Matheran Tourism
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Matheran Tourism

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Matheran Info

  • State: Maharashtra
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • Altitude: 800 m
  • Pincode: 410102
  • District: Raigad
  • Language: Hindi,Marathi
  • STD code: 02148
  • Weather: Summer 19 to 33°C, Winter 13 to 28°C
Matheran is a hill station situated in the Raigad District of Maharashtra. Matheran, which has the designation of being the smallest hill station in India, is situated in the Western Ghats at an average altitude of 800 m above sea level.

The quaint town of Matheran was brought to the limelight during the colonial rule of the British. Matheran was discovered, in the year 1850 by Hugh Poyntz Malet, the District Collector of Thane. The place was developed by Lord Elphinstone, the Governor of Bombay, as a summer resort for the British. Lord Elphinstone introduced roadways as well as the Mountain Railways (1907) to Matheran.

The name Matheran (which means 'forest on top') refers to the surrounding dense evergreen Jambol forests. Matheran is known for its biodiversity as the place consists of rare species of flora and fauna. Matheran is also famous for its 33 lookout points, which provides panoramic view of the peaks of Western Ghats as well as its village-dotted plains.

Matheran is one among the eco-sensitive Regions in the world, where motored vehicles are not allowed. The core eco-sensitive zone of Matheran covers an area of 251.56 sq km. The town of Matheran and its environs, which are spread along 200 m of land, constitute the buffer zone.

Matheran is situated on a plateau towards the western part of the Western Ghats. The plateau of Matheran, surrounded by the vast extensions of the ranges of Western Ghats, lies as an outlier to the main range of Western Ghats.

Cooler but pleasant and less humid climate prevails all through the year in Matheran. The best time to visit Matheran is during the months of September to June, while it is very pleasant, cool and favourable for sightseeing.

Matheran tourism offers sightseeing attractions such as Porcupine Point, Panorama Point, Echo Point, Charlott Lake, King George Point, Louisa Point, Paymaster Park, Panthers’ Caves, Hart Point, etc. Matheran also offer activities such as trekking, hiking, climbing, etc. The vicinity of Mumbai and Pune makes Matheran a popular weekend destination of nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts.

Matheran has its nearest airport at Mumbai, Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport which is around 46 km away from Matheran city. Mumbai is well connected to other major airports in India and abroad. The next nearest airport to Matheran is at Lohegao in Pune which is about 84 km.

Matheran is situated at a distance of 90 km and 120 km respectively from Mumbai and Pune. Matheran can be accessed by rail from the close by town of Neral, by a narrow gauge railway, which is operational since 1907. The train from Neral to Matheran provides a scenic view of Matheran, as it runs through hill sides, plains, cliffs, plateau and the Jambol forests, covering a distance of 21 km in a slow pace. Tourists to Matheran can also drive up to Dasturi Point (11 km away) and reach Matheran by foot or on pony.



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Jayesh Bhiwandikar

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  • Jayesh Bhiwandikar
  • Lives in Kalyan
  • 5 photos
  • 6 Reviews
  •  686 readers

"Romantic destination for Mumbaikar"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I visited Matheran recently with friends. It is best place for hangout with friends. One can visit Matheran in one day also. 3 days stay is ideal for couples. Couples can do honeymoon here too. Lots of hotels are available from cheap hotels to 4 star hotels.
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Sajid Shaikh

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  • Sajid Shaikh
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review
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"Matheran - Good to enjoy"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It's good to have trip to Matheran so that we can relief from busy and hectic work life schedule. Be careful of below things,

1) Toy train has been stop from a year now so have to go by share omni till car parking stand and then by rented horse till market. Horse owner will charge Rs 300 per head up to market and if we choose to see any sight point on the way then have to pay Rs 1100 per head for just 5 sight point.

2) Do not plan to see all sight point just see 10 as that is enough. All sight points are same just the angle is change of watching.

3) Roads are in very bad condition and not well maintain. 1 km walk of Matheran is equal to 3 km of normal walk due to its poor condition. Their is no other transportation except horse cart.

4) If you are new to the place the horse owner will make fool of you and they will tell what ever rubbish high amount.

5) Do not intend to take old people with you as they won't be able to make out.

6) Hope so soon toy train are started so that Time/money/effort is saved.

Enjoy the trip.
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Edwin nevis

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  • Edwin nevis
  • 2 Reviews
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"Nice place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
We found this place to be quite and comfortable. The coolness at this time of the year was very nice not too cold and not too hot.
Sadly we felt cheated by the horse men. We were told at the parking lot that the rates were fixed and paid Rs. 550 each for 3 horses to go up for a 40 minute horse ride. But on the way down we very given the opportunity to ride for Rs. 150 with a lot of bargaining. So bargain for the ride up as well is what I will advise.
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Puru Bhoir

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  • Puru Bhoir
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Thane
  • 3 photos
  • 16 Reviews
  •  27 helpful votes
  •  8217 readers

"Hill station near Mumbai"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Matheran is well known hill station near Mumbai so most of them prefer a day or 2 for hangout. I find since last decade much change, the fresh has lost, administration not okay, rush, no good pedestrian way. Travel from mini train (toy train) is closed now, before its was plying from Neural to Matheran which is closed, however the joy ride of shuttle has also closed so gravelled expectation of mini train is not fulfilled hope to reopen again. In short Matheran is losing its hill station aura. If you are planning to get your car up to entry point scrap the plan as road way is with very bad road condition prefer local taxi plying from Neural to entry gate of Matheran. Overall current status okay but avoid rush time, lack of administration and cleanliness found, tourism department not much bothered. Still I understand most of them prefer this nearest hill station near Mumbai can enjoy apart from this probs with your family good hotel food and shopping.
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Pushpesh Pathak

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  • Pushpesh Pathak
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 4 Reviews
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"Environment lover place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Polluted free, vehicle free holiday place. Very hilly and green area. The place, to enjoy walking, horse riding. All sight seeing are beautiful and worth seeing. But, you have to hire horse for sight seeing. Even though, you hire horse, you have to climb hilly road, with uneven natural area.
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Sushil Yadav

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  • Sushil Yadav
  • Lives in Bhandara
  • 7 photos
  • 10 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  4547 readers

"Feel the love at Matheran"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Matheran is known to be the smallest hill station. I would recommend you all to visit this place till Neral by local train from Karjat. You will enjoy the journey and yes Matheran is a nice hill station to visit once a year. The market of Matheran is lovable although prices are little high. People of Matheran are very kind and they will help you in every possible way. And yes many nashta stalls sell maggie there I think at rate of Rs. 30. You can have a taste if you are at Matheran.
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Sushil Yadav

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  • Sushil Yadav
  • Lives in Bhandara
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  • 10 Reviews
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"A walk on mini rail track."

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
The photo you see is my group of friends with whom I went to Matheran during rainy season. I truly loved the rail tracks and me and my friends did a walk of nearly 3 kms on this tracks because the view that you see on your right side while you leave mathera is unbelievable. The railway during wmrainy season is closed every year for around four months .. I recommend you to please have a walk on this tracks to see the amazong view of Matheran ..
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Deepika vinika

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  • Deepika vinika
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 46 Reviews
  •  12 helpful votes
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"Matheran!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Dec 20, 2016
Second nearest hill station from Mumbai. Its a small hill station but relaxed in off-season. Must do horse riding in jungle. Mostly Toy train doesn't work in rainy season but it's very fun ride in winter season. You can go by local train from Mumbai, getting down at Neural station & then taking cab to Matheran OR you can just take a road trip to this mountain with your lover!
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Bijoy Anupam

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  • Bijoy Anupam
  • Lives in Pune
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"An experience can be better."

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Dec 20, 2016
I had visited Matheran around 2009. Experience was awesome. But, come in 2016, the experience is little different.
Issues:
1. Getting your own car at the Matheran parking spot is not enjoyable task. The taxi service from Neural to Matheran taxi-stand are bunch of rough drivers and do not respect private vehicles, if you take your car up till taxi stand. The road is narrow, lots of curves and steep along with this rough Omni drivers as taxi service.
2. Parking spot at Matheran is not maintained. It is just some space in between the woods. In weekends or rush days, you hardly get any parking spots. In order to encourage tourism, government should atleast plan a good parking spot instead of this Chaos.
3. Good that no vehicle is allowed in Matheran as we get fresh air and get to experience raw nature. Having said that it should have been easier to navigate. There are hell lot horse riders and private services to get you to one place from other. They have least respect for commoners who want to walk and enjoy the nature. Though it was not bad experience. Controlling on the number of service providers would keep a balance.
4. The local people are good. They help you with directions when ever you want. The business people are all different sort of people. They are arrogant, very difficult to interact. Looks like Matheran is not in control with government but local group of people and they just want to have business.
5. Staying at Matheran is too costly compared to other hill stations in Maharashtra. In peak duration, average room costs around 5000/- a night which is hyped. Maybe, if you book earlier you might get a better rate. Try the rooms which is government owned but well in advance. We didn't book any room, and had planned a single day trip.
In the days of demoneization, carry a lot cash. Local vendors do not take your cards or payTM.
There is nothing much to be seen. Charlotte Lake is good to visit. There are few points nearby, like Echo Point which you can cover in one direction. Rest all the points are all same. Just enjoy the walk in the woods. Hope we didn't have many horse riders spoiling the fun.
Walk from taxi stand to MGRoad is also fun. Walking along the track of toy train. The toy train is not operational as of now. Hope they bring this attraction back.
Matheran has the potential to become a great experience for tourism. We need better people to manage.
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Shweta ambre

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  • Shweta ambre
  • 2 Reviews
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"No pollution"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 15, 2016
Superb place to have a call to nature and feel near to nature. Cool climate. Chilling climate. Enjoy horse riding. Beautiful scenary. Good hotels. Red mud which makes you full red. That is OK for your happiness. Its not at all polluted as no vehicles are allowed. Too much walking but worth it for enjoyment.
One must visit Matheran atleast once in life
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