Being from Panchgani it’s like my second home. Mahabaleshwar Panchgani was the summer capital of the Governor of the erstwhile Bombay Presidency during the colonial era.
Panchgani is nestled at middle of five hills in the Sahyādri mountain ranges, also there are five villages around the Pachgani are Dandeghar, Khingar, Godwali, Amral & Taighat. Panchgani is known for its many boarding schools established since the late 19th century.
In old Mahabaleshwar, 7 km from Mahabaleshwar, there are many tourist points and 5 temples to see, with examples of old Indian architecture. There are also natural view points, some named by the British.
Mahabaleshwar Panchgani – Places of interest
This point is situated on a hillock facing the Krishna Valley
This flat large expanse of laterite rock is the second longest mountain plateau in Asia.
This scenic point is situated on the way to Mahabaleshwar, and overlooks the Krishna valley and the blue shiny waters of the Dhom Dam.
Situated at the south of the table land, the Devil’s Kitchen has a mythology associated with it: It is believed that the Pāndavas of the Mahābhārat epic had stayed here for a while.
Mala’s Fruit Products:
Mala’s is one of the best Jam developers in the history of India. Mala’s introduced the word ‘JAM’ in India.
Situated on the curvaceous roads between Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar, it is easily accessible by buses originating both from Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar.
For Eating I would suggest you some amazing joints like Strawberry Inn in panchgani. And for Ice creams in panchgani Hill Top is one of my favorite since my school days. Mapro is very popular halt for tourist for brunch. It is located just 6 km ahead of Pachgani. Ambiance of Mapro garden is very beautiful and you get yummy food. Classic grilled sandwich/Mini grilled sandwich, pizza and Fresh Strawberry with Ice Cream.
Krishna River flowing from a cow-face (gomukh) in a kunda
Behind Panchganga temple, there is a small trail that leads to Krishnabai temple where the Krishna River is worshiped. It is built on the hilltop overlooking the Krishna valley and was built in 1888 by a ruler of Ratnagiri on the KonKan coast.
Named because of the natural sculpture of the stones which looks like three monkeys sitting beside each other and portraying.
Arthur Seat point
Officer Sir Arthur Malet (1806–1888) (Not to be confused with British born actor of same name), who sat here and gazed at the Savitri River, where he lost his wife and children in a tragic ferry mishap
The Venna lake is one of the major tourist attractions of Mahabaleshwar. The lake is surrounded by trees on all sides.
Balakwadi dam viewed from Kate’s Point. Kate’s point is located to the east of Mahabaleshwar and is famous for its view of two reservoirs, Balakwadi and Dhom. The point is around 1280 mts high.
Needle hole point is located near Kate’s Point. One can see a natural rock formation with a hole in between, thus giving the name Needle-hole.
Named after Sir Leslie Wilson, the Governor of Bombay from 1923 to 1926, Wilson Point is the highest point in Mahabaleshwar at 1439. Wilson point is the only location in Mahabaleshwar where both sunrise and sunset can be seen.
Pratapgad is a fort near Mahabaleshwar. The fort is popular for in History of India as Commander of Bijapur Afzalkhan was defeated and killed by Shivaji Maharaj at Pratapgad.
Best time to visit:
Even though Mahabaleshwar & Panchgani is a year-round destination, there are certain perks and snags for every season.
If you are looking to visit this city in the summer months of March through mid-June, you will find the weather agreeable and perfect for roaming round the hill station
Mid-June to September are the months when Mahabaleshwar & Panchgani is faced with heavy rains. But if you brave the torrential currents pouring down, you will be greeted to a spectacular landscape, which is bound to take your breath away
Winters are from November to mid-March and are pleasantly cold. Due to Mahabaleshwar’s & Panchgani proximity to Arabian Sea, the weather is lovely even during winters.
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