History of Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar is the source of five rivers namely Krishna River, Koyna, Venna (Veni), Savitri, and Gayatri. The source is at the Panchaganga temple in old Mahabaleshwar. 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.

Mahabaleshwar is the largest hill station in the state of Maharashtra in India. The word ‘Mahabaleshwar’ is a Sanskrit word, meaning  ‘God of Great Power’. In 1828, Sir John Malcolm, Governor of Bombay, chose this beautiful spot as the site for the official sanatorium. Soon after, the wooded slopes were covered with typical colonial structures, among them Christ Church, Government House (which was the grand residence of the governor), the Mahabaleshwar Club and the ever-popular polo grounds and race course. Mahabaleshwar has a rich flora and fauna. The place is rich with plantations of strawberries, raspberries goose berries, red potatoes, french beans, beets, salad, carrots etc.

Best time to visit Mahabaleshwar is October to June and best time to visit Panchgani is September to May. Except for the rainy season, Mahabaleshwar is packed with people and honeymooners looking for a cool getaway. Mahabaleshwar is also famous for its honey and chikki (a local specialty) and for fruits like strawberries, raspberries, goose berries & mulberries. It is also famous for vegetables like red potatoes; french beans, beets, salad, carrots, and radishes.

  • A good way to explore Mahabaleshwar is on horseback, for the streets are fairly narrow. To explore the beauty of Panchghani Maharashtra, take a ride on a pony, or hire a bicycle or a taxi. Strawberries are Mahabaleshwar’s favourite export. Eat them whole, or in shakes, jams and crushes.

View points in mahabaleshwar, there are around 30 valley view points spread around the hill stations , these are excellent areas for leisurely walks and to enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty. Arthur Seat : Arthur’s Seat is renowned as the Queen of all points. The Arthur’s seat is the only geographical feature that divides Kokan & Desh, two territories of Mahabaleshwar, clearly. There is the barren deep valley of Savitri to its left and shallow green valley to its right. There is also a spring nearby called the Tiger’s Spring, which supposed to be the source of the river. Connaught Peak: Ht 1385 m Distance 3.5 km. A beautiful carpet of evergreen forest is seen from this point. The view of Mahabaleshwar town is scenic. Sunsets are a big attraction here. Panchgani – Hill Station: Panchgani is situated 20 kms East of Mahabaleshwar and spreads out over five hills. Panchghani has derived its name from the mountains it houses. To explore the beauty of Panchghani Maharashtra, take a ride on a pony, or hire a bicycle or a taxi. The view of River Krishna is one of the most enchanting views that one can witness while staying at Maharashtra Panchghani. One can access this hill station quite easily from Mumbai or Pune. The best time to go to Panchghani is September-May. Nature, at this time is in full bloom and enhances the attraction of the place.

History Of Panchgani

Panchgani was discovered by the British during pre-independence days. John Chesson, a British superintendent, was responsible for the transformation of Panchgani into a summer resort and is regarded as the ‘Founder of Panchgani’. He enriched the flora of the area by planting silver oaks and other plants. It is also said that, during Vanavasa, the Pandavas spent some time in Panchgani and the cave where they stayed is the famous Devil’s Kitchen. Located in the Satara District in Maharashtra, Panchgani is a populaar hill station and tourist destination. The town got its name, ‘Panchgani’, as it comprises of five villages situated in the middle of five hills in the Sahyadri mountain ranges. Panchgani is often referred to as the ‘Mecca of Maharashtra’.