Mahabaleshwar is a popular hill station, situated by the Sahyadri Range of the Western Ghats. Owning to its pleasant and cool weather, the place served as the summer capital of the Bombay Presidency, during the Colonial era. Travellers plan a visit to Mahabaleshwar to experience the mystical views of the lush green hills and the wide range of evergreen forests found here. If you are planning a visit to the place any time soon, do check out the deals and accommodation facilities offered by Mahabaleshwar hotels. Also, here is a detailed to-do list that you must try while enjoying a fulfilling vacation at this splendid hill station.
Ride a Shikara at Veena Lake
The Veena Lake is a terrific creation of nature at Mahabaleshwar. It is surrounded by exuberant hills and trees on all sides. This gorgeous lake is marked with beautiful boats called the “shikaras” which provides a memorable experience to the tourists. One of the best things to do in Mahabaleshwar is to take a personal boat tour on the clear water of the lake and enjoy the spectacular views of the nearby hills from a different perspective.
Visit Mapro Garden and Chocolate Plant
Mapro Garden and Chocolate Plant is a park established by Mahabaleshwar Products i.e. Mapro. Situated amidst the hills of Panchgani, it is a refreshing picnic spot with friends and family. The park comprises an outlet of Mapro products, a chocolate factory, a tiny nursery and a little play area for kids. Mapro Garden grows a wide range of delicious fruits like blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, mulberries. Furthermore, it provides the country with the highest supply of strawberries and products made out of the same. Do not forget to try their strawberry based ice creams, jam, syrups and juices on your next visit.
Experience the breathtaking sunrise view from Wilson Point
Wilson Point is the highest point in Mahabaleshwar, located at a distance of 2km from the Mahabaleshwar bus stand. The place is situated at a height of 1439m offering an enchanting view of the sunrise, gorgeous hills and the greenery all around. The place was originally known as Sindola Hill, later named after Sir Leslie Wilson, who happened to be the Governor of Bombay. Wilson Point has three different towers offering a spectacular view of Mahabaleshwar and surrounding areas. It is the only place in India, where you can witness a clear and distinctive view of both sunrise and sunset.
Explore the majestic Pratapgarh Fort
The fort was built in the 17th Century under the instructions of the great Maratha warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji and is a major historical attraction of Mahabaleshwar. It has played a major role in the famous Battle of Pratapgarh, which is also considered a turning point for the Maratha rule. The Afzal Tower, the statue of Shivaji and two temples dedicated to Lord Mahadev and Goddess Bhavani are some key attractions of this place. You can plan a visit to the fort between 10 AM to 6 PM on the weekdays.
Birdwatching from Babington Point
This place is located at a height of 1,294m above sea level. The Babington point is best for nature lovers, birdwatchers and, wildlife enthusiasts. Its serene environment, fabulous weather, and lush greenery attract various kinds of birds and animals from distant locations. The best time to visit Babington point will be during the summer season.
Adventure at Velocity Entertainmentz
Apart from exploring the scenic beauty of Mahabaleshwar, you can also participate in several adventurous activities. Velocity Entertainmentz is an amusement park located in Panchgani, Mahabaleshwar Road. The place is a must-visit location for fun rides and adventurous sports lovers. Available attractions are zorbing, dashing cars, air hockey, go-karting, gyroscope, basketball, bujee ejection and trampoline, rodeo bull and giant wheel. It is open 7 days a week, from 9 AM to 11 PM.
Trekking at Connaught Peak
Connaught Peak is the second-highest peak in Mahabaleshwar, located at an elevation of 1,400m above sea level. The place was previously known as Mount Olympia and later renamed after the Duke of Connaught. The peak provides enchanting views of Panchgani, Krishna Valley, Veena Lake and Pratapgarh Fort. It is also considered an appropriate point for the trekkers, who can experience the breathtaking sunset and sunrise views.
Do make sure to experience all of the aforementioned things on your trip to Mahabaleshwar, with family or friends and enjoy a great holiday.