It’s a 408km drive from Goa Via Amboli Ghat, Kolhapur and Satara…. taking the expressway from Gadinglaz the Mahabaleshwar is located about 120 km southwest of Pune and 285 km from Mumbai, The train from Goa (Margao) to Pune takes 13.5 hours. From the Pune railway station the journey to Mahabaleshwar is about 124 km. The nearest railhead from Mahabaleshwar is Wather, located at a distance of 62 km from the city. But if you choose to travel to Mahabaleshwar by train, the Pune railhead is comparatively more convenient than the Wather station, because of its better connectivity to Mahabaleshwar. Pune is the nearest airport to Mahabaleshwar. If you plan to travel to Mahabaleshwar by air, you can board a flight till Pune, and then easily avail a bus, taxi or a private car from the Pune airport.
[su_highlight background=”#1c58eb” color=”#fafcfc”]LEGENDARY MYTH[/su_highlight]
Mahabaleshwar is a vast plateau measuring 150 km2, bound by valleys on all sides. Mahabaleshwar comprises three villages: Malcolm Path, Old “Kshetra” Mahabaleshwar and part of the Shindola village. Mahabaleshwar is the source of the Krishna River that flows across Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The legendary source of the river is a spout from the mouth of a statue of a cow in the ancient temple of Mahadev in Old Mahabaleshwar. Legend has it that Krishna is Lord Vishnu himself as a result of a curse on the trimurtis by Savitri. Also, its tributaries Venna and Koyana are said to be Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma themselves. An interesting thing to notice is that 4 other rivers come out from the cow’s mouth apart from Krishna and they all travel some distance before merging into Krishna. These rivers are the Koyana, Venna, Savitri, and Gayatri.
[su_highlight background=”#1c58eb” color=”#fafcfc”]MAHABALESHWAR TODAY[/su_highlight]
Mahabaleshwar is a popular honeymoon spot, and an important pilgrimage site for Hindus. Many tourists visit nearby Panchgani. After the construction of a new highway, it is around 5 hrs drive from Goa. Mahabaleshwar is also known for the honey and strawberries produced there. One can visit strawberry farms to enjoy the real flavor of the fruit. It is said that the climate of Mahabaleshwar is ideal for Strawberries and Mulberries. One can also get a taste of “Strawberries with Cream” Boats on the Venna lake in Mahabaleshwar.
[su_highlight background=”#1c58eb” color=”#fafcfc”]Some of the places you have to visit when you’re in Mahabaleshwar;[/su_highlight]
[su_highlight background=”#1c58eb” color=”#fafcfc”]Wilson Point[/su_highlight] also known as Sunrise point, 4710 ft above sea level. It is a vast plateau. There are three masonary round platforms to see the sunrise. You are advised to see sunrise from platform no:2. You can see sunset also from this point.
[su_highlight background=”#1c58eb” color=”#fafcfc”]Connaught peak[/su_highlight] is the second highest point. Presents panoramic view of a green carpet. You can see sunrise as well as sunset from this point.
[su_highlight background=”#1c58eb” color=”#fafcfc”]Elphiston point[/su_highlight] is the first point of Mahabaleshwar overlooking two valleys, koyna on the left & savitri on the right.
[su_highlight background=”#1c58eb” color=”#fafcfc”]Arthur’s Seat[/su_highlight] is the Queen of all points. It is facinating to see the barren deep valley Savitri on the left & shallow green valley on the right.
[su_highlight background=”#1c58eb” color=”#fafcfc”]Baghdad Point [/su_highlight]goes past village Moleshware on the way. You see a superb scenic view of the back waters of koyna dam on your left, river solshi in front of you with tiny villages as if sqatting on river banks & vast green slopes of M’war plateau on your right.
[su_highlight background=”#1c58eb” color=”#fafcfc”]Lodwick Point[/su_highlight] & Boars Head is protruding towards pratapgardh from Mahabaleshwar plateau you will see the surrounding scenery with awe.
[su_highlight background=”#1c58eb” color=”#fafcfc”]Water Falls[/su_highlight] Chinamans, Lingmala & Dhobi waterfalls, flow in abundance only during the rainy season best time to visit for this is June to August.
[su_highlight background=”#1c58eb” color=”#fafcfc”]Panchaganga Mandir[/su_highlight] is the famous temple as per the hindu mythology five holy rivers krishna, venna, koyna, Savitri & gayatri show their token appearance here in five springs flowing closely. This miraculous yoga is known as the “Kapila Shasthi Yoga”, which is believed to be a very auspicious occassion as per the Hindu faith.
Another famous hill station Panchgani is in close vicinity of about 20KM most tourists often visit both places together. The ‘Table-Land’ phenomenon of nature at Panchgani is breath-taking. Besides visiting these points you can also enjoy the famous horse rides in the Mahabaleshwar and there is an amusement park in panchagani.