Mumbai Monsoon: We all Mumbaikars are waiting for the monsoon to get rest from sweaty summer. Plan your monsoon vacation in advance, as the Mumbai Monsoon is the perfect time to leave your stress away.
So, we have a list 9 must Visit awesome places near Mumbai during Mumbai Monsoon
1 Thoseghar Falls
Thoseghar Village in Satara is filled with waterfalls ranging from 20 metres to 500 metres in height. The Thoseghar Falls, one of the best waterfalls near Mumbai in monsoon are in their prime in the monsoon with more water gushing from the heights. A calm and serene surrounding with a quiet lake and the only noise filling the silence is from the waterfalls. An ideal place for picnic, a quick swim in the lake or for just watching the ebb and flow of water.
Bhandardara is a peaceful holiday resort village nestled in the Sahyadri Hills in the Western Ghats. It is famed for its remote location, and also the fact that it is an important stop over point while going to Shirdi. It is located right next to the Pravara River from where one can get spectacular views of the natural beauty in the area. Arthur Lake and Randha falls are the main attractions here. Lying amidst lush greenery, high hills and water, Bhandardara is the perfect monsoon getaway from the hustle and bustle of Mumbai and is also visited by tourists throughout the year.
3 Mulshi Dam
A quick 3 hour drive from Mumbai, Mulshi Dam is your one day escape route from Mumbai’s chaos. The Dam built on the Mula River is a major electricity generator for Maharashtra. In the peak monsoon season, the dam flows in full force and there is a deep fog in the region making it feel like literally walking in the clouds. A drive to Mulshi itself is invigorating with the area covered in forest lands and mist.
Widely known as Mini Kashmir, Tapola is a satellite village of Mahabaleshwar about 25 kms ahead of it. Because of its raw beauty and untouched natural landscape, it’s a perfect place to visit near Mumbai in monsoon when the entire area is lush with greenery. One can get an amazing view of the Koyana Dam, which is one of the biggest dams in Maharashtra. Kas Pathar is a place one must visit while here as it turns into a breathtaking bed of flowers post monsoon. But the main attraction at Tapola is the Shivsagar Lake, which all water sports lovers will absolutely love. There are also many strawberry farms and nurseries of Gerberra around Tapola. So head over to this quiet, scenic place near Mumbai during the monsoon season and have a great time!
Close to the Mumbai – Goa Highway, Kolad is a quaint little place quite close to Mumbai with serene lake surrounded by hillocks and bursting waterfalls. The Kundalika River flows through Kolad and is full to brim in the monsoons, flowing in much gusto. There are white water river rafting facilities at the river. Kolad comparatively sees less visitors which makes for a quiet getaway. One can enjoy a swim in the lake or trek about the hillocks near the waterfalls.
Covered in thick forests in the lap of the magnificent Sahyadri ranges with the Amba River flowing through the woods; combined offer a tranquil and pleasant atmosphere for a quick monsoon getaway from Mumbai or Pune. The place is full of waterfalls in the rainy season where one can enjoy trekking through the falls and greenery. For the more adventure seekers, Durshet also offers adventurous activities like rock climbing, rappelling, river crossing, etc. Durshet is also filled with a wide variety of flora and fauna; you can hear the shrill of the birds chirping or see a butterfly at work!
When you think of a weekend monsoon getaway, the first thing you think about is quiet and calm. Then what better than Matheran, which has rule of no vehicles allowed within the town! Just the journey to Matheran is exciting, a train ride in a heritage railway and travel around the town on horseback or hand pulled rickshaws. The hills themselves have much to offer as the clouds practically descends over it in the monsoon and with an adjoining valley it has over 30 lookout points, the beautiful Charlotte Lake and the ancient Pisarnath Mahadev Temple.
8 Lohagad Fort
One of the hill forts of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, this fort near Pune ruins is a perfect blend of historic and adventure. The entrance of the fort is called the Wind Spot which leaves you literally swept off your feet. One of the best trekking option near Mumbai for a day, especially in monsoon, Lohagad Fort offers a splendid view from the top. From the top you can view the Tung and Tikona Hills, the Pavana Dam and the Duke’s Nose. In monsoon the fort is covered in various shades of green making it sight to behold.
9 Lonavla and Khandala
The twin hill stations of Lonavla and Khandala near Mumbai close to the Deccan Plateau offers a combined package of land and water. Surrounded by lush greenery and little poodles of water and gushing streams, this is an all in one place to visit near Mumbai in monsoon. The Bhushi Dam situated nearby has a beautiful waterfall to boast; bathe in the streams or have a picnic nearby. Little shacks of food offer some warm tasty dishes! Rajmachi View Point and a Celebrity Wax museum made on the lines of the London’s Madame Tussaud’s is a new attraction nearby.
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