Picnic Spots Near Mumbai

The city of Mumbai, with its mundane lifestyle and overwhelming traffic, often becomes a trap for the Mumbaikars. To get away from the hustle-bustle of the city all you need is a refreshing picnic with your loved ones. Fortunately, Maharashtra is blessed with a plethora of picnic spots around Mumbai that are sure to pump you up with zeal and frolic.

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Here is the list of 10 Picnic Spots Near Mumbai

1. Matheran

It is another top-rated Hill station near Mumbai. Indulge in a trek in nature?s lap while enjoying the scenic waterfalls and sceneries around. A perfect escape from the urban jungle, Matheran offers many attractions namely- Charlotte Lake, Louisa Point and the adventurous Valley crossing from honeymoon point to Louisa Point.

Location- around 80 km from Mumbai city

Entry Fee- Free

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2. Karjat

This place serves as an over-all picnic package for all nature lovers as well as adventure junkies. There are a plethora of activities to indulge into, topped with the lush green countryside. You can choose to stroll around the magnificent mountain passages, raft on the Ulhas River and explore ancient Buddhist caves. Ogle at the beautiful Ulhas valley and get lost in its charm and splendour.

Location- around 75 km southeast of Mumbai city

Entry fee- Free

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3. Alibag

Posing as the perfect one-day picnic spot, Alibag is a great place for all the sea lovers. It can be reached through roads by a 2-hour drive or through a ferry ride from the Gateway of India. It showcases sun kissed beaches, pristine waters, palatial sea forts and some delicious sea food. Enjoy the refreshingly cool sea breeze fleeing all your stress away.

Location- 95 km from Mumbai (by road) and 40 km from Mumbai (by ferry)

Entry Fee- Free

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4. Lonavala

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83 kms from Mumbai

Known For : Tiger's Leap | Bushi Dam | Lonavala Lake

Next on the list is the emerald-green twin hills of Lonavala. Located halfway along the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, this picturesque hill stations offer a gamut of fun filled activities. You can visit the Karla Buddhist Caves, indulge in a special picnic and wild water package at luxurious Fariyas Resort, enjoy adventure activities like hiking or enjoy at any other adventure park located here.

Location- around 95 km southeast of Mumbai City

Entry Fee- Depends upon your choice of activity

Best Time : Throughout the year

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5. Elephanta Caves

Located at a one-hour long ferry ride away from the Gateway of India, Elephanta Island is the perfect picnic spot for the history enthusiasts. Situated across the Arabian Sea, Elephanta Island is home to seven ancient caves that are known throughout the world for their marvellous sculptures of Hindu God, Shiva. Since this island is devoid of electricity, staying here over night is not a good idea. If you are feeling energized enough, take a walk up to the Cannon Hill. You can laze on the beach, shop at the flea market or take a ride in the tourist train up the caves.

Location- 10 km east of Mumbai

Entry Fee- INR 10 for Indians and INR 250 for foreigners (entry is closed on Mondays)

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6. Lavasa

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187 kms from Mumbai

Known For : Sightseeing in Lavasa | Lakeside Promenade | Bamboosa

Posing as India's first planned hill station; Lavasa serves as an ideal gateway from the hustle and bustle of Mumbai city. With the perfect weather and splendid view, this place has been satiating many tourists that flock here. It is a privately planned hill city located near Pune and offers an enjoyable treat to all of its visitors. Apart from the extremely well-developed infrastructure, Lavasa boasts of lush green hills, boating in beautiful lake, splendid view of valleys and a contemporary architecture all around.

Location- 200 km from Mumbai

Entry Fee- depends on the choice of activity

Best Time : Throughout the year

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7. Kolad

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120 kms from Mumbai

Known For : Kolad River Rafting | Tamhini ghat waterfalls | Bhira dam

Located at a distance of 120 km from Mumbai on the banks of River Kundalika, Kolad serves as an excellent choice for a one-day picnic spot. It is especially flocked by adventure and sports enthusiasts. White water rafting is enjoyed here thoroughly by a number of travellers. The frothy gushing waters topped with the picturesque beauty of nature around makes Kolad a hit among the masses. One can enjoy a gamut of activities here, namely- wall climbing, rappelling, kayaking and hiking.

Location- 120 km from Mumbai

Entry Fee- Approximately INR 785 per person for river rafting

Best Time : June to March

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8. Durshet

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76 kms from Mumbai

Known For : Durshet Forest Lodge | Uddhar Hot Springs | Water sports

If you are one of those to be moved by the miraculous wildlife and forests around, then this is a perfect place for you. The spread of various species of beers, monkeys, insects, boars; set along the backdrop of magnificent Sahyadri Range gives an amazing aesthetic appeal to the place. One can indulge in an array of activities like- rafting in the Kundalika River, rappelling, trekking, go on an adventurous night safari and unleash the rich heritage of the place by visiting forts and temples.

Location- located at around 100 km from Mumbai

Entry Fee- Free

Best Time : September to February

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9. Igatpuri

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120 kms from Mumbai

Known For : Bhatsa River Valley | Camel Valley | Tringalwadi Fort

Blessed with abundant natural beauty, Igatpuri is a heaven for nature enthusiasts and adventure lovers. Located in the Western Ghats, this hill station offers an exciting range of activities- one can find solace by meditating in the serene environment here or indulge in some adrenaline pumping trekking or get immersed in the beauty around by taking a dip in the waterfalls. All in all, a great place to go out for a picnic with your family and loved ones.

Location- around 120 km from Mumbai

Entry Fee- Free

Best Time : July to September

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10. Vasai

This Portuguese style town is like a mini-Goa. The Vasai Fort, which is also known as Fort Bassein is one of the most popular picnic spots among the Mumbaikars. The town of Vasai, boasting its Portugal heritage and architecture along with the palm-lined roads has been incorporated in many Bollywood films. The pristine beaches and the sprawling remnants of the Vasai Fort make it a likeable place for a picnic with your loved ones.

Location- about 60 km north of the Mumbai city

Entry Fee- Free

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The state of Maharastra seems to be utterly blessed with a number of attractions and weekend gateways. These places are a real necessity in the busy city lives and thus hold a really close place in the hearts of the visitors. Apart from these spots, there are hundreds of small valleys and towns, hill stations and waterfalls, rivers and parks; which are a treat for the Mumbaikars. Just pack your bags and hop on to your cars to explore these destinations while having a gala time with your family.

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