9 Best One Day Trips Near Mumbai, Best Hotels And Attractions Included
Mumbai is an emotion, not just a city. While this emotion may be strong enough to keep you in the city for most days, it cannot hold you off from the much-needed getaway on your weekends.
So, drive out of the city, in the lap of nature, away from the hustle to these beautiful destinations and be sure you’re back for the next lunch.
We have compiled a list of best-rated destinations under the distance of 200 km from Mumbai and the best-rated attractions/hotels for each destination:
1. Raigad Fort – 169 km via Khopoli – Pali Rd
Raigad Fort, the former capital of the Maratha Kingdom, is located at the height of 2700 ft and is accessible by a ropeway or by foot.
The ropeway is said to be a wonderful experience in monsoon and the panoramic views from the top of this historic fort as well.
Best Hotels: Motel Visava, Madhu Shanti Lodge, MTDC Resort
Best Time to Visit: Mid June to August
2. Murud-Janjira – 158.7 km via Khopoli – Pali Rd
Accessible by sailboats, Janjira fort is located on an island near the coastal town of Murud. It is also one of the strongest marine forts of India.
The Murud beach is peaceful and a beautiful one with crystal clear waters. It provides beautiful views of the fort.
Best Attractions: Janjira Fort, Gol Gumbaz, Nawab Palace, Siddhi Vinayak Temple (Murud)
Best Hotels: Golden Swan Resort, Mahua Bagh Resort, Sandpiper Resort, Sea Shell Resort
Best Time to Visit: October to February
3. Malshej Ghat – 126.6 km via NH 3 and NH222
Malshej Ghat, located in the Western Ghats, is a lush green cloudy paradise during monsoons.
It is well-known for its fauna, including migratory Flamingoes.
Also, visitors can enjoy activities such as trekking and boating on its lakes.
Best Attractions: Malshej Falls, Migratory birds near lakes, Shivneri Fort (Birthplace of Shivaji), Buddhist Caves
Best Time to Visit: July to September
4. Karnala – 47.8 km via Sion-Panvel Expy
A historic fort near Panvel and a bird sanctuary full of beautiful resident and migratory birds make Karnala a perfect destination near Mumbai.
Best Attractions: Karnala Fort, Karnala Bird Sanctuary
Best time to visit: October to April
5. Matheran – 83.0 km via Sion-Panvel Expy and MH SH 79
A lush green peaceful hill station that is full of waterfalls and beautiful vistas for sunrise and sunset
Best Attractions: Louisa Point, Neral-Matheran toy train, Panorama Point, Charlotte Lake
6. Alibag – 95.4 km via NH66
A coastal town full of pristine beaches, historic forts and temples.
Best Attractions: Nagaon Beach, Alibag Beach, Kanakeshwar Devasthan Temple, Versoli Beach, Undheri Fort
7. Lonavala/Khandala – 93.3 km via Sion-Panvel Expy and Mumbai-Pune Expy
The twin hill stations of Lonavala and Khandala are Mumbai’s favourite weekend getaways. Also famous for the many different kinds of Chikkis, these hill stations are full of beautiful landscapes, forts and lakes.
Best Attractions: Pavana Lake, Tiger Point, Lohgarh Fort, Lion’s Point, Rajmachi Fort, Tungarli Lake, Korigad Fort
Best time to visit: After monsoon
8. Kolad -121.9 km via Mumbai-Pune Expy and Khopoli – Pali Rd
A picturesque destination popular for water sports and adventure activities like rafting, camping and trekking.
Best Attractions: River Rafting on Kundalika river, Tala Fort (historic fort with viewpoints), Kuda Caves (ancient caves with scriptures)
Best time to visit: All months except summer, best landscapes post monsoon
9. Karjat – 62.2 km via Sion-Panvel Expy
A popular destination for trekking, Karjat is located at the banks of Ulhas river. It provides rafting opportunities on Ulhas river and some beautiful waterfalls.
Best Attractions: Kothaligad (Peth) Fort, Bhivpuri waterfall, Kataldhar Falls (Ulhas Valley), Bahiri caves
Best Hotels: Rivergate Resort, Mohili Meadows Resort, Karjat Heritage, Pinewood Resort, Atasa Satya Resort
Best time to visit: July to Mid September
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