Summer 2018 is here and you can feel its brutal brunt as the sweat pours out your body moments after stepping out in the sun. If you live in Mumbai, April is just about when the heat and humidity begins to get unbearable. This is when you start looking for pleasant weekend getaways to take a break from the scorching sun. While there arent a number of places near Mumbai where you can escape the heat, there are a few places which serve the purpose of giving you some respite from the wrath of the sun. (ALSO SEE Best Places to Visit in April 2018 in India) Here are the best places to visit near Mumbai in April 2018. Also Read - How to Reach Lenyadri Caves by Road, Train and Flight
The hill station of Amboli is perhaps the coolest option you will get for a summer trip from Mumbai. Although at a distance of 489 km, Amboli is totally worth the travel time thanks to its majestic views and pleasant weather. It is surrounded by dense forests, ruins and some amazing trekking trails. Also Read - Best Places to Visit near Delhi in April 2018
The hill station that is closest to Mumbai and therefore a hot favourite among the citys residents is Lonavala. The drive is scenic and there are a number of accommodation options for all kinds of budgets. Staying at a comfortable resort with a great view makes you forget about the Mumbai summer heat. Also Read - Best Places to Visit in April 2018 in India
Another popular hill station in Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar is abundant in natural beauty thanks to its location amidst the Western Ghats. Its breathtaking viewing points, serene Venna Lake and beautiful Mapro Gardens make it one of the finest family vacation spots for Mumbaikars all year round. The weather, although hot, is better than several other parts of the state.
Sunset seen from Alibaug
The beach town of Alibaug and its surrounding regions are perfect getaways from Mumbai. Not only does the coastal town provide a good break from the polluted urban surroundings, it also gives you a way out of the hectic city routine. A number of resorts have sprung up in the region for every budget making it a desirable holiday spot.
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And then there is the lovely Panchgani in Maharashtras Satara district. It is often considered a marvelous getaway from cities like Mumbai and Pune thanks to its 5 hills and stunning landscapes. It has a number of viewing points like Sydney Point and Parsi Point which are a delight for nature lovers. Be it the views or the weather, the short distance (245 km) from Mumbai or the number of amazing activities that it offers, Panchgani is an amazing holiday destination from Mumbai.
So, take your pick from one of these amazing getaways from Mumbai to escape the heat this April.