Mahabaleshwar is a hill resort located amidst Sahyadri Hills in the Satara district of the state of Maharashtra. The place was named after Lord Mahadev, the deity most-revered in this region. The name Mahabaleshwar has a mythological past associated with it, and it means god of great power in Sanskrit. This place once served as a summer getaway for the British during prior to Indian independence. It is among the best holiday destinations in the state because of its pleasant climate and scenic beauty. This destination also provides various opportunities for adventure sports given to its diverse topography ranging from waterfalls, high peaks, exotic valleys, serene lakes, dense forestry and sightseeing points providing a panoramic view of the hilly area. Therefore, this place provides several options for adventure activities like trekking, horse riding, boating and fishing. Travellers who are planning a Mahabaleshwar tour can visit its attractions like Mount Malcolm, Pratapgad Fort, Morarji Castle, Panchganga Temple, Tapola and Holy Cross Church.
Highlights of the Hill Resort
This hill station is also known for its other highlights such as the town bazaar, Malcolm Peth named after a British Governor, Sir John Malcolm. This market is lined with many restaurants, hotels, shops, government offices and outlying bungalows. Known for the strawberry fields at Panchgani and housing the Swayambhu Lingam of Lord Mahadev, this plateau region is also famous for the birthplace of the Krishna River. This river flows across Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, originating from a cow-head carved in stone in the temple of Mahadev at Old Mahabaleshwar. Within the hill resort lie a variety of attractions including religious shrines, forts, viewpoints, streams, falls, heritage bungalows and farms of strawberries, blueberries, turmeric and honey.
The pride of Marathas, Pratapgad Fort was built by Shivaji, a Maratha warrior. This mountain fort complex has chambers, long walkways and ponds for sightseeing along with other points of interest like Afzal Khan Tomb and the Bhavani Temple. Venna Lake is a popular honeymoon spot where tourists can either take a boat ride in the lake or can enjoy horse riding on the lake shore. The cascading Lingmala and Dhobi Falls are favourite picnic spots in this region. The famous Mahabaleshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and this shrine is thronged by pilgrims throughout the year. The area provides beautiful viewpoints for viewing sunrise and sunset such as Wilson, Babington, Carnac, Elphinstone, Bombay, Lodwick, Falkland and Kate Points.
The Panchganga Temple, as its name suggests, is the convergence point of five various rivers – Krishna, Venna, Koyna, Gayatri and Savitri originating from a stone-carved in the shape of the mouth of a cow. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, this temple was constructed by Raja Singhandeo, the king of Devgiri Yadavs. According to legends, the Lords – Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu flow here in the form of three rivers, Venna, Koyna and Krishna because of a curse by Savitri. Tourists who wish to enjoy holidays in India can come to this land of mythological references.