Though late, the monsoon has finally arrived in Mumbai and bringing relief from the scorching heat. Trips, outings and treks are common during this season. So, if you are planning one, here are top 5 destinations around Mumbai where you can go and enjoy the season to its fullest.
Undoubtedly, Lonavala is Mumbaikars’ favourite destination during the rainy season. As soon as it rains, people start saying “Chalo, Lonavala jaate hain” (Let’s go to Lonavala). It is on the Mumbai-Pune highway, around 96 kms from Mumbai. The place popular for its scenic beauty – lush green mountains, numerous waterfalls and the Bushi dam. Besides its natural beauty, it is also famous for its ‘chikki’
Matheran is a hill station around 90 kms from Mumbai. It is located on the Western Ghats range at an elevation of around 800 m (2,625 feet) above sea level. So, you can only imagine its beauty during the rainy season. It is a beautiful hill stations, where motorized vehicles aren’t allowed. And hence the place is pollution-free. One can travel around Matheran on foot, horse backs and hand pulled rickshaws. The hill stations is connected via one of the only five toy trains in India.
Alibaug is a coastal town in the Raigad disctrict. The beautiful beach-town is located around 110 kms from Mumbai, and is a very popular tourist destination in other seasons as well. The town is famous for its many beaches namely Alibaug, Nagaon, kihim and lot more. Alibaug is a also a Monsoon getaway of many rich and famous like cricketers Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, Sunil Manohar Gavaskar and business tycoons like Adi Godrej, Ratan Tata.
Panchgani is a hill station in the Satara district, and located around 285 kms from Mumbai. The famous hill station is nestled in the middle of five rolling hills of Sahyadri mountain ranges, located near to the another hill station of Mahabaleshwar. Panchgani has many tourist attractions such as Table Land, Sydney Point, Krishna river Valley and Mapro Garden.It is also renowned for its many premier residential educational institutions.
Bhandardara is a holiday resort village near the western ghats. The village is located in the Ahmednagar district, about 185 kilometers from Mumbai. Bhandardara provides plenty of opportunity for small treks and hikes for adventure lovers, especially during the monsoon season. The village has two most beautiful waterfalls, Umbrella and Randha, which are most active during Monsoon and make the place a must-visit during this season.