Mumbai is a bustling metropolitan city located in the western state of India, Maharashtra. It is the financial hub of India, and people are always juggling from home to work. You won’t see anyone sitting idle or resting in this part of the country.
Life in a big city sometimes can get on your nerves. So, a little break is much needed to rejuvenate ourselves. The best part about staying in Mumbai or Pune is that there are so many weekend getaways nearby.
Especially during the monsoon, the western ghats region offers an amazing experience.
We have shortlisted the 7 best family weekend getaways from Mumbai where you can spend a day or two in peace and enjoy.
Mahabaleshwar is a small hill station destination that is around 263 km away from the city and is an ideal place for a weekend getaway.
I won’t say it is a quiet place; rather, it is one of the most popular destinations that people around Maharashtra love the most.
There are a few hot spots like Mapro Garden, Venna Lake, and Pratapgarh Fort where you can visit and get an amazing experience. The best route from Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar is the ‘Mumbai-Pune Expressway.’
For beach lovers, Alibaug is one of the best places in Maharashtra, which is around 95 km away from the city.
It can be reached either by road or by ferry from Mumbai. It is a perfect weekend getaway for anyone who wants two days of break from their busy life.
Also, it is a budget-friendly tourist destination around Mumbai.
There are a lot of outdoor activities that any adventure enthusiast will love. You can go trekking, do water sports, or go cycling around the beaches.
From Alibaug, there are many places to visit like Varsoli Beach, Kashid Beach, Murud Janjira, Alibaug Fort, etc.
Dapoli is a small off-beat beach destination in Maharashtra located in the Ratnagiri district. Compared to Alibaug, Dapoli is the cleanest and calmest beach in the area.
If you don’t want a crowd and want a secluded destination to spend quality time with your family, I would recommend Dapoli.
Don’t forget to try their local Konkan cuisine; it’s an experience that travelers to the region simply must have.
Lonavala is another small hill station in Maharashtra which is closer to Pune city, but people from Mumbai also love to come here for a weekend holiday.
Lonavala is a lively, small town where you can find many ‘Chikki’ shops, unlimited restaurants, and many resorts. It is a perfect destination for a short road trip.
There are two routes from Mumbai, one is the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, and the other is the Mumbai-Pune old Highway. Both of the highways are quite safe to drive.
There are a few places that I would recommend visiting, especially Tiger’s Leap, Karla caves, Duke’s Nose, and Pavna lake. If you have a car, you can reach all the places within an hour.
5. Ganapatipule Beach
Ganapatipule Beach is yet another off-beat destination that is located in the Ratnagiri district. It is a quaint beach with fewer crowds.
There is a popular Ganapati temple located near the beach where people gather to offer their prayers to the deity. It takes around 9 hours by car to reach Ganapatipule from Mumbai.
The best time to visit the place would be from October to February. The weather remains pleasant during these months. Most of the resorts remain closed during the monsoon season as it rains tumultuously. So, do not make your plans during summer and monsoon season.
Matheran hill station is one of the oldest hill stations situated near Mumbai. The lush greenery during the monsoon season is the most amazing time of the year to visit Matheran.
You can also get to experience the Neral-Matheran toy train ride. It is not always operational, though, but if you are lucky, you will have an amazing experience.
There are not many resorts or hotels nearby Matheran to stay at, but you will find MTDC, a good Maharashtra government-owned place to stay.
Panchgani hill station is a famous hill station in Maharashtra located around 245 km from Mumbai. Panchgani is nearer to Mahabaleshwar; usually, people visit both places over a weekend getaway.
The beautiful hill station is nestled between the hills of western ghats, and the climate remains pleasant throughout the year for the most part. It is an amazing place to refresh. You can come down here with your family, friends, or for a perfect budget-friendly honeymoon.
Here, you can visit places like Table Land, Sydney Point, and Parsi Point. Other than these, you can spend your time exploring local produce farms for strawberries, carrots, and radishes.
We hope this gives you some ideas for weekend getaways to take from Mumbai.