Tucked away on one side of Maharashtra is the tranquil and little hill station, Matheran. If you were wondering about a weekend trip to the hills to escape the fast Mumbai life, then head 104 km from the city of Mumbai to this eco-friendly place, true to its word in every sense where even vehicles are banned.
What better than a weekend with no blowing horns, pollution free air and chilly nights. Be amazed by the stunning views of the Sahyadri ranges and far away starry lights of Mumbai.
Due to the convenient location of Matheran, it sees a considerable weekend footfall. Over the last few years, the popularity has increased and a number of hotels and home stays have cropped up.
Matheran has a total of 38 peaks which offer dreamy views of the hill station. It is a perfect destination for a quiet weekend with family and friends, mixed with an old world charm, breezy days and local delights.
Places to visit in Matheran:
As synonymous to many hills stations, this one too has an Echo point, feel like a kid again shouting out at the top of your voice and hearing it speak back to you.
King George Point:
Enjoy the spectacular view of the waterfall formed as the Charlotte Lake overflows.
Get beautiful glimpses of the ancient monuments like forts of Vishalgad and Prabal and enjoy gorgeous sunsets from this point.
As the name suggests, this viewpoint renders stunning panoramic views of the Sahyadri ranges. Very popular as a sunrise point, you can spot Neral on east and Panvel on the west.
Other points you could visit are the One Tree Hill Point, Sunset Point, Monkey Point, Maldunga Point and Heart Point.
Feel the cool breeze and dig into some local food by the only water source atop Matheran.
One Tree Hill Point at Matheran.
Things to do in Matheran:
Thrilling activities: Good news for all adventure enthusiasts, make the most of the unspoiled hills by exploring on foot or go riding on mountain bikes. Matheran has become popular as a destination for thrilling activities, indulge in trekking to the Chanderi Caves, take a hike or go waterfall rappelling at the Dodhani waterfalls.
Take a lazy ride: For the faint hearted or for a more leisure experience take a ride on the Toy Train from Matheran to Neral and back which goes zig zag past a thrilling 280 turns through the Sahyadri ranges, it is definitely a do not miss experience for all tourists.
Indulge in Local Delights:
I am sure shopping would not be on your list of to-dos in this charming hill station, you would rather indulge in its natural beauty. Though do not miss out on having the local sweet ‘Chikki’ and the honey which is very popular here.
Toy train running between Matheran and Neral.
Matheran Hill Railway track at an 180 degree bend.
Places to Stay in Matheran:
Due to the increasing popularity of Matheran, there are now several options for a stay to choose from both luxury and budget types. Book a stay at the humble MTDC bungalows or for more luxurious options stay at Neemrana’s – Verandah in the Forest, Hotel Usha Ascot, Hotel Woodlands, West End, Byke Retreat or Richie Rich Resorts.
For budget stays, check into Horseland Hotel & Mountain Spa,Rangoli Retreat, Regal Hotels, Point View Hotel or Green Hotel.
Best time to visit Matheran:
Matheran has the luxury of a pleasant weather throughout the year and it’s worth visiting at any time of the year, although the best time to visit this place is between the months of November to June.
How to Reach Matheran:
Mumbai is the closest major city and the best way to reach Matheran is by road due to its close proximity to Mumbai at distance of 104 km. By Air, the closest option is the Mumbai Airport. Although if you prefer to travel by train the nearest railway station is Neral.
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