The past Sunday was no lazy one, as one might expect. Waking up at 7 am on a Sunday seems hard. But, I did manage to, as two places were yet left to be covered, and I had heard so much about them, that it seemed hard to leave the place, without visiting them. The first one off the list was the Lingmala Waterfall. A definitely must visit place in Mahabaleshwar, during the monsoon period. The trek downhill and back uphill was worth the effort made. You would love 3 waterfalls gushing down an elevated land, all at the same time, the water so clean, the air so fresh and refreshing, you almost feel like diving into the deep end. But, hold on to your horses, let me tell you, don't even imagine doing any of that, the water's not stagnant and flowing forming rapids at the downstream end. The visit to the waterfall was followed by us traveling to the other end of the city to visit the famous Kate's point situated at the Elephant's head, a rock formation carved out naturally from the hill, on whose apex lies Kates viewpoint. The Elephant's head can be viewed from a point adjacent to the Kates viewpoint. We at this point were at luck, as the rains had subsided and the clouds had cleared off to give us a clear view of the head and also the valley below. From the Kates viewpoint, you can see the Balakwadi dam with the mighty western ghats at the backdrop. It was time to head back home as the trip had almost come to an end. Not yet, there was Mapro Food Park, at Wai that comes enroute to Mahabaleshwar. My mother insisted, as she had to pick up few items from there and folks, let me tell you, its a good idea to visit this place on your way back home, as you no matter where you stay, you are going to come across this place, on your way put of Mahabaleshwar. They are doing an amazing job of utilizing the farm produce to the maximum coming up with market viable food products. The employment being generated for the locals is on a whole another level. After we had checked out, it took us approximately 2 hours to reach the food park, due to heavy traffis, near Palchgani and another approximately 6 hours from the Food Park to Kharghar. This duration had included, us stopping for lunch at Holidays Inn, Pune before we hit the Mumbai-Pune Expressway and for chai at the food joint, next to the Khalapur Toll Naka, on the Expressway. We finally reached at 7 in the evening. We had started from Food Park, at Wai, at around 1 in the afternoon.
Well, one amazing weekend, a week has passed and yet I am still in the "Mahabaleshwar, take me back!" mood. I guess it going to be there for a while, now. I hope you enjoyed reading the blog and do plan out a weekend to this mystifying destination. But, is it a good idea to travel to the place in the monsoon, I keep that for you to answer. Do share your experience in the comment section below.
Expenses: On road (Includes Toll Naka Fees and Entry Fees to both Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani charged by the Municipal body and Fuel Cost)= Rs. 3000
Entry fee to the Lingmala Waterfall= Rs.60
Stay at Queen Pool Room of Piccadale Boutique Hotel (includes breakfast and one extra bed for 3 days, 2 nights) (The booking was through Booking.com)= Rs. 12500 (Base Tariff).
Overhead expenses (Includes lunch, dinner and snacks)= Rs. 8000.
The above rates are subjected to change as they would vary from person to person and also they are exclding GST. If you plan an exquisite stay in Mahabaleshwar, it definitely would cost you more than this. But, the place, is much more budget friendly than what we had spent on our trip. So, you can definitely plan a 3D/2N pleasant stay for a much cheaper price.