Maharashtra is blessed with ample of natural beauties that not only make one go crazy but provide solace one desires. Right from awe-inspiring hill stations to pristine beaches, melange of landscapes to adventurous getaways, there is no dearth of places in Maharashtra you cannot visit to revitalize your mind, body and spirit. If you are seeking peace of mind and want to take a break from your busy schedule, here are some cool weekend getaways from Mumbai you can head to. All these destinations fall within 100-500 KM range from the heart of Mumbai. So Mumbaikar, what are you waiting for?
Famous for its picturesque views and adventure activities, Panchgani is a hill station which is approximately 250 KM from Mumbai. This tiny hill station is nestled between five hills of the Western Ghats and hence aptly named ‘Panchgani’. Whether you wish to spend an idyllic vacation or adventurous one, Panchgani won’t disappoint you. You can head to places such as Table land, Sydney Point, Kate’s Point, Parsi Point, Lingmala Falls, Dhom Dam, Bombay point and Sherbaug or experience adrenaline rush by paragliding, cycling and many adventurous activities. That’s not all, you can also visit strawberry farms nearby and enjoy fresh and juiciest strawberries. Weather at Panchgani remains pleasant throughout the year, but if you love rain, visit the place during monsoon and you’d know what true bliss really means.
Kolad is located about 117 KM from Mumbai and is famous for white water river rafting so much so that people specially come here for adrenaline rush this activity offers. Besides river rafting, there are other things to enjoy too. You can opt for rappelling, jungle camping, aero-modelling, kayaking and parasailing if you want to spend an adventurous vacation. However, in case you want to simply enjoy a laid-back vacation, Kolad will offer you that too. The lush greenery, mesmerizing landscape and tiny villages scattered across the valley are not only eye-soothing but captures one’s heart. Kundalika river, Tala fort, Kanal avenue, Tamhini falls and Kuda Caves are some places worth visiting on your weekend trip to Kolad.
The village of Mandwa is a perfect weekend getaway destination for Mumbaikars where they can enjoy plenty of watersports. Located approximately 100 KM away from the heart of Mumbai, Mandwa is your go-to place to escape the humdrum of cities and be fully immersed in the countryside. From enjoying the company of seagulls to a walk on the beach, devouring delicious seafood to buy fresh catch of the day, Mandwa simply refreshes one’s soul.
Situated about 84 KM from Mumbai, Lonavala is the ultimate destination for a weekend trip. This ethereal hill station is famous for its sweets especially chikki and canned jams. Apart from that, there are ample of things you can do while on a trip. You can visit places like Karla Caves, Lohagad, Bhushi Dam, Walwan Dam, Visapur Fort, Tiger’s Leap, Lonavala Lake, Pavna Lake, Rajmachi Point and Ekvira Devi temple or enjoy sipping masala tea while gazing mesmerizing view in front of you. This hill station gets a new lease of life during monsoon when rain shower resurrect colourful flora. No matter if you want to spend quality time with your beloved or seek ‘me’ time, Lonavala is the place to be.
Sitting atop the Sahyadris mountain range, Matheran is another spot for city slickers who wish to spend time in the lap of nature. The quaint hill station is located 83 KM from Mumbai and can be visited any time of the year as the weather remain balmy. The serene ambiance, lush greenery and unspoiled environment make this place all more alluring. The place is also quite famous for its chikkis and Kolhapuri chappals. Then there are places like Charlotte Lake, Prabal Fort and Alexander Point that take you in fantasy land. You can indulge in hiking, trekking, mountain climbing, horse riding and so much more on your short trip to Matheran.
Mahabaleshwar, located 230 KMs from Mumbai is known for its two reservoirs- Balakwadi and Dhom, waterfalls and hill points. For a leisurely time, you can indulge in activities like sightseeing, boating, trekking and horse riding. There are many places to cover when you are spending a weekend at Mahabaleshwar such as- Needle Hole Point, Wilson Point, 3 Monkey Point, Arthur’s Seat, Kate’s Point, Pratapgad Fort, Bombay Point, Lingmala Falls, and Dhobi waterfall. From spellbinding views of enticing valleys and serene lakes to lip-smacking food, Mahabaleshwar is sure to steal your heart.
If you are slightly interested in history, you’d fall in love with Karjat. The place is located 62 KM from Mumbai is filled with scenic vistas, mountains, forts and rock-cut temples. The Buddhist style Kondana caves, the ghats and valleys make it one of the best spots for weekend getaways from Mumbai. You can visit places like Bhor Ghat, Ulhas Valley, Bahiri caves and Peth Fort or opt for activities like picnics, river rafting, trekking, hiking and mountain climbing. But that’s not where the fun ends. You can also visit Bollywood and Hollywood production houses nearby to get a taste of how movies are shot. Who knows you might end up meeting your favourite celebrity?
Ratnagiri is famous for its Alphonso mangoes and unique Ganpati idols that attract foodies and art lovers towards it. The place is an ideal destination to spend weekends with your loved ones. Some places you can visit here are Ratnadurga Fort, Ganpatiphule Beach, Mandavi Beach, Ratnagiri Fort, Bhatye Beach, and Thiba Palace. Ratnagiri with its virginal white beaches, cascading waterfalls, hot water springs palm groves and majestic monuments is not only charismatic but a place where you can enjoy nature away from the noise of cities. It is also the birthplace of Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, an independence activist and a prominent Indian nationalist who played a chief role in India’s freedom from the British empire.
Once a capital for Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Raigad is approximately 172 Km away from Mumbai. The place is loaded with forts, majestic castles, ruins, greenery and waterways that make one catch their breath. Moreover, the tranquil ambience of Raigarh works like magic and rejuvenate one’s body, mind and soul. Those seeking inspiration from nature must make a trip to this beautiful place. Although getting there isn’t going to be easy as there are no direct buses available or connectivity with a train. However, you can explore Raigarh on your own vehicle. Raigarh is an offbeat destination that surprises you at every step you take.
Want to visit a place for weekend outings? Head to Bhandardara located 163 Km away from Mumbai. The place is counted as some of the most sought after places for complete relaxation. The vacation vibe you will feel here is simply incomparable. There are picturesque mountains, mouth-watering cuisine, waterfalls, greenery, lush meadows, picnic spots and interesting activities such as camping, trekking, etc that keep one occupied. Even if you’re interested in sightseeing, and want to just lie in the arms of nature, Bhandardara will not disappoint you anytime soon. The rosy weather of Bhandardara also makes it the best place for a romantic getaway.