4 Offbeat Summer Getaways From Mumbai

4 Offbeat Summer Getaways From Mumbai
Kothaligad trekking in Karjat, Mumbai, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Give Lonavla, Khandala and other big and busy hill stations around Mumbai a break and head to these lesser-known ones instead

Precious Kamei
June 30 , 2019
02 Min Read
Matheran, Lonavla, Khandala, Panchgani...these are hill stations near Mumbai, all nice and pretty but may be full of tourists around this time of the year. Instead, why don't you try out these offbeat hill stations this summer and beat both summer and crowded tourist spots?
Winding road on the way to LavassaThere a new kid on the block and it's Lavasa. Located 181 km away from Mumbai, Lavassa is an upcoming hill station. The talk of the town is that Lavassa takes its inspiration from the beautiful Italian city of Portofino. The roads are beautiful around this part and bikers would love riding this stretch. Visit Lavassa because why not? Weather is lovely and the drive even lovelier.

Kondana Buddhist Caves in KarjatAround 80 km away from Mumbai is Karjat, a hill station straddling Bhorghat, Shayadri and the Western Ghats. The river Ulhas draws in a lot of adventure travellers for river rafting and the nearby hills are great for trekking and hiking. Besides these activities, one can also explore the nearby Kondana Caves and Peth Fort.

Monsoon brings a lot of waterfalls in IgatpuriThis small hill station in the Western Ghats is one of the lesser-known destinations around Mumbai. Situated 120 km away from Mumbai, Igatpuri is your ideal place if undisturbed holiday is your thing. The hill station is home to  the world's largest Vipassana meditation centre and also a great place for some trekking and hiking. The hills that surround Igatpuri are perfect for some outdoor adventure activities. Expect a pleasant weather whenever you visit.

Khaire's Shield tail snake, AmboliIt takes a little bit of driving, about nine hours of it for the 491 km between Amboli and Mumbai, but it's worth taking the trip. It is closer to Goa, if you were wondering. The hill station is a green haven and best visited during monsoon. The place comes to life after a good spell of shower. Speaking of monsoon, if you are a fan of herping, Amboli is the place for you. The dense forest of Amboli is home to many species of amphibians and reptiles. The flora and fauna of Amboli is unique and some even endemic to the place. If messing around with the creepy crawlies isn't your thing, simply enjoy the cool climes of Amboli. Definitely a holiday to remember.

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