Best Places to Visit in Monsoon near Mumbai

With the onset of June, each morning I peep through the window to see whether is sunny or rainy. What a beautiful morning to wake up to thunder and the sound of rain today!! The Rain God has finally shown mercy by showering rain!!
Pray that we have a healthy monsoon in the catchment areas and abundance of water to last throughout the year. Time to say bye-bye to the scorching heat and welcome the damp chilly cold. What a moment it would be to just get into your car and drive away out of Mumbai. Seeing Waterfalls along the way and enjoying the lush greenery.

Getaway over the weekend, so check out some places close by where you can live your Monsoon dreams.

Karnala Fort
What a beautiful  view of Karnala Fort
1. Karnala-  48 Km via Sion-Panvel Expressway

Karnala is situated at a distance of about 10 km from Panvel. The two major attractions for tourists here are the Karnala Bird Sanctuary and the Karnala Fort.  The Karnala Fort is of much historical significance as it overlooked the Bor Pass, which connects the Konkan coast to the interior districts of Maharashtra. It is one of the best places to visit in monsoon near Mumbai.

Dasturi Car Point
The drive up to Dasturi Car point
2. Matheran- 83 km via Sion-Panvel Expressway.

Matheran is a celebrated hill station and a great weekend place near Mumbai. It is situated in the Karjat district of Maharashtra and is also the smallest hill station of India. Situated in the lush green Western Ghats, the elevation of the region is around 80 m above sea level. The best part of no vehicles in the Hill station and scenic beauty is breathtaking. It is popular and best places to visit in monsoon near Mumbai.

Matheran

Been there twice, once with family and the second time on a school trip. Can never forget being dropped off the horse while riding. But the greenery and lesser taken nature trails are breathtaking.

Outdoor Camping near Lake
Enjoy outdoors at a camp near the lake
3. Pawna – 107.8 km via Kodambakkam – Mumbai Highway

Located within a close proximity to Maval in Maharashtra, Pavana Lake came into existence after the Pavana Dam was built. This has come among one of the best places to visit in monsoon near Mumbai. Tucked away amidst the Sahyadri Ranges, this soon getting all the attention from the nature lovers, usual backpackers, campers and other classes of visitors to the region. An ideal camping destination, this stunning water body along with the vicinity is also known for activities like parasailing, kayaking, windsurfing and boating.

Pawna

4. Jawahar- 145 Kms from Mumbai

Far from the madding crowd, Jawahar is an excellent weekend getaway from Mumbai. Jawahar beckons travelers looking for  “non-touristy” hill stations near Mumbai.
This quaint and pretty hill station has a deep-rooted cultural background since it is where the Warli tribe resides.

The Warli paintings, a traditional craft of this tribe has achieved fame far and wide for its unique designs and unusual themes. These designs are now replicated on different products even outside the country.
Psst- I have visited this place many years back with my school gang of Girls.

Jawahar Fort

5. Korigad  –  20 Kms from Lonavla

Korigad is a hill fort located in Pune district, Maharashtra, India. Its date of construction is not known but likely predates 1500. It is about 923 m above sea level. The planned township of Aamby Valley is built over the fort’s southern and eastern foothills. The closest village is Peth Shahpur, about 1 km north.

korigad fort Best Places to Visit in Monsoon near Mumbai

6. Kalsubai – 152.8 km via NH 3

It takes 3 hours to reach Kalsubai summit from Bari Village. Food can be arranged at the base village by local villagers. Kalsubai Trekking Route is always full of people visiting it for the various reason some to conquer the highest peak in Maharashtra, some trek to Kalsubai to visit Mandir and offer prayers to local deity Kalsubai. During Monsoon place is covered with fog and cold winds. A simple windcheater would be perfect to enjoy this weather.

Kalsubai

7. Chinchoti – 76.1 KM Via NH48

Chinchoti is generally visited by picnickers through Kaman village on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway. Very few people know the jungle path through Tungareshwar. In fact, there are two jungle routes meeting at different spots near Chinchoti waterfalls. The track is narrow jungle path and one can easily get lost without the help of escorts. The sound of the rains drops and orchestra of insects gives an eerie but adventurous feeling throughout this trek. This place comes in best places to visit in monsoon near Mumbai.

way to kalasubai

8. Murud/ Janjira – 165 km from Mumbai

Murud Janjira is a picturesque little fishing village on the lush western coast of Maharashtra,  one time capital of the former state of Janjira. Janjira is the Marathi corruption of the Arabic jazirah meaning an island. Though the whole area was once called Janjira, the name truly referred to the mighty island fortress in the sea.

selfie at murud janjira

I had been here during the last monsoon season. The drive is long but picturesque. It was a beautiful getaway. We had had a pleasant stay at Golden Swan Resort. Its perfect for that ‘Gang of Girls’ trip you always wished to take.

So what you waiting for?? Maximize your weekends this Monsoon with short weekend Getaways and try something Hatke. Strike out some items from your travel bucket list just like I plan to do.

25 thoughts on “Monsoon Getaways near Mumbai”

  1. By the arrival of the monsoon this place becomes pleasant, The atmosphere becomes charming and clean. Around Korigad,
    Bhushi Dam, Lions Point and the shivling peak. etc. is viewable

  2. Top post as always. Very informative and interesting. Definitely help with trips in the lively monsoon from Mumbai. Thanks fir sharing

  3. Such a great post <3 Hope that one day I could have a chance to visit Mumbai and others destination in India. I love this country because of its various culture and delicious street food. I also have some Indian friends, they are very nice and friendly. I`m sure that my experience there will be one of the most memorable moments in my life. Thank you

  4. I love Mumbai and its surroundings, especially in Monsoons. You have provided the great list of places to be visited during Monsoons. Thanks for sharing!

  5. How fantastic that there are so many places with so much natural beauty fairly close to Mumbai. I just love the vegetation with everything looking so green and picturesque! No wonder you get so many people camping, hiking etc through some of these places. It’s so good that it is all so accessible as well.

  6. Thank you for the great advice! Jawahar and Korigad look especially beautiful – so green and lush! Your blogs always have something so kind hearted about them 🙂

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