A popular hill fort situated in Maharashtra’s Satara district, Pratapgarh stands witness to the famous battle that was fought between the armies of Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Adil Shahi General Afzal Khan and it is one of the best places for Mahabaleshwar one day trip. The fort is in ruins but much of the ramparts are still intact. It has a watch tower just beside the main entrance, a statue of Shivaji Maharaj, Bhawani and Mahadev temples and a library displaying the heritage of the fort. It also boasts of four lakes and stunning views of the hill station. The Dargah of Afzal Khan is also located in the vicinity.
Also known as ‘Mini Kashmir’, Tapola is famous for the picturesque Shivsagar Lake, jungle treks, pastoral beauty and Eco Agro Tourism. Trek to the Vasota and Jaigad forts located in the dense jungles around the lake. Take a stroll or enjoy the sunset at the several islands situated near Tapola. Indulge in adventure sports like kayaking and paragliding or enjoy a peaceful boat ride at the lake and it is one of the best Mahabaleshwar places to visit in one day. You can also interact with locals and experience village life under the Tapola Eco Agro Tourism initiative. Hike to the strawberry fields to help pick out the fruit or try your hand at milking, feeding and taking care of cows like locals.
As the name suggests, Elephant’s Head Point is a mountain rock that has an uncanny resemblance to an elephant’s head. Easily one of the best places to visit in Mahabaleshwar in one day, Elephant’s Head Point offers a mesmerising view of the Sahyadri Range. You can also catch a spectacular panoramic view of the Pratapgarh Fort flanked by the Koyna Valley on one side and the Savitri Valley on the other. With beautiful scenery and a peaceful environment, this hilltop offers the perfect escape from the chaos of daily life. Don’t miss the amazing sunset.
Mapro Gardens is one of the most famous places to visit in Mahabaleshwar in one day. Located in Panchgani, this garden park comprises a chocolate factory, restaurant, small nursery, children’s play area and a retail outlet that sells Mapro products. It also hosts the Strawberry Festival during the Easter weekend in March/April. Farmers from nearby villages open their farms to tourists and distribute strawberries for free. They also showcase unconventional strawberry-based products like strawberry pizza, strawberry bhel and strawberry sandwiches among others.
Lodwick is just another super-cool point in the region of Mahabaleshwar. The location is, in fact, the coolest place and a refreshing spot for all nature lovers. It is pretty good for trekking and other adventurous activities. Those thrilling forest sounds, fresh breeze along with a beautiful mountainous view is all that we need. The best season to visit this wonderful spot would be between November and January. It wraps you up in nature’s blanket.