Mahableshwar is the largest hill station in the Satara district of Maharastra state. This popular hill station located in the western ghats. Mahableshwar situated about 4500 ft above sea level on the Sahyadri range. Basically Mahabaleshwar is a small town. And it is a very beautiful place to visit.
The Britishers developed the Mahabaleshwar town as a hill station. The British Empire and Maratha empire built historical monuments in Mahabaleshwar. But Mahabaleshwar mostly develops in the British era. And according to the history, in the mid-1800s Mahabaleshwar was made into the summer capital of Bombay presidency during the British era. According to the old records, Mahabaleshwar was even called Malcolm Peth after the governor’s name. Mahabaleshwar comprises these three villages: Malcolm Peth, Old Mahabaleshwar, and part of the Shinola village.
why to get lost in Mahabaleshwar?
Mahableshwar is a pilgrimage place for Hindus as the Krishna river originates here. Mahableshwar received very heavy rainfall during the monsoon season. So this place is evergreen. Mahableshwar is filled with beautiful green hills, scenic valleys, lush green forests, attractive waterfalls, a lake, and different forest plants. In Mahabaleshwar, there are several points that offer spectacular views of the Sahyadri mountain range. The point named after prominent British administrators who found these beautiful locations with spectacular views. This is a very beautiful and well-mainted place by the Maharastra government. usually, there is no traffic in the offseason. Mahableshwar is extremely famous for strawberries, Around 85% of strawberry productions in India. visit and knowing about strawberry farming is also a good experience. to get around the Mahabaleshwar, You can easily get rental cars and taxies. But the best way to get around this place by bus which is provided by the Maharastra government and for the more adventurous your trip, horses are also available there. The best season for visiting this place is from March to June.
5 best points to visit in mahabaleshwar trip
Elephant’s head point
Elephant’s head point is one of the best viewpoints in Mahabaleshwar. This point situated near Kates’s point. According to the point name, there is a piece of the mountain that looks like the shape of an elephant’s head and trunk. This place offers you some spectacular view of natural beauty. You can see the beautiful mountain views, waterfalls view, and wonderful dam view on river Krishna. You can also enjoy the beautiful village view.
This is a very famous point so here a lot of traffic during vacations or holiday times. This point gives you the best lush green mountain view from different angles. This point also is known as a needle hole point because you can see a natural rock formation with a hole in between. This is the best point for relaxation and gets some fresh air. This is a very beautiful and calm place with an amazing Sahyadri mountain range from the top. There are some snack stalls here. There are many monkeys here too. So you must be aware.
Elephant's point image
This is the greatest viewpoint in Mahabaleshwar. This place provides a very beautiful view of the Dhom lake and Krishna river and also lush greenery, scenic view surrounded by mountains. This place very famous for picturesque photography and landscape photography. And mostly this is used as cover page photographs by magazines. Kates’s point also offers kamalagadh, mandardeo, and Pandav gadh’s spectacular views. This place is also famous for rock formation views
Kate’s Point History and Surroundings
Kate’s Point original name is nake khind. This point was later named after the British governor sir john Malcolm’s daughter kate. Basically the point divided into three points area:- kate’s point, eco point, and needle hole point. Here the kate’s point and needle hole point are little bit confused with the elephant’s head point which is located near Lodwick point. This point is 6.8 km far from the main market of the Mahabaleshwar. Eco point is the point when we shouted loudly into the valley and the voice returns back. The needle hole point is that place where the elephants head is very clearly seen. So this point gives a great view of the valley, lake, and village.
Kate's Point Images
Arthur Seat point
Arthur’s seat is most visited and popular point in Mahabaleshwar. This point is also known as queen of the point. This place is paradise for nature lovers. This place gives a mesmerizing views of the Sahyadri mountain range including pratapgadh, chandragadh, kaleshvar, raireshvar, and Savitri river. This is a popular tourist destination because of the glimpses of the geographical variance between the kokan and the Deccan territories. This point also offers the amazing view of the Savitri valley on the left and there is Brahma Aryana valley on the right. This is also a popular track for adventure lovers. There are two track routs to reach up to the Arthur seat, one is starts from bhawale and another starts from the shelarwadi.
Arthur Seat Point History and Surroundings
This point named after Arthur mallet, who was the first man to built a house at this point. He was set to hear after losing his wife and daughter to a ferry accident on river Savitri so this place also known as a suicide point. Arthur seat is famous for floating of light objects, if you throw light things like plastic bottles or coldrink cap in the valley, it comes up again due to air pressure. Basically Arthur seat point is the viewpoint of Malcolm’s point.
There are six viewpoints in this area. Arthur seat point, eco point, tiger spring point, hunter point, Malcolm point and window point. Window point is in front of the Arthur seat point, it named window point because of its naturally formed window shaped mountain. You can enjoy mesmerizing views of the Sahyadri mountain range and sunrise or sunset. This is also the best place for photography. Tiger spring point has spring natural and safe portable water. It seems wild animals used to drink water here. Hunter’s point as its name suggested was used for hunting by British officers. Malcolm point a very beautiful place, it offers an amazing view of savitri valley and mountains. You can enjoy the Savitri valley view on the left and the beautiful lush green jar valley on the right of the seat. Be aware of monkeys here, they grabbed bottles and food. From the parking, this point 30 min far by walk and this way is an easy one with stone steps most of the way. This point is 13 km far from Mahabaleshwar market. this point can be visited by taking the local transports or cab fro there.
Arthur seat point images
History Of Lodwick Point
Lodwick point was earlier famous by the name of Sydney point, renamed in the honor of the general Lodwick. General Lodwick was the first British officer to climb the hill in April 1824. And to honor general lodwick’s achievement, his son erected a grand statue of lord Lodwick about 25 ft. At the base of this monument, the head of the lord Lodwick is sculptured in marble.
Lodwick Point offers a panoramic view of the valley, lush green mountains, and landscape and you can also enjoy the views of the pratapgadh fort and elephant’s head point. This point gives breathtaking views of the surrounding Sahyadri mountain range. Lodwick Point is situated 4087 ft above the sea level from the parking. Visitors do a 1.5 km walk to reach this viewpoint.
Lodwick point images
Wilson point is also known as the sunrise point. Wilson point is the highest point in Mahabaleshwar. This is the only point in Mahabaleshwar from where you can see sunrise and sunset. So this is a very beautiful place for photographers to capture very ravishing views of sunrise and sunset. Wilson point offers perfect and amazing mountains, valleys view, and a spectacular view of Mahabaleshwar in all directions.
History and Surroundings of wilson point
Wilson point is named after sir heslie Wilson who was the governor of Bombay province. There are three towers built on the Wilson point plateau. We can see the sunrise and polo ground from the first tower. From the second tower, we can see the Panchgani plateau and route of the lingmala waterfall. From the third tower, we can see old Mahabaleshwar and the elephant’s point.