As you know, rain is one of the things that Mumbai is famous for. And trust me, it’s a blissful time to visit Mumbai. Besides enjoying the street food and cutting chai, monsoon vacations are what the people living here desire the most, to take a break from their otherwise busy schedules. So, here’s a list of top 10 monsoon getaways near Mumbai, for you to have a gala time.
1. Lonavala and Khandala
A 2-hour drive from Mumbai, These twin hill-stations are the most popular getaways near Mumbai. Though the native people may have got a little bored of it, this place offers a combined view of land and water. Watching this view is a treat to the eyes if you’re tired of the concrete jungles of Mumbai. A visit to Sausage hill (yes! That’s the name) is a must, besides the other tourist attractions.
Things to see: Kune falls, sausage hill, Duke Nose, Pawna lake, Tung fort and Tikona fort etc.
Things to do: Enjoy at Della adventure in Lonavala, trying Sky Waltz Balloon Safari etc.
Pro tip: It rains heavily in here, so be prepared.
This one is also really famous among the locals and is located 231kms from Mumbai. Lying amidst the Sahyadri Ranges of Maharashtra, this place offers you a vast view of the lush green forests as well as of the beautiful waterfalls. The misty waterfall is a stunning sight to behold. If you are an early riser, then drive up here and trek over to Wilson point to get a fantastic look of the sunrise. It is also an ideal place to spend some quality time with your better half.
Things to see: Lingmala Falls – on Pune-Mahabaleshwar highway, Chinaman’s Falls, Vajrai Falls, Wilson point etc.
Things to do: Sightseeing and watching the sunrise from the Wilson Point, visiting the Mahabaleshwar temple etc.
Pro tip: Do visit the Elephant’s head point to get an awesome view of the giant Pratapgarh fort which is surrounded by Kova Valley on one side and Savitri Valley on the other side.
3. Malshej Ghat
It is also known as the mountain pass of the Western Ghats. Driving on NH61, the road will take you through beautiful valleys and some unforgettable views of lakes and foliage, that will instantly calm your soul. It is a beautiful place for photography. The Shivneri Fort is a splendid place where you can spend the time exploring the landscape. Also, if you love trekking, this is your place.
Things to see: Malshej Falls, Shivneri Fort, Harishchandragad Fort etc.
Things to do: Bird watching at Pimpalgaon Joga Dam, trekking, rock climbing at Ajoba hill fort, taking pictures etc.
Pro tip: Don’t forget to catch the beautiful orange and red migratory flamingos!
Being surrounded by spectacular waterfalls and valleys, this place is also one of the best places for a one-day getaway. It is a 1.5 hr. drive from Mumbai. The atmosphere here will refresh you instantly. The 11th century Karnala Fort is the star attraction of this place. For birdwatchers, there is the Karnala Bird Sanctuary where Malabar Whistling Thrush, Magpie Robin, Paradise Flycatcher etc. can be seen. Not only is this, but the scene of the majestic Sahyadri Mountains is absolutely a trekker’s paradise.
Things to see: Enjoying the waterfalls, Karnala fort, Ram Mandir, Gaodevi Mandir, Ganesh Mandir, Datta Mandir and Bot Lake.
Things to do: Bird watching at Karnala Bird Sanctuaries, trekking etc.
Pro tip: Be prepared for heavy rains and a very slippery trek to the fort. Wear shoes with a good grip, and do not forget to carry a waterproof jacket.
Located on the Mumbai-Goa highway, this place is the best getaway for adventure enthusiasts. The Kundalika River flows through this destination and is perfect for adventure enthusiasts. The best part about this place is that it is quiet and there are fewer visitors. You may also swim in the lake or go for other activities.
Things to see: Tamhini and Kansai waterfalls, Tala and Ghosala forts, Kuda caves and Bhira and Dholwal dams etc.
Things to do: Adventure activities like White water rafting, rowing, kayaking, river crossing and rappelling, trekking, swimming in the lake, etc.
Pro-tip: Do not forget to visit the hot springs at Uddhar.
6. Mulshi Dam
If you are planning to have just a one-day vacation, then Mulshi Dam should be your go-to place. It is situated far away from the noise of the city, which will surely calm you. Also, the dam is at its full capacity during monsoons which makes it an amazing sight. The drive is itself a beautiful one as the road takes you through beautiful misty woods.
Things to see: Pawana Lake, Mulshi dam, Tamhini Ghat etc.
Things to do: Visiting the dam and sight-seeing at Pawna Lake.
Pro-tip: Carry your raincoats and umbrellas while you visit the place during monsoon.
This village in Satara will leave you speechless, guaranteed. This is because Thoseghar has some very high waterfalls ranging from 20-500 meters.The sheer size and volume of the Thoseghar Falls will make mesmerize you. You may also do a picnic near the silent and soothing lake with your friends and family.
Things to see: Thoseghar and some other falls.
Things to do: Picnicking near the waterfalls, exploring the place and clicking pictures
Pro-tip: Start early to avoid the traffic.
Also located amongst the Sahyadri Hills, Amba River flows through the forests of Durshet where you may go hiking and camping. These adventure activities make it an ideal getaway for some much-needed stress relief. There’s only one thing to do here: Do nothing. Just sit in the woods and watch the river flow. Moreover, during the monsoon season, you can see many waterfalls too.
Things to see: You will get to see many of the waterfalls during the monsoon,
Things to do: Hiking, camping, Rock climbing, rappelling, river crossing, relaxing, trekking, bird and animals watching
Pro tip: The Durshet forest lodge is an ideal stop while going rafting on the river Kundalika.
Igatpuri houses Vipassana International Academy where one can learn the ancient technique of meditation called Vipassana. This place is just perfect for getaways with families. Igatpuri is surrounded by the high peaks of the Western Ghats, most of which are forts built during the Satavahana dynasty. It’s a heaven for trekkers and hikers.
Things to see: Ashoka Falls, Lake Vaitarna Waterfalls, Vipassana International Academy, Tringalwadi Fort and Camel Valley, Konkankada valley and the Randha falls.
Things to do: Meditate by the ancient technique Vipassana, exploring the nature, taking beautiful pictures, trekking etc.
Last but not the least is this amazing place called Alibaug. There’s a variety of things to do here. You can visit the Alibag Fort or go swimming in the sea- all of it is available here. Korlai Fort is also a major attraction here besides the numerous beaches. This is the site where you should head to if you want to really enjoy the monsoon season and fathom its beauty.
Things to see: Korlai Fort, Kanakeshwar Devasthan temple, Kanakeshwar forest, Kolaba Fort, Hanuman temple
Things to do: Relaxing and exploring the historical significance.
Had been imagining the scenarios? My work is done and now, it is your turn. Hope you enjoyed our list of top 10 monsoon getaways near Mumbai. In the end, I would be giving my best wishes to you guys. Have a wonderful time roaming around and post your stories in the comments section below.
Contributor: Akanksha Bhadauria