Mumbai, with its grime and rush-hour traffic, can be quite soul-sapping for those who love to travel by road. A bike trip from Mumbai to nearby places makes for a great weekend getaway. And the terrain sure does not disappoint. In our previous post, we covered road trips from Delhi. For our readers in Mumbai, here is a list of places for road trips from Mumbai.
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66 kms from Mumbai
Known For : Tiger's Leap | Bushi Dam | Lonavala Lake
There is probably not a soul in Mumbai who doesn’t know about Lonavala – it’s easily the most popular weekend getaway from Mumbai and Pune. But no matter how crowded or mainstream, a bike trip from Mumbai to Lonavala is an experience in itself – vastly different than taking a cab or bus. Some might consider the ride in rains dangerous, but the drive becomes extremely pleasant and refreshing during rain – just wear a water-proof jacket and you’re good to go. The surroundings are most beautiful and green during the monsoons and perfect for an invigorating road trip from Mumbai. Road Conditions: 2 wheelers are not allowed on the Mumbai – Pune expressway, but the old Mumbai – Pune Highway is in really good shape, and with all the cabs and buses taking the expressway, it leaves you with an extremely open road with hardly much traffic. (Personal best time recorded: 1.45 hours) Dhabas: Unfortunately, there are not many dhabas on the road apart from the few options that you see just as you leave Panvel. There is a McDonald’s drive-thru and a few restaurants as you leave Panvel.
Best Time : Throughout the year
47 kms from Mumbai
Known For : Water Sports in Alibaug | Kolaba fort | Alibaug beach
Although a crowded beach, Alibaug presents a good short-distance road trip from Mumbai. Road Conditions: The road is a part of the Mumbai – Goa highway, which is pretty crowded, and the lack of a divider restricts you from driving too fast throughout the journey. However, the highway is being renovated, with road width being doubled and a divided introduced, which would greatly speed things up. That being said, with the weather on your side, the 4 -4.5 hours ride should be a breeze.
Best Time : November to March
152 kms from Mumbai
Known For : Elephant's Head point | Chinaman's falls | Dhobi waterfall
This is the longest drive we’ll suggest you in this list of road trips from Mumbai – but we’re sure you won’t regret it. Mahabaleshwar is around 300 km from Mumbai but accounts for the factor that it’s a hill station, so the last 50 km take a long time. But the drive up the hill presents some amazing views, and maybe you can stop by a strawberry farm on the way. Road Condition: Take the old Pune highway, pass Lonavala, don’t miss the Pune bypass and take the Pune – Bangalore road. This road is a part of the Golden Quadrilateral project and hence in a perfectly maintained shape. Take the exit for Wai from the highway, and follow the signboards after that.
Best Time : October to June
161 kms from Mumbai
Known For : Kaas Plateau | Table Land | Mahabaleshwar
Deriving its name from the five hills surrounding it, Panchgani is a popular hill station near Mahabaleshwar, famous for its various sunset/sunrise points and scenic valley view. Located at an altitude of 1, 334 mts. , Panchgani is a hill station in Maharashtra, known for its scenic views. Five hills form the Sahyadri mountain ranges offer Panchgani its name. Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani makes the best choice for road trips as they both are famous for scenic beauty.
Best Time : September to May
71 kms from Mumbai
Known For : Kashid Beach | Murud Janjira Fort | Phansad Bird Sanctuary
Kashid is the closest thing you’ll get to a secluded beach at a driving distance from Mumbai. With a clean white sand beach and a few adventure sports, you can never be disappointed if you’re looking for a relaxing beach and a good ride. Murud beach is about 40 km further away from Kashid and it has a fort built in the sea – makes for an interesting watch. Road Conditions: The road from Mumbai to Alibag is pretty decent, and should be renovated soon. Alibag to Kashid (and onwards to Murud) is a thin winding road, but almost all of the 1-hour journey is along the coast, making it a wonderful drive, and more than making up for the potholes on the road. Bonus tip: If you’re looking to add some variety to your journey, you could instead take the road via Roha while coming back. It ends up around 40 km longer, but there is a small sanctuary on the way, which makes the drive very green and picturesque. Dhabas: Food is a slight issue in Kashid – there are no dhabas after Alibag, and only a few homemade food options in Kashid, mostly specializing in seafood. Vegetarians might find it hard to find good veg food.
Best Time : October to March
87 kms from Mumbai
Known For : Murud Janjira Fort | Murud Beach | Garambi Falls
Murud is known for its widespread sandy beaches adorned with majestic forts and outlined by palms and coconut trees, creating a perfect holiday scenery. Murud, in the Raigad district with resorts and natural beauty beckoning you, is the place to be for a relaxed, modest vacation, with sparkling golden beaches. Murud has adventure and spirituality, infused into its pristine landscapes. The soothing breeze, eyecatching view of Kashid and Murud is all that you need to refresh your mind and soul.
Best Time : Throughout the year
100 kms from Mumbai
Known For : Malshej falls | Pimpalgaon Joga Dam | Harishchandragad Fort Trek
A beautiful hill station With numerous waterfalls and dams, and a couple of forts, Malshej Ghat is one of the popular spots for road trips from Mumbai and Pune. Monsoon again is the best time to visit when the entire route is green and picturesque. Just around 130 km, the ride might leave you wanting for more. Road Condition: Half of the time would be spent on getting out of the city traffic. You won’t be out on the open till half an hour after Kalyan, by which time you would almost be there. The road to Malshej Ghat from Mumbai is in a decent condition, so you won’t face many troubles. with its numerous lakes, waterfalls and mountains, Malshej Ghat is popular among hikers, trekkers and nature lovers.
Best Time : July to March