It has aptly been said that the whole of nature is a conjugation of the verb ‘eat’, in the active and the passive voice. It is both the doer as well as the sufferer of the action ‘eating’. Nature ‘eats’ its admirer by engulfing his /her physical and spiritual self into its wilderness. At the same time, the admirer of nature ‘eats’ nature to his/her heart’s content and satiate the visual hunger. Mahabaleshwar justifies this dictum.
Mahaleswar is situated at an altitude of 1372 meters above MSL. It is in the Satara district of Maharastra, 115 km from Pune. Because of its high altitude, Mahableshwar has a cool climate. For the admirers of nature it has a number of looking ‘Points’ that offer spectacular views of the surrounding hills and valleys. Nature has been most bountiful to Mahabalshwar by making it a source five rivers namely Krishna, Koyna, Venna, Savitri and Gayatri.
Mahabaleshwar offers views of the mountain and valleys from different angles. There are a total of 25 such points from which visitors can ‘eat’ nature. Of these, mention could be made of Lodwick Point, Carnac Point, Arthur’s Seat, Bombay point or Sunset Point, Elephant’s Head Point and Connaught Peak.
Best time to visit MahbaleshwarIs during October to May and for honeymooners, the best time for visiting is June to September.
Historical and cultural sites include Kamalgad Fort at Panchgani and the Morarji Castle that evidences British style architecture. Mount Malcolm is the most fabulous mansion of the British era. Pratapgad Fort stands witness to the end of Afzal Khan, caused by Chatrapati Shivaji.
The Rajpuri Caves in Panchgani are surrounded by a number of small pond or ‘Kunds’.It is believed that holy bath or ‘Snan’ in these kunds absolves a person from all evils, sins and diseases, because the Ganges flows into these kundas.
Lingamala Falls, Chinaman’s fall and Dhobi Waterfalls keep on their blossoms, the profusion of nature that would keep the visitors astounding and leave a permanent imprint on their inner minds. Dhobi Waterfall is only 3 km away from the town and it connects Lodwick point to Elephantone Point.
Those visiting with family and intend to have picnic, Parsi Point in Panchgani offers enormous facilities. One can enjoy the panoramic views of the Dhom Dm backwaters and the abundant greeneries of the Krishna Valley. Sydney Point is another alluring spot for the visitors. In Panchgani, the picturesque natural landscape Sherbaug has a Children’s Park and a beautiful Rse Garden.
Tableland in PanchganiIs Asia’s second largest mountain plateau widely stretched laterite rock. Standing on the plateau, one can witness the views of Raipuri Caves and the place knons as ‘Devil’s Kitchen’. Tiger’s spring is the source of the river Savitri. The Venna Lake was artificially created the Raja of Satar in 1842. It sprawls over 28 acres and offers excellent views.
Active and passive voices are two facets of a transitive verb; denoting doing of an action or suffering of an action. This is true with regard to nature that can be enjoyed and let one be lost in or be swallowed by the nature.