar Tourist Places
Fact Sheet of Mahabaleshwar Tourism:
Location:Mahabaleshwar is situated 1,372 meters above sea level in the Western Ghats, in Satara District of Maharashtra State, in India.
Language:Marathi, Hindi and English
Density:85 /km2 (220 /sq mi)
Area:150 square kilometres (58 sq mi)
Elevation:1,438 metres (4,718 ft)
The climate is pleasant throughout the year, but the best time to visit is between October and June. Temperatures range from 16°C to 20°C in summer and can fall as low as 5°C in winter. Cottons and light woolens are recommended attire.
Sept - Jan - Best Lush green Beauty
Feb - May - Good Rush
Jun - Aug - Full Rain off Season
Forest ( Typical Trees):Jambhool, Pisa, Tupa, Anjan, Gela, Dingala. etc.
Best time to Visit in Mahabaleshwar:October to June
Distance from Major cities of Mahabaleshwar:Mahabaleshwar - Pune - Mumbai : 267 kms
Ahmedabad to Mahabaleshwar : 620 kms
Mahabaleshwar - Mahad - Mumbai : 247 kms
Mahabaleshwar - Pune : 120 kms
Mahabaleshwar - Goa : 440 kms
Bangalore to Mahabaleshwar : 1000 kms.
How to Reach at Mahabaleshwar
By Air:Nearest Airport:
Pune - 120 km
Mumbai - 260 km
Satara - 58 km
Veer (Konkan Railway) - 70 km
Pune - 120 km
Miraj railway junction - 169 km
Sangli - 165 km
You can reach Mahabaleshwar by taking cabs or private cars from the above railway stations.
Mumbai - 252 km via Pune and 225 km via Panvel-Pen-Mahad-Poladpur (approx 6 hours)
Wai - 32 km (1 hours)
Pune - 120 km (3 hours)
Sangli - 165 km (3.5 hours)
Satara - 55 km (1.5 hours)
Bangalore - 782 km (12 hours)
You can reach Mahabaleshwar by taking MSRTC or Private Luxury Buses from Mumbai, Pune, Sangli and Satara. National Highway NH4 is the nearest National Highway to reach Mahabaleshwar.
Demographics of Mahabaleshwar:
As of 2001 India census, Mahabaleshwar had a population of 12,736. Males constitute 55% of the population and females 45%. Mahabaleshwar has an average literacy rate of 78%, higher than the national average of 65%: male literacy is 84%, and female literacy is 71%. In Mahabaleshwar, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Built in 1829, this was one of the famous buildings of its time.
Holy Cross Church:
The stained glass windows of this old Roman Catholic Church still retain their beauty.
Built in 1881, the Mahabaleshwar Club offers a peaceful retreat for those wanting to get away from it all. The Club offers many recreational facilities, including a badminton court and a mini golf course. Facilities are available to everyone at a very low fee. For those who prefer the quiet outdoors, there is a jogging track encircling the premises, edged with beautiful rose bushes. The Club also offers a clear view of Venna Lake below. Every year, Christmas is celebrated here with much fervour and pomp by the club members.
Arthur Seat collapsed in November 1973 but the adjoining rear portion which can offer almost the same view now bears the same name.
This Point is named after Mr. Arthur Malet.It is said that while climbing the hill his wife and two month old child drowned in the river below.
Dense Clouds At Arthur's Seat:
North west over a right about 125 mtrs below is seen the 'Jor' Valley dense with forest.In October and November these hills form masses or rocks, are rugged beyond description and apparently are unscalable.While going to Arthur Seat there is a little stream called Tiger Spring.People living here believe that Tigers and Panthers frequently come here to drink water. Relax only at night !
Sunrise from Wilson Point :
Wilson Point is the nearest and the highest point i.e. 4710 ft. (1435 mtrs.) above sea level in Mahabaleshwar. It is a vast bare rock with three observation towers erected at different spots. Tourists rush here in the early morning to see the colorful and bright sunrise. Wilson point is also called 'Sunrise Point'.
Elphinston Point is named after the Governor of Mumbai Sir Elphinston, this point was discovered by Dr. Murray in 1880. It was a hot picnic spot during the former British days, crowded with ayas pushing baby carts and strolling lovely vivacious British couples in a delightful romantic mood.
On Mahabaleshwar - Poona road about 3 kms. from the Venna Lake there is a road on the left leading to Kate's Point. It is a drive of about 2 kms. This point is unique as it gives a commanding view of the Decccan side and the Krishna valley. The river Krishna winds its way beautifully through green fields.
At extremity of the Kate's Point, is a huge rock (100 ft. high) which appears to be detached from the men scrap, a few smaller boulders wedged between this rock and cliff from a narrow arch. The arch is known as Needle hole.
Tapola, 28 kms. from Mahabaleshwar with its virgin beauty is also a very scenic point. Koyna Dam's back water and the picturesque surroundings make this place an ideal picnic and boating spot.
Mahabaleshwar has many points offering great views of flat-topped ghats, dense forests and lush green valleys. Lodwick Point, towering almost 1,240 meters above sea level, is one of the most visited Points and holds a monument in memory of General Lodwick Arthur’s Seat is well liked too for its great view of the Jor Valley. About a kilometer away lies Tiger’s Spring, and if you venture further down you’ll come to a ledge named The window – a point that’s famous for its mesmerizing view.
There are many locations offering pleasant views of the plains below: Wilson Point, Carnac Point, Helen’s Point, Elphinstone Point, Babington Point, Bombay Point, Falkland Point, and Kate Point are all well known
There are pleasant waterfalls also worth visiting, such as Chinaman’s Falls, Dhobi Falls and Lingmala Falls, the latter being the most impressive, cascading amost 600 ft from a cliff!
The Venna lake is one of the major tourist attractions of Mahabaleshwar. The lake is surrounded by trees on all sides. A late winter evening boat ride through the slight fog is well appreciated. Tourists can enjoy a boat ride over the lake or a horse ride next to the lake. A number of small eateries line the banks of the lake. The Mahabaleshwar city market and the S.T. bus stand is about 2KM from the lake and makes for a nice walk during the day. Most tour operators include the Venna lake in their tours. Most buses, private vehicles will stop at the Venna lake on their way to Mahabaleshwar on request.
With another popular and scenic hill resort Panchgani in close vicinity (about 20KM), most tourists often visit both places together. The 'Table-Land' phenomenon of nature at Panchgani is breath-taking.
Geography and climate of Mahabaleshwar:
Mahabaleshwar is located at 17.92°N 73.67°E. It has an average elevation of 1,353 metres (4,439 ft).
Located about 120 km (75 mi) southwest of Pune and 285 km (177 mi) from Mumbai, Mahabaleshwar is a vast plateau measuring 150 km2 (58 sq mi), bound by valleys on all sides. It reaches a height of 1,438 m (4,718 ft) at its highest peak above sea level, known as Wilson/Sunrise Point.
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, Karnataka 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 Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma themselves. An interesting thing to notice is that 4 other rivers come out from the cow'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.
History of Mahabaleshwar:
In the 17th century Shivaji Maharaj took over Javli and Mahabaleshwar and constructed the Pratapgad fort in 1656.
In 1819, the British included the hills in the territory of the Raja of Satara. Col. Lodwick (Late General Sir ) stationed at Satara, in April 1824 with a contingent of soldiers and Indian guides climbed up the mountain face reaching what is now known as the Lodwick Point.
Starting with Sir John Malcolm in 1828, a succession of them from Sir Mountstuart Elphinstone, Arthur Malet (for whom the seat at "Point Arthur" is named), Carnac, Frere and many others became regular visitors.
Present day Mahabaleshwar came into existence in the year 1829-30. In old records it is mentioned as Malcolm Peth, but in practise today it is known as Mahabaleshwar.
Added to the scores of magnificent scenic "points", the perennial springs, streams, and waterfalls of Mahabaleshwar plateau, with its year round superb climate, drew the English and others to Mahabaleshwar like honey bees to sweet nectar. By the end of the 19th century it had become an attractive popular hill station of world renown.
Raj Bhavan, the Summer residence of the Governor of Maharashtra, is also located here.
"Babington House", a magnificent colonial-style bungalow built in the shape of a cross with a deep varanda, elaborate metal work railing and extensive outhouses is considered Mahableshwar's most beautiful country house.
It was formerly one of the principal country seats of the Dubash family, a Parsi ship chandler dynasty from Bombay who sold it to the Rahejas in the early 1970s. It contains a central dining room with a 24-seater table and a lovely library pavilion with 1st edition books collected by the Dubash family, notably Jamsetjee "Jimmy" Kavasjee Dubash, a great bibliophil and art collector.
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