Maharashtra’s lush green mountains spring to life during the monsoon season. It is blessed to be home to part of the Western Ghats that stretch all the way across the state spilling over into Karnataka. As a result, Maharashtra has a number of hill stations that become picturesque bounties of natural beauty during monsoon. Most of these stunning hill stations are located at convenient distances from the city of Mumbai. The routes leading to these stunning locales from Mumbai are as alluring as the locales themselves making them ideal for road trips. So, if you are considering embarking upon a road trip with your family, friends or your loved one, here are the best monsoon road trips from Mumbai in Maharashtra for you to consider.
Malshej Ghat is one of Maharashtra’s prime monsoon delights. Located amidst the Western Ghats, Malshej is surrounded by breathtaking landscapes of valleys and waterfalls. The route to Malshej from Mumbai and Pune is as picturesque taking you through winding roads with lovely views at every turn. Distance between Mumbai and Malshej is 126 km and it takes around 3 hours to reach by road.
Maharashtra’s answer to Uttarakhand’s Valley of Flowers, the Kaas plateau near Satara is known for its bloom of around 450 species of wild flowers. While the flowers bloom only for around 3 weeks, it is the best time to visit Kaas plateau. During this time, Kaas becomes one of the most beautiful places in the state. The road trip to Kaas can also be combined with a trip to the nearby hill station of Mahabaleshwar. Kaas is located around 278 km from Mumbai and takes close to 5 hours to reach by road.
One of the easiest and shortest road trips from the cities of Mumbai and Pune is the one to Matheran, India’s smallest hill station. Known as one of India’s finest eco-tourism destinations, Matheran is a delight during the rains. No vehicles are allowed on the hill station which means you need to park at the Dasturi Naka parking lot from where it’s a 30-minute trek to get here. The road till Dasturi Naka though takes you through beautiful views of green hillocks overlooking the city. Matheran is just 80 km from Mumbai and takes around 2 hours to reach by road.
The hill station of Igatpuri falls enroute the Mumbai-Nashik highway and makes for a great pit stop for those on their way to visit the pilgrim spot of Shirdi. Igatouri is home to the Vipassana International Academy and several amazing waterfalls breaking out of green hillocks. The drive to Igatouri is smooth thanks to the good condition of NH3 and is flanked by wonderful views of vast, green farms dotted with several hills. Distance between Mumbai and Igatpuri is 120 km and it takes around 2 hours and 45 minutes to reach by road.
Bhandardara has emerged as a popular weekend getaway amongst locals of Maharashtra over the past few years. Nestled in the Sahyadri mountain range, this quaint hill station is worth a visit for its greenery, lakes and waterfalls. Its lack of commercialization makes it an ideal place to escape the urban madness. Located at a distance of 164 km from Mumbai, Bhandardara makes for a scenic 3 and a half hour drive.
And then there is the wonderful Harihareshwar for those who are looking for a longer drive. Located 200 km from Mumbai, Harihareshwar takes around 4 hours 30 minutes to reach by road. Its beach is one of the most serene picnic spots in Maharashtra. Nestled among the Western Ghats, the clean sand and marvelous views all around the beach instantly put your mind to rest. The nearby Diveagar and Shrivardhan, also known for their spectacular beaches, temples and forts, can be visited on this road trip making it a coastal memorable vacation. NOW SEE 10 offbeat places to visit in Maharashtra
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