About Mahabaleshwar

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.

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MAPRO GARDEN

One of the most popular tourist places in Mahabaleshwar is the Mapro Garden. It is located at Gureghar on Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani road which is approximately 11 km from Mahabaleshwar. This isn’t an ordinary garden; it encompasses attractions that would entice both children and adults like a Chocolate factory, a small nursery and a children play area. There is a restaurant serving mouth watering refreshments like sandwiches, fruit salads, strawberry shakes and ice creams.

Visitors can also purchase the Mapro products like jams, preserves, marmalade, toppings, syrups and squashes, from the retail outlet here. Around March/April, the Mapro conducts a fascinating four days, Strawberry Festival.

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Venna Lake

Venna Lake, the most popular among the tourist places in Mahabaleshwar, is a bustling tourist spot. The lake is surrounded by trees on all side, and offers boat riding option as well. It’s open till late in the evening so that you can soak in the breathtaking lush greenery during the day, and lounge by the lakeside towards the evening.

Key attractions: Fishing for adults and mini-train rides for kids.

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Pratapgad

On our list of best places to visit in Mahabaleshwar, Pratapgad Fort is on number three. The fabulous fort is rich in historical significance and unmatchable views. Placed strategically on a hill-top, the fort was originally built by Maratha rulers in 1665. Having seen one of the most fierce battles in the history – the battle of Pratapgad, the fort is in ruins. But its surrounding beauty and heritage value lures people till date.

Key attractions: Stunning Mahadev temple in the upper fort, wondrous Goddess Bhavani temple in the lower fort, and the holy dargah of Afzal Khan in the vicinity.

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Lingamala Falls

The Lingamala falls are a nature lover’s delight. You have to walk through the forest and follow a trudged trail to reach it. The falls are located amidst natural beauty, at a great spot for photography and picnic with friends and family. The best time to visit Lingam Falls is between July and December. During these months, Lingamala Falls become the most visited spot among the best places to visit in Mahabaleshwar. Post monsoon the waterfall is much higher, more beautiful, yet more dangerous.

Key attractions: The fact that you get to see three waterfalls in the pack for one. The mesmerizing Dhobi waterfall and Chinaman’s waterfall are also located nearby.

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Elephant’s Head Point

Elephant’s Head point, as the name suggest, is a piece of mountain which uncannily resembles the shape of an elephant’s head. It is also popular as the needle point. Quite a popular place to visit in Mahabaleshwar, it’s an ideal spot for picnic in fresh air, with abundant sun and scenic beauty surrounding the hill-top. It is a cool and calm place with amazing views from the top.

Key attractions: The spectacular view of the Sahyadri Range from is mesmerizing to say the least. Also, the echo point is quite popular among couples and fun-seekers.

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Mini Kashmir

Mini Kashmir or Tapola is a rustic hamlet with a beautiful lake adorning it, called the Shivsagar Lake. It is known for its adventurous jungle treks and pastoral beauty. You can enjoy a relaxing boat ride in the quiet waters of the lake and revel in the tranquility the place brings with all its beauty. The abundant flora of the place ensures its place among the best places to visit in Mahabaleshwar.

Key attractions: Adventure sports and activities like boating, water scooter rides, kayaking and swimming at the Shivsagar Lake.

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Parsi Point

The place has been named after the Parsi community since it was a favored tourist spot among them for its unearthly beauty and dazzling landscape. You get a nice valley view of the Krishna river valley from here. Telescopes are also available for a closer view of the valley. An ideal picnic spot, the Parsi Point is perfect to hang out with family and friends. The breathtaking views of the sunrise and sunset are awe-inspiring.

Key attractions: The beautiful view of the sparkling backwaters of Dhom Dam and the lush green Krishna Valley.

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Lodwick Point

Earlier known as Sydney point, Lodwick Point was renamed to honor General Lodwick, the first British officer to climb the hill. A 25 feet high pole is also stationed there in his remembrance. The great panoramic views and amazing spots for gazing into the stunning valley, the place is undoubtedly a famous tourist place in Mahabaleshwar.

Key attractions: The epic views of Pratapgad Fort and Elphinstone Point from here are surreal.

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Lord Mahabaleshwar Temple

Lord Mahabaleshwar Temple, situated in old city, is a very old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was built by the Chanda Rao More dynasty in the 16th century. The sanctum is a huge draw to people due to its huge and divine Shivalinga and the holy pond.

Key attractions: The meeting point of five rivers and the adjacent Lakshmibai temple.

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Connaught Peak

Initially known as Mount Olympia, Connaught Peak was renamed after the Duke of Connaught. It offers dazzling views of Venna Lake and Krishna Valley from its prime height of 1,400 meters above sea-level. Unparalleled views of Panchgani, Pasarani and Pratapgad can also be enjoyed from the tip.

Key attractions: The stupefying sunset in the backdrop of Sahyadri Range.