15 Adventurous Things To Do in Mahabaleshwar
Mahabaleshwar is located in the Sahyadri Mountain ranges and has a lot of amazing places to visit which will enhance your sense of adventure. Here, in almost all the historic places and architecture, you will see a British influence. Filled with some great tourist attractions, Mahabaleshwar is one of the most popular hill stations in India. The sceneries here are just a treat to the eyes but before visiting here, you must know the top 15 things to do in Mahabaleshwar for adventure, or you may miss some of the best.
Let's explore adventurous activities in Mahabaleshwar:
1. The War History of Pratapgadh
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One of the best places in Mahabaleshwar without any doubt is the Pratapgadh Fort. The fort is amazing to watch and the historical value it has in the history of India is immense. In the year 1665, the Pratapgadh fort was built by the Marathas at the top of a hill. The fort is not in a good condition today as it had seen one of the most fierce battles in the history of India, the battle of Pratapgadh. Still, the value of the fort is not less and the heritage of it attracts a lot of people to the place. Some of the greatest attractions of the place are the goddess Bhavani Temple in the lower part of the fort and the Mahadev Temple in the upper parts. Other than these, the holy dargah of Afzal Khan is also present there. There is no fee for entry in the fort and the timing to enter is 10 AM to 6 PM daily.
2. The Delight named Mapro Garden
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Located near Mahabaleshwar, the Mapro Garden is one of the most famous tourist spots. The place is known for having a great strawberry plantation. Some great strawberry products are made here like jams, marmalade, preserves, squashes, syrups, and toppings. If you visit there, you can have some great dishes like the strawberry ice creams, strawberry shakes, and fruit salad. All the items are made of fresh strawberries. Every year, the place hosts a Strawberry festival in the month of May which goes on for 9 days. The entrance to this place is free and you can visit here every day from 8 AM to 8 PM.
3. Scenic Beauty of Venna Lake
Another great tourist spot in Mahabaleshwar, Veena Lake is surrounded by great trees all around its coast. The best thing to do there is boat riding in the scenic beauty. In the evening the place can refresh you with its green surroundings. Sitting on the lakeside is another great thing to do here. For the kids, there are train rides and if you are an adult, you can do fishing here. There is no entry fee to the place but you have to rent the boat if you want to ride on the water. Every day the place is open from 7 AM to 7 PM.
4. Tapola, Known as the Mini Kashmir
One of the most beautiful places in Mahabaleshwar, Tapola has a beautiful lake, named the Shivsagar lake. Some adventurous and interesting jungle treks can be found here. Over the lake, a relaxing boat ride can be taken too. You can do a lot of sporting activities other than boating like kayaking, swimming, and water scooter rides on the lake. You can get the best scenic view of the place at early morning or at sunset.
5. Elephant’s Head Point
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Just as the name, the shape of the mountain is just like the head of an elephant. This is also called the needle point. The scenic beauty of the place is amazing. You can go for a picnic here. The cool breeze will ensure your refreshment. There is an echo zone which is made famous by the fun lovers. The place is open from 9 AM to 6 PM and there is no fee for entry to the place.
6. The Majestic Lingamala Falls
In Mahabaleshwar, you will find the natural delight named the Lingamala Falls. For picnic and photography with friends and family, this place is really great. The time which is best for a visit here is between July to December. Other than the Lingamala Falls, you will find two other falls here named Chinaman’s waterfall and Dhobi waterfall. The entry fee for per person to the place is INR 20. The place is open from 9 AM to 6 PM daily.
7. Religious visit to Bhushan Mahamuni
For the religious people, the best place to visit is the Bhushan Mahamuni, which is located in the northern parts of the city. The place also has a second name, Shree Kshetra. The temple here is of Lord Shiva and you can see the holy Swayambhu Shivlinga here. It is also the place where 5 greatest water reservoirs meet, Krishna, Veena, Koyna, Savitri, and Gayatri. There are two more great temples nearby, the Panchganga temple and the Baleswar temple. There is no entry fee here but the timing to visit is between 6 AM to 10 PM.
8. Wildlife Lovers can visit Babington Point
Nature and wildlife lovers love this place named the Babington point, located nearly 1294 mts. over the sea level. The place is an absolute beauty for photography. You will get to see a great variety of trees, plants, and birds there. Couples will find the place very romantic. There is no doubt that the place will be in the list of among the top places in Mahabaleshwar. There is no fee to enter the place and you can see the beauty of the Chinaman’s Waterfall and the Koyna Valley from the top.
9. Parsi Point
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The place is known for its natural beauty. From the point, you will get a great view of the river Krishna. To get the better view of the valley, you will find telescopes there. The place is good for a day outing and picnic with friends and family. The sunrise and sunset here are just breathtaking to watch.
10. Have a picnic at Connaught Peak
Named after the famous Duke of Connaught, the Connaught Peak was formerly known as Mount Olympia. It has a height of around 1,400 meters and a view of Krishna Valley and Veena Lake from that height is just mind-blowing. From the peak, you can also take a look at Pratapgadh, Pasarani, and Panchgani. The sunrise and sunset are exceptional to watch from here.
11. The Famous Lord Mahabaleshwar Temple
This Lord Shiva temple is very sacred. It was built in the 16th century by Chanda Rao. The holy pond and the huge Shivalinga attracts a lot of tourists here. You will also get to see the Lakshmibai Temple near it. The temple is open from 6 AM to 7 PM.
12. Stunning Views from Lodwick Point
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Named in honor of General Lodwick, the Lodwick point was earlier known as the Sydney point. General Lodwick was the first officer, who was able to climb the hill. To remember his feat, a 25 feet pole has been posted there. From the point, you will be able to get the view of the amazing Elphinstone Point and Pratapgadh Fort. The timing to visit the place is from 6 AM to 8 PM.
13. Scintillating Hill station, Panchgani
It is another hill station located in Maharashtra and very near to Mahabaleshwar. If you are visiting Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani is a must visit place for you. Located in the Sahyadri Mountain ranges, this place is also majorly known for its scenic beauty. The flowing of the river Krishna adds extra charm to the beauty of this place. If you are visiting Panchgani, the places you would like to see are Mapro Garden, Parsi Point, and Sydney Point.
14. Historical Rajpuri Caves
The four Rajpuri Caves is located at a distance of 10 km from the town of Mahabaleshwar. Large kunds surrounds the caves. You will see a Goddess Ghatjal Devi temple and the Lord Karthikeya Temple in one of the four caves. Other three caves are interlinked with some tunnels which are located underground. It is said that the pandavas took shelter in these caves at the time of their exile. The best attraction of the place is the annual local fair. The place is open every day from 6 AM to 7 PM.
15. Table Island
Known for being the second highest mountain plateau in Asia, Table Island is one of the most renowned tourist spots in Mahabaleshwar. The 95 acre place has a lush green carpet of grass over it. The place has a height of over 4,550 ft. You will find a few caves there. The best time to be in the place is around August and September. The best thing to do there is horse riding. There are some good stalls of food where you can find some nice snacks.