(Last Updated on : 14/04/2015)
Tourism in Mahabaleshwar
deals with the major tourists destinations like Venna Lake, Arthur Seat, Needle Hole Point, Elephant Point and many other tourist destinations, which gives a new name as the hill station of West India. Mahabaleshwar is denoted as the major pilgrimage tourist destination also.
Venna Lake is one of the major sightseer attractions of Mahabaleshwar. The lake is surrounded by trees on all sides. Venna Lake
offers the tourists a weekend destination.
The view of Venna Lake in the midst of the famous market place attracts the national and international tourists.
Arthur's seat is a point at an elevation of 1340 meters from the sea level. The point was named after British officer Sir Arthur Malet (1806-1888). Sir Arthur Malet sat here and gazed at the Savitri River where he lost his wife and children in a tragic ferry mishap.
Balakwadi dam is viewed from Kate's Point. Kates Point offers stunning view of hills and the river. The beauty from Kates Point also offers to the national and international level tourists. Kate's point is located to the east of Mahabaleshwar and is famous for its view of two reservoirs, Balakwadi and Dhom. Kates point is around 1280 meters high.
Needle Hole Point
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. The point is also famous for the view of Deccan traps, which looks like an elephant's trunk.
Wilson Point is named after Sir Leslie Wilson, the Governor of Bombay Presidency
during the rule of British Empire in India, from 1923-1926. Wilson Point is the highest point in Mahabaleshwar at 1439 meters. Wilson Point is also known as Sindola Hill during the colonial rule. Wilson point is the only location in Mahabaleshwar where both sunrise and sunset can be seen. Wilson Point offers a spectacular glance of Mahabaleshwar in all directions.
3 Monkey Point
3 Monkey Point is named because of the natural sculpture of the stones which looks like three monkeys sitting beside each other and portraying 3 monkeys of Mohan das Karam Chand Gandhi. Three Monket Point is nestled deep in the valleys that one can figure out from the outline of a big stone a natural cut out, it gives an effect of 3 monkeys sitting next to each other portraying "See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil". This point is routed to Arthur Seat Point, which is another popular destination in Mahabaleshwar.
Pratapgad Fort is a beautiful rocky fort near Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra. The fort was built by Shivaji. The fort is popular for in the late medieval history of India as Governor of Bijapur, Afzal Khan
from the Government of Mughal Empire
was defeated and killed by Chhatrapati Shivaji at Pratapgad fort