Best Weekend Getaways Near Mumbai for trekking

Guest Post By Priyanka Jain:

Right from hypnotizing hill stations and enticing beaches, adrenaline pumping adventurous getaways, there are a huge number of places to visit near Mumbai especially during the weekends. No wonder Mumbaikars are some of the most enthusiastic and frequent holidayers across the nation. In order to help you plan a trip in advance, here are a few best weekend getaways near Mumbai:

1. The Rajmachi Fort

This is a beautiful historic spot in Maharashtra state of India and one of the most popular weekend getaways near Mumbai. Rajmachi Fort is certainly a delight during the monsoons. The entire vicinity during the period of this year is infused with additional beauty and life. It is green all around. People love to visit the fort during the monsoons. The incredible beauty of this fort at this time will hypnotize you.

2. The Revdanda Beach

This is situated just 125km from the heart of Mumbai. Revdanda Beach is a picturesque village in Alibaug and serves as a scenic delight for visitors here. This is also one of the least explored beaches across the country. You must visit this exquisite weekend destination untouched by the cruel hands of commercialization. It will display mystical beauty of Mother Nature.

3. Khandala and Lonavala

Heard of the mesmerising beauty of these twin hill resorts? A visit to Khandala and Lonavla is a must to enjoy a fulfilling weekend. The regions are immensely popular among weekend getaway seekers and those looking for picnic spots near Mumbai. You can reach here by road in just 3 hours! You must also buy some ‘chikki’, a sweet made of groundnuts and jaggery the place is famous for. These cities lie at a distance of 5 km from each other. Trekking, camping, waterfall rappelling and farm tours are extremely popular here among tourists. 

Some of the major tourist attractions here include Tiger’s Leap, Korigad Fort, the Lohgad, the Karla and Bhaja caves. The Duke’s Nose promises a panoramic view of the surroundings. The Tiger’s Leap is a very popular viewing point producing an illusion of a tiger leaping across the river.

4. Matheran

Visiting the celebrated hill station Matheran will prove to be a wonderful experience for you. Located in the Karjat tehsil of Maharashtra state, it is also famous as the smallest hill station of India. Its beautiful location in the lush green Western Ghats makes it an amazing option to visit for nature lovers. Literally meaning ‘forest on the forehead’, Matheran the Ministry of Environment and Forests has officially declared it as an eco-sensitive region. It is also Asia’s only automobile free hill station.

There are many beautiful viewpoints in this heavenly place. Panorama Point is the most visited among them. It is famous for providing a 360 degree view of the area encircling and the entire Neral town. Tourists visit this place for mesmerising views of sun set and sun rise. Louisa Point here promises a stunning view of Prabal Fort. Don’t forget to visit other attractions here such as Rambagh Point, Hart Point, One Tree Hill Point, Monkey Point, Porcupine Point, etc.

Also famous as an eco-sensitive region, the only automobile allowed in Matheran is a Municipality ambulance. None of the other private vehicles are allowed. Hand pulled rickshaws and horses serve as the main modes of transportation in this region. Renowned for being a treasure trove of medicinal plants and herbs, Matheran is home to huge number of monkeys such as Hanuman langurs and Bonnet macaques.

5. Alibaug

If you are seriously looking for one of the best weekend getaways near Mumbai, consider Alibag as one of your ultimate destination. It is easily approachable either by road or by a ferry. You may fetch one from the Gateway of India (Southern Mumbai). It is also famous as a historic holiday site owing to an old fort built here under Maratha King Shivaji. Some of the major attractions of Alibaug include Kanakeshwar Devasthan temple, Vikram Vinayak temple, Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary, Kulaba Fort, and several beautiful beaches including the Nagaon Beach, Versoli Beach, Akshi Beach and Kashid Beach. Don’t forget to try lip smacking sea food served at nearby eateries and restaurants here.

6. The Pawna Lake

Situated conveniently within close proximity to Maval, the beautiful Pavana Lake came into existence post construction of Pavana Dam. It has recently grabbed close attention and adoration from tourists, nature lovers, weekenders, campers, family holidayers and backpackers. Circumscribed mesmerically by the Sahyadri Ranges, the lake has emerged as one of the most ideal camping destinations in this region. Another reason to spend your weekend at this stunning water body is its close vicinity to spots known for amazing water activities including windsurfing, kayaking, parasailing, boating and many more.


7. Mudathon

This adventures venue in Nashik will definitely pump up your adrenaline for some thrilling activities. So visit Mudathon and lose yourself. It is time to indulge in some childhood fun. The place will help you gear up to make some of the finest memories with many other thousands of people visiting and inspiring you for some crazy adventurous fun. It certainly makes for an amazing fun-filled getaway in Nashik promising some relaxing events and even grand prizes!

So where are you heading to this weekend? If you fancy being at one of the most beautiful places in Mumbai during weekends, simply plan a getaway at one of the above listed destinations now. Happy weekending!

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