Mountain, Village, View Point, Valley
Panchgani – which derives its name from the five hills that surround it and is adorned with some old British and Parsi homes makes it look like any little town from Europe and this cozy hilly town has a lot in store. Panchagni is the quintessential residential hill station with an old world charm. A place famous for its convent and boarding schools, the education standard of Panchgani is renowned in the entire country.
Religious Site, Temple, Historical Site
The Mahabali or Mahabaleshwar Temple is another example of the Maratha heritage of Mahabaleshwar. Built by the Chanda Rao More dynasty in the 16th century, the temple is built in the South Indian Hemadanta style of architecture. Mahabaleshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the important pilgrimage sites for the Hindus. The temple is situated in the Old Kshetra Mahabaleshwar, which is about 6 km north of the main city.
Religious Site, Temple, River, Historical Site
Constructed at the confluence of five rivers, Krishna, Venna, Savitri, Koyna and Gayatri, this temple is a site of major religious importance and is thronged by devotees all through the year. The temple has a beautifully carved gaumukhi, out of which the waters of the five rivers flow. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and has a lovely idol of him. The legend behind the temple is closely linked to Savitri’s curse on the Trimurtis, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, who flow here as Koyna, Krishna and Venna rivers.
Pancha Ganga Temple
View Point, Valley, Nature
Named after the lovely daughter Kate of Sir James Malcolm, an authority of the British raj, this point is also known as Echo point. The geographic location and structure of the hills results into a total reflection of sound resulting into an extremely clear echo.
Get to the cliff of this 1290 heighted hilltop and speak your heart out. The reverberations are incredible and you will then know why the daughter Kate loved spending her day at this point.
View Point, Valley, Observation Deck, Nature
Sunsets often bring the most poetic and romantic thoughts to one’s mind, making them the most beloved time of the day. If you’re in the mood for a beautiful and serene sunset, Bombay Point is the answer to your dreams. Make your way to Bombay Point, or rightly also known as the Sunset point, and watch the sun slowly and gradually disappearing below the horizon for the day
View Point, Valley, Hill, Nature
If the rising sun makes your heart skip a bit and you want to treat yourself to stunning views of the same, Wilson Point is the place to be. Named after Sir Leslie Wilson, the Governor of Bombay under the British rule between 1923 and 1926, this is the highest point in Mahabaleshwar at 1439 m.
Mountain, Trail, View Point, Valley
A point with unmatched peace and quiet and surreal natural beauty is what Elphinstones point is all about. With the lush greenery and mind blowing nature to marvel at, the rock formations here are set in a way that appears to be like an elephants trunk.
The place gets its name from the times of the British Raj, after the Governor of Bombay, Sir Mount Elphinstone. It is believed to have been founded by Dr. Murray in 1930 and has an old mansion in its vicinity. The mansion now lies in ruins and local authorities are planning to demolish to erect a picnic shed in its place for tourists. The Elphinstone Point offers a panoramic view of the Pratapgarh Fort, with the Koyna Valley to one side and the Savitri Valley to the other.
Elephants Head Point
Outdoors, Entertainment, Lake, Boating
The most picturesque water body in Mahabaleshwar hustling-bustling with visitors of all ages is what Venna lake is all about. The Venna Lake is possibly one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mahabaleshwar and the serene surroundings speak for it.
Surrounded by tall trees and greenery on all sides, the lake is almost always thronged by visitors and holidaymakers. It was built in 1842 by Shri Appasaheb Maharaj, the ruler of Satara in the 19th century and the old tower that stands in the centre marks its history
Trail, View Point, Nature
If you want to enjoy the stunning views of the majestic Sahyadri hills and the alluring valley, Lodwick Point (Sidney point) promises you exactly that and more. Formerly known as Sidney Point, it offers unmatched views of the Pratapgarh Fort and Elphinstone Point at a distance. A winding trail leads to this beautiful spot, which is marked by a singular precipice between two deep gorges. A grand statue of Lord Lodwick adorns this place and is usually the crowd-puller here
View Point, Nature
Being the queen of all points in Mahabaleshwar, Arthur’s Seat has the most fascinating aspect of unique the rock formations and setting around here. The gravitational force of the earth at this point is minimum and lighter objects thrown into the valley are said to fly up due to this reverse force
Arthur's Seat Point
Temple, Outdoors, View Point, Hiking Trail
A mark of pride for the Maratha empire, Pratapgarh still stands on the face of time and continues to be one of the most visited forts of Maharashtra.
A fort of the great Maratha conqueror and warrior King Shivaji, Pratapgarh was built in his reign to protect the empire from the attack on the western side and guard the banks of rivers Krishna and Nira.
Constructed in the early 17th century, the fort is divided into upper and lower fort. The Mahadev temple, the Bhavani temple, the Afzal tower and the dargah are places to visit inside the fort
Outdoors, Village, Water Sport, Boating
Tapola is a satellite village of Mahabaleshwar about 25 Kms down the valley. A rustic hamlet famed as the ‘Mini Kashmir’ Tapola is an ideal destination for a back to nature experience.
The primary attraction in Tapola is the Shivsagar Lake – 90 km long water body in fact the reservoir of the Koyna dam. Vasota fort is also a secluded place for hiking and trekking. Tapola is the base camp for one of the most exhilarating treks that one can go for in Maharashtra.
View Point, Waterfall, Hiking Trail
The captivating Dhobi Waterfall is located around 3 km away from the main Mahabaleshwar town, on the route connecting the Old Mahabaleshwar Road to Petit Road. The water descends into the valley and ultimately flows into the pristine Koyna River a tributary of the Krishna River. Set amidst lush green valley, the fall is a perfect picnic spot to spend a fun-filled day with family and friends. While on a vacation in Mahabaleshwar, do add this waterfall to your travel itinerary.
Outdoors, Waterfall, Hiking Trail
The captivating Chinamans fall lies towards the south of the Koyna Valley in Mahabaleshwar. A tour of this hill station is incomplete without visiting this cataract. The beautiful gardens in the vicinity were earlier managed by Chinese, owing to which the waterfall got its name Chinamans fall. Positioned at the top of the Venna Valley, it is bewitching to watch the water flowing from such an enormous height. The best time to visit the falls is during the monsoon season.
Chinamans Falls offers ample chances to take some amazing snaps. Click the gushing water at dawn and dusk when sunrays enhance its overall appeal.
Trail, Waterfall, Walking Area
Lying on the picturesque road from Mahabaleshwar to Panchgani is this waterfall which is calm and exhilarating at the same time. The stream here precipitates over the face of steep cliff, unbroken when the torrent is swollen by rain but ordinarily divided by projecting rocks about one third of the way down into thin silver streaks and sprays often circled by rainbows