One of the most popular destinations for one day local sightseeing tours is Mahabaleshwar. Mahabaleshwar is a scenic hill town in Maharashtra. Tourists love the town for its clean rivers, glorious waterfalls and majestic hills. Close proximity to Pune and Mumbai makes Mahabaleshwar an ideal weekend getaway. Mahabaleshwar is also famous for its wonderful temples, prestigious boarding schools and naturally beautiful surroundings.
The pleasant weather of Mahabaleshwar provides a welcome relief from the rush and heat of the cities. The cool weather and the rains lend a romantic vibe to this beautiful town. The queen of hill stations in Maharashtra is also Mahabaleshwar! The town is made up of Malcolm Peth, Old Mahabaleshwar, and Shindola villages. The most visited sites of Mahabaleshwar are Arthur’s Seat, Lingmala Waterfall and Pratapgad Fort.
It was in 1829 that the modern day Mahabaleshwar came into being. Before Independence, this beautiful town served as the summer capital of Bombay presidency. The river that flows through the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh- Krishna – finds it source in Mahabaleshwar. The source of the river is a small fountain and is visited by hundreds of tourists every day.
The viewpoints of the town offer some gorgeous panoramic views of the nearby Sahyadri Mountains. Mahabaleshwar has also gained significant fame for its strawberry and mulberry plantations.
Overview of same day Mahabaleshwar tour package :
Mahabaleshwar has a moderate climate all around the year. Landslides in the region make Mahabaleshwar inhospitable during monsoons. Summers are slightly warm but still very comfortable. The temperature may go down as low as 10 degree Celsius during peak winter months. This is a good time to visit for those who enjoy cold weather. The best time to visit Mahabaleshwar is from October to June. You may also visit Mahabaleshwar during the Strawberry Festival. This two-day annual festival is celebrated in March. The festival attracts botanists from far and near.
The sites to visit on a one day Mahabaleshwar local sightseeing tour are Elephant’s Head Point, Arthur’s Seat, Panchgani, Venna Lake, Mahabaleshwar Temple, and Lodwick Point. The tour will end after some city shopping. Tourists like us best for our economical rates. Our cost effective tour package doesn’t compromise on tourist’s comfort. You will be given private rental cabs that have AC, GPS and MP3 players. Do not worry about any extra charges or overtime fines either!
1. Elephant’s Head Point
The first destination of your local Mahabaleshwar private tour will be Elephant’s Head Point. The surroundings are blessed with a dense forest cover and beautiful valleys. The site derives its name from the rock formations that resemble the trunk of an elephant. These unique rock formations attract many a curious visitors every year.
Elephant’s Point is also said to have derived its name from the former Governor of Bombay, Sir Mount Elphinstone. The site was brought to public knowledge in 1930 by Dr. Murray. He used to live in a mansion nearby. The mansion doesn’t exist anymore and in its place, stands a picnic shed.
The Elephant’s Head Point offers panoramic views of the majestic Pratapgarh Fort. The fort is flanked by Kova Valley and Savitri Valley on either side. You will also be able to spot the Sahyadri Range from here. The sandy isolation of the mountains further beautify the lush greenery of the site!
- Must See / Things Do:: Remember to catch either the sunset or sunrise from Elephant’s Head Point.
2. Arthur’s Seat
Arthur’s Seat is located at a distance of 13 KM from Mahabaleshwar. The short distance will be covered by your private rental cab. The most visited view point in Mahabaleshwar is also Arthur’s Seat. You’ll have to ascend to a height of 1340 metres to visit the site. The site is surrounded by Savitri Gorge and a dense green plateau on each side.
Arthur’s Seat has been named after Sir Arthur Mallet. Mallet was the first person to build a house in this area. From Arthur’s Seat, you could also attempt to distinguish the geological differences between the Konkan and the Deccan plateaus! Reaching the valley requires a short 30 mins trek from the parking area.
Apart from Arthur’s Seat Point, the other sites of interest located close by are Echo Point, Hunter Point, Tiger Spring Point, Window Point and Malcolm Point. Located a few steps down from Arthur’s Point is the window point. The source of the Savitri River is Tiger Spring. It is also often visited by tourists. Enjoy views of Mahabaleshwar Range such as Pratapgad, Koleshwar, Raireshwar, and Chandragad from Arthur’s Point.
- Must See / Things Do:: Arthur Seat is famous for floating light objects. If you throw a light object such as a bottle cap towards the valley, it will bounce right back due to an elevated air pressure!
The third destination of your Mahabaleshwar tour by private car will be Panchgani. The town derives its name from the five hills located in this region. Panchgani is the sister town to Mahabaleshwar and draws a significant crowd every year. The pleasant climate and the natural beauty are the main attractions of this small town. Panchgani is also well known for its reputed boarding schools, colonial building, and sanatoriums. You will best enjoy seeing the town on horseback.
The must see destinations within Panchgani are Parsi Point, Sydney Point, Mapro Garden, Table Land and Devil’s Kitchen. You may also indulge in some paragliding and horse riding here. Children enjoy Go-Karting immensely.
- Must See / Things Do:: When in Panchgani, don’t forget to shop for homemade condiments such as marmalades and jams.
4. Venna Lake
Venna Lake is a beautiful lake surrounded by magnificent trees and a lush carpet of grass in the town of Mahabaleshwar.
Venna Lake was built by Shri Appasaheb Maharaj in 1942. He used to be the ruler of Satara district.
Spread over a massive area of 28 acres, the lake displays grand natural beauty. You will also find pilgrims at this destination. Chhatrapati Pratap Singh Garden is located nearby and is also a must visit.
You can enjoy horse and pony rides at the lake. Eateries and restaurants near the lake serve lip-smacking Marathi food.
- Must See / Things Do:: Enjoy a ride in a paddle boat- it’s the best way to properly see the lake.
5. Mahabaleshwar Temple
Mahabaleshwar Temple is a beautiful temple situated at a distance of 6 KM from the town, and is one of the last stops on our one day Mahabaleshwar local sightseeing package. The ancient temple is a testament to Maratha heritage and architecture. The temple is a must-visit for every Shivaite.
The main deity of the temple is Lord Shiva. In here, you will also be able to take a glimpse of some of Shiva’s possessions such as his bed, damru, trishul, and Kalbhairav. Tourists flock in dozens to worship the 6 feet tall Shiva lingam of the temple. Only the tip of the lingam is visible while the rest is buried underground. Mahabaleshwar Temple has been styled in the Hemadant architectural style of South India.
- Must See / Things Do:: There are two more temples in this area, Atibaleshwar Temple and Panchganga temple. Remember to check out these temples too.
6. Lodwick Point
The next stop of your same day Mahabaleshwar tour package is Lodwick Point. The site is located only 5 KM away from Mahabaleshwar. Tourists visit Lodwick’s Point for an awe-inspiring view of Pratapgarh Fort and Elphinstone Point. A huge statue of Lord Lodwick has also been put up at the site.
Lodwick Point is also known as Sydney Point. The site was constructed in the honour of General Lodwick to commemorate his achievement of being the first person to have climbed up all way up to this point.
- Must See / Things Do:: Hire a carriage drive. It will take you all the way up to Lodwick Point. If you have time, do try to catch the sunset!
7. City Shopping
The best place to shop in Mahabaleshwar is the Town Bazaar. The most lovely souvenirs to bring home from Mahabaleshwar are fresh strawberries, raspberries, and mulberries. You must also remember to buy some jellies, honey, jams, and candies.
The pleasant weather and natural beauty of Mahabaleshwar will erase the fatigue of city life and replenish you with a new zest for life!