Talking about the history of Mahabaleshwar, it has been ascertained that a Jadav king of Devgiri visited it in 1215 and built a small temple and water tank at the source of river Krishna. Around 1350, a Brahmin dynasty took over power and gave the area peace and prosperity. In the middle of the 16th century the Maratha family of Chandarao More, became rulers of Jaoli and Mahabaleshwar, during which period the temple of Old Mahabaleshwar was rebuilt.
In the 17th century the great Maratha idol, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was inspired to free his country of foreign invaders. He overran Jaoli and Mahabaleshwar and constructed the impregnable fort at Pratapgad in 1656.
After him the Peshwas ruled until their downfall in the 19th century. In 1819, the British included the hills in the territory of the Raja of Satara.
Col. Lodwick (Late General Sir Peter Lodwick) stationed at Satara, in April 1824 with a contingent of soldiers and Indian guides climbed up the mountain face reaching what is now known as the Lodwick Point. Thus Mahabaleshwar was "Discovered". Starting with Sir John Malcolm in 1828, a succession of them from Elphinston, Arthur (for whom the Point Arthur Seat is named), Carnac, Frere and many others became regular visitors.
Added to the scores of magnificent scenic "points", the perennial springs, streams, and waterfalls of Mahabaleshwar plateau, with its year round superb climate, drew the English and others to Mahabaleshwar like honey bees to sweet nectar. By the end of the 19th century it had become an attractive popular hill station of world renown.
As the years rolled by, progress kept pace leisurely, dirt roads got tarred; telephone, electricity piped water and other modern amenities followed in time. Today the hill station boasts over 100 hotels and lodges. Mahabaleshwar is by far the best of any holiday spot in Maharashtra for climate, excursions, sports and many other activities. It is, after all, the queen of all hill stations in the country.