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Top 5 weekend getaways within a 5-Hour drive from Mumbai

Top 5 weekend getaways within a 5-Hour drive from Mumbai
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By Aquib Nawab

16 Jun, 2024

Mumbai is an exhilarating city that never sleeps. However, the hustle and bustle can get overwhelming at times. When you feel the need to escape the crowds and traffic for a quick breather, there are plenty of amazing destinations just a few hours away from Mumbai.

Whether you're looking for nature trails, beach vibes, heritage sites or adventure activities, you don't need to travel far from Mumbai to experience it all. Here are the top 5 weekend getaways from Mumbai that are perfect for quick rejuvenating trips.

1. Lonavala

Nestled in the Sahyadri ranges, Lonavala is a scenic hill station just about two hours drive from Mumbai. The verdant green hills, misty valleys, and cascading waterfalls make for a rejuvenating getaway from the chaos of the city.

Some must-visit places in Lonavala include:

Rajmachi fort

This ancient fort is set amidst lush green surroundings and offers breathtaking valley views. The 6km trek through the forests to reach the fort is an unforgettable experience.

Bhaja and Karla caves

These serene rock-cut caves dating back to the 2nd century BC offer an insight into ancient Buddhist architecture and cave paintings.

Lonavala lake

This serene lake surrounded by lush greenery is a nice spot for family picnics. You can also enjoy boat rides on the lake.

Lion's point

Also known as Amby Valley, this vantage point offers stunning views of the valley and hills blanketed in green. Make sure to gorge on hot piping pakodas and steaming cups of chai while enjoying the misty views here.

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Lonavala | Credits: Canva 

2. Matheran

Located about 90km from Mumbai , Matheran is a quaint hill station that has been declared an eco-sensitive zone, making it vehicle-free. Exploring Matheran on foot or horseback is an experience like no other.

Some top attractions in Matheran include:

Louisa point

True to its name, this vantage point offers unparalleled views of the Prabal Fort. The sunrises and sunsets from here are simply spellbinding.

Panorama point

The breathtaking 360 degree views of the surrounding hills and valleys from Panorama Point make it a photographer's delight.

Charlotte lake

Take a peaceful stroll around this pristine lake surrounded by dense forests. Early mornings are perfect to spot some exotic birds by the lake.

Echo point

Aptly named, Echo Point is where you can hear your echoes reverberating through the valleys. It also offers panoramic hill views.

Matheran is the perfect place for a relaxing getaway amid nature, away from the city frenzy.

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Matheran | Credits: Canva

3. Mahabaleshwar

For a tryst with strawberry fields, lush greenery and stunning mountainscapes, head over to Mahabaleshwar - a charming hill station located around 285 km from Mumbai.

Some beautiful spots you must visit in Mahabaleshwar:

Mapro garden

Gorge on juicy strawberries and enjoy fruit picking in these lovely strawberry farms that allow you to pluck your own fresh strawberries!

Arthur's seat

Named after a British officer, this vantage point offers breathtaking views of Jor Valley and Brahma-Arayana Valley.

Venna lake

Go boating on this beautiful lake surrounded by lush forests. You can also try some horse riding along the lake.

Elephant's head point

The unique rock formation here resembles an elephant's head, making it a great spot for photography enthusiasts. The valley views are stunning as well.

With its cool climate, abundant greenery and strawberry fields, Mahabaleshwar makes for an excellent quick getaway from Mumbai.

Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar | Credits: Canva

4. Alibaug

Fondly called the Hamptons of Mumbai, Alibaug is a laid back coastal town about 95 km from Mumbai, dotted with pristine beaches, historic sea forts and captivating villas.

Don't miss these attractions of Alibaug

Mandwa beach

Take a ferry ride from Gateway of India to reach this clean and serene beach that has black sands and swaying coconut palms.

Alibaug beach

Lined with casuarina trees, this gorgeous beach is not very crowded, perfect for relaxing strolls and sunbathing.

Kanakeshwar forest

Go for a jungle trek in this dense forest that leads you to the ancient Shiva temple tucked amid hills.

Korlai fort

Perched on an island, this Portuguese fort from the 1600s offers scenic views of the sea. The boat ride to the island is a thrilling experience.

With its laidback vibe, sandy beaches and historic allure, Alibaug is great for a quick coastal vacation from Mumbai.

Alibaug

Alibaug | Credits: Canva

5. Kamshet

An emerging adventure sports hub, Kamshet is located about 110 km from Mumbai, making it an ideal weekend getaway for adventure junkies.

Best things to do in Kamshet that any adventure enthusiast should not miss:

Parasailing

Soar high up in the sky as you are pulled by a motorboat for an adrenaline rush like never before! Kamshet is considered one of the best places for parasailing.

Rock climbing

The rugged mountains of Kamshet are a rock climber’s paradise. Interspersed with vertical cliffs, cracked rocks and overhangs, Kamshet has over 200 bolted routes for rock climbing.

Caving

Go on an exciting caving expedition to discover intriguing cave formations created by centuries of natural processes. Prominent caves here include Tikona, Visapur and Bhaja.

Trekking

With gorgeous hills and verdant forests, Kamshet has some of the most scenic trekking trails leading to ancient forts and stunning viewpoints. Don't miss the Kondeshwar Cliff trek.

For a weekend packed with adrenaline rush and stunning views, Kamshet tops the list of destinations from Mumbai .

Kamshet

Kamshet | Credits: Canva

Escape the city and stay at The Hosteller Lonavala and Bhandardara

While exploring these incredible weekend getaways from Mumbai, check out The Hosteller Lonavala & The Hosteller Bhandardara for an affordable and fun stay.  

The Hosteller has cozy backpacker hostels that offer spacious dorms, private rooms, a deck, garden, swimming pool, and lounge areas where you can chill out with friends or your special someone after a day of exploring the lush greenery, lakes, caves, and forts. Relax, meet fellow travellers from around the globe and create memories that will stay with you forever at The Hosteller!

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