Mumbai. The city of lights. The city that never sleeps. Mumbai is the city of dreams. The city which people come to but never leave.
One can while away days by simply staring at the sea or visiting the many marks of modern history that are spewed across the city.
There are literally a zillion things to do in and around Mumbai and make everything happen at a super-fast pace just like its trains.
But then again, too much of a good thing is bad. Hence, to sometimes escape the biz and buzz of the city, the city dwellers choose to go missing to one of these close by places to get some time to themselves.
If you ever happen to be in Mumbai, make sure to visit these places if possible. It’s just a matter of less than 4 hours from the main city.
Top 5 Most Visited & Loving Weekend Getaway Destinations From Mumbai
Lonavala has been the most popular weekend getaway spot right from the British era. Like the British, even today many tourists from Mumbai flock towards Lonavala on almost every weekend to escape the heat and humidity.
If you happen to ask a Mumbaikar to name anyone hill station, Lonavala will top the list any day. It’s all time pleasant atmosphere makes it perfect for a weekend getaway.
If at all you choose not to sit in your resort and chill, you could do a number of activities like trekking, sightseeing, old-school video gaming, shopping, eating, etc.
You could go for a dip at Bushi Dam with your friends and family, go trekking to Lohagarh Fort, go for a Hot Air Balloon Safari, part take in adventure games by Della Adventures and a lot more.
Distance– It is around 59 miles from Mumbai to Lonavala. It would take you about 2 hours to reach your destination.
Best time to visit– From October to May is the best season to visit Lonavala.
Places to stay– Fariyas Resort, The Machan and Kumar Resort are some of the hotels that you can stay at.
The small town of Palghar makes for a wonderful weekend destination from Mumbai in India. It is less crowded, peaceful and shrouded in greenery.
It is perfect for a laidback vacation. This is well known for its beach, historic attractions and nature. The main attraction is the sunset from Kelwa and Mahim beaches, Shirgaon Fort and Kelwa Dam is frequented by many.
Some things that you can do there are trekking to these forts, visiting fishing villages near the beaches and having a family outing by the dam.
Distance– It is around 76 miles from Mumbai to Palghar. It would take you about 3 hours 10 mins to reach your destination.
Best time to visit– The time between June to September and November to February is the best time to visit Palghar.
Places to stay– Mango Leaf Resort, My Dream Getaway Diveagar, Hotel Silver Avenue are some of the hotels you could stay at.
This one is especially for all the adventure sports lovers who love being in a serene natural environment.
There is a lot to do for people who appreciate nature’s beauty and want to rough it out a little and experience some amount of village lifestyle.
Some things that you can do here are, paragliding over paddy and sunflower fields, visit and trek to the Karla, Bhaja and Bhedsa caves and visit the Kondeshwar temple.
You can also choose to paraglide over the Pawna Lake.
Distance– It is around 62.13 miles from Mumbai to Kamshet. It would take you about 2 hours 30 mins to reach your destination.
Best time to visit– The time between November to April would be the best time to visit Kamshet.
Places to stay– Saffronstays L’attitude, Saffronstays Firdaus Baug, Nirvana Naturestay are some of the places where you could stay at while there.
If you don’t want to just escape the busy life of the city but also escape all its pollution, then Matheran is the place for you.
Matheran has been declared Eco Sensitive Zone by the Ministry of Environment and Forests. It is completely free from cars and the smoke that they create.
Its too like Lonavala has been the hill station of choice right from the British era. You will enjoy the pleasantly cool atmosphere, the lush green surrounding and the refreshingly pure air.
Among the activities to do here, horseback riding, trekking, experiencing a ride in hand-pulled rickshaws, valley crossing, etc.
Distance– It is around 51.57 miles from Mumbai to Matheran. It would take you about 2 hours and 40 mins to reach your destination.
Best time to visit– Time between June to September is the best time to visit Matheran.
Places to stay– Usha Ascot Hotel, Radha Cottage, The Byke Heritage are some of the places where you could stay at.
Just a few miles away from Palghar is the coastal town of Dahanu. It is situated right in the middle of Gujarat and Maharashtra.
It is one of the best places to go to if you enjoy the sound and scene of the sea while sipping on your cold beer sitting on the beach where nobody else can disturb you.
While there you must also buy a few of their famous chickoos, slurp on the chickoo ice cream and sip the chickoo wine.
You could leave from your hotel in the early morning or in the evening and go for a run or a camelback ride on the beach.
The attractions other than the beach itself include the Dahanu Fort, a Jain temple, botanical gardens, Asavali dam, etc.
Distance– It is around 69 miles from Mumbai to Dahanu. It would take you about 3 hours to reach your destination.
Best time to visit– Time between October to March would be the best time to visit Dahanu.
Places to stay– Hill Zill Resort Bordi, Pearline Beach Resort, Orchid Resort are some places where you can stay at while there.
So these were five of the many places around Mumbai that you could go to on your next weekend here.
Explore and have an immense amount of fun while on vacation but also be very careful while doing so.
Especially while doing adventure sports, be sure of the sports agency before enrolling. Before going to the beaches check for the tidal and wind conditions and always remain safe. Have a fun weekend.