“Mahabaleshwar hill station located in sahyadri hills (Satara District, Maharashtra), about 224 to 226 kilometers distance from Mumbai (via Pune Express Highway) is natural heaven on earth. A beautiful picnic spot near Mumbai has everything for a big group out for picnic and adventure and an ideal place for honeymoon couples too. Below listed are best attractions and sightseeing spots in and around Mahabaleshwar ideal for overnight picnic and a lovely place to relax..”
Demographics, Climate and Overview
- Altitude : 1370 to 1400 meters height.
- Area distance : Approximately 150 Square Kilometers.
- Average Climate : Between 24 to 30 Degrees, between 12 to 16 Degrees in winter.
- Best time to visit : Peak season months are September to April / June. Still, since its hill station visit anytime during year and climate if moderate.
- The name ‘Mahabaleshwar’ : Derived from 3 different sanskrit words ‘Maha (means Huge)’, ‘Bal (Strong/Strength)’, ‘Eshwar (The Almighty God)’ one of the various names of Lord Shiva named ‘Mahadeva’ and so is Mahabaleshwar (A Powerful God).
- Ideal place for : Picnic, Honeymoon, Vacation during summer, Monsoon Lovers.
- Nearest City Airports : Pune and Mumbai.
- Tourist Details : Tourist around the world gets attracted for vacations, Major sightseeing attractions, Climate and visiting ancient lord shiva temples. There are more number of places to see in Mahabaleshwar compared to other hill stations near Mumbai and of course some outdoor adventures like boating and horse riding. For animal lovers, Mahabaleshwar has lots of monkeys around.
- How to reach : Private taxis / Vehicles from Mumbai, Tourist buses also available.
- Distance : About 224 kms, see Mumbai Mahabaleshwar Distance for more details and road map.
Picnic Spots and Sightseeing
Major tourist attractions here are mountain views and hill spots. One thing to be noticed is the name of the points (spots), The Britishers loved this placed initially and was a vacation destination since then, they built every sightseeing points with Indian help an named each points on their loving lady or some own pride names. Some ideal picnic spots and attractions are listed below with short details. Checkout Mahabaleshwar Sightseeing Pictures for real view.
Kates Point : In the name of her beautiful daughter called ‘Kate’, Sir john malcom (a Britisher) named this point of Mahabaleshwar. Possibly she liked to come at this height of 1280 meter and Echo her voice back. Kates point is lively attracting every tourist and also called ‘Echo Point’ and a must place to see.
Mumbai Point : Now why name Mumbai for Mahabaleshwar mountains spots ? simply because a road can be seen that goes to Mumbai and so to keep a name it is called Mumbai Point. Specialty of this spot is the beautiful Sunset and thats what is Mahabaleshwar’s sunset point is all about.
Wilson Point : As you go more heigher at about 1430 meters high, is wilson point famous for its Sunrise view. This sunrise point is said to be the higest point in Mahabaleshwar from which one can see most of the other points.
Babbington Point : Yet another sightseeing point with beautiful green mountain view during monsoon. Babbington point is famous for its view to koyna valley and bishop tank ( which is a live stream) worth seeing.
Lodwick Point : Famous as Elephant head Point, Lodwick point has beautiful view of krishna river, the valley can be seen flowing till far as this point is at beat location on top at about 1230 meters. From a distance near this spot is needle hole point from which you can see view of Lodwick point which seems like a natural shape of elephant head.
Needle Hole Point : Simple named as from this location you can see lodwick point (Elephant Head) and also a small hole below elephant head and so named needle hole point. You can also enjoy krishna river view from here.
Arthur’s Seat Point : About 10 to 12 kilometers from mahabaleshwar market. The attraction is due to its deep shallow valley view, Now some guides also shows shape of a huge Dinosaurs on mountain, and yes personally saying it seems like a Dinosaurs have landed here decades before and left its body shape on mountain. During summer, the mountain dries yet the beauty persists. It is said that a Britisher named ‘Arthur Malet’ was first to visit this beautiful sightseeing location and named the place with his name. with Arthur seat the nearest points of attractions are Marjorie Point and Savitri point.
Tigers Spring : The listing of tiger spring in Mahabaleshwar attractions is very important, because as the name says its a small about 2 x 2 square meters natural spring water tank were Tigers comes to drink water during nights. In day time a old man takes care of the spring with a separate first level fresh natural water full of forest hubs free of cost available as drinking water to all tourist. Checkout the picture of same to get exact understanding. And yes it is 100% safe and untouched by tiger, well maintained (Without any Filter), yet very sweet and natural. The locals say that the water flows from mountain and comes through herbs and roots till the place and is full of fresh healthy natural resources.
Connaught Peak : Yet another highest peak of Mahabaleshwar hills, this is another beautiful view point and a must seen during sightseeing outdoor because you can see sunrise and sunset from this point. Since it at so much height, one can see other attractions of Mahabaleshwar from here that includes pratapgadh view in west, Pasarani Ghat in east and panchgani also.
Marjorie Point : On the way towards Arthur’s seat comes a small view point that shows sahyadri valley view, The name is because of a British women called ‘Marjorie’ who loved being here.
Monkey Point : Now, the mountain of Mahabaleshar has lots of things to say, some talks about Dinosaurs and some talk about the 3 monkeys of Mahatama gandhi. The guide says that if you see properly from the point towards the monkey point mountain, you can see a similar images of 3 monkey there. Lets enjoy and go ahead if or not able to make this out.
Helen’s Point : A beautiful waterfall view from helens point add itself to another tourist attractions of Mahabaleshwar, As said Mahabaleshwar sightseeing is all about Mountains majorly, so is this blue valley and waterfall view point.
Table Land Point : One of the very huge open space location on hilly mountains is table land, quite famous for horse riding and movie shoots. Bollywood has series of movies shooted at this sightseeing location. Enjoy the breeze and view of panchgini from this location is what one can expect. Enjoy seeding monkey here and don’t forget to see a small old cave near table land point. Now this is one open space to enjoy with your picnic group.
Panchaganga Temple : Also known as the old mahabaleshwar temple to tourists, This is a unique and ancient old temple (mandir)known for a 5 different river mixture of holy water. The river named Krishna, savitri, venna, gayatri and koyna flowing closely in Mhabaleshwar mountains. As per Hindi mythology the gaumukhi (cow face) water that comes from stone made cow head inside temple has all the 5 river’s holy water within. The water is pure, cool and clean as it comes out. People also prefers to take a bath under that water that is know to drive away all evil spirits in body.
Old Mahadev Temple : The shiv mandir (lord shiva temple) is the oldest of all temples that can be seen from its carving and cave looking dark zone inside. This spiritual temple is to bee seen when you are out for sightseeing. This temple is famous for its MAHALINGA which is rudrakha shaped and is said to be ‘self-bodied’, called ‘Swayambhoo’ in Sanskrit language.
Gardens : Mahabaleshwar also has 2 small gardens called makharia garden and pratap sinha garden, Not so famous as tourist spots, yet if someone wish to have a look.
Shri Krishnabai temple : Yet another old temple to have a look and get snapped when around for other places to see. One can see river flowing behind this temple, a peaceful environment to enjoy.
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