Quick Monsoon Getaways From Mumbai

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It’s Monsoon time in India. We eagerly wait for the rains as the temperature turns cooler and it’s a relief from the hot temperatures of Summer. While rains bring an aura of romance,  it usually also brings traffic and chaos due to water logging in the city of Mumbai.

Luckily Mumbai is surrounded by many places full of waterfalls, nature, forts etc.So if you’re looking for a quick getaway from the traffic and chaos, we have a perfect list of places for you. These places are close by to cities of Mumbai and also Pune.

They are a perfect escape from the city , where you can relax with friends and family among nature. The greenery and waterfalls all around are a welcoming sight.You can spend a long weekend or few days at a rented guesthouse, hotel , resort or you can even visit for a few hours.

Some of you might have heard of few popular ones like Lonavala and Khandala, but we have listed few other places worth visiting once. We have personally visited these places with friends and family so we definitely recommend them.

Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar is the land of strawberries, horses, greenery and misty hills. It is a hill station which is approx 5-6 hours drive from Mumbai. It is famous for yummy Strawberries and cream that you get at the Mapro Garden.

Places to visit: Mapro Garden, Venna Lake, Elphinstone Point, Bombay / Sunset Point.

  1. Greenery near our Hotel:
  2. Mapro Garden:

    Yummy strawberries and cream

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    At a strawberry farm along the way:

          fresh strawberry milkshake

    Elphinstone Point:

    Sunset/ Bombay Point:
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    Where to stay: There are many hotels. We stayed at Hotel Lake View last time we went. It was a nice hotel though they serve only vegetarian food.

    Distance from Mumbai: 263 kms

    How to reach:

    Air 
    The nearest airport is at Pune which is about 120 kms from Mahabaleshwar.

    Rail 
    The nearest railroad is at Satara, which is around 55 kms away. Nearest major railway junction is at Pune, 120 kms. There are regular state transport buses and even private transport easily available to go to Mahabaleshwar.

    Road 
    From Mumbai, it takes around 4 to 5 hours by car. There are frequent ST buses from Dadar and Mumbai CST.


     Panchgani

  1. Panchgani is a hill station in Maharashtra, which known for its scenic views. It is like a twin city to Mahabaleshwar . It derives it’s name from the five hills surrounding it,and is famous for its various sunset/sunrise points and scenic views.
  2. Places to visit: Places to visit: Parsi Point, Table land and Lingmala Falls.
    Table Land:
  3. Parsi Point:


      

     

    A popular street food called Gola which is Flavored Shaved Iced

    Distance from Mumbai:  280 kms

    How to reach:

    By Air 
    The nearest airport is at Pune which is about 100 kms from Panchagani.

    By Rail 
    The nearest railroad is Satara, around 45 kms away. Nearest major railway junction is at Pune, about 100 kms away. There are regular state transport buses and even private transport is easily available to go to Panchagani.

    By Road 
    From Mumbai, it takes around 4 to 5 hours by car . There are also frequent ST buses from Dadar and Mumbai CST.


Lonavala/ Khandala

Lonavala and Khandala are the most popular hill stations in Maharashtra. If you’re living in Mumbai then you must have visited these at least once. The reason they are so popular is because of it’s proximity to Mumbai and also Pune. One can go on a road trip for a weekend with friends and family. An ideal time to visit is during the monsoons when the weather is cool and  you can see mist and greenery all around. Though you might also get lot of crowds especially on long weekends.

Places to visit: Pawna Lake and Dam , Bhushi Dam , Tiger Point.

Vendor selling grilled corn known as bhutta

Distance from Mumbai: 82.7 km

How to reach

By Air 
The nearest airport is at Pune, which is 66 km. away.

By Rail
From Mumbai, you can take a train and get down at Lonavala railway station which is around 2.5 hours away.

By Road
From Mumbai,it takes around 2 to 3 hours depending on the traffic. ST and Asiad buses headed for Pune from Dadar also stop at Lonavala.


Lavasa

Lavasa is a private, planned city being near Pune. It is stylistically based on the Italian town of Portofino. It is perfect for a long weekend. There isn’t much to see here except that it has awesome views and activities like water sports. It also has many restaurants and hotels.

Temghar Dam on the way to Lavasa

 

 

 

Where to stay: There are many hotels. We stayed at The Waterfront Shaw last time we went. It was a nice a rented two bedroom apartment setting with basic amenities.

Distance from Mumbai: 187.3  kms

How to reach:

Air 
To reach Lavasa by air, you can choose between Mumbai or Pune . Preferably you should opt for Pune airport, as it is closer compared to Mumbai airport. You can hire a cab to reach Lavasa.

Rail 
Pune junction is the nearest railway station, which is 61.6 km away from the city of Lavasa.

Road 
From Mumbai, it takes around 4 to 5 hours by car.

 


Lohagad Fort

Lohagad Fort is a popular historic fort which is perched over the top of a hill near Malavali which is close to Lonavala. It is situated at a height of 3400 ft and is an ideal destination for trekking and nature lovers, especially from Pune and Mumbai. The trek to the fort is an easy one and perfect for the first timers like us. The fort is surrounded by nature at its best, lush green grassland, panoramic views and cool mountain air.

  

Having lunch at the top

Distance from Mumbai: 98.5 km

How to reach:

Air 
To reach Lavasa by air, you can choose between Mumbai or Pune . Preferably you should opt for Pune airport, as it is closer compared to Mumbai airport. You can hire a cab to reach Lohagad Fort.

Rail 
Malavali is the nearest railway station.

Road 
From Mumbai, it takes around 2 to 3 hours by car.

Tips
Make sure to wear comfortable clothes and a good pair of shoes .Also, carry a windcheater and ample of water and food.


Vasind

Vasind is a town which is pretty close to Mumbai. It is an ideal location to visit with friends and family . One can go on a one day picnic or spend a weekend at a resort.

          

Where to stay: There are many hotels and resorts. We stayed at Srushti Farms the last time we visited. It was a nice and well maintained resort.

Distance from Mumbai: 62.8 km

How to reach:

Rail 
Vasind junction is the nearest railway station

Road 
From Mumbai, it takes around 1. 5 hours by car.

 

Few other places you can visit:

  • Bhandardara (Distance from Mumbai: 165 km)
  • Durshet (Distance from Mumbai: 76 km)
  • Igatpuri (Distance from Mumbai: 120.8 km)
  • Kalsubai Peak( Distance from Mumbai: 152.7 km)
  • Kamshet (Distance from Mumbai: 102 km)
  • Karnala (Distance from Mumbai: 80 km)
  • Kolad (Distance from Mumbai: 167 km)
  • Malshej Ghat (Distance from Mumbai: 154 km)
  • Matheran (Distance from Mumbai: 80.3 km)
  • Mulshi dam (Distance from Mumbai: 167 km)
  • Tapola (Distance from Mumbai: 258.1 km)
  • Thoseghar (Distance from Mumbai: 285 km)

Thank you for reading. If you ever visit Mumbai do visit one of these places which are close by at least once. Cheers and Happy Travels! 🙂

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26 thoughts on “Quick Monsoon Getaways From Mumbai

  1. swatisinha09

    Strawberry with cream in Mahabaleshwar is so fun and the strawberry farms too. I recall visiting Lonavala in monsoon , walking in the rain to reach the waterfall. All great memories and good fun. Thanks for sharing and helping me relive the past

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    1. Karen Post author

      Yeah strawberry and cream is so yummy! I’m glad this post helped relive your past. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. ambujsaxena05

    I have heard so much about Lonavala and Mahabaleshwar but i really wish to visit Panchgani someday with my friends. Kalsubai peak is the highest peak of the Western Ghats. Would love to scale it!
    Thank you for the post with amazing pictures that catch the nature’s bounty aptly.

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  3. Marjorie Gavan

    I saw that the place looks amazing, but I think what I found most interesting here is the strawberry ice cream. Wow that’s a huge glass! And I happen to be thinking of buying an ice cream just now then I saw that photo, is this a sign that I should go out and get that ice cream hahaha.. Anyway, it looks like you did find a good place for a nice getaway. It looks like the kind of place that families would really enjoy.

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    1. Karen Post author

      Haha hope you went and bought the ice cream. We actually shared that strawberry and cream! 😀

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  4. Ami Bhat

    Thank you for evoking nostalgia within me. I have stayed in Pune and have pretty much done all these places during Monsoons. They were so much fun. I must head there again and relive some of my memories in this season. Cheers

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  5. neha

    Your pictures are beautiful. I live in Bangalore, have been wanting to visit Mahabaleshwar sometimes soon. It seems like a nice weekend getaway. Lucky for those in Mumbai, it’s so close

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  6. Aldrick Agpaoa

    Mumbai has the same demography as Baguio City (Philippines’ Summer Capital). I am surprised that there are plenty of things to do in Mumbai. I hope to go and visit India soon! 🙂

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  7. Cai Dominguez

    Its also monsoon time here in the Philippines and I’m now looking for a place to do vacation because its going to be low season now. Mahabaleshwar is like Baguio city here in the Philippines. Its so similar which also a cool place, with many flowers and strawberries.

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  8. Sandy N Vyjay

    There are so many enchanting places around Mumbai where one can escape from the cacophony of urbania. I espcially love Lonavala/Khandala, for one it is so near and the other it comes alive vibrantly in the monsoon. Waterfalls cascading merrily as the rains pour down over lush green hills and meadows.

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  9. Neha Verma

    Beautiful getaways. Reminded me of the monsoon retreats like coorg, chikmaglur and ooty down south. I am almost exhausted with monsoon getaways from bangalore..visited them all 🙂 I guess next I should head to some of these

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