Mumbai is the city that never sleeps. Like a continual bolt of energy, the wheels of life here trundle on. However, sometimes, the urban clamour and din can get too much to bear. Soaring stress levels, snowballing pollution, and the restless rat race can come together to create a deadly cocktail. Sometimes, it helps kickstart the adrenalin but at other times, you have just about had enough of it.
Comfortably nestled by the Western Ghats, Mumbai offers a myriad of options to city-weary souls. The city may be painted a shade of concrete but the outskirts are gilded with lush green hills, luminous blue skies, and crystal-clear lakes. A rich blanket of biodiversity beckons the weary mind to come and rejuvenate the senses.
Mumbai Travellers began as a humble effort to link likeminded travellers to explore and go on adventures together. Often people long to head out into the unknown but they don’t find a willing group. Mumbai Travellers has now grown from a fledgling travel club to the biggest travel community in Mumbai and one of the largest in India. We understand that travelling means different things to each person. Mumbai Travellers helps you seek what you need from your journey. The plethora of adventures organised includes simple to challenging treks, nature trails, wildlife safaris, cycling tours, backpacking expeditions, ecotours, corporate outings, camping experiences, and photography workshops. There is something for everyone. Here, Mumbai Travellers exclusively draws for you its top 10 weekend getaways near Mumbai.
1. Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary
Distance: 25 km.
A thriving biosphere just outside Mumbai city, Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary is the ideal weekend destination for birders and photographers. Apart from the majestic flamingo, you can spot falcons, curlews, ducks, and hawks. A crab pond, mangrove nursery, and boat rides in the creek create a thrilling experience that Mumbai Travellers recommends for families with young children who are eager to explore the wild in a safe environment.
Distance: 193 km.
A lakeside haven in the hills, Bhandardara is an adventurer’s delight. Mumbai Travellers take you on an adventure that you will cherish for long. The clear waters of the lake, complemented by the rich blue skies and guarded by soaring hills is truly a sight to behold. Pitch a tent by the pristine blue waters and enjoy the thrill of gathering firewood before sundown. A bonfire underneath the star-spangled sky will create memories that will linger long after the night is done.
Distance: 122 km.
Undoubtedly Maharashtra’s most famous getaway for watersports, Kolad falls along the picturesque Konkan belt. This Konkan hamlet offers the unique distinction of being India’s only rafting facilities that are open all year around. With lush vegetation and a myriad of adventure activities, Kolad throws open its arms to adrenalin-seekers all year around. Skip that adventure park and join Mumbai Travellers on a true trip into the wild.
Distance: 98 km.
The most popular beach getaway from Mumbai, Alibaug is accessible by road and by ferry. White sand beaches, clear skies, and swaying palm trees create a soothing ambience to rejuvenate your mind. For those who are tired of hoping into a bus or a car, Mumbai Travellers take things a step further and presents ‘Cycling to Alibaug’. Test your endurance level over a 50km ride that finally culminates in victory and a truly indulgent Konkan meal.
5. Tamhini Ghat
Distance: 160 km.
A mountain passage located between Tamhini and Mulshi, this ghat is especially stunning in the monsoons. Come and join Mumbai Travellers are we explore the majestic Sahyadri range to its core on our special Tamhini to Lonavala Circuit ride. Explore little known villages and thrill in the delight of gushing waterfalls and a vast verdant greenery. The fun of tucking into piping hot bhajiya and chai in the rains is matched by little else.
6. Sandhan Valley
Distance: 212 km.
Popularly known as the Valley of Shadows, Sandhan Valley is part of a deep gorge in the Sahyadri range. A haven for trekkers, the journey is challenging but the sights along the valley are extremely breath-taking. The walk through the wet valley guarded by lofty rocks that soar over 300 ft. is a truly exhilarating experience. If you like the feeling of the wild and the thrill of having your nerves on edge, then join Mumbai Travellers on a trek to Sandhan that you will cherish as a lifetime achievement.
7. Kaas Plateau
Distance: 279 km.
Also known as Kaas Pathar, this scenic valley has been declared a World Heritage Site owing to its unique biodiversity. Home to over 800 species of flowers, the rich natural habitat also fosters many rare plants and endemic butterflies. Mumbai Travellers organises educational and photography trips to this flower heaven on earth. Once you are ready to leave the plateau, head over to Bamnoli Lake to witness a truly beautiful sunset.
8. Velas Beach
Distance: 222 km.
A small eco-village in Ratnagiri district, Velas is best known for its population of Olive Ridley turtles. Relive innocence at Velas beach as you witness the turtles hatch from their eggs and take their first steps towards to ocean. Truly a sight to behold! Learn all about the preserved ecosystem and how NGOs have taken efforts to maintain the numbers of this endangered reptile. Nearby areas that you can explore include Dapoli, Harihareshwar, and Shrivardhan.
9. Duke’s Nose, Khandala
Distance: 81 km.
Also known as Nagphani, Duke’s Nose is a famed trekking point near Lonavala. The perfect locale for a challenging adventure, Duke’s Nose offers a great setting for exciting rappelling, valley crossing and rock climbing. The tough trek to the top is abundantly rewarded with a striking view of the lush green valley below. Mumbai Travellers organises a not to missed experience of moonlight rappelling from this magnificent point. Under expert guidance and supervision, enjoy the nightly view from the top of Khandala that few have.
10. Heritage Cycle Tour, Mumbai
Distance: With Mumbai city limits
Want to get away without leaving the city? Yes, it is possible! See a different side of the city you call home as you join Mumbai Travellers on its popular Mumbai Midnight Cycle Ride. Starting from Colaba, the ride takes you through all the important heritage points of the city including the Gateway of India, Nariman Point, Haji Ali, Horniman Circle, the Antilla Tower and much more. Learn about the rich heritage of aamchi Mumbai in one of the oldest parts of the city. Make friends and return with truly cherished memories.
Not a dull Mumbai weekend anymore as a multitude of choices await you. Whether you are a solo traveller, someone who likes to travel with family or a person who prefers to meet new people along the way, Mumbai Travellers has a plethora of adventure activities to suit each taste. From challenging treks to bike rides, camping expeditions, and even corporate tours, we have a team of experts to guide you along the way. Our aim is to make sure you journey as traveller and not merely as a tourist. Travelling becomes a journey of self-discovery, rejuvenation, and illumination. Mumbai Travellers is your travel buddy, a road companion, and a guide to make sure you find what you seek and create memories for life.