A lovely, relaxing and unique getaway from the chaotic daily routine is what the Mumbaikars are looking for.

KARNALA BIRD SANCTUARY

A beautiful weekend getaway on the Mumbai-Goa highway. The Karnala bird sanctuary is blessed with the shadow of 4.8 sq.km dense forest. Also, the surrounding area is ideal for trekking and picnics. There are 150 species of birds and 37 types of avian migrants which can be found here and if you’re lucky a blink of your camera at the right time can capture the moment. One of the famous birds in the sanctuary amongst the people’s the three-toed kingfisher. The entry fee for the sanctuary is ₹30 for adults and ₹15 for children. And for people with their DSLRs the entry fee is ₹100 for still cameras and ₹150 for video camera.

MATHERAN

At an altitude of 2,516ft above sea-level in the Western ghats, one of the oldest hill stations, Matheran is the most loved and preferred scenic spots. Neral railway station is the transit point, from there you can board a toy-train to Matheran or else can take a cab halfway and then halfway trek towards the top. A ride on the Neral-Matheran toy-train is something that you should not miss. There are various hill points at the top, where one can get a mesmerising view of the sunrise and sunset. Horse-riding is something worth trying here for sure.

KARJAT

At a distance of 62 kms from Mumbai, there are beautiful mountains, a fort, a mystic river, ancient rock-cut cave temples all located in the little Konkan town of Karjat. It is one of the favourite picnic spot during the monsoon. Trekking and just wandering along with nature is the best way to have a memorable weekend.

ALIBAUG

This famous beach destination having a lot of history, can be reached either by road or by ferry. The road or the boat trip, anyways is loaded with fun as long as your destination is Alibaug. A two hour boat ride is blissful and gives you a fine travelling experience as the birds are chirping and flying besides your boat and the sound of waves splashing in your ears. Water sports activities at Alibaug can definitely calm your daily-life stress.

BHANDARDARA

One of the best and sorted place around Mumbai for weekend outing is Bhandardara. This place has the ability to deliver some peaceful and tranquil moments which has the essence of the nature around. This location which is around two and a half hour drive from Mumbai is an elegant drive as the roads are good and traffic-free most of the times. The Bhandardara lake and the Randha falls are the two major places to visit and chill. Camping and stargazing activity here is popular amongst the youth.

LONAVALA-KHANDALA

A perfect road-trip on a perfect weekend on a perfect route to escape the city life is all Lonavala-Khandala trip with your family and friends all about. The twin hill resorts at Lonavala-Khandala holds a special corner in the hearts of the people as trekking, camping and shopping of hand-made products are the activities hugely popular. This places fancies all age groups and has been favourite for years.

KAMSHET

A major hub for paragliding in Maharashtra as well as India, Kamshet is just 16 kms away from the twin hill stations of Lonavala-Khandala. In the peak season, people rush to Kamshet, to have a feeling of adrenaline rushing through their nerves. The paragliding destination of Kamshet is a mere 100 kms distance from Mumbai.

 

RAIGAD

Having a proud and vibrant history of the Maratha King, Shivaji Maharaj, the Raigad fort is all nostalgia of the royal Maratha period. The Raigad trek is famous amongst the youth. The fort is situated at an altitude of 2700 ft above sea level on the vast and dense Sahyadri mountains. There are 1,737 stairs to climb up the fort along with the beautiful bird’s eye view.

 

KOLAD

If you are planning on making your weekend purely adventurous, Kolad is the place you’ll want to be. The Kundalika river flowing by the village offers some goose-bumping thrills. There are some pulsating adventure and water sports activities by the river. It is 120 kms from Mumbai and proves truly refreshing to your mind and soul.

JAWHAR

For art lovers, Jawhar is a destination for the minds of Mumbaikars where they can refill their colors of joy. Warli Paintings and traditional art here deep-rooted cultural background. Also, Jawhar also has a bunch of waterfalls which can wash your stress away in the monsoon. Jawhar is 155 kms from Mumbai.

So, this was a list of the best getaways from Mumbai to chill and to explore your weekend. Which one are you travelling to?

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Text & Photography – Himanshu Kedar

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