If you live in Mumbai and are looking at a peaceful yet adventurous getaway for the long weekend, here are top 10 places you should definitely visit:
Karnala bird Sanctuary
Situated on the Mumbai-Goa highway, Karnala Bird Sanctuary is perched over the breathtaking Sahyadri ranges. It is a dense forest and is home to more than 150bird species and 37 types of avian migrants. It’s a good picnic spot & is ideal for trekking.
This is one of the coolest getaways from Mumbai where you can try sea kayaking. This place has a beach where you can try water sports. Mandwa is accessible by both sea & land, the place has evolved from being a sleepy village known for its seafood to a water sport adventure hub.
This place is about 16km away from the twin hill stations Lonavala & Khandala. The ghat is also known as the paragliding Mecca of India. There are various paragliding points that offer the perfect conditions for thermal paragliding. It is definitely a place to be visited by adrenaline junkies!
One of the most romantic getaways from Mumbai, this place is set amid the picturesque views of the Western Ghats. Igatpuri is also ideal for trekking with amazing trails that range from moderate to fairly tough. It is also famed for the Vipassana meditation centre where people from all parts of the country come to learn the art of meditation.
White sands, blue waters and spicy Malvani cuisine, Tarkali beach is a perfect combination of these three things. Tarkali is located on the Konkan coast, a few hours from Mumbai. The 17th century Sindhudurg fort, one of the several sea forts in Maharashtra can be reached by ferry from here.
Translates to ‘God Of Great Power’ in Sanskrit, Mahabaleshwar is a very popular hill destination. It offers travellers a perfect blend of modernity with old-world charm. Apart from the natural beauty that the place offers, Malcolm path is a famous bazaar here with numerous hotels, shops & restaurants. During the day, you can take a short drive up to Venna Lake & go boating.
Located just about 38metres below Mahabaleshwar, the drive to this beautiful hill station is complete with lovely views of the Krishna River on one side and plains on the other. The place is charming whether it is in the old colonial architecture, the Parsi homes or the century old boarding lodges. The best vantage point to visit here is Table Land.
Ajanta & Ellora Caves
Separated by a distance of only 100km from each other, these caves provide a peek into the ancient sculptures & paintings of different religions-Buddhism, Jainism & Hinduism. Ellora is a cluster of 34 caves and the most popular spot to visit here is the Kailash Temple.
This gorgeous & quaint hill station sits atop the Sahyadri Mountain range. It is best accessed via a slow moving toy train which chugs along over a leisurely 2 hour long journey from the valley below. The hill station is sprawled over a lush green hilltop of about 800 metres.
Last but not the least, these are one of the most popular hill stations which are only about a two and a half hour drive away from Mumbai. Lonavala is famous for its historic caves, striking forts & trekking