Everyone is familiar with the main market of Mahabaleshwar,its a great place to visit.
There are numerous resturants,gift shops,,jewllery shops,boutiques and what not.Its a paradise for shopping entusiasts.Its a great place to be,you can pass your entire day just by visits shops here.There are good lodges and hotels in this area ,the only problem is there is not sufficient parking space.
In Old Mahabaleshwar a temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the important pilgrimage sites for the Hindus.Insiden the temple there a self-originated lingam is in the shape of Rudraksha and is called Mahalingam, which is considered to be superior to the twelve Jyotir Lingams. The temple situated in the Old Kshetra Mahabaleshwar, which is about 6 km north of the main city. Built in the 16th century by the Chandra Rao More dynasty, this temple is a quintessential of the Hemadant architectural style of South India.
Wilson Point is commonly known as Sunrise Point, as from this point beautiful view of the sunrise can be seen. Located 4,710 ft above the sea level, Wilson Point is a vast plateau with three watching towers, each at different spot. Tourists can get a view of sunrise from the three masonry round platforms.
Lingmala waterfall is located at a distance of 6 km from Mahabaleshwar. This waterfall is formed by River Venna, which flows from the height of 500 ft.
The best time to visit this spot is between July to January,during this time there is abundant water and the view is really beautiful.
Arthur's Seat a major and the biggest spot in Mahabaleshwar which is located 12 km away from the main market. This place is named after Arthur Malet, a British Officer who was the first man to build a house at this point. The point is perched at the height of 1470 m above the sea level and 600 m above Konkan coastal strip. Arthur's Seat is the only place from where tourists can see the geographical distinction between the Konkan and the Deccan territories.
Kate,Needle hole,Elphinstone are all one and the same.It is a big tourist spot one its one end you can see a needle shape structure which also looks like an elephants head and on the other side you can see two dams Dhom and Balkawadi respectively.
It is a very popular spot you can see monkeys all around and there are even vendors who let you buy peanuts and feed them to wild monkeys.
Mapro Garden is situated on the Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani Road, this beautiful garden park has its own chocolate factory, a restaurant and children’s play area. Started in 1959 by Mr Kishor Vora, Mapro (the garden is named after the company) processes fresh fruits and has a processing capacity of 30,000 tonnes per year across its factories.It is the most visited spot in Mahabaleshwar.
Venna Lake, which is located 2 km away from the ST bus stand, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mahabaleshwar. This lake was constructed in 1842 by Shri Appa Saheb Maharaja, who was the ruler of Satara. Covering an area of 113311.98 sq. m, this lake is an ideal spot for enjoying activities like boating and horse riding.
Lodwick Point is a vantage point, which is situated about 5 km west of Mahabaleshwar, this point was rechristened in the honor of General Lodwick, who was the first British officer to climb the hill. To honor his achievement, his son erected a memorial pole of about 25 ft. At the base of this monument, the head of the General is sculptured in marble.
2.KATE'S/NEEDLE HOLE/ELPHINSTONE POINT
"Here are some major tourist spots to visit.All other spots are needless to visit but you can visit them if you like provided that you have enough time."
Pratapgad Fort was built by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in 1656, around 24 km west of Mahabaleshwar. The fort comprises two ancient forts, one is the upper fort built on the top of the hill, while the other is the lower fort on the South and the East. Within the complex of the fort, tourists can see the Bhavani Temple and the tomb of Afzal Khan.