Tired of the hustle-bustle of the city and want a break from the everyday humdrum of life? Don’t worry, for we’ve got you covered with some of the most exquisite, calm, serene places around Mumbai, and they’re not even that far away! So grab your bags and plan an itinerary, because the city lights are going to be on hold for a day or two while you enjoy the charm of being away. Here are a few handpicked lesser-known spots to get away:
1) Karnala Bird Sanctuary
Home to over 150 resident bird species and 37 avian migrants, Karnala bird sanctuary is a treat for bird watchers. The sanctuary spans across 48 sq kilometers and from there you can also go for an hour-long trek worth trekking to one of the most beautiful forts of Maharastra that sits atop a hill. This funnel hill dates back to the 1400s and is a treat for history buffs as well! Stay at a nice, low-cost private camp and you don’t even have to spend that much! This is a perfect weekend getaway place.
Karjat rests on the side of river Ulhas. With old temples, caves, and forts serving as a reminiscent of the past, this is the most calming, serene place to run to for a quiet escapade. It’s a starting point for The Matheran or Chanderi fort trek and has an amazing scenic beauty. It is also extremely budget serving with pocket-friendly accommodations all over the area.
At 2625 feet above sea level, an eco-sensitive zone with no tolerance for automobiles, this place marks as the most beautiful hill station after the tedious Lonavala. Coupled with toy train rides and horseback rides, Matheran sure is a reminder of what would have been before industrialization! It’s a peaceful spot for lusciously green patches will make your heart bleed! Look out for cheap accommodations and have a great time photographing!
Kamshet is 16km from the twin hill stations of Khandala and Lonavala. It is one of the best spots in India to experience the feel of paragliding in its entirety. During the peak season people from all over the country throng here to get a taste of adrenalin pumping in their pulses. The place can be aptly said the paragliding mecca of India. It’s also very budget friendly. Hence, we strongly suggest you visit Kamshet if you are seeking some fun during your weekend getaway.
Reach here via ferry from Gateway of India marking a great kickstart to your destination! This place is famed for the Kolaba Fort, Kanakeshwar Devasthan temple and a vast shoreline. With lots of outdoor activities, this remains one of the most sought-after places to seek adventure outside Mumbai! Since it’s a famous beach with various bits and pieces of history in it, it makes up for a wonderful visit! Several locals here will lend out their cottages, and make it an extremely pocket-friendly stay for you!