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.

1| Matheran

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.

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Waterfall at Matheran.Another picturesque view.View from one of the points at Matheran.View from the toy train at MatheranCarting tourist at Matheran
Waterfall at Matheran.
Waterfall at Matheran. | Source
Another picturesque view.
Another picturesque view. | Source
View from one of the points at Matheran.
View from one of the points at Matheran. | Source
View from the toy train at Matheran
View from the toy train at Matheran | Source
Carting tourist at Matheran
Carting tourist at Matheran | Source

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.

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Karnala FortKarnala Fort PinnacleA family of monkeys seen at Karnala.Giant Spider clicked at Karnala
Karnala Fort
Karnala Fort | Source
Karnala Fort Pinnacle
Karnala Fort Pinnacle | Source
A family of monkeys seen at Karnala.
A family of monkeys seen at Karnala. | Source
Giant Spider clicked at Karnala
Giant Spider clicked at Karnala | Source

3| Lonavala

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.

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Bhaje Caves, LonavalaBase of the Lonavala Hills.Atop the Hills of Lonavala.
Bhaje Caves, Lonavala
Bhaje Caves, Lonavala | Source
Base of the Lonavala Hills.
Base of the Lonavala Hills. | Source
Atop the Hills of Lonavala.
Atop the Hills of Lonavala. | Source

4| Khandala

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.

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Breathtaking view of the Khandala Ghat.Sunset at Khandala
Breathtaking view of the Khandala Ghat.
Breathtaking view of the Khandala Ghat. | Source
Sunset at Khandala
Sunset at Khandala | Source

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.

Malshej Hills
Malshej Hills | Source

6| Alibaug

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.

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Alibaug FortWalk that leads to the fort.
Alibaug Fort
Alibaug Fort | Source
Walk that leads to the fort.
Walk that leads to the fort. | Source

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.

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Kashid beach on a regular morning.Sunset at Kashid beach.Late evening view of Kashid beach.
Kashid beach on a regular morning.
Kashid beach on a regular morning. | Source
Sunset at Kashid beach.
Sunset at Kashid beach. | Source
Late evening view of Kashid beach.
Late evening view of Kashid beach. | Source

8| Mahabaleshwar

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.

Great view at Mahabaleshwar
Great view at Mahabaleshwar | Source
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Panoramic view of Mahabaleshwar.Another panoramic view of Mahabaleshwar.
Panoramic view of Mahabaleshwar.
Panoramic view of Mahabaleshwar. | Source
Another panoramic view of Mahabaleshwar.
Another panoramic view of Mahabaleshwar. | Source

9| Panchgani

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.

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Stunning view of Panchgani.Toy train. Mapro Garden
Stunning view of Panchgani.
Stunning view of Panchgani. | Source
Toy train. Mapro Garden
Toy train. Mapro Garden | Source

10| Ganpatipule

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.

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Beach at Ganapatipule.Man Fishing near the shores of Ganapatipule beach.
Beach at Ganapatipule.
Beach at Ganapatipule. | Source
Man Fishing near the shores of Ganapatipule beach.
Man Fishing near the shores of Ganapatipule beach. | Source

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.

Entry which leads to the Mahuli fort.
Entry which leads to the Mahuli fort. | Source

12| Elephanta Caves

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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Statue depicting marriage of Shiva and Parvati, Elephanta CavesAnother statue inside the cavesThe famous Trimurti sculpture is the main draw at the cavesAnother ancient sculptureWeekend crowd at the Elephanta CavesMagnificently carved PillarsShiva Ling - Elephanta CavesStone carved Lion at the siteAnother fine example of ancient sculptingLook at the detailing!!!
Statue depicting marriage of Shiva and Parvati, Elephanta Caves
Statue depicting marriage of Shiva and Parvati, Elephanta Caves | Source
Another statue inside the caves
Another statue inside the caves | Source
The famous Trimurti sculpture is the main draw at the caves
The famous Trimurti sculpture is the main draw at the caves | Source
Another ancient sculpture
Another ancient sculpture | Source
Weekend crowd at the Elephanta Caves
Weekend crowd at the Elephanta Caves | Source
Magnificently carved Pillars
Magnificently carved Pillars | Source
Shiva Ling - Elephanta Caves
Shiva Ling - Elephanta Caves | Source
Stone carved Lion at the site
Stone carved Lion at the site | Source
Another fine example of ancient sculpting
Another fine example of ancient sculpting | Source
Look at the detailing!!!
Look at the detailing!!! | Source

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A markerMatheran -
Matheran, Maharashtra, India
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B markerLonavala -
Lonavala, Maharashtra, India
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C markerKhandala -
Khandala, Maharashtra, India
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D markerMalshej Ghat -
Malshej Ghat, Maharashtra
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E markerAlibaug -
Alibag, Maharashtra, India
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F markerPanchgani -
Panchgani, Maharashtra, India
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G markerMahabaleshwar -
Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra, India
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H markerGanapatipule -
Ganpatipule, Ganpati Pule
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I markerKarnala Bird Sanctuary -
Karnala Bird Sanctuary - Panavel Rd, Karnala, Maharashtra, India
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J markerKashid -
Kashid, Maharashtra, India
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A markerElephanta Caves -
Elephanta Caves, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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B markerMahuli Fort -
Starting Point Mahuli Fort Trek, Maharashtra, India
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Comments 5 comments

geetapatel 2 years ago

Adventure loving couples must not miss Kolad. Its one of the best destinations near Mumbai and Pune for fun water sports. Kamath Residency resort at Nagothane near Kolad organises white water rafting, river crossing, kayaking, and other water based activities for corporates and groups.


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creativeaqua 3 years ago from India

Voted up! Incidentally, my sis's recently got married in Mumbai. Have forwarded her this hub. :)


Rajvi Bhow 3 years ago

Your list is quite comprehensive and many good options too. I have written about the same topic of romantic destinations near Mumbai in my blog:

http://thetimesofmanyphases.blogspot.in/2012/11/ca...


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India

Great hub with mind refreshing beautiful pictures. By hearing Mumbai the image coming to mind is a city life and happy to know that there are beautiful places near by. Voted up and beautiful!


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India

I have been to Mumbai a few times and I understand when you say air in Mumbai is polluted.

The places you described very beautiful and quiet. Surely this is a get away from the rush of Mumbai to peace.

Thanks for sharing

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