You don’t really need a reason to get away from Mumbai. Just the sheer speed of the city is enough to want you to take a break every.single.weekend. With the sun shining brighter than ever, the temperatures soaring and the kids insisting on that summer trip, this is as good a time as ever to get the hell out of Mumbai. And we have 5 weekend getaways from Mumbai in summer

1. Panhala

Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

One of the smallest cities in Maharashtra, Panhala overlooks the city of Kolhapur. Known for its fort built by the king Bhoj but best remembered for its association with the Maratha king Shivaji, Panhala is a great place to get away from if you’re looking to escape the Mumbai summers. Panhala is located at an elevation of some 3100 ft and the climate is pleasant almost all year round. And if you’re looking for a trek, the one from the base of the village all the way to the fort is more than you may have asked for! Do try it out! 🙂

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2. Tarkarli

Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Located in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, Tarkarli has one of the best beaches in the Konkan region. The clear waters of Tarkarli also make it a great place to go scuba diving, making it the only destination in Maharashtra to offer scuba services. On a clear sunny day in May the seabed can be seen up to a depth of 15 ft or more. If beaches don’t excite you, Tarkarli also has the backwaters of River Karli that runs through the village. The imposing Sindhudurg fort is one of the best-known landmarks of Tarkarli, though its lesser-known cousin (some 80 km away) Vijaydurg also has as much history.

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3. Bhandardara

Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Nestled in the Sahayadri mountain ranges, Bhandardara is blessed with lush greenery and breathtaking vistas. What began as a mere stopover for pilgrims traveling to Nashik and Shirdi is today a popular tourist destination. Spend your time by the Arthur Lake or trek your way to the forts in the area or if you are really up to it, attempt to hike up Mount Kalsubai, Maharashtra’s highest peak. You won’t run out of things to do in Bhandardara.

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4. Murud Janjira

Home to the eponymous sea fort, Murud Janjira is as famous for its glittering sandy coastline and quant villages hemmed with coconut groves. The economy of the village is centered around the fort that can only be accessed by sailboats available from the Rajapuri jetty. With its 19 bastions (all of which are intact) and its main gate that can be only be visible when one is very close to it, Murud Janjira is an architectural marvel that lives up to its reputation.

5. Udvada

Photograph courtesy: Gujarat Tourism

Photograph courtesy: Gujarat Tourism

If you don’t mind the heat but are looking to be introduced to a new culture, Udvada in Gujarat is the place to head to. For in Udvada stands the Atash Behram the oldest and the holiest fire temples of the tiny Parsi community. Its large and beautiful houses date back over a hundred years and it is simply not difficult to be lost in the narrow lanes of this tiny town. Udvada’s beach may not be stuff that legends are made of but it sure is a great place to unwind after a scrumptious Parsi meal served at lunchtime.

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