Elephant's Head Point
Elephant's Point is famous for the beauty and peace that one gets by being there. The greenery around is worth appreciating, and nature around is stunning and gives one a sense of comfort away from the fast moving life of the city. The rock formations at the site are present in a way that forms the trunk of an elephant. It is one of the most visited and famous attractions of Mahabaleshwar which is flocked in by tourists from near and far. Elephant's Point got its name from the age prevalent during the British Raj and the Governor of Bombay at the time, Sir Mount Elphinstone. It is believed that it was founded in the year 1930 by Dr Murray who also has an old mansion present nearby.
Today, only the ruins of this hotel are present in the place of which a picnic shed for the tourists is being constructed by the local authorities.
Arthur's Seat Point
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 Madhi Mahaal. Located at around 13 KM from Mahabaleshwar Market, Arthur's Seat point is at height of 1470m.
Arthur Seat Point area has 6 points in total, Arthur's Seat Point, Echo Point, Hunter Point, Tiger Spring Point, Window Point and Malcom Point. The barren deep Savitri valley on the left and lush green Jor valley on the right extends a mesmerizing view to the seat. Moving step by step deep down, one finds the window point right below the seat and the Tiger Spring which is the source of Savitri River. Window Point is the first point, situated below the Arthur Seat.
Dhobi Waterfall is a popular tourist destination in Mahabaleshwar. The falls are located 3 km away from Mahabaleshwar, on the path, which connects Petit Road with Old Mahabaleshwar Road. The water falls into a deep valley and eventually merges with Koyna River. Set amidst picturesque valley, the waterfall is a popular tourist spot.
Dhobi Waterfall is placed facing the famous Elphinstone Point. The waterfall is enclosed on all sides with rocks and the water drops down into the Mahabaleshwar Valley and finally meets the Koyna River. Set amidst lush green valley, the fall is a perfect picnic spot to spend a fun-filled day with family and friends. The best time to visit the falls is in rainy season or just after rainy season over.
Venna lake is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mahabaleshwar. Venna lake is man made lake and not a natural lake. Venna lake was constructed in 1942 by Chhatrapati Shri Appasaheb Maharaj (descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj).
Surrounded by lush greenary, Venna lake has area of about 28 acres having periphery around 7-8 KM. The lake was constructed to cater the water needs for Mahabaleshwar City. In fact, the lake has 1-2 submerged Thirths (place of pilgrimage). On the banks of the lake is Chhatrapati Pratapsihn Garden. It is very popular spot among honeymooners as well as families. Row and Peddle boats are available for the tourists.
Pratapgad is a popular destination in Maharashtra. It is at a distance of 20kms from Mahabaleshwar. This place is famous for the fort which has great historical importance. The fort is located in Satara district of Maharashtra state in India. The fort is 1080 metres height above sea level.
Shivaji Maharaj constructed the fort which was completed during 1659. This Fort was built mainly to defend the banks of Nira river, Koyna river and Par pass. The Battle of Pratapgad between Shivaji and Afzal Khan was fought below this fort. There is a place near the fort where Afjal khan's head is buried. But the entry into the area is closed for public (as on December 2016). The Fort came under the rule of Britishers after they won the battle of Anglo - Maratha war.
Located at a distance of 6 km from the city of Mahabaleshwar; Mahabaleshwar temple is an ancient shrine and an ideal example of the Maratha heritage. Popularly known as the Mahabali, the temple is flocked by tourists and devotees throughout the year to bask in the serenity and tranquillity offered here. The temple is extremely popular among the Hindus, as Lord Shiva is the presiding deity here. Set up amidst the hilly terrain, this picturesque temple glorifies the Maratha Empire and its rule during the 16th century.
The Mahabaleshwar temple near Satara is one of the ancient temples of Maharashtra. It was built by Chanda Rao More dynasty in the 16th century. The magnificent temple is guarded by a five feet wall and has two sections- the inner area and the outer area.