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. Standing atop the Wilson Point, tourists can view Old Mahabaleshwar, Babington Point and many other places. Wilson point is the only location in Mahabaleshwar where both sunrise and sunset can be seen. It offers a excellent top view of Mahabaleshwar. Wilson Point is standard sightseeing.
You will be saved from all the crowd of tourists so early in the morning. The place has two specialities- one is the sunrise view from this point and another is that it is the highest point of Mahabaleshwar. How can one miss such a lovely place!! Here’s a review- ” Wilson not uncommon to find crowds of tourists huddled together in the wee hours of the morning to spot the first ray of sunshine, as the sun makes its way up to the very top of the sky. An utterly breathtaking view, this place is ideal for a quiet moment with your special someone. Do visit!” Since you are going with your spouse, I highly recommend you to visit this place. Why not begin you trip on such a beautiful note!!
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Mahabaleshwar (SUNRISE POINT)
Venna Lake, Mahabaleshwar Mumbai Mahabaleshwar is a beautiful hill station known for its perfect weather all year round. The jungles of Mahabaleshwar (Wilson point) are known for their density and a stunning array of birds and wildlife. Mahabaleshwar was initially engineered to be a health resort. The first governor of Mahabaleshwar, Sir John Malcolm, established the hill station as a recreational getaway in 1829. The hill station is now known for its vast plateau of beautiful roads, forests and plantations. Mulberries, gooseberries and strawberries are popularly grown in this region. Once in Mahabaleshwar, there are a variety of places tourists can visit to savor the splendors of this scenic getaway. Wilson Point, Marjorie Point, Castle Rock and Elphinstone Peak are some of the most popular tourist hot-spots. The town is well-endowed with modern amenities such as ATM’s, restaurants, hotels as well as various places of worship. While at Mahabaleshwar, one can also see a grand view of Krishna Valley which is home to many significant temples. Read on for more information.
- Location: 220 kms from Mumbai
- Attractions: Connaught Peak, Castle Rock, Wilson Point and Elphinstone Point
- Best Time To Visit: All through the yearAverage Climate : 160 in winter & 300 in summer
- Best Time to visit : September to Mid June
- Significance : A Delightful Hill Station For People Who Love Boating And Horse Riding.
Places To See, Mahabaleshwar
There are a variety of places to see when in Mahabaleshwar. If you are interested in a bit of the rich history that Mahabaleshwar has to offer, then you can visit ‘Pratap Gadh’, which houses the tomb of Afzal Khan. If you are looking for serenity, then there are a number of temples you can visit. From ‘Shri Shankar Mandir’ to the ‘Panchaganga Mandir’, a host of temples are surely going to bring you some peace. For adventure activities such as hiking, trekking and climbing, Falkland Point, Carnac Point, Wilson Point, Connaught Peak and Castle Rock are the perfect destinations.
The Queen of all points, Arthur Point, contains the largest stratification of rocks in Maharashtra, and many even compare it to the rocks of the Grand Canyon in Colorado, USA.
If you are looking for some fresh produce and local trinkets, then the best place to head towards would be Main Street. Here, fruit fanatics find themselves surrounded by the choicest strawberries, raspberries and mulberries and even jams. Local shoes made of wood are also very popular in this region and can be bought at really cheap prices provided you know the subtle art of bargaining.
Mahabaleshwar is a little more modern than most hill stations in Maharashtra. A variety of cuisines catering to all palates can be found here. If you are looking for local fare, try the food at ‘Hirakanis’ that will not leave you disappointed. For fast food lovers, a variety of mini stalls and food vendors serve pizzas, burgers and sandwiches. The ‘Batata Vada’ (a spicy potato bonda sandwiched in bread) is extremely famous in this region and is available all over town.
Offering stunning panoramic views, some beautiful temples and a pleasant climate, Mahabaleshwar is a popular summer vacation spot on the Western Ghats. Located about 25 km ahead of Mahabaleshwar, Tapola, known as the Mini Kashmir is one of the most popular tourist spots offering a beautiful view of the Sahyadri range.
The Queen of all points, Arthur’s seat offers the best views of the deep valley and is the only spot from where you can see clear differences between the Konkan and the Deccan ranges.The Lingmala, Chinaman and Dhobi waterfalls and Elphinstone point, among others, are other popular tourist spots that you should definitely visit.
How To Reach
Mahabaleshwar is located 32 kms from ‘Wai’. The nearest city is ‘Satara’, located 55 km away from Mahabaleshwar. This hill station is connected by NH-4 and various bus services (MSRTC) and private taxis can be used to shuttle between Pune, Mumbai, Satara and Mahabaleshwar.
The nearest railway station is situated in the city of Satara. Direct trains are available from CST and Central Junction from Mumbai, directly to Satara. Once in the city, private cars and/or cabs as well as state-run buses are available for a direct trip to Mahabaleshwar.
Getting around Mahabaleshwar should not pose a problem for tourists. The people of this hill station are extremely hospitable. Mahabaleshwar is very famous for its berries, so make sure you pack a carton full of them on your way back! The moderate, pleasant climate at Mahabaleshwar makes it a destination that tourists can visit at any time of the year.
- 120 kms from Pune
- 237 kms from Mumbai Via Mahad
- 305 kms from Mumbai Via Pune
- 20 kms from Panchgani
Private & Govt
Buses are available at regular intervals from most of the cities. Private taxis also run to and fro from Mahabaleshwar & Panchgani.
Nearest Airport : Pune – ( Lohegaon )
Nearest Rail : Pune is the convenient railway station at 120 kms, But Wathar is Nearest railway station.