Mumbai is the most populous city in India. People in most urban centres like Mumbai have a hectic lifestyle and they often love a weekend break.
Mumbai being a tourist attraction itself, is often crowded. It is difficult to spend a calm time in the bustle of the crowds. Hence, a trip outside the city is opted by most people.
The location of this city, is such that, there are many tourist places nearby; many one day weekend getaways near Mumbai.
These tourist places are ideal for weekend visits. There are plenty of beach towns and hill stations near Mumbai.
Let's take a look at some weekend getaways near Mumbai!
Alibag, the coastal town in Raigad, is known for tourism. The place is full of beaches: Alibag beach, Varsoli beach, Kashib beach, Korlai beach and so on.
It also has many religious sites like Siddheshwar temple, Vikram Vinayak temple, Kankaneshwar temple, etc.
Alibag has a mixture of tourist attractions; a day's trip from Mumbai to Alibag is a good option.
Distance: 92.1 km ( 2 h 35 min)
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Kolad is a village on the banks of river Kundalika in Raigad. In recent times, the village is gaining popularity because of the river rafting and adventure sports conducted by various resorts.
Apart from adventure sports, Kolad has many other tourist attractions: Devi Kedar Janani Hill, Bhira Dam, Kolad Dam, Sutarwadi Lake, Tala Fort, Kuda Caves.
Visiting Kolad will give an opportunity for both adventure and tourism.
Distance: 122 km (2 h 21 min)
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Igatpuri is a hill station in Nashik of Maharashtra. It is well known for a yoga school called Vipassana International Academy; an ancient technique of meditation 'Vipassana' is taught.
Igatpuri being a part of the Western Ghats, is an enchanting beauty with many tourist places.
Arthur Lake, Bhatsa River Valley, Ghantandevi Temple, Camel Valley, Tringalwadi Fort are some of the popular places around.
This hill station makes one of the perfect weekend getaways near Mumbai.
Distance: 121 km (2 h 11 min)
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Karjat is a city in Raigad which is surrounded by the Western Ghats, Bhor Ghat and even some of the coastal belt of Konkan region.
The city is known for different things like adventure sports, tourism, film shootings, educational institutes for spa hospitality, and plantations.
ND Studios in Karjat is popular among film circuit and the locations serve as shooting spots.
Kondana caves, Peth Fort, Ulhas Valley, Bhor Ghat are famous here.
Distance: 62.3 km ( 1 h 24 min)
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Dahanu, a coastal town in Palghar, has a series of tourist attractions. It is famous for the concept of 'Tribal Tourism' or 'Rural Tourism'.
Parnaka Beach, Sai Baba Temple in Narpad, Mahalakshmi Temple near Charoti are some of the main attractions.
Other tourist places include Kurza Dam, Dhamani Dam, Gambhir Ghad, Kaneri Dongar and so forth.
Dahanu makes one of the ideal weekend getaways near Mumbai.
Distance: 141 km (2 h 29 min)
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Khandala and Lonavala
Khandala and Lonavala are the most famous hill stations near Mumbai. Both are known for trekking and sightseeing.
These two hill stations are a slice of Western Ghats and thus indicating to its scenery. People in Mumbai just love to visit Khandala and Lonvala.
Since they are adjacent to each other, tourist can visit both of them in a one day trip.
Distance: 81.5 km (1 h 29 min)
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Bordi is a coastal area surrounded by fruit orchards ( Chiku Farms). One can enjoy the pristine beaches and also visit some of the places around Bordi.
Heritage bungalows, beach front and fruit orchards will give you a unique experience.
Especially, from October to December, it is the season of Chiku fruits. Tourists can enjoy eating these delicious fruits on their weekend trip from Mumbai.
Distance: 156 km ( 3 h)
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Kashid is a beach destination on the shores of Arabian Sea. The picturesque locations of Kashid are best for a weekend getaway near Mumbai.
Kashid beach is for people who want to spend a calm and silent trip. The beach is less crowded compared to other popular beaches.
Surrounded by green mountains, white shores of the beach and Casuarina groves gives a perfect touch to the scenery.
Distance: 121 km (3 h 33 min)
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The hill station of Matheran is Asia's only automobile-free hill station. No private vehicles are allowed. This initiative was taken for the protection of natural heritage and the animal habitat.
Matheran has various attractions from wildlife tourism, sightseeing, trekking , etc. It takes almost 3 days to cover all the places here. However, tourists can visit some prominent places in a day.
There are various trains and buses which take travellers to certain points and from there people have to walk or trekkers to various points in Matheran.
The sunset view in this hill station is breathtaking and is one of the most popular attractions in this place.
Distance: 83 km (1 h 57 min)
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Murud can be considered as a popular tourist destination from Mumbai. It is a coastal belt which is famous for various attractions.
Murud-Janjira fort situated adjacent to the beach is a famous place. Kasa Fort, Korlai Fort, Khokari Tombs, Datta Mandir Temple, Sir Sidi Ahmed Khan Palace, Sawad Kada Waterfalls are some of the popular tourist places in Murud.
Murud is ideal for a weekend destination from Mumbai, having many historical and tourist places.
Distance: 157 km (3 h 29 min)
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