Mumbai is India’s largest metropolitan. Undoubtedly the life in Mumbai is hectic, electrifying and restless. But, the best part is the place is surrounded by the spectacular Western Ghats and there are plenty of places to see around in Mumbai on a long weekend. So in the long weekends, including this Independence’s Day weekend, plan a small trip.
This popular hill station is close to Mumbai, is a must visit during monsoons. The main attractions are waterfalls, lakes, scenic hills. If you are an adventure lover and enjoy hiking and trekking then Lonavala is an ideal weekend getaway. Lonavala is part of mesmerizing Sahyadri hills surrounded by dense forests, lakes and water falls, offering alluring and scenic views. Additionally, there are many attractions like Bhaja caves, Bushi dam, Karla caves, Rajmachi fort which you can explore.
Distance from Mumbai:83 km Best Time to Visit: June to September
It is a small village located in the Sahyadri mountain ranges of Konkan region. Shrivardhan and Manaranjan forts are two spectacular fortified peaks of Rajmachi. The fort is very popular among adventure lovers and trekking enthusiasts. The simple and clear paths make Rajmachi the best choice among trekking beginners.
Distance from Mumbai: 76 km Best Time to Visit: June to September
Matheran is the oldest hill stations located at top of Western Ghats and a perfect weekend retreat near Mumbai. You can treat your eyes and souls with scenic lush green pastures, peaceful environment, and reenergizing ambiance. A ride on the Neral-Matheran toy train is something that you will cherish for life. Panorama point, Heart Point, Malang Point, One tree Hill, Echo Point are additional attractions in and around Matheran.
Distance from Mumbai: 83 km Best time to visit: October and May
Alibaug is a popular beach destination near Mumbai. It is the ideal getaway for people who love outdoor activities. Additionally, you will also find traces of ancient history in Alibaug. Historic temples like Vikram Vinayak Temple, Kaneshwar Mandir, Kankneshwar Temple are popular attractions apart from famous Alibag Fort, Hirakot, Kolaba Fort and Korlai Fort.
Distance from Mumbai: 95 km Best time to visit: October to July
The historic beauty Raigad is a part of Konkan region of Maharashtra. The great Maratha ruler Chatrapathi Shivaji won this place in 1656. The Raigad fort is the main attraction, the fort is built on the uneven mold of rocks from the sea level. Shivaji tomb is also placed in Raigad Fort. Hiking, Trekking, Cable Car ride, exploring history are some popular attractions.
Distance from Mumbai: 103 km Best Time to visit: September to November