Posted on 3rd June, 2016
Love the rainy season? Like to get wet in the rain? Then head to these easy weekend getaways near Mumbai this monsoon season. While the city cools off, its nearby vistas also turn a verdant hue with cool misty valleys and lush waterfalls. Here are a few amazing destinations near Mumbai handpicked for you!
Located at a distance of just 130 KMs from Mumbai, Mulshi dam is an awesome destination to camp and spend quality time with friends and family during weekends. The area is a perfect spot for picnic, with scenic surrounding, unexploited Sahyadri hilly terrains, lush green dense forests and also the ancient forts like Koraigadh and Dhangad. The dense forest around the dam and lake offer sightings of some rare wild animals. The beauty of Mulshi Lake can be observed from 'Valanewadi' - 6 km from Mulshi. Sahyadri is famous for its deadly hills and its beauty. Both the things can be observed here. During rainy season, water falls on nearby hills are great and must watch locations.
Distance From Mumbai: 130 KMs
Must See/Do: Wilson Dam, Arthur Lake, Randha Falls, Ghatghar, Mount Kalsubai, Ratnagad, Angling, Trekking
Kedareshwar Cave Temple is located at Harishchandragad, a hill fort in Ahmednagar district. The fort is a popular trekking location. Kedareshwar Cave Temple is much different from other temples. It is situated in a cave and also presence of water all year round makes the temple one of the unique temples not just in Maharashtra but in India as well. A Shiva Linga of about five feet is situated at the centre of the cave. One has to wade through waist deep and ice cold water to reach the Shiva Linga.
Distance From Mumbai:202 KMs
At times, it seems that a landscape with a roaring waterfall, gushing waters from a dam, towering hills in the background and greenery all around can only belong to the movies or the imagination of a writer. Not really! All this comes true at Bhandardara where green paddy fields create a colourful symphony with the bright blue skies and the waterfall provides a musical rhythm while you soak in the beauty of nature at its best.
At 180 KMs from Mumbai and about the same distance from Pune too, Bhandardara is located to the north of Ahmednagar district in Akole tehsil and is considered a trekker’s paradise. While coming from Mumbai take a turn at Ghoti after Igatpuri and the road will lead you to Bhandardara via Bari, the village at the foothills of Mount Kalsubai.
Distance From Mumbai: 180 KMs
Must See/Do: Picnic by the lake, 'Tamhini' Ghat, 'Vanjai' mata temple.
If it hadn’t been for the constant search of the British for scenic hill stations with invigorating climate, Panchgani probably wouldn’t have been discovered. It was developed as a retirement place but soon became one of the most popular hill stations in Maharashtra. Its beauty is enhanced by a flat piece of land which is called the ‘table top’.
Panchgani is nestled in the middle of five hills in the Sahyadri mountain ranges and amidst five villages known as Dandeghar, Khingar, Godwali, Amral and Taighat. The Krishna River flows nearby which is what has created the lake of Dhom Dam. Located 285 kilometers from Mumbai and 100 kilometers from Pune, it is the pleasant climate of Panchgani that attracts tourists, not to forget the scenic views one gets from its points.
Distance From Mumbai: 240 KMs
Must See/Do: Sydney Point, Table Land, Parsi Point, Devil's Kitchen, Mala's Fruit Products.
The Kaas Plateau also known as the "Kaas Pathar" is a plateau situated 25 kilometres from Satara. The plateau is situated at an altitude of 1200 metres and is approximately 1,000 hectares in area. Kaas has more than 850 different species of flowering plants of which 624 are listed on the IUCN Red List. If you really want to enjoy the beauty the best time to visit would be between 6 am and 9 am when the sun starts to rise and the early morning climate in the presence of flowers offers a rare sight and experience.
Distance From Mumbai: 275 KMs
Must See/Do: Koyana Sanctuary(20 KMs away), Kaas lake, Sajjangad fort, Kanher Dam, Vajarai Waterfalls.
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