Six Best weekend getaways from Mumbai
- Mumbai is blessed with neighboring serene and picturesque locations to help you escape the routine drudgery.
- With magnificent cascades, manicured lush forests and majestic peaks, Mahabaleshwar is a hill station famous for its captivating beauty.
From the lush greens of Mahabaleshwar to the sprawling vineyards of Nasik, Mumbai is blessed with neighbouring serene and picturesque locations to help you escape the routine drudgery.
Are you a beach bum? Kashid is the place to be. This quaint Konkan beach town lying on the shores of Arabian Sea is a welcome change from the city chaos. Clear skies and white sands are Kashid’s prime attraction.
Places to Visit: Take a walk on the Kashid beach, as puffs of wind rustle the leaves of casuarinas trees. Enjoy jet-skiing or surfing in the waters of Arabian Sea or take a ferry ride across the sea to reach Alibaug.
Other popular attractions are Revdanda Fort and beach. The ruins of the ancient Portuguese Revdanda Fort now bloom with wild vegetation, yet the cannon holes in the fort walls bordering the sea are a quick reminder of its history. Its historic charm coupled with the beauty of the Revdanda beach make it a must visit site in Kashid.
If you are a bird lover and wildlife enthusiast looking for a tryst with nature, do visit the Phansad Bird Sanctuary. The sanctuary houses many avian species, amphibians and mammals. Unknown to most travellers, the sanctuary oozes peace and calm. So enjoy a stroll through the park, breathing in the mild musty fragrance of the rich foliage and hearing the twitter of birds echoing through the sanctuary.
Tucked away in the lush green Western Ghats, Karjat is one of the most popular weekend destinations from Mumbai. Known for its scenic panoramic view, ancient caves, temples and forts, it is an ideal place for you to rejuvenate.
Places to Visit: Adventure lovers can give their getaway a spin by trekking their way to the famous attractions like Chanderi Fort, Matheran or Peth Fort. You can also enjoy water sports like river rafting and parasailing in Ulhas River. If you are a history enthusiast, make sure you include a visit to Kondana Caves in your itinerary. First discovered in 1st century, these caves have been gaining traction among travellers. The main highlight of the Kondana caves is intricate carvings of the Buddhist architecture and Buddhist teachings.
This hill station nestled in Sahyadri hills offers an alluring experience to the visitors. Surrounded by dense forests and waterfalls, Lonavala is the place to be if you seek a quiet getaway in the lap of nature.
Places to Visit: Hike to Tiger’s point and Lion’s point for a beautiful panoramic view of the valley. Trek to the historic Rajmachi Fort to explore the ancient fortress. In the evening, take a stroll along Tungarli Lake or relax amidst the rich floral gardens in the Ryewood Park. If history excites you, a visit to Karla and Bhaja caves is a must. Dating back to 160 century B.C., the Bhaja caves are 22 rock cut caves, existing since an ancient Buddhist phase while the Karla Caves is the largest temple of the Hinayana Buddhist period in India
From sprawling vineyards to exotic temples, Nasik offers a refreshing sojourn to all travelers.
Places to Visit: Carry your picnic baskets to the milky white Dudhsagar falls that are bestowed with a scenic beauty apt for a postcard. Explore the 1st century rock cut caves of Pandav Leni, placed on Trivashmi hills. For the sheer brilliance of their architecture and spiritual ambience, visit the Kapileshwara Temple and Trimbakeshwar Temple. Wine lovers can enjoy a tour of Sula Vineyards and relax over a glass of Rosé.
With magnificent cascades, manicured lush forests and majestic peaks, Mahabaleshwar is a hill station famous for its captivating beauty.
Places to Visit: Head here for a revitalizing experience. Go boating in the blue waters of Venna Lake as dense foliage of trees surrounds you. The beauty of Mahabaleshwar lies in its scenic views. Head to Arthur’s Seat Point, Echo Point, Wilson Point or Bombay Point for a breathtaking view. A visit to Mahabaleshwar is incomplete without witnessing the cascading Chinaman’s fall, flanked by rich gardens. Make sure you collect some souvenirs for friends and family from the Mahabaleshwar market.
Picturesque backdrop of hills on one side, coastal plains on the other and strawberry fields galore make Panchgani a mesmerizing weekend resort.
Places to Visit: The city is home to Table Land, the second highest table top mountain in Asia and Bollywood’s favorite shooting spot. Go for horse riding here and enjoy the splendid view of the valley. Treat your taste buds to refreshing strawberries and fruit produce at the one of a kind Mapro Gardens. Shop for marmalades, squashes and fruit cocktails here. Another site worth a visit, especially for the connoisseurs of art is the Devrai Art Village. This non-profit initiative is aimed at promoting arts. The village is inhabited by craftsmen from disturbed areas of Gadchiroli and Chattisgarh. These artists are skilled in fusing and making amalgams of different materials like iron, brass, stone, wood, bamboo and fabric. Rajpuri Caves, Parsi Point and Sydney Point are among other key attractions of Panchgani. The town was a British favorite in the early 1900s. Once you visit you will know exactly why!