The Geography of Mahabaleshwar

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Mahabaleshwar
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Mahabaleshwar
महाबळेश्वर|
—  Hill Station  —|
View of Mahabaleshwar Hills|
Nickname(s): "Land of Strawberries"|
Mahabaleshwar|
Coordinates: 17.92172°N 73.6556°ECoordinates: 17.92172°N 73.6556°E| Country| India|
State| Maharashtra|
District| Satara|
Government|
 • Mayor| kishor|
Area|
 • Total| 150 km2 (60 sq mi)|
Elevation| 1,438 m (4,718 ft)|
Population (2001)|
 • Total| 12,780|
 • Density| 85/km2 (220/sq mi)|
Languages|
 • Official| Marathi, Hindi|
Time zone| IST (UTC+5:30)|
PIN| 412 806|
Telephone code| 00 91|
Vehicle registration| MH-11 XX XXXX|
Mahabaleshwar ( pronunciation (help·info)) is a city and a municipal council in Satara district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is a hill station located in the Western Ghats range. With one of the few evergreen forests of India, it served as the summer capital of Bombay province during theBritish Raj. Contents  [hide]  * 1 Geography and climate * 2 Tourism * 2.1 Points * 2.1.1 Arthur's Seat * 2.1.2 Kate's Point * 2.1.3 Needle Hole Point * 2.1.4 Wilson Point * 2.1.5 Monkey Point * 3 History * 4 Demographics * 5 Transport * 5.1 Road * 5.2 Rail * 5.3 Air * 6 References * 7 External links| -------------------------------------------------

[edit]Geography and climate
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 (75 mi) southwest of Pune and 285 km (177 mi) from Mumbai, Mahabaleshwar is a vast plateau measuring 150 km2 (58 sq mi), 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 andAndhra 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.

Panoramic view of Mahabaleshwar

Panoramic view from Savitri Point, Mahabaleshwar
[hide]Climate data for Mahabaleshwar|
Month| Jan| Feb| Mar| Apr| May| Jun| Jul| Aug| Sep| Oct| Nov| Dec| Year| Average high °C (°F)| 23.6
(74.5)| 25.6
(78.1)| 28.6
(83.5)| 29.9
(85.8)| 28.8
(83.8)| 21.6
(70.9)| 18.7
(65.7)| 18.8
(65.8)| 19.9
(67.8)| 24.0
(75.2)| 23.8
(74.8)| 23.1
(73.6)| 23.87
(74.96)|
Average low °C (°F)| 13.7
(56.7)| 14.6
(58.3)| 17.4
(63.3)| 18.9
(66.0)| 18.2
(64.8)| 17.0
(62.6)| 16.8
(62.2)| 16.4
(61.5)| 15.8
(60.4)| 16.3
(61.3)| 15.1
(59.2)| 13.8
(56.8)| 16.17
(61.10)|
Precipitation mm (inches)| 4.6
(0.181)| 2.8
(0.11)| 4.6
(0.181)| 25.1
(0.988)| 47.0
(1.85)| 939.8
(37)| 2546.1
(100.24)| 1764.3
(69.461)| 685.8
(27)| 154.4
(6.079)| 46.5
(1.831)| 5.3
(0.209)| 6,226.3
(245.13)|
Source: Government of Maharashtra|
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[edit]Tourism

The Venna lake
Today, Mahabaleshwar is a popular holiday resort and honeymoon spot, and an important...
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