If your team is looking for some thrill and adrenaline rush, head to Adlabs Imagica, the Disneyland of Mumbai. Housing a theme park, a snow park, a water park and even a hotel in its sprawling campus, it is a one-stop shop for fun. Go on thrilling roller coasters and scream away to a sore throat, reach the skies and drop back to earth in a second, click team selfies with The Gingerbread Man, catch some mesmerizing performances, go hiking or skiing in the snow park, float, zoom,splash and swirl in some H2O at the water park or go on a gastronomic adventure at the in-house restaurants. If you cannot soak up all this fun in a day, you can even put up in the hotel within the park to relax or continue the party-all-night. There are many activities and events happening all year round, to make sure you have a fun-filled experience each time.
Distance from Mumbai: 68 km
Known For : Tiger's Leap Rajmachi Fort Imagicaa
A dainty hill-station that has grown to be a bustling and busy hill-town, thanks to its proximity to Mumbai and Pune. Apart from the usual Bhushi dam and Aamby Valley, Lonavala has a lot to offer to its patrons. If you love nature, you can trek to the Lohagad fort or the Vispur fort. If you are a history enthusiast, you can go exploring the Karla caves If your team seeks adventure, water rappelling at one of the many waterfalls in and around Lonavala may interest you. If some team-building and adrenaline rush is what you are looking for, you can head out to the Della Adventure Camp which offers more than 70 outdoor activities like dirt-biking, paintball or zorbing. If you are a bunch of corporate peeps seeking luxury, delicious food and a lively DJ, you can unwind and relax at the Fariyas Resort or the Lagoona resort. Busting the myth, Lonavala is not just a monsoon destination but a place for some year-round fun. It is an ideal one-day picnic spot near Mumbai.
Distance from Mumbai: 83 km
Best Time: Throughout the year
Known For : Kaas Plateau Table Land Mahabaleshwar
Another famous hill-station of Maharashtra, Panchgani has a classic old-world charm to it. A great place to live the colonial lifestyle by walking down manicured lawns and eating fresh strawberries. For those with an adventurous streak, there is paragliding. For those who want to enjoy some idyllic time, a visit to the Tableland is a must. Visit the Mapro garden to indulge in some jam and jelly-filled nostalgia. Camp overnight at the Camp Chesson and enjoy activities like rappelling, rock climbing, strawberry plucking and other outbound activities. Pay a visit to the historic Pratapgad fort and explore the legacy of the great Maratha warriors. Adventure, nature and a colonial charm surely make Panchgani a must-visit place.
Distance from Mumbai: 244 km
Best Time: September to May
Known For : Louisa point Charlotte lake Monkey Point Matheran
Another classic hill-station very close to Mumbai, Matheran is a no-vehicle zone to keep it calm and pollution-free. It is very famous for its narrow-gauge toy train. Indulge in waterfall rappelling at the Kondana Caves Waterfall or trek to the Chanderi Caves, Peb or the Kalavantin Pinnacle. There are several adventure camps for corporate folks that offer outbound activities in the town. If you are looking for something a little less adventurous, you can ride on horseback and visit the various points around town that offer some gorgeous views. Soak in the scenic surroundings and the fresh, clean air at one of the luxury hotels and just de-stress and unwind. Pure, unadulterated fun – that’s what Matheran is!
Best Time: Throughout the year
Known For : Elephant's Head Point Chinaman's Falls Dhobi Waterfall
Situated just 16 kilometres from Panchgani, Mahabaleshwar is the highest hill station in the Western part of the country. Arthur’s Seat and Elephant’s Head Point offer some breath-taking views. You can go boating in the Venna lake, or enjoy scenic drives around town. The Pratapgad fort and the Mapro garden are also very much worth a visit to delve into some history and fruity goodness. Being a much bigger town than some of the other hill-stations, there are plenty of luxurious hotels and resorts that offer plenty of opportunities to de-stress and unwind from the buzz of daily life. There are also plenty of eateries to appease your taste buds and nightclubs to party your troubles away!
Distance from Mumbai: 262 km
Best Time: October to June
Known For : Water sports Tarkarli Beach Karli backwaters
For those who are not fond of hills and chills, Tarkarli is the creme-de-la-creme of coastal Maharashtra. Lined by the secluded coastline and the clear waters of the Arabian Sea, it is a serene and peaceful hamlet nestled in the pristine Konkan region. Some of the unique activities that you can indulge in here include snorkelling, scuba diving, parasailing, banana boat rides, houseboat rides and even dolphin-spotting. For those looking for more diversity, you can also visit the Bison National Park or trek to the Sindhudurg fort. Indulge in some delectable Malvani food and Tarkarli is sure to help your team make some unforgettable memories.
Distance from Mumbai: 528 km
Best Time: October to March
Known For : Kondana Caves Peth Fort Trekking in Karjat
A bounty of nature close to Mumbai filled with hills, valleys, rivers and waterfalls – that’s Karjat. There are a plethora of options available for adventure enthusiasts like Bhivpuri water rappelling and treks like Kothaligad, Peth Fort, Irshalgad, Dhak cha Bahiri and Bhimashankar and countryside bike rides and bicycle rides. There are also a number of resorts like Farm Resorts, Rivergate Resort or some vintage villas that offer a luxurious experience. There are also several adventure camps like Naturewadi that guarantee a day of adrenaline rush and help in team-bonding. Karjat is best suited for a quick trip and is a must-visit for instant rejuvenation.
Distance from Mumbai: 62 km
Best Time: June to September
Known For : Kolad River Rafting Tamhini Ghat Waterfalls Bhira Dam
Kolad is a sleepy little hamlet on the Mumbai-Panvel-Goa route, on the banks of the river Kundalika. But do not be fooled by this description! Home to one-of-its-kind white-water rafting facility that remains open all year round, Kolad is sure to get your team’s adrenaline pumping. It also houses a number of adventure camps like the iconic Empower Camp that offers thrilling and exciting group activities like raft-building. There are also several other camps that offer to rappel. flying fox etc. There are also plenty of homestays to unwind and relax after a day’s activities.
Distance from Mumbai: 121 km
Best Time: June to March
Known For : Kashid Beach Murud Janjira Fort Phansad Bird Sanctuary
If you want to have some beach-side fun but do not want to travel too far, Kashid is your best bet to spend an action-packed weekend with the team. Water sports like bumper rides, banana boat rides, jet skis can be enjoyed along with parasailing by the beach. There are also numerous options to camp at the beach or enjoy comfortable accommodation in homestays, small resorts, getaway resorts and bungalows. Nothing can relax you more than spending some quite team by the beach. Revdanda beach and Nandgaon beach are some of the other beaches that you can enjoy. You can also trek to the nearby Revdanda Beach Fort or the Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary if you are looking for some non-aquatic adventure.
Distance from Mumbai: 126 km
Best Time: October to March
Known For : Sightseeing in Lavasa Lakeside Promenade Bamboosa
A uniquely planned hill station with modern architecture and modern entertainment options in the lap of nature – that’s Lavasa. The road trip to Lavasa itself is so scenic that your stress will just melt away. You can indulge in indoor golf, a rejuvenating spa experience, a nature walk or some adventure sports or water sports. Soak up the beauty of nature and breathe in clean, fresh air while enjoying some world-class entertainment and de-stressing activities.
Distance from Mumbai: 187 km
Best Time: Throughout the year
Pavana Huts is a great agro-tourism initiative, situated very close to Mumbai and Pune. It is a great space to relax, rejuvenate and engage in some outdoor fun, at the same time creating a sustainable environment for farmers. It offers several activities like a mud bath, trampoline, tug-of-war, kho-kho, games area, farm visits and animal feeding which are great to foster team spirit and bonding. There are also camping facilities available on the banks of the Pavana lake. It is also close to Lohagad fort which is a popular trekking spot. You can have an adventure-filled outing or just spend some quiet time camping, bonding and soaking in the beauty of nature.
Distance from Mumbai: 118 km
Situated close to Pune, Panshet is a lake created from the backwater of the Panshet dam and is a famous picnic spot. After a scenic drive, you can spend the day just relaxing and enjoying the bounties of nature. You can indulge in water sports like the banana ride or water scooters. You can spend your day at the Paradise Country Resort, unwinding with great food, lots of team-building activities and amazing experiences. The perfect spot for a single day outing with lots of outdoor fun, surrounded by natural beauty.
Known For : Paragliding Shinde Wadi hills Pawna Lake
Kamshet is the biggest among several hamlets, located near Lonavala in Maharashtra. Experience paragliding amidst he blue skies and get a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape. There are also other adventure activities available like rock-climbing and trekking. Or you can just chill on the banks of the many lakes on a hammock, or enjoy some fishing, swimming and boating. You can also enjoy a luxurious retreat at the Le Farm Resort and experience the essence of the Scottish Highlands
Distance from Mumbai: 99 km
Best Time: October to June
Known For : Alibaug Beach Kolaba Fort Water Sports in Alibaug
Have we saved the best for the last? It is hard to pick the best, but it is definitely one of the most frequented places near Mumbai. One of the most well-known beaches of Konkan, Alibag beach has dark sand and is serenely beautiful. You can enjoy some water sports, trek to the Kolaba fort or the historic Murud-Janjra fort situated some 20 kilometres away. For those who are spiritually inclined, there are a lot of temples to explore in this area. However, if you are just in the mood to relax, pick one out of the many beaches here like Revdanda, Kihim, Mandwa, Varsoli or Akshi and just spend a good time chatting, bonding and playing some beach games.
Distance from Mumbai: 96 km
Best Time: November to March
If you are looking to organize a team outing during monsoon, look no further than Malshej Ghat. It is a tiny hill station that comes alive during the monsoon months of June-September with countless waterfalls and lush greenery. During this time, the area is abuzz with hikers, adventurists and tourists alike. You can trek to the nearby Harishchandragad fort, Ajoba hill fort or Nane Ghat. But the best thing that you can do is find a pristine waterfall that is relatively less crowded and get yourself drenched. Enjoy the beautiful scenery, the cool waterfalls and the warm camaraderie with your team.
All these places offer a myriad of activities and experiences to the visitors and allow them to de-stress, unwind, have fun and share some great experiences with their colleagues. Pick the best one as per your group and interests, and head down on your next team outing. Have you been to any of these places before?