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10 Best Weekend Getaways from Mumbai within 250 km

First of all, the best thing to do after a hectic week is to escape into the lap of nature. That’s because one really needs to unwind and the best way to do that is by considering weekend getaways from Mumbai. In fact, that is very much required in order to relax and rejuvenate.

However, if you don’t have any clarity on where to go, then not to worry. We have listed down some breath-taking places for you to visit near Mumbai. For the most part, the places listed here work for almost anyone and offers a wide range of activities.

10 Best Weekend Getaways from Mumbai

Karjat

Situated across the valleys of River Ullhas, Karjat is one of the most popular weekend getaways from Mumbai. Its a great place to trek and River Ullhas makes it ideal for water sports such as rafting and kayaking.

Karjat
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Located in the historical town of Raigad, this place is surrounded by some marvelous places of historical significance. Also, one can count on the Bahiri caves and the Kondana caves to satisfy that natural instinct to explore. While at Karjat, you could also visit the famous hill station Matheran out there.

About the Activity with Details:

  • Distance from Mumbai – 63 km
  • Tourist Attractions – Bahiri caves, Kondana caves, Kalote waterfalls, River Ullhas
  • Things to do – Trekking, Hiking, Camping, Rafting, Places of historical importance

Lonavala and Khandala

These misty twin hills make an ideal weekend getaway from Mumbai for the reason that they are neither too far nor too near.  You have the option to get there really fast by boarding one of the many trains from Mumbai. However,  just in case you’d like to drive there with your family or friends, it’s just a two-hour drive.

Lonavala Bhushi Dam
Lonavala Bhushi Dam

About the Activity with Details:

  • Distance from Mumbai – 82 km
  • Tourist Attractions – Kune falls, Bhushi Dam, Bhor Ghat
  • Things to do – Sightseeing, Trekking, Hiking

Kamshet

Distance-wise this is one of the most ideal getaways from Mumbai as it is located in Pune, around 110 km away from Mumbai.

Kamshet is a heaven for paragliding enthusiasts and its lush green surrounding provide a breathtaking view from up above. Also, this place is surrounded by some other interesting places that you can explore while you paraglide and pump-up your adrenaline.

Kamshet
Kamshet

About the Activity with Details:

  • Distance from Mumbai – 106 km
  • Tourist Attractions – Bedse Caves, Bhaja Caves, Visapur Fort
  • Things to do – Trekking, Hiking, Parasailing, Exploring, Camping

Pawna Lake

This weekend getaway from Mumbai requires a two to three hours drive and is a wonderful place to camp overnight. You can simply spend the night gazing at the stars by a bonfire, without doing anything else.

Once you get there, a weekend may not seem enough. To begin with, you can indulge in water sports at Pawna lake and if that does not seem enough, you could even head off to paraglide at Kamshet which is about 12 km from there.

You can also spend time exploring the Bhairi caves. Also, there are also some amazing forts to check out there like Tungi, Tikona, and Lohagad.

Pawna Lake
Pawna Lake

About the Activity with Details:

  • Distance from Mumbai – 103 km
  • Tourist Attractions – Pawna Lake, Kamshet, Bhaja Caves
  • Things to do – Camping, Watersports, Trekking, Hiking

Alibag

This is an all-time favorite weekend getaway from Mumbai, with a lot of exciting stuff to do out there. Historic, serene, sporty and enchanting, Alibag is the headquarters of the Raigad District. It is one of the most visited weekend getaways by Mumbaikars.

Alibaug
Alibaug

About the Activity with Details:

  • Distance from Mumbai – 96 km
  • Tourist Attractions – Alibag Beach, Varsoli Beach, Kolaba Fort, Brahma Kund
  • Things to do – Sightseeing, Beach-hopping, Watersports, Trekking, Hiking, Places of historic interest

Igatpuri

If you are looking at a weekend getaway from Mumbai that is tranquil, serene and calm, then the answer is Igatpuri. That’s because Igatpuri is quite popular for Vipassana meditation. The majestic hills and the relaxation that comes from meditating here is a dream come true for any spiritualist.

For this reason, if the city life has stressed you out, then try heading to Igatpuri. It is a three-hour drive from Mumbai and falls under the district of Nashik. As it is situated in the Sahyadri range, it is also ideal for trekking and other adventure sports.

Igatpuri
Igatpuri

About the Activity with Details:

  • Distance from Mumbai – 121 km
  • Tourist Attractions – Tringalwadi, Myanmar Gate, Thal Ghat, Vihigaon Falls
  • Things to do – Sightseeing, Trekking, Hiking, Adventure Sports

Kolad

The Kundalika river in Kolad is a great place to go river rafting, its 14 km stretch provides a great rafting experience. Apart from that, there’s a lot to do in Kolad.

You could explore the Kuda Mandad caves or enjoy the beauty of the serene waters of River Rajpuri from atop Tala fort. Other places to explore out there include the Ghosala Fort, Tamhini ghat waterfalls, and Bhira Dam.

Kolad
Kolad

About the Activity with Details:

  • Distance from Mumbai – 121 km
  • Tourist Attractions – Bhira Dam, Ghosala Fort, Tala Fort, Sutarwadi lake, Gaimukh, Plus Valley
  • Things to do – Trekking, Hiking, Rafting, Exploring, Sightseeing, Places of historic interest

Malshej Ghat

Located along the Thane-Pune road, these ghats make a beautiful hangout placed in the very lap of nature. A refreshing tea and a simple snack by the gushing waterfalls here can easily help you loosen up. However, the winds out there may blow away your umbrellas, so we strongly recommend that you carry a raincoat when you head for Malshej.

Malshej
Malshej

About the Activity with Details:

  • Distance from Mumbai – 127 km
  • Tourist Attractions – Malshej Falls, Pimpalgaon Joga Dam, Ajoba Hill Fort, Harishchandragad Fort
  • Things to do – Sightseeing, Trekking, Hiking, Places of historic interest

Panchgani, Mahabaleshwar

Besides being a one-time favorite Bollywood shooting spot and a classic honeymoon destination, Panchgani is also an awesome weekend getaway from Mumbai. A fresh stroll through the hills certainly does wonders, making one more calm and composed.

You can visit the wonderful Sunrise Point, Parsi Point, Kate’s Point and many more places that give you a wonderful view.  Also, you can go hiking or trekking on the many beautiful yet challenging trails out there.

Mahabaleshwar
Mahabaleshwar

About the Activity with Details:

  • Distance from Mumbai – 245 km
  • Tourist Attractions – Table land, Sunrise Point, Parsi Point, Kate’s Point, On Wheelz Amusement Park, Pratapgad, Arthur’s Seat, Venna lake
  • Things to do – Boating, Horseriding, Trekking, Hiking, Bungee jumping, Sightseeing

Nashik

This place is a great weekend getaway from Mumbai for those who love nature. That’s because this place is rich in culture, heritage, temples and great food.

Nashik
Nashik

About the Activity with Details:

  • Distance from Mumbai – 167 km
  • Tourist Attractions – Triambakeshwar Temple, Saptashringi Temple, Durgawadi Waterfalls, Vihigaon Waterfalls, Anjneri Hill, Pandavleni caves
  • Things to do – Trekking, Hiking, Exploring, Wine Tasting, Places of historic interest

However, before picking one of these, you first need to be sure of how far you wish to travel. Also, it is strongly recommended that you do not waste too much time traveling because it can get extremely tiring.

Above all, it’s a weekend getaway and you need to get started all over again on Monday. Finally, don’t forget to check the current weather conditions of whichever place you shortlist.

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