Top 40 Weekend Getaways from Mumbai

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Being the financial centre of the country, Mumbai, the city of dreams often turns to a hub of distress. The extremely busy work schedule sometimes reaches a level when it starts affecting the peace of mind. That is why, it becomes obligatory to look for a break, at least over the weekends. Luckily, when it comes to spending quality time, the neighbouring areas of Mumbai have abundant options for a weekend getaway. From adventurous trips to holy pilgrimages each outing has unique elements to satiate one’s break imperative.

To introduce you to the most popular weekend travel destinations from Mumbai, we have prepared a compact list covering all areas of interest. Depending on your mood and requirement we have categorized the destinations as follows:

Hill Stations Weekend Getaways from Mumbai:

The neighboring areas of Mumbai are rich in hill stations and natural beauty. For a change in weather one can easily arrange a short tour to any of these places and can spend a relaxing holiday.

Lonavala

lonavla

Located at a distance of 88 km from Mumbai city, Lonavala is a prominent tourist spot. Acclaimed as one of the best weekend getaways near Mumbai, Lonavala is mostly known for its picturesque landscape drawn by the lush greenery, murmuring streams, lakes and gardens. The undisturbed terrains feature a number of forts, caves, and temples which attract tourists from across the country. The period from October to May is the best time to visit the place. Book 2N/3D Lonavala Weekend Holiday Tour Package.

How to Reach: Lonavala is at a distance of 100 kms from Mumbai. It is ideal to drive to this destination as the route quite scenic. Though one can also take a train from Mumbai as this place falls on Mumbai-Pune railway line.

Must See/Experience:

  • Kune Falls
  • Lohagarh Fort
  • Karla Caves
  • Tiger Point
  • Bhaja Caves
  • Nagphani
  • Pawna Lake
  • Rajmachi Park

Khandala

khandala

After visiting Lonavala, you can simply travel to Khandala which is again one of the most visited weekend getaways from Mumbai. Located at a distance of 5 km from Lonavala, Khandala is a famous shooting spot of many Bollywood movies. Mainly known for its stunning natural scenario, this well acclaimed soothing point houses a number of historic forts, deep valleys, lakes and waterfalls. Adventure lovers can enjoy trekking or hiking so to say. The treks are tough to explore easily and need sufficient energy level. Duke’s Nose and Kalri Hills are the most famous treks in Khandala. Get best deals on Khandala weekend tour packages.

How to Reach: Khandala is just 78 kms from Mumbai and is easily accessible by road.

Must See/Experience:

  • Celebrity Wax Museum
  • Rajmachi Fort
  • Bhushi Lake
  • Reversing Station
  • Shooting Point
  • Valvan Dam

Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar

Maharashtra’s most popular hill station, Mahabaleshwar is the best location for a weekend break from Mumbai. Get 2N/3D Weekend Holiday Tour Deals to Mahabaleshwar at best price.

How to Reach: Mahabaleshwar is at a distance of about 274 kms from Mumbai and can be reached via roadways and railways. The nearest railway station of Mahabaleshwar is Wathar, which is at a distance of 64 kms. It takes about 4.5 hours to reach by road. One can choose to drive from Panvel through Mahad and Poladpur or Mumbai – Pune expressway and the highway onwards from Pune to Satara.

Must See/Experience:

  • Venna Lake
  • Mapro Garden
  • Pratapgad
  • Lingamala Falls
  • Echo Point (Monkey Point)
  • Strawberry Garden
  • Elephant’s Head Point
  • Bhushan Mahamuni
  • Rajapuri Caves

Panchgani

panchgani

Surrounded by five undulating hillocks and crystal clear lakes, Panchgani is a perfect location to spend weekend family vacations around Mumbai. It is around 250.9 km from Mumbai and ideally takes 4 hours to reach. Visit the old British and Parsi homes and take a peep into the past. The architectural beauty of the buildings exudes old world charm. Enjoy a stroll across the walkways thickly canopied by lush trees and vegetation. Feeling the charm of lost days and witnessing the snake like carvings of river Krishna from atop the hill are not to miss experiences.

How to Reach: Panchgani is 241 kms away from Mumbai and the ideal way to reach here is to first reach Wathar by train, which is 45 kms away and then hiring a car to Panchgani. Driving directly to Panchgani from Mumbai is also possible.

Must See/Experience:

  • Table Land
  • Sydney Point
  • Kamalgad Fort
  • Kate’s Point
  • Parsi Point
  • Devil’s Kitchen
  • Pandvgadh Caves
  • Rajpuri Caves
  • Buy Local Handicraft like bags and slippers

Matheran

matheran

The unpolluted and undisturbed locations of Matheran can be an excellent option for organizing an interesting weekend break from Mumbai. The picturesque landscape of this untamed land of nature resembles any traditional Indian village. Thick, shady forests, steep cliffs, and silent waterfall paint the canvas of scenic beauty, whereas, a forlorn river, red soil and velvet moss produce a pastoral feel. Grab best deals on Matheran weekend holiday package..

How to Reach: Matheran is just 80-90 kms away from Mumbai, that is why the ideal way to reach here would be by road. However, one can also choose to take a train till Neral, which is 21 kms from Matheran and from there take the toy train journey which though takes longer time but is one of the most convenient and fun methods to reach this destination.

Must See/Experience:

  • Echo Point
  • Louisa Point
  • Charlotte Lake
  • Alexander Point
  • One Tree Hill
  • Horse Riding
  • Trekking through Garbet Plateau

Bhandardara

Bhandardara

If you want to spend your summer break in a place that can be termed as an excellent weekend destination, Bhandardara is the place. You need to take approx a 2-3 hours train journey to reach the destination. The entire region is rich in lushgreenery and undisturbed picturesque landscape. Gudi Padwa in March/April and Ganeshotsav in August/September are the most significant festivals. For sightseeing, Agastya Rishi Ashram and Mount Kalsubai are the best places.

How to Reach: Bhandardara is located some 163 kms from Mumbai and can be easily reached by road. However, train till Igatpuri is also available that is only 45 kms away from Bhandardara. State buses and private taxis ply on a regular basis from Igatpuri to Bhandardara.

Must See/Experience:

  • Randha Waterfalls
  • Umbrella Waterfalls
  • Waterfall Rappelling in Malshej Ghat
  • Lake Camping
  • Sandhan Valley Trek

Amboli

Amboli

A tranquil hill station on the Western Ghats, enclosed by dense forests and rolling terrains, Amboli is a fabulous romantic weekend getaway near Mumbai. Devoid of the mad rush of city life, this coastal area offers some of the best locations for relaxing. Located at an elevation of 690 m, this magnificent hill station offers breathtaking views of the valleys. The splendid waterfall pours out during monsoon and feeds the eyes of  nature lovers. Summer in Amboli is more pleasing than what you find in the plains while winter is more romantic. Best time to visit the place is October to March.

How to Reach: Amboli is about 486 kms away from Mumbai and can be easily reached. The most convenient way to reach Amboli is by taking a train journey till Sawantwadi, which is the nearest railway station and situated just 30 kms away. From Sawantwadi private taxis and state-run buses are available for Amboli.

Must See/Experience:

  • Madhavgarh Fort
  • Nagatta Falls
  • Parikshit Point
  • Kawaleshet Valley
  • Hiranyakeshi Temple

Saputara

Saputara

The only hill station in Gujrat, Saputara is a great place for a family weekend outing. It is located at a distance of 251 km from Mumbai, and ranks 2 among 58 tourist destination in Gujarat. People going with their family should start their tour from famous sight-seeing spots like Chacha’s emporium, boat clubs, Echo Point, Table Point, Rose Garden, Vaansda, Naageshwar Mahadev Temple, etc. Besides this, you should not miss the Gira Water Fall. Moreover, the enthusiast group of tourists can enjoy rock climbing, paragliding, horse riding, boating, rope way etc.

How to Reach: Saputara is 247 kms from Mumbai and can be easily reached by road and train. There are direct buses from Mumbai to Saputara, whereas train is available till Waghai Railway Station, which is 50 kms away.

Must See/Experience:

  • Dang Darbar
  • Echo POint
  • Gira Waterfalls
  • Saputara Lake
  • Rose Garden
  • Forest Nursery
  • Paragliding
  • Sunset Point
  • Sunrise Point
  • Saputara Tribal Museum

Adventure Weekend Getaways:

For people who love to spend their weekend exploring untamed natural vicinity, the neighbouring areas of Mumbai have splendid options. From trekking to rafting, all are enjoyable and easy to access. Here are the best options for being adventurous in your upcoming weekends.

Kamshet

Kamshet

For those individuals who want to keep aside all clamor of city life, Kamshet can be a delight. Known mainly for paragliding session, this tranquil destination also offers opportunity to enjoy wading and swimming in the reservoir. The breathtaking beauty of the lake is enough to make you feel relaxed and unwind and get peace of mind.

How to Reach: Kamshet is only at a distance of about 101 kms from Mumbai, and therefore can be conveniently reached by road. One can either take a private taxi or a state bus to reach Kamshet from Mumbai.

Must See/Experience:

  • Kondeshwar Temple
  • Bhairi Caves
  • Bhandar Dongar
  • Paragliding

Karjat

Karjat

Karjat is another famous weekend holiday destination from Mumbai located by the Basin of Ulhas River. Astounding scenic beauty is enhanced by mountains and greenery, forts and ancient rock-cut cave temples what transform Karjat into a popular trekking destination. For real adventurous fellows, monsoon is the ideal season to visit this place.

How to Reach: Karjat is at just 64 kms from Mumbai and can be reached by train and road as well. There are a number of trains that run on regular intervals in a day for Karjat from Mumbai.

Must See/Experience:

  • White Water Rafting in Ulhas River
  • Hiking or Mountain Climbing
  • Rappelling in Bekare Waterfalls
  • Bhivpuri Waterfalls
  • Kondane Caves
  • Trekking to Dhak Bahiri Caves

Malshej Ghat

Malshej-Ghat

For adventure enthusiast, nature lovers, hikers, outdoor lovers, trekkers, and tourists Malshej Ghat is a superb location for planning a short weekend trip around Mumbai. Striking waterfalls, lush green hillsides, fascinating rock formations enhance the scenic beauty of this place. Watching the colourful and playful Flamingo birds, which visit the vicinity during the monsoon, is worth a click. Those who want to spend a splendid romantic holiday with their better half in a tranquil environ, Malshej Ghat can be an excellent option.

How to Reach: Malshej Ghat is at a distance of 126 kms from Mumbai and is easily accessible by road. One can get state-run buses plying between the two destinations and private taxis are also available.

Must See/Experience:

  • Bird Watching at Pimpalgaon Joga Dam
  • Trekking to Harishchandragad Fort
  • Rock Climbing at Ajoba Hill Fort
  • Malshej Falls

Khodala

Khodala

Completely detached from the bustling environs of Mumbai, Khodala is a region of serenity and eye soothing scenic vistas. Boundless meadows perched with deep green forest exude calmness. A perfect destination for enjoying adventurous activities attracts young buds. Tourists can take pleasure in trekking, mountain biking, and waterfall rappelling. Staying at Wild Camp Resort of Khodala is something worth a try. Rock climbing, vally crossing, rappelling, jumer ring, night trek, flying fox are some of the must-do activities in Khodala. Rafting on Vaitarna River or camping in adventure camp zone would also be an unforgettable experience.

How to Reach: Khodala is situated at a distance of only 140 kms and can really easily be reached by road. State-run buses and rental cabs are available from Mumbai to reach Khodala.

Must See/Experience:

  • Motor Biking
  • Camping
  • Deobandh Temple

Kolad

Kolad

Kolad is another well-known weekend getaway from Mumbai for enjoying water sports activities. First timers can enjoy a medium grade white water rafting to the fullest. The single lane walking trails are edged by multi-hued stretches of flowers and enhance the scenic beauty. You can freely enjoy kayaking, cycling, walking, and trekking as well.

How to Reach: Kolad is only 121 kms from Mumbai and that is why the best way to reach here is by road. State run buses and rental cabs are available for Kolada from Mumbai on a regular basis.

Must See/Experience:

  • Tamhini Ghat Waterfalls
  • Bhira Dam
  • Ghosala Fort
  • Kuda Mandad Caves
  • Tala Fort
  • Gaimukh
  • Sutarwadi Lake
  • Trekking to Plus Valley
  • Water sports

Neral

Neral

An amazing location for a refreshing weekend tour, Neral is only 78 km from Mumbai. Totally detached from the clamor of city life, this place can be a perfect relaxation point for those who are in urgent need of a break. Visiting waterfalls near Saguna baug and Neral locations is an excellent feel. Saguna Baug is a pollution free picnic spot where one can enjoy a number of unique activities like night camping or mountain camping. One can explore the entire green valley region by trekking. One can get involved in hangout to other farms. Dancing with Adiwasi community is a unique experience altogether.

How to Reach: Neral is at a short distance of 78 kms from Mumbai and can be easily driven to. Train are also available for Neral from Mumbai.

Must See/Experience:

  • Saguna Baug
  • Peb Fort
  • Village Fishing Experience

Adlabs Imagica, Sangdewadi

Adlabs Imagica

Situated off the Mumbai-Pune Express Way is Adlabs Imagica, an international standard theme park. This place is like the Sachin of amusement parks in India (if you know what I mean). With space to accommodate over 20,000 visitors at, Adlabs Imagica offers entertainment, fun, adventure, dining, shopping and accommodation all at a single location, making it one of the best weekend getaways from Mumbai. The park is located on Pali-Khopoli Road and can be reached easily from Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Lonavla and even Nashik. Adlabs Imagica features 25 attractions and 5 themed restaurants. So expect that you, your friends or your kids are going to be engaged all through the day. And when the fun-filled day comes to an end, you need not head home; Adlabs Imagica ensures you get proper rest at their hotel Novotel Imagica, which is situated adjacent to the park. Housing 287 rooms, the hotel acts as a base camp to help the guests relax so that they can see other parks in a span of 2-3 days. Oh! Did I tell you that there is also a Mykonos theme Water Park and a recently launched Snow Park?! Built in an area of about 30,000 sq. ft, the Snow Park boasts of 100% natural snow. In your allotted 45 minute session in this newly launched park, you can enjoy playing basketball, sliding down the toboggans and rafts, climbing the rocky snowy mountains, having a snowball fight or relaxing and sipping a cup of coffee at minus 5 degrees. You can read more about Adlabs Imagica here.

Beaches Weekend Getaways:

Though there are number of beaches in Mumbai where you can go for an evening walk, they are not really fresh and noise-free. The urban touch on their environment takes away the real charm and cannot generate the feel which one needs to feel the relaxation. But, there are beaches around the city which are found in an absolutely natural surrounding and can offer interesting weekend break from Mumbai.

Alibag

Alibag-beach

The proximity of Alibag to Mumbai, and lush tropical beauty of its beaches make it an exceptional weekend getaway option. Lush mango orchards, palm fringed beaches, chikoo-wadis and paddy fields make Alibag a pleasant retreat. The region is free of pollution and taking sunbathe on the clean beach will rejuvenate you. If you are proficient enough then try swimming as well. While coming back, you can visit Kolaba Fort and Alibag Magnetic Observatory.

How to Reach: Alibag is at a distance of 96 kms from Mumbai and can be reached by road and ferry. Two kinds of ferries are available from Mumbai’s port near Gateway of India, one AC and the other non-AC. The prices are also quite nominal, without much difference between the two.

Must See/Experience:

  • Alibag Beach
  • Nagaon Beach
  • Water sports
  • Kolaba Fort
  • Akshi Beach
  • Kihim Beach
  • Varsoli Beach
  • Undheri Fort
  • Mandwa Beach
  • Vrindavan Farm
  • Kanakeshwar Forest
  • Brahma Kund
  • Hanuman Temple

Ganapatipule

Ganapatipule

Being one of the most enticing beaches along the Kankan Coast, Ganapatipule is a pleasant getaway option from Mumbai. An ultimate retreat for beach lovers, peace-seekers, and pilgrims alike, this fabulous tourist spot is adorned by silvery shores edging the crystal shinning waters.

How to Reach: Ganpatipule is about 345 kms from Mumbai and can be reached by train and road both. One can drive via NH 17 to Ganpatipule from Mumbai, however, if you wish to travel by train, you need to get down at Ratnagiri and take a taxi to Ganpatipule, which is only 25 kms away.

Must See/Experience:

  • Ganpatipule Beach
  • Swayambhu Ganpati Temple
  • Jaigad Fort
  • Jaigad Lighthouse
  • Malgund
  • Pawas
  • Velneshwar
  • Water sports

Holiday Package: Tour My India offers 2N/3D Ganpatipule Beach Tour Package. Price on request.

Tarkarli

Tarkarli

A sprawling location to spend weekend holidays near Mumbai, Tarkarli is completely alienated from the bustle of city life. Sparkling blue water of the sea is bordered by golden sandy beaches that add to its scenic beauty. It is 537.4 km away from Mumbai and takes approx 9 hours to reach. Mostly known for its tranquil meadows, this magnificent tourist spot offers you the chance to spend your relaxing moments lying on the sea shore. Those who are die-hard surfers, Tarkarli beach can provide them with some of the exclusive options. One can enjoy scuba diving or snorkeling with cheerful mood. The beach area is also famous for dolphin watch rides. While coming back you can visit the Sindhudurg Fort, one of the prominent sight-seeing options in Tarkarli.

How to Reach: Tarkarli is about 541 kms from Mumbai and can be reached by road. The national highway 17 and 4 take one to Tarkarli from Mumbai. There are state as well as private run buses on a regular basis buses for Tarkarli from Parel, Borivali, Mumbai Central, Thane and S.T. Stand. Taxis on hire are also available.

Must See/Experience:

  • Snorkelling
  • Scuba Diving
  • Stay in a Houseboat
  • Parasailing
  • Bison National Park
  • Tarkarli Beach
  • Sindhudurg Fort
  • Dolphin Spotting

Daman

Daman

Located at a distance of approx 170 km from Mumbai, Daman is an exotic place to spend your weekend family vacation. It takes around 2 hours and 48 minutes drive to reach this calm and cool surrounding. Untamed Casuarina groves, idyllic beaches and peaceful blue seas make it a tourists’ delight. Daman is also an excellent option for a short weekend tour for the liquor lovers, as alcohol is easily available in nearby villages.

How to Reach: Daman is situated at a distance of about 170 kms from Mumbai and can be easily reached by road, though trains via Vapi are available as well. There are state run buses that ply between Mumbai and Daman on a regular basis.

Must See/Experience:

  • Sao Jeronimo Fort
  • Moti Daman Fort
  • Devka Beach
  • Dominion Monastery
  • Heritage Walk
  • Mirasol Lake Garden
  • Cathedral Bom Jesu
  • Jampore Beach
  • Nani Daman
  • Mirasol Water Park
  • Somnath Mahadev Temple
  • Governor’s Palace
  • Jetty Garden

Holiday Package: Tour My India offers 2N/3D Daman Beach Tour Package. Price on request.

Murud – Janjira

Murud---Janjira

It is located at a distance of 151.7 km from Mumbai and takes approx 3 hours by bus. Beguiling seashore of this vicinity will induce you to dive into the turquoise water. Golden sand-perched beach is lined with swaying coconut fronds, betel palms, and casuarina groves boost the scenic beauty of this locality. Relaxing on the beach or taking sunbath is mind-blowing. Go for a walk along the beach or take a dip in the ocean.

How to Reach: Murud is just 156 kms from Mumbai and can be best reached by road via SH 104. Rental cabs are easily available from Mumbai to Murud.

Must See/Experience:

  • Murud Beach
  • Murud Janjira Fort
  • Garambi Falls
  • Garambi Dam
  • Kasa Fort
  • Ahmedganj Palace
  • Shopping for Chikki, Spices and Barfi

Harnai

harnai

Not just one or two getaway options, Harnai has quite a few interesting locations to relax with family or friends. It is located at a distance of 223.8 km from Mumbai. Palande beach is a perfect place to enjoy water sports and adventurous activities. Jet skiing, dolphin watching, scuba diving, and boat rides are some of the popular activities to be enjoyed here. Dolphin safari in Murud Beach is completely out of the box. Do not miss the old Harnai Fort, Suvarnadurg Fort and Panhale Kazi, the famous rock-cut monument.

How to Reach: Harnai is at a distance of about 234 kms from Mumbai and can be reached by both, rail and road. For road transportation, state and private run buses are available from Mumbai. Taxis on hire can also be availed to reach Harnai.

Must See/Experience:

  • Harnai Beach
  • Harnai Fish Market
  • Suvarnadurg Fort
  • Palande Beach
  • Burundi Beach
  • Durgadevi Temple
  • Wakali Unavre Spring

Holiday Package: Tour My India offers 2N/3D Harnai Beach Tour Package. Price on request.

Ratnagiri

Ratnagiri

Ratnagiri is another weekend beach holiday option from Mumbai. A great retreat for the locales, Ratnagiri offers the much-needed break to the hectic pace of cosmopolitan lifestyle of big cities. Mandvi is an elongated beach which extends from Rajiwada Port to Ratnadurga fort. Mirkarwada, Bhatye, and Aare are some of the prominent beaches found in and around the city. Get involved in water sports in the gushing water of Bhatye beach. Enjoy the sunset in a calm and cool weather. October to March is the perfect time to visit Ratnagiri. Summer season is humid, but moderate rainfall keeps the temperature balanced.

How to Reach: Ratnagiri is situated 346 kms from Mumbai. It can be conveniently reached by road and rail. There are a number of trains that run on a regular basis to Ratnagiri from Mumbai and there is a regular run of state buses as well.

Must See/Experience:

  • Ganpatipule Beach
  • Swayambhu Ganpati Temple
  • Guhagar Beach
  • Bhatye Beach
  • Ratnadurga Fort
  • Anjarle Beach
  • Jaigad Lighthouse
  • Jai Vinayak Temple
  • Jaigad Fort
  • Thibaw Point
  • Tilak Ali Museum

Holiday Package: Tour My India offers 2N/3D Ratnagiri Beach Tour Package. Price on request.

Kashid

kashid-beach

An amazing tourist attraction near Mumbai, Kashid is situated at a distance of 128.7 km from the city. Mostly known for the silvery sand, sparkling blue seas, lush green mountains and deep rivulets, this seashore is known to be the best beach in Konkan region. The tides are apparently high here and during non-monsoon season, one can easily go for surfing. Camping on the virgin beaches of Kashid can be very exciting. Water sport enthusiasts can enjoy para sailing or bumper ride in Kashid Beach. For kids, horse and camel rides /carts are also available here.

How to Reach: Kashid is situated at a distance of about 127 kms from Mumbai and can be easily reached by road. State run and private buses are available for Kashid from Mumbai and rental taxis can also be availed.

Must See/Experience:

  • Kashid Beach
  • Korlai Fort
  • Revdanda Fort and Beach
  • Datta Manir
  • Phansad Bird Sanctuary
  • Murud Janjira Fort
  • Buy Coconut based Items

Holiday Package: Tour My India offers 2N/3D Kashid Beach Tour Package. Price on request.

Pilgrimage Weekend Getaways:

If you want to spend your valuable time exploring divine destinations, there are ample numbers of pilgrimage weekend getaways from Mumbai, where an extremely religious soul can seek salvation enjoying sightseeing.

Bhimashankar

Bhimashankar Temple, Maharashtra

The central deity of this divine destination, Bhimashankar is known to be one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. A must to -visit religious spot for the Hindus, this temple is located atop the Sahyadri Hill in the Bhorgiri Village near Pune. It is situated by the side of the upstream cours of River Chandrabhaga. The scenic beauty of this region looks breathtaking for the presence of Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary. Datta Mandir, Kamalaja Mata Mandir, and Ram Mandir are other famous religious spots.

How to Reach: Bhimshankar is 227 kms from Mumbai and it is best reached by road taking the NH 61. State run buses are available for Bhimshankar at regular intervals and cabs can also be hired to reach here.

Must See/Experience:

  • Bhimshankar Temple
  • Trekking in Bhimshankar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Hanuman Lake

Harihareshwar

Harihareshwar

Mainly known for its exotic beaches, Harihareshwar can be one of the best weekend holiday destinations for a pious soul. Temples like Kalbhairava contains attractive architectural style and grabs attention of the tourists for its mythological importance. Temple Yogeshwari or Dakshin Kashi is also located in the same temple premise. Soul soothing sea breeze from Harihareshwara Beach makes the temple premise calmer. Other significant temples in Harihareshwar are Swayambhu Shivpind, Jeevaneshwar, Rameshwar, Laxmi Narayan, and Bharadhkol Vitthal temple.

How to Reach: Harihareshwar is about 193 kms from Mumbai and the best way to reach is by road. There are a number of state run buses that ply between Mumbai and Harihareshwar via NH 66 regularly. Hiring a cab is also a convenient method to reach Harihareshwar.

Must See/Experience:

  • Harihareshwar Beach
  • Kalbhairav Temple
  • Diveagar Beach
  • Ganesh Gully
  • Srivardhan Beach
  • Bagmandala
  • Somja Devi Temple

Shirdi

shirdi-shai-baba

Being one of the most religious and well acclaimed tourist destinations in India, Shirdi attracts thousands of domestic and international tourists every day. This is the place where the spiritual master Sai Baba preached his teachings to the devotees and took his last breath. Located at a distance of 241.3 km from Mumbai, Shirdi is the ultimate way out for people seeking mental relaxation. The interior designing of the temple is grandiose and the devotion of disciples is worthy to note.

How to Reach: Shirdi is about 241 kms from Mumbai and can be reached by air, rail and road. The nearest airport to Shirdi is in Nasik, which is 130 kms away, the nearest station is at Kopergaon, which is 16 kms away from Shirdi. There are state run and private buses available for Shirdi from Mumbai as well.

Must See/Experience:

  • Gurusthan
  • Samadhi Mandir
  • Dwarkamai
  • Chavadi
  • Jangli Maharaj Ashram
  • Abdul Baba cottage
  • Thursday Palki procession
  • Khandoba Mandir
  • Shani Shingnapur
  • Lendi Baug
  • Dixit Wada Museum
  • Upasani Maharaj Ashram
  • Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Temple

Holiday Package: Tour My India offers 2N/3D Shirdi Tour Package and Weekend Tour Package. Price on request.

Vajreshwari

Vajreshwari

A highly spiritual destination in Maharashtra, Vajreshwari Temple can be a perfect location for a one day monsoon weekend trip out of Mumbai. It is located 72 km away from Mumbai and the journey from the metro city to this holy land passes through many stunning landscapes. The temple of Goddess Vajreshwari was built by Bajirao Peshwa and the style of the sanctum-sanctorum bears the memory of his dynasty. It is situated on a hillock and the view of greenery surrounding the hillock is stunning.

How to Reach: Vajreshwari is just 65 kms away from Mumbai and can be reached quite easily by road via NH48 and Western Express Hwy. There are state run and private buses available along with rental taxis from Mumbai.

Must See/Experience:

  • Vajeshwari Temple
  • Nityanand Mandir
  • Pelhar Lake

Heritage weekend Getaways:

If you are not that adventurous or religious per say, yet want to go for a break, you may like destinations that have a rich heritage.

Ajanta and Ellora

Ajanta-and-Ellora

Being one of the gems of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ajanta and Ellora is widely acclaimed as one of the greatest architectural treasures in India. It possesses some of the finest examples of India’s rich heritage of sculpture and murals. The 28 caves located within the Sahyadri Hills bear the remarks of ancient Indian Buddhist monastery. The distance between Mumbai and Ajanta-Ellora is 368.2 km and ideally it takes 6 hours to reach. One can hire private vehicle or while local train service is also available from CST, LTT, Dadar or Thane Railway Station.

Aurangabad

aurangabad

Popularly known for its medieval architectural beauty, Aurangabad is one of the best options for planning weekend holidays around Mumbai. Named after the last renowned Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, this historical location houses plenty of monuments and a rich culture as its heritage from the middle ages. Bibi ka Maqbara is the tomb of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb’s wife. Nine rock-cut Buddhist caves are the witness of ancinet Indian architectural style. Panchakki, the water-powered flour mill is another interesting thing to witness.

How to Reach: Aurangabad is some 335 kms from Mumbai and can be reached by all three means of transport i.e air, rail, road. The city has its own airport and a railway station, which are well connected with Mumbai City. Even state run buses are easily available between Mumbai and Aurangabad on regular intervals.

Must See/Experience:

  • Ajanta Caves
  • Ellora Caves
  • Aurangabad Caves
  • Bibi-ka-Maqbara
  • Daulatabad Fort
  • Jama Masjid
  • Panchakki
  • Sunheri Mahal
  • Gul mandi
  • Bani Begum garden
  • Connaught
  • Killa Arak
  • Salim Ali Lake
  • Khuldabad
  • Dargah of Pir Ismail
  • Siddharth Garden and Zoo
  • Ghrishneshwar temple, Ellora

Chiplun

Chiplun

Located at a distance of 250 km from Mumbai, Chiplun is a calm and peaceful getaway. Splendid natural beauty along with exclusive sight-seeing options grabs attention. Parshuram Mandir, a pristine white temple is situated in a tranquil background perched with lush greenery. Dervan-Samarthagad (Shivsrushti) is a famous museum where the memories of Shivaji Maharaj have been preserved. One can explore different unoknown facts of Shivaji’s life in the museum. Other must see places are Govalkot Fort, Sawatsada Waterfall, and Vashisthi River, where occasionally crocodiles are also found.

How to Reach: Chiplun is about 257 kms from Mumbai and is best reached by road and rail. There are few trains that connect Chiplun to Mumbai directly. Also, one can get a number of state run and private buses along with rental cabs for transportation between Chiplun and Mumbai.

Must See/Experience:

  • Vashishti River
  • Lord Parashurama Temple
  • Gowalkot fort
  • Walawalkar Shivaji Museum
  • Sawatsada Waterfalls
  • Marleshwar Temple
  • Koyna Dam
  • Nehru Smriti Udyan
  • Pandavaas Caves
  • Nageshwar temple
  • Guhagar Beach

Durshet

Durshet

If you would love to enjoy sightseeing doing some relaxing activity, you can go for Durshet, approximately a 2 hours drive from Mumbai. From natural beauty to man-made constructions, a tranquility imbibed feel attracts attention of the tourists. Shri Ballaleshwar Ashtavinayaka Temple is enclosed by two lakes and boosts its scenic beauty. The temple of Shri Varad Vinayak looks attractive for its 25 feet golden dome and the flame of Nandadeep (holy lamp) burns day and night since 1892 AD. If you would love to, then go for the famous jungle safari in Durshet.

How to Reach: Durshet is located at a short distance of 76 kms from Mumbai, and thus can be conveniently reached by road. State run and private buses are available from Mumbai for Durshet. Even rental taxis are easily available.

Must See/Experience:

  • Pali Ganapati Temple
  • Mahad Ganapati Temple
  • Pali Fort
  • Uddhar Hot Springs
  • Trekking to Sarasgad and Sudhagad
  • Water sports in Kundalika River

Khuldabad

Khuldabad

One of the best historical cities near Mumbai includes the name of Khuldabad, a 22 Km distant land from Aurangabad. The small town is rich in Sufi architectural style and a holy place visited by religious souls. The tombs of the great Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and Sufi saint Burhanuddin Gharib Chisti are two of the famous architectural site.

How to Reach: Khuldabad is situated at a distance of about 332 kms from Mumbai. The best way to reach here is by taking a train till Aurangabad, which is 27 kms away. One can also fly to Aurangabad. Bus services, both private and state are available between Mumbai and Aurangabad.

Must See/Experience:

  • Alamgir Dargah

Kolhapur

kolhapur

Kolhapur, the city of Goddess Mahalaxmi is rich in architectural beauty. Being an ancient Indian city it has a rich heritage of culture. The temple of Devi Mahalaxmi is followed by Old Palace where you can see beautiful temple of the goddess Tuljabhawani, the favorite deity of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Other must see locations are Town Hall Museum, Khasbaug Maidan, Palace Theatre, Saathmaari Maidan, Lake Rankala, Shalini Palace, Panchaganga Ghat, Chandrakant Mandre Art Gallery etc. Kailasgadchi Swari Mandir is a famous temple of Lord Mahadeva.

How to Reach: Kolhapur is situated at a distance of about 373 kms from Mumbai. There are regular trains from Mumbai to Kolhapur that are also the best way to reach the destination. Bus service is available too along with rental cabs.

Must See/Experience:

  • Mahalaxmi Temple
  • Rankala Lake
  • Temlabai Mandir
  • Jyotiba Temple
  • Binkhambi Ganesh Temple
  • Panhala Fort
  • Shri Chatrapati Shahu Museum (New Palace)
  • Shopping of Kolhapuri Chappals, Jewellery and Jaggery

Mahad

mahad

Mahad can be an excellent option for a weekend outing from Mumbai. Located at a distance of 163 km from Mumbai, this city houses a good number of sight-seeing spots which are unique. The caves of Gandhar Pale date back to Buddhist time and are located very close to the historical Raigar Fort. It is again an astounding hill fortress built by Shivaji. The temple of Lord Harihareshwar is located by the seashore and looks mesmeric. Other must-see spots are Shivathar Ghal and Varad Vinayak Temple etc.

How to Reach: Mahad is situated at a convenient distance of 170 kms from Mumbai, and thus can be easily reached by road in two and half hours. State run buses and private buses are available for Mahad on a regular basis. Taxis on hire are also easily available.

Must See/Experience:

  • Gandhar Pale Buddhist Caves
  • Lingana

Nashik

Nashik

Nashik is known to be one of the holiest cities for Hindus across the world. One of the hosts of the great Kumbh Mela, Nashik is located by the side of river Godavari. The 2000 years old Pandavleni Caves is a must see destination in Nashik. Sita Gupha or Sita Cave, Coin Museum and Gargoti Museum, Naroshankar Temple and Godavari Temple are some other important sightseeing options in Nashik.

How to Reach: Nashik is located at a short distance of 167 kms from Mumbai, and thus can be conveniently reached by road. State run and private buses are available from Mumbai for Nashik. Even rental taxis are easily available.

Must See/Experience:

  • Sita Gufa
  • Panchvati
  • Trimbakeshwar
  • Sula Vineyard
  • Pandavleni Caves
  • Kapileshwara Temple
  • Anjaneri Hills
  • Kalaram Temple
  • Saptashrungi

Wildlife Weekend Getaways:

Enjoying the unbound terrains of flora and fauna can be an exclusive way to get rid of boredom. Luckily, the neighbouring parts of Mumbai have interesting getaways which are rich in wildlife. These are:

Dajipur Bison Sanctuary

Dajipur-Bison-Sanctuary

Located at the border of Kolhapur and Sindhudurg districts, Dajipur is a nature’s delight. It is around 456.7 km from Mumbai and surrounded by high mountain ranges and untamed forest. Mainly known for Bison, this exotic tourist spot houses chital, wild deer, gawa and varieties of wild animals and birds.

How to Reach: Dajipur Bison Sanctuary is situated at a distance of 452 kms from Mumbai. The best way to reach here is either by air or by train. The nearest airport and railway station to the sanctuary is at Kolhapur which is 78 kms away. From Kolhapur, taxis on hire are available for reaching Dajipur.

Karnala Bird Sanctuary

Karnala-Bird-Sanctuary

61 km south of Mumbai, a quiet location to relax on the lap of Mother Nature, Karnala Bird Sanctuary is a fine option for going to a short trip from Mumbai. More than 147 species of resident birds are found in this region. During winter, 37 species of migratory birds visit this place. Most frequently seen birds are Malabar Whistling Trush, Paradise Fly Catcher, Racket-Tailed Drongo, Magpie Robin, Golden Backed Woodpecker, Crested Serpent Eagle etc.

How to Reach: Karnala Bird Sanctuary is located only 47 kms from Mumbai, and thus can easily be reached in the matter of an hour by road. Taxis on hire are available from Mumbai to reach Karnala Bird Sanctuary.

Pench National Park

Pench National Park

One of the most attention-grabbing weekend getaways from Mumbai, Pench National Park is located at the border of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Being a national park, an ample number of rare species of animals are found in the park, which includes Tiger, Gaur, Panther, Sambar, Barking Deer, Chital, Macaque, Blue Bull, Langoor, Wild Boar, Wild Dogs, Bear, Civet Cat and some more. Feel the charm of relaxing at the Deluxe Safari style canvas tents of Pench Jungle camp.

How to Reach: Pench National Park is about 990 kms away from Mumbai. The ideal way to reach here would be to fly to Nagpur first, which is just 100 kms from the national park.

Chikaldhara Wildlife Sanctuary

Chikaldhara

If you want to go on a wildlife weekend tour and want to enjoy the nature trail, you should plan a trip to Chikhaldhara. Astounding scenic beauty is perched with deep valleys, beguiling waterfalls and lakes. Being one of the most popular tourist destinations in Maharashtra, this charismatic wildlife sanctuary is populated by sloth bears, panthers, sambar, wild dogs and wild boar. Gawilgad and Narnala fort, Pandit Nehru Botanical Gardens, Tribal Museum and Semadoh Lake are other popular destinations of this hill station. Tourist must know the fact that this is the only coffee producing region in entire Maharashtra state. Book 3N/4D Holiday Tour to Chikaldhara.

How to Reach: Chikaldhara is about 657 kms from Mumbai. The ideal way to reach Chikaldhara is by first arriving in Amravati, which is 84 kms away from the wildlife sanctuary. There are a number of trains from Mumbai that stop at Amravati.

There are a number of other destinations close to Mumbai which can make your holidays relaxing and memorable. But to break the monotony of your conventional lifestyle you must try something zealous. Our exclusive list provides you with the best destinations in a nutshell. To get the best deals on weekend holiday packages you can contact with some of the best tour operators in the country like Tour My India.

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Kamlesh Nayal is the Senior Tour Manager at TourMyIndia.com. With his great managerial skills he takes care of the domestic clientele of the organization. Along with the administrative expertise, he is blessed with a tremendous writing style. Packed with precise factual information, his write ups are very helpful for both Indian and foreign tourists.


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