With the onset of June, every morning I peep through the window to see whether is sunny or rainy. What a beautiful morning to wake up to thunder and the sound of rain today!! The Rain God has finally shown mercy by showering rain!!
Pray that we have a healthy monsoon in the catchment areas and abundance of water to last throughout the year. Time to say bye bye to the scorching heat and welcome the damp chilly cold. What a moment it would be to just get into your car and drive away out of Mumbai. Seeing Waterfalls along the way and enjoying the lush greenery.
Getaway over the weekend, so check out some places close by where you can live your Monsoon dreams.
1. Karnala- 48 Kms via Sion-Panvel Expressway
Karnala is situated at a distance of about 10 km from Panvel. The two major attractions for tourists here are the Karnala Bird Sanctuary and the Karnala Fort. The Karnala Fort is of much historical significance as it overlooked the Bor Pass, which connects the Konkan coast to the interior districts of Maharashtra.
2. Matheran- 83 kms via Sion-Panvel Expressway.
Matheran is a celebrated hill station and a great weekend place near Mumbai. It is situated in the Karjat district of Maharashtra and is also the smallest hill station of India. Situated in the lush green Western Ghats, the elevation of the region is around 80 m above sea level. The best part of no vehicles in the Hill station and scenic beauty is breathtaking.
3. Pawna – 107.8 km via Kodambakkam – Mumbai Highway
Located within a close proximity to Maval in Maharashtra, Pavana Lake came into existence after the Pavana Dam was built. Tucked away amidst the Sahyadri Ranges, this soon getting all the attentions from the nature lovers, usual backpackers, campers and other classes of visitors to the region. An ideal camping destination, this stunning water body along with the vicinity is also known for activities like parasailing, kayaking, windsurfing and boating.
4. Jawahar- 145 Kms from Mumbai
Far from the madding crowd, Jawahar is an excellent weekend getaway from Mumbai. Jawahar beckons travelers looking for “non-touristy” hill stations near Mumbai.
This quaint and pretty hill station has a deep-rooted cultural background since it is where the Warli tribe resides. The Warli paintings, a traditional craft of this tribe has achieved fame far and wide for its unique designs and unusual themes. These designs are now replicated on different products even outside the country.
Psst- I have visited this place many years back with my school gang of Girls.
5. Korigad- 20 Kms from Lonavla
Korigad is a hill fort located in Pune district, Maharashtra, India. Its date of construction is not known but likely predates 1500. It is about 923 m above sea level. The planned township of Aamby Valley is built over the fort’s southern and eastern foothills. The closest village is Peth Shahpur, about 1 km (0.62 mi) north.
6. Kalsubai – 152.8 km via NH 3 and NH 3
It takes 3 hours to reach Kalsubai summit from Bari Village. Food can be arranged at base village by local villagers. Kalsubai Trekking Route is always full of people visiting it for various reason some to conquer the highest peak in Maharashtra, some trek to Kalsubai to visit Mandir and offer prayers to local deity Kalsubai. During Monsoon place is covered with fog and wind.
7. Chinchoti falls – 50 Kms
Chinchoti is generally visited by picnickers through Kaman village on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway. Very few people know the jungle path through Tungareshwar. In fact there are two jungle routes meeting at different spots near Chinchoti waterfalls. The track is narrow jungle path and one can easily get lost without the help of escorts. The sound of the rains drops and orchestra of insects gives an eerie but adventurous feeling throughout this trek.
8. Murud/ Janjira – 165 kms from Mumbai
Murud Janjira is a picturesque little fishing village on the lush western coast of Maharashtra, one time capital of the former state of Janjira. Janjira is the Marathi corruption of the Arabic jazirah meaning an island. Though the whole area was once called Janjira, the name truly referred to the mighty island fortress in the sea.
I had been here during the last monsoon season. The drive is long but picturesque. It was a beautiful getaway. We had had a pleasant stay at Golden Swan Resort http://www.goldenswan.com/index.html
So what you waiting for?? Maximize your weekends this Monsoon with short weekend Getaways and try something Hatke. Strike out some items from your travel bucket list just like I plan to do.