Monsoon is finally here. What better way to chase the monsoon than taking a road trip to one of the most popular tourist destinations like Mahabaleshwar, which looks dauntingly beautiful in the rains. It is a hill station located in the Sahyadri mountain range and was the summer capital of Bombay province during the British rule.The freshness of the nature, eye-arresting greenery of the hills, and the wet smell of roads will convince you to take a journey to the Western Ghats during the monsoon, in particular.
With the jaw-dropping landscapes, gushing waterfalls, breathtaking sunsets, scenic lakes and the majestic mountain range, Mahabaleshwar never fails to impress you with its numerous tourist attractions in the city and around. The most preferred weekend getaway for the city dwellers in Maharashtra, it offers plenty of activities for the visitor as well. With the growing number of hotels in Mahabaleshwar, the city flaunts a wide variety of accommodations like resorts , boutique properties, adventure camps, 5 start hotels to caters to all kinds of travelers, ranging from the budget to luxury ones. Mahabaleshwar is not only a well-liked holiday destination for tourists but also an important pilgrimage site for the followers of Hindu religion.
There are numerous places to visit in and around the city. Here I am listing the top 5 must visit places you shouldn’t miss whenever you are in Mahabaleshwar.
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Around 6 km away from Mahabaleshwar, the magnificent Lingmala Waterfall is one of the best places to visit. Situated at an altitude of 1278 meter in Venna Valley in Satara district of Maharashtra, the Lingmala waterfall gives you jaw-dropping vistas around. It looks eye-arresting in the monsoon season. One needs to walk 30 minutes to get the view point of the water fall. There are apparently two waterfalls. This is undoubtedly one of the best places for nature lovers. The scenic surroundings of the waterfalls with hanging clouds during monsoon make a picture perfect postcard.
Arthur Seat Point
Another popular tourist attraction in Mahabaleshwar is Arthur Seat Point. There is a story behind the name of the point. The point is named after Arthur Malet, who apparently lost his wife and his one month old daughter in a very tragic ferry accident in the Savitri River and was often found sitting at the point staring at the river. It offers amazing views of the Savitri valley and is also considered as a trekker’s paradise for adventure lovers. The best part of the Arthur seat point is that you can see five different points from this single ridge, like Echo Point, Hunter Point, Tiger Spring Point, Window Point and Malcom Point. This is a must visit place for everyone.
One of the favourite places amongst the tourists is Venna Lake in Mahabaleshwar. This man-made lake was constructed in 1942 to solve the water crisis in the city of Mahabaleswar. The lake is 8 km long and spread across 28 acres. It is one of the hotspots in the city. The visitors enjoy the scenic beauty of this artificial lake and also prefer to do boating here. During summer vacation, it gets really crowded as people from nearby places in Maharashtra find it an ideal place for a day out in the city.
Your visit to Mahabaleshwar would be incomplete without visiting the iconic Pratapgard fort. Around 24 km away from the bustling city of Mahabaleshwar, the fort is situated on a hilltop with uninterrupted views of the Western Ghats. Built by the Maratha rulers in the year 1665, the fort has a great historical significance as it had seen the fiercest battle of Patapgard, many ages go. It has two parts, the upper fort which houses the famous Mahadev Temple and the lower fort which has the Goddess Bhavani temple. The historical ruins of this magnificent fort tell many unheard tales. This fort is considered as one of the top tourist destinations in the city of Mahabaleshwar.
Elephant’s head point
One of the most famous tourist spots in Mahabaleshwar is the famous Elephant’s head point. It is also known as the Needle’s Point. The view from the extreme edge of the point is simply awe-inspiring. The Sahyadri mountain range looks absolutely gorgeous in monsoon. The overhanging point looks like the head of an elephant and its trunk from far, which draws a lot of tourists each day for its scenic and most picturesque surroundings.
Apart from the above mentioned tourist spots; there are plenty of destinations which one can cover during their visit to the bustling city of Mahabaleshwar. Places like Mapro Garden, Wilson Point, Mahabaleshwar Temple, Mumbai Point, Kamalgad Fort, Babington Point, Chinaman’s fall, Connaught Peakand , Moraji Castle are some of the prominent tourist destinations in the city. Now that you have a fair idea about what is in store for you, it is time for you to start packing your bags and head towards this beautiful hill station waiting to embrace you with its charm.
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