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3 Lesser Known Places To Visit Near Mumbai

By on November 20, 2012

Mumbai! – The excitement, the extravaganza, the never sleeping aura, the unending spree of night life options, the destination to be for foodies. But at some point of time you need a change to something more relaxing and refreshing. You need a subtle and peaceful place where you can not only refresh your inner self but also have a retrospective view of you. Whenever you ask someone for best places to visit near Mumbai, the usual answers you get are Lonavla, Khandala, Matheran, Mahabaleshwar or Alibaug. While there is no doubt that these options are excellent, we have decide to list down & explore other lesser known but equally wonderful options for places to visit near Mumbai . While there will be no dearth of options, lets know more about three very good places to visit near Mumbai and hopefully it prompts  you to pack your bags and have a quick weekend trip to replenish and possibly rediscover yourself:-

Malshej Ghat

Malshej Ghat is a mountain pass in the Western Ghats range in the Pune district of Maharashtra, India. It is at a distance of 154 km from south Mumbai towards the northeast and 130 km north of Pune. The nearest railhead is Kalyan near Mumbai. To go to Malshej ghat by road from Mumbai, take NH3 to Bhiwandi and turn towards Murbad or take state highway via Kalyan, Murbad, Saralgaon. Splendid green hills, never drying waterfalls, and rain loaded clouds – these three aspects defines Malshej ghat. It is one of the best places to visit near Mumbai especially during the monsoon season as during the rainy season the waterfalls appear to be in their most majestic avatar and the misty clouds play the trick wonderfully in enhancing the overall beauty of the green hills. Malshej Ghat is also an abode of thousands of species of flowers and where there is such an abundance of flora, there will be beautiful butterflies to charm it. Unique species of birds are also found and the area around Harishchandragad peak is absolutely breathtaking.  The Pimpalgaon Joga Dam also provides a good view of the backwaters and it attracts a lot of migratory birds. For stay you can try – Flamingo Hill which is a resort run by MTDC – Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation in the vicinity. You need to book hotel rooms in advance, especially at weekends during the monsoon


Bhandardara is located about 185 kilometers from Mumbai and sits by the Pravara river. The nearest railhead is Igatapuri which is approx 45 kms from Bhandardara. It offers one of the best combination of natural beauty, waterfalls & mountains, tranquility, greenery, invigorating air and pristine ambiance. The Bhandardara Lake and the Randha falls are major tourist attractions here making it one of the most endearing places to visit near Mumbai. The area in and around the lake will make your eyes melt with the green shade. Here you will get the “Nature at its best” feeling especially during the monsoon season. The Ratnagad & Harishchandragad fort are a great place to trek from Bhandardara. The highest peak of Maharashtra, Mount Kalsubai(1646 m) is also situated here.


Karnala is 54 kms away from Mumbai. Though it lacks a railhead of its own, it’s at a distance of only 10 km from Panvel which is a big station on the harbor line of the Mumbai suburban railway network. Karnala is renowned for the Karnala fort and Karnala bird sanctuary. The fort stands as a glorious reminder of the 13th century construction era and was last used by the Peshwas until 1818 , by which time British rulers had taken over the grand old fort under their control. The Karnala bird sanctuary is home to over 150 species of resident and 37 species of migratory birds who visit the sanctuary during winter. Hence for motivated eco-tourists & bird-lovers, this is one of the best places to visit near Mumbai. Even a regular tourist can watch many species of colorful birds flying over the serene beautiful bright sky. It’s full of lush green vegetation everywhere, and is literally  a wonderland for taking photographs. If you trek your way to the Karnala peak, you would have a breathtaking glimpse of the Sahyadri Mountains. November or early December is the best time to hop into this place and it is rightfully one of the best places to visit near Mumbai.

One Comment

  1. Rahul Ranjan

    December 24, 2012 at 5:02 PM

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