Valentine’s Day 2017 is just round the corner. People in love are already making plans for V-day. While many are looking for romantic restaurant reservations, there are some who are planning to take a romantic trip to a nice place away from their city. India is blessed with a number of places which have love in the air and stand as epitomes of romance. However, most of these places have become quite commercial and turned into cliched holiday spots. So, if you are someone who likes to tread off the beaten path, then you would be happy to know that there are a number of places near Mumbai that are just perfect for your Valentine’s Day plans. (CHECK OUT Valentines Day 2017: Top 10 romantic places to visit in India on February 14) Here are 10 offbeat trips you can take near Mumbai on February 14. Also Read - Cyclone Nisarga Updates: Three Dead in Maharashtra; Power Supply to be Restored in Ratnagiri And Shrivardhan Soon
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Located in the Raigad district amidst the Sahyadri range, Kolad is known mainly as Maharashtra’s prime river-rafting destination. The Kundalika River is where all the action takes place and a number of adventure companies have set up shop here. Other attractions like the Kunda caves and Bhira dam are also worth a visit here. From one-day packages to overnight stays, you have plenty of options to choose from depending on your budget and time. Also Read - 'Touching Gesture'! Narayana Murthy Touches The Feet of Ratan Tata And Twitter Can't Stop Hailing The 'Historic Moment'
Rajmachi is a small hamlet nestled in the lush green Sahyadri ranges. It makes for an excellent trekking destination amidst nature. The twin forts Shreevardhan and Manoranjan are attractions wirth ehcking out. If you leave early in the morning, this trek can be completed in one day making it perfect for a Valentine’s Day activity. The February weather is extremely pleasant and romantic which means that you will surely feel the love on this trip. DO SEE How to reach Rajmachi from Mumbai by road
While Matheran is an extremely popular hill station and getaway from Mumbai, the nearby Vikatgad is often ignored which is a shame given its scenic beauty and lovely weather. A simple 1-day trek from Mumbai, the Vikatgad fort is a mere 4 km from Neral station which is the base for Matheran too. Vikatgad makes for an easy trek on Valentine’s Day and the picturesque surroundings will make you feel closer to your loved one. ALSO SEE Top 10 offbeat things to do in Mumbai
If you like amusement parks, a trip to Adlabs Imagica is the best way to spend Valentine’s Day near Mumbai. It is one of the newest and biggest amusement parks in India and its themed rides make for a great experience. The water park Aquamagica is a great addition for water lovers. There are a number of activities you can indulge in at Adlabs Imagica to make your special day memorable. CHECK OUT 5 amusement parks in Mumbai to unwind at this summer vacation!
Dahanu is one of the most underrated and quaint places to visit near Mumbai and is ideal for campers. With its quiet beach surrounded by coconut groves and chikoo farms, Dahanu makes for a great picnic spot on Valentine’s Day. The mesmerizing view of sunset here will stay with you forever.
The whole Dapoli stretch in Maharashtra’s Konkan region makes for a fantastic getaway from Mumbai. From the Murud beach to the nearby Karde, Harnai and Anjarla, each village and beach on this stretch makes for a secluded and untouched spot for you to be on Valentine’s Day. Have local food and spend time gazing at the wonderful view while soaking in the serene ambiance with your loved one in this unparalleled and lesser-known region near Mumbai.CHECK OUT 8 unexplored bike trips from Mumbai leading to hidden destinations
Known for its beautiful white-sand beach and nearby forts, Diveagar in the Raigad district is growing in popularity as an offbeat place to visit near Mumbai. Its temple dedicated to Suvarna Ganesha is a popular pilgrim spot. The beach, however, is its main attraction and makes for a great place to walk hand-in-hand with your loved one as the cool breeze braces your love for each other.
Another popular attraction for offbeat travelers is the wonderful Harihareshwar known for its serne and clean beach. The sleepy town offers some great homestays and delicious food. The black sandy beach is a great place to witness a stunning sunset and take long, romantic walks. DO SEE 9 offbeat places to visit in Mumbai for a perfect date
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A popular railway station on Mumbai’s suburban route, Karjat deserves a visit for its lovely farmstays, historic forts, and rock-cut cave temples. Its clean air and rejuvenating ambiance make it a fantastic offbeat spot for Valentine’s Day. Since Karjat is located just around 60 km from Mumbai making it great for a 1-day trip. Its picturesque beauty and pleasant February weather makes it an extremely pleasant Valentine’s Day getaway.
Located near Alibaug and Kolad, Revdanda is one of the lesser explored and therefore quite and serene beaches on the strecth. A few years ago, the coastal road south of Alibaug used to end at Revdanda where it encountered the Kundalika creek. There is now a bridge spanning across the southward stretch making Murud-Janjira accessible to vacationers. The Revdanda beach in itself is clean, calm and perfect for a romantic getaway. CHECK OUT 6 irresistibly romantic places in India
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