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Reema Bhalla Jul 10 2014

Which are the best weekend getaways near Mumbai?

Pritha Manchanda Jul 10 2014
4 people found this answer useful Useful ?Yes

Here are a few weekend getaways near Mumbai that you could plan a trip to. The best part is you get a guaranteed cashback of up to INR 6100 on your hotel and flight bookings.

1. Harnai

About 15 km from Dapoli, Harnai is a nice secluded beach destination and makes for an amazing weekend getaway near Mumbai. It has a fort and a natural harbour with an abundant supply of seafood. A beautiful seascape, rocky cliffs and a quaint little fishing village, and you have a promising destination in your hands.

Photo of Harnai (by Enygmatic-Halycon)

2. Dapoli

Located approximately 200 km from Mumbai, Dapoli boasts of a long coastline surrounded by forests and hills. Full of jackfruit, cashew nut, coconut and betelnut trees, and home to a number of migratory birds, it is referred to as the “Mahabaleshwar of Konkan”. What you’ll get to experience here is plenteous natural beauty and a cool climate to hang out. Check out some of the best accommodation options in Dapoli to plan your stay better.

Photo of a beach in Dapoli (by gentlesound)

3. Murud

Located at a distance of 150 km from Mumbai, Murud can be counted as one of the best getaways near Mumbai. Sitting on an oval rock with 19 still intact bastions, the famous Murud -Janjira Fort is considered to be one of the strongest marine forts in the country. Murud Beach is very clean and safe for swimming. Olive ridley turtles are commonly sighted in its crystal waters. While here, you must not miss visiting the Khatu Market where you can buy the local curry masalas--a speciality of Murud.

Photo of Olive Ridley turtles (by Crisco 1492)

4. Alibag

Situated about 100 km from Mumbai, Alibag is the perfect weekend getaway. It has beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters, amazing forts and beautiful temples. The golden sandy beaches and crystal clear water lends it an idyllic serenity and enchanting exquisiteness! Embraced by sea from three sides, it is also referred to as "Goa of Maharashtra". In case you are planning a trip here, check out hotels in Alibag that suit all budget categories.

Photo of Alibag (by aloshbennett)

5. Lonavala

Situated about 88 km from Mumbai, Lonavala is a part of the Sahyadri Hills. Offering scenic views of the Deccan Plateau on one side and the Konkan Coast on the other, it is famous for its plethora of uncharted caves. Unaffected by the impetus of growth in the cities, it is a small hideout for enthusiastic nature lovers. Unexplored waterfalls, trekking tracks, winding narrow roads, scenic walk paths and British colonial architecture are what makes this thriving weekend destination different. Use the ixigo LTC discount to plan a well-planned weekend break.

Photo of Lonavale (by FlickreviewR)

6. Karli

At a distance of about 110 km from Mumbai, Karli is famous for its 1st century Buddhist rock cut caves, the most famous being the Karla Caves. About 15 m in height and 40 m long, these are the largest temple complex in India. The main temple aisle is flanked by 37 pillars with carved kneeling elephants on top. Though the exterior of these temple caves are worn down due to disrepair and erosion, the insides are still well maintained. If you like exploring such ancient temple architecture, you may like the Bhaja rock-cut caves as well.

Photo of Karla Caves (by niyatibane)

7. Mahabaleshwar

Known as the Queen of Hill Stations in Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar is one of the best weekend getaways near Mumbai. It is located approximately 262 km from Mumbai. Apart from a popular holiday destination and a sought-after honeymoon spot, Mahabaleshwar is also an important pilgrimage site for Hindus. Surrounded by picturesque valleys and soaring peaks, this place is brimming with natural beauty. Whether it is trekking to Elephant Point or visiting temples, there are many things to do in Mahabaleshwar.

Photo of Elephant Point in Mahabaleshwar (by Ankur P)

8. Lavasa

Stylistically based on the Italian town of Portofino, Lavasa is a private, planned city near Pune and approximately 145 km from Mumbai. The pleasant climate throughout the year with wide-open expanses and a scenic natural waterfront adds to its beauty, thus making it one of the famous weekend getaways near Mumbai. While here, you can try out international water sports along with adventure sports including pontoons, bumper boats, jet skiing, water volleyball and pedal boats. Make sure you get an early start to your trip as only about 100 cars are allowed entry each day. Bikes are not allowed.

Photo of Lavasa (from the Official Website)

9. Kamshet

Famous for paragliding, Kamshet attracts a huge number of flying enthusiasts. It is located very close to Mumbai (110 km). Imagine gliding across the sky and getting a bird’s eye view of the vast paddy and sunflower fields, the local village, surrounding hills and dense canopy; or exploring the ancient Buddhist rock cut caves with exquisite stone carvings and sculptures. Put on your best sneakers, pack in a pair of binoculars, a good camera and you’re all set to go!

Photo of Paragliding (by Načteno uživatelem FredB)

10. Kolad

Kolad is the perfect hideout for nature lovers and a haven for adventure seekers. Lush green surroundings and the picture perfect Kundalika River makes this place a great retreat . If you are looking for a quiet, peaceful holiday amidst the beauty of nature, you are in luck. This mesmerising town is also a hub for campers, rafting enthusiasts and trekkers. Relaxing yet action packed, Kolad, located just 115 km from Mumbai, has something for everyone.

Photo of River Rafting in Kolad (by Himanshu Sarpotdar)

With such fantastic weekend getaways around Mumbai, your weekends are guaranteed to be never dull and boring. Get packing and don’t forget to check out the ixigo LTC discount. Happy journey.

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