Mahabaleshwar, a famous hill station that is situated in the Western part in India is known for its scenic beauty. It is situated at an altitude of 1,372m in Sahyadri Hills in Satara District. The place provides a splendid view of the valleys and the sea to the tourists enjoying pony rides or taking a stroll in its lanes. This makes it an ideal destination for movie shoots, nature lovers, solace seekers, honeymoon couples, and mountaineers.
It mainly attracts tourists from Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, and other neighbouring cities. Mahabaleshwar is the home for one of the finest holiday resorts in the country facing the mesmerizing beauty of the mountains. Many regular visitors have owned a resort and the rest stay in the ones meant for tourists. There is a historical significance behind the name ‘Mahabaleshwar.’ In Sanskrit, ‘Maha’ means great, ‘Bal’ is ‘strength or power,’ and ‘Ishwar’ signifies God. Together it stands for ‘The God of Great Power.
The hill station has a well-developed infrastructure. The drive to the place is comfortable on pucca, smooth roads. One can also hire cabs and enjoy sight-seeing while relaxing in the car. It also has a polo ground for polo lovers.
Some of the exotic destinations are:
Dedicated to the Hindu deity, Lord Shiva, people flock in huge numbers to worship ‘lingam’ that is kept in a dedicated chamber. The temple is surrounded by high stone walls on all its sides and has a large central hall.
Dhobi and the Chinaman’s waterfalls have maximum visitors every year. They are popular picnic spots providing an opportunity to people to enjoy amid gurgling water. Lingmala is another waterfall that flows down a steep hill and creates an illusion of silver water.
Venna Lake has boating and fishing attractions. It is surrounded by strawberry stalls and is enjoyed largely by kids due to pony riding in this area.
Mahabaleshwar has about 30 major lookout points that provides an amazing view of the landscape. Wilson Point is the most popular one because it is the highest point located at approximately 4700 feet. It is also known as a Sunset Point that offers a great view of the sunrise and sunset. Connaught Peak is the second highest point that provides a view of a vast green landscape underneath. Some of the other must-visit points are the Echo Point, Panchgani Point, Elphinstone Point, Bombay Point, etc.