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Mahabaleshwar



  • Mahabaleshwar is located at 17.92°N 73.67°E.[1] It has an average elevation of 1,353 metres (4,439 ft.). Located about 120 km southwest of Pune and 285 km from Mumbai, Mahabaleshwar is a vast plateau measuring 150 km2, bound by valleys on all sides. It reaches a height of 1,438 m (4,718 ft.) at its highest peak above sea level, known as Wilson/Sunrise Point. Mahabaleshwar comprises three villages: Malcolm Peth, Old "Kshetra" Mahabaleshwar and part of the Shindola village.

  • Mahabaleshwar is the source of the Krishna River that flows across Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. 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. Legend has it that Krishna is Lord Vishnu himself as a result of a curse on the trimurtis by Savitri.

  • Also, its tributaries Venna and Koyana are said to be Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma themselves. An interesting thing to notice is that 4 other rivers come out from the cow's mouth apart from Krishna and they all travel some distance before merging into Krishna. These rivers are the Koyana, Venna (Veni), Savitri, and Gayatri.

  • Garlanded by the majestic waterfalls of Lingmalla, Dhobi waterfall, Chainman waterfall, Bhilar waterfall and many other falls seen especially during the monsoons. Water in Mahabaleshwar from the wells is more tastier and sweet and being drawn from the depth of the earth it is cool and rich in content of minerals and pore particle and bacteria free, thus little water quenching the thirst and giving a good appetite to eat and perhaps another reason why visitors have regular and long holidays in Mahabaleshwar.

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