Mahabaleshwar Points and Panchgani Tourist Places
In this travel guiding i am going to discus about the places to visit in panchgani mahabalesh. war India is a country with one of the most diverse geographical features, an important part of which is the Western Ghats. Its a history of existence that precedes the mighty Himalayas. Due to the immense geographical significance of the formations of Western Ghats when the Indian plate drifted from Gondwana, the surface of the natural phenomena provides some unique landforms. These landforms attract numerous tourists and researchers all around the world. In this blog, we will be talking about Mahabaleshwar points and Panchgani tourist places.
The perfect time to visit Panchgani hill stations is when the monsoon arrives on the western ghats of India. Due to the drizzles and clouds changing with the patterns of sunlight and rainfall, the road trip on the highway along the Western Ghats provides numerous viewpoints with stunning views of the western valley.
After about 5 hours of drive through the Western Ghats, we took the diversion from the national highway towards Panchgani Mahabaleshwar state highway and crossed the town of Wai. Wai is a beautiful gateway from Navi Mumbai located in the Krishna river valley and its vicinity to reach the Dhoom dam,which is one of the best panchgani tourist places.
Before the entrance into Panchgani is a parachute gliding point called Harrison’s folly beside the highway which is not only a relevant viewpoint but also a great spot for adventure lovers.Harrison’s folly may be considered as the first point to visit among one of the best panchgani tourist places .The monsoon though may not offer a clear picture due to less visibility, the clouds loaded with moisture provide a unique experience that is suitable enough to capture a mystic moment with nature. The monsoon no doubt brings the best possible features of this unique geographical landmass and that is why a tourist must include this road trip to explore the best of Western Ghats of India.
SYDNEY POINT AND PARSI POINT
The first significant viewpoint of the Western Ghats valleys in the highway of Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar is the Sydney point near the Panchgani hill town.Sydney point is one of the best Panchgani tourist places. It is a viewpoint from which a panoramic view of the Sahyadri range and the Krishna river flowing through the village Wai could be assessed. The beautiful village of Wai and the Dhoom reservoir built on the Krishna river can thus be seen from this majestic Sydney point of the Western Ghats.
Visiting the Sydney point in monsoon can be a disadvantage as the clear distant views of the Krishna valley will be obstructed by the clouds. The mists and the clouds that characterizes the monsoon will, however, create a different experience in the natural ambience of this tourist spot. The grass starts to grow in plenty and the valley looks green providing a more soothing image rather than the dry brown grasses in the summer and winters. According to the preference of a tourist, Sydney point provides a memorable company with nature that provides unique outlooks for the different seasons.
Visiting the serene hill stations of the Western Ghats in Maharashtra has a certain uniqueness. It is the combination of sun rays and the moisture-laden clouds that play hide and seek throughout the days in the months from June till the end of August. As a result of this, the color contrast of rain and sunlight can be captured perfectly from the numerous viewpoints in Panchgani hill. When I arrived at the Sydney point, the moisture-laden clouds started to pour in the raindrops in the form of drizzle. However, the whole area became invisible due to the dense fog. But unlike Sydney’s point Parsi point as shown in the picture, the sky got cleared from the dark clouds. And the rays of sunlight created beautiful reflections of the valley.
A look from Parsi point brings to visible view the town of Wai, the reservoir of the Dhoom dam and the Krishna river. Parsi point is one of the best among the many panchgani tourist places to visit . From the viewpoints, we get to see the Sahyadri range and its valley created on the banks of the Krishna river. Local guides have set up telescopes at the Parsi point from which the geographic details of the different points in the valley could be gotten.
The Parsi point was the favorite spot for the Parsis in ancient times and a narrative from which its name was derived. The Sydney point on its own part was named after Sir Sydney Beckwarth. He was the governor of Mumbai in 1830. These two viewpoints form the major tourist spots to visit in the Panchgani to Mahabaleshwar road. The best time to get the perfect views is during the sunset.
One of the most scenic destinations and the best of the many panchgani tourist places is the Tableland. It is considered Asia’s second-longest mountain plateau. It is at a height of 4500 feet. The spot is the highest point in Panchgani and home to several interesting viewpoints. Tableland, according to me, ranks first in the list of best Panchgani tourist places. There are horse carts available. Tourists can take a cart for a complete tour of this volcanic plateau in 1.5 hours for just RS 500.
Among the best Panchgani tourist places in Tableland is the shooting point. The Pandava caves and the footprints of pandava are the prime spots. Mythical stories had it that the legendary pandavas lived there during exile from their kingdom. In additions, the cave was their kitchen. The two opposite sides of the tableland; the new Panchgani and old Panchgani towns are visible.
Importantly, this plateau shows the five flat mountains of the Sahyadri range meeting at a point. This is how the name Panchgani evolved. “Panch” means five and “gani” means settlement. From the shooting point, the Table lake is visible which along with the scenic views of the shooting point. It has always been a prime location for numerous Bollywood films over the years.
Rajapuri caves was another of the relatively historical and mystical place that I discovered on a signboard while going towards the Table lake. Finding the route to this cave is a bit tricky. The road leading to the spot goes mainly through the rural villages of Panchgani without clear signboards. With a little help and direction from the locals, I finally reached the an architectural designed gate. It marked the entrance to the cave. Through the concrete footsteps, I reached down a cliff and to my surprise. I saw structures and idols that resemble an age-long civilization. The mystery of this civilization is still unknown to many and hidden away in a jungle, not far from a famous hill station.
I went inside the cave to see the rock-cut structures of the idols of Hindu gods. In one of the cave, water comes out from the nose of a bull that falls in a sacred well below. The water is perennial throughout the year. No one knows the source of the water. However, the locals believe it comes from Ganga and thus a very sacred place for the Hindus. I would say that this place is one of the best Panchgani tourist places, especially for religious tourists.
Panchgani tour is about the panoramic viewpoints of the Krishna river valley. Additionally, it is also the delightful strawberry farms which are world-famous for its organic products. MAPRO (Maharashtra Agro Products) manages the farms. The Mapro Garden and its outlets are one of the most frequently visited tourist spots in these hill station due to the unique local organic products made by the local farmers. The products range from syrups, beverages, sauce, chocolates, jams etc which are unique in their variety and taste. MAPRO manages the restaurants that offer numerous options for breakfast and supper from locally made cheese, fruit shakes and spices. Visiting the Mapro Garden and collecting the juice jam bottles is a must-do activity to keep the memories of this enchanting hill station.
HOLLYWOOD WAX MUSEUM
The newly constructed Hollywood wax museum is a delight for tourists of all ages. It provides a different experience of entertainment for the tourists visiting here for vacation. Undoubtedly this is a must-visit place for tourists among the many best Panchgani tourist places. By paying Rs 300 per head, a tourist can see the numerous statues of famous celebrities and also a 9 D movie. The statues are quite similar with the actual faces and characters of our television and social personalities. Therefore, it attracts numerous tourists for capturing a different experience other than the mountains.
The 9D movie is really exhilarating, providing a perfect virtual experience. However, you are advised not to watch the features of a multidimensional movie if you are faint-hearted. The 20 minute of thrilling experience is a must-do activity in Panchgani as the wax museum and the 9D movie is first of its kind in any hill stations in India. The statues are mostly of actors belonging to Hollywood movies. This is the reason why perhaps people call this wax museum the Hollywood museum.
Mahabaleshwar points is all about plenty of stunning view points that mostly lies in the old Mahabaleshwar road. While driving from Panchgani towards Mahabaleshwar we took the road towards old Mahabaleshwar and followed the road which ends at Arthur’s seat. The road travels through the dense forests of Mahabaleshwar providing immense greenery as the trees formed a canopy over the roads.
Elphinstone point which is also known as Elephant’s head point. People call it so as the shape of one of the mountain looks like the head of an elephant. This viewpoint offers stunning views of the Koyna river valley and is one of the highest points of Mahabaleshwar.
The Savitri point is also known as the suicide point. It offers breathtaking views of Savitri river forming gorges along the Western Ghats. All these viewpoints in Mahabaleshwar offer stunning moments for photography due to the backdrop of the mountains amidst dense fauna. In the monsoons, the viewpoints become active with numerous waterfalls. This creates some out of this world experience for the travellers. Monsoon is the best time to visit these Mahabaleshwar points. However, due to such beautiful panoramic views of the river valleys, these viewpoints are worth visiting all throughout the year. The Western Ghats offer a worthy picturesque.
ARTHUR’S SEAT POINT
Arthur’s seat point is undoubtedly the queen of all Mahabaleshwar points to capture the panoramic views of the Sahyadri mountains. This is the last point along the Western Ghats. Therefore, we took the diversion from old Mahabaleshwar road towards Elphinstone point. I had to walk for nearly 20 minutes to reach Arthur’s seat point. This point is at a height of 1470 metre above sea level.
As I reached the extreme point in Mahabaleshwar, it started to rain heavily. Therefore, I was not able to capture the panoramic views of the canyon. But surprisingly I was fortunate enough to see the magical natural phenomena of the changing colours of the sky as the moisture-laden clouds. These clouds slowly moved from one side of the canyon towards the other end. I could witness the raindrops started floating towards the viewpoint.
In all the three previous viewpoints, the weather was damp with frequent downpours. In contrast, when I arrived at Kate’s point, the sky was clear. Moreover, the bright sunlight offered staggering reflections of the green mountains. The sunlight had pierced the dark clouds. The dark clouds and the bright sunlight painted Sahyadri mountains with multiple colours. This helped me to capture a distant vision of the Krishna river valley.
Although the same valley can be seen from the Parsi point, what makes Kate’s point stand unique is it’s altitude as the viewpoint. It is situated at 1290 metres on flat land on a plateau. Due to its height and the terrace-like structure, the view of the Krishna river valley is the clearest and majestic viewpoint of Mahabaleshwar. This viewpoint in Mahabaleshwar has three points in total. These are the Echo point, Kate’s Point, and Needle hole viewpoint. The viewpoint was named after the daughter of then British governor Sir John Malcolm. Indeed like all the viewpoint of Mahabaleshwar, the British governors of those eras must be credited for exploring Mahabaleshwar as the queen of all hill stations in the Western Ghats.
Venna lake is one of them which is an ideal entertaining spot for travellers coming here for vacation. This artificial lake is a major tourist spot in the heart of the Mahabaleshwar town where tourists can enjoy boating around the lake surrounded by the Western ghat mountains. In the monsoons, the water of the lake looks even fresher. Moreover, the surrounding grasslands of the mountains rejuvenate with greenery. This makes it an ideal scenic spot to capture the beautiful landscape. But during the monsoons, the government doesn’t allow boating facilities for the tourists in the lake to avoid accidents. Moreover, there are several landslides from the mountains bordering the edges of the lake.
The Raja of Satara in the year 1942 built this manmade lake. Despite not being a natural lake Venna, it offers serenity and scenic beauty. In addition, the cool breeze in the vicinity of the lake is undoubtedly refreshing like any other natural freshwater lake in India.
Without a memorable sunset or sunrise,to a trip to a hill station is never complete. I had only a day to explore to Mahabaleshwar. Therefore, I decided to conclude my day trip in this hill station with a sunset. The most famous point in Mahabaleshwar for watching the best sunset of this hill station is Bombay point. It offers different shades of a sunset. Numerous tourists visit this place, especially after 5 o clock in the evening. That is why there are numerous shops in the large open space. This space has been built to help a large number of tourists to have a wide view of the sunset. When I visited this place it was already drizzling. Unfortunately, the drizzle converted into a heavy downpour.
But surprisingly after the downpour, the entire place was covered with clouds and the distant hills showed up with different shades of the sun rays as the dark clouds slowly passed away. I was lucky enough to watch such magical phenomena of nature. I was standing in between the clouds. And the Western Ghats were reflecting the multi colours of sun rays after the rain.
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