Matheran Tourism

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Good point with natural view

Good point with natural view  Video Review
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Panorama Point

Jayant
26th Aug 17

Nice Matheran Market

Nice Matheran Market  Video Review
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Mathern Market

Tejas
21st May 17

Superb view from Madhavji Point

Superb view from Madhavji Point  Video Review
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Madhavji Point

Hiren Vis
6th Apr 17

Wonderful Park

Wonderful Park  Video Review
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N Lord Garden

Hiren Vis
6th Apr 17

Madhavji point - located near main market

Madhavji point - located near main market  Video Review
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Madhavji Point

Sushant Sabat
31st Jul 17

Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali

Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali  Video Review
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Monkey Point

Bipin vaidya Vaidya
26th Mar 18

Nice View for selfie

Nice View for selfie  Video Review
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Panorama Point

Sushant Sabat
8th Jan 18

Good place with beauty and nature

Good place with beauty and nature  Video Review
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Panorama Point

Manhar Oza
26th Aug 17

Nice place to visit

Nice place to visit  Video Review
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Khandala Point

Bhumi Prajapati
25th Aug 17

nice point

nice point  Video Review
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Madhavji Point

Bhumi Prajapati
25th Aug 17

I am heading to Matheran

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Reasons to go to Matheran

1You Still Haven't Experienced How Peaceful A Train Ride Can Be Unless You Are On The Neral-Matheran Railway
You Still Haven't Experienced How Peaceful A Train Ride Can Be Unless You Are On The Neral-Matheran Railway

HolidayIQ Traveller Vishnu Vijayan from Mumbai shares, “To be honest take the famous toy train from Neral station which goes winding across the hills a two hour joy ride and drops you at the centre point of matheran.”

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2Pollution Free Zone - Matheran
Pollution Free Zone - Matheran

Being a no-vehicle destination, Matheran is one of the most unpolluted places in India and offers a clear and stunning view of the night sky. Viewpoints like the Echo Point and Hart Point give a spectacular and unhindered view of the sky for stargazers. 

HolidayIQ Traveller Dhananjay shares, “This is perhaps one of those few places in the world where absolutely no vehicles are allowed. Matheran has fresh unpolluted air - free of smoke and has beautiful surroundings.”

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3The Verandah In the Forest, Matheran
The Verandah In the Forest, Matheran

Take a guilt free vacation away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

HoldiayIQ Traveller Soumitra Panda shares, “It is an excellent property with large rooms and period furniture housed in an old bungalow. The bathrooms are a bit letdown. The continental dinner was excellent. The breakfast was standard though. Please note that this is at one of the farthest points in Matheran and involves quite a bit of walking / horse-riding and the road condition is not at all conducive.”

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4Mount Hua - Prabalgad and Kalavantin Durg
Mount Hua - Prabalgad and Kalavantin Durg

Prabal Fort, however in ruins, is among the most ancient monuments of the region. The fort was perched on Prabal Hills on the western side of Matheran. This historical fort was captured by the Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji from Mughals. As per historians, there was treasure at the fort during the time of capture. HolidayIQ Traveller Mahesh Pathak from Pune shares, “This fort is of interest to me since many many photographs of Kalavantin durg are taken from top of Prabalgad. Its dense at the top and no water available so take care to carry sufficient water with you (Specially in summer season).”

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5How about a pool with a sunken bar?
How about a pool with a sunken bar?

Recommended Stay: Usha Ascot

HolidayIQ reviewer Saurabh says, "Usha Ascot is a very good hotel located in Matheran. It has all facilities like swimming pool, spa and all. The hotel service is good and also the staff is cooperative. As it is centrally located all tourist places and points, they are fairly accessible. Horse riding facilities are provided through the hotel.

Other Facilities: Swimming pool with a sunken bar and an open restaurant, permit room, health club with steam room, sauna, jacuzzi and massage facility, AC pool parlour and disco.

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Reviews (428)

Jaideep kochhar

Jaideep kochhar4.6/5

2 reviews

Fun and relaxation place

Its a different holiday spot . Startingr fun in he toy train is just the beginning. Do Check -in, in a hotel in the main market to taste all kinds of food. Else walking down or visiting market often will be difficult . There is a variety of food . But the missal pav was awesome . The hotel also served absolutely hot tasty food . Veg and non veg both . Monkeys jumping near you keep you and your family amused all the time . Hotel Activities like swimming was fun . And the disco and, magic show was pure fun. All the points are nearly the same . Visiting 2 or 3 for a longer time is advisable. The horsewalas will not tell you that the distance between the points is very short. You must buy shoes that are handmade there locally . They are too good ,,, having bollywood actors as thieir clients. One specialty is that you can never get exhausted . Reason being no vehicles are allowed in Matheran . So pollution free . Fresh clean air that automatically rejuvenates your lungs and full being naturally . Overall a great place to go during any season expect summer.

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Muktesh murlidhar Ramawat

Muktesh murlidhar Ramawat5.0/5

9 reviews

Tourist spot

Matheran is a best Hill station situated near Mumbai. Distance is Approximately 88 kms . Best time to visit Nov to Feb. But its good to go by walk from Neural to Matheran during Monsoon. Hotels to stay are Kumar Plaza, Horse land resort and many more like Usha ascott. Woodland etc. Toy train is a adventure tour as we can enjoy 3 hrs journey from Neural jn to Matheran. Thanks to Municipal members and CRLY syaff. Happy journey to all visitors.

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Recommended Duration in Matheran

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Matheran Overview

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.

Photos of Matheran

King George Point, Matheran

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Sourav Maiti

King George Point
Matheran, Maharashtra

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Bhavesh Pipaliya

Matheran, Maharashtra
King George Point, Matheran

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Nikhil Garde

Visit to Matheran
Charlotte Lake, Matheran

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Aditya Agarwal

Charlotte Lake, Matheran

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