20 Best Weekend Trips from Mumbai
Visiting Mumbai for the first time or just looking for ideas for a weekend break away from Mumbai? Whatever the case Mumbai, the financial capital of India promises plenty of weekend excursion opportunities. If you want to make a temporary getaway from your amchi Mumbai, choose from one of our favorite weekend breaks.
Kolad is known for its exceptional waterfalls and adventure sports. Owing to its rocky terrain and rugged topography, trekking becomes a personal favorite for tourists especially during monsoon when you are mostly surrounded by a green carpet. Some of the main attractions in Kolad are the Kunda caves, the Tamhina falls and the Bhira dam. The Kundalika River adds up to the beauty. Adventure sports like kayaking canoeing, paragliding, rappelling etc invite adventure seekers to this destination.
Distance from Mumbai: 120 KMs
The Saputara hill-station echos beauty and serenity in the peace and quiet of nature in abundance. Though in Gujarat, there is minimal commercialization of this place which makes it even more beautiful. A bus ride up the hills is a fascinating adventure because it is not only the greenery but also the tribal culture and their small town that look mesmerizing. Monsoons are attractive as the thicket of forests and the blossoming meadows surround you. Trekking up the Gandhi Shikhar is an amazing experience yet again.
Distance from Mumbai: 250 KMs
Tarkali is one of the most picturesque beaches of Konkan not quite far from Goa. It has white sand on one side faced by the turquoise sea. The place invites tourists to its beautifully off beat location. Tarkali is the hub for water sports. It is the ideal destination where the clear water invites you to enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving. The Sindhugarh fort is situated a few kilometers to the north of Tarkali and is spread over the Kurte island, it is a must visit. Tarkali urges you to spend your weekends with your feet up.
Distance from Mumbai: 490 KMs
A major stop right between Mumbai and Pune, Lonavala has become the tourist's favorite hill station. The place is also known for the production of hard candy called Chikki. The place is really accessible to tourists too owing to its presence right between the Mumbai- Pune Expressway and the Mumbai- Chennai Highway. Some places to visit in Lonavala will be:
Rajmachi Point: the point gives a view of Shivaji's famous fort and also the Vghjai Dari which is located there.
Ryewood Park: this is a garden spread over a vast area, there is an old Shiva temple in the park too.
Valvan Dam: it is a popular evening spot barely 2 kilometers from the town.
Lonavala Lake: this lake is surrounded by lush greenery however it dries up during the winter months.
Distance from Mumbai: 85 KMs
Khandala is a hill station in the Western Ghats quite close to Lonavala and almost 7 kilometers from Karjat. It links the two major cities, Mumbai and Pune hence it is a quite popular tourist spot. Khandala is a common area for hiking and the beautiful view of the mountains. A few places to visit in Khandala are:
Tiger's Leap: it is the most fascinating valley in this area. The shape of the valley actually looks like a tiger is leaping.
Amrutanjan Point: it is yet another point located in Khandala which provides an excellent view from above
Karla and Bhaja cave: they are historical rock cut caves and are worth visiting. The caves are in Buddhist with Chaitya style.
Duke's nose: the cliff owes its name to the Duke of Wellington whose nose it resembles. The place gives a panoramic view of the mountains.
Distance from Mumbai: 80 KMs
When it comes to mesmerizing beaches and a carefree weekend, all heads turn to Goa! It is visited by a large number of National and International tourists each year not only for its beaches but also for its heritage and culture. Goa has the Bom Jesus Basilica, Churches, and Convents of Old Goa and a sanctuary of Saint Joseph to name a few of the historical sites. Adventure sports and a fun filled weekend have always been associated with this place.
Distance from Mumbai: 590 KMs
7) Morachi Chincholi
Located at the heart of rural Maharashtra and a perfect spot for a day trip. Murachi Chincholi offers you the perfect day-time outing. The various activities include Children Park, Hurda parties, bullock cart rides, bird watching, camping and a lot more. Your children would love the magic shows and puppet shows that are performed in the park. The Mayur Baug is another attraction which gives you a sneak peek at the rural lifestyle. It is a bird watcher's paradise and a place that pulls you away from the city!
Distance from Mumbai: 180 KMs
Gokarna is a small temple town in Karnataka, its main deity being Lord Shiva also known as Mahabaleshwara. Gokarna is also known for its seven important Hindu pilgrimage centers, however now it has been changed due to a large number of tourists filing in. The beaches here were unscathed by human presence, now there are a number of restaurants and resorts that cater to tourists. The place still holds on to its spiritual aspect.
Distance from Mumbai: 700 KMs
Panchgani is yet another famous hill station in the Satara district of Maharashtra. The place is a beauty in itself harboring the view of cities and towns twinkling beneath the hills. A few attractions are:
Sidney Point: situated at a hillock facing the Krishna valley, it gives a panoramic view of the Dhom Dam, Pandavgad and Mandhardeo.
Table land: it is a large expanse of laterite soil and is the second largest mountain plateau of Asia.
Devil's Kitchen: it is a spacious cave and it is said that the Pandavas had stayed over here.
Distance from Mumbai: 245 KMs
Ganpatipule is a small town that has recently developed tourism and a number of resorts, the well-known ones being of the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation resort near the beach. It is the relaxed environment at the beach that tourists look forward to. Velneshwar is a beautiful village quite nearby where coconut fringed beaches and peace is abundant. It is during the Mahashivratri fair that Ganpatipule comes alive. There is a constants hustle bustle of tourists.
Distance from Mumbai: 330 KMs
Mahabaleshwar is a hill station situated in the forested Western Ghats, south of Mumbai. A few attractions are:
The Panchganga temple and the Krishna Bai temple are a few must visit pilgrimages.
3 Monkey Point: the portrayal of Gandhiji's three monkeys is carved on the stones of the valley
Venna Lake is yet another attraction. The lake is surrounded by trees on all sides.
Distance from Mumbai: 230 KMs
Matheran is the smallest hill station in the Raigad District of Maharashtra. Matheran is little over 90 km from Mumbai and just about 120 km from Pune. Declared as an eco-sensitive region by the Ministry of Environment, the best part about Matheran is that no cars are allowed there! You are completely separated from the city life. There are 38 points to look for in Matheran including the Panorama point which gives a complete view of the hills. The monkey point, Louisa point, and One Tree Hill points are other attractions. Another thing to look out for is the toy train ride from Neral to Matheran, it is an amazing experience. March to May in summers and June to September in monsoon is the best time to visit.
Distance from Mumbai: 85 KMs
Bhandardara (3000 ft) is a hill station 180 km from Mumbai and Pune and about 80 km from Nashik. It is set on a dam and is known for its remote and idyllic location, waterfalls around the area especially from June to September and boating in the lake. It is a base point for many treks in the area Harishchandragad is a notable place
It is an excellent stopover en route to Shirdi and promises a calm and peaceful ride away from the city life.
Distance from Mumbai: 165 KMs
Amboli is an idyllic hill station for city dwellers, looking to get away for the weekend from the bustling city life of Mumbai. It is a beautiful place overlooking the thicket of rainforest in the Venguria – Belgaun road. Amboli is interestingly known as Ex Panjim / Ex Belgaun / Ex Kolhapur as you get a glimpse of all these places at once in one single hub. It is a paradise during monsoons and the rain is overpoweringly mesmerizing!
Distance from Mumbai: 480 KMs
The placid lakes, the crisp green grass, and the ever present green cover, all make Kamshet an amazing Holiddestinationion of just 118 km from Mumbai. The place has a great variety of paragliding facilities that attract tourists from all over the world. The Panwa Lake stretches below for you to glide over. Trekker need not be disappointed because the Towe Hill, Shelar and Kondeshwar are a few places that are good for trekking. The hills are dotted with pilgrimages and ancient architectures too including caves and fortresses. Kamshet is also quite accessible by road which makes it a favorite holiday spot.
Distance from Mumbai: 100 KMs
16) Malshej Ghat
Malshej ghat is a local Monsoon getaway, the speciality of this area are the numerous water falls that come alive from June to September that is the monsoons. Hikers, trekkers and all sorts of adventure lovers would find solace here. Beautiful flamingoes also migrate to Malshej ghat during winters adding up to the attraction. The birth place of Shivaji Maharaja, Shivneri is barely 40 km from here. There is also a Bhimshankara Jyotirlinga Shiv Temple right enroute to Pune.
Distance from Mumbai: 120 KMs
Not only Harihareshwar Temple is a major pilgrimage center it also is home to some great beaches. Located about 190 km from Mumbai and 170 kms from Pune Lord Harihareshwar Temple here is most renowned and is believed to have been blessed by Lord Shiva. Right next to the Temple is Vishnupad, footmarks of Lord Vishnu.There are many temples in and around Harihareshwar that are visited by Pilgrims all year round. There is also a beach near the pilgrim point which is peaceful and worth visiting.
Distance from Mumbai: 200 KMs
Chiplun is a monsoon destination located near the river Vashisht and known for its natural beauty. There is a temple in this town which is dedicated to this deity. The temple of Parshuram is known for its unique fusion of Indo-Islamic style of architecture. This region is well known for Alphonso, the King of Mangoes.
One of the major festive attractions in Chiplun is Ganesh Chaturthi. In August, preparations to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi begin, and celebrations lasts for up to 10 days. Ganesh idols are worshipped with families and friends. Many cultural events are organized in every locality and people participate in them with keenly. Chiplun is not only a getaway from crowded Mumbai but also from the forever crazed Goa. It is a peaceful place.
Distance from Mumbai: 240 KMs
Apart from being a thriving industrial hub, Daman is a popular beach destination and a weekend getaway not just from Mumbai but few cities of Gujarat as well. It is enroute from Mumbai to Gujarat. Weekends are actually fun here because there is lively music, drinks, dinner and fun! It is a memorable place for youngsters. Jhampore and Devka beaches are pretty well known. Jhampore beach has casuarina tree lines, soft sands and turquoise water, it is ideal for a brisk walk.
Distance from Mumbai: 175 KMs
20) Murud Janjira
Famous for its beaches, the glittering sandy coastline and the villages hemmed with coconut groves, the small coastal town of Murud Janjira draws large crowds over weekends from Mumbai, which is merely 150 km away. The sea fort is the center of all activity in Murud-Janjira. Sailboats from Rajapuri Jetty is the only way to enter the fort. The place is an architectural marvel enshrined within the beauty of nature! Apart from palaces and mosques, there are amazing markets in this place too.
Distance from Mumbai: 160 KMs
These weekend getaways mostly aim to give you solace from the ever changing and bustling Mumbai and are worth a visit!