Mumbai is quite a busy city. If you are someone who works in Mumbai, then you must be quite aware of the daunting dynamics of the city. The taut schedule and how Mumbai demands your time is something which makes the week vanish in a jiffy. However, it’s the weekend that comes as succor that takes you out of that daily humdrum life. It’s the weekend when you have time to enjoy. And if you are a person with wanderlust, then it can’t get better because Mumbai is at a strategic location when it comes to places nearby. There are so many getaways and escapes near Mumbai that you can visit on weekends.
Here’s the list of 9 best weekend getaways near Mumbai –
1. Lonavala – Natural Beauty in Abundance
Lonavala is a hill station that is a part of the Sahyadri slopes. It has thick woods and the waterfalls that will never fail to beguile you. If you are a nature lover then let me tell you that Lonavala is a wonderful place to be in, as it is encompassed in eye-soothing greenery. You can do some sweet shopping as Lonavala is famous for chikki, and other sweets that are made in Lonavala. The place can tickle the adventure lover in you as it offers trekking and go-carting. There are lots of side avenues and other tourist places which you can visit.
An unsolicited advice will be that to avoid this place during monsoon because the rain never stops, and you know whenever it rains, it pours. However, if you get galvanized by rain, then don’t think twice before going. You can travel by train, bus or your car to reach there. It’s just 82 km! You can also make a visit to Khandala from there.
2. Kamshet – Appetite for Adventure
Kamshet is a village near the city of Pune. A myriad of adventure freaks visits this place each year as it provides the best paragliding experience. Along with that, you can also visit Pawna Lake and caves like Carla, Bedsa, and Bhaja caves to list a few. Paragliders can take off from 175 feet or even more because of the landscape. If you are someone who likes such kind of adventures, then I would suggest paragliding from Kondeshwara cliff. You can also take off from the height of 2200 feet only to fly above the picturesque landscape. It will give you an adrenalin rush! You can reach Kamshet by bus or your car. It is just 100 km from Mumbai and will take hardly 3 hours to reach, spasmodic tea breaks included!
3. Igatpuri – A Beautiful Landscape
After a week full of chaos in Mumbai, you may want to go to a place which will provide you the much needed peace. Igatpuri is the answer for you! It’s a beautiful hill station located near the wine city of Indian, Nashik. The best tourist attractions in Igatpuri are Dhamma Giri Meditation Center, Ghantandevi Temple, and Bhandardara, Nashik. You can also do some trekking over there. It is 120 km from Mumbai and if you visit the place in monsoon, then it adds up to the delightful experience.
4. Matheran – In the Realms of Lush Greenery
Situated beside the lush green Western Ghats, Matheran happens to be one of the most patronized escapes near Mumbai. It is also smallest hill station in India. The most attractive tourist place in Matheran is Panorama Point which gives a 360-degree view of the area surrounding it. Sunrise and sunset are an enticing experience in Matheran, something that adds to the awesome experience. What’s unique about this place is that it has been designated as an eco-sensitive region by the Ministry of Environment and Forest and it is the only automobile-free hill-station. You can catch the Sion-Panvel highway and it’s just 80 km away from Mumbai, so it takes just 2.5 hours to reach.
5. Kalsubai – The Day Trekk Ecstasy
It is in Sahyadri Mountain range. This is one of the highest peaks in Maharashtra which is 1646 feet in height. You need to travel during the night to start early in the morning. Once you reach a certain height, the view will be picturesque. It is famous for its easy trek. You will steel railings, chains, and latter wherever it is difficult to climb. All in all, an amateur trekker can try her or his hands on Kalsubai day trek. It is 152.7 km away from Mumbai and it takes just 3.5 hours to reach.
6. Malshej Ghat – Birds Galore
Malshej Ghat is situated at the Western Ghats of Maharashtra. It is in Thane district. Malshej Ghat mostly boasts about the flora and fauna with bird-watching as the main highlight of the place, because of which it becomes a shutterbug’s paradise. You will get to see cuckoos, crakes, flamingos, crakes, rails and quails. It is 154 km away from Mumbai and 130 km from Pune. If you are a biker then the route is biker’s heaven.
7. Palghar – Beachside Beauty
Palghar is an easily reachable location from Mumbai and more so when you also have Mumbai local trains at your disposal. However, you need to check the timing to plan your visit. A car or bike journey will be fun too. There are some picturesque locations after Dahisar Check Naka that can entice a traveler. Once you get to Palghar, you have got a lot to explore. You can go to Kelva beach which is one of the best beaches in Maharashtra, or even Shirgaon is not far away. It’s fun to explore food there, veg and non-veg both. Kaldurg Fort, Kelve Fort, and Shirgaon Fort are places you should not miss on your visit to Palghar. It’s 109 km from Mumbai and just 84 km from Dahisar Check Naka. You can also visit Daman or Silvasa from there.
8. Savarkut Village – Countryside Essence
Savarkut village is surrounded by Oras Taluka towards the south, Malvan Taluka towards west, Vaibhavawadi Taluka towards North and to its west is Deogad taluka, and has an aura of countryside peaceful village. The village is famous for its river rafting experience. River rafting is very adventurous as it is difficult to execute in the turbulence of Vaitarna River. It is done in slow and rapid waters of the river so that you can have an exciting experience full of thrill. Apart from river rafting, you can look forward to kayaking, rappelling, trekking, and hiking. Savarkut village is 110 km away from Mumbai and the best time to visit is during the month of June to August.
9. Alibaug –
Alibaug is the most visited place near Mumbai. There are temples like Kanakeshwar Devasthan temple and Vikram Vinayak Temple with a wildlife sanctuary named Phansad situated in Alibaug. Historical Kulaba Fort becomes a staple place to visit, which is also situated 1-2 km inside the sea. There are lots of beaches namely Versoli Beach, Nagaon Beach, Akshi Beach and Kashid Beach. The place is just 95 km from Gateway of India and you will get ferry to reach Alibaug.
You should look forward to planning the visit early in the morning so that you can wrap up the show within evening 4 o’ clock. After that, if you are not a teetotaler, you can have a good time at Café Mondegar or you can roam around Marine Drive and Nariman Point. After that, you can also go to Café Leopold for dinner and if you are a non-veg enthusiast, try Delhi Darbar which is on the other side of Mondegar or Bade Miyan (which is in the backside).
Alibaug is an ideal place for one day outing because you can then catch a local train to your home. You can also plan for Ajanta & Ellora caves which are far away and will consume your whole day, but they are worth the visit too.
There are some other locations like Mahabaleshwar, Lavasa, and Pune that you can visit if you have a long weekend of 3 days or more. In a regular weekend of just two days, visiting far away destinations will make the journey arduous. Head on to the list of 5 best places near Pune you can visit on a weekend.