With the hills of the Western Ghats and surrounding lush greenery, it is an ideal indulgence into the wild side for a tourist and its Portuguese heritage makes it famous amongst the history enthusiasts as well.
Karjat, a quaint little village is the last station of Thane district in Maharashtra. The river Ulhas finds its origin in Karjat and trekking and historical spots make it a popular destination for trekkers and adventure enthusiasts.
Surrounded by four hills and with river Savitri flowing through the town, Harihareshwar is famous for its temple of Lord Harihareshwar and is a popular weekend beach destination for people in Mumbai and Pune.
Known for its cascading waterfalls, green meadows and picturesque backdrop of Sahyadris, Kolad is gaining traction as an adventure sports destination with provisions for rafting, rappelling, kayaking etc.
Gleaming white sand, pristine blue water, swaying coconut palms and betel nut trees and gentle breeze producing a serene and calming effect, this is not a dream but the enchanting place called Diveagar.
Raigad, is a historically rich district is situated in the Konkan region of Maharashtra. Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, renowned Maratha ruler, won this place in 1656. His prized win, the Raigad Fort is one of the main attractions of this place.
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 inTarkarli 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.