24 Best Places You Cannot Afford To Miss On Your Next Trip To Mahabaleshwar
Situated among the beautiful Sahyadri Mountains, Mahabaleshwar is an ideal destination to visit when you are coming back from your trip from Pune. It offers a variety of enchanting places to experience the magic of this destination. The city has a lot of British influence when it comes to its architecture, since it used to be the summer capital of Bombay during British Raj. Now, an extremely popular hill station, the journey to the city offers a plethora of tourist activities as well as attractions to lovers of nature or people who love to travel. With a beautiful weather to boast of and magnificent sceneries, here are top 15 spots that you must visit when you go for a Mahabaleshwar trip on a budget to ensure that your trip is an unforgettable one!
Top 24 Places To Visit in Mahabaleshwar
- Mapro Garden
- Wilson Point
- Mumbai Point
- Lord Mahabaleshwar Temple
- Arthur’s Seat
- Babington Point
- Lingamala Falls
- Kamalgad Fort
- Chinaman’s Falls
- Mini Kashmir or Tapola
- Parsi Point
- Elephant’s Head Point
- Dhobi Waterfall
- Falkland Point
- Venna Lake
- Helen’s Point
- Bhushan Mahamuni
- Lodwick Point
- Table Land
- Elphinstone Point
- Rajapuri Caves
- Connaught Park
1. Mapro Garden
Mapro Garden is a popular tourist destination. Popularly known as the Strawberry Garden, Mapro garden is known for its abundant plantation of high-quality strawberries. The garden also hosts an annual strawberry festival where one can get jams, preserves, toppings, marmalades and squashes all made of freshly produced strawberries. If you like you can also try some of the wonderful salads, strawberry shakes, ice-creams and various other dessert preparations made from in house strawberries just plucked from the garden. The visitors can eat as many strawberries as they want and also get to enjoy a special folk performance of Shivkalin Dhol and Lezin. This is a 9-day festival that often takes place in the month of May but otherwise the garden is open all year long every day and offers beautiful views.
Unlike other gardens, Mapro Garden also feature attractions that gainfully engages both kids and adults alike.
Some of them include a playing zone for kids, a Chocolate factory, and a small-sized nursery. The park also houses a restaurant that serves a wide spread of delicacies including fruit salads, ice-creams, shakes, sandwiches etc. The location of the Mapro Park is Gureghar on Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani road.
The park features a retail store that sells a number of items. You can purchase several Mapro items including syrups, preserves, toppings, jams, marmalade, and squashes.
2. Wilson Point (Sunrise Point)
Standing high at 4710ft above sea level and allow yourself to enjoy the beautiful sunrise from this amazing tourist destination called the Wilson Point. The view of the rising sun is for sure to brighten your visit to the spot. The spot features three convenient platforms made up of stone where the visitors can conveniently sit and adore the beautiful surroundings. Mahabaleshwar’s highest point is the Wilson Point. To adore the scenic beauty of Mahabaleshwar, the Wilson Point also features 3 watch towers.
3. Mumbai Point (Sunset Point)
Located on the old road towards Mumbai is Mahabaleshwar’s Sunset Point. As per a lot of travel enthusiasts, this place is one of the must visit places. During sunset the sky is filled with colours, which further enhances the view of the surroundings for the visitors. While being on the top of the hill one can enjoy seeing the sun emerging and vanishing in the beautiful valley. The pleasantness of the place along with the extraordinary soothing ambiance makes this destination a perfect location for unwinding. It is also possible to plan a picnic to the Mumbai Point with friends and family.
4. Lord Mahabaleshwar Temple
The ancient Mahabaleshwar Temple lies 6kms towards the north of Mahabaleshwar. This ancient temple is one of the main pilgrimage destinations for the Hindus. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It features a brilliant South Indian architectural style. Crafted back in the sixteenth century and built in a beautiful manner, the temple is conveniently parted into two sections by a firm and old stone wall. One of the sections is the central hall while the other one is the sanctum sanctorum. The stone wall that divides the temple into two clear sections is nearly 5 ft high. The temple has several ancient mythologies related to it that can be cherished while visiting the place. You can hire a guide for the same. The temple also features the Trishul, damru, a bed, and the Rudraksha of Lord Shiva, which are almost three hundred years old for the tourists to explore.
5. Arthur’s Seat
Other popular names for Arthur’s Seat are the Madhi Mahaal and the Queen of the Points. This place is situated at an elevation of fourteen hundred and seventy meters and about thirteen kilometres from the main Mahabaleshwar market. This place holds a specialty. Whenever any light weighed item is thrown in the valley, it bounces back upwards due to the immense air pressure that the valley experiences. The place is situated amidst interesting surroundings. The temperature of the place is quite moderate during the summer and cool in winter.
6. Babington Point
Another popular tourist destination to visit while in Mahabaleshwar is the Babington Point. The calm surroundings and the verdant beauty of nature makes it worthwhile to visit this place. It is nestled at an elevation of twelve hundred and ninety-four meters above sea level. The meandering routes that lead to this spot feature immense rich vegetation, which forms a major attraction of the place. You can enjoy an uphill ride. There are a few trekking enthusiasts who trek up to the point.
When it comes to the best places to see in Mahabaleshwar, you must explore the place that recounts forgotten tales of wars and courts of the city. Pratapgarh Fort has a rich historical significance and offers an unmatched view. Very strategically placed on a hiltop, the fort is said to be originally built by Maratha rulers in the year 1665. The fort has witnessed one of the fiercest battles in the history of world. While the fort now is in ruins, it is still surrounded by beauty and heritage values that do not fail to lure tourists till now. There is also a stunning Mahadev temple in the upper fort, a Bhawani Mandir in the lower and a holy Dargah of Afzal Khan in its vicinity. The fort is open for tourists daily from 10 am to 6 pm.
8. Lingamala Falls
If you are a nature enthusiast, Lingamala Falls will be a delight for you. Known to be one of the best and quietest spots in the city with its majestic falls, you need to walk through the forest and follow a rugged trail to reach the falls. The falls are said to be located surrounded by natural beauty which makes it a great spot for photography and a relaxing picnic spot with friends and family. The best time to visit the destination is between July and December since post monsoon, the waterfall is at its peak and hence more beautiful, even though more dangerous. The key attraction of these waterfalls is that you get to see three waterfalls in the place of one since the mesmerising Dhobi waterfalls and Chinaman’s waterfall are located quite nearby.
9. Kamalgad Fort
Situated almost ten miles away from Wai, Kamalgad Fort is another attraction to visit while exploring Mahabaleshwar. It is situated amidst a steep rocky region. The build of the fort is quite an unusual one as it features no high rise protective walls all around. This is so as the steep rocks in the surroundings are enough to impart immense protection to the fort. The fort features an eighteen to a twenty-inch deep hole, naturally well embedded within the rock. For all those who crave to witness the unusual, this Kamalgad Fort is one of the must visit places. One can also indulge in adventure activities like camping and trekking.
10. Chinaman’s Falls
Situated to the south of the beautiful Koyana Valley, Chinaman’s Falls is around two and a half kilometres away from Mahabaleshwar. The falls feature a garden around it, which was back in the time taken care by the Chinese, hence the name Chinaman’s Falls. As the rays of the sun shoot upon the falls the water tends to sparkle like gold and diamond. The exotic waterfall, the beautiful surrounding garden, and the tranquil environment makes this place an ideal location to spend a holiday with family and friends. Situated a km away from the city centre, the place is ideal for a visit in the monsoon months.
11. Mini Kashmir or Tapola
Mini Kashmir is known to be a hamlet perfect for extraordinary sightseeing options on your trip from Pune to Mahabaleshwar. Also known as Tapola, it has a beautiful lake to boast of, known popularly as Shivsagar Lake. The place is known for its extremely adventurous jungle treks and beauty. One can also enjoy a relaxing boat ride here in the quiet waters of the lake and enjoy the peace and serenity of the place. The abundant flora of the place ensures that it remains one of the most scenic places to visit in Mahabaleshwar. There are water scooter rides, boating, kayaking and swimming available among other adventure sport activities. The place is open all through the day, even though sunset or sunrise is the best time to best admire its beauty.
12. Parsi Point
As the name suggests, the place is highly favoured by the Parsi community for the awe-inspiring beauty that it offers. It is also named after the Parsi community since it was a famous tourist spot among them for the enthralling beauty it offers and its dazzling landscapes. From this spot, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the valley and a view of the river Krishna. The place is an ideal hang out joint for families and kids. The best time to visit it is during sunset or sunrise as the views at these times are awe-inspiring. The place is open round the clock.
13. Elephant’s Head Point
One of the most admired tourist locations is the Elephant’s Head Point. As the name suggests, Elephant’s head point is a piece of mountain that has an uncanny resemblance with the shape of an elephant’s head. It is also popularly known as the needle point and one of the most popular places when you are visiting Mahabaleshwar. One can enjoy a relaxing picnic in fresh air with ample amount of sun and picturesque views from the hill top. It is quite a cool and calm place with spectacular views of the Sahyadri Range. There is also an echo point here which is popular among couples and fun seekers. The only fee you need to pay here is the super difficult trek. One of the interesting activities to experience here is the Pony ride. In order to reach the exact spot, one needs to cover a distance of 1km that can be easily done either by taking a walk or a pony ride. It is open on all days of the week between 9AM – 6PM.
14. Dhobi Waterfall
Located at a distance of around three kilometres from Mahabaleshwar, Dhobi falls is a tourist destination worth exploring. This waterfall often attracts different groups that look for nearby picnic spots. The clear water of the waterfall falls right from the hills straight into the bottom of the valley where it mixes with the Koyna River. The waterfall is surrounded by lush green surroundings, which makes the places even more beautiful and peaceful.
15. Falkland Point
Located in quite a close vicinity of the Bombay Point and the Carnac Point is another amazing attraction known as the Falkland Point. The major attraction that enhances the beauty of the place is the woods surrounding the region. The visitors enjoy the amazing view of the Makarandgadh and the admirable Koyna Valley from this location. For all the photographers this is the perfect place to capture some fantastic views in camera. Therefore, you can visit the place with family and friends and take back home some amazing and memorable clicks.
16. Venna Lake
Venna Lake is another major tourist attraction of Mahabaleshwar that was built back in the year 1942. It is an artificial lake made by Shri Appasaheb Maharaj during his reign. It is conveniently surrounded by rich vegetation and stretches for a good distance of nearly seven to eight kilometres. The entire setup looks outstanding. The banks of this beautiful lake feature the Pratapsihn Garden. It is also a great pilgrimage destination.
The lake also offers Instagram worthy views on passages along with boating options which are open till late in the evening. Hence, you can soak in the beauty of the greenery during the day and have a relaxing evening by the lake at night. There are also mini train rides for kids while adults can indulge in fishing here. The lake is open every day from 7 am to 7 pm and charges no entry fee so that you can enjoy your Mahabaleshwar trip on a budget. Activities such as Boating, horse riding, merry go round rides, fun fair games can be enjoyed here. Relish delicious food at nearby restaurants located within a kilometre to satisfy your hunger pangs.
17. Helen’s Point
Helen’s Point is another addition to the list of places to explore in Mahabaleshwar. It is located quite close to the main marketplace and is a spot that offers amazing scenic views to the visitors. Another popular name for Helen’s Point is the Blue Valley. It is a must visit destination while on your sightseeing tour in Mahabaleshwar. The place boasts of lush green fields, mesmerizing waterfalls, and humble cabins for the travellers to admire. While passing through the fields you can witness the amazing Krishna Waterways. There are also some other major tourist spots located extremely close to the Helen’s Point namely, Burglars Caverns, Gavalani Point, and Northcote Point.
18. Bhushan Mahamuni
This is a religious place and one of the most important spots that you can cover when you embark on a Mahabaleshwar tour. Located towards the north of the city, Bhushan Mahabhumi is also known as Shree Kshetra Mahabaleshwar, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva
19. Lodwick Point
A beautiful point offering stunning views, Lodwick point was earlier known as Sydney point but later renamed to honour General Lodwick – one of the first British officers to climb to the top of the hill. There is also a 25 feet high pole stationed there for his remembrance. The point also offers a beautiful panoramic view and some amazing spots for gazing into the stunning valley of Mahabaleshwar. One of the key attractions of this place is the epic view it offers of Pratapgarh fort.
20. Table land
T able land is known to be the second highest mountain range in Asia just after the Tibetan plateau. It has a high altitude of 4550 ft. above the sea level and boasts of over 95 acres of beautiful lush green grass. The best time to visit here is August and September when the grass is green and offers prime beauty and scenic views. If you wish, you can indulge in horse riding, paragliding, and tickle your taste buds at the innovative food stalls etc. The place can be visited anytime during the year.
21. Elphinstone Point
The renowned Elphinstone Point was founded back in the year 1830 by Dr. Murray. It is one of the highest locations in the entire Mahabaleshwar. The admirable surroundings further add on to the beauty of the location. The place offers a spectacular view of the various attractions including the Koyna Valley, Pratapgarh Stronghold, and the various adjacent fields of the Koyna Valley. While visiting the Elphinstone Point one can also witness the gorge lying amidst the Arthur’s Seat Point and the Elphinstone Point. This is the place where the Savitri Stream originates.
22. Rajapuri Caves – A popular historical site
A very popular historical site situated around 10kms away from the main town, Rajapuri caves are surrounded by large kunds. There is a temple of Lord Karthikeya and Goddess Ghatjal in one of the caves while the remaining three are linked by underground tunnels which are believed to have served as a shelter to Pandavas back in those days. There is an annual local fair held at the caves, often in the harvest season. The caves are open daily from 6 am to 7 pm and you can visit them free of cost.
23. Connaught Peak
The second most notable elevated tourist destination is the Connaught Peak. It lies at an elevation of fourteen hundred meters. Earlier it was renowned by the name, Mount Olympia. It was later renamed after the Duke of Connaught who explored the place, and was mesmerized by its magnificence. The vantage point of the peak offers an outstanding view of the Venna Lake and the beautiful Krishna Valley. The peak location is further glorified by the spectacular views of various other attractions including Kamalgad, Pratapgarh, Ajinkyatara, Torana, and Rajgarh. It is one of the most renowned trekking locations amongst the trekking enthusiasts.
Who has not heard of Panchgani? A very popular hill station, the place offers breathtaking scenic views of Maharashtra. While the hill station is not in Mahabaleshwar, being so close to the city, it is often considered to be a part of Mahabaleshwar itself. Panchgani is nestled amidst five different hills and has a unique hypnotising beauty to offer. The river Krishna flows adding to the charm with its mild whisperings. It is also famous for its strawberry farms and hosts thousands of tourists each year due to the unmatched beauty it offers.
Mahabaleshwar features a number of beautiful places to explore. A number of places can be set aside to explore if planned wisely. Make sure to study well about the places and follow an itinerary so that it becomes easier to explore as many places as possible during the visit. Planning a Mahabaleshwar trip on a budget is no hassle at all once you decide where you want to stay, when you wish to go and what all you want to see. The above places will help you plan a wonderful journey easily. Happy Vacationing!!
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Hi! I am Paridhi. When not downing endless cups of coffee and binge-ing on Masala Fries, I can be found deeply engrossed in contemporary novels. Delhiite by birth and nomad by passion. I travel and I know things. I write travel blogs by day and binge watch thriller and rom-com by night.