The Mahabaleshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The name of Mahabaleshwar is inspired by Lord Mahabali, a diety believed to have great strength. The temple consists of two rooms – the inner God Chamber, and the outer Central Hall.
This holy centre is believed to have been constructed in the 16th Century under the dynasty of Chanda Rao More. The architecture of the temple is inspired by the famous Hemadant style.
The Elephant’s Head Point derived its name from its resemblance to an elephant's head and trunk. It is based in the popular hill station of Mahabaleshwar. One of the best vanatage points here, tourists can observe a scenery that stretches all the way down to the Sahayadri Ranges. This point lies in the extreme end and is near the Lodwick Point.
Chinaman's Falls are another set of waterfalls apart from the Dhobi Waterfalls that should not be missed. Situated in Mahabaleshwar, the falls make for a breathtaking sight with the water cascading down rocky mountains.
This spot is ideal for holidaying and gives a spectacular view of the deep Koyna Valley it later becomes a part of. It has got its name from the Chinese who looked after these falls in the olden days.
Dhobi Waterfall is an enchanting locale located at a distance of 3 km from Mahabaleshwar. Water falls from a great height into the Koyna Valley and finally meets the Koyna river in a majestic fashion. A regular picnic spot, this fall is close to the Elphinstone and Lodwick Point. This sight is a must watch if you are travelling during the monsoons, and even otherwise.
The Sunrise Point is the highest point in Mahabaleshwar. It offers a bewitching sight of the sunrise and is greatly popular amongst its admirers. Babington Point and Old Mahabaleshwar are some of the many places that can be seen from this point. It has three observation towers.
The Connaught Peak is the second highest peak at Mahabaleshwar. Nestled in the hills, at an altitude of 1400 m, the peak has been named in the memory of the Duke of Connaught, prior to which it went by the name of Mount Olympia.
The Krishna Valley and Venna Lake are two superb views you can get from this peak. Ajinkyatara, Rajgarh and Kamalgadh are a few other places espied upon from this point. The Pasrani Ghat in the east, while the fort of Pratapgad in the west is also clearly visible. With the entire Mahabaleshwar Valley in sight, this spot makes for a challenging course for trekkers and adventurers.
Helen’s Point is also known as the Blue Valley and offers terrific sights of the nearby waterfalls and spellbinding sceneries in Mahabaleshwar. The Krishna river is distinctly visible from this point.
Vacationers who visit this spot are seduced by the musical water cascading down the hills. North Coat Point, Robber’s Cave and Gavalani Point are a few other points close to Helen’s Point that must be checked out.
Arthur’s Seat – named in the memory of Arthur Malet – is around 1470 m high and situated around 10 km away from Mahabaleshwar. Malet is supposed to be the first man to have built a home at this spot.
The divergence between the Deccan and Konkan territories can be clearly examined from this point. To the left lies the Savitri Valley, while the right occupies another shallow valley. The Window Point is another point just beneath the Arthur’s Seat which offers a great view.
The Mumbai Point or Sunset Point – as the name suggests – offers a splendid view of the sun setting near the valleys. The varying orange hues in the sky cast a spell on all the visitors who come here. This point is the oldest point in Mahabaleshwar. With a huge open land, this place is ideal for a lazy afternoon. Close to the Sunset Point is the Lover’s Point.
The Pratapgarh Fort is a major tourist attraction in Mahabaleshwar. Established in 1856, the uber famous fort rings a familiar name. About 20 km away from Mahabaleshwar, this fort was constructed following Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja’s orders.
Replete with trap doors and large chambers, this place is significant as Afzal Khan’s death. It houses Khan’s tomb as well as the famous Bhavani temple. There is also a Shiv Temple in the vicinity. From a distance, the fort resembles a high, round hill. It is situated at a height of about a 1000 m above sea level.
The Babington Point is a popular point located in the premises of the hill station of Mahabaleshwar. At an imposing height of 1294 m, this hot spot is a favourite amongst sightseers and tourists. The path that leads up to this point is replete with a green boulevard and provides for a fantastic view of the land beneath.
The Chinaman Waterfalls and the Koyna Valley are two places that can be clearly seen from here.