Yet again, the time has come to feel the refreshing breeze and sprinkle of rain drops with the onset of monsoon season. It is probably the best time of the year where you can get the petrichor scent oozing from the earth’s surface but how can one feel such rejuvenation living in a city like Mumbai where the skyscrapers hinder the cool breeze and the deadly traffic stops life for hours? The only way is by escaping from it all.
There are places near Mumbai where you can wake up to listen to rain hitting your window. Where Long thundering downpour will be the harbinger of surreal calmness. Where the sound of heavy rain is the inspiration to create a symphony of happy memories that will blaze bright even after you leave these beautiful shores away from Mumbai.
If you are in Mumbai or simply visiting the city during the monsoon, we have a list of 15 weekend getaways from the city that are waiting to be explored by you in this lovely rainy season.
List of top 15 places to visit in monsoon near Mumbai
- Lonavala & Khandala
- Malshej Ghat
- Tamhini Ghat
- Thoseghar Waterfalls
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Igatpuri – Add colors of nature to soothe your eyes
Distance: 121 KM via NH 160
The image sets you back for a second, doesn’t it? Igatpuri is truly a blissful place to be during monsoon season. Its misty hills and calming ambience may make you want to sing a love song, so go ahead and hum some sweet melodies…the more you go to explore, the more in love you’ll be.
As the rain drops fall on the windows of your car or the hotel’s, it will simply urge you to layer yourselves in warm clothing and head out to some of its exotic attractions.
Speaking of which, this small town of Nasik district does boast a few spellbinding tourist places, out of which some of the must visit tourist attractions in Igatpuri are-
- Tringalwadi Fort
- Camel Valley
- Vipassana International Academy
- Kalsubai Peak
- Bhatsa River Valley
- Avandha Fort
- Karoli Ghat
Adventure activities to do in Igatpuri
- Thrilling Tringalwadi Fort Trek
- Hiking to Kalsubai Peak
- Amazing lakeside camping
- Kulanggad Fort Trek
- Water activities like River rafting, Kayaking, swimming and boating etc. at Talegaon Lake and Tringalwadi Lake.
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Karnala – Lush Greenery and scenic surroundings
Distance: 52 KM via NH 66
Karnala is one of the charming monsoon getaways to visit from Mumbai and it is surrounded by green vistas, mountains, and waterfalls. It is also where Karnala Bird Sanctuary is located, a place to unwind and birdwatch, truly a haven for nature lovers. If you love bird watching then visit Karnala Bird Sanctuary, sweet chirping of birds will be delightful to your ears.
During your weekend trip here, a trek to Karnala fort is also a must, you can explore the age-old fort that is taken over by green mosses, various plants and climbers, plus, a panoramic sight of the Sahyadri mountains is beyond belief.
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Kolad – Merge with the nature
Distance: 125 KM via SH 92
A charming riverine village of Raigad district, Kolad, is famous for its river rafting water sport. It is an ideal place to come explore a less hectic paradise both blessed and loved by travelers.
Among water sports, you can sweep the river in sports like rowing, kayaking, rafting and also try out river crossing and rappelling. Alright, travel bugs, it is understandable not everyone enjoys watersports, so, instead you can go on a little excursion visiting attractions such as Tala and Ghosala forts, Kuda caves, Bhira and Dholwal dams, Tamhini and Kansai waterfalls. Lastly, a unique attraction that can spruce up your trip is the hot springs at Uddhar (30 kilometers away).
Some of the must visit tourist attractions in Kolad are –
- Bhira Dam
- Ghosala Fort
- Sutarwadi Lake
- Tala Fort
- Dholwal Dam
- Kolad Museum
- Kundalika River
- Sukeli Waterfalls
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Lonavala – Khandala – Monsoon Paradise
Distance: 81 KM via NH 48
Lonavala-Khandala are two renowned destinations among travel bugs, and they are probably the most famous monsoon holiday places in Maharashtra. And this is why these places simply had to be mentioned in this article.
Lonavala and Khandala together make a dual holiday package best for family vacation as it is blessed with spellbinding landscapes of the Sahyadri hills and many interesting attractions to see.
Here, a visit to the Sausage hill is a must (it may sound funny by the name given ‘sausage’, since the hill seems to have resemblance with its shape, voila! the name popped).
Some of the major tourist attractions in Lonavala are –
- Bushi Dam
- Tungarli Lake
- Tiger’s Leap
- Lion’s Point
Some of the major tourist attractions in Khandala are –
- Lohagad Fort
- Kune Falls
- Duke’s Nose
- Shooting Point
- Shiv Ling
- Bedsa Caves
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Mahabaleshwar – Rejuvenate your soul
Distance: 231 KM via NH 66
Why do you visit Mahabaleshwar in the monsoon months, you ask? Well, it is because the majestic emerald mountains are accompanied by riveting waterfalls and only during this season the gushing waterfalls can be witnessed. It is also one of the best places to dance in the rain, and is indeed hard to resist. Visit the Lingmala waterfall that offers such a positive vibe to the onlookers, trek up to Wilson Point, it is here you can get a spectacular sight during the sunrise. Needless to say, Mahabaleshwar makes a romantic destination to visit for a long weekend monsoon holiday with your better-half.
Top Tourist attractions in Mahabaleshwar are:
- Marpo Garden
- Venna Lake
- Mini Kashmir
- Parsi Point
- Babington Point
- Lodwick Point
- Table Land
- Rajpuri Caves
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Tapola – Perfect weekend bliss
Distance: 260 KM via NH 66
A little abode, lovingly known as mini-Kashmir, Tapola is surrounded by lush greenery of the Sahyadri hills. A presence of peace can be felt as you bask amid the soothing village and travel to its tourist attractions that are tucked away as an unpolluted paradise.
As the mist plays hide and seek over the soothing and alluring Tapola, you can relish a riveting sight of the Koyana dam and Shivsagar lake.
Tapola’s amazing backdrop perhaps makes it a perfect hotspot for nature photographers who can capture some excellent shots. Come, soak all your senses and free yourself from the materialistic world in this charming destination called Tapola (even if it is for a weekend).
- Tapola Lake is the most visited tourist attraction in Tapola. You can enjoy a plethora of adventure activities like Kayaking, Boating, windsurfing and water scooters etc.
- If you like challenges and thrills, then Vasota Fort Trekking would be the best option to enjoy in Tapola.
- Nature sightseeing at Kaas Plateau will sooth your eyes and refresh your mind.
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Jawhar – Emerald Green Landscapes
Distance: 142 KM via NH 48
You must be wondering, what’s there in Jawhar? Well, for starters, this place is famous for its Warli paintings, which is traditionally made of rice paste showcasing drawings of characters on a red background and it proves to be a perfect souvenir too.
Besides that, Jawhar has a picturesque setting as it is surrounded by emerald forests and waterfalls. And during one of your sightseeing trips here, a visit to Dabhosa Waterfall is a must.
Since this destination has a blend of nature and vibrant cultural heritage, you cannot afford to miss its major attractions like Jaivilas Palace. And in order to take some amazing shots of birds, a visit to Jai Sagar dam will be an ideal thing to do as the place is replete with a plethora of rare birds to see.
Top tourist attractions in Jawhar
- Jai Vilas Palace
- Dabhosa Waterfall
- Hanuman Point
- Sunset Point
- Jai Sagar Dam
- Bhupat Garh Fort
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Durshet – Adventures and Pristine wilderness
Distance: 78 Km via NH 48
Need shorter weekend trips from Mumbai instead? Then a visit to Durshet would be ideal for you. Seated in the Sahyadri Mountain Range of Maharashtra, this destination is filled with nature and offers a plethora of activities.
A daredevil can partake in thrilling sports such as rock climbing and also rafting in River Amba that flows through the dense forest of Durshet, criss-crossing hefty rocks and rotten tree branches during your rafting adventure you may also sight a lot of birds drinking water. As it is a rainy season, expect to see a lot of waterfalls, and a trek up the misty mountains along the uncharted trails while here.
Top tourist attraction in Durshet
- Varad Vinayak Temple
- Pali Fort
- Shri Ballaleshwar Ashtavinayak
- Uddhar Hot Springs
- Durshet Forest Lodge
- Jungle Safari at Durshet Forests would be one of the best things to do inDurshet.
- Durshet is the best place for trekking. Sarasgad Fort Trek would be the most thrilling treks in Durshet.
- Indulge in water adventure activities in River Kundalika like Kayaking, river rafting, rappelling etc.
- Adventures like Ziplining, rappelling, rock climbing, Tarzan swing, treasure hunt, would satisfy your adventurous soul.
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Kamshet – Fly High!
Distance: 102 KM via Mumbai-Pune National Highway
One of the reasons why travellers visit Kamshet is mainly to experience paragliding like never before. Sure, if you were in the northern side of India, there are a few destinations for paragliding but in the western side, Kamshet is one of the handful places that offer an incredible paragliding experience.
However, the option for paragliding in monsoon is quite less (almost zero!). There are several temples to visit like Kondeshwar.
- Top Tourist attractions to visit in Kamshet are forts like Lohagad, Tikona and Tungi as well as visit caves such as Bhairi, Karla, Bhaja and Bhedsa.
- Best adventure activities to do in Kamshet are Hot air balloon safari over Sahyadri Ranges, Zip lining at Pawna Lake, Tikona Fort trek and Paragliding at Bhandara Dongar.
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Lavasa – Misty hills and serene nature
Charming little hill abode of Maharashtra, Lavasa is a perfect tourist destination for family vacation and even for romantics at heart. The colorful city provides an enchanting panorama of emerald hills covered in thin layered mist. How can one not visit Lavasa? It highly reflects the ambience of Italian town, Portofino, and has cloned buildings, structures and romantic pebble streets.
You can make you stay in Lavasa even more memorable by opting for a trekking activity amid wet forest and blissful rain. Besides trekking, Mulshi Dam, situated close to the city is one such place perfect to go sightseeing and bring home some pretty images.
A hidden gem so to say, Mulshi Dam is rather a favorite destination for nature photographers. It is famous for spotting a large. This is a great destination to visit especially during monsoon as it becomes even more radiant and scenic during the rainy season.
Top tourist attractions in Lavasa are:
- Vortex Splash Pad
- Varasgaon Dam
- Temghar Dam
- Ghangad Fort
- The Promenade
- Lakeshore Watersport
- Tikona Fort
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Malshej Ghat – Seek surreal solitude
Distance: 127 KM via NH 61
Welcome yourself to the beautiful mountain pass of the Western Ghats, Malshej Ghat. This enthralling abode is a place for those seeking solace, a visit here during monsoons will offer you a sound stay as the raindrops create a symphony.
Its dense forests, alluring lakes and the moss covered Shivneri fort ooze charm and an inviting vibe. While planning for a monsoon getaway in Malshej Ghat, make sure you add more time to yourself to relax and unwind.
Top tourist attractions in Malshej Ghat are:
- Harishchandragad Fort
- Ajoba Hill Fort
- Konkan Kada
- Pawna Lake Camping
- Malshej Falls
- Pimpalgaon Joga Dam
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Alibaug – Blissful drops of gorgeous nature
Distance: 95 KM via NH 66
Alibaug is one of the top monsoon destinations near Mumbai and for all the right reasons. While here, what would you choose? jump with joy on the beach or a stroll in the fort, duh! both.
It is always a great experience to swim in the ocean while it rains, the feeling it offers is beyond words (you gotta do it to believe it sorta situation). Of course, there is the Korlai Fort (half hour distance), its historical past is brought back to life as you read about its past while meandering along the ruins stoned in Mughal, Portuguese, and Maratha architecture.
The more you ascend the fort, the more spectacular the sight becomes, you can see a beautiful view of the Arabian sea. Although there is not much to do in Alibaug during monsoons, a visit here will definitely help you find bliss away from the monotonous life.
Top tourist attractions in Alibaug are:
- Jai Bhavani Temple
- Murud Janjira Fort
- Nagaon Beach
- Varsoli Beach
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Matheran – Its Sublime
Distance – 80 Km from Mumbai
Ever imagined passing through panoramic vistas of nature in a tiny toy train? Well, you can enjoy this wonderful journey at Matheran. It is one of the most beautiful places to visit in monsoon near Mumbai. Just imagine! You will be able to see verdant forests dipped in serenity, beautiful terrains and emerald green landscapes which will offer you the best opportunity to click pictures to showcase on your Instagram platform. Travelling to Matheran would remind you of a poem by John Keats “The thing of beauty is a joy forever”.
Top tourist attractions in Matheran are:
- Dodhani Waterfalls
- Louisa Point
- Irshalgad Fort
- Little Chowk Point
- Ambarnath Shiv Point
- Rambagh Point
- Porcupine Point
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Tamhini Ghat – Unexplored Gem
Distance – 4 hours’ Drive from Mumbai
Tamhini Ghat is one of the best places to visit during Monsoon near Mumbai. If you are a backpacker or a solo traveler, you will find absolute bliss in the mesmerizing land of Tamhini Ghat. This land is a beautiful piece of nature enveloped in dancing clouds all over cascades.
The Ghat whistles in whispers about its secluded serenity. For solace seekers and nature lovers, Tamhini Ghat would be your best destination. Tourists prefer long drives to visit this beautiful place because of the fascinating views it offers. During monsoon its lush greenery and picturesque landscapes would look more beautiful than any other season.
Top tourist attractions nearby Tamhini Ghat
- Tamhini waterfalls
- Mulshi Dam
- Mulshi Lake
- Andharban Trail Point
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Thoseghar Waterfalls – Jewel of West India
Distance – 294 km from Mumbai
Thoseghar Waterfalls is a visual treat for tourists. It is one of the highest waterfalls in India. It is surrounded by lofty mountains on three sides. Soothing sound of cascading waterfalls would surely be a blissful delight to your tired soul who just wants a moment of peace from all the chaos of the city.
Monsoon is the best time to visit Thoseghar Waterfalls as it is a seasonal waterfall and can only be seen in monsoon. It is a perfect picnic spot for photographers and to spend some quality time with family and friends in the lap of nature. Sajjangad, Kaas and Chalkhewadi are the most visited tourist attractions near Thoseghar waterfalls.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q.What are the top 10 excursions from Mumbai During Monsoon?
Top 10 excursions from Mumbai during monsoon are –
- Lohagad, Pune
- Igatpuri, Nashik
- Kalsubai, Nashik
- Durshet, Khopoli
- Amboli, Sindhudurg
- Panchgani, Satara
- Thoseghar Waterfalls, Konkan
- Mulshi Dam, Pune
- Tapola, Mahabaleshwar
Q.What are the top things to do in the monsoon in Mumbai?
Top things to do in the monsoon in Mumbai are -
- Sanjay Gandhi National Park trek
- Cutting Chai at Marine Drive
- Admire the nature park of Dharavi
- Leisure Walk at Juhu Beach
- Worli Seaface
- Quality time with your friends at Bandra Bandstand
Q.What are the best weekend getaways near Mumbai within 100kms?
The best weekend getaways near Mumbai within 100kms are -
- Elephanta Caves
- Manori Beach
- Prabalgad Fort
- Visapur Fort