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8 Destinations Near Mumbai To Explore This Long Weekend

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Don't let this long weekend slip away, seize the day and explore these 8 killer destinations.

8 Destinations Near Mumbai To Explore This Long Weekend:

  1. Harishchandragad Fort, Malshejghat (Maharashtra)
  2. Lavasa (Maharashtra)
  3. Jawhar (Maharashtra)
  4. Kolad (Maharashtra)
  5. Palghar (Maharashtra)
  6. Matheran (Maharashtra)
  7. Bhandardara (Maharashtra)
  8. Murud (Maharashtra)

1. Harishchandragad Fort

Harishchandragad Fortsource: bhramanti365.in

Deemed as a trekker’s paradise, Harishchandragad is bedecked with natural beauty, diverse flora and fauna. The fort is just a 4 hours drive from Pune city.

Did you know? Kedareshwar cave’s folklore states that when the fourth pillar breaks, the world will come to an end.

Sheetal Shah shares her experience of trekking Harishchandragad Fort. She says “It's a trekkers paradise, if you like trekking it's a must for you to come here. Breathtaking view of Konkan Kada and other valleys.”

2. Lavasa

Lavasasource: lavasa.com

This is the first planned city in India, placed amidst the Shayadari Mountains between Pune and Mumbai. The Italian style architecture of the city along varied options of water sports makes it one of the most sought after destinations.

Ashwin Shah expresses his love for the city of Lavasa in this review. He says: “A place with its scenic beauty & well planned city. The natural beauty of the Lavasa is as good as any hill station of Himalayas. Adventures such as treasure hunt, bicycling, boating, etc. Add to the beauty of the place. Best for couples & family.”

3. Jawhar

Jawharsource: jawhardarshan.com

Home to scenic beauty and rich cultural heritage, Jawahar is 2-5 hours away from Mumbai. Nestled in the lap of the Sahyadri, an erstwhile tribal kingdom, Jawhar still retains much of its rustic allure.

Riyaz Vihra deems Jawhar as the “"Perfect escape from the city hustle bustle into an unexplored town.” He says, “We visited this place in August when the rain spell has weakened and so was greeted with lush greenery all around. Multiple points to go around and a good waterfall nearby.”

4. Kolad

Koladsource: flycatcherholidays.com

Kolad is well known for its rugged topography and waterfalls. A hotspot for adrenaline junkies: water and adventure sports is what draws most tourists to Kolad.

Sharda Rebello talks about her visit to Kolad. She says: “For those who cannot travel up north for some White Water rafting adventure, suggest you visit Kolad which is just 3. 5 hours drive from Mumbai. In Kolad, you will find the Kundalika river water rafting very thrilling and exciting. Covers almost 12- 14km stretch of gushing water & rapids and ends with a smooth floating on the waters of the river. Found a group of professionals who covers video and photography while you venture rafting.”


5. Palghar

Palgharsource: holidayiq.com

Just a 2 hours drive from Mumbai. Palghar is adorned with forts and clean beaches like Kelva Beach, Mahim Beach, Satpati Beach and a number of picturesque lakes.

Alok Saxena from Mumbai shares, "Palghar is becoming a famous weekend gateway specially for mumbaikars. Hardly 2.5hrs drive or 1.5 hrs by train. Kelwa & mahim beaches are added attractions. Beaches are clean & pollution free.”

6. Matheran

Matheransource: flickr - Elroy Serrao

The quaint little hill station of Mumbai is known for its biodiversity. Enjoy a panoramic view of Western ghats' peaks while you sip on some tea.

Venson Lobo shares his savours his stay in Matheran. He says: “Entirely well preserved forested place where you will love to walk leisurely enjoying pure cool unpolluted air. I was so mesmerized by Matheran that I felt like I was Captivated by its charm. So peaceful and lush greenery filled place.”

7. Bhandardara

Bhandardarasource: mouthshut.com

Green paddy fields create a colourful symphony with the bright blue skies and the waterfall provides a musical rhythm while you soak in the beauty of nature at its best in Bhandardara. The Sandhan valley trek is a must do here.

Anamika Tomar from Mumbai shares: “Sandhan Valley trek is a must to do along with a bit of off-Roading around the lake. Bhandardara dam waterfall should not be missed. An ancient shiva temple inside the ghats was a lovely divine experience and its architecture was a delight for our cameras.”

8. Murud

Murudsource: kokanworld.com

Home to some of the cleanest and secluded beaches in Mumbai. Murud is also home to one of the strongest marine forts in India.

Jali Dait from Mumbai says: “If you do not want to see crowded beaches, Nandgaon Beach, 10 km away from Murud is a very good option. You will not get any hotel options there, mostly home stays available. There's one Siddhivinayak Temple which is very beautiful. Beach is secluded but clean and clear water. Good place for calm weekend.”


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