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Mahabaleshwar Sightseeing

“Take Time out to reconnect with Nature… We are one and the same”

Panchganga Temple

As per the hindu mythology five holy rivers Krishna, Venna, Koyna, Savitri & Gayatri show their token appearance here in five springs flowing closely. They are seen flowing in five stone conduits and joining in one horizontal half channel leading to the Goumukhi cowface spout. Though the Gaomukh it falls in the cistern below. On the northen side there is a similar conduit through which the holy 'Ganges' appears every twelve years. From the conduit on the southern side flows the holy Saraswati when the following astrological times come together, namely, 'Bhadrapad' month, 'Shasthi' (6th day) ,Tuesday sun in 'Hasta nakshatra', 'Rohini nakshatra' in predominance and 'Vyatipat'. This miraculous yoga (coincidence) is known as the "Kapila Shasthi Yoga", which is believed to be very auspicious occasion as per the Hindu faith.

 

Venna Lake

Venna lake is one of the tourist attractions of Mahabaleshwar. The lake was constructed by Shri Appasaheb Maharaj, who was Raja of Satara in the year 1842. The lake is surrounded by trees on all sides. Tourists can enjoy a boat ride over the lake or a horse ride next to the lake. A number of small eateries line the banks of the lake.

 

Lingmala Waterfall

During monsoons, the water in Venna River overflows and drains into the Venna Valley. Lingmala waterfalls, cascading through a height of 600 ft are the result of this overflow. The water of this fall can be distinguished into three different stages during its flow-course. The falls are located at a distance of 6km from Mahabaleshwar on the route to Pune. The best time to visit Lingmala falls is between July and December.

 

Wilson Point

Named after Sir Leslie Wilson, the Governor of Bombay from 1923–26, Wilson Point is the highest point in Mahabaleshwar at 1439 mts. Wilson point is the only location in Mahabaleshwar where both sunrise and sunset can be seen. It offers a spectacular glance of Mahabaleshwar in all directions.

 

Monkey Point

Identified with the 3 Monkeys theme of Mahatma Gandhi, the naturally sculpted image on the cliff is quite similar. Hence, the name Monkey Point has been given to this viewing spot as these resemble the Gandhi's symbolic figures of the monkeys.

 

Pratapgad

Famous for Shivaji's legendary battle against Afzhal Khan in 1656, Pratapgad fort is under 30 Kms from Mahabaleshwar. One can drive right up to the base of the fort. The stairway up takes you to the upper fort of Pratapgad and affords some beautiful views of the valley. On the way to Pratapgad there is handicraft centre and metal craft exhibition worth a visit.