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15 Refreshing Weekend Getaways near Mumbai in Monsoon

Raindrops and a Million Shades of Green!

Thosegar waterfalls Getaways Near Mumbai During Monsoon
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Monsoon is right around the corner and people from the metropolitan city have already started searching for the Weekend Getaways Near Mumbai in Monsoon. The arrival of the great showers are not only a relief from the scorching heat, but they also give life to some of the most beautiful Monsoon Destinations near Mumbai in Maharashtra.

So, in the 4 months of the monsoon, the places to visit in June, July and August in India are too many to count. But today we aren’t focusing on the whole country. Instead, we will browse through the best locations to visit in our home state of Maharashtra. This article will flow you through the course of some of the Best Places to Visit Near Mumbai in the Rainy Season.  So here we have given the best places to visit in Maharashtra during Monsoons.

Monsoon Weekend Getaways from Mumbai Within 100 Km

Place Distance from MumbaiMap
Karnala51 kmView Route Map
Durshet76 kmView Route Map
Matheran80 kmView Route Map
Lonavala and Khandala82 kmView Route Map
Alibag95 kmView Route Map

Getaways Near Mumbai During Monsoon Within 200 km

Place Distance from MumbaiMap
Igatpuri 121 kmView Route Map
Kolad127 kmView Route Map
Kalsubai Peak153 kmView Route Map
Bhandardara 164 kmView Route Map
Mulshi165 kmView Route Map
Lavasa184 kmView Route Map
Bhimashankar 213 kmView Route Map
Panchgani244 kmView Route Map
Mahabaleshwar263 kmView Route Map
Thoseghar 282 kmView Route Map

1. Karnala 

Monsoon Destinations Karnala

You don’t need to fret if trekking is not your forte. The trekking here at Karnala Fort is quite easy and effortless.

With blissful birds flocking and flying around you, the trek will not feel much of an issue when you are in the company of your friends or family. Classified as a beginners level trek, the beauty and charm of this place surely allure young and old alike.

Karnala_Fort

The slight chill and the enjoyable drizzle will surely take you to another world where your biggest worry will be the mud at the bottom of your feet. This trek will surely leave you rejuvenated and be truly, madly, deeply in love with nature.

The most alluring points of interest here are Karnala Fort, Bird Sanctuary, Patalganga River and Usaran Waterfall.

When you plan your vacation to Karnala, go to the place at the very cusp of the monsoon departure. This will be the greenest you will find the area to be.

  • Distance from Mumbai: 80 km
  • Distance from Pune: 121 km
  • Ideal Duration: 2 nights 3 days
  • How to reach: Cab, Interstate Buses, Private Tour Buses, Self-Drive
  • Things to do: Trekking, Camping, Wildlife Spotting, Bird Watching, Photography, Sightseeing

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2. Durshet

Durshet

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Durshet, located at just 2 hours distance from Mumbai is definitely one of the best ones on the list.

The sweet drizzle of droplets will be upon you and you will be in the mood to experience something apart from the heat. Fret not, because this place is the coziest ones among our list of places where you can be during your rainy days.

Best spots to visit are Durshet Forest Lodge, Pali Fort, Pali Ganpati Temple, Mahad Ganapati Temple, Uddhar Hot Springs.

So, take a few days off from your corporate office jobs and wander. We are sure that this location will thoroughly spellbind you.

  • Distance from Mumbai: 76.2 km
  • Distance from Pune: 99 km
  • Ideal Duration: 2 nights 3 days
  • How to reach: Cab, Interstate Buses, Private Tour Buses, Self-Drive
  • Things to do: Trekking, Watersports, Night Safari, Trekking, Rappelling, Camping etc.

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3. Matheran

Matheran in Monsoon
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As a person who prefers Matheran in the summers or winters rather than the monsoon, I would say that I was very sceptical about putting it on my list. But since interactions with others proved me wrong, I feel I need to put it on my list.

Though I prefer Matheran when it’s slightly chilly and dry, I would still recommend going there when the moist green covers enclose the hill station.

Matheran - Neral Track
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The various points there in the Matheran region are all at walking distance or better even, horse riding distance! So, make sure to visit this monsoon location near Mumbai city, and visit the major points which we have mentioned below.

The best points to explore are Alexander Point, Charlotte Lake, One Tree Hill Point, Hart Point

  • Distance from Mumbai: 80 km
  • Distance from Pune: 125 km
  • Ideal Duration: 2 nights 3 days
  • How to reach: Cab, Interstate Buses, Private Tour Buses, Self-Drive
  • Things to do: Trekking, ladies only trek to Kalvantin Durg, Waterfall Rappelling, group adventure activities, Camping etc.

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4. Lonavala & Khandala

Lonavala in Rainy Season
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As one of the most popular Weekend Getaways near Mumbai, people think that the Lonavala and Khandala are overrated. But one cannot truly judge the beauty of the place unless one has been there after the lush covers overlap the brown mud.

I think it would be difficult to explain to my readers how beautiful Lonavala and Khandala are in the monsoon. So, I am sharing a brief encounter marked between the pages of a traveler who saw the points during the downpours of July.

Lonavala- Weekend Getaways near Mumbai
Image Credit: Wikipedia

The green escapades soothe my body and tranquillize the innermost part of my being. Green, green as far as the eye can see, with an occasional hindrance of a winding waterfall. Eating savoury hot chikkis, I watch the waterfalls majestically cascade down the rocks into their green sanctum, rushing towards the pull of the plush Earth.

Places to see are Bedse Caves, Bhaja Caves, Visapur Fort, Karla Caves, Ekvira, Shri Durga Parameshwari Temple

  • Distance from Mumbai: 82km
  • Distance from Pune: 64km
  • Ideal Duration: 2 nights 3 days
  • How to reach: Cab, Interstate Buses, Private Tour Buses, Self-Drive
  • Things to do: Camping, Caving, Trekking, Hot Air Balloon Rides

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5. Alibag (also known as Alibaug) 

Alibag in Rainy Season
Picture Credits: Flickr User- Rahul Bulbule

Like I promised before, I won’t disappoint beach lovers from that healthy dosage of Vitamin Sea. Alibaug may not be ideal to visit during the rainy season, but it is still one of the best beach locations to travel to in case you are looking for some beach action.

Alibaug Beach
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Go on Baywatch with your best buddy or even your sweet lover because Alibaug is also an amazing location for Honeymoon travellers too. You can chill at the beach all day long and if it rains, isn’t it an additional advantage to the salty water? If will be easier to wash off the sand!

You can also go to the Alibaug Beach, Varsoli Beach and Kolaba Fort while you are there.

  • Distance from Mumbai: 95 km
  • Distance from Pune: 141 km
  • Ideal Duration: 2 nights 3 days
  • How to reach: Cab, Interstate Buses, Private Tour Buses, Self-Drive
  • Things to do: Banana Boat Ride, Jet Skiing, Parasailing, Scuba Diving, Bumper Ride, Speed Boat Ride, Sea kayaking, Dolphin watching trip

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6. Igatpuri

Igatpuri-Weekend Getaways near Mumbai

If you browse through the internet, you will find lots of packages which will take you to different places of the state at a low cost. But who needs packages when you can go to this enigmatic location in your own personal vehicle at a very low cost.

Igatpuri town View
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With a wide array of the most scenic resorts, this rainy season getaway near Mumbai, Pune will let you be in rendezvous with your innermost romantic. The rain will be your companion for these 4 months and trust us, you will be truly happy and revived!

Some of the viewpoints of the location are Myanmar Gate, Tringalwadi, Ashoka Waterfall, Thal Ghat, Teen Lakdi Chowk.

  • Distance from Mumbai: 121 km
  • Distance from Pune: 238 km
  • Ideal Duration: 2 nights 3 days
  • How to reach: Cab, Interstate Buses, Private Tour Buses, Self-Drive
  • Things to do: Trekking, Nature Walk, Camping, Photography, Sightseeing

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7. Kolad, Raigad 

Kolad Sunset
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The flowing water of the Kundalika, Kolad will seem just like white milky clouds when you are on a raft sifting through the river. The White River Rafting in Kolad seems like the perfect break from the jam-packed lanes of Mumbai.

But if you thought Kolad was popular only for the river rafting and the majestic river which reverberates through the banks of the town, then you have been caught wrong!

Rafting at Kundalika, Kolad
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The little village of Kolad has a lot more to offer to its visitors other than the white river rafting which has been popularized here. The beautiful waterfalls, the resorts which seem like they are located away from civilization and the amazing folk of the village, all are something which cannot be just seen or spoken about. They truly have to be experienced.

Spots to see in Kolad areTamhini Ghat Waterfalls, Bhira Dam.

  • Distance from Mumbai: 127 km
  • Distance from Pune: 144 km
  • Ideal Duration: 2 nights 3 days
  • How to reach: Cab, Interstate Buses, Private Tour Buses, Self-Drive
  • Things to do: River rafting, Trekking, Caving, Camping, Photography, Sightseeing etc.

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8. Kalsubai Peak 

kalsubai peak
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Considered to be the Everest of Maharashtra, amateur trekkers will feel even more boastful when they are climbing this feat. Considered to be one of the most difficult treks of Maharashtra, you will be out of breath possibly every 5 minutes. This will be partly because of the climb and mostly because of the view.

Furthermore, apart from the trek, there are a number of things to see in Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary. It is filled with points and spots amidst the wilderness which will make you feel close to Mother Nature, then more than ever.

Kalsubai trek - Highest peak of Maharashtra (5400ft) places to visit during Monsoon near mumbai
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This will definitely provide you with the weekend getaway from Mumbai which you had been looking for with the amazing backdrop of dense greenery.

You can also visit Arthur Lake and Wilson Dam, Umbrella Falls, Randha Falls, Amruteshwar Temple, Ratangad fort, Harishchandragad Fort.

  • Distance from Mumbai: 153 km
  • Distance from Pune: 178 km
  • Ideal Duration: 2 nights 3 days
  • How to reach: Cab, Interstate Buses, Private Tour Buses, Self-Drive
  • Things to do: Trekking, Camping, Photography, Sightseeing

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9. Bhandardara

Bhandardara
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Located on the way to Shirdi, most devotees also pay a visit to this tranquil place where greenery is abundant and the cool ambience will give you the much-needed haven for your monsoon weekend getaway.

 

Bhandardara_Waterfall
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The beauty of Bhandardara is in its simplicity. No, such drastic views which will shock you, but the views which are prevalent are truly inexplicable. This is the speciality of these two places mentioned here.

Points of interest include Umbrella Falls, Wilson Dam, Randha Falls, Kalsubai Peak, Arthur Lake, Ratanwadi Village, Agatsya Rishi Ashram.

  • Distance from Mumbai: 164 km
  • Distance from Pune: 172 km
  • Ideal Duration: 2 nights 3 days
  • How to reach: Cab, Interstate Buses, Private Tour Buses, Self-Drive
  • Things to do: Trekking, lakeside Camping, Caving, Day trip to Ajoba Hills

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10. Mulshi

Mulshi Dam
Image Credits: Flickr User- Swagat Rath

The ravishing scene of the marvellous architecture by which the dam has been constructed combined with the lush escapade is truly a great option to rejuvenate you.

Trip to Mulshi, Pune, Maharashtra
Credits: Flickr User-Saurabh Chatterjee

So, this monsoon, we urge you to step out of those mud filled puddles of Mumbai and Pune and pack up your bags to visit this nearby monsoon destination of Mulshi Dam so closeby Mumbai/Pune.

You can also go to Tamhini Ghat and Waterfalls which is a popular attraction there.

  • Distance from Mumbai: 165 km
  • Distance from Pune: 47 km
  • Ideal Duration: 2 nights 3 days
  • How to reach: Cab, Interstate Buses, Private Tour Buses, Self-Drive
  • Things to do: Trekking and Camping

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11. Lavasa

lavasa city near pune
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Lavasa city, a tourist haven built near the city of Pune in ultramodern Italian architecture has little tinsel houses all surrounding a lake. With new activities such as Segway rides, zorbing and two seater bicycles, you can ample fun in this splendid destination with your friends or with your loved ones.

 

Lavasa City View
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Additionally, do not forget to click tons of pictures in front of the astounding lake or visit must see places like the Yemghar Dam, Bamboosa, Vajrai Falls etc.

  • Distance from Mumbai: 187 km
  • Distance from Pune
  • Ideal Duration: 2 nights 3 days
  • How to reach: Cab, Interstate Buses, Private Tour Buses, Self-Drive
  • Things to do: Rock Climbing,  luxury Retreat

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12. Bhimashankar Temple

Bhimashankar
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Among the Western Ghats, lies a totally undiscovered wildlife sanctuary. Away from the crowd, amidst the famous Indian Giant Squirrels, you can spend your weekend relaxing and energizing. The wildlife sanctuary where one can spot a number of wild animals and birds is definitely one of the most pristine and diverse ones.

Bhimashankar Monsoon Destinations during monsoon near mumbai
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In Bhimashankar, there also lies the famous Jyotirlinga of Shiva which is a perfect exam of religious weekend getaways near Mumbai. Thus, if you want to get the blessings of the famous place, then make sure to head there this weekend.

Some of the most striking points are Shree Bhimashankar Jyotirling Mandir, Shri Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Wildlife Reserve, Bombay Point, Solanpada Dam

  • Distance from Mumbai: 223 km
  • Distance from Pune: 110 km
  • Ideal Duration: 2 nights 3 days
  • How to reach: Cab, Interstate Buses, Private Tour Buses, Self-Drive
  • Things to do: Trekking, Hiking, Camping, Sightseeing, Photography etc.

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13. Panchgani

Panchgani- Weekend Getaways near Mumbai

Usually grouped together with Mahabaleshwar, this little green land has a lot to offer to its visitors. Panchgani (the name literally means 5 hills) has several resorts and homestays which will give you the most peaceful break.

 

Panchgani Image
Image Credits: Flickr User-Prashant Y

This will definitely provide you with the weekend getaway from Mumbai which you had been looking for with the amazing backdrop of dense greenery.

Most beautiful places to see are Table Land, Kaas Plateau, Mahabaleshwar, Sydney Point, Mapro Garden.

  • Distance from Mumbai: 244 km
  • Distance from Pune: 98 km
  • Ideal Duration: 2 nights 3 days
  • How to reach: Cab, Interstate Buses, Private Tour Buses, Self-Drive
  • Things to do: Paragliding, Biking, Camping, Sightseeing

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14. Mahabaleshwar 

Elephant Hill Mahabaleshwar

The misty peaks of the Sahyadri Mountain range call you from their luscious green overcoats. These moist overcoats are stretched far into the oblivion as far as the naked eye can see.

With mist encompassing each of the mountain peaks, the distinction between clouds and mist overlapping becomes a commendable sight! Other than this, Mahabaleshwar still stands as one of the most beautiful places to visit in Maharashtra.

Mahableshwar Elephant head Point places to visit near mumbai in rainy season
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With loud echo points where life reverberates into your head, you can find enough peace and calm for the weekend.

Attractions include Elephant’s Head Point, Chinaman’s Falls, Dhobi Waterfall, Arthurs’s Seat, Panchgani, Venna Lake, Connaught Peak

  • Distance from Mumbai: 263 km
  • Distance from Pune: 134 km
  • Ideal Duration: 2 nights / 3 days
  • How to reach: Cab, Interstate Buses, Private Tour Buses, Self-Drive
  • Things to do: Shikara Rides, Trekking, Birdwatching, Sightseeing, Cave visits and Picnics at Connaught Peak

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15. Thoseghar Waterfalls

Thosegar waterfalls during MonsoonThe clean lake and the dark woods are the specialities of the Thoseghar town. But nothing can beat the charm of the Thoseghar waterfalls which are truly a spectacle to the eyes. If you have seen many other waterfalls which are famous for their beauty, then you might want to lower your expectations a bit.

Thoseghar_Falls
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But however, it is still a scenic location for people from all around the state of Maharashtra to come and visit this wonderful waterfall. You can spend some time near the waterfall and then go to the town and munch on authentic Marathi food.

Amazing places to see are Thoseghar Falls, Sajjangad, Samartha Museum, Sajjangad machi.

  • Distance from Mumbai: 276 km
  • Distance from Pune:  133 km
  • Ideal Duration: 2 nights 3 days
  • How to reach: Cab, Interstate Buses, Private Tour Buses, Self-Drive
  • Things to do: Trekking, Camping, Photography, Sightseeing

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Hope you liked this article about the 9 Best Places To Visit near Mumbai in Monsoon.

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