Weekend Getaways from Mumbai

The financial centre of the country, Mumbai, the city of dreams often turns to a hub of distress. 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. Luckily, when it comes to spending quality time, the neighbouring areas of Mumbai have abundant options for a weekend getaway. From adventurous trips to holy pilgrimages each outing has unique elements to satiate one’s break imperative.

Lonavala

Located at a distance of 88 km from Mumbai city, Lonavala is a prominent tourist spot. Acclaimed as one of the best weekend getaways near Mumbai, Lonavala is mostly known for its picturesque landscape drawn by the lush greenery, murmuring streams, lakes and gardens. The undisturbed terrains feature a number of forts, caves, and temples which attract tourists from across the country. The period from October to May is the best time to visit the place. Book 2N/3D Lonavala Weekend Holiday Tour Package.

Must See/Experience:

  • Kune Falls
  • Lohagarh Fort
  • Karla Caves
  • Tiger Point
  • Bhaja Caves
  • Nagphani
  • Pawna Lake
  • Rajmachi Park

How to Reach: Lonavala is at a distance of 100 kms from Mumbai. It is ideal to drive to this destination as the route quite scenic. Though one can also take a train from Mumbai as this place falls on Mumbai-Pune railway line.

Khandala

After visiting Lonavala, you can simply travel to Khandala which is again one of the most visited weekend getaways from Mumbai. Located at a distance of 5 km from Lonavala, Khandala is a famous shooting spot of many Bollywood movies. Mainly known for its stunning natural scenario, this well acclaimed soothing point houses a number of historic forts, deep valleys, lakes and waterfalls. Adventure lovers can enjoy trekking or hiking so to say. The treks are tough to explore easily and need sufficient energy level. Duke’s Nose and Kalri Hills are the most famous treks in Khandala. Get best deals on Khandala weekend tour packages.

Must See/Experience:

  • Celebrity Wax Museum
  • Rajmachi Fort
  • Bhushi Lake
  • Reversing Station
  • Shooting Point
  • Valvan Dam

How to Reach: Khandala is just 78 kms from Mumbai and is easily accessible by road.

Mahabaleshwar

Maharashtra’s most popular hill station, Mahabaleshwar is the best location for a weekend break from Mumbai. Get 2N/3D Weekend Holiday Tour Deals to Mahabaleshwar at best price.

Must See/Experience:

  • Venna Lake
  • Mapro Garden
  • Pratapgad
  • Lingamala Falls
  • Echo Point (Monkey Point)
  • Strawberry Garden
  • Elephant’s Head Point
  • Bhushan Mahamuni
  • Rajapuri Caves

How to Reach: Mahabaleshwar is at a distance of about 274 kms from Mumbai and can be reached via roadways and railways. The nearest railway station of Mahabaleshwar is Wathar, which is at a distance of 64 kms. It takes about 4.5 hours to reach by road. One can choose to drive from Panvel through Mahad and Poladpur or Mumbai – Pune expressway and the highway onwards from Pune to Satara.

Panchgani

Surrounded by five undulating hillocks and crystal clear lakes, Panchgani is a perfect location to spend weekend family vacations around Mumbai. It is around 250.9 km from Mumbai and ideally takes 4 hours to reach. Visit the old British and Parsi homes and take a peep into the past. The architectural beauty of the buildings exudes old world charm. Enjoy a stroll across the walkways thickly canopied by lush trees and vegetation. Feeling the charm of lost days and witnessing the snake like carvings of river Krishna from atop the hill are not to miss experiences.

Must See/Experience:

  • Table Land
  • Sydney Point
  • Kamalgad Fort
  • Kate’s Point
  • Parsi Point
  • Devil’s Kitchen
  • Pandvgadh Caves
  • Rajpuri Caves
  • Buy Local Handicraft like bags and slippers

How to Reach: Panchgani is 241 kms away from Mumbai and the ideal way to reach here is to first reach Wathar by train, which is 45 kms away and then hiring a car to Panchgani. Driving directly to Panchgani from Mumbai is also possible.

Matheran

The unpolluted and undisturbed locations of Matheran can be an excellent option for organizing an interesting weekend break from Mumbai. The picturesque landscape of this untamed land of nature resembles any traditional Indian village. Thick, shady forests, steep cliffs, and silent waterfall paint the canvas of scenic beauty, whereas, a forlorn river, red soil and velvet moss produce a pastoral feel. Grab best deals on Matheran weekend holiday package..

Must See/Experience:

  • Echo Point
  • Louisa Point
  • Charlotte Lake
  • Alexander Point
  • One Tree Hill
  • Horse Riding
  • Trekking through Garbet Plateau

How to Reach: Matheran is just 80-90 kms away from Mumbai, that is why the ideal way to reach here would be by road. However, one can also choose to take a train till Neral, which is 21 kms from Matheran and from there take the toy train journey which though takes longer time but is one of the most convenient and fun methods to reach this destination.

Bhandardara

If you want to spend your summer break in a place that can be termed as an excellent weekend destination, Bhandardara is the place. You need to take approx a 2-3 hours train journey to reach the destination. The entire region is rich in lushgreenery and undisturbed picturesque landscape. Gudi Padwa in March/April and Ganeshotsav in August/September are the most significant festivals. For sightseeing, Agastya Rishi Ashram and Mount Kalsubai are the best places.

Must See/Experience:

  • Randha Waterfalls
  • Umbrella Waterfalls
  • Waterfall Rappelling in Malshej Ghat
  • Lake Camping
  • Sandhan Valley Trek

How to Reach: Bhandardara is located some 163 kms from Mumbai and can be easily reached by road. However, train till Igatpuri is also available that is only 45 kms away from Bhandardara. State buses and private taxis ply on a regular basis from Igatpuri to Bhandardara.

Amboli

A tranquil hill station on the Western Ghats, enclosed by dense forests and rolling terrains, Amboli is a fabulous romantic weekend getaway near Mumbai. Devoid of the mad rush of city life, this coastal area offers some of the best locations for relaxing. Located at an elevation of 690 m, this magnificent hill station offers breathtaking views of the valleys. The splendid waterfall pours out during monsoon and feeds the eyes of  nature lovers. Summer in Amboli is more pleasing than what you find in the plains while winter is more romantic. Best time to visit the place is October to March.

Must See/Experience:

  • Madhavgarh Fort
  • Nagatta Falls
  • Parikshit Point
  • Kawaleshet Valley
  • Hiranyakeshi Temple

How to Reach: Amboli is about 486 kms away from Mumbai and can be easily reached. The most convenient way to reach Amboli is by taking a train journey till Sawantwadi, which is the nearest railway station and situated just 30 kms away. From Sawantwadi private taxis and state-run buses are available for Amboli.

Saputara

The only hill station in Gujrat, Saputara is a great place for a family weekend outing. It is located at a distance of 251 km from Mumbai, and ranks 2 among 58 tourist destination in Gujarat. People going with their family should start their tour from famous sight-seeing spots like Chacha’s emporium, boat clubs, Echo Point, Table Point, Rose Garden, Vaansda, Naageshwar Mahadev Temple, etc. Besides this, you should not miss the Gira Water Fall. Moreover, the enthusiast group of tourists can enjoy rock climbing, paragliding, horse riding, boating, rope way etc.

Must See/Experience:

  • Dang Darbar
  • Echo POint
  • Gira Waterfalls
  • Saputara Lake
  • Rose Garden
  • Forest Nursery
  • Paragliding
  • Sunset Point
  • Sunrise Point
  • Saputara Tribal Museum

How to Reach: Saputara is 247 kms from Mumbai and can be easily reached by road and train. There are direct buses from Mumbai to Saputara, whereas train is available till Waghai Railway Station, which is 50 kms away.

Our Top Route

 

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *