Monsoon might be the season that keeps some people constricted to the four walls of their homes, but we truly believe that they are missing out on all things fun by not venturing out to enjoy the rains. This is the time when nature is at its greenest with swelling rivers and waterfalls adding to picturesque landscapes. There are several renowned monsoon treks conducted during this period too. So, dear nature and adventure lovers, consider this article as a message that it's time you head out to make the most of this season. Be it treks, river rafting or just a romantic outing, here is a list of Top 5 Monsoon Getaways from Mumbai.
5 Places To Go To, For An Enjoyable Monsoon
This destination probably comes up every time someone mentions monsoon. But it surely lives up to the hype. With plenty of treks happening in and around this popular hill station, there are also quite a few adventure parks found here. One can visit amusement Parks, Wax Museums, Water Parks, Lakeside Camps, Hot Air Ballooning, Fort visits and much more. Lonavala is at a short distance of around 2 hours from Mumbai and around an hour from Pune. The best time to visit Lonavala is from June to September.
Located in the district of Pune, Khandala is a great destination for lovers of nature. Visit the serene Pavana Lake in Khandala to bless your visual senses. Pay a visit to the Rajmachi Fort, Visapur Fort as well as Lohagad Fort. Check out the celebrity Wax Museum. The adrenaline junkies can always plan a trip to Imagica or Della adventures which are located near Khandala.
This quaint hill station near Mumbai is a pretty unique destination. Matheran preserves its colonial architecture with great views of lakes and hills alike. A fun fact about this place is that no automobiles are allowed here due to the narrow roads. One is to travel on foot or take a horseback ride. A man-pulled rick is also a mode of transport here. There are several points to be covered like Panorama point, the One Tree Hill Point, Charlotte Lake and more. One can do the adventurous sports of Parasailing, Paragliding, Rock Climbing and more at Matheran.
This place is located in the Raigad district of Maharashtra and is 2 hours away from Mumbai. Kolad is famous for its river rafting which is practiced especially in the monsoon months of June to September. This quaint village is unexplored because of its anonymity. There are various caves, waterfalls, forts, lakes and valleys in and around Kolad to be visited. Kolad has several adventure sports like Bungee Jumping, Kayaking, Rafting, Zip-lining, Camping, Rappelling and much more!
The most sought-after travel destination during the monsoons, Mahabaleshwar lives up to the hype. Pune; at a distance of 120 km, is the closest city to this hill station. Make the most of Mahabaleshwar by visiting the many points here. Relish on the corn tikkis, bhuttas over here. Chances are that the popular Venna Lake will be shut for tourists due to the rains. For lovers of history and treks, climb up the Pratapgadh fort. Visit the renowned Mapro garden and treat yourself to some freshly baked pizzas and sandwiches. Pay a visit to the majestic Lingmala falls which also require a mini hiking trail.
Do let us know in the comments section below about your Monsoon experience.