Mumbai is strategically located for a traveler looking for weekend getaways in Western India. This is why it attracts a lot of tourists, who visit Mumbai as well as places around Mumbai. The destinations are attractive and variegated - ranging from hill stations to beaches.
Among the places within 100 - 200 km from Mumbai, the popular ones include Mahabaleshwar, Lonavala, Matheran, Alibaug, Kashid Beach etc. These places take 1-2 day(s) and make for a perfect weekend getaway from Mumbai which can be enjoyed with family and friends. The lesser known places to visit near Mumbai are the refreshing beaches like Ganpatipule, Harihareshwar beach and offbeat trekking spots like Karnalagad, Harishchandragadh, etc.
Tourist Places near Mumbai like trekking in the Sahyadris, road trips on bikes from Mumbai to Lonavla and horse riding in Matheran, paragliding in Kamshet, rafting in Kolad, scuba diving in Tarkarli or water sports at the Ganpatipule beach are a few of the many choices that adventure enthusiasts have. Cheap alcohol in Daman and partying in Pune make these places more famous among college friends.
Families or couples who prefer visiting the tourist destinations near Mumbai generally prefer the romantic backdrop of Khandala, sunset at Mahabaleshwar, the forts in Janjira, caves in Ajanta & Ellora, vineyards in Nashik, a religious excursion to Shirdi for Sai Baba Darshan and simply relaxing at Lavasa are the most popular travel options.
Others, however, travel to Hampi and Pattadakal for a long weekend- places which are famous for being World Heritage Sites for their beautiful ancient Indian architecture.