Nestled in the lush green mountains of the Western Ghats in the Maharashtra district of India, is the hill station of Mahabaleshwar. Located only few hundred kilometers from Mumbai, it make for a quick getaway from the city. Away from the maddening crowds of the cities, it is an ideal holiday destination.
Mahabaleshwar derives its name from the famous Mahabaleshwar temple where the presiding deity is 'Mahabali'. Considered very sacred among Hindus, the temple is thronged by thousands of devotees to seek blessings.
The picturesque settings and the pleasant climate has aways attracted people to this serene place. During the colonial times, Britishers used to spend their summer here away from the scorching heat of the plains. You will find here a number of majestic old buildings built during the days of the British. The town hasn't yet lost its old world charm which is the first thing that a traveler notice here, after the feeling of being stunned by the breathtaking sights subsides.
At an altitude of 1372 meters, Mahabaleshwar opens up a whole new world with its rustic settings and a myriad of activities that this place offers! The numerous activities include fishing, boating, horse riding and trekking. You can even play golf on the amazing nine-hole golf course constructed on the edge of a cliff! With its unspoilt beauty, it is truly a paradise for nature lovers and travelers in desperate need of solitude. Though pleasant throughout the year, the best time to visit this wonderful hill station is during the months from October to June.
The hill station has around 30 exotic viewpoints which offers you the spectacular view of the ultimate fascinating landscapes. Most of these points derive their names from some former British dignitary. You could easily reach these points by roads or by trekking. The highest point in Mahabaleshwar is the Wilson Point. A large bare rock with three observation towers has been set up at different spots from where you can enjoy a beautiful view of sunrise.
Trek to the Lingmala Waterfalls which present a breathtaking sight of cascading water from a steep cliff into thin clear water streaks. It is a favorite picnic place among both tourists and locals. You can also enjoy a boat ride on the placid, crystal-clear waters of Lake Vena. The lush green surroundings enhance the overall experience. The other famous points of the region are Bombay Point, famous for a spectacular sunset view and Elphinston Point, another ideal picnic spot of the town.
A fascinating hill station with marvelous landscape and crystal clear streams, the picturesque locales of Mahabaleshwar are truly a sight to behold. A trip to this wonderful place is an excellent way to relax and rejuvenate amidst serene environment and enjoy the blessings of nature.