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Five Weekend Destinations within 100Kms from Mumbai

Being one of the busiest cities, the people of Mumbai sees lot of travelling in their day-to-day lives. Bustling lifestyle and strenuous weekdays further leads them to a tranquil destination so that their lost endurance gets perked up. Considering the backbreaking lifestyle of office goers, five popular weekend destinations within 100Kms from Mumbai are outlined here:

Alibaug

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Popular as Goa of Maharashtra, the coastal city of Alibaug is located nearly 95Kms away from Mumbai and the place is one of the leading weekend getaways for many office goers. Anyone looking for a relaxing time-off after strenuous weekdays, Alibaug is just a plan away. Encircled with scenic splendour and crystal clear sea on its three sides, visiting Alibaug will remind you of Goa. The name of Alibaug carries a significant meaning, which signifies ‘The garden of Ali’.

Alibaug

Places to see

Alibaug has no dearth of wonderful destinations to entice a visitor. So when in Alibaug, make sure to explore some of the leading destinations here including Kolaba Fort, Khanderi Fort, Alibagh Beach, Nagaon Beach, Akshi Beach, Kihim beach, Vrindavan Farm, Kanakeshwar Forest, Kanakeshwar Devasthan Temple and Brahma Kund. In addition, the place is evenly alluring for getting into some nerve-pumping water activities and bag full of shopping.

When to visit

The best time to get there in Alibaug is from October to March.

How to reach

For a short weekend trip, the best way to reach Alibaug is by road. Several buses are there from Mumbai that will take you till Alibaug. The 2 hours road journey will offer you some scenic splendour on the go. Alibaug bus stand is located within 2Kms reach from the main city. Apart from bus, if you can also hire prove taxi or cab from Mumbai to reach Alibaug. For commuting within the city, one can also take auto rickshaws and taxis. Additionally, boats are available from Mumbai’s Gate Way of India and Bhaucha Dhaaka. If you take a ferry from the Gate Way of India, get down at Mandwa Jetty and take a bus till Alibaug. On the other hand if you take a ferry from Bhaucha Dhaaka, you may get down at Revas Jetty or enjoy a ride till Mandwa. From here, you will get bus and car to reach Alibaug. Please make sure to book a ticket from the respective ferry counter. You will find many ferry operators there including PNP, Apollo, Ajanta and Maldar. Depending on the type of seat you avail, the charges may range from INR 105 to INR 165.

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Matheran

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Located nearly 80Kms from Mumbai, Matheran is reckoned as one of the smallest hill stations in India and the only vehicle-free mountainous region in Asia. The breath-taking hill station is enclosed with counteractive plants like Shikekai, Ragatrod, Dudhvel and many other trees. The serenity and picturesque landscape of Matheran is a magnificent site to behold. The terrain of Matheran is best known for adventure of horse riding.

Matheran

Places to see

The exquisiteness of Matheran hill station can best be revealed when you visit the location in person. Some of the key attractions of Matheran are Alexander Point, Charlotte or Sharlott Lake, Echo Point, Panorama Point, Panorama Point, One Tree Hill Point, MorBe Dam, Shivaji’s Ladder and Monkey Point. In addition, one can also experience plenty of adventurous activities in and around the hill station. Located far away from city’s hustle-bustle, this place is an absolute paradise for a tranquil a weekend near Mumbai.

When to visit

Matheran is an all season destination to visit by. However, most of the weekenders prefer exploring the location during winter.

How to reach

Being a vehicle-free zone, there is no direct access to the hill station by car. So, if you are travelling there by car; you need to park the car at Dasturi Naka Car Park Centre, which is nearly 40 minutes away from Matheran and the distance can be covered either through horseback or by hand-pulled rickshaws. Please note that in hand-pulled rickshaws, only one person is allowed and the fare is something around INR 350. Additionally, many porters are also there to carry your luggage at the charge of INR 200. Hiring a horse on the other hand, may charge you 100 bucks/hour. However, the charges may vary based on the number of spots you visit and the time you consume on different locations.

If you hire a car, it may charge you around Rs.10-35/km as per the type of car you hire. Total travelling hours from Mumbai to Matheran by car is approximately 1 hour 40 minutes.

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Lonavla

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For office goers in Mumbai, Lonavla is one of the preferred destinations to visit around. Being a part of the Sahyadri hills, the enchanting hill top of Lonavala is famous for its electrifying waterfalls, elevated knolls and tempting lochs. Ranging from a nature buff to adventure junkies, this gorgeous green valley exerts a pull on visitors from different destinations. People who reside in Mumbai or any adjoining cities, Lonavala is an absolute doorsill for a soulful weekend. The best part of visiting Lonavala is Rajmachi and Khandala, the two more gifted regions of nature on the way.

Lonavla

Places to see

Nestled between Mumbai and Pune, two major cities in Maharashtra, the natural splendour of Lonavala evenly entices both Mumbaikars and Puneites. Besides being an abode to natural abundance, Lonavala is also an exciting place to visit for adventure activities like camping, climbing and trekking. Some of the must visit destinations in Lonavala include Bhushi Dam, Imagica Adlabs, Bhaja Caves, Ryewood Park, Sausage Hills, Rajmachi Wildlife Sanctuary, Korigad Fort and Karla cave.

When to visit

Lonaval can best be revealed during monsoon (July-September) and winter (December-March).

How to reach

Mumbai Express Highway and NH4 have made the road connectivity quite convenient for travellers. Plenty of buses are also there from Mumbai to reach Lonavala conveniently. On reaching the destination, one can also hire a taxi and auto-rickshaw to commute within the mountain valley. Additionally, one can also reach Lonavala by train as well. There are several Mumbai-Pune bound trains that can get you there in 3 hours.

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Khandala

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If you are in quest of a restful and mountainous weekend getaway near Mumbai, Khandala may be the kind of destination you are up to. Nestled at an elevation of nearly 625 meters on the foothills of Sahyadri, Khandala offers you a perfect respite amidst green valleys, composed lakes, misty knolls and lively waterfalls.

Khandala

Places to see

The picturesque hill station of Khanadala is laid out with plenty of attractions to offer. So, when in Khanadala, make sure you don’t skip some of the major attractions here that include Rajmachi Fort, Duke’s Nose, Bedsa Caves, Kune Falls, Celebrity Wax Museum, and Lonavala Lake.

When to Visit

Khandala can best be explored during monsoon when the natural exquisiteness of the place gets evolved the most. Besides, visiting Khandala in winter is evenly delightful.

How to reach

For an invigorating time-off to Khandala, the best way to get there from Mumbai is via NH4 or Mumbai-Pune Expressway. Mumbai-Khandala distance by road can be travelled in 4 hours time. On the other hand, for railway commuters, the nearest railhead is in Lonavala (5Kms), which is well-connected from Mumbai by several major trains like Mumbai-Pune Deccan Express, Mumbai-Pune Sihangad Express, Mumbai-Pune Indryani Express, Mumbai-Pune Deccan Queen and Mumbai-Pune Pragati Express. One you reach Lonavala station, Khandala is nearly 15 minutes away.

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Karnala Bird Sanctuary

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If you are looking for an offbeat destination near Mumbai filled with natural grandeur and endangered species of birds, look no further than Karnala Bird Sanctuary. Located nearly 60Kms from the capital city of Maharashtra, Karnala Bird Sanctuary is an absolute paradise for trekkers, hikers and bird watchers. Thousand of footfalls are reported to be witnessed here from different local, national and international destinations. A trip to Karnala during peak season may offer you an eye-catching vista of migratory birds. Besides witnessing the hymn of colourful birds across the dense bush, tall stand trees and breath-taking environs of Karnala will make you visit this place time and again.

Karnala Bird Sanctuary

Things to do

Karnala Bird Sanctuary is best known for birding. Moreover, the place is also laid out with several attractions for adventure enthusiasts. So when in Karnala, make sure you don’t skip trekking at Karnala Fort and sightseeing of the surrounding terrain. Besides, you can also try Konkani seafood and some luscious North Indian platters in Karnala.

When to visit

The best time to flock there in Karnala Bird Sanctuary is during winter i.e. from October to February. Besides, getting there in monsoon is also a good time to pick by weekenders.

How to reach

Thanks to NH17 for a convenient roadway connectivity between Mumbai and Karnala Bird Sanctuary. Number of state transports can be availed from Mumbai to get there in Karnala Bird Sanctuary. Additionally, cabs and private taxis are also available from Thane and Navi Mumbai that will reach you to your destination in approximately 2 hours. For railway travellers, the nearest railway station is Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST). If you get into the train from CST, deboard at Panvel railway station. From here, Karnala Bird Sanctuary is nearly 12Kms away, which can be reached by taxi and auto.

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