The Mumbai monsoons are quite infamous. But, it is also the season that attracts plenty of visitors from all over India who come here to visit the nearby places. Read on to know about the best places you can visit near Mumbai during the rains.
Mumbai, which is known as the maximum city attracts tourists all year around. But, many people prefer visiting the city during the monsoon. While the city itself may not be so pleasant during the rains, there are plenty of places around Mumbai, which are just a few hours of drive from the city and are popular among nature lovers. With several hill stations and waterfalls nearby, Mumbai acts a gateway for the tourists to visit these places.
Located at a height of more than 2600 feet above sea level, Matheran is a popular weekend destination for Mumbaikars and other tourists visiting the city from other parts of the country. The majestic hill station is a wonderful place to leave behind the chaos and hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a quaint holiday amidst the lush greenery in the laps of nature.
The best part about this hill station is that no vehicles are allowed in the area, which means the air is pristine. The only means of transport here is either walking or you can take the horse ride. There are many points here like the Echo point , sun set point, panorama point, where you can get a 360 degree view of the magnificent Western Ghats.
Another popular weekend trip destination for the people of Mumbai, Alibaug is also quite popular among other tourists who visit Mumbai. Located about 95 kilometers away from Mumbai, Alibaugh is known for its beautiful beaches and scrumptious seafood. The drive to Alibaug would take about 3-4 hours, and while you are driving you can get a beautiful view of the western ghats and many waterfalls that are a cynosure to the eye.
During the monsoon, the beaches may be off-limit because the sea can get rough and it can be dangerous but it would be worth visiting the various forts nearby, especially the Korlai Fort. Here you can find the ruins depicting the Mughal, Maratha and the Portuguese architecture. If you are seeking more adventure, you can go for a trek to the Kolaba fort.
The Lohagad Fort is located close to Pune and it is a perfect holiday destination for those seeking a bit of adventure and nature lovers. The fort is a perfect representation of Maharashtra’s rich culture and history. The fort is a popular trekking spot for nature lovers, and although the trek is medium on the difficult range, once you climb atop you get a stunning view of the Tikona Hills, the Pavana Dam, and the Duke’s Nose.
During the Monsoons, the nearby hills come alive with greenery and streams of water flowing from the top make for a wonderful sight. If you are a first-time trekker, the climb to the top may take time, but once you reach the zenith, the view will be worth its time and efforts.
Kolad is a small village located about 115 kms from Mumbai, and it boasts of several natural beauties, including the pristine lakes and waterfalls that form during the monsoon. Apart from its natural beauty, Kolad is also known for hosting adventure sports, including white water rafting or river rafting and rappelling down the waterfall.
If you wish to travel to Mumbai from Delhi during the rains, it would be advisable to check the Mumbai to Delhi flight calendar to know the schedule as sometimes during the monsoons, the heavy rains can disrupt the flight.