Life in the ‘City of Dreams,’ is nothing but electrifying, exciting and oh so dynamic! However, there are several times when the hustle and bustle of the usual city life gets to our nerves. So, if you are desperately planning to turn your next weekend into a mini vacation, then these 16 offbeat weekend getaways from Mumbai should be a good read for you.
For this vacation, you neither have to travel too far from your house or burn a hole in your pocket. From stunning hill stations, picturesque beaches to gorgeous getaways, we have covered them all for you.
Also, now with cheap flights to Mumbai, you can easily plan a holiday to any of these destinations!
Best time to visit Mumbai
The best time to visit Mumbai is from November to February. These winter months promise pleasant weather in the city. The winter months are the best in Mumbai. As the city surrounds the coastal area, winters here are mild and the minimum temperature is around 10°C. Such weather is best for sightseeing or spending a day on the beach with loved ones.
However, newly married couples planning their honeymoon vacations in March or before the onset of December, should consider availing different Sikkim honeymoon packages as the weather is most pleasant in Gangtok at this time of the year.
Interesting Facts about Mumbai
Also, before you plan your vacation around Mumbai, here are some interesting facts about the city that you probably didn’t know about.
- Mumbai was earlier known as ‘Bombay.’ It is believed that the 1st name originated from the Portuguese phrase ‘Bom Bahia’, meaning ‘Beautiful Bay.’ Now the city is named after a famous goddess temple- Mumba Devi Mandir, which is situated at Bori Bunde in the city itself.
- Did you know that the city was once a group of scattered islands? Yes, you heard it right! The name of the 7 islands are – the Isle of Bombay, Colaba, Old Woman’s Island, Mahim, Mazagaon, Parel and Worli.
- Dharavi which is Asia’s largest slum is probably also the most expensive one! Amazing, isn’t it? The city of Mumbai is so demanding that even the slums here are considered to be the most expensive place in our country considering that a person needs to spend more than Rs.3 lakhs to build a house here.
16 Best weekend getaways from Mumbai
Kindly note: With the new guidelines issued by the government of India, our favourite hotels have also reopened the world of leisure and hospitality. So, what are you waiting for? Plan a trip soon to one of these offbeat weekend getaways from Mumbai right now.
1. Harihareshwar – Beach paradise
Harihareshwar also known as ‘Kashi of the South’, is a beautiful and ideal place to visit over a long weekend. A gorgeous beach paradise, Harihareshwar is surrounded by 3 hills named Harihareshwar, Harshinachal and Pushpadri. Also, if you are ready to go on a holy trail you can put this place on your next holiday list.
Do try Konkani food here. The authentic Konkani dishes are full of flavour. One must try the famous and refreshing Kokam Sharbat.
Distance from Mumbai: 200 km
Places to visit: Harihareshwar Beach, Ganesh Gully, Diveagar Beach, Kalbhairav Temple, and Bhagamandala
2. Tapola – Go for water scooter rides
Do you want to visit the mini Kashmir of Maharashtra? Then head to Tapola on your next holiday this year. An ideal destination for nature and adventure lovers, Tapola is where one can opt for water scooter rides or kayaking with a view to die for! This destination will surely not disappoint you at all.
Distance from Mumbai: 258 km
Places to visit: Shivsagar Lake, Tapola Lake, and Vasota Fort
3. Amboli – Paradise for mountain lovers
The next on this list is a mesmerizing hill station, Amboli. Also known as the ‘Queen of Maharashtra’ this hill station is one of the few hill stations in Maharashtra from where one gets a view of the sea. Sounds interesting, right? Surrounded by a cool, serene and calm atmosphere, this destination is truly a paradise for mountain lovers.
Distance from Mumbai: 489 km
Places to visit: Amboli Waterfalls, The Shirgaonkar Point, Hiranya Keshi Temple, Madhavgad Fort, and The Nangarta Falls
4. Tarkarli – A picturesque destination
How about a vacation on the beach? Sounds super fun, right? From snorkeling, scuba diving to dolphin spotting Tarkarli has it all to make your next trip really adventurous and full of fun. The crystal clear blue water and the gorgeous coral reefs make this picturesque destination a must- visit place.
Distance from Mumbai: 536 km
Places to visit: Tarkarli Beach, Karli Backwaters, Deobagh, Dhamapur Lake, and Sindhudurg Fort
5. Chikhaldara – A great place to unwind
Undoubtedly one of the most offbeat and beautiful hill destinations in India, Chikhaldara is also the only coffee growing area in Maharashtra. This place is adorned with a wide array of flora and fauna and is a great place to unwind!
Distance from Mumbai: 659 km
Places to visit: Panchbol Point, Bhimkund-Keechakadara, Wan Sanctuary, Gugamal National Park, and Pandit Nehru Botanical Garden
6. Mahabaleshwar – Go for shikara ride
Mahabaleshwar is located in the Satara district at an altitude of 1438 metres. It is one of the most stunning and serene hill stations in Maharashtra. Brimming with British architecture and greenery, this destination offers several adventure activities to its travellers. Also, here are the things you can try at Mahabaleshwar like riding a shikara, jungle trekking, birdwatching, shopping and rock climbing.
Distance from Mumbai: 260.5 km
Places to visit: Venna Lake, Mapro Garden, Pratapgad, Lingamala Falls, Elephant’s Head Point, Mini Kashmir, Parsi Point, Babington Point, Bhushan Mahamuni, Lodwick Point, Lord Mahabaleshwar Temple, Connaught Peak and Table Land
7. Lavasa – A stunning planned city
Lavasa, a stunning planned city, is only 57 km from Pune. Loaded with colorful buildings, entertainment, sports, games and events for every age, it is an awesome way to escape from the hustle bustle of city life. This place is famous for things like rock climbing, camping, paintball, rappelling and trekking.
Distance from Mumbai: 187.9 km
Places to visit: The Promenade, Lakeshore Watersport, Tikona Fort, Vortex Splash Pad, Varasgaon Dam Lake, Temghar Dam and Ghangad Fort.
8. Goa – The party capital of India
If you have 2-3 days for a vacation, then visit Goa. Sandy beaches, palm trees and relaxed vibes, the party capital of India, Goa is one of the best destinations to visit from the beautiful city of Mumbai. Do try trekking, sunrise trek, banana boat ride, jet skiing and parasailing in Goa. Also, to get the best Mumbai to Goa flight ticket, book the tickets online.
Distance from Mumbai by bus: 585.3 km
Places to visit: Kulaba Fort, Alibaug Beach, Vrindavan Farm, Nagaon Beach, Murud Janjira Fort, Kanakeshwar Forest and Kihim Beach.
9. Nagpur – Go for an amazing vacation
The next destination is loved by all travellers. Not only is Nagpur a gorgeous city, but the vibe is just as beautiful. The Mumbai to Nagpur route offers stunning views, making it an unforgettable journey! One can witness the sunset at Futala Lake or go on an orange orchard tour at Nagpur
Distance from Mumbai: 841.4 km
Places to visit: Dhamma Chakra Stupa, Ramtek Fort Temple, Ambazari Lake, Amba Khori and Waki Woods.
10. Ratnagiri – Beach hopping
Home to delicious alphonso mangoes and the Olive Ridley Turtles, Ratnagiri is truly an amazing destination. From beautiful mountains, incredible beaches to age-old forts and temples, Ratnagiri is a place that surely leaves a lasting impression on everyone.
Distance from Mumbai: 341.9 km
Places to visit: Jaigad Fort, Swayambhu Ganpati Temple, Jaigad Lighthouse, Ganapatipule Beach, Thibaw Point, Pawas and Pandre Samudra.
11. Shirdi – Home of Sai Baba
One of the holiest places in India, Shirdi is the home of the great saint Sai Baba. Did you know, Shirdi gets around 60,000 visitors per day? Located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, this particular destination holds a strong importance as a holy place by all Sai Baba devotees. This small town is home to several religious spots and activities which will surely soothe and calm your soul.
Distance from Mumbai: 248 km
Places to visit: Sansthan Temple, Shani Shignagpur, Samadhi Mandir, Gurusthan, Dwarkamai, Lendi Baug, Wada Museum, Chavadi and Wet n Joy Waterpark.
12. Pune – Camp with friends and family
Other cities in India are either too cold or too hot, but Pune is one city which enjoys a moderate climate all throughout the year. So, what are you waiting for? Plan a trip to Pune right now! Do try camping, shopping, buggy riding and motocross dirt biking when you visit Pune.
Distance from Mumbai: 147.8 km
Places to visit: Shaniwar Wada, Aga Khan Palace, Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple, Osho Ashram, Vetal Tekdi, Lal Mahal, Raja Dinakar Kelkar Museum, National Defence Academy and Joshi’s Museum of Miniature Railways
13. Aurangabad – Capture the beauty
Declared the ‘Tourism Capital of Maharashtra’, Aurangabad is a great place to visit in the state of Maharashtra. This is where one can discover the glorious Mughal past. The city has a population of about 1.2 million (2011) and is also heading towards rapid industrial growth.
Distance from Mumbai: 367 km
Places to visit: Grishneshwar Temple, Bibi ka Maqbara, Daulatabad Fort, Aurangabad Caves, Siddharth Garden, Gul Mandi, Panchakki, Salim Ali Lake and Jama Masjid Aurangabad.
14. Surat – Eat some delicious food
Famously known as the diamond city of the world, Surat is an amazing place for a vacation. Apart from this, Surat is also famous for its delicious Gujarati food, several religious places and beautiful beaches.
Distance from Mumbai: 276 km
Places to visit: Dutch Garden, Dumas Beach, Hajira Village, Sardar Patel Museum, Ambika Niketan Temple, Sarthana Nature Park, Jagdishchandra Bose Aquarium and Swaminarayan Temple.
15. Khandala – For a peaceful vacation
Khandala is one of the best weekend getaways from Mumbai! A nature lover’s paradise, Khandala’s silent yet stunning valleys, hiking trails with incredible views is everything you wanted in a hill station.
Distance from Mumbai: 81.9 km
Places to visit: Rajmachi Fort, Visapur Fort, Bedse Caves, Lohagad Fort, Tiger’s Leap, Duke’s Nose and Kune Waterfalls.
16. Lonavala – Famous for its scenic beauty
The last on this list is a destination known for its sweeping scenic beauty. Due to the short distance from Mumbai, the most preferable mode of transportation to travel to Lonavala would be by bus. Also, travelling by bus is cost-effective and time-efficient. There are several things to do in Lonavala like trekking, picnic, shopping, photography and bungee jumping
Distance from Mumbai: 83.4 km
Places to visit: Tiger’s Leap, Bushi Dam, Lonavala Lake, Imagica Adlabs, Sunil’s Celebrity Wax Museum, Rajmachi Fort, Aamby Valley and Amrutanjan Point.
5 to 6 days are enough to explore the glorious city of Mumbai. For the best deals and promotional offers, don’t forget to download the ixigo app. Mumbai is one of the best tourist destinations in India and you must visit it this year! Till we meet again, happy travels 🙂
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Places to visit in Mumbai
The city of Mumbai has a long list of places to visit where families and friends can have fun and create indelible memories.
So, here are some of the best places to visit in Mumbai:
- Gateway of India
- Sanjay Gandhi National Park
- Red Carpet Wax Museum
- Haji Ali Dargah
- Elephanta Caves
- Siddhivinayak Temple
- Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST)
- Nehru Center
- Taraporewala Aquarium
- Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Zoo
- Smaaash Junior
- Juhu Beach
- Marine Drive
- Chota Kashmir
- Worli Sea Face
- Hanging Gardens
- Colaba Causeway
- Mumbai Film City
- Hakone Entertainment Centre
- Snow World
- Clue Hunt Mumbai
Things to do in Mumbai
- Morning and evening walk at the Marine Drive
- Explore street food at Girgaon Chowpatty Beach
- Discover interesting cafes in Bandra
- Go street shopping at linking road
- Explore the Lokhandwala Market
- Heritage and photowalk to Gateway of India
- A visit to Haji Ali Dargah
- Heritage walk in Taj Mahal Palace Hotel
- Photowalk to Elephanta Caves
- Meeting the Sea at Juhu Beach
- Morning breakfast cycle tour of South Mumbai
- Midnight cycling on the Coastal Route
- Plan a trip around Ganesh Chaturthi
- Fruit and vegetable shopping at Crawford
- Go to Mangaldas Market for fabrics
- Shopping at Colaba Causeway
- Street photography walk to Chor Bazaar
- Go on a spiritual trail to Siddhivinayak Temple
- Heritage walk to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
- Museum tour of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
- Dig history at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum
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