Maharashtra is best known for 3 things: Mumbai, Bollywood and Monsoon. As the people in Maharashtra rejoice over the rains after a long sweaty summer, it won’t be long before they start cribbing over the water-logging and traffic mess that the rains in Mumbai usually brings along with it.
To escape from that, here is a list of 10 breathtaking places to visit near Maharashtra in monsoon:
1. Lonavla and Khandala
The twin hill stations of Lonavla and Khandala, near Mumbai close to the Deccan Plateau, offers a combined package of land and water. Surrounded by lush greenery and little poodles of water and gushing streams, this is an all-in-one place to visit near Mumbai in monsoon. The Bhushi Dam situated nearby has a beautiful waterfall to boast; bathe in the streams or have a picnic nearby. Little shacks of food offer some warm tasty dishes! Rajmachi View Point and a Celebrity Wax museum made on the lines of the London’s Madame Tussaud’s is a new attraction nearby.
An envelope of green with gushing waterfalls, Karnala is one of the closest places near Mumbai situated just 80 kms away. Treks or a drive through Karnala from Mumbai offers a majestic view of the misty Sahyadri Ranges in the monsoon. The waterfalls are refreshing and the Karnala Fort has much to explore. Karnala Bird Sanctuary is home to some of the most exotic birds. Monsoon sees a variety of migratory birds.
When you think of a weekend monsoon getaway the first thing you think about is quiet and calm. What better than Matheran, which has rule of no vehicles allowed within the town? Just the journey to Matheran is exciting, a train ride in a heritage railway and travel around the town on horseback or hand pulled rickshaws. The hills themselves have much to offer as the clouds practically descend over it in the monsoon and, with an adjoining valley it has over 30 lookout points. The beautiful Charlotte Lake and the ancient Pisarnath Mahadev Temple being two of them.
4. Malshej Ghat
Beautiful and adventurous hill roads take you to Malshej Ghat, a foggy hill station with some fantastic waterfalls and splendid valley views. Enjoy the hot corn bhutta as you witness the beauty of the Western Sahyadris.
5. Thosegar falls
One of the most underrated destinations of the state, Thosegar is best for those looking to go to a quaint, untouched place away from the city hustle-bustle with abundant natural beauty. Just a 3-hour drive from Pune, Thosegar will surprise you with its beautiful waterfall and scenic splendor.
Maharashtra’s only viable and plausible river-rafting option, Kolad is a hit with adventure lovers. However, the natural beauty of its green forests, the Kundalika river and the surrounding hills make Kolad a popular spot for nature lovers too. A day out at Kolad during the rains can prove to be one of your most rejuvenating trips ever!
7. Panchgani – Mahabaleshwar
100/120 kms from Pune, popular twin destinations of Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar turn themselves into monsoon getaways. Mist, waterfalls and green carpet-like greenery attract day tourists from all over Maharashtra for a drive and bungalows around here become favorite family traveller getaways.
80 kms from Nashik and about 160 kms from Mumbai / 200 kms from Pune is Bhandardara, known for its Dam, waterfalls and completely uninhabited area around it. It makes for a pleasing drive and excellent getaway all through the year, especially during the monsoon.
As a popular coastal town of Maharashtra, Alibag is another destination which is preferred by the tourists to visit during monsoons. The islands and beaches in this town make for great picnic locations, as well as scenic spots for the visitors to enjoy. Alibag also has the Alibag Fort which is a must-visit.
Known mainly for the famous jyotirlinga temple located here, Bhimashankar becomes even more beautiful during the monsoon season with several waterfalls breaking out from the hilly region. The greenery and natural beauty here, makes it one of the best offbeat places to visit in Maharashtra.
So, saddle up fellas and get all the feels this rainy season.