Elephant's Head Point is one of the most picturesque viewpoints in Mahabaleshwar which is famous for the stunning view of the Sahyadri ranges. Also known as Needle's Point, this famous tourist spot is best visited during sunrise and sunset. The Elephant's Point got its name as it resembles the head and trunk of an elephant. The gap between the elephant's head and the trunk looks like a needlepoint when viewed from far, thus giving it the name Needle Point. Located beyond the Lodwick Point, the Elephant's Head Point turns lush green during the monsoons. People visiting the place can get a panoramic view of the humongous fort of Pratapgarh surrounded by Kova Valley on one side and Savitri Valley on the other side.
A visit to Mahabaleshwar is less or more incomplete without witnessing the tantalizing descend of the Chinaman's fall, one of the most significant falls in the state. The place is named after the Chinese prison located in the vicinity. It serves as a perfect holidaying spot enthralling a bewitching experience.
The Lingmala Waterfall is a breathtaking and absolutely awe-inspiring waterfall that is situated on the Mahabaleshwar-Pune Road. Located just beside the forest Bungalow of Lingmala, the waterfalls provides a view of the beautiful Dhobi Waterfall as well as Chinaman's Waterfall. The water level is nearly 500 feet from the cliff, and the falls appear ideal during the rainy season when the area is flooded with water. There are two waterfalls at this site. The first one is a mini waterfall, while the second is the main waterfall which falls from a height of 500 feet. The mini waterfall is suitable for swimming and playing around since it is very safe. From the mini waterfall, one has to walk for about 30 minutes to reach the main waterfall.
Arthur's Seat is one of the most popular viewpoints in Mahabaleshwar, located around 13km away. Also known as the Suicide Point, it is popular as the Queen of all points as it offers the most mesmerizing and fascinating view of the dense valleys of Brahma-Arayana and the Savitri river. Arthur's Seat Point is made up of 6 viewpoints - Arthur's Seat Point, Tiger Sprint Point, Hunter Point, Echo Point, Window Point and Malcolm Point. Arthur's Seat is famous for the floating of light object. This means that if you throw light things like a bottle cap into the valley, it floats back up due to air pressure. It is named as Arthur's Point after Arthur Malet whose wife and daughter drowned in the Savitri River. He used to sit at this point and stare at the river below. Reaching the viewpoint requires a 30-minute trek from the parking lot.
Venna Lake is a scenic manmade lake in Mahabaleshwar. The lake offers rowboats, and paddleboats ride to the visitors and hence is usually very crowded. There is horse riding and rides for children such as merry go round and the toy train. There are a number of eateries around the lake famous for street food like corn, bhelpuri and fresh fruits like mulberries, strawberries and carrots. Venna Lake was built by Shri Appasaheb Maharaj who was the ruler of Satara and a descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, in 1942. The lake is spread over an area of 28 acres with a periphery of 7 to 8 km. It was initially built with the aim of catering to the water needs of the city of Mahabaleshwar.
Pratapgad is a hill fort in Maharashtra. Situated close to the famous hill station of Mahabaleshwar in the district of Satara, the citadel rises to an elevation of about 3500 feet from the ground. Much of the fortifications are still intact, and the fort is a popular tourist destination. There are four lakes within the fort, many of which overflow during the monsoons. There is a watchtower just beside the Mahadarwaza, or the main entrance, at the end of the motorable road. There is a statue of Shivaji Maharaj in his full glory, which was installed about 60 years ago. There is a Bhawani temple at the top of the fort, and a cultural library showcasing the heritage of the fort. There is a handicrafts centre en route to Pratapgad from the base village, which draws a lot of tourists.