Matheran Tourism

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

History of Matheran

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.

People and Culture of Matheran

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, Charlotte 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.

Things To Do in Matheran

Matheran has its nearest airport at Mumbai, Chhatrapati 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 Lohegaon 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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Matheran Traveller Reviews

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Rak a s

  • Tourist
  • Rak a s
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  116 readers

"Matheraan" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
With google at our service we all can read about the geography and history of Maatheraan. As a visitor I can talk only about my personal experience. We were lucky that we had a an excellent place to stay, "Verandah in the forest" which made our visit memorable.
Tourists have to park their cars at Dusturi parking and take a horse (optional) and a porter( to pick your luggage) to your hotel.
All the scenic points can be walked or
(horse) ridden to. The places are no doubt scenic and after a few showers of rain the place looks gorgeously green and dark maroon.
I felt that there were not enough (any) dustbins throughout the walkway, people have thrown plastic packets and bottles everywhere which very sad. There are stalls everywhere but close before 8pm, though the market is open. The villagers are helpful and kind.
Carry a haversack, bottle of water, tissues, bandaid, detol, cap, sunscreen, torch and a mosquito repellent is a must and of course walking shoes No fancy chappals and you are good to go. Nature will accompany you everywhere, beware of monkeys and dogs. If you have 2-3 days you have covered enough Maatheraan.
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  • Tejas
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 50 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  201 readers

"Matheran trip during Summer (May)"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Went to Matheran in Summer In the month of May. Thought it would be same hot as Mumbai but I was completely wrong. Matheran was cool. I was not feeling like it's summer going on. We stayed at Ashok Hotel near Sunset point. Rooms in Ashok Hotel are average but food is very good. The food is Gujarati style.
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  • Rajan
  • 7 Reviews
  •  23 helpful votes
  •  3912 readers

"Matheran trip"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Matheran is a very nice place to visit
Most important thing is that there is no air pollution
Atmosphere is pleasant. To move from one place to another that is transport facility is to move on horses.
Either you have to move on horses or by walk. But the stay was pleasant.
One thing is that Toy train is not working a drawback.
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  • Anilpatel
  • 1 Review
  •  293 readers

"The Great place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Matheran is the great place to visit in monsoon. It is like a heaven during those days. Moreover, no vehicle allowed within village so totally pollution fee. The site seeing is also amazing. 2 days at least required to watch the places and different points ..
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  • Monishanjk
  • 5 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  1908 readers

"A good place for a 2 day trip"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
This place is too good for a 2 day trip. Quite a good place but you need a group of minimum 6 to 8 people to accompany you for this wonderful hillstation. I personally love this place. I have been to this place for numerous times in almost all the seasons and still would love to visit the place.
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Jayesh Bhiwandikar

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  • Jayesh Bhiwandikar
  • Lives in Kalyan
  • 9 photos
  • 7 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  1914 readers

"Romantic destination for Mumbaikar"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 6, 2017
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 Jan 30, 2017
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,

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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
  •  853 readers

"Nice place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 17, 2017
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
  •  28 helpful votes
  •  8626 readers

"Hill station near Mumbai"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted Jan 14, 2017
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
  • 5 Reviews
  •  876 readers

"Environment lover place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 11, 2017
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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