Friday, August 16, 2019

8 Amazing Weekend Getaways from Mumbai


After a long and hard work week, what you need for unwinding is a quick weekend getaway. You need to escape the busy and chaotic city life before you can relax and chill. If you’re living in the hectic city of Mumbai and want to chill for the weekend, check out these 8 amazing weekend getaways from Mumbai within 100 km.

As the city is located on the edges of the majestic Western Ghats, there are many amazing tourist attractions to offer. But only the best getaways are chosen for this list. Since they are also close by, you can take a quick trip to these places without any hassle or much planning.

Karnala Bird Sanctuary (Karnala Fort)
Distance: 60km
Within the close reach of Mumbai, there is a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. It’s the bird sanctuary located at the Karnala Fort, a little off the Mumbai-Pune National Highway near Panvel.

Karnala Bird Sanctuary is an abode for 222 bird species, as well as a historical site with beautiful scenery. The historical significance of Karnala Fort comes from Shivaji Maharaj himself as he valiantly defeated the Mughals and took control of it in 1670.

Karjat
Distance: 62km
On the way to Matheran, there is a small hill station with a backdrop of the spectacular BhorGhat and its blooming green flora. The mini hill station is Karjat, one of the most popular and quickest weekend getaways from Mumbai.

Apart from having plenty of top-rated hotels, there are also a few interesting tourists attractions to visit in Karjat like Kondana Caves, Kothaligud Fort, Bahiri Cave, ND studio and last but not the least, Bhivpuri Waterfalls. This mini hill the station also offers a plethora of activities like trekking, hiking, mountain climbing, and river rafting.

Durshet
Distance: 76km
Durshet is one of the most amazing weekend getaways from Mumbai. It’s a cozy little town lazing on the banks of the Amba River with a backdrop of the magnificent Sahyadri hills. It offers a peaceful ambiance that is needed for your rejuvenation.

You can also go river rafting, trekking, kayaking, hiking, and sightseeing. Some of the most interesting places to visit in Durshet include the hot water springs at Uddhar, historic hill forts of Sudhagad and Sarasgad, Amba River, and PaliGanapati Temple. There is also a popular forest lodge in Durshet for staying as well.

Lonavala Khandala
Distance: 93km
No true Mumbaikar is a stranger to the famous twin hill stations of Lonavala and Khandala. In fact, there is also a popular Bollywood song written about them. Among the most-visited holiday destinations near Mumbai, they offer many awesome places to visit like Tiger’s leap, Duke’s nose, Panva Lake, Karla, and Bhaja Caves. Apart from several landmarks and viewpoints, you can also go trekking or take excursions.

Alibaug
Distance: 95km
If you want quieter beaches along with many spectacular and historical tourist attractions, Alibaug is where you need to go. Unlike the crowded and spoiled Goa beaches, the Alibaug beaches are cleaner and less secluded. There are also several highly-rated resorts in Alibaug which offer luxurious accommodation. It’s ideal for a couple who want a romantic getaway.

Matheran
Distance: 83km
Matheran is one of the most popular weekend getaways from Mumbai. It is located at an elevation of 2516ft on the top of Sahyadri hills of the Western Ghats. It is very famous among those nature-loving Mumbaikars looking for a quick trip to a hill station with beautiful scenery and breathtaking viewpoints.
Moreover, it’s a good weekend destination for travelers stuck in Mumbai without anything to do. A few must-see viewpoints near Matheran are Louisa Point, Panorama The point, Charlotte Lake, Alexander Point, Echo Point, and Honeymoon hill.

Raigad
Distance: 103km
Raigad is the former capital of Shivaji Maharaj, the fearless Maratha king. It’s the place to go if you want to witness the royal glory of the Maratha period. It’s a perfect destination for history buffs and families with children. The fort which was built in the 17th century at an elevation of 2700ft offers a breathtaking view where you can see what Shivaji once saw.

Kamshet
Distance: 105km
Only 16km away from Lonavala and Khandala, very close to the Pune Airport, there is a popular tourist village administered by a gram panchayat. It’s the Kamshet village of Mawal, heaven for paragliders. There are several amazing paragliding sites with adequate condition for soaring and thermal gliding. Adventurous Mumbaikars come here seeking thrill and high doses of heart-pumping adrenaline. One of my friends who went Paragliding in Kamshet described the experience as a rebirth of self.

You don’t need any planning. Just pack your bags and leave for the holiday. Visit one of the places listed here on 8 Amazing Weekend Getaways from Mumbai for a relaxing vacation.

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