19th Jan 2022
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Day 1

Mahabaleshwar is a famous hill station in the Satara district of Maharashtra. Situated in the Western Ghats, this place is one of the most beautiful hill stations in the world. It is one of few evergreen forests of India, which remains green throughout the whole year. In 1828, it was established as sanatorium and health resort. The word Mahableshwar has been derived from Sanskrit word meaning ‘God of Great Power’ (Lord Shiva). was originally named Malcolmpeth in the honour of Sir John Malcolm, the Governor of the Bombay Presidency.Mahabaleshwar served as the summer capital of Bombay province during the British Raj.Mahabaleshwar is not only famous for Sightseeing points but also famous for strawberries and honey. Strawberry with cream is the most popular drink.

Time of Visit: 26 th December 2021.Winter season is best time to Visit Mahabhaleshwar

Place of Stay: Ashoka Villa Resort .Which is 1.5-2 kms inside from Mapro Garden Panchgani.Resort is nice but road condition is worse.

Note:Book Hotel in Mahabhaleshwar main market which will be near for sightseeing points.(MTDC Resort, Hotel Treebo,Shreyas Hotel )

Mode of Travel: Two Wheeler


After having Tea and Breakfast we started our journey.Kates point is the first point of our one day trip. We reached here by 8 am.

Kates Point & Elephant Head Point

At a distance of 7 km from Mahabaleshwar Bus Stand, Kate’s Point and Elephant’s Head Point are the most picturesque viewpoints of Mahabaleshwar in the Satara district of Maharashtra. It is among the best

Babas cafe restaurant is at the entrance of Kate’s point. They serve varieties of snacks and drinks..Strawberry with dryfruit and cream was very good. Many Bollywood stars had visited this cafe earlier.

We also met with one guy whose name was Shahrukh who owns shop here. He explained very nicely about Kates Point.

Kate’s Point area has 3 points in total; they are Kate’s Point, Echo Point, and Needle Hole Point or Elephant’s Head Point. Kate’s Point is named after the then British governor Sir John Malcolm’s daughter. The original name of the point is Nake Khind and is situated at an altitude of 1290 m. Dhom dam, as well as peaks of Kamalgadh and Pandavgadh can be seen from Kate’s Point. It is one of the must include places in

Elephant’s Head Point or Needle Hole Point is another popular vantage point in Mahabaleshwar, situated next to Kate’s Point. The overhanging cliffs of this point are similar to the head of an elephant and its trunk. Thus the point got its name as the Elephant’s Head Point. One can see a natural rock formation with a hole in between, thus giving the name Needle Hole. Kate’s Point and Needle Hole Point are often confused with Elephant Head Point which is near Lodwick Point. From this point, tourists can also get a view of the Sahyadri mountain range.

We spent here one hour approximately at this point. Next we proceeded to Old Mahabhaleshwar. We reached Mahabhaleshwar Temple by 09:25 hrs

(2) Old Mahabhaleshwar Temple

At a distance of 6 km from Mahabaleshwar Bus Stand, Mahabaleshwar Temple is an ancient Hindu temple situated in the Old Mahabaleshwar in Satara district of Maharashtra. Temple parking area is very big and for two-wheeler parking charges are 10 rs and for four wheelers charges are 40 rs. In this premises we have 3 temples and Ashram. Outside this premises within 500m distance we have very old Krishnai temple.

Mahabhaleshwar Temple:

Mahabaleshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the important pilgrimage sites for Hindus. The temple was built by Chandarao More in 16th century and is a model of the Hemadant architectural style of South India. The hills have been named after Lord Mahabali, whose name stands a symbol of strength. The temple is enclosed by a 5 feet wall and is divided into two areas, inner room and outer room. The sanctum sanctorum has Shiva linga made of black stone, which is 500 years old swayambhu lingam. This self-originated lingam is in the shape of Rudraksha and is called Mahalingam.

Pechanga Temple: At a distance of 6 km from Mahabaleshwar Bus Stand, Panch Ganga Temple is a holy site situated near Mahabaleshwar Temple at Old Mahabaleshwar in Satara district. The Panch Ganga Temple is constructed at the confluence of five rivers, Krishna, Venna, Savitri, Koyna and Gayatri. All the rivers come out from the mouth of a statue of a cow in this temple, thus the place being called Panchganga Mandir.

Atibaleshwar Temple: This is a small Shiva temple which is often overlooked by most tourists who visit the temple complex at Old Mahabaleshwar. As one walks up to the Panchganga Temple,Atibaleshwar temple would be on the left hand side, about 200 metres before reaching the Panchgaga mandir. There was a narrow passageway between the wayside shops to reach temple. there was a large Nandi bull at the entrance to this temple. The main Mahabaleshwar temple is on the right hand side. Both these temples were supposed to have been originally built 2500 years ago, but the Atibaleshwar temple still has the original structure.

Krishnai Temple At a distance of 300 m from Mahabaleshwar Temple and 6 km from Mahabaleshwar Bus Stand, Krishnabai Temple is an old temple situated few meters away from Panch Ganga Temple in Old Mahabaleshwar. Krishnai Temple is supposed to be source of the Krishna River. The temple was built in 1888 by a ruler of Ratnagiri on a hilltop overlooking the Krishna valley. The temple has a Shiva lingam and a beautiful statue of Goddess Krishna. A small stream of the river flowing from a cow-face (gomukh) falls in a Kund or water tank which is the source of River Krishna. One can also visit Strawberry farms which is located close to the temple and can purchase fresh Strawberry.

After spending one to one and half hour we moved to our next destination Elphinstone Point.

Elphinstone Point

At a distance of 10 km from Mahabaleshwar Bus Stand and 5 km from Old Mahabaleshwar, Elphinstone Point is one of the famous viewpoints situated atop a hill near Arthur Seat Point in has to walk for 5 mins from parking area to see the viewpoint. There are small stalls which provide snacks like Maggie, Bhel and Corn. Sugarcane juice and cooldrinks are also available.

It was discovered in 1830 by Dr. Murray and has an old mansion in its vicinity. The viewpoint got its name from Mount Stuart Elphinstone, the then Governor of Bombay Presidency. The mansion now lies in ruins and local authorities are planning to demolish to erect a picnic shed in its place for tourists.Elphinstone Point is one of the highest points in Mahabaleshwar overlooking the two valleys, with rivers Koyna on the left and Savitri on the right. The lofty cliff commands a panoramic view of the Pratapgarh Fort, Koyna Valley and nearby plains. One can also admire the ravine, which lies between Elphinstone Point and Arthur Seat Point.

Beware of Monkeys here as they can grab your food or water (if kept unattended).

Duration of Visit: One hour.

On the way to Arthusr seat Point there are few small points like Marjorie Point,Savitri Point,Monkey Point and Castle Rock Point.

Marjorie Point

Marjorie Point is about 500 meters below the valley with drop-offs from this point arising from the valley itself. Offering enchanting panoramic views of the Sahyadri Range, Marjorie Point is named after a prominent British administrator who found this location and served in these parts before independence. After clicking few pics we moved to Savitri Point. After reaching Savitri Point we came to know that this point was closed for few days, so without wasting time we moved to Arthur Seat Point.

Arthur Seat

One has to walk nearly 20-25 minutes from parking to reach Arthur Seat Point. That is the final point at Arthur Seat. Outside toilets are available at this point.

At entry point as well as throughout the point there are many stalls which serve Corn,Bhel,Maggie,Strawberry,cool drinks etc.One can enjoy this items.

Note: Arthur’s Seat Point area has 6 points in total viz Arthur’s Seat Point, Echo Point, Hunter Point, Tiger Spring Point, Window Point and Malcom Point. Hunter Point as its name suggests was used for hunting by British Officers.

Echo Point returns back one’s voice when shouted loudly into the valley. There is one more Echo Point in Mahabaleshwar at Kate’s Point which is more popular of the two.

Tiger Spring Point

Tiger Spring Point has spring having natural cool and safe potable water. Wild Animals used to drink water here. Original name of this point is Gayatri Taake. I had water from this point in a glass which was clear and cool.

Malcolm Point is a great place to view Toranagad, Pratapgad and Savitri Valley.

Window Point is in front of Arthur’s Seat Point. It got its name because of its naturally formed window shaped mountain. This Point was closed during our visit.

Arthur’s Seat is the most popular point in Mahabaleshwar. Although, popularly it is called as Queen of the Points, original name of the point is MadhiMahaal. Located at around 13 Kms from Mahabaleshwar Market, Arthur’s Seat point is at height of 1470m

It is famous for floating of light objects. If you throw light things like cold drink cap in the valley, it comes up again due to air pressure.This point is named after Arthur Malet who lost his wife and 1 month old daughter in a tragic ferry accident in Savitri River. Arthur used to sit here and stare at the river. From Arthur’s Seat Point, one can see picturesque vista having Konkan on one side and Desh (Deccan) on the other. The stratification of rocks on southern side looks like world famous Grand Canyon of Colorado.

Beware of Monkeys here as they can grab your food or water (if kept unattended).

After spending for 2 hrs around 3pm we reached Venna Lake.

Venna Lake

Venna lake is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mahabaleshwar. Venna lake is man made lake and not a natural lake. Row and Peddle boats are available for the tourists. Horse riding, fun fair games like toy train, merry-go-round are popular with children. Venna lake Choupati stalls serve typical choupati food.

Visiting hours: 9 am to sunset, everyday.

Peak Time: After 4:00 PM (Parking of vehicles will be difficult during this time and also heavy rush at boating point too.)

Waiting Time: 30-45 minutes

Admission fees: Charges for Row and Peddle boats

Row and Peddle boats are available for the tourists. It is very popular spot among honeymooners as well as families. Waiting time for Venna Lake boating is around 30-45 minutes.

Venna Lake Boating Charges

Row and Peddle boats are available for the tourists at below charges.Deposit is 1000 rs.

Boat Type Time People Price

Row Boat 30 mins Max 7 ₹ 400

Row Boat 60 mins Max 7 ₹ 800

Peddle Boat 60 mins Max 6 ₹ 600

One can also buy agricultural products like carrots, Strawberry and Corns. We didn’t had much time for boating activity but enjoyed the beauty of this point by taking few clicks and video.

Lodwick Point

We reached this point around 03:45 pm. From parking area there is a broad pathway which leads to this point after walking for 10 mins. Located around 5 km west of Mahabaleshwar, Lodwick Point is another vantage point on the list of numerous viewing points of the city. Offering unparalleled views of the cityscape and surroundings, this point is popular among tourists. It was known as Sydney Point until the British officer General Lodwick climbed to it. The point was renamed to honor his achievement and a 25 feet memorial pole was erected at the point. The head of General Lodwick sculptured in marble is positioned at the base of the pillar. You can enjoy impressive views of the Pratapgarh Fort and Elphinstone Point from here. Wrapped in lush greenery it is the perfect spot to unwind.

There are two Elephant’s Heads in Mahabaleshwar. One is an obviously shaped elephant trunk at Kate’s Point which has been wrongly posted as the Attraction Photo for the Elephants Head at Lodwick Point. The other Elephant Head is a ridge just beyond and below Lodwick Point which with a bit of imagination, does resemble an elephant’s trunk.

Bombay Point/Mumbai Point/Sunset Point

This is our last point of day. We reached here by 05:15 pm.This is perhaps one of the oldest viewpoints in Mahabaleshwar, and it is also called Bombay Point, or Mumbai Point. Sunset Point is the ideal place to go and unwind after a long day of exploring the incredible Western Ghats. From here, you can see the sun spill colours onto the clouds as it sets into the majestic Sahyadri range. We clicked beautiful pics of Sunset as well as Horse riding was done.

Sunset Point is a favourite of the tourists and sees a huge crowd every evening. Although, it is also a perfect place for a late afternoon picnic. There are also delicious snacks as well as one can do Horse riding

In evening we had time to explore Mahabhaleshwar market

Mahabhaleshwar main market

Mahabaleshwar market is must visit place for shopaholics and for buying souvenirs.

It is famous for buying below items.


Poonam Veg Restaurant

Hotel Annapurna

Magic Masala

Bagicha corner(Makai Cheese Toast Sandwich, Pakoras, Bagicha Special Cream, Makkai Pattice, Fresh Strawberry Bomb)

Farmhouse Bistro Restaurant (Country Style Garlic Bread, Farm House Special Caesar Salad, Greenland Pizza, Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli)

Non Veg Restaurants in Mahabhaleshwar

Graepevine Restaurant(Pasta, Mutton Keema Burger, Tiger Prawns, Mutton Kebabs, Lamb Shanks, Dalcha ,cost of two 600 rs approx)

Shivshahi Strawberry point family Restaurant

Saayali Restaurant(Gujarati Thali, Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Lollipop, Kebabs, Veg Spring Rolls, Veg Grill, Butter Chicken)


Garden Ice Cream Restaurant

1. Strawberries: Mahabaleshwar is known as land of strawberries. Mahabaleshwar strawberry contributes to about 85 percent of the total strawberry production in the country.

2. Strawberry with Cream/Strawberry with Ice-cream is most popular drink in Mahabaleshwar. (Famous at Bagicha Corner and Mapro)

3. Farm fresh Mulberries, carrots and radish

4. Masala Corn / Bhutta

5. Corn Pattice (Famous at Bagicha Corner)

6. Mapro Juices, syrups and crushes

7. Chana (from Mama Chanawala in Mahabaleshwar Market)

8. Honey

9. Chikki (Wilson Chikki shop is famous.)


1. Wooden handicrafts / Sticks

2. Cane items

3. Leather footwear

Holy Cross Church dates back to the 18th-century, when the hill station was under colonial rule. This church was founded to cater to the British people residing in the region. As the only Roman Catholic Church in Mahabaleshwar, it holds much significance among the believers of this region. The building features striking Colonial-era architecture, which presents a pleasant sight to the eyes. Featuring stained glass windows and attractive paintings, it exudes a serene and old-world vibe.

We had our dinner at near Mapro Garden. Food valley restaurant serves Veg dishes we had veg Biryani whose quality was very good.This is end of my day one trip.plz watch my video about Mahabhaleshwar on my youtube channel

Jeeley Har Pal Ko

Photo of MAHABHALESHWAR Tour Guide by shivakumar prajapati
Photo of MAHABHALESHWAR Tour Guide by shivakumar prajapati
Photo of MAHABHALESHWAR Tour Guide by shivakumar prajapati
Photo of MAHABHALESHWAR Tour Guide by shivakumar prajapati
Photo of MAHABHALESHWAR Tour Guide by shivakumar prajapati
Photo of MAHABHALESHWAR Tour Guide by shivakumar prajapati
Photo of MAHABHALESHWAR Tour Guide by shivakumar prajapati
Photo of MAHABHALESHWAR Tour Guide by shivakumar prajapati
Photo of MAHABHALESHWAR Tour Guide by shivakumar prajapati
Photo of MAHABHALESHWAR Tour Guide by shivakumar prajapati
Photo of MAHABHALESHWAR Tour Guide by shivakumar prajapati
Photo of MAHABHALESHWAR Tour Guide by shivakumar prajapati
Photo of MAHABHALESHWAR Tour Guide by shivakumar prajapati
Photo of MAHABHALESHWAR Tour Guide by shivakumar prajapati
Photo of MAHABHALESHWAR Tour Guide by shivakumar prajapati
Photo of MAHABHALESHWAR Tour Guide by shivakumar prajapati
Photo of MAHABHALESHWAR Tour Guide by shivakumar prajapati
Photo of MAHABHALESHWAR Tour Guide by shivakumar prajapati
Photo of MAHABHALESHWAR Tour Guide by shivakumar prajapati
Photo of MAHABHALESHWAR Tour Guide by shivakumar prajapati