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  • Tourists will be spoilt for choice as there are several enchanting places to visit in Mahabaleshwar in one day. Situated in the Sahyadri mountain range in Maharashtra’s Satara district, Mahabaleshwar has a lot to offer to travellers looking to explore this breathtakingly beautiful hill station.

    Once the summer capital of Bombay during the British Raj, Mahabaleshwar is famous for its rivers, ancient temples, waterfalls, evergreen dense forests, stunning cascades, majestic peaks and valleys. The city is known for its winding roads, strawberry farms and pleasant weather conditions all year round.

    It boasts of several vantage points from where you can witness breath-taking views of the hills, valleys and waterfalls. Popular among travellers, photographers and nature and adventure lovers, Mahabaleshwar is sure to give you memories that will last a lifetime.

    Here are some of the best places to visit in Mahabaleshwar in one day:

  • 01Tapola


    Also known as ‘Mini Kashmir’, Tapola is famous for the picturesque Shivsagar Lake, jungle treks, pastoral beauty and Eco Agro Tourism. Trek to the Vasota and Jaigad forts located in the dense jungles around the lake. Take a stroll or enjoy the sunset at the several islands situated near Tapola. Indulge in adventure sports like kayaking and paragliding or enjoy a peaceful boat ride at the lake.

    You can also interact with locals and experience village life under the Tapola Eco Agro Tourism initiative. Hike to the strawberry fields to help pick out the fruit or try your hand at milking, feeding and taking care of cows like locals.

    Entry Fee:

    Open 24 hours every day

    Satara, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra - 412806

    Distance from bus stand:
     27.2 km.

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  • 02Pratapgad

    A popular hill fort situated in Maharashtra’s Satara district, Pratapgarh stands witness to the famous battle that was fought between the armies of Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Adil Shahi General Afzal Khan.

    The fort is in ruins but much of the ramparts are still intact. It has a watch tower just beside the main entrance, a statue of Shivaji Maharaj, Bhawani and Mahadev temples and a library displaying the heritage of the fort. It also boasts of four lakes and stunning views of the hill station. The dargah of Afzal Khan is also located in the vicinity.

    Entry Fee: None

    Timings: 10 am – 6 pm (Open every day)

    Location: Poladpur Mahabaleshwar Road, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra - 412806 

    Distance from bus stand:
     20.8 km.
  • 03Lingamala Falls

    Lingamala Falls

    Trek through the forest to reach the Lingamala Falls, one of the most scenic places to visit in Mahabaleshwar in one day. The best time to visit is between July and December. The water falls below from a height of 600 feet and gets illuminated when the rays of the sun fall on it.

    This water further flows into the Venna Lake. Surrounded by lush green forest, the Lingamala Waterfalls offer stunning views for photographers and nature lovers. Plus, you get to see three waterfalls - the Dhobi and Chinaman - for the price of one!

    Entry Fee: Rs 20 per person. Rs 10 for still camera.

    Timings: 8 am – 5:30 pm (Open every day)

    Location: Panchgani - Mahabaleshwar Road, Maharashtra - 412806

    Distance from bus stand:
     18.7 km.

  • 04Venna Lake

    Venna Lake

    A man-made lake spread over 28 acres, Venna Lake is one of the most scenic places to visit in Mahabaleshwar in one day. It was initially built to cater to the city’s water needs. The lake also has a couple of pilgrimage spots submerged within 1-2 kms. There’s also a garden called ‘Chhatrapati Pratapsinh’ situated on its banks.

    The walk from the bus stop to the lake is bewitching. Go for boat rides and horse riding at the lake. Satisfy your hunger pangs at the eateries and restaurants nearby. Be sure to witness a stunning sunset by the lakeside.

    Entry Fee:

    7 am – 7 pm. (Open every day).

    Venna Lake, Mahabaleshwar, Satara, Maharashtra – 412806.

    Distance from bus stand:
     3.7 km.

  • 05Mapro Garden

    Mapro Garden

    Mapro Gardens is one of the most famous places to visit in Mahabaleshwar in one day. Located in Panchgani, this garden park comprises a chocolate factory, restaurant, small nursery, children’s play area and a retail outlet that sells Mapro products.

    It also hosts the Strawberry Festival during the Easter weekend in March/April. Farmers from nearby villages open their farms to tourists and distribute strawberries for free. They also showcase unconventional strawberry-based products like strawberry pizza, strawberry bhel and strawberry sandwiches among others. Several folk performances are also held.

    Entry Fee:

    8 am – 8:30 pm (weekdays), 8 am – 9 pm (weekends)

    15/1B, Panchgani - Mahabaleshwar Road, Gureghar, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra - 412806

    Distance from bus stand:
     11.5 km.

  • 06Elephant’s Head Point

    Elephant’s Head Point
    As the name suggests, Elephant’s Head Point is a mountain rock that has an uncanny resemblance to an elephant’s head. Easily one of the best places to visit in Mahabaleshwar in one day, Elephant’s Head Point offers a mesmerising view of the Sahyadri Range.

    You can also catch a spectacular panoramic view of the Pratapgarh Fort flanked by the Koyna Valley on one side and the Savitri Valley on the other. With beautiful scenery and a peaceful environment, this hill-top offers the perfect escape from the chaos of daily life. Don’t miss the amazing sunset.

    Entry Fee: None

    Timings: 9 am – 6 pm (Open every day)

    Location: Beyond Lodwick Point, Satara, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra - 41280

    Distance from bus stand:
     56.5 km
  • 07Lodwick Point

    Lodwick Point

    Initially known as Sydney Point, this hill-top was renamed Lodwick Point to honour General Lodwick, the first British officer to have climbed the hill. His son also got a 25-feet high pole constructed in his father’s memory.

    Lodwick Point is a must-visit for tourists for unparalleled panoramic views of the Pratapgarh Fort and the Elphinstone Point. There are several local guides at your service to provide you with information about the area.

    You can avail of carriage drives on your way up to Lodwick Point. Surrounded by mountains and dense forests, this place offers its visitors a peaceful and pleasant escape from their hectic work schedules.

    Entry Fee:

    6 am – 8 pm (Open every day)

    Satara, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra, 412806

    Distance from bus stand:
     3.5 km.

  • 08Rajpuri Caves

    Rajpuri Caves

    One of the most ancient attractions in Panchgani, Rajpuri Caves are a group of four caves surrounded by several holy water kunds with mythological references to the Mahabharata. Three out of the four caves are connected by underground tunnels and are believed to have served as a home for the Pandavas during their exile.

    They are believed to have been used by Lord Kartikeya for penance and performing religious rituals. Devotees believe that taking a dip in the holy
    kunds will relieve them of diseases and evils. The first cave consists of a holy kund constantly filled with water flowing from the sacred Gomukh.

    The Lord Kartikeya Temple, one of the highlights of the Rajpuri Caves, is believed to have been built using the sand from the caves. The entrance consists of several stone plates with inscriptions on them. A couple of traditional images of Nandi can be seen right in front of the caves – one of which lies opposite to the main entrance. 
    The Thaipooyam Festival celebrated in January/February is another highlight of this temple.

    Entry Fee:
    No entry fee

    6 am – 7 pm (Open every day)

    Panchgani, Satara, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra - 412804

    Distance from bus stand:
     24.9 km.

  • 09Table Land

    Table Land

    Asia’s second highest mountain plateau, Table Land is situated at a height of 4,550 feet above sea level and is spread over 95 acres of laterite rocks and dense vegetation. Enjoy jaw-dropping views of the sunrise and sunset. Go horse riding, trekking or paragliding or just gaze at the stunning view of the hill station. There are several stalls and eateries situated in the area to satisfy those food cravings.

    Get a clear view of the Rajapuri Caves, visit One Tree Hill Point (the only tree on the plateau) or get a glimpse of the real footsteps of the Pandavas that have stood the test of time and remain embossed into the ground at Table Land!

    Entry Fee:

    Open 24 hours every day

    Table Land Road, Godavali, Panchgani, Maharashtra - 412803

    Distance from bus stand:
     19.9 km.

  • 10Connaught Peak

    Connaught Peak
    Connaught Peak was earlier known as Mount Olympia but was given a new name after the Duke of Connaught fell in love with the place. Located on the Old Mahabaleshwar Road, it is the second highest peak in the hills.

    Located at a height of 1,400 feet above sea level, this place is a must-visit for its spectacular views of the Venna Lake and Krishna Valley. You can also enjoy beautiful views of the Pratapgarh Fort, Panchgani and Pasarani. The stunning sunset with the Sahyadri Range in the backdrop is a sight for sore eyes. Do not miss it!

    Entry Fee: None

    Timings: Open 24 hours every day

    Location: Satara, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra - 412806

    Distance from bus stand:
     5.2 km.
  • 11Lord Mahabaleshwar Temple

    Lord Mahabaleshwar Temple
    The Lord Mahabaleshwar Temple stands as a testimony to Maratha glory and heritage. An ancient shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva, it has a 5-feet wall around it and is divided into two sections – the central hall and the sanctum sanctorum.

    The latter houses a 500-year-old self-originated lingam known as the Mahalingam. The temple also boasts of Lord Shiva’s trishul, Rudraksha, damru and a bed. It has a square-shaped raised platform where, according to legend, Maratha king Shivaji weighed his mother Jijabai in gold and then gave it away in charity.

    Entry Fee: None

    Timings: 5 am – 12 noon, 4 pm - 9 pm (Open every day)

    Location: State Highway, 34 KA, Old Mahabaleshwar, Satara, Maharashtra - 412806

    Distance from bus stand:
     3.0 km.
  • 12Babington Point

    Babington Point

    Ideal for photographers, nature lovers and bird-watchers, Babington Point boasts of winding roads and pathways leading to a variety of birds, trees and flora and fauna. The tranquil environment accompanied by misty clouds further enhances the beauty of the place.

    The best time to visit Babington Point is from June to November as rains along with waterfalls and lakes make the place look greener. Frequented by trekkers and nature lovers, this vantage point offers beautiful views of the Chinaman Waterfall and the Koyna and Solshi Valleys. You can also see the densely covered mountain ranges from Babington Point.

    Entry Fee: None

    Timings: 6 am – 7 pm (Open every day)

    Location: Tapola Road, Birwadi, Satara, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra - 412806

    Distance from bus stand:
     2.9 km

  • 13Parsi Point

    Parsi Point

    With spectacular sunrise and sunset views, Parsi Point is one of the best places to visit in Mahabaleshwar in one day. The vantage point offers breath-taking views of the lush green mountains surrounding it.

    It is a photographer’s paradise offering mesmerising views of Krishna Valley and the sparkling backwaters of the Dhom Dam. You can also rent a telescope to see the spectacular views of the area from different angles. Parsi Point is the perfect place to take a break for a while and soak in all the beauty and tranquillity that nature has to offer.

    Entry Fee: None

    Timings: Open 24 hours every day

    Location: Ganeshpeth, Panchgani , Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra - 412805

    Distance from bus stand: 17.0 km.

  • 14Morarji Castle

    Constructed in British style architecture, Morarji Castle offers exotic and spectacular views of colonial buildings that can be best explored while on a drive around these structures. It is said that Mahatma Gandhi had decided to take a rest at this spectacular castle when he visited Mahabaleshwar in 1945.

    The colonial structures around Morarji Castle add to the natural beauty and elegance of the place.

    Entry Fee:

    10 am – 6:30 pm (Open every day)

    Panchgani, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra, 412806

    Distance from bus stand: 
    17.5 km.

  • 15Bhushan Mahamuni

    Also known as Shri Kshetra Mahabaleshwar, Bhushan Mahumuni is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

    This temple serves as base to Swayambhu Shivling with several water streams and is also the meeting point of five water reservoirs - Krishna, Koyna, Venna, Gayatri and Savitri.

    Entry Fee: None

    Timings: 6 am – 10 pm (Open every day)

    Location: Old Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra – 412806

    Distance from bus stand:
     6.6 km.

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