Want to take a break from the bustling traffic, noise and crowd of Mumbai? Looking for that perfect getaway near Mumbai, with cool climate, some site-seeing, adventure and more?
Mumbai and its outskirts boast of a long list of places, with a host of attractions and convenient travel facilities, as an ideal picnic scenario. These places, famous their scenic beauty and serenity, will make a great picnic destination with your friends and family, for both Mumbaikers and outsiders.
A unanimous choice for the best picnic spot near Mumbai would be Lonavla and Khandala - picturesque twin hill stations at a distance of 100 km from the main city. Known for their sensuous beauty, romantic waterfalls, the serene hills turn lush green during monsoon, and visitors throng them throughout the year. Rajmachi Fort & Point, Bushy Dam, Ryewood Park, Tikona, Tung and Koregad Forts, Bhaja and Karla Caves, Tungarli Lake, Lonavla Lake are the major tourist spots here.
Another well-known picnic destination is Alibaug, a popular beach, three hours from Mumbai. Apart from the beautiful beach, there are a few old forts, churches, synagogues, and temples, all waiting to be explored.
Daman beach, at a distance of 180 km from Mumbai, is another famous picnic spot known for a few amazing beaches nearby like Devka Beach and Jampore Beach. One can indulge in a host of water sports, or go site-seeing to the Big Daman (also known as Moti Daman) and Little Daman (also known as Nani Daman).
A five-hour drive from Mumbai, with panoramic view of hills, rivers and greenery is Dapoli – a small, lovely place to have a fun-filled picnic. A list of places that include Kanakdurg Sea Fort, Anjarle Beach, Murud Beach, Suvarnadurg Fort, Panhalekaji Caves will make a wonderful site-seeing.
Bhandardara, about 185 km from Mumbai, and nearby places can be another fantastic location for a one-day or overnight picnic stay, with some adventure trekking. Places of national and historical importance like Wilson Dam, Ratangad Fort, Amruteshwat Temple, Mount Kalsubai, Randha Waterfall, Konkan kada Cliff, Arthur Hill Lake etc. around here will provide an educational experience.
Murud Janjira Beach and Fort, Harihareshwar and Bagmandala Beach, Bhimashankar Temple, Anand Resort, Matheran Hill Station are a few other wonderful places near Mumbai, best-suited for a perfect, memorable picnic.
Nonetheless, Mumbai - the city of dreams, itself has a choicest range of places to have a wonderful picnic, or go for an amazing weekend site-seeing.
So the next time you need that quick getaway, or have a long weekend to plan for, take your pick from these picturesque and entertaining destinations.