Midst of the busy city life, weekends hold a special place in the hearts of professionals, who are bound to an atypical 9-5 job. Weekends grant everyone the luxury to sit back, relax and reenergize. And if it happens to be a long weekend, then it provides the perfect excuse to escape the humdrum of everyday city life and plan a mini holiday with friends and family, like this week. The weekend this week starts from Friday, providing a perfect three-day break from work and the best thing about this long weekend is that the rains are finally here and there is no better time to indulge in some rejuvenation then now.
So, what to do? Where to go? Well, worry not, we have put together a lost of some scenic getaways near Mumbai, where you can head to for a lovely leisurely mini holiday this long weekend. Take a look…
This hill station surrounded by lush green valleys is barely 83 km away from Mumbai. It is one of the most convenient getaways near Mumbai which offers a variety of scenic spots and recreational activities. One can wallow in the beauty of Kune Waterfalls, enjoy at Bushi Dam, have a little picnic at Ryewood Park or visit the Celebrity Wax Museum. Lonavala is undoubtedly a fun-filled location for your short weekend trip.
A three-hour long drive through the pleasant Thal Ghat which is carpeted by greens this season will take you to the wine country of India – Nashik. One can explore the Pandavleni Caves that were once an adobe to the Buddhist Monks and immerse in the ancient carvings of the caves while simultaneously enjoying the spectacular view of the Trivashmi Hills. Apart from temples and dams, tourists can also explore the picturesque wineries in Nashik like Sula Vineyards, Vallonne Vineyards, Soma, York Winery and indulge in their quality wines and vineyard tours.
A quaint place in the midst of the Ulhas Valley, Karjat is surrounded by lush green forests and scenic beauty. Barely 64 km away from Mumbai, Karjat is an ideal weekend getaway. There are many forts near Karjat and trekking enthusiasts can enjoy a thrilling hike to Songiri fort, Sondai fort or Kothaligad. The view from atop all these forts is simply jaw-dropping. There are plenty of resorts in Karjat too, where one can just enjoy a leisurely stay amidst nature.
Matheran is a hill-station 2516 feet above sea level, which is known for its pleasant climate throughout the year. Matheran is full of natural vistas, waterfalls and picturesque views. You will be delighted by the waterfalls and can take an adventurous horse ride and explore the panoramic views from famous points like the Louisa Point, Alexander Point and Echo Point.
An attractive place in the Raigad district, Kolad is the perfect getaway for all those who love adventure. Kolad offers a wide array of exciting activities right from river rafting in the Kundalika river to energizing hikes. You can go for the mind-blowing Plus Valley Trek or embrace the magnificent view of the Tamhini Ghat waterfalls. Kolad is undoubtedly one of the most exciting weekend getaways near Mumbai.
Alibaug is a delightful coastal town just south of Mumbai. The region is lined by several lovely beaches like Varsoli beach, Kashid, Murud among others. The district is also famous for the Murud Janjira fort and Kolaba Fort. There are plenty of cottages and resorts just near the beach, which ensures that you have an unadulterated view of the sea. Alibaug is undeniably a peaceful getaway from Mumbai.
Fostered in the Western Ghats, Mahabaleshwar is a serene hill station with a cold climate almost throughout the year. Venna Lake in Mahabaleshwar is a famous spot for boating. Panchgani and Wai are appealing towns only an hour away from Mahabaleshwar. One can explore mesmerising places like Table Land, Sydney Point and the famous Mapro Gardens. Right from horse rides, local delicacies and stunning views, Mahabaleshwar has a lot to offer for your relaxing weekend getaway.
Also read: HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF A LONG WEEKEND.
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