Mumbai is surrounded by places that are characterized by breathtaking beauty and splendid weather during the winter season. From beaches to hill stations and temples to meditation centers, there are all kinds of getaways near Mumbai. The festive season is underway all across the globe and the long Christmas 2017 weekend is a blessing for anyone looking for a break from their daily routine. If you are in Mumbai, here are some of the best places near the city for the Christmas 2017 long weekend. Also Read - 'Touching Gesture'! Narayana Murthy Touches The Feet of Ratan Tata And Twitter Can't Stop Hailing The 'Historic Moment'
Diveagar in Maharashtra
Home to one of the most serene and beautiful beaches of Maharashtra, Diveagar is a quaint town on the west coast of India. It is located 186 km away from Mumbai and takes around 5 hours 30 minutes to reach by road. The Suvarna Ganesh temple here is a popular pilgrim spot in the region. A trip to Diveagar can be combined with other alluring destination in the vicinity like Shrivardhan and Harihareshwar. Also Read - JNU Violence Highlights: Student Protests Emerge Across Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata; Film Fraternity Joins in
Located at a distance of just 120 km from Mumbai, Igatpuri is a marvelous drive from Mumbai and is the perfect spot for a holiday amidst nature. It is surrounded by the lush green Western Ghats and is home to some beautiful lakes, waterfalls and also the popular Vipassana International Academy which is a delight for meditation lovers. Also Read - PMC Scam: With Rs 90 Lakh Stuck in Beleaguered Bank, ex-Jet Airways Staffer Dies of Cardiac Arrest After Attending Protest
Beautiful Goa landscape
No matter what time of the year it is, Goa is always one of the most preferred destinations to visit from Mumbai. Its an exciting 12-hour road trip which has been glorified by the movie Dil Chahta Hai (remember Aamir, Saif and Akshaye in the title track?). Winter is the best time to enjoy pleasant walks on the beaches of Goa and since it is the tourist season, it is when you can hit the most happening parties and meet the most amazing people.
A quiet, serene and clean coastal town, Tarkarli draws in tourists on account of its offbeat and secluded nature. It is located near the Sindhudurg fort which is a cool excursion. Tarkarli is also Maharashtras prime snorkeling destination and a great winter getaway. You can easily combine your trip to Tarkarli with a short visit to north Goa.
Velneshwar beach, Photograph Courtesy: Ankur P/Creative Commons
And then there is the spectacular and lesser-known Velneshwar located close to Ratnagiri. It is a long drive from Mumbai (over 7 hours) as it is at a distance of 304 km. However, the drive is extremely scenic and worth every minute. The Velneshwar beach is rock-free and is therefore considered ideal for swimming. It has breathtaking views with a cliff and palm trees dotting the shore.
So, take your pick and head to one of these amazing places for a memorable Christmas weekend.