15 Offbeat Places Near Mumbai That You Must Visit in 2020

Offbeat Places Near Mumbai

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Lavasa

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If you are planning to visit Mumbai or Pune, you must come down to this adventurous and fun filled escapade of Lavasa. Lavasa offers you an array of options in adventure and entertainment. On the other hand, if you prefer a calm and lazy weekend with good food and captivating scenic beauty, Lavasa has that too.

Lavasa is a planned hill station near Pune, particularly designed to attract tourists. Round the year, the weather there remains moderate and pleasant, making it really soothing for the tourists. Situated in the Western Ghats, Lavasa is truly outstanding with its beautiful hills and greenery all around. Visit the place to witness this heavenly destination.

If you love
adventure, you will simply love Lavasa. You will get an array of options in water sports, trekking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and what not. This planned town has ayurvedic massage centres as well. Therefore, Lavasa is both for adventure enthusiasts and peace-seekers.

One of the many tempting things in Lavasa is the luxurious stay. The hotels and resorts there are truly comfortable. From budget accommodations to the lavish premium quality resorts, you will get everything there. Here are a few suggestions for you- Mercure, The Waterfront Shaw, Picnic House, Fortune Select Dasve, Ekaant the Retreat, etc.

If you are a complete foodie and you check the local delicacies of a place first before visiting it, Lavasa is definitely not going to disappoint you. There are innumerable restaurants, bakeries and food stalls in Lavasa. Here are the names of a few of them- Café Coffee Day; Chor Bizarre; Earthen Oven; Krazy Koala; Granma’s Pastries, Sandwiches and Ice creams; Pizzalava, etc. From typical North Indian spicy dishes to not so spicy Italian cuisine- Lavasa has to offer everything to you.

If you are a party animal and like enjoying after the sun goes off to sleep, Lavasa is definitely your place. The hotels you will be staying in will have a bar along with a disco, which will offer you a happening nightlife. Enjoy a drink while you tap your feet with the beats.

Shopping is Lavasa is a bit disappointing for the shopaholics as you will not find market places and shopping malls there. Lavasa is solely created for adventure sports and a lazy weekends away from the cacophony of the big cities. The only magnificent stuffs you will get to buy there are the crafts with bamboo.

The other beautiful nearby destinations that you can visit from Lavasa are Panshet Dam, Velhe and Mulshi.

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Silvassa

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Silvassa was formerly a Portuguese colony but now it has become a popular tourist site flushed with wildlife sanctuaries, scenic destinations and beaches. It lies between Maharashtra and Gujarat and it comprises of 72 villages and many Roman-Catholic churches that stand as a testimony to the Portuguese rule during the historic times. Due to its rich Portuguese heritage it is also a famous spot for history enthusiasts who wish to explore the hidden treasures of this city.

Silvassa is extremely renowned for its exotic resorts, lush greenery, manufacturing industries and tax-free alcohol. It is also a haven for those looking for handmade and originally crafted products like Warli painting and paper bag. 

There are several natural attractions around the area that have made Silvassa a popular tourist getaway site. The Lion Safari Wildlife Park, spread over 25 hectares of land, is home to the majestic Asiatic Lion. The Vanganga Lake is a dainty reserve with flowers and gardens blooming around it. Often, visitors take boat rides to the lake and take in the surroundings in all their aesthetic appeal. Island Garden is another popular tourist destination in Silvassa with thatched and wooden huts decorating its premises. The island is visited via boat rides from ashore. 

Apart from a repertoire of attractions, Silvassa also constitutes of many popular activities, including trekking, nature walks and cultural explorations. There are museums built in the city for history enthusiasts who want to have an immersive understanding about the archaeology and past of the place. 

The summers here are hot and dry with the scorching heat making it impossible to sightsee during afternoons. The nights are cool and pleasant. Therefore, the best time to visit Silvassa is during winters, from September to February. The post-monsoon season also offers an ethereal view of the town as the showers wash everything clean. The monsoon here is highly unpredictable, as there are times with heavy showers, while the others are only light drizzles that recede with time.

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Camping Location: Revdanda Beach

Check-In: 4:00 PM

Check-Out: 11:00 AM


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A warm bonfire and soft soaring waves crashing on the beach while you fall asleep closer to nature is all that you need to chill out after a hectic week. The clean beach, uncrowded and peaceful, makes it ideal for beach camping in Alibaug. The clear water and sand of the beach set the mood for relaxation.


This campsite has everything to make your weekend memorable. From hammocks to chill out and take a sunbath, you can spend your day by participating in water sports, playing beach volleyball, frisbee, or just getting a dip in the water.


About the night, you can spend it under the stars, lighting up a bonfire, try your hand at BBQ, and chill with your buddies. Most of all, the sea breeze and ambiance at the campsite will set the mood for the weekend right away. 


Nearby Places to Visit: 

Colaba Fort: 17.2 km

Murud Jangira Fort: 37.4 Km

Korlai Fort: 6.7 km 


Suitable for: Friends, families, couples, solo campers, and corporates. 

Package Offers: 

Meals: Welcome Tea, Snacks, Barbeque, Dinner, Breakfast. 

Stay in tents on a double and triple sharing basis. 

Activities: Music, bonfire, barbeque, Mini DJ, Volleyball, cricket, Badminton


Child Policy: Children below 5 years of age can join without any charges and those above 5 years can be booked under the full package. 


How to Reach: This place is about 112 Km from Mumbai and about 155 Km from Pune. The road is motorable and can be reached by car or a taxi. 

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Diveagar

Diveagar

Diveagar is a quaint village known for the panoramic Diveagar Beach. The beach is stretched out in an area of 5 kilometers and is embellished with palm trees, beatles and casuarina trees. You can have long walks on the beach while taking in the beauty that surrounds you. Also, do not miss to see the dramatic sunsets that will create priceless memories for you and your dear ones.

Adventure lovers can enjoy activities like banana rides, boating, parasailing, quad ride, camel riding, and many more here. You can also visit the holy Suvarna Ganesh temple and pay your respects. Owing to such a diverse range of attractions, Diveagar is one of the most interesting places to visit for 2 day trips near Pune.

Location: Diveagar, Maharashtra.

Timings: All day.

Entry fee: None

Distance from Pune: 160 Km.

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Kamshet

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Kamshet is a beautiful hill station located in the Western Ghats of India. The place is famous for paragliding, a beloved adventure sport of India and the numerous flying schools located in the vicinity. The small but picturesque hill station is surrounded by the breathtaking Western Ghats which form a major part of the tourist places in Kamshet and regularly finds itself in many top 10 lists that name destination for the ultimate thrill-seekers. 

Kamshet is a paradise not just for the eyes but also for the adventures junkie in you. But don’t think this place is just for those who seek thrill and excitement. There are numerous other activities to do in Kamshet as well as tourist hotspots that make this an ideal place for a family getaway or even a romantic getaway. 
Kamshet is ideally located just 45km from the main town of Pune city. The locals refer to it as a paragliding paradise. There is no better place in the region to indulge in this thrilling adventure activity.

But if you are not much of a thrill-seeker then you can spend your time enjoying the natural scenery, fresh air a luxury these days and stroll through the small villages laced around this quaint hill station. If you want to experience the quintessential Indian village lifestyle then a visit to one of the villages is a must. 
There you can interact with locals, have a feel of what it’s like to live in muddy huts and even have a small shopping spree at the local village markets.

The hills station is surrounded by gorgeous sunflowers fields and you can enjoy some amazing views while paragliding over them. Other tourist places in Kamshet include 
Bhairi CavesBedse CavesPavana Lake, Kondeshwar Temple, and Shinde Wadi Hills. If you have more time at hand you can perhaps extend your trip to other hill stations such as Khandala and Lonavala, which are located at short distances from Kamshet.

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Kolad

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If you’ve ever dreamt about backpacking off to green pastures and cascading waterfalls among the lush mountains, you don’t have to travel all the way up north to experience setting like that anymore. Kolad – a humble village in the Raigad district of Maharashtra – is home to some of the most imposing valleys and natural beauty that were hidden away from the rest of the world until recent times. Nature enthusiasts and hikers already know of this gem in the Sahyadris that has been gaining impetus by day as a popular destination for adventure sports, but there’s more to this quaint settlement than just that. The primary tourist places in Kolad shout out loud white water rafting and trekking into the wild.

Fondly referred to as the Rishikesh of Maharashtra, Kolad has been lately getting attention as one of the best white water rafting spots in Maharashtra. In fact, the stunning landscaping valleys of Kolad have a charm of their own during the monsoons in Maharashtra. The village is located alongside the banks of the magnificent River Kundalika, the fastest flowing river of the South. This provides varying degrees of difficulty levels for those fascinated by water sports. Apart from that, the rugged topography of this village makes it a great hiking destination among those eager to explore the thriving faunal side of Kolad.

Kolad’s scenic locale makes it a popular hotspot during the monsoons. Apart from the daunting sports, you can experience the true spectacle of nature. In fact, courtesy the varied climatic conditions in Kolad, every season gives you a chance to unwind in several ways. There are numerous hotels, resorts, farmhouses and peaceful home-stays tucked away into this tranquil village for those who wish for a peaceful time away from the city.

So, round up a group of friends, or simply hang out with your loved ones, Kolad is perfect for those looking forward to a delightful picnic in a land not so far away. Don’t forget to visit tourist places in Kolad which include Tahmini Ghat Waterfalls, Bhira Dam, Ghosala Fort and Tala Fort amongst others.

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Jawhar

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Nestled in the lap of nature, Jawhar is a popular tourist station laced with numerous waterfalls and scenic beauty. Popularly known as the town of waterfalls, the unexplored hill station is an ideal gateway for people residing in major cities like Mumbai, Pune and Nashik. 

While the hill station is popular for waterfalls, it is also dotted with several temples and heritage structures which will interest history buffs. Explore the grand Jai Vilas Palace constructed in 1940, which tells tales of the erstwhile Mukane king and gives a peek insight into their royal tribal culture. Immerse yourself in the unprecedented views of the setting Sun at the Sunset Point, or simply indulge in adventurous activities like trekking, mountaineering, and camping to excite your adrenaline levels. 

Jawhar is also popular for its cashew nut plantation and thick forests, which make the climate pleasant throughout the year for visitors. Unwind in nature as the rustic charm of Jawhar enthrals your body, mind and soul with its enchanting landscape and interesting culture. 

Jawhar offers a range of accommodation options with amenities without burning a hole in your pocket. Visit the quaint hill station and munch on some local delicacies for a memorable sojourn in the mountains, not far from the hustle-bustle of your city. 

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Wai

Wai

A historically prominent town in Maharashtra, Wai is a hidden gem you must explore at least once in your lifetime. Krishna River cuts through this quaint hill town making it extremely scenic. The collection of places of interest in Wai majorly includes ancient temples. The town houses more than 100 temples.

According to Hindu mythology, at some point, Wai was inhabited by Pandavas with King Viraat. Besides, Wai also attracts nature lovers and vacationers in great numbers all around the year since its lush green landscape creates an ideal atmosphere for relaxation. And if you are in the mood for some action, a trekking experience in Sahyadri Hills will be rewarding.

Location: Satara, Maharashtra

Timings: All day.

Entry fee: None.

Distance from Pune: 88 km

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Saputara

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Saputara is a tourist destination situated in the Dang district of Gujarat. It offers a spectacular view of the Western Ghats residing amid the undulating mountains at a distance of 250 km from Mumbai, and 4 km from the Mumbai border. Being the only hill station in Gujarat, it is located at a height of 1,000 meters and attracts tourists, especially during the summers. 

In recent days, it has become a pioneered tourist destination. The tribal community residing here, known as Adivasis, evacuated the area at the request of the government and settled in the nearby Nawanagar, thus making the place an exclusive tourist destination.

Saputara is a haven for art and nature lovers alike. Artist Village, a place only a few kilometers from Saputara, is a benevolent place of artwork by various national and international artists. It displays handicrafts and craftsmanship of various artisans in the area around. There are local traditional stores, and stalls selling Bamboo artifacts that work as thoughtful souvenirs. The Hatgadh Fort is an admirable site of historical significance built by Shivaji during his reign. You can find the statue of Lord Shiva resting on the top of this fort which exudes the aura of sanctity

For those who are wanderers of wilderness, Saputara has an oasis of exotic wildlife at the Vansda National Park inhabiting carnivores, herbivores, avian fauna and reptiles like python and crocodiles. Purna Sanctuary is another such site of exploration. One can seek the remnants of the city’s rich heritage trekking through the forts and hillocks surrounding the place. 

The maximum temperature of Saputara is an astounding 30 degrees Celsius, even during summers. This acts to the benefit of many, who seek escape from the otherwise imposing heat of the sun. During winter the temperature drops down over here to a very low level due to which people do not resort to visiting this place during winters.

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Lonar (506 km from Mumbai)

Lonar (506 km from Mumbai)

Next in the array of places to visit near Mumbai for couples is Lonar that is a less frequented destination. It is famed for a crater that was formed about 50,000 years ago as a meteorite collided with the surface.

If you are seeking a place where you can witness the natural heritage then this is a great place for you. Something that you must not miss out when travelling to Lonar, is the Lonar Lake that is 6,000 feet wide and 500 feet deep formed by the major hit of meteorite. It is surrounded by an exotic range of flora and fauna and is dotted with a number of temples.

Distance from Mumbai: Approximately 506 km.

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Kaas Pathar also known as Valley Of Flowers is situated on the high hills of Sahyadri range in western ghats, 22 kilometers from Satara City in Maharashtra state of India. It is known as Maharashtras valley of flowers. The area of plateau is approximately 1,000 hectare. The plateau is laden with wild flowers during the months of September and October. The whole plateau looks like a carpet in various colors. These flowers bloom on their own and stay for about 23 weeks (depending on the monsoon and other weather factors). It has been declared as Biodiversity World heritage site by The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Its a unique place for flora researchers, nature lovers, and photographers.

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Nashik

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Nasik is an extraordinary choice for individuals who wish to get away from their busy schedule and want to engage in exploring a loaded-with-heritage city at its fullest. The lavish cover of vineyards encompassing the area makes it completely blissful for a perfect wine tasting destination coupled with its amazing tourist places in Nashik. 

India's best wines are produced here locally and later you can also avail tours of the beautiful vineyards to have an amazing experience. Nasik is an ancient holy city of Maharashtra. It is an older city that is named after a relic association to Ramayana. Rama’s brother hacked off the Nasika (nose) of Ravana’s sister and thus came the name. Present on the banks of river Godavari, Nasik offers an appealing and beguiling experience of the naturalistic environment. Encompassed by forts and waterfalls this is a religious Hindu city. 

Nasik is an absolutely wonderful place to visit. If you need a chance to appreciate nature and need a getaway to have a religious tour or a big break, then Nasik is the place for an ideal relaxing holiday. The city is home to monumental temples which holds rich cultural heritage. Nasik hosts Kumbh Mela every 12 years. 

This old city's provisional quarter hosts a wooden architectural building and temples that date back to Hindu epic, exclusive and exquisite bathing Ghats where you can unwind and relax. These form the most of the tourist places in Nashik. This breathtaking city is cleaner, greener and well maintained than most cities in India.

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Aurangabad

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The city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra is the sixth most populated city in the state and is an important cultural hub. The city has a hilly landscape and is the centre of art, education and commerce. Aurangabad is also famous throughout the country for its silk and cotton clothes.

Despite not being a metropolitan city, it is well-connected internally via urban transport facilities. It has a well-developed network of buses, metered taxis and chauffeur-driven cars for hire. Auto-rickshaws are also available in plenty to travel locally. Well-organized bus service is also provided if one needs to travel to and from Aurangabad and other cities.

The most famous and important place to visit in Aurangabad is Ajanta and Ellora caves. It is the most historically significant asset of the city. These caves are situated 99 km from the main city of Aurangabad and are some of the finest specimens of rich Indian heritage. The Ajanta caves were built around the 2nd to the 6th century A.D. and Ellora Caves were built sometime during the 6th and 11th century A.D. These caves were carved out from a single rock and cave paintings inside that are thousands of years old, give you a breathtaking insight into the history of art and culture in India. Other important sites to visit in and around Aurangabad are Bibi Ka Maqbara, Daulatabad Fort, Jama Mosque, Grishneshwar Temple, Himayat Bagh, Salim Ali Lake and Panchakki, to name a few.

The best time to visit Aurangabad is between October and March. The weather during this time of the year remains pleasantly cool which makes it ideal for exploration and sightseeing. Winters are cold as the temperature drops down to a minimum of 10 degrees Celsius, which is relatively pleasant. There are several hotels, resorts, home-stays and inns in the area to accommodate all your needs comfortably when you visit Aurangabad.

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Tapola (146 km from Pune)

Tapola (146 km from Pune)
Often referred to as ‘Mini Kashmir of the West’, Tapola is famous for its splendid natural beauty. It is surrounded by emerald green meadows, forests, lakes, and valleys, that are great for a winter escapade. Tapola is one of the amazing places to Visit near Pune in winter.

Places like these transport you to the simpler and idyllic village life where the pace is slower and you are far away from the chaos of everyday city life.

Distance from Pune:
146 kilometres.

Main attractions: Shivsagar Lake, Vasota Jungle trek, ancient Peshwa period Bhawani Temple. 

Average Temperature: 26.3°C
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Morachi Chincholi

Morachi Chincholi

Morachi Chincholi is one of the most visited offbeat places near Mumbai where nature unfolds itself in her kaleidoscopic hues round the year. The place is a hot favourite for picnic lovers who can spend a day amidst pollution free natural surroundings and revitalize their souls for the next day. It is a booming hub of recreational activities for visitors who arrive at this spot for picnic or outdoor parties.

You can indulge in a wide range of rides and activities that are organised by the management such as Tractor Rides, Candle Night, Camping, Bird Watching, Nursery and many more. Morachi Chincholi stands apart from other offbeat places around Mumbai where you can get to see more peacocks in a village surrounding than in any other part of the state.

Distance from Mumbai: 180 Km approximately.

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one of the most amazing experience of my life HELICOPTER joy ride over mumbaii had some most incredible moments. During this the small time of just 10 minutes regenerted over feeling for beauty of the city.
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Helicopter Joy Ride over Mumbai: This is the best way to look at the whole of Mumbai. The crowded, big city is viewed the best way with this. Despite being a Mumbai native girl, I grew more than half of my life in Ooty. While I got a job back here in Mumbai, I felt like a first timer here. Funnily, I started travelling and exploring in my own city as it has got more than enough to induce the travel buds of any passionate traveller. I travelled Mumbai in various ways and this helicopter ride was my favourite. It covers the complete city, and it is indeed beautiful. The view of Bandra-Worli link from the air was in fact spell binding. I personally loved the whole experience, and also, this can be availed at a very nominal fee charges these days. I recommend this to all no matter you are resident here or a traveller.
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