There may be no particular reason to land in Mumbai at any point of time. While so many of us find ourselves on a flight to the City of Dreams due to our work commitments, a lot of us reach their to make our dreams come true. A number of us simply come down to chill with friends or take in the essence of the city. Whatever the reason maybe, Mumbai attracts one and all. However, there is so much to travel around Mumbai that people are mostly not aware of. Khandala, Lonavala, Matheran, and the list mostly stops for people but did you know there are 20+ points around Mumbai that you can reach within 3 hours via road to have an awesome weekend. Let’s take a look at the best weekend getaways around Mumbai.
Weekend Gateway near Mumbai:
No, Lonavala and Khandala are not on the top. Unlike the usual destinations, Karnala is a hidden gem not many people know of. The Karnala Bird Sanctuary is home to approx 200 species of birds, some being rare of the rare cases.
Spread over a small area of 12 km, this sanctuary is a nice retreat to spend your weekend from the hustle and bustle of Mumbai. Another significant attraction of this destination is the Karnala Fort that dates back to the 15th century and is a major historic landmark.
- Distance from Mumbai: 47.8 km
- Time taken: 1 h 13 min
Nestled amidst the humble Sahaydri range, Durshet is an ideal weekend destination with a heavenly backdrop to make your holiday real blissful. Watch the river flow into the valley or simply enjoy the splendid sunrise and sunsets. The place is known for its rice plantations wherein you can learn a lot about rice planting. The great expanse of rice farming is a sight to see and must not be missed especially when it’s just 1.5 hours away from Mumbai.
- Distance from Mumbai: 76.2 km
- Time taken: 1 h 28 min
The clichéd weekend destination for Mumbaikars, Lonavala attracts people in huge numbers on a regular basis. Surrounded by lush greenery, it is at its best during monsoon. Having said that, It isn’t any less enjoyable during the other seasons.
Do drop by to have the sweet delicacy, chikki and watch various places of interests such as Rajmachi Point, Lonavala Lake, Tiger’s Leap, Duke Nose, Bhushi Dam, Karla Caves and Lohagad Fort.
- Distance from Mumbai: 82.7 km
- Time taken: 1 h 39 min
Situated in Karjat district, Matheran is a small hill station meaning ‘forest on the forehead’. While it is approximately 80 km from Mumbai, it is about 120 km from Pune.What adds up to the imbibing the beauty and serenity of the place is the fact that it is Asia’s only automobile free hill station. No pollution, no noise, just calm atmosphere and splendid views to enjoy.
Worried about transportation? Reach the place via toy train and roam around the place on hand pulled rickshaws and horse carts. If you are an adventure lover then it is definitely a place you should be in. Try paragliding, horse riding, and valley crossing.
- Distance from Mumbai: 83 km
- Time taken: 2 h 1 min
An interesting way to reach Alibaug would be the ferry instead of going by your car or a taking a bus ride from Mumbai. Also a wonderful avenue to take in some history, Alibaug houses Kulaba Fort that was built during the times of the great warrior Shivaji.
Beach lovers are in for a treat with several beaches such as Nagaon Beach, Kashid Beach, Versoli Beach and Akshi Beach being in its proximity. If you have some more time in hand, drive down to Phansad Sanctuary, a peaceful place to visit for nature and bird lovers. Adventure enthusiasts can take the Sagargad Trek to get their adrenaline rushing.
- Distance from Mumbai: 92.1 km
- Time taken: 2 h 33 min
Rajmachi is an absolute delight during monsoons. The lush greenery, the whole aura around the fort, the smell of the wet mud, the amusing fort and the cool winds just make your weekend memorable beyond measure. Rajmachi houses two fortifications, Shrivardhan Fort and Manaranjan Fort.
The trek to Rajmachi Fort is one of the most popular treks among locals and adventure enthusiasts. It takes no more than 40 minutes to reach the fort and while it may not be as easy as it sounds for beginners, the view that you get to witness from there is worth all effort.
- Distance from Mumbai: 94.5 km
- Time taken: 2 h 21 min
7. Revdanda Beach
A serene dwelling close to Alibaug, Revdanda is one hidden gem you must be visiting. A beach holiday without having to spend big bucks on Goa flights and hotels, what more would you want?
Double up your experience by taking a lakeside camping experience amidst the playful sands. The serenity that you get to witness here is class apart. Indulge in some water sports, star gazing, bonfires and barbeque.
- Distance from Mumbai: 105.2 km
- Time taken: 2 h 56 min
Igatpuri needs no introduction. Located in Nasik district, this place can work as an icing on the cake during your trip to the Wine Capital. You can alternatively just drive down to Igatpuri and see some beautiful attractions of the place such as Ghatandevi Temple, Bhandardara, and Dhamma Giri Meditation Centre.
Being a historic destination, it also calls in a number of adventure enthusiasts with activities such as zip lining, rappelling, trekking and camping. The best time to visit this place is during monsoons and the period between November and March.
- Distance from Mumbai: 120.8 km
- Time taken: 2 h 13 min
Raigad used to be the capital during the rule of the Maratha dynasty. The Raigad Fort that is built at 2270 feet above sea level is mostly in ruins presently however, it does have several structures that are worth taking a look. If you are photography buff, do take a close look at queen’s chamber, the three watch tower, the market area, the palace, the public durbar and the artificial lake. The fort speaks volumes about the bravery and valor of Maharaja Shivaji, a respected warrior and ruler of his times.
- Distance from Mumbai: 169 km
- Time taken: 3 h 38 min
The capital of the Union Territory, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Silvassa holds great importance from historical point of view. The place continues to reflect the Portuguese architecture via its churches and old houses.
It has several places of interest including the Roman Catholic Church, Shri Jagannath Temple, Nakshatra Van, Madhuban Dam, and Silvassa Museum. If you have some more time in hand, do visit the Lion Safari Wildlife Park.
- Distance from Mumbai: 173 km
- Time taken: 2 h 56 min.