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. (Google)
It’s easily approchable by road from the two important cities, namely, Mumbai and Pune. The best time to visit the place is from March to June. While the temperature is at rise from March, but is still pleasant weather out there (mercury being from 15°C to 35°C). It experiences an average to heavy rainfall from June to September. The place is a popular destination for people with school children who tend to visit the place in summer vacations. Besides married couples too visit the place. It’s a place suitable for every age group. When it doesn’t rain, the beauty is plain. Light showers are what you are going to love there. But if you are a person who feels more cold, have handy some full sleeved clothes. You might shiver there if it rains.
Here are the top places you must visit, if you are on a trip to Mahabaleshwar(they are not ranked,it’s just a list with some details)-
- Arthur’s seat: Arthur’s Seat has been named after Sir Arthur Mallet. He lost his wife and children in a ferry mishap at the Savitri River, and thereafter stood here and stared at the river. The scene from this place is mesmerising.
- Mapro garden: Mapro garden is a garden park in the Panchgani hill station, Maharashtra close to Mahabaleshwar. Those visiting Mahabaleshwar do visit this park which is popular for strawberries. Apart from scenic views, they provide you food facilities and to look at making of miscellaneous chocolates in different shapes and sizes. They even let you taste those chocolates and strawberries lined up on the table. In addition to this various fruit squashes are available to taste.
- Elephant’s head point and Needles hole point:At this point,to your amazement of nature’s art and beauty,rock has taken a shape of Elephant head and there is a needle hole as well.
- Venna lake: Watch this video of Venna lake and you’ll be mesmerized by its beauty.