The charm of Mumbai never fails to lure travelers from not just within the country but all over the world, yet all we city dwellers crave for a little change every now and then, to break the monotony of a buzzing city life, and escape into a surreal place to relax, rejuvenate and charge up for days to come.
Places To Visit Near Mumbai
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Distance from Mumbai: 50 km
A popular getaway from Mumbai and Pune, Karnala is famous for its scenic views, bird sanctuary, and the exciting Karnala Fort trek. Also called the Funnel Hill trek, it is an easy but enticing trek. The hill fort is within the Karnala Bird Sanctuary which is home to stunning bird species, therefore, a haven for birdwatchers. The soothing landscape brimming with natural beauty will ensure a time well spent.
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Distance from Mumbai: 63 km
The mini hill station of Karjat, located on the slopes of the Ulhas River Valley, is a perfect getaway to break the monotony of a city life. With a natural splendour, the place offers amazing views of hills and mountains, and is extremely breathtaking in the monsoons. Perfect spot for adventures with its trekking trails, ancient caves and waterfalls, the place is flocked by adventure enthusiasts. Go for waterfall rappelling, rock climbing, trekking or river rafting in the Ulhas river.
3. Adlabs Imagica
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Distance from Mumbai: 68 km
Adlabs' Imagica, an amusement and adventure theme park located close to Mumbai, is a perfect way to ditch the hectic city life and spend some quality time with family and friends. The kids will love it! And as for you, a weekend spent driving leisurely on the Mumbai-Pune expressway followed by an endless dose of fun and laughter is sure to charge you up for the weeks to come.
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Distance from Mumbai: 77 km
Ideal for day outings, picnics and family getaways, Durshet is a quick weekend escape that is surrounded by bountiful nature. Tucked away in the beautiful mountain ranges of the enchanting Sahyadris, it's a perfect place for nature lovers and those seeking quiet moments of solitude and a connect with nature. Numerous adventure activities also can be done here including trekking, rafting, nature walks and trail hikes, kayaking and more.
Distance from Mumbai: 80 km
Known to be India's smallest hill station, Matheran is a favourite spot for the city dwellers. A lovely toy train ride with magnificent views, pleasant weather, pollution-free environment, numerous treks and trails, the tiny hill station of Matheran has so much to offer! Do you really need more reasons to visit this blissful hill station?
Distance from Mumbai: 85 km
The twin hill stations of Lonavala and Khandala need no introduction. A popular location for shooting, it is featured in many Bollywood movies. Pleasant throughout the year, the hill stations are especially beautiful during monsoon and winter seasons. During monsoons, the entire landscape is filled with waterfalls and lush greenery. There are loads of treks and adventure activities for the interested ones. Don't forget to bite on the delicious Lonavala Chikki and hot Vada paavs when you visit the twin hill stations.
7. Rajmachi Fort
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Distance from Mumbai: 91 km
Perched atop the arduous hills of Sahyadris, the Rajmachi Fort is a favourite spot among trekkers and adventurers. The extremely beautiful trail goes through lush forests, musing meadows, across glistening waterfalls and streams, filling the trekkers with a rush of adrenaline. Nestled in the thickets of dense forests, Rajmachi is a centre for an adventure as well as eco-tourism and is often frequented by nature lovers, trekkers and birdwatchers.
Distance from Mumbai: 95 km
Facing the blue expanse of the Arabian Sea, not far from Mumbai is Alibaug - the favourite weekend destination of the Mumbaikars. The sand here is clean, blackish and textured. However, Kashid - another pristine beach a few kilometres away from Alibaug Beach, is known for it's textured, almost white sand. Apart from the unique sandy shore, Alibaug is also famous for its historic sites and forts.
Distance from Mumbai: 102 km
Located at an altitude of 2200 ft, Kamshet is a hill station and a favoured summer destination from Mumbai as well as Pune. Apart from its pleasant weather and scenic beauty brimming with verdant hills, forests, valleys and waterfalls, Kamshet is an adventure hub. Most popular for being a paragliding destination of Maharashtra, Kamshet also offers options for several treks, cave exploration and other adventure activities.
10. Revdanda Beach
Distance from Mumbai: 105 km
The quaint village of Revdanda is a perfect place for a relaxing holiday, especially for the laid-back souls. Get pampered by the cool sea breeze as you take a leisurely stroll along the pristine shores of the Revdanda Beach. Witness the most beautiful sunset and enjoy the delicious local cuisine. The restless ones and shutterbugs can go explore the less explored historic sites, forts, temples, old churches and chapels.
Distance from Mumbai: 115 km
Filled with interesting legends, Palghar is a town located about 115 km north of Mumbai. It also holds a significant place in the history of the Maratha Empire. With its golden legacy, the heritage town of Palghar is home to some indigenous tribes including the Warli tribe. The famous Warli painting - an art introduced by the Warli tribe has a history of more than a thousand years.
Distance from Mumbai: 121 km
Igatpuri is a hill station near Nashik in Maharashtra. Surrounded by lush mountains and some of the highest peaks of Sahyadris, Igatpuri is a heaven for trekkers and adventurers. Many adventure activities including trekking, ziplining, hiking and rappelling can be availed here. With its amazing scenic beauty, it is also a popular place for film shootings. For those seeking solace while being surrounded by nature, Igatpuri also has an internationally acclaimed meditation centre.
Distance from Mumbai: 122 km
The tiny little village of Kolad has made its impression on the minds of adventure junkies with its offerings of numerous adventure activities. The picturesque landscape is filled with waterfalls, verdant hills, forts, treks and trails. You can go for adventure activities like rafting, kayaking, rappelling, trekking, camping and more. The river Kundalika where the rafting takes place, is also the only spot in India where rafting can be done throughout the year.
14. Malshej Ghat
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Distance from Mumbai: 127 km
As the name suggests, Malshej Ghat is a mountain pass in the enchanting Sahyadris. It is, therefore, needless to say, filled with the most serene and pristine views. Perfect for a romantic long drive or a fun-filled, adventurous one with friends, the journey on these roads guarantees to be etched on your mind for a long time. The rugged hills and lofty valleys are home to several species of flora and fauna, therefore, an ideal place for nature lovers. While in Malshej, experience the thrill of trekking to the famous Harishchandragad and Shivneri forts.
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Distance from Mumbai: 140 km
The lesser-known and less-explored hill station of Maharashtra is a place you will cherish travelling to. Jawhar is blessed with picturesque settings and a rich cultural heritage. The famous Warli painting or Warli art was originated here. It is surrounded with scenic waterfalls and viewpoints. History enthusiasts can visit the archaic forts and palaces, remnants of a princely state that Jawhar once was.
Distance from Mumbai: 141 km
The quaint seaside town of Dahanu is home to sprawling and clean beaches. It is perfect for a laid-back beach vacation and a quick weekend getaway from Mumbai. Take a leisure walk along the vast undisturbed shores or stroll across the beautiful rose gardens or the refreshing lychee and chickoo orchards. Sunset on the pristine beaches of Dahanu is a breathtaking sight you wouldn't want to miss.
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Distance from Mumbai: 148 km
The vibrant city of Pune needs no introduction. Known as the ‘Oxford of the East', Pune is the city of knowledge. A major political centre in the history of the Maratha Empire, the city has many historical structures including palaces, archaic forts, ancient temples, etc. The city is also famous for its cultural heritage and the festivals like Ganeshotsav is a must-see here. Don't forget to try the delicious local cuisine while in Pune.
Distance from Mumbai: 155 km
With a history of more than a thousand years, Junnar is a city near Pune, about 155 km from Mumbai. The fort of Shivneri which is about 4 km from the city of Junnar is the birthplace of the Maratha king, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, which is now a revered trekking spot. Junnar is packed with several forts, dense teak forests, rock-cut temples and caves. The famous and most beautiful of the cave complexes is the Lenyadri Caves.
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Distance from Mumbai: 156 km
The magnificent fort of Murud-Janjira sits atop an island just off the picturesque fishing village of Murud in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. It is one of the strongest marine forts of India that is also the only one that was unconquered along the west coast of India. The spectacular fort is an architectural and engineering marvel with its palaces, temples, mosques and other building structures. It even has a well that has a spring of sweet/drinking water despite being on an island in the middle of a sea!
Distance from Mumbai: 157 km
Nestled along the expansive shores of the Arabian Sea, Bordi is a quaint little coastal village in the Palghar district of Maharashtra. It is quite an offbeat destination but known for its serene landscape and pristine beaches. Being closer to the Dahanu, visitors mostly pair it up with a visit to the Dahanu Beach. The drive is one of the most scenic ones that passes along rustic villages with charming old bungalows on one side and long lonely shores of the beaches on the other.
Distance from Mumbai: 165 km
The charming little hill station of Bhandardara is nestled in the Sahyadris along the glistening river Pravara. Adding to its pleasant weather are the swaying green paddy fields, clear blue skies, lush hills and gurgling waterfalls. Bhandardara is a perfect destination for a rejuvenating holiday. If you are the adventurous kind, go trekking and hiking to some of the most beautiful trails here. A trek to the Kalsubai Peak - the highest peak of Maharashtra, can be undertaken from Bhandardara.
Distance from Mumbai: 166 km
A small village until the 19th century, Silvassa became a town with a Portuguese name, Vila de Paço d'Arcos, inspired by a town in Lisbon. With a rich Portuguese heritage, presently, Silvassa is the capital of the union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Blessed with naturally beautiful landscapes and lush greenery, Silvassa is the destination for nature lovers as well as adventure enthusiasts. Tax-free alcohol and the gourmet local cuisine is also a reason why Silvassa is a preferred weekend getaway from Mumbai.
Distance from Mumbai: 167 km
With its vibrant culture, the wine capital of India, Nashik has so much more to offer. Nestled on the banks of river Godavari, this ancient city has a mention in the epic of Ramayana. It's a treasure trove for history lovers with its prehistoric caves, ancient temples and several other archaeological sites. Apart from these, wineries, vineyards and the famous Sula Fest are the major reasons why you need to travel to Nashik.
24. Raigad Fort
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Distance from Mumbai: 170 km
Pride of Marathas and their glorious past, the magnificent Raigad Fort stands tall in the sprawling Sahyadri range of mountains in Mahad. Called the 'Gibraltar of the East' by the British, this hill fortress was the capital of the Maratha King Shivaji. This not-so-easy-to-access, heavily fortified structure, perched on the top of the sequestered hills of Sahyadris, is a delight for trekkers and adventurers.
PC: Rajarshi Mitra
Distance from Mumbai: 174 km
Bordered by the state of Gujarat on one side and by the Arabian Sea on the other, Daman is a city in the union territory of Daman and Diu. Once a Portuguese colony, one can still see the remnants of the bygone era by visiting the churches, forts and many other structures and monuments that line the city. Apart from these, the natural beauty of the place can be experienced by visiting the pristine beaches, naturals caves and more.
Distance from Mumbai: 187 km
Beach is always a good idea! If you agree with this, you should definitely head out to Shrivardhan which is home to some of the best beaches of Maharashtra. The place boasts of some secluded and therefore, cleanest beaches on the Konkan coast. The west coast beaches are known for their spectacular sunsets, and Shrivardhan follows suit. Shrivardhan beaches can be visited all around the year.
Distance from Mumbai: 189 km
Diveagar is a popular beach destination for weekenders from Mumbai and Pune. The long lonely shores of this tiny fishing village are fringed with coconut and betelnut trees and farms. Diveagar is a peaceful place with least commercial activities. One can spot several migratory birds, a variety of fishes, dolphins, and if you are lucky then during the nesting season you can also see sea turtles and their nests on the clean beaches of Diveagar.
Distance from Mumbai: 191 km
Surrounded by a picturesque landscape, Lavasa is a planned city near Pune whose construction was based on the Italian town of Portofino. This hillside town is perfect for a quick and leisurely break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Spanning over a large area and set in a serene environment, this modern hill station has a pleasant weather almost throughout the year.
Distance from Mumbai: 200 km
Often visited with and considered as a twin town to Shrivardhan, Harihareshwar is a picturesque coastal town in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. Surrounded by three hills, the town is believed to blessed by Lord Shiva himself. A temple dedicated to him stands on the shores of the beautiful beach, and is frequented by devotees all around the year. Harihareshwar is a perfect beach destination for a relaxed holiday.
Distance from Mumbai: 202 km
Considered to be one of the most challenging treks in the Sahyadris, the expedition to the hill fort of Harishchandragad gives a rush of adrenaline to the adventure junkies. The ancient fort dates back to many centuries ago. Many interesting myths and lore are tagged to the ancient cave temples found here. The most striking feature of the trek is the mystical cave that houses a huge Shivalinga which is completely surrounded by water.
PC: Ankit Patel
Distance from Mumbai: 211 km
With dense forests, lofty hills, glistening waterfalls, a wildlife sanctuary and an ancient temple, Bhimashankar has something for everyone. One of the famous places of pilgrimage, Bhimashankar is home to one of 12 Jyotirlinga Shiva temples in the country, perched high on a hill in the Sahyadris. The hills and forests are home to numerous species of flora and fauna and therefore, a paradise for nature lovers. Trekking enthusiasts can enjoy the exciting treks through these forests and hills.
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Distance from Mumbai: 223 km
The remote village of Velas, nestled on the Konkan coastline of Maharashtra, is an upcoming tourist destination. And the credit for this goes to the numerous sea turtles that use the shores of the Velas Beach as their nesting grounds. Every year Velas sees an increasing number of tourists, wildlife enthusiasts, marine biologists, and volunteers, who come to attend, study or contribute to the Turtle Festival. Witness this unique festival on a weekend travel to the quaint village of Velas.
Distance from Mumbai: 225 km
The coastal town of Dapoli is a paradise for beach lovers and holidayers. Set amidst the swaying palm and coconut groves, the picturesque beach town of Dapoli in Ratnagiri district is still fairly less explored and is, therefore, home to some of the cleanest and virgin beaches of Maharashtra. Head to this coastal beauty and indulge in its pristine beaches, delicious cuisine, surreal sunsets, ancient forts and temples for a riveting holiday.
Distance from Mumbai: 231 km
The culturally rich town of Wai is situated in the Satara district of Maharashtra. It was a significant place for the Marathas during the history, as it was home to the Peshwas or the Prime Minister of the empire. Situated on the banks of the Krishna river, Wai boasts of beautiful caves, ancient temples, forts and abundant natural beauty. With its beautiful landscapes, Wai is also a famous shooting location for many Marathi and Bollywood flicks.
PC: Himanshu Sharma
Distance from Mumbai: 231 km
Nestled in the Sahyadris, the hill station of Mahabaleshwar is a popular choice for the city crowd for a quick and rejuvenating weekend getaway. Pleasant weather, evergreen forests, treks and trails, scenic viewpoints, magnificent vistas, waterfalls, strawberry plantations, there's a whole of things to do and see in Mahabaleshwar.
Distance from Mumbai: 241 km
Shirdi needs no introduction in India. Home to the famous saint Sai Baba, Shirdi is frequented by many visitors, devotees and travellers all round the year. Take a leisurely long drive and head to the spiritually rich land of Shirdi. Predominantly a temple town, one can visit several temples in Shirdi. Apart from the Sai Baba Temple, which is the main attraction, you can also visit the Jain temple, art galleries and museums, gardens, etc. Immerse yourself in the tranquil environment of Shirdi for a peaceful time out and some enlightenment.
PC: Altaf Alvi
Distance from Mumbai: 241 km
Harnai is quite an offbeat beach destination as compared to its twin village of Murud. Situated near Dapoli in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, Harnai has plenty of pristine and less-explored beaches. The tiny coastal village of Harnai is also home to the famous Suvarnadurg, or the Golden Fort, located on a small island in the Arabian Sea. With offerings from the serene beaches to ancient temples to the archaic forts, Harnai guarantees a pleasurable stay to its visitors.
Distance from Mumbai: 244 km
Popularly known as the ‘Switzerland of India', Panchgani is a favourite hill station and holiday destination in Maharashtra. Pleasant throughout the year, Panchgani was the summer retreat for the British in the olden days. The beautiful hill station of Panchgani is also famous for its strawberry farms. An annual Strawberry Festival held during summers is must-visit, fun festival where you can go strawberry picking.
Distance from Mumbai: 248 km
Nestled in the Sahyadri range of mountains and blessed with an enchanting natural beauty, Saputara is the lone hill station of Gujarat. Its name means ‘abode of serpents' and one can find the snake temples worshipped by the tribal communities, by the banks of the river Sarpaganga. With rolling meadows, misty fog and dense thickets, experience a magical holiday at Saputara.
PC: Sebastian Joseph
Distance from Mumbai: 256 km
Situated at the confluence of the rivers Krishna and Vena, Satara is a city with rich culture and heritage. Ideal for backpackers, historians and art and architecture enthusiasts, Satara is home to many historical landmarks including stunning palaces and forts. The region is also famous for Kandi Pedha, a sweet dairy product, and a flowery meadow called Kaas Plateau, which is a World Heritage Site.
PC: Ankur P
Distance from Mumbai: 258 km
Land of many legends, Chiplun is a city nestled on the coastal stretch in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. To experience the pristine white sandy beaches, beautiful cashew and mango groves and the unique Konkani culture, pay a visit to Chiplun. Given its refreshing landscape, Chiplun is considered to be a perfect getaway to break the monotony of metros and revel in the serene and picturesque beauty of the Konkani town.
PC: Ankur P
Distance from Mumbai: 301 km
Guhagar is famous among the traveller community for its virgin beaches, picturesque landscapes, and a tropical delight - the world-famous 'Haapus' or Alphonso mangoes. Home to the beautiful Guhagar Beach, this land of mangoes is a tropical paradise for the beach lovers. The tranquil beach is famed to be the safest and cleanest beaches on the Konkan coast and is also a popular shooting location for movies and songs.
43. Jaigad Fort
Distance from Mumbai: 320 km
Perched on a cliff overlooking the blue expanse of the Arabian Sea, the Jaigad Fort is situated on the peninsular tip in Ratnagiri. The impressive fort and the breathtakingly beautiful vistas from atop lure many travellers, historians and photographers. Although the fort is mostly in ruins, one can still find it magnificent. The Jaigad lighthouse, which is nearby the Jaigad Fort, is another spot frequented by visitors, that offers stunning, panoramic views of the vast Arabian Sea.
44. Ellora Caves
Distance from Mumbai: 329 km
Traditionally known as ‘Verul Leni', the Ellora Caves are magnificent cave complexes near the city of Aurangabad. These rock-cut structures consist of more than a 100 caves featuring numerous Hindu, Jain and Buddhist shrines. Naturally, the impressive caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. So head to the enigmatic Ellora Caves and travel back in time wading through the artistic rock-cut cave temples.
Distance from Mumbai: 335 km
The city of Aurangabad located in Maharashtra is home to some of the spectacular historical structures and monuments including the famous Ajanta and Ellora cave structures. Titled as the ‘city of gates', Aurangabad boasts of the 52 gateways that were constructed back in time by the Mughals. Visit Aurangabad and explore the riches of this historical city through its many forts, caves and temples.
Distance from Mumbai: 343 km
The quaint coastal town of Ganpatipule is known for its white, silvery sands, clear blue waters and a Ganpati Temple - which also explains the name of the town itself. This abode of the elephant-headed god is a celebrated destination for picnics, long drives, family beach vacations and of course, pilgrimages. Given its serene beauty, accessibility, nature and tranquility, Ganpatipule is often a revered weekend getaway from Mumbai and Pune.
PC: Yogendra Joshi
Distance from Mumbai: 346 km
Gem of Konkan - Ratnagiri is famous for numerous things, right from its pristine beaches, to crystal clear waters, to long lonely shores, to the Konkani cuisine, to Alphonso mangoes, to cashew groves, to stunning sunsets, the list just goes on. The extremely beautiful coastal beauty is also a historically and culturally rich city with plenty of forts, palaces, temples, museums and more.
48. Ajanta Caves
Distance from Mumbai: 427 km
The protected monuments and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ajanta Caves are undoubtedly a place of interest for the history, art and architecture enthusiasts from all across the globe. The impressive caves portray the finest example of the Indian art and culture, which has lured travellers from various walks of life for ages now. It is a must-visit destination that lets you take a peek into the rich history of our country.
Distance from Mumbai: 465 km
The historical city of Champaner is situated in the state of Gujarat and is an idyllic long drive and leisurely escape from the buzzing town of Mumbai. The heritage city boasts of spectacular landscapes, historical and archaeological monuments, that speak volumes of the golden history of the nation, important temples and shrines that resonate the harmony and cultural wealth. Do not miss the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park while in Champaner.
Distance from Mumbai: 489 km
Fondly called the ‘Queen of Maharashtra', the hill station of Amboli is quite an offbeat yet spectacular destination for travellers. Surrounded by lush hills and mountain ranges of the Sahyadris, silvery waterfalls and streams, Amboli is an ecological hotspot and home to a rich flora and fauna. Brimming with natural beauty, the quaint and unpolluted hill station is an ideal holiday destination for those seeking peace and tranquility.