With breathtaking views and mesmerizing scenic beauty hill stations on the Western Ghats of India will make you fall in love with these places. These hill stations near Mumbai, Maharashtra are well connected to the main city are one of the best options for spending your weekend with family and friends.
Surrounded with lush green area, waterfalls, lakes and some old architectural heritage of India these hill stations have a lot to offer making your holiday a memorable trip and the following are some of the best holiday destinations on the Western Ghats.
Here are some Hill Stations near Mumbai
Panchgani near Mumbai
Panchgani lies in the Satara District of Maharashtra and is located in the middle of five hills of the Sahyadri Mountain ranges. The hills are greenest in the monsoon with low humidity level and September -May is the best time to visit.
The major tourist attractions of Panchgani are; Sydney Point, Mapro garden, Parsi point, devil's kitchen and table land and is also famous for it's nearby Ganesh Mandir in Wai, 10 km from Panchgani. It is 285 km from Mumbai and 100 km from Pune and the nearest railroad is Wathar, 45 km from away and the nearest airport is the Pune airport, 98 km away.
Mahabaleshwar near Mumbai
A famous holiday resort, honeymoon spot and an important pilgrimige for Hindus, Mahabaleshwar has become a major tourist attractions in the Satara Disrict in Maharashtra in the Western Ghats ranges.
It is surrounded with natural beauty all around and is also famous for the strawberries and honey produced here, also known for points the key tourist points in Mahabaleshwar are- Arthur's seat, Kate's seat, Needle hole point, Wilson point and 3 Monkey point.
Mahabaleshwar is 285 km from Mumbai and 120 km from Pune and the nearest railway junction are Pune(120km), Miraj (170km) and Sangli (165km) and the nearest airport is the Pune International airport, 120 km from Mahabaleshwar.
Lonavla near Mumbai
Lonavla is beautiful hill station in the Pune district in Maharashtra in Sahyadri ranges, the best time to visit this hillstation is in monsoon because that is the time when Lonavla draws itself in the nature's arm with lushgreen area and waterfalls and ponds.
The major tourist attraction in Lonavla are- Rajmachi point, Reywood park& Shivaji Udyaan, Tungrali Lake, Lonavla Lake, Karla Caves and Bushy Dam Waterfalls, celebrity wax museum and Shivlinga. Lonavla is 64km from Pune and 96km from Mumbai, is well connected the Mumbai-Expressway and the nearest airport is the Pune International Airport.
Khandala in Mumbai
Located in the Western Ghats in Maharashtra and just 3 km from Lonavla, Khandala is again an alluring hillstation to visit with your loved ones with natural lush green area surrounding it. Amrutanjan point, the rock cut Kalra and Bhaja Caves, Duke's nose also known as Nagfani, Bhushi lake and the ancient jail built in 1896 are some of the famous tourist places to visit in Khandala.
Bhandardara near Mumbai
At the banks of Pravara river is Bhandardara village located in Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra with mountains, waterfalls and greenery all increasing the charm of this beautiful place is a must go for the tourists and for locals looking for a calm weekend gateway.
Pilgrimage sites and nature's scenic beauty, both are present in Bhanardara in form of it's key tourist attractions which are- Bhandardara lake, Randha falls, Ratnagad Fort which is known to be King Shivaji's favourite fort, Amriteshwar temple, Agasti Rishi Ashram, Arthur lake and Ghatghar.
It is 185km from Mumbai and 191km from Pune, the main link by road is the Mumbai-Pune Expressway and the nearest airport is the Chatrapati Shivaji Internatinal airport and the nearest rail way station at Pune, 45 km away.
Matheran near Mumbai
Known as the smallest hill station in India is located on the Western Ghats in Raigad District, Maharashtra, Matheran is present in the nature's lap and also known for British style architecture & Parsi bunglows. Pisharnath Mahadev Mandir, Panorama point, Rambag point, one tree hill point, olympia race cource, celia point (waterfall mouth) and Charollete lake are the key places to visit in Matheran.
The hill station is 90 km fom Mumbai ans 120 km from Pune, the nearest railway station is Matheran hill railway and the nearest airport is Chatrapati Shivaji International airport, 100 km away.
Located in the Dang District in Gujarat, Saputara is in Sahyadri hills in nature's abode which can be your ideal holiday destination with friends and family.
The most famous are the gardens of Saputara such as Rose garden, Step garden and Lake garden and the tourist places to visit in Saputara are- Artist Village, Purna Sactuary, sunrise and sunset point, Gira falls and the Vansda Natinal park where you can get to see all the major spcies of animals such as tigers, leopards, pangolian, pyton etc.
Saputara is 250 km from Mumbai and the nearest raiway station is in Bilimor, 80 km away and the nearest airport are Chatrapati Shivaji International airport and the Surat airport.