Mahabaleshwar Hill Station (Satara – Maharashtra)

Mahabaleshwar hill station is highest hill station in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra. Mahabaleshwar is situated around Venna Lake in the heart of Sahyadri Hills.  The height of Mahabaleshwar hill station 1372 meter from the sea level.

Mahabaleshwar hill station is also known as the queen on all Hill Stations due to its enchanting scenic beauty. Mahabaleshwar hill station has the most evergreen forest in the world. Still today it sustains its romanticism and is thus a favorite honeymoon spot. Mahabaleshwar is Sanskrit for“God of Great Power”. It was summer capital of Governor of the old Bombay presidency. Covering 10 sq km.

Mahabaleshwar Forest and Wild Life

The jungle of Mahabaleshwar is thick & produces many commercial as well as medicinal trees & plants. The wildlife is limited to foxes, jackals, & wild boars. Deers & bisons are found in the Brahma Aranya area. Panthers are rare. The famous bird in the Urdu poetry, Bulbul is found everywhere in the plateau.

 History of Mahabaleshwar Hill station

Mahabaleshwar hill station comprises of three villages, Malcolm Peth, Old “Kshetra” Mahabaleshwar and part of the Shindola village. The first historical mention of Mahabaleshwar dates back to the year 1215 when the King Singhan of Deogiri visited Old Mahabaleshwar. Present Mahabaleshwar came into existence in the year 1829-30 and from old records is mentioned as Malcolm Peth, but in practice today it is known as Mahabaleshwar.

Best Viewing point at Mahabaleshwar Hill Station:

There are 30 valley viewpoints with panoramic vistas scattered around the Mahabaleshwar hill station and their access roads make for shady, pleasant walks and treks. The area has strong historical connections with Shivaji, the heroic Maratha warrior king.

  • Arthur’s Seat Point:- Arthur’s seat, a point is said to the Queen of all points. Arthur’s Point, named after Arthur Malet. It is 12 km. away from the main market. It was named after Mr. Arthur Mallet, who first built a house in this place. Arthur’s seat is the only place which shows the geographical distinction of Konkan and Deccan, the two territories of Mahabaleshwar, so clear & so near. A short climb down the steps leads to the source of the River Savitri at Tiger’s Spring. It is very alluring to see the barren deep valley Savitri on the left and a shallow green valley on the right. Immediately below the seat is window point. You have to go deep by steps to reach the window point.

  • Kates Point: Offers breathtaking view of Krishna valley & deep waters of the dhom dam. From the southern side, it looks like an elephants head. There is also an echo point. This place is very famous among the tourists because of its scenic beauty. There are many small shops near this place where you get fresh juice.

  • Babbington Point:- It is an impressive point, which goes past village Moleshware on the way. it is only 2.5 km. from the main market. Makarandgadh, Solshi and Koyna valley can be easily seen from this point. On your right side, you can see the vast green slopes of M’war plateau. On the way to Babington point is the Bishop tank- live streams, which are worth visiting. This point also presents a view of saddle back.

  • Wilson Point:- Wilson Point is also commonly known as Sunrise Point. It is a vast plateau. Wilson point is the only location in Mahabaleshwar where both sunrise and sunset can be seen. There are three masonry round platforms to see the sunrise. You are advised to see the sunrise from platform no:2. It is about 1 km away from Mahabaleshwar Market. Wilson point is 4735 feet above sea level and at the highest point in Mahabaleshwar. It has three observation towers that offer a spectacular view of the entire place and the valleys below. Other points that can be viewed from this point are Kshetra Mahabaleshwar, Connaught Pick Point, and Elphinston Point. You can see sunset also from this point.

  • Kate’s Point:- Kate’s point is located to the east of Mahabaleshwar and is famous for its view of two reservoirs, Balakwadi and Dhom and southern side it looks like an elephants head. The point is around 1280 meters high. Here you find the famous Echo point. It is a huge rock which stands 50 meterts high. It is about 6 km away from Venna Lake. Founder of Mahabaleshwar was Sir John Malcom he had a daughter named Kate and this point is named after her name.

  • Lodwick Point:- Elephant’s Head Point as it is commonly called. If viewed from a specific point one can see Pratapgad from here. General Lodwick after whose name this point is named was the first European to visit Mahabaleshwar. Long back it was also called the Sydney Point. The surrounding scenery is beautiful.

  • Venna Lake:- Venna Lake is a popular lake of Mahabaleshwar, because of its verdure surroundings and sparkling water. Venna lake covers an area of about 27 acres. Water supply to Mahabaleshwar is through this Lake. Prior permission has to take for Fishing in this Lake. The main attraction over here is Boating which is enjoyed by everyone. There are also strawberry stalls that surround the place, with ponies trotting nearby. This makes it very popular among tourists, especially children.

  • Water Fall Point:- The Venna falls, the Chinaman’s fall and Dhobi’s falls are the three main waterfalls. A trip to the cascading waterfalls, such as the Lingmala waterfall (6km), the uninterrupted fall descends down, five six hundred feet from the cliff. Dhobi waterfall (3km) and Chinaman’s waterfall (2.5km) are a must to see in Mahabaleshwar.

  • Bombay Point:- It is commonly known as Sunset Point. It was on the old road to Bombay hence the name. Pratapgadh is seen at the north of this point. It is one of the most popular and oldest points in Mahabaleshwar. The crowd gathers to see the beautiful Sunset over here.

  • Helen’s Point:- This place is also known as Blue Valley. You can see a beautiful waterfall at this place which is followed by the River Salshi. It is 4 km. away from the main market. Other points in this area are Gavalani Point, Robbers Caves, and North coat point.

  • Mount Malcolm Point:- It used to be the most famous building in the olden days. it was built in 1829 with magnificent architectural skills. Unfortunately, it has lost a lot of its old charm now.

  • Cannought Peak Point:- It is 7 km. from Mahabaleshwar market Connaught Peak is the second highest point in Mahabaleshwar.

  • Catholic Church:- A visit to the old Raman Catholic Holy cross church is worth a detour. although the church is practically falling apart, its stained-glass windows are still a sight to behold. this deserted church is now looked after by a Hindu family.

  • Morarji Castle:- Also worth a look is this old structure. Mahatma Gandhi once lived here in 1945.

  • Elphinston point:- Discovered in 1830, it was named after Sir Elphinstone, the Governor of Bombay. Tourists visiting the place can have the opportunity to see a clear view of the famous Pratapgarh from here. Well, one can also see the gorgeous two valleys, the Savitri on the right and the Koyna on the left.

  • Needle Hole Point:- Discovered in 1830, it was named after Sir Elephinston, the Governor of Bombay.  Tourists visiting the place can have the opportunity to see a clear view of the famous Pratapgarh from here. Well, one can also see the gorgeous two valleys, the Savitri on the right and the Koyna on the left.

  • Pratapgad Fort:- The fort is perfect to experience the history of Maratha Emperor Shivaji. This is the place where Afzal Khan met his death. Situated 24 km west of Mahabaleshwar, the fort is 900 m above sea level. The fort was built in 166 by Moropant trimbak Pingle under the command of the Maratha ruler Shivaji. The fort has a great view.

  • Mahabaleshwar Club:- The club was built in 1881 and is still flourishing and well-maintained. Only members of the club can stay here. It is very popular for its well-tended roses and lovely jogging track. Every year grandly celebrated the Christmas festival by the loyal member. Fortunately, one facility is open to visitors; who can use the golf course whenever they feel like it.

  • Marjorie Point:- Shoes several ranges of the Sahyadri range.

  • Baghdad Point:- It is an impressive point, which goes past village Moleshware on the way. You can view the beautiful views of the backwaters of Koyna dam on your left side, whereas river Solshi is in front of you with small villages. On your right side, you can see the vast green slopes of M’war plateau.

  • Castle Rock Point:- On the way to Arthur’s seat shows Savitri valley.
  • Northcote Point:- Presents Koyana valley view & saddle back.
  • Falkland Point:- Below it, the Artists Point also called as lovers point by some nature lover, presents beautiful Koyana & valley below you.

  • Carnac Point:- On the same way of Falkland point.
  • Panchgani Point:- Shows the tableland of Panchgani on the eastern side.
  • Polo Ground:-  It is used as a helipad, also used for learning car driving.
  • Rosamond Rock:- The grandeur of its celestial beauty surpasses all the limits of descriptions.
  • Gaolani Point:- At a distance of about 7 km from ST bus station, by Tapola road you will meet the junction of the road which will lead you to village Maharola. after reaching the point you will find yourself standing over a pass known as Zolachi Khind & enjoy the scenery of two valleys on the two sides. If you walk by gaolani ride you will enjoy the scenery of koyana valley on your right hand at many spots.

  • Fitzgerald Point:- Same view of Bombay point.
  • Tableland Point:- Largest in Asia. A small plane can land here.
  • Beekeeping centre Point:- Educational displays on the manufacture of honey by bees.

September to mid-June is the best time to visit  Mahabaleshwar hill station.

How to Reach at Mahabaleshwar Hill Station

By Road Nearest Railway Station Nearest Airport Google Map
1. The distance between Pune – Mahabaleshwar Hill Station 120kms. 1. Pune is the convenient railway station at 120 km but Wathar is the Nearest railway station. Pune. Map
2. The distance between Mumbai – Mahabaleshwar Hill Station via Mahad 237 km and via Pune305 km. Map
3. The distance between Panchagani – Mahabaleshwar Hill Station 20 km.

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