The rains bring pleasant weather, lush greenery, winds, and the desire to go on a blissful weekend amid forests or mountains. Holiday plans in the monsoon are on a whole new level. If you live in Mumbai or a neighbouring area, you will surely be waiting for the city to be hit with rain so that you can drive to the nearest hills or valleys and enjoy nature. We have curated a list of a few weekend getaways which are not very common and you can easily visit from Mumbai and enjoy rain along with hot chai and a cosy read.
Top 7 Offbeat Places To Visit Near Mumbai During The Monsoons
Karnala is about 50 kilometres from Mumbai city and is home to one of the most scenic treks in the state. The meadow gets transformed into lush greenery and mesmerising streams that flow throughout the rainy season. There is a bird sanctuary in Karnala with varied species of birds which is a scenic sight during the rainy season.
Yet another weekend destination from Mumbai, Kamshet is at a distance of around 120 kilometres from Mumbai and is a very scenic location, especially during the monsoon season. There are many adventurous activities to indulge in, like trekking, hiking, and waterfalls. Kamshet is known for its paragliding centres but they remain closed during monsoon season.
At around 85 kilometres from Mumbai, this little town of Durshet is blessed with picturesque landscapes, lovely surroundings and less crowd. You can go trekking into the lovely hills, enjoy watersports at the Amba River, and have a blissful gateway at Durshet.
Jawhar is located in the Thane district of Maharashtra and has many natural attractions from waterfalls, sunset points and streams to admire. You can even visit the famous Jai Vilas Palace and forts in the nearby locality. The Warli art of this region is very famous and a beautiful art form. You can buy artefacts with the art done on them. Some locals may even arrange workshops if you want to learn the art.
5. Malshej Ghat
The most popular known destination amongst bikers especially during the monsoon season, Malshej Ghat has plenty to offer when it comes to nature. There are numerous hiking trails to explore while admiring the lush greenery, flowing streams, and serene waterfalls. You can also visit Darkoba Peak, Ajoba Hill Fort, Jivdhan Chawand Fort and Harishchandragad while in Malshej.
A hidden getaway spot, Bhandardara is unexplored and untouched by many. There are long, scenic roads to enjoy a road trip, while other adventure sports like trekking and camping are also available. You can also visit Shirdi which is nearby.
Harihareshwar is famous for its gorgeous beaches, temples and peaceful atmosphere. The beaches in Harihareshwar are surrounded by hills and mountains making it a scenic destination during monsoons. You can enjoy the beach as well as the hills in the same place. When in Harihareshwar, do not forget to visit Ganesh Gully, Bhagamandala and the Harihareshwar beach.
Where would you head to this, monsoon season?