Mumbai’s monsoon casts a spell on not just Mumbaikars but on every visitor who comes here during this time. ‘Garma garam’ Cutting ‘Chai’ along with spicy ‘Bhajiya’ (Pakoras) and ‘Vada Pav’ make for the perfect companions during monsoon but a quick getaway will be the cherry on the cake! We have a list of places awesome places to visit near Mumbai and Puna also in monsoon. They are just outside of Mumbai and Puna, which makes them perfect weekend getaways. Here are top 8 breathtaking monsoon getaways from Mumbai and Pune!
1. Malshej Ghat:
A hill station in the mighty Sahyadri ranges, this place near Mumbai in monsoon is engulfed in green hills and innumerable waterfalls. The drive to Malshej Ghat through itself is calming with the picturesque view of the splendid valleys and placid lakes. This mountain pass is also home to various flora and fauna; flamingos are known to come here all the way from Europe during the monsoons! An excellent place to visit near Mumbai for outdoor activities like trekking, hiking, bird watching and there are some good resorts nearby to relax and rejuvenate as well.
Nature lovers are in for a treat at Karnala Bird Sanctuary, one of the most exciting places near Mumbai for bird watching. Monsoon is the best season to spot exotic bird species like the Malabar Whistling Thrush, Magpie Robin and Paradise Flycatcher. Trekkers are in for a treat at Karnala, one of the most beautiful monsoon getaways from Mumbai. Monsoon is also a great time to trek up the 11th century Karnala Fort, which offers stunning panoramic views of the green Sahyadri mountains.
Bhandardara, on the banks of the Pravara River, is among the best nature resorts near Mumbai. It is also one of the most preferred romantic getaways from Mumbai. The fresh air and scenic beauty of the place is the perfect recipe for rejuvenating your senses. Take in beautiful views of the Bhandardara Lake, which is at its prettiest under a moonlit sky. What’s more, the Randha Falls here are in their full glory during monsoon. For those of you who love trekking, the historic Ratangad Fort is a good spot.
4. Lonavla and Khandala:
The twin hill stations of Lonavla and Khandala near Mumbai close to the Deccan Plateau offers a combined package of land and water. Surrounded by lush greenery and little poodles of water and gushing streams, this is an all in one place to visit near Mumbai in monsoon. The Bhushi Dam situated nearby has a beautiful waterfall to boast; bathe in the streams or have a picnic nearby. Little shacks of food offer some warm tasty dishes! Rajmachi View Point and a Celebrity Wax museum made on the lines of the London’s Madame Tussaud’s is a new attraction nearby.
Igatpuri has always been among my favorite monsoon getaways from Mumbai. Spectacular mountain views, lush green vistas, charming waterfalls, serene environs – these are some of the things you will come across on your drive to Igatpuri. The rain drops falling on your window will only make the drive more exciting. Vipassana International Academy, or Dhammagiri, is the most popular attraction here and only adds to your rejuvenating experience. The backdrop of the Sahyadri range covered in mist lends a mystical charm to the Vipassana center. A tour of the center with one of the volunteers there promises to be an awarding experience for nature lovers and hikers.
Though a religious destination, it is frequented by road trip lovers for its scenic and most gorgeous routes. Bhimashankar which is the home to one of the 12 Jyotirlinga Temples of Lord Shiva. Other than Bhimashankar being a pilgrim center, it is also bestowed by breath-taking natural beauty making it a popular monsoon getaway from Pune and Mumbai.
7. Mulshi Dam:
A quick 3 hour drive from Mumbai, Mulshi Dam is your one day escape route from Mumbai’s chaos. The Dam built on the Mula River is a major electricity generator for Maharashtra. In the peak monsoon season, the dam flows in full force and there is a deep fog in the region making it feel like literally walking in the clouds. A drive to Mulshi itself is invigorating with the area covered in forest lands and mist.
An envelope of green with gushing waterfalls, Karnala is one of the closest places near Mumbai situated just 80 kms away. Treks or drive through Karnala from Mumbai offers a majestic view of the misty Sahyadri Ranges in the monsoon. The waterfalls are refreshing and the Karnala Fort has much to explore. Karnala Bird Sanctuary is home to some of the most exotic birds. Monsoon sees a variety of migratory birds.
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