Mahabaleshwar is a hill station in India's forested Western Ghats range, south of Mumbai. It features several elevated viewing points, such as Arthur’s Seat. West of here is centuries-old Pratapgad Fort, perched atop a mountain spur. East, Lingmala Waterfall tumbles off a sheer cliff. Colorful boats dot Venna Lake, while 5 rivers meet at Panch Ganga Temple to the north.
The main tourist attraction in Mahabaleshwar are the Mount Malcolm, Catholic Church, Mahabaleshwar Club, Pratapgad fort, Lodwick Point, Mahabaleshwar Temple and Lingmala waterfall.
The Mount Malcolm was the most famous building in the olden days. It was built in 1829 with magnificent architectural skills. Now, this place has lost its old charm.
The old Roman Catholic Holy Cross church is practically falling apart, but its stained – glass windows are still a sight to behold. This deserted church is now looked after by a Hindu family.
The Mahabaleshwar club was built in 1881 and is still flourishing and well maintained. Only members of the club can stay here. It is very popular for its well-tended roses and lovely jogging track. Christmas is grandly celebrated by loyal members every year. The golf course is open for all the tourists.
The Pratapgadh fort is situated about 24 kms. away from Mahabaleshwar. The fort was built in 1656 by Moro pant Trimbak Pingle under the order of the Maratha ruler Shivaji. It was here that the mighty General of Bijapur, Afzal Khan, was killed by Shivaji. The fort has a great view.
The Lodwick Point is situated about 1,240 meters above sea level. Lodwick Point has a great view. There is a monument in memory of the general, erected by his son.
Mahabaleshwar Temple is the famous temple in Mahabaleshwar. This temple is visited by various devotees from all over the country.
The Lingmala waterfall is situated at the top of Venna Valley. This uninterrupted fall descends down at six hundred feet from the cliff.