Mahabaleshwar is a city in Satara district of Maharashtra. It is a hill station in the Western Ghats range. The highest peak of the hill station is known as Wilson/Sunrise Point. The city comprises of three villages namely Malcolm Peth, Old "Kshetra" Mahabaleshwar and part of the Shindola village. The place is also the source of the famous Krishna river. The legendary source of the river is a spout from the mouth of a statue of a cow in the ancient temple of Lord Shiva in Old Mahabaleshwar. Mahabaleshwar has now become very famous as a famous holiday resort, a main Hindu pilgrimage centre and a good honeymoon spot.
The main tourist spots in Mahabaleshwar are:
Venna Lake: This is one of the main tourist attractions of Mahabaleshwar. The lake is situated on the middle of the famous Mahabaleshwar market. You can also go for boating in this beautiful lake surrounded by trees.
Arthur's seat: This is a point located at an elevation of 1340 mts. The point was named after British officer Sir Arthur Malet, a British born actor who lost his wife and children in a tragic ferry mishap at the Savitri River in a tragic ferry mishap.
Kate's point: The point is about 1280 mts high. The place is famous for its view of two reservoirs, Balakwadi and Dhom.
Needle hole point/Elephant point: Near to the Kate’s point is Elephant point. There is a natural rock formation with a hole in between, and hence the place got the name Needle hole point. The view of Deccan traps from here is very famous which look like an elephant's trunk.
Wilson Point: This is the highest point in Mahabaleshwar located at 1439 m height. This was known as Sindola Hill during the colonial rule. This is the only spot in Mahabaleshwar where both sunrise and sunset can be seen.
3 Monkey Spot: The spot is named so because of the natural sculpture of the stones which looks like three monkeys sitting beside each other. The place is nestled deep in the valleys and you can figure out from the outline of a big stone a natural cut out giving an effect of 3 monkey sitting next to each other portraying SEE NO EVIL, HEAR NO EVIL, SPEAK NO EVIL. This is an en route to ARTHUR SEAT Point.
Pratapgad Fort: The fort was built by Shivaji Maharaj. The fort is popular for in History of India as Knight of Vijapur Afzalkhan was defeated and killed by Shivaji Maharaj at Pratapgad.
The best time to visit is between October and June. The nearest railway station to Mahabaleshwar is Satara. The nearest airport to Mahabaleshwar is Pune International airport.
Mahabaleshwar is famous for its fruit products, Strawberries, honey, Jams, crushes and chikki (a sweet made from jaggery and an assortment of nuts) and also handcrafted leather footwear.
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