Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, glamour, parties, and all that jazz, if you look closely there are a bunch of exciting places that are still quite hidden from the public eye near Mumbai. Home to tranquil beaches, immense greenery, rich cultural heritage and less-explored stunning waterfalls, Maharashtra offers some of the best places to visit. If you are looking for places to go to on your weekend getaways, then we have compiled a list of offbeat places near Mumbai which you can visit to have a sublime experience.Also Read - Out For A Walk With Sister, 5-Year-Old Boy Mauled To Death By Stray Dogs In Maharashtra
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Tamhini Ghat is one of the best places to visit near Mumbai for a romantic getaway.
If a bike trip is what you are looking for, then you will love Tamhini Ghat. The road trip will take you through the Western Ghats, past several waterfalls, along dam reservoirs, over green valleys. Sounds interesting right? Also Read - Maharashtra Schools To Resume After Summer Vacations From June 15 Amid Rising COVID Cases
Distance from Mumbai: 140 km
Driving Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Things to Do: Visit Mulshi Dam, camping, nature walks, birdwatching & more Also Read - One Dead, Several Injured After Part Of Building Collapses In Navi Mumbai
Peacocks are in abundance in this place.
A small eco-village, around 60 km from Pune, Morachi Chincholi is perfect for a one-day trip near Mumbai. Home to a beautiful peacock sanctuary, it is your perfect escape into tranquillity, as only very less people know about this hidden gem. Other than peacocks, the place also houses babblers, robins, woodpeckers and parakeets among others.
Distance from Mumbai: 180 km
Driving Time: 3 hours 45 minutes
Things to Do: Birdwatching, nature tours, photography
If you are lucky, you can spot turtles here.
This one is a crowd-free seaside hamlet in Maharashtra that is perfect for a weekend getaway. Velas lies across the mouth of the Savitri River from Harihareshwar and is popular for its turtle festival. Olive Ridley sea turtles come ashore from the Arabian Sea to lay eggs, which they bury in the sand, before again disappearing in the ocean.
Distance from Mumbai: 215 km
Driving Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
Things to Do: Turtle watching, beach fun & photography
Touted as mini Kashmir, Tapola should definitely be in your list. Located on the shores of Shivsagar, formed by damming the Koyna River, Tapola is an idyllic place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. You can also visit the farms around the place and pick up fresh produce.
Distance from Mumbai: 250 km
Driving Time: 6 hours
Things to Do: Water scooter and motorboat rides, swimming, kayaking, trip to the farms
It lies 405 Km from Mumbai.
If some peaceful time is what you are looking for, then Amba Ghat is the place to be. It is essentially a mountain pass perfect for a long drive near Mumbai. Interestingly, the place lies within Sahyadri Tiger Reserve and Bison Wildlife Sanctuary, so you are likely to see regional wildlife, including the Bengal tiger and the massive gaur (Indian bison).
Distance from Mumbai: 405 km
Driving Time: 7 hours 25 minutes
Things to Do: Hiking, wildlife spotting, paragliding, visit to Vishalgad Fort and Pawankhind
Jaivilas Palace, which features a medley of the Indian and Neoclassical architectural styles. (jawhardarshan.com)
Nestled in the Western Ghats, this little town called Jawhar can be toured for an escape into the lap of nature and ancient culture. This picturesque place is home to the Warli people, who are known for their Warli paintings. Apart from seeing tribal art, you can also visit the historical Jaivilas Palace.
Distance from Mumbai: 120 km
Driving Time: 3 hours
Places to See: Jaivilas Palace, Sunset Point, Dahbosa and Kalmandvi waterfalls
You can also hike through the lush jungles, which are home to several animals.
For refreshing waterfalls near Mumbai, Bhandardara is the place to be. Along with the water gushing from high peaks, you can spend as much time as you want on the shores of lakes and on green pastures with your friends and family, amidst tall mountains.
Distance from Mumbai: 165 km
Driving Time: 3 hours 35 minutes
Places to See: Umbrella Falls, Wilson Dam, Randha Falls, Kalsubai Peak, Arthur Lake, Ratangad Fort
Rock climbing is one of the adventure activities to try here.
If adventure is what you are looking for, then this is the place for you. Known as the Valley of Shadows, Sandhan Valley is a great adventure destination near Mumbai, for it gives you a combined thrill of hiking, rock climbing, rappelling, and river crossing.
Distance from Mumbai: 185 km
Driving Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Things to Do: Hiking, river crossing, rappelling, camping
Do no forget to carry your camera here.
This place is quickly gaining popularity as an eco-tourism destination. Purushwadi is an amazing picnic spot near Mumbai, which treats you to the sight of stars on earth, quite literally. Nestled at the edge of the Western Ghats, this tiny village is known for its mass gathering and mating of twinkling fireflies.
Distance from Mumbai: 190 km
Driving Time: 4 hours 25 minutes
Things to Do: Hiking, photography, relaxing amidst nature
You can just lie on the beach, sipping coconut water, or head out for a little swim in the sea.
Another name on the list of the most beautiful beach getaways near Mumbai is Anjarle-Harnai. If you are a beach baby then this is the place to be. On either side of the Jog River’s banks, these two are idyllic seaside towns, which give you a perfect combination of coastal fun and historical and architectural awe.
Distance from Mumbai: 230 km
Driving Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
Things to Do: Attend fish auction, swimming, fort tours