Mahabaleshwar, is located at an average elevation of 1,353 metres (4,439 ft). It comprises of three villages:
1. sumit dave Malcolm Peth,
2. Old “Kshetra” Mahabaleshwar
3. and part of the Shindola village
It is a vast plateau measuring 150 km2 (58 sq mi), bound by valleys on all sides.
Sunrise PointWilson/ :
height of 1,439 m (4,721 ft) is the highest peak, above sea level
Shri. M.Y.Ranganath, Smt. Savithri ranganath, Shri. H.R.L.Venkatesh & Smt. Saroja venkatesh went to Mahabaleshwar, on the conducted tour, by Swami travels !
The Mahabaleshwar Temple :
is located 6 km to the north of the main city is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was built in the 16th century and it depicts a typical South Indian architectural style. The temple architecture is very impressive. it has stone walls and is divided into two parts, one being the sanctum sanctorum and the other is the central hall. Enclosed by a 5 ft high stone wall.
The Mahabaleshwar temple also has several mythologies associated to it, like the legend states that the Maratha ruler, Shivaji weighed his mother Jijabai (Tulabharam) in gold in this temple and then gave away the gold in charity. This temple is also an abode to Lord Shiva’s trishul, Rudraksha, damru, and a bed which are approximately 300 years old.
Timings – Opening & Closing: Monday – Friday: 6.00 AM – 7.00 PM, Saturday: 6.00 AM – 7.00 PM, Sunday: 6.00 AM – 7.00 PM, Public Holidays: 6.00 AM – 7.00 PM
The Sunset Point :
At Mahabaleshwar situated on the old road to Mumbai. the sunset point is there. This known as the Mumbai Point. Each time the sun sets it paints the sky with varied colours luring its spectators.
Standing atop the hill, one can see the sun submerge in the valley and slowly dis appear. The soothing atmosphere and a pleasant weather, makes this place a perfect spot for rejuvenation. The Mumbai Point is open for visitors on all days.
Opening Closing Time-06:00 am – 06:00 pm.
The Arthur’s point :
Amongst the several places to visit in Mahabaleshwar, one of the most popular is the Arthur’s point popularly known as the Queen of the Points or the ‘Madhi Mahaal’. The Arthur’s seat is at a height of 1470 m and is located approximately 13 KM from the market in Mahabaleshwar. The speciality of this point is that, in case you throw light weighed thing in the valley, it comes up again due to air pressure.
The best time to visit the Arthur’s Seat, is from the month of October to the month of June. The temperature throughout is moderate, the winters are cool and the summers are moderate. The Arthur’s seat is situated amidst fascinating panorama, one can admire the Konkan and the Deccan on another.
The Elephant’s Head Point :
is one of the liked places in Mahabaleshwar. The point is called the Elephant’s Head Point, because the rock formation here resembles to the head of an elephant and its trunk. One can see the Sahyadri mountain range from here; this magnificent panorama attracts innumerable tourists.
All days of the week-9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
the Veena Lake. It is a manmade lake built in the year 1942 by Shri Appasaheb Maharaj, who was a descendant of Shivaji Maharaj. The Veena Lake stretches across 7-8 Km and is surrounded by green vegetation, adding to its beauty. This lake is a place of pilgrimage and also has the Pratapsihn Garden on its banks.
One can indulge in several fun filled activities when at the Veena Lake. Come with family and friends and enjoy sailing in the Row and Peddle boats here. Also let your children take pleasure in activities like horse riding, fun fair games and merry go round. There are restaurants just a Kilometre away, to suffice your hunger pangs. Munch on the finger licking corn and strawberries, while taking a stroll around the lake.
Marjorie point :
During the British rule, Mahabaleshwar became their summer destination. Englishmen named several excursion spots here and named after themselves. Marjorie point (It lies at a height of 1290 m) is one such site whose panorama encompasses the gigantic Sahyadri ranges.
500 M below this point lays the lush green Konkan valley, which is a sight for the eyes. To appreciate the dim nature at its full magnificence, sightseers visit this as an excursion spot.