Mumbai is blessed with a number of weekend getaways ranging from hill stations to beaches and coastal forts to rural grasslands. With scenic routes taking you to breathtaking locales, all you need is a gypsy soul and some wanderlust. One of the prime weekend getaways from Mumbai is the lovely coastal land of Harihareshwar in the Raigad district. If you are looking for a pleasant trip amidst nature to take your mind off things, there is no place better than Harihareshwar. (ALSO SEE Best family resorts near Mumbai that are perfect for kids) Here are 5 reasons why you must take a weekend trip to Harihareshwar in Maharashtra. Also Read - Monsoon holidays 2017: Best monsoon road trips from Mumbai

Harihareshwar is just 200 km from Mumbai

The drive to Harihareshwar from Mumbai is extremely scenic and makes for a great road trip experience. You traverse the Mumbai-Bangalore highway and then the Pandharpur road. The route, that takes approximately 4 hours and 20 minutes, takes you through other popular destinations like Kolad. It is one of the most picturesque routes to drive on in Maharashtra. Also Read - Best two-day monsoon weekend getaways from Mumbai

Harihareshwar is home to one of the most serene beaches in Maharashtra

Photograph Courtesy: Ankur P/Wikimedia Commons

Photograph Courtesy: Ankur P/Wikimedia Commons

The black sand beach at Harihareshwar is perhaps its biggest draw. It is secluded, clean and as calm as it gets. It is also the best spot for some of the finest western coast sunsets. You can enjoy staying at one of the home stays or the MTDC resort here, relish the coastal food and take pleasant, undisturbed walks on the beach during the evening. CHECK OUT Best monsoon holiday places in India for family vacations Also Read - Weekend destinations from Mumbai: 7 offbeat getaways that aren't too crowded!

You can also visit some fine temples in Harihareshwar

Harihareshwar is home to some old and revered temples like the Lord Shiva temple, which attracts several visitors daily. there are also temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Lord Brahma, and Lord Yogeshwari in the hills adjacent to the Harihareshwar beach.

Harihareshwar has miraculously escaped rampant commercialization

Despite being such a spectacular spot, Harihareshwar has managed to keep itself clear of heavy commercialization and tourism. Thanks to this, it is never too crowded and makes for a peaceful and rejuvenating getaway.

Harihareshwar is located close to Diveagar and Shrivardhan

And finally, Harihareshwar is located just a few kilometers away from the stunning Diveagar and Shrivardhan beaches – both great tourist attractions which are also known for their temples. You can easily club your trip to Harihareshwar with a visit to these beautiful coastal destinations which are gems hidden in the interiors of Maharashtra. NOW SEE Best two-day monsoon weekend getaways from Mumbai

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