12 Best Places For Romantic Weekend Getaways Near Mumbai (And Pune)
Love is in the air. But unfortunately the air in Mumbai is polluted. Or better that, there is little space for lovers to find a quiet place in the city which is known to be "hustling and bustling" and one which "never sleeps". Be it beaches in the morning, evening, and even at midnight (just go and see Juhu beach) or when you visit a cinema hall, or are strolling with your partner you are bound to get the looks everywhere.
But we Mumbaikars are known to be stubborn and don't mind much of the things and still find happy moments with our love. Say it the attitude of being a Mumbaikar or call it the strength of your love.
However, we all need some quiet and lovely moments to spend with our partner. If you are just tired of going to the same places with your partner and want a change then head on to these beautiful locations which are near to our city. These places make for a great weekend getaway. So, this weekend pack your bags and be with your partner to any of the below places to have some great time.
Get out of the city and take a break at the most popular weekend destination of Mumbai as well as of Pune. You are certain to find the peace and spectacular views you are looking for! Matheran doesn't allow vehicles, so it becomes an ideal destination which offers great look-out points, lakes, waterfalls minus the pollution.
There are nearly 38 look-out points at Matheran of which Louisa point, Panorama point, Monkey point are most famous. You can take a local train to reach the nearest railway station, Neral. After which you have the option to take the famous toy train ride to reach Matheran station or take a horse ride or even by hand-pulled rickshaws. Dasturi park will be the last stop for you if you are travelling by your car or have taken a taxi.
2| Karnala Bird Sanctuary
At Karnala bird sanctuary you will be astonished when you'll see numerous kinds of birds and animals. The official website of the sanctuary advocates that there are more than 150 species which can be spotted over here. And over 30 species of them are migratory birds which decorate this place.
It is a good place for bird and nature lovers. Apart from that it also offers nature trails.
Lonavala is another place where people from Mumbai flock to take a break from the city life. Lonavala and Khandala both can be visited in one trip and most travellers will plan it such that they can cover both the hill stations.
Other place of interest near them are the forts of Lohagad and Visapur.
In a trip to Lonavala you'll have the pleasure to witness forts, lakes, caves and other picturesque views. Famous places here frequented by tourist are Rajmachi point; where you'll get a great view of Shivaji's fort, Karla caves and Bhaja caves both of which are rock-cut caves.
The best time to visit the twin hill station is around monsoons. The hill station as if comes to life (not that it isn't round the year). But the monsoons makes the place blushing with nature's mark on it.
Other places which you can look for when you visit are Shooting point, the Wax museum which is getting famous among tourist, Tiger's leap, Duke's nose, Tungarli dam and Valvan Dam.
Do remember to take time on one these places to sit and talk for a while with your partner.
You'd have a great time visiting all the places but if you are short on time then choose two-three of them and admire the beauty of this scenic hill station.
5| Malshej Ghat
Another place great to visit this monsoon is Malshej hills. The place has abundance of lush green fields, waterfalls, and you might also encounter birds which you might have only seen in photos and videos.
Unlike other places in the list this one won't have much crowd in comparison. It offers a great experience who are interested in trekking and hiking.
Now comes the mother of all weekend destinations of Mumbai. There is an influx of tourist all round the year, especially a great location for couples.
Alibaug provides an all round joyful experience. From beaches, to fort, to places of religious importance.
There are many beaches in and around Alibaug and the most famous of all of them is the Alibaug beach and the Kashid beach (which happens to be next in the list). But ideally if you are with your partner then Thal beach is the place to be because probably you won't encounter many people over here so that you can make the most this place.
Or else you can walk hand-in-hand with your partner towards the Alibaug fort and sit atop the fort and watch the coast.
Speaking of temples then you must visit and take blessings from Kanakeshwar and the Birla temple.
7| Kashid Beach
A 30 kilometer ride from Alibaug will get you to Kashid beach. Again a famous place for spending your weekend. If you are looking for a quiet place to be with your lover then head on to Kashid.
Your definition of spending an evening at a beach will take a totally new meaning once you visit here. You are bound to experience a different kind of beach at Kashid.
Have a look at some gorgeous photos on the left side of your screen. Just click on the photo to view the full size of the photo.
Mahabaleshwar is one of the few places in the world that has evergreen forest and dense cover of greenery. Just like Lonavala and Khandala this one and Panchgani can be and should be covered in a single visit.
The region is famous among honey-moon goers and makes for a perfect place to be as a couple.
Make sure to visit the Venna lake which is the defacto place to start and explore Mahabaleshwar. Activities like boating and horse riding await you when you are here.
By combining Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani together you would be able to make the most of your visit with added to locations to roam.
Most probably you might have heard Panchgani's name in context of boarding schools. Panchgani has many world-class boarding schools and for parents its the go to place for boarding schools from Mumbai and Pune. The school which is screened in Taare Zamein Par also happens from this place. Yes, a visit to that school would really be 'different'.
But it also offers great places for you as a tourist.
Also there is a place known as Table land which also happens to be the second longest plateau in Asia. Many movies have been shot here including Raja Hindustani, Gadar as well as Dharmatma.
Mapro Garden falls between Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar. It is great place to satiate your hunger for goodies related to strawberries.
Though a bit far from Mumbai, nearly 375 Km but the distance traveled with your love will be remembered by for many years to come. The nearest railhead is at Ratnagiri which in itself is a good place. A visit to Ganpatipule will be much revered as you are bound to visit other places which are in its close vicinity.
Ganpatipule offers great resorts, beaches, and the famous Ganesha temple which is from this place got its name.
11| Mahuli Fort
Another one for the trekking lovers. Must say that the whole experience to get to the pinnacle of the Mahuli fort is just awesome.
It is just great that despite living in a city we have something that is very close which gives us the feeling of escaping the city and sitting in the lap of mother nature.
It is recommended that you visit this place with a group. Needless to say, make sure that every group member is accompanied with their boyfriend/girlfriend.
I have knowingly kept this as the last one because it is highly possible that you might have visited this. If you haven't then make sure to visit it this weekend. Definitely possible for one who is on a strict budget.
The visit can be easily completed within a day. Go and explore Elephanta Caves, it's just great. The journey itself is such that you won't regret. Go back in history and admire the beauty of this place.
First take a ferry from Gateway of India and then you can take a ferry or boat to the Elephanta Caves. When you reach the island there would be many locals who offer guide service, as a person living in the city and knowing about Hindu mythology one doesn't need a guide. Only foreigners avail such service. Also there charges are exorbitantly high! So, keep away from them.
You also have the opportunity to take a toy train which finally drops you to the caves. Make sure to travel by the train, it's a fun ride!
So that's it I have given you enough options to keep you busy the whole year.
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