Covered by valleys all around and standing tall at 4500 ft above sea level, Mahabaleshwar is a hill station located in the Sahyadri mountain range. This is one of the very few evergreen forests in India. Comprising of 3 villages, this city is the birth place of River Krishna. The birth of this river is a dramatically interesting scene. It emerges from the mouth of a cow shaped statue. In the past, this place served as a summer capital of the Bombay province for the British officers. Owing to its climate, it still hosts a huge number of visitors during the summer season, especially biker riders, who now have the opportunity to avail bikes on hire by various bike rental shops in nearby cities.
Any view from this hill station makes you go “wow”. That is the extent of the beauty of this place. Lush green trees, pure and fresh air, cool climate and peaceful demeanor describe the aura of this heavenly place. Situated just a few kms away from Satara(45 kms), Mumbai(285 kms) and Pune(120 kms), the place sees a lot of tourists visiting the place to enjoy its unexplainable beauty. Though a very popular location for holidays, it has not lost its charm and has stayed away from the threat of over commercialisation. Mahabaleshwar has a lot of places of tourist interest.
It is home to a 4500-year-old Hindu temple called the Panchaganga temple situated at the origin of 7 rivers namely, Krishna, Koyana, Gayatri, Savitri, Venna, Saraswati, and Bhagirathi. There is the Krishnabai temple that worships the Krishna River. It also houses a Shivling. Along with waterfalls and man-made lakes, this place showcases intricate stone carvings on pillars and its ceiling.
The 3 monkey point as the name goes, these stones when viewed from a distance look like 3 monkey statues, representing the 3 wise monkeys of Gandhiji. Apart from these, the Author point and Kate’s point are not to be missed. They offer a spectacular view of the valley below. The elephant point is named so because the stones are naturally cut in such a way so as to look like the trunk of an elephant. The Wilson point is the only point in Mahabaleshwar, where both sunrise and sunset can be witnessed. One would not want to miss the mystic Venna lake, surrounded by trees on all four sides and the enchanting Lingmala waterfalls, at an approximate height of 600 m. Apart from all these tourist attractions, Mahabaleshwar has almost become synonymous to strawberry. This city alone caters to more than 85% of the country’s strawberry needs.
Mahabaleshwar is very well connected by road to many major cities. The excellent road conditions is an icing on the cake. With a variety of two wheelers available for rent by many bike rentals in nearby cities like Pune, one can easily hire a bike of his/her choice and make this journey. At Wheelstreet there are superbikes available for rent that will add a spark of adventure to this journey.