Monsoon—probably the most romantic season of the year offers a happy respite from sultry summers. Nevertheless, this happy season sometimes results in heavy traffics, floods and water-logged alleys in Mumbai. In any case, the Mumbaites can’t help but rejoice over the rains for they have 8 perfect getaways where they can kick back and relax during monsoons.
Just forget about your life and escape to these breathtaking monsoon getaways.
Located just 80 km away from Mumbai, Karnala is a breathtaking green paradise offering a majestic view of the misty Sahyadri ranges, gushing waterfalls and the ancient Karnala fort. A safe haven for nature photographers, the beautiful Karnala Bird Sanctuary welcomes exotic migratory birds from different parts of the world. This is your chance to capture your memorable memories in a snapshot.
Beaches, historic relics and a 360-degree panoramic view of the pristine blue ocean—Alibaug offers is the closest definition of heaven on earth. The place harbors quaint forts of the past. A perfect combination of Maratha, Mughal and Portuguese architecture, these relics relay ancient legends and tales. There’s a ‘royal bath’ down the fort where you can go skinny dipping if you’re feeling adventurous.
- Kalsubai Peak
When one is fed up with fast-pacing city life, the constant honking of horns and bustling crowds on the streets, in times like these, the mountains welcome weary travelers, providing them a peace and shelter. Kalsubai is the highest peak (1646 meter) in Maharashtra’s Sahyadri range. Lush forests and bubbling streams embellish this peak. Follow the trek to visit Bhandardara Dam nearby, which generally overflows with water during monsoons.
How can we forget Lonavala—the gem of Deccan plateau? This serene hill station is surrounded by little water puddles and picturesque picnic spots where you can enjoy a mouth-watering meal with your loved ones. On your way to Lonavala, don’t forget to visit the Celebrity Wax Museum and Rajmachi view point nearby.
Durshet is easily accessible from both Mumbai and Pune. While there’s nothing new about this spot, other than hills, falls, greenery and walking treks, the majestic Amba River flowing through the woods provides an ideal spot for practicing water sports, such as rappelling, rock climbing, and river rafting.
- Mulshi Dam
Mulshi dam is not just a major electricity producer for Maharashtra, but a charming one-day escape getaway from Mumbai. Covered with mist and forest lands, this delightful refuge is just 3-hours away from Mumbai.
- Thoseghar Village
Located at a height of roughly 20 to 500 meters above sea level, Thoseghar village is an ideal location, surrounded by a quiet lake, waterfalls and foggy forests. The silence of the hills is resounded by the noise of water pouring down the rocks.
The exciting journey to Matheran is full of energy, enthusiasm, and tranquility. Hand-pulled rickshaws, horseback rides, cloudy hills, soothing lakes and the ancient Pisarnath Mahadev Temple—all this collectively contributes to the ageless beauty of Matheran.
So, next time when you feel like enjoying a plate of pakodas with a steaming cup of tasty ginger tea, make sure you include these destinations on your bucket list.