Offbeat Weekend Getaways from Mumbai | Unexplored Places

Are you a Mumbaikar? And bored of all the crowded popular getaways? Do you also need a new place to explore which has scenic beauty with less crowd? Read travel information about Mumbai here.

So Here We Are With A  List Of 5 Not So Known Weekend Getaways From Mumbai You Should Visit-


Bhandardara

Bhandardara is a small town mixed with a blend of natural beauty, tranquility, greenery, waterfalls, mountains, invigorating air and amazing ambiance. The small town has many tourist attractions and places that depict ancient traditions of India.

Where Is Bhandardara?

The town is located in the Ahmednagar district of the state of Maharashtra and is about 165 kilometers from Mumbai.

Places To Visit

Wilson Dam

The Dam is built on Pravara river in the year 1910 and is the largest earthen dam in India. The dam has unusual flora with thick greenery, huge trees, and little streams. The dam is one of the best places to visit at Bhandardara. During Monsoons, when the water level increases the gates of the dam opens itself to release water into the plains. And later you can go to the edge of the Garden to enjoy the glittery sprinkles of the water. You can visit the Wilson Dam anytime till the evenings. The entry to the place is free of cost.

Arthur Lake

Arthur Lake is a fantastic place to visit! The lake is surrounded by lush green trees and rocky mountains of Sahyadri ranges. The lake gets its water from the Pravara river. You can visit this Lake anytime till the evenings. The entry to the place is free of cost.

Ratanwadi Village

Ratanwadi village is near Bhandardara. The place is loved mostly by the adventurous junkies as trekking is one of the most active activity at the village. Besides, the village also has an astounding fort called Ratangad which is about 2000 year old and was captured by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj during his era. The village is visited by many tourists. The best time to visit this village is during the months of November to June.

Kalsubai Peak

Kalsubai Peak is the highest peak of Sahyadri Mountains and is also known as Everest of Maharashtra. The peak gives a majestic view of the Rocky mountains and long thick green trees giving a sight of the entire Bhandardara. You can reach this peak by trekking, and even man-made stairs are available to reach the peak for visitors who can't trek. You can visit this Peak anytime till the evenings. The entry to the place is free of cost.

Randha Falls

Randha Falls is another major waterfall attraction in the town of Bhandardara. The crystal clear water of the Pravara river falls from a height of almost 170ft into great steep sides. The best time to visit this place is during rainy season as the waterfall looks very attractive in the monsoons. The entry to the site is free of charge.

Distance From Mumbai

Bhandardara is almost 165 km away from Mumbai. It takes 2-3 hours to reach Bhandardara from Mumbai.

Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Bhandardara depends on you!!! If you're visiting this place to explore the beauty, then visit it during monsoons while if you're planning to visit this place for experiencing new things like trekking then visit this place during the winter season.

Itinerary To Bhandardara

Day 1

Morning- Departure from Mumbai.

Breakfast- At a midway restaurant.

Afternoon- Check in at the hotel in Bhandardara and lunch in the hotel.

Mid Afternoon- Visit Arthur Lake and Randha Falls.

Dinner- At the hotel or any local restaurant.

Day 2

Morning- Breakfast at the hotel and then check out.

Afternoon- Visit Ratanwadi village.

Late Evenings- Back to Mumbai.

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Malshej Ghat

Located in the western ghats, Malshej Ghat is a hill station ranged in Thane- Pune district. The ghat has beautiful flora and fauna and is a home to many birds. The place is most popular among hikers, trekkers, and nature lovers.The ghat is just a must visit place for nature lovers!!!

Where is Malshej Ghat?

Malshej Ghat is located in the Thane-Pune district of Maharashtra, India. The ghat is about 154 km away from Mumbai.

Places To Visit

Malshej Falls

There are end number of waterfalls at Malshej Ghat. Rain, fog and the cascading shiny waterfalls surrounded by wooded forest together form the refreshing and fascinating Malshej Falls. The water falling downwards in the rocky mountains is amazingly beautiful to see. Some waterfalls at the Ghat are so massive that they fall onto the road. The best time to visit this place is during the rainy season.The entry to the site is free of charge.

Pimpalgaon Joga

Located near the clear waters of the enchanting Pushpavati river, the Pimpalgaon Joga Dam is a beautiful long structure. It is one of the most visited places of Malshej Ghat. The place is also a home to bird lovers, and you can spot many birds like Pitta, alpine swift, whistling thrush, green pigeon, quail and pied crested cuckoo here. You can visit this place anytime till the evenings. The entry to the place is free of cost.

Harishchandragad Fort

Harishchandragad fort is situated about 4670 feet in the district of Ahmednagar. It is a hill fort in Maharashtra and has several temples dedicated to Vishnu and Ganesh inside it. The fort has a phenomenal view and has the second highest peak in Maharashtra known as Taramati peak. The fort is mainly famous for trekking. Besides, trekking there are many temples and caves you can visit. You can visit this fort from sunrise to sunset. The entry to the place is free of cost.

Ajoba Hill Fort

Just like Harishchandragad Fort, this fort is also famous for adventures like trekking and rock climbing. The fort is surrounded by scenic beauty all over with amazing flora and fauna. You can visit this fort from sunrise to sunset. The entry to the place is free of cost.

Distance From Mumbai

Malshej Ghat is almost 154 km away from Mumbai. It takes about 1.5-2 hours to reach Malshej Ghat from Mumbai.

Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Malshej Ghat is during the months of July to January.

Itinerary to Malshej Ghat

Day 1

Morning- Departure from Mumbai.

Breakfast- At a midway restaurant.

Afternoon- Check in at the hotel in Malshej ghat and lunch in the hotel.

Mid Afternoon- Visit Malshej falls and Harishchandragad fort.

Dinner- At the hotel or any local restaurant.

Day 2

Morning- Breakfast at the hotel and then check out.

Afternoon- Visit to Pimpalgaon Joga.

Late Evenings- Back to Mumbai.

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Kolad

Kolad is a small village in Raigad district of Maharashtra. It is an enjoyable getaway for people who love adventure. You can experience river rafting, camping and many other things at Kolad throughout the year. The place also has crystal clear waterfalls and lush green meadows which attract most of the tourists.

Where Is Kolad?

Kolad is situated in Raigad district. The village is almost 117 km away from Mumbai.

Places To Visit

White Water Rafting

Kolad is a paradise for adventurous junkies. As it offers many water sports activities river rafting, rappelling, kayaking and much more. White water rafting is one of the most famous action at Kolad. The rafting takes place between expedition on Kundalika River. The sports activity takes place across two dams covering about a stretch of 12 km. Having a sports event surrounded by the beauty of the mother earth is just a perfect opportunity to say a goodbye to your fears. You can visit this place every day from sunrise to sunset. The entry cost of Whitewater rafting is Rs.1500 per person.

Tamhini Ghat Waterfalls

Also known as Valse, these amazing waterfalls are just mesmerizing. The water falling downwards in the rocky mountains is amazingly beautiful to see. Many other falls like Kansai Waterfalls and hot springs at Uddhar are situated near to Tamhini Ghat waterfalls. You can visit this place every day from sunrise to sunset. The entry to the place is free of cost.

Bhira Dam

Bhira Dam was built by Tata Power Company in the year 1927 and so is also known as Tata Powerhouse Dam. The primary use of this Dam is for irrigational purposes and power generation. The Dam is also a  primary source of water for the Kundalika River. You can visit this place every day from sunrise to sunset. The entry to the place is free of cost.

Ghosala Fort

Ghosala Fort is one of the most famous forts of Kolad. It is usually known for its beautiful architecture and design. The fort has two temples and a dargah together situated inside. Many stores and chambers can be seen inside the fort. You can visit this place every day from sunrise to sunset. The entry to the place is free of cost.

Kuda Mandad Caves

Kuda Mandad Caves is a part of the Janjira Hills. The cave has many traditional and cultural sculptures, paintings and inscriptions present inside. Stupas of the Lord are also seen in the caves. The cave only depicts Indian culture and so is worth seeing. You can visit this place every day from sunrise to sunset. The entry to the place is free of cost.

Besides, there are many more unusual places like Tala fort, Gaimukh, Sutarwadi Lake to visit.

Distance From Mumbai

The village is almost 117 km away from Mumbai. It takes 2 hours to reach Kolad from Mumbai.

Best Time To Visit

You can visit Kolad at any time of the year. But the best time to visit Kolad is during the months from June to March i.e., the monsoon and winter season.

Itinerary to Kolad

Day 1

Morning- Departure from Mumbai.

Breakfast- At a midway restaurant.

Afternoon- Check in at the hotel in Kolad and lunch in the hotel.

Mid Afternoon- Visit Bhira Dam and Tamhini Ghat fall.

Dinner- At the hotel or any local restaurant.

Day 2

Morning- Breakfast at the hotel and then check out.

Afternoon- Visit white water rafting.

Late Evenings- Back to Mumbai.


Igatpuri

Igatpuri is a small hill station town located in Nashik district of Maharashtra, India. The place is surrounded by the highest peaks in Sahyadri with beautiful ambiance. The place is a paradise for trekkers and hikers. Besides, the town is also famous for Vipassana International Academy, where the ancient technique of meditation is taught called Vipassana.

Where is Igatpuri?

Igatpuri is located in Nashik district of Maharashtra, India. The place is about 130 km away from Mumbai and almost 300 km away from Pune.

Places To Visit

Bhatsa River Valley

Bhatsa river valley is situated near to the entrance of Igatpuri.  The valley lies in the basin of the beautiful Bhatsa River. The place is usually famous for amazing view surrounded with natural vegetations and rocky mountains.  You can visit this place every day from sunrise to sunset. The entry to the place is free of cost.

Ghatandevi  Mandir

Ghatandevi Temple is one of the very famous pilgrimage place. The temple lies just near to the camel valley of Igatpuri. According to legends, It is believed that this deity is known as 'the protector of the ghats' and so is worshiped by half of Igatpuri. You can visit this place every day from 7.00am to 7.00pm. The entry to the place is free of cost.

Tringalwadi Fort

Near to Ghatandevi temple lies the Tringalwadi fort. The fort is situated at an altitude of 3000 ft above sea level and gives a phenomenal view of the lush greenery and thick rocky mountains. The fort is mostly loved by trekkers and hikers. You can visit this place every day from sunrise to sunset. The entry to the place is free of cost.

Vipassana Center

Vipassana International Academy is where the ancient technique of meditation is taught called Vipassana. The center was founded by S.N Goenka and offers all variety of meditation courses. Many tourists come from all over the globe to visit this center. You can visit this place every day from sunrise to sunset. The entry to the place is free of cost but the course of meditation is chargeable.

Besides, there are many other places like Kulangadd trek, Bitangad trek, Kalsubai peak to visit.

Distance From Mumbai

Igatpuri is about 130 km away from Mumbai. It takes 1-1.5 hours to reach Igatpuri from Mumbai.

Best Time To Visit

You can visit Igatpuri anytime of the year. But the best time to visit Igatpuri is during monsoon and winter season.

Itinerary to Igatpuri

Day 1

Morning- Departure from Mumbai.

Breakfast- At a midway restaurant.

Afternoon- Check in at the hotel in Igatpuri and lunch in the hotel.

Mid Afternoon- Visit to Ghatandevi temple and Tringalwadi fort.

Dinner- At the hotel or any local restaurant.

Day 2

Morning- Breakfast at the hotel and then check out.

Afternoon- Visit to Vipassana center.

Late Evenings- Back to Mumbai.


Jawhar

Situated at western ghats, Jawhar is a place of cultural heritage. The place was established in the year 1918 and so is one of the oldest municipal councils in the state of Maharashtra. It is known as one of the few remaining tribal regions i.e Warli and is famous for its beautiful warli painting that is a characteristic landmark of this place. The hill station is filled with natural beauty and several men made marvels.

Where is Jawhar?

Jawhar is situated in Palghar district of Maharashtra state in Konkan division. The place is about 155 km away from Mumbai.

Places To Visit

Sunset Point

This point has beautiful ambiance with mesmerizing sunset view. Sunset point is one of the major attractions of the hill station. The place is a paradise for nature lovers. You can visit this place every day during the sunset. The entry to the place is free of cost. Read accesories for summer hoilday tips here.

Jai Vilas Palace

Jai Vilas Palace is another prime attraction of Jawhar. The palace is regarded as one of the most famous historic sites. Jai Vilas Palace was once a home to the kings of Munke Family and was called as Raj Bari. The palace is magnificently built and has an amazing architecture with lush green surroundings. The palace narrates the lifestyle and the culture of the tribal kings of Munke family. You can visit this palace every day from 10.00am to 5.00 pm and the entry to the palace is free of cost.

Shirpamal

Shirpamal is an astounding piece of structure made by great emperor of Maratha Kingdom, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The place is built at the top of the hill, and its main purpose was to keep an eye on the enemies during the war. The place is amazing and features the cultural and historic background of India. You can visit this place every day from sunrise to sunset. The entry to the place is free of cost.

Hanuman Point

Hanuman point is one of the other famous tourist points of Jawahar. According to legends, Lord Hanuman rested at this place while on his way to meet Lord Rama's brother, Bharath so is named as Hanuman point. The place has a phenomenal view of the spectacular fort and the lush greenery. You can visit this place every day from sunrise to sunset. The entry to the place is free of cost.

Besides, there are many places like Dabdaba falls, Bhopatgad fort to visit at Jawhar.

Distance From Mumbai

Jawhar is almost 155 km away from Mumbai. It takes almost 1-2 hours to reach this place from Mumbai.

Best Time To Visit

You can visit Jawhar anytime of the year but the best time to visit the place is during the winter season.

Itinerary to Jawhar

Day 1

Morning- Departure from Mumbai.

Breakfast- At a midway restaurant.

Afternoon- Check in at the hotel in Jawhar and lunch in the hotel.

Mid Afternoon- Visit to Jai Vilas Palace and Sunset point.

Dinner- At the hotel or any local restaurant.

Day 2

Morning- Breakfast at the hotel and then check out.

Afternoon- Visit to Shirpamal.

Late Evenings- Back to Mumbai.

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