It was nice travelling for Matheran with Deccan Express Train early in the morning. This train does not go to the Matheran. We need to book ticket up to Neral station and after that there is a toy train from Neral to Matheran. It was also nice experience with that. I liked the travelling and it takes almost 4 hours from Pune.
Train taken during sunrise is very good. You get to see good country side. Worth visiting during monsoon. At times, can even see waterfalls along the Lonavala-Karjat passage. Can take good photos from train itself (especially if the train is slow). Also, can get to see good view around Talegaon and Malavali range (just before Lonavala). We got down at Neral station and then took a cab. Can also take a joy ride train though frequency is very less.
We picked up train early morning to Karjat from Pune. We have good connectivity from Pune to Neral via Karjat. There is good frequency trains between Neral and Karjat. Almost every 40-50 min. From Neral one can pick-up toy train or taxi for Matheran. Matheran also having shuttle service on every hour during day time.
The journey was not more than 3 hours but interesting. Especially from Neral to Matheran in toy train. Make sure bookings are in advance for train if its weekend. Though it was a family tour, the location was close to nature and away from city pollution. People are friendly but monkeys are not. It is good to be here for 2 days to explore in entity.
Matheran is on hill, hence when you go to Matheran the ghat section is very sloppy. Only good and experience drivers can drive there. Your car should also have power to climb the slopes. Don't take underpower vehicles like Nano etc fully loaded you will face difficulty in driving. If you are new in driving than there are drivers available at the start of ghat section to take your vehicle on the top. In rainy season you can enjoy natural fruits on the road trip like (Jamun and guavas). There is one more option of taking toy train from neral. Which is also very good option to travel to matheral. You will enjoy the sightseeing on the mountain.
Matheran is situated at a distance of 125 km from Pune. A tourist destination developed by the British after its discovery in 1850, Matheran is well connected to Pune by road. The best way to reach Matheran from Pune is by road, a journey of about 2? hours by car. The places covered during the journey from Pune to Matheran are Pune - 47 km -> Khamshet - 29 km -> Khopoli - 16 km -> Wandhal - 12 km -> Karjat - 24 km -> Matheran. On the way, there are several ATMs, hospitals and rest stops. Food joints such as Naivedyam and KFC are also present on the route. Petrol pumps of Hindustan Petroleum and Indian Oil, among others, are available at regular intervals as well.
Transport options from Pune to Matheran
Pune to Matheran By Car: Hire a cab or rent a car to drive down to Matheran, which takes about 2? hours. This mode is ideal for group travel or for families with senior citizens and kids. Cost of cab per kilometre ranges from INR 9 to 35, depending upon the type of car hired.