Nancy B. Varghese
True happiness is knowing that there is a long weekend ahead that is going to allow you to escape your mundane routine, even if it is for an extra day or two. Thankfully, we have the long Independence Day weekend to look for forward to, right around the corner, and we couldn’t be more excited! For the daily, fast-paced lives that residents of the City of Dreams lead, we give you a comprehensive list of weekend getaways near Mumbai for a quick escape!
If you like the feeling of adrenaline pumping through your veins, look no further than the paragliding paradise of India. Kamshet offers several points from where you can soar through the skies, completely supervised by paragliding experts that will ensure that your experience is just as safe as it is thrilling.
Distance from Mumbai: 102KM
Time: 2 hours approx.
Best route: A train from Mumbai to Lonavla and then a suburban train to Kamshet or take the buses that ply regularly from Mumbai to Pune.
Legend says that Lord Ganesha moved to Pule from his abode in Gule, after taking offence to a remark made by a native woman. The 400-year-old Ganpati idol at Ganpatipule is said to have sprung up from the soil, hence giving name to the Swayambhu Ganpati Temple which is a must-visit for devotees from across the country. For beach-lovers, pilgrims, and peace-seekers alike, this place offers the perfect getaway amongst picturesque coconut palms, mangroves abound, and Konkani cuisine to die for!
Distance from Mumbai: 344 km
Time: 7 hours approx.
Best route: A train from Mumbai to Ratnagiri, which is 30 km from Ganpatipule or take the buses available from Mumbai to Ganpatipule.
This charming spot ideal for trekking and picnicking is set in the Raigad district and is situated off the Mumbai-Pune highway to Goa. The sanctuary is located around the historical Karnala Fort (another wonderful trekking spot) and is open to visitors from sunrise to sunset. Government rest-houses, hotels, and resorts are conveniently located around the area, where you can reside after having your fill of being able to spot close to 222 species of birds!
Distance from Mumbai: 50 km
Time: 1.5 hours approx.
Best route: A train to Panvel station from the Harbour Line railway in Mumbai which is 12 km from the sanctuary or take the state buses available on the Mumbai-Goa highway.
The blue waters and the white sands of Tarkarli beach are sure to give you major #VacationGoals so incredibly close to home. Known for its spectacular coral beaches, this popular destination is close to 548 kilometres from Mumbai, on the Malvan coast, where you can even sign up for a short certificate course in scuba diving and enjoy a plethora of watersports to satiate your adventurous spirit!
Distance from Mumbai: 536 km
Time: 9 hours approx.
Best route: Trains are available from Mumbai to Kudal, which is at 56 km from Tarkarli Beach or take the state transport buses from Mumbai.
Pick your postcard perfect view of the Western Ghats as you visit this holiday resort village situated near Igatpuri, where you can immerse yourself in nature’s bounty and visit the most beautiful waterfalls, lakes, and mountains to calm your frazzled mind. Arthur Lake, Wilson Dam, Randha Falls and Bhandardara Lake are some of the most tranquil spots that you need to include in your list!
Distance from Mumbai: 164 km
Time: 3.5 hours approx.
Best route: Trains are available from Mumbai to Igatpuri, which is 28 km from Bhandardara or take the state transport buses from Mumbai.
The scenic landscape of lush green mountains and waterfalls in Kolad also hosts a variety of activities for the thrill seeking traveller such as river rafting on the gushing currents of the Kundalika River. Kolad also boasts of amazing beauty that comes alive in the arms of the monsoon, making it a visual treat for shutterbugs, and an idyllic vacation spot for everyone!
Distance from Mumbai: 122 km
Time: 3 hours approx.
Best route: Trains are available from Mumbai to Kolad, or take the state transport buses from Mumbai.
Beach-bums unite, for the shores of Vengurla call out to you with promises of blissful days and dreamy nights. Located in the Sindhudurg district in the North of Goa, this town encompasses a rich cultural heritage, giving its visitors something to look forward to every day. Look no further than the five beaches: Vayangani, Shiroda, Sagareshwar, Mochemad, and Nivati to spend your long weekend lazing around and doing absolutely nothing to truly lose yourself in happiness!
Distance from Mumbai: 122 km
Time: 3 hours approx.
Best route: You can take a flight from Mumbai to Goa; trains are available from Mumbai to Thivim which is 52 km from Vengurla.
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