Top 11 Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani Facts (every tourist should know):
- Mahabaleshwar is one of few evergreen forests of india,
which remains green throughout the whole year.
- Panchgani's plateau is the second longest in Asia after the Tibetan plateau.
This volcanic plateau is popularly known as table land.
- In 1828, Mahabaleshwar was established as sanatorium and health resort.
Mahabaleshwar was originally named Malcolmpeth in the honour of Sir John Malcom, the Governor of the Bombay Presidency,
- Mahabaleshwar served as the summer capital of Bombay province during the British Raj.
- Venna lake is man-made lake. It was constructed in the year 1942 by
Chhatrapati Shri Appasaheb Maharaj (descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj).
- Pratapgad fort is privately owned by descendants of
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj (Chhatrapati Udayan Raje Bhosale - M.P. from Satara loksabha seat).
- Panchganga Mandir in Old Mahabaleshwar is source of five rivers:
Koyna, Venna, Savitri, Gayatri and the Krishna River (second longest river in India).
- Mahabaleshwar is famous for strawberries and honey.
Strawberry with cream is the most popular drink.
- The word Mahableshwar has been derived from Sanskrit word meaning
'God of Great Power' (Lord Shiva).
Origination is also said to be from the word Mamleshwar
which means 'God of Mavalas' who is Lord Shiva.
- The first historical mention of Mahabaleshwar dates back to year 1215
when the King Singhan of Deogiri built a small temple
and water tank at the source of the river Krishna Old Mahabaleshwar.
- Panchganga temple in old Mahabaleshwar is claimed to be 4500 years old.
However, I guess there is no historical evidence of this fact.