The extremely busy work schedule sometimes reaches a level when it starts affecting the peace of mind. That is why, it becomes obligatory to look for a break, at least over the weekends. The best part about this city is that you always have a place to go and relax your bones. Being surrounded by the spectacular Western Ghats, there are numerous weekend getaways from Mumbai with incredible scenic beauty.
Karjat nestles on the basin of river Ulhas. Scenic natural vistas, mountains, forts and ancient rock-cut cave temples makes this little Konkan town a popular weekend outing from Mumbai. Trekking and other adventurous activities are quite popular in Karjat. The trails vary from moderately difficult to extremely treacherous.
Perched atop the Western Ghats at an altitude of 2516 feet above sea level, Matheran is one of the oldest hill stations and scenic spots located near Mumbai. The lush green pastures, serene and tranquil environment and unadulterated ambience makes Matheran a perfect weekend retreat. A ride on the Neral-Matheran toy train is something that one must experience.
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Nestled in the Sahyadri Ranges, these twin hill stations are extremely popular getaways for Mumbaikars due to their proximity to the big city. Go camping at nearby Pawna (or Pavana) Lake, paragliding at Kamshet, trekking at Tiger’s Leap, visit the forts and the Karla and Bhaja caves, or just be lazy and enjoy the hazy green hills around. Also, don’t forget to take back some chikki from here as it is what the place is famous for.
Alibaug is home to several beaches, temples and forts. Kulaba Fort, 1-2 kms from the shore, in the sea, is one of its popular attractions. It is a perfect weekend getaway for people who are up for a lot of outdoor activities.The nearby Phansad Wildlife sanctuary is supposed to be a birdwatcher’s paradise.
Daman is one of the most popular tourist places near Mumbai ideal for weekend trips. A former Portuguese colony, Daman has captured the old charm in the city with the reminiscences of old culture. The two beaches in the city are frequented by travellers looking for a quaint and peaceful time. The place is also famed for it’s age old Church of Bom Jesus.
The Kundalika River that passes through Kolad is very popular for river rafting. Its scenic landscape along with several waterfalls emerging from the surrounding mountains is idyllic for trekking and camping too.
Igatpuri is one of the most romantic getaways from Mumbai. The place is also ideal for quenching your thirst of trekking with amazing trails that ranges from moderate to fairly arduous. Also known for Vipassana International Academy, people from all over the world flock here to learn this form of meditation. Enjoy the peace and meditate amongst the scenic valleys of Igatpuri, just 120kms from Mumbai.
Across the coast of a tiny village called Murud in Raigad district of Maharashtra, the majestic Murud- Janjira Fort stands in a small island. The ginormous walls of the fort holds numerous legends and stories of the past. The most famous legend of this marine fort is that it could never be conquered in any battle because of its unique and smart architecture. It is an amazing weekend getaway for the people in Mumbai due to its accessibility, picturesque locations and historic importance.
Walk through the beautiful evergreen forests at this hill station and explore all the dramatic viewpoints the place has to offer. Watch as the Lingmala waterfalls cascade into the popular Venna Lake. Nearby Panchgani is also a hill station worth visiting for its strawberry farms and adventure activities.
Nestled between five hills of the Western Ghats, Panchgani is aptly named and one of the most adored hill stations in Maharashtra. The town is blessed with pleasant weather all year round and calls for an appealing weekend retreat for nearby cities. Come here to spend tranquil moments with your loved ones.
If you’re looking for a luxurious getaway away from the city, head to Lavasa and stay at one of the many premium hotels overlooking the lake. For the more adventurous, take part in the wide range of water sports offered.