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What are the best weekend getaways from Mumbai? The best places to visit around Mumbai includes hill stations like Mahabaleshwar, Lonavala, Matheran, Kolad, Karjat (in Monsoon) or beaches like Alibaug, Nagaon Beach, Kashid Beach, Murud Janjira. These places can be visited over a 2 day weekend & are within 200 km of Mumbai. There are certain resorts near Mumbai within 100km ideal for family picnic.
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Mumbai is very hot & humid. Where do I run away for a cooler climate? Apart from Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani, Lonavala, Matheran, you can try Saputara ahead of Nashik. 6 hours drive from Mumbai. You can even go to Tapola which is just 30 km from Mahabaleshwar & is very quiet place. You can go for a bungalow on rent in Mahabaleshwar. Lavasa, Mulshi near Pune City are good options as well. All these hill stations are blessed with breathtaking valley views, waterfalls (mostly in monsoon), lakes. Camping in forest as a good option too & many resorts provide it. During monsoons one can visit places like Kolad, Igatpuri, Jawhar, Kolad.
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I am low on budget. How do I plan my getaway? Opt for homestay. They are not luxury but neat and clean. There are many such budget holiday homes around Mumbai which are operated by locals. You will be so amazed by the hospitality that you will come back here for another weekend getaway. If you are a group, you can go for a villa as per group size. Per person cost is much lower since you rent the entire place. "Private Bungalow on rent in Lonavala with only close friends, scenic view & chilled beer" Doesn't it sound awesome?
Renting a villa is interesting. Tell me more about it. How much does it cost generally? Well renting a villa always proves to be cheaper than resort if you are a bigger group. A standard non-AC bungalows in Lonavala cost around 10000 per night for 10 people. They are ideal for longer stays & give you a second home like experience. Bungalows in Mahabaleshwar are very popular among tourists some of them with valley views. Same is for the bungalows in Panchgani. Also a villa is given exclusively for one group at a time which gives group lot of privacy. There are bungalows in Alibaug, Nagaon, Kihim as well.
Are there any adventure places near Mumbai? Some resorts offer adventure activities like kayaking, white water rafting, flying fox, rappelling, mountain biking etc. White water rafting is conducted in Kolad & is a 3 hour activity conducted on Kundalika River over 14 km stretch. Nature trails operate five adventure resorts around Mumbai. All farms in Kolad offer adventure activities. Matheran, Mahabaleshwar also have few adventure activity oriented resorts. You can stay there as well. Many of them have tents or cottage like accommodation. Some resorts near pune also which offer adventure activities.
Which places are close to both Mumbai & Pune? Weekend getaways from Pune which are close to Mumbai include Lonavala, Khopoli, Karjat and Beaches like Kashid, Alibag. Adventure place Kolad, which is a major adventure weekend getaway near Pune is also close to Mumbai.