Day 6 : Mahabaleshwar & Panchgani
We paid an entry fee of Rs 90/- at Panchgani and Rs 70/- at Mahabaleshwar
On 9th August 2013, after breakfast we started from the hotel around 9.30 am. Though we had a big list of places to be visited, we were told by the owner of the hotel that some of the roads were closed due to rain and can’t access to those places. There was a heavy rain in Mahabaleshwar, and due to that the roads had become worst. We had a day to spare in Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani and wanted to make the best use of it. First we headed towards Kate’s point which was only a few kms away. Kate’s Point
Kate’s Point is along the Duchess Road. It is at a height of 1,290 meters. It is one of the greatest points and no tourist would like to miss it. The distance of the point is 6.8 km.
The view from the point is clear and splendid. The best time to visit is winter. It is during winter that the skies are clear. During winters, the Dhom dam is full and it is a fantastic scene. The peaks of Kamalgadh, Pandavgadh and Mandardeo can also be seen from Kate’s point. Close by to the Kate’s point is the Echo point. Elephants Head Point
The Elephant’s Head Point is one of the best points to be visited in Mahabaleshwar. The cliffs which overhang resemble an elephant’s head and trunk. Thus the point got its name as the Elephant’s Head Point.
The point renders breathtaking views of the surroundings. The mountain range of Sahyadri is also visible from this point and it is bewitching to watch. The tourists and the visitors should take a pony ride or walk from the parking area to the spot.
The Elephant’s Head Point is beyond the Lodwick Point. This point is the extreme end of the mountain range.
After visiting these places we went to a strawberry farm. We were told that October is the season for strawberry and now is the off season.
It was raining frequently all the way, and the whole place was covered with thick mist and poor visibility.
Later, we went to Mahabaleshwar temple. The temple is more than 400 years old. We had a good dharshan there. Mahabaleshwar Temple
The Mahabaleshwar Temple has Lord Shiva as its presiding deity. The temple is encircled with a 5 feet high stone wall. The Mahabaleshwar hills were named after Lord Mahabali which means great strength.
The Mahabaleshwar Temple is divided into two - the inner room and the outer room. The inner room is known as the God chamber and the outer is the central hall.
The important site of prayer is a ‘lingam’ which is of black stone. The lingam is regarded to be the materialization of the Divine. The temple is the land mark of Mahabalewshwar. It is visited by locals and tourists.
After visiting the temple we went to Venna Lake Venna Lake
The Venna Lake is spread over an area of 28 acres and its average depth is 10 feet. The lake is fed by repeated springs. The area encircling the lake is full of flowers and greenery. The lake was constructed by Shri Appasaheb Maharj, who was Raja of Satara in the year 1842.
The Venna Lake is a tourist’s attraction as it has boating facilities and stalls for games. It also has snacks stalls. The area of the lake is busy till late night.
Children are attracted towards the mini train. Fishing is fun and it adds to the delectation of the visitors.
Next visit was to the Table Land at Panchgani Table Land
Tableland has been credited with the privilege of being Asia’s second longest mountain Plateau. This is a wide expanse of laterite rock and this place offers the grandeur view of Panchgani hill station itself. One can get breathtaking views of Rajpuri caves and the place known as “Devil’s Kitchen ? from here.
Tableland provides a natural protection for the Panchgani from strong winds, heavy rains and it helps Panchgani to keep its ambience enjoyable for tourists. Table Land serves as a great sports and games place for children and young
We wanted to wind-up for the day as it started raining. On the way we had lunch and came back to the hotel.