20 Best Places to Visit Near Mumbai in December - 2019

Free from humidity and the scorching heat, the places to visit near Mumbai in December become a lot more appealing. These places offer relaxing environs and pleasant temperatures away from the fast-paced big city vibes.

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But if you are just the opposite and want something exciting, then the new year parties organized during this time will make your visit here a lot more appealing. Even for adventure enthusiasts, the temperature becomes favorable during this time. Places to visit in December near Mumbai like Ratnagiri, Lonavala, and Daman and Diu are the attractions where you can take a walk in the natural scenery while breathing fresh air.

For trekking and camping enthusiasts, there are many places like Pawna Lake, Kolad, and Rajmachi Fort. Other than these, Nashik also offers a unique and wonderful experience of being surrounded by grapevines while you get to taste some of the best wines from the vineyard. 

Limited Deal: Camping at Igatpuri Near Lake at Rs @1150 Only 

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Pawna Lake Camping | Book @ ₹ 875 Only!
  • 2D/1N
  • Lonavala
  • 2D/1N
  • Lonavala
₹1,445 ₹875
Trip Location: Pawna Lake
About Pawna Lake Camping: 
A 2 days 1 night Pawna Lake Camping on the banks of the beautiful Pawna Lake is here. Take part in this adventure to escape from the hassles of your city life.
The lake is one of the popular artificial lakes located 10 kilometres away from Kamshet on the old Mumbai- Pune highway.
Pawna Camping has become an important campsite after the construction of the Pawna Dam.
This package of camping in Pawna lake comes with camping & sightseeing around the lake, bonfire with music & dinner.

Note:
Pawna region is likely to experience moderate to heavy rainfall in the monsoon season. But don't worry, we've got your back. 
The Campsite is monsoon-friendly. 
The tents are completely water-proof, and the campsite is covered by a waterproof shed so the site doesn't get damp. You can enjoy the monsoon weather not worrying about getting wet and dirty anytime and enjoy your stay and food to the fullest.

Check In Timing: 4 PM
Check Out Timing: 11 AM

Distance: From Pune: 60 KM ( Via Kamshet)
                 From Mumbai: 120 KM (Via Lonavala, Bhangarwadi Rd)


Min number of people required:- 1


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Beach Camping in Alibaug | Book @ ₹ 1199 Only!
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  • Alibag
  • 2D/1N
  • Alibag
₹2,180 ₹1,199

Location:
Alibaug
Distance from Mumbai to Alibaug:
95Kms
Distance from Pune to Alibaug:
142 Km
How to Reach?
You can easily reach the campsite with the help of public or private transport.

About the Camping in Alibaug:


- You will be arriving at the Alibaug campsite on your own and will be getting a welcome beverage with a snack.
- After settling into the tents, the rest of the evening is for you to spend on your leisure.
- Click pictures, watch birds nearby or just sit on the shore and enjoy the breeze.
- Spend the evening with bonfire session, music and stories before dinner is served with both veg and non-veg options available. 
- Grab a good night's sleep with the sound of waves lapping on the shore.
- You will be given a wake-up call in the morning, followed by a hot breakfast. 
- Post this, you will check out of the camps to bring the experience of Alibaug beach camping to an end. 
- Check in : 3:30 PM
- Check out: 11 AM
Minimum people req: 2
About the Alibaug:

Alibaug is a rather well-known yet offbeat destination near Mumbai, Maharashtra. One of the major reasons behind the popularity of this small town is the presence of multiple beaches of this town on the west coast, which also means that this quaint little town offers amazing views of the sunset over the sea. 

Camping in Alibaug is built on a beach is an amazing way to spend an amazing getaway from the city and on a secluded piece of coastline with your near and dear ones. You can experience the views of the sea, with many shacks built as parking spots for the boats of local fishermen, and many other such amazing views, including a mesmerizing sunset. Enjoy the cool and refreshing breeze coming in from the sea as you sit on the sand enjoying the feeling of being here. The Alibaug camp offers tents, beds, cushions and a pullover, shall anyone feel cold. 
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Kundalika Rafting Camp with Adventure Activities @ 1850 Only
  • 1D/1N
  • Kolad
  • 1D/1N
  • Kolad
₹2,550 ₹1,850

About the Activity:

The Kundalika rafting camp is the perfect choice for anyone looking to indulge in adventure in the green escapes of nature! Located at just a couple of hours drive from Mumbai, it is the preferred hotspot for all those eager to escape the mad rush of the city.

The Kundalika rafting camp gives you a rare opportunity to engage yourself in a multitude of adventure activities in the engaging company of nature. As you take a quiet drive down to the campsite, you can check-in and indulge in the beauty of nature while munching on some yummy snacks and refreshing tea. Fortify yourself and embark on a vast range of activities like kayaking, jet skii and archery! Get your tired but excited selves back to the campsite and relish a delicious dinner before calling it a night. Next day indulge in rafting and other activities post breakfast.

Available in 2 packages :

  • Stay with Rafting
  • Stay with Rafting and Activities

Timings:Check-in: 3:00 PM (Day 01) ; Check-out: 3:00 PM (Day 02) 

Min number of people required to book:- 1



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Camping and Rafting at Kolad @ 2250 Only
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  • Kolad
  • 1D/1N
  • Kolad
₹4,200 ₹2,250

About the activity :


If it is pure and raw adventure that you are looking for, then you need to head for an exciting white water rafting and stay experience in Kolad. Apart from the adventure sports, you can also enjoy an exciting array of historic sites around the place. 

The Kundalika River flows through the rugged terrain of the forested hills and through the farms and offers a golden opportunity to enjoy a rafting tour for beginners. This river on the international scale is rated as a grade IV river, making its rapids pose a challenge for the ardent water sports lover.You will run the rafts in fast flowing water currents almost 12km downstream.


Check In : 3 PM
Check Out : 3 PM

Distance : FROM MUMBAI ( 120 KM )
                  FROM PUNE (120 KM ) VIA Tamhini Ghat Road

Min number people requried to book:- 1


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Camping at Igatpuri near Lake @ 1150 Only
  • 2D/1N
  • Nashik
  • 2D/1N
  • Nashik
₹1,150
About the Activity:

If it doesn't challenge you,, it won't change you. Try you hands on some thrilling water-sports at the very beautiful lake. kayaking, water tubing, boating, cliff jumping and Lake swimming all under the guidance of our experts. Enjoy the mesmerizing sunset on one side while you see the silver moon shining on the lake on the other side of your camp. It's one of kind location where you get the best of sunset and sunrise. Enjoy some soft music and campfire. See the skies changing their shades from blue to orange. And sleep under the starry sky. Wake-up to take an early morning dip into the lake while watching the sunrise. An experience you will not want to miss. 
  • Relax to the best level by opting a riverside camping at Igatpuri in Nashik district. Mukane dam is the point which is located at a distance of 34 km away from Kasara amidst the reservoir near Padli Village.
  • Here is a 2 day 1 night camping that will let you go to the basics and the simpler form of life and engage in reading, watching stars, hiking and playing games together as a group. 
  • Check-in at the campsite by 05:00 pm and make your weekend so much refreshed camping under the stars and this one is best suited for groups, solo campers, corporate teams, families and pets.
  • Finish the camping by 10:00 am with a lot of pleasing memories. You will be provided with good food and barbecue at the campsite.
ITINERARY 1 :

Day 1 :

09:41AM Kasara Fast Train from CSMT.
12:15PM Reach the Kasara station.
12:20PM Meet our Leaders at Station.
12:25PM Get into the vehicle and start your journey for the destination.
12:30PM En route take a halt at a dhaba for some lunch.
02:00PM Continue your journey for the destination.
03:00PM On arrival put your bags in the preinstalled tents.
03:30PM Get ready and Start Enjoying watersports.
05:00PM Evening refreshments.
07:30PM As the sun sets get along with some old school games with lots of fun until dawn.
10:00PM Dinner Time.
11:00PM Night Trek.

Those who want just relax on their own can do so as we will have books and reading lamps.

Sunday :

07:00AM Wake up and Enjoy the Sunrise.
08:30AM have Breakfast.
09:00AM Enjoy Archery & Rifle Shooting.
11:00AM Pack your Bags and start your journey back to Mumbai.

ITINERARY 2 (For Office workings & Other Timing Issues)

OPTION 1 (Train Travelers)

Day 1 :
06:25pm Catch KASARA Fast Local from CST
08:40pm Reach KASARA Station.
09:30pm Get into the local Vehicle and Proceed towards Campsite.
10:00pm Dinner.
10:30pm Enjoy the Night with Music and Bonfire.
12:30am Relax for the Night.

Day 2 :
07:00AM Wake up and Enjoy the Sunrise.
08:30AM have Breakfast.
09:00AM Enjoy Archery & Rifle Shooting.
11:00AM Pack your Bags and start your journey back to Mumbai.

OPTION 2 (Car / Bike Riders)
Itinerary:
Day 1 :
09:30PM Reach Campsite
10:00pm Dinner.
10:30pm Enjoy the Night with Music and Bonfire.
12:30am Relax for the Night.

Day 2 :
07:00AM Wake up and Enjoy the Sunrise.
08:30AM have Breakfast.
09:00AM Enjoy Archery & Rifle Shooting.
11:00AM Pack your Bags and start your journey back to Mumbai.
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Rajmachi Fort Trek with Kondane Caves, Lonavala @ 1290 Only
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  • Lonavala
  • 2D/1N
  • Lonavala
₹1,699 ₹1,199


About the Rajmachi Trek:

Rajmachi and Kondane Caves trek takes you on a tour through tranquil hidden landscapes of Maharashtra. This ancient fort of Rajmachi is located in the Karjat region and is a perfect example of lost beauties in today’s hustles. These beautiful forts were built by Shivaji Maharaj during the 17th century and strive for a favourite trekking destination amongst ardent adventure seekers.

Delight in this awe-inspiring quaint Rajmachi fort which provides you with pleasant views of Borghat, a historic trade route located in this region of Maharashtra. Admire the beauty of Shrivardhan Fort and Manoranjan fort crowned at the pinnacle with this amazing Rajmachi fort trek. This stunning ancient beauty can be reached via two ways, while Kondivide village route might get tricky at times, however, the most preferable route is from Lonavala as it is much easy and provides the best of the views.

Standing amidst the dense forests, Rajmachi and Kondane Caves trek provide you with some amazing sceneries, this stunning place is a beauty to the eyes especially in the rainy season as you will be witnessing random waterfalls and lush greenery at every turn while trekking. Rivet in this amazing experience with friends and family like never before!

We meet sharp at 17:20 hours at Lonavala Railway station

Suggested train to the board is the 11009/Mumbai CST-Sinhagad Express, timings are:

14:30 CST
14:40 Dadar
15:08 Thane
15:28 Kalyan
16:08 Karjat
17:08 Lonavala


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Ratnagiri

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Situated in the south-Western part of Maharashtra, Ratnagiri is essentially a port city. The city is flanked by the Arabian Sea on one side and the Sahyadri Mountains on the other side. The locals communicate in Marathi, which is the native language of the place, but due to Ratnagiri being a popular tourist destination, one can easily find locals and guides who communicate in English, Hindi and other languages as well.

One can travel to Ratnagiri very conveniently, both via land and air. The National Highway 17 runs through the city connecting it directly to other important cities like Mumbai, Mangalore, Cochin, Karwar and Madgaon. The Konkan Railway station is also located at close proximity in case one wishes to travel by train. Regular flights are available from Delhi, Jaipur, and Mumbai that arrive at the Ratnagiri Airport.

Apart from being a place that boasts of rich culture and expansive history, Ratnagiri’s other significant attractions include the Ratnagiri Marine Museum. This Museum is home to an exciting collection of rare and beautiful sea animals and fish like sea lions, sea turtles, lionfish, sea snakes, tigerfish, and others. There is also a huge skeleton of a whale in the museum. Ratnagiri is also the perfect place for a retreat because of its beautiful natural hills and stunning beaches. Beaches like Bhatye Beach, Kunkeshwar Beach, Guhagar Beach, and Ganpatipule Beach is the perfect place to visit if you are looking for a relaxing holiday.

The terrain here is suitable for trekking as well. One can trek and camp in places like Alibaug, Pawna Lake, Bhandar Dara, etc. Apart from trekking, you can also enjoy activities such as mountain climbing, river, rafting, paragliding and other exciting adventure sports. There are also ancient temples like the Jai Vinayak Temple in Jaigad and the Velneshwar Shiva Temple that are worth a visit.

Summer, monsoon, and winter are the three main seasons in Ratnagiri. Between November and February is the best time to visit this place. The city has several hotels to make your stay comfortable and convenient.


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Lonavala

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Lonavala is a hill station near Pune district of Maharashtra. At the height of 2,047 feet from sea level and sprawling over 38 kilometer square of land, Lonavala is an escapist city from the fast-paced and extreme conditions that inhabit both Mumbai and Pune. It offers the perfect retreat to the city dwellers through its serenity and peaceful atmosphere.

Several places of interest around Lonavala and Khandala attract tourists throughout the year. They include vivid and picturesque lakes, cliff-tops, eluding caves, and magnificent forts. Dams and waterfalls are a pioneer attraction during and immediately after the monsoon. Some of these places are Rajmachi Point,  Lonavala Lake, and Shivaji Udyan, Valvan Dam, Ryewood Park, Della Adventure Park, Duke’s Nose, Tiger’s Leap and Lohagad and Visapur forts.

If you dive into the history of Lonavala, you will find that it was a part of the Yadava dynasty. Khandala is another hill adjacent to Lonavala, both of which were discovered by the then Governor of Bombay Presidency, Lord Elphinstone. The Maratha and Peshwa empires played a prominent historical role with its Malva warriors. But its history is not the only reason to visit Lonavala.

Lonavala is 96 km away from the city of Mumbai and only 64 km from the modern city of Pune. It falls in between the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, thus making commute all the easier. And if you can’t find a rental car, then you have buses and trains to rely on.

Train journeys are comfortable and filled with lush green passages, especially during the monsoon. If this has aroused you enough to visit the hill-station once, then here is a detailed guide on how and when to go about.


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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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Daman and Diu

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With a geographical distance of almost 650 to 700 kilometres in totality, Daman and Diu are a part of a single Union Territory in India. Located a little northward towards the state of Gujarat in western India, Daman and Diu lie along the western coast of the country. Lying amidst the many beaches of Maharashtra, Konkan Coast and Goa, this union territory of Daman and Diu is idyllic, tranquil and still quite unspoilt.

Daman and Diu is best for those who wish to have a relaxing holiday. A coastal paradise, anyone who visits this place is guaranteed to have a blissful vacation while enjoying the sea breeze, resting on the beach chair and enjoying the waves of the sea. Mostly a weekend getaway destination, Daman and Diu has a lot of Gujarati as well as Maharashtrian population due to the close proximity to these two states.

There is a huge influence of Portuguese culture in Daman and Diu. This is because it was under the Portuguese rule for over 450 years, which has obviously left its mark on the districts. This is one of the main reasons why tourists flock to the region a lot. It is also due to this influence that you can find a lot of stunning architecture, lip-smacking food as well as breath-taking art and crafts in Daman and Diu.

One of the main tourist attractions here is Devka Beach in Daman. It has an amusement park right beside it, which boasts of vibrantly coloured fountains, a corner especially for kids as well as a food court. For those who wish to take a swim in the cool seawater, you can head to Jampore Beach, located south of Daman.

Additionally, you can also find the St. Jerome Fort on the northern side of the Daman Ganga River. It dates back to the 17th century and has an exceptional structure and architecture which will take your breath away. Furthermore, you can find many notable Portuguese churches scattered throughout Daman and Diu.


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Pune

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If Mumbai is the most happening place in Maharashtra, then it’s neighbour Pune is the cultural hub and the biggest city in the state. An upcoming IT centre and a fascinating city, Pune has no shortage of things to intrigue the interest of almost anyone who has ever been here or has heard of the city. With being in the proximity of many major cities and acting as a centre seat for when getting to major attractions of the state is concerned, the places to visit in Pune and around will never cease to amaze you with their unique roster of features. 

From treks to Lohagarh and Rajmachi Forts, to the canoeing and white water rafting adventures in Kolad River, from a fascinating Scuba Diving experience to the unique experience of trekking in Andharban, the city is in a proximity of some of the most fascinating things to do in Pune and near.

Adventure never stops in Pune as you can embark on an exhilarating underwater experiences in the Sangam safari and maybe, if you are a daredevil, pay a visit to the Crocodile Island. And even if you are not well acquainted with the adventures around, don’t be disheartened as there are many places near Pune where you can take on things at a beginner level, like the Kundalika river that serves as the perfect place for beginners in rafting or the famous Rajmachi fort which is most suited for people who wish to start on an easy trek

And for places to stay in Pune and around, there are innumerable options to choose from. You can choose to stay in a luxurious resort in Pune or go for a hillside resort in the embrace of Maharashtra’s favourite hill stations like Khandala, Lonavala or Mahabaleshwar for the true weekend getaway from Pune, not so far away from the city. And for the ones who like mix adventure with their stays and take it all to a whole new level, Pune is not going to disappoint you. With options ranging from a camp stay on the banks of Pawna Lake to a village stay experience in Junnar, there is just no stopping the fun that one can have in Pune. Pune is the whole deal, everything around it is just a pleasant add-on, and who doesn’t like freebies, right?


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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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Khandala

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Made popular around the world all thanks to Bollywood, the city of Khandala is tucked amidst the Western Ghats. Located near Mumbai, Pune as well as Lonavala, this hilly city serves as a perfect weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of the busy city limits. Situated at the top end of Bhor Ghat, Khandala is also amongst the famous hill stations in the country.

Khandala is also home to several picturesque peaks, age-old caves as well as pristine and crystal-clear lakes. It has many different viewpoints, which offer panoramic views of the surrounding valleys, in addition to a few peaks which resemble a pointed nose and a leaping tiger. The Buddhist Caves at Karla and Bhaja in Khandala are also very famous. They are the preludes and interludes to the Ajanta and Ellora caves and tend to attract a lot of tourists. Khandala is also home to the Bedse Caves, which date back to 60 B.C. and are amongst the oldest caves in the country.

Along with this, Khandala boasts of many other beautiful attractions, such as the Kune Waterfalls, which is the 14th highest waterfall in India. It is a three-tiered waterfall with an overall height of 200 metres. Other such places include the Lion’s Point, a cliff between Aamby Valley and the Bhushi Dam which gives scintillating views of the Tungarli Lake.

One of the best things about this city is that it caters to all kinds of tourists, from adventure enthusiasts, nature lovers or even those who simply wish to have a relaxing holiday. One of the most common activities one can enjoy in Khandala is hiking and tourists from all over India come here to partake in this activity. One can also arrange for picnics at the several vantage points or swim in the many waterfalls here.


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Panchgani

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The state of Maharashtra endows us with a magnificent tourist destination of Panchgani, which is located amidst the Sahyadri Ranges. It is a perfect getaway from the warm and humid summers of Maharashtra.

The scenic beauty of the five mountain ranges with all the greenery is really soothing to the eyes. This hill station, although devoid of airport or railways is well connected by road from Pune and Mumbai. Devrai Art Village located within Panchgani offers you the opportunity to explore tribal art called Rock Dhokra. These creations are made with a combination of rocks and stones and are definitely worth buying as a souvenir!

Tableland is one of the most acclaimed tourist spots in this hill station, being the second longest plateau in Asia. It offers a magnificent view of the valleys and hills surrounding it. You can take a stroll through the road to reach the Table Land.  This place also offers a bird’s-eye view of the Devil’s Kitchen and Rajpuri Caves. The four caves collectively called Rajpuri caves located ten kilometers from Panchgani are famous for a temple dedicated to Lord Karthikeya. 

Other than that, the Mapro Garden will surely woo you with the smell of good delicacies and the chocolate factory located within it.  Furthermore, do make a pit stop at Devil’s Kitchen for a thrilling experience within the caves. For some adrenaline rush, you must also go for paragliding here. The panoramic view of the lush green mountains from the clouds is indeed a once in a lifetime experience!

The Parsi Point is also a popular viewpoint offering you a scenic view of the Dhom Dam Lake. It is an ideal place to enjoy a small picnic with family and friends amidst the tranquility of nature. As you head towards the Sydney Point, you’ll be mesmerized by the sight of river Krishna flowing swiftly. The freshness of this hill station will drive away all the fatigue as you soak yourself in the lap of mother nature.


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Goa

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Boasting of a quaint mix of western and eastern influences, Goa is a unique holiday destination with an enchanting allure of nature as well as culture. The charming landscapes, glittering beaches, verdant hills and mouthwatering food beckons millions of tourists every year for the most exotic adventure in this small state in India. It is not only the best places to rejuvenate yourself but also the fascinating place to have a bunch of memories to last for a lifetime.

Often known as the ‘pearl of the east’, Goa has been known across the globe for the warm hospitality, cultural heritage and the endless parties. Whether it is relaxation or adventure, nature or history, shopping or food, or the best places to visit in Goa, it delights all the vacationers with its tangible and intangible allures. Enjoy a spa day to refresh the mind and soul or binge on some spectacular seafood enjoying the view of the sunset. Have a thrilling day by the beach or party all night with the Djs in Goa. 

Visit the fascinating churches or revisit Goan history at the famous forts, the list goes on and on. You can feel the subtle influence of erstwhile Portuguese rule in Goa, however, the folk performances and villages of Goa will give you an amazing perspective of Goan lifestyle. The beaches in Goa like Vagator Beach, Calangute Beach, Baga Beach, Anjuna Beach draws many visitors and offers many adventure sports too.

The Dudhsagar waterfall and Arvalem waterfall attract many tourists every year. The rock-cut caves of Khandepar and Arvalem are also worth mentioning. The Pilar monastery, Saligao seminary, and Rachol seminary attract the religiously minded travellers. With so many tourist attractions, Goa is the perfect place to enjoy your next vacation. Whether you are a first-timer or a seasoned traveller to Goa, the beach paradise will keep you longing to come back.

Here are the best places to visit in Goa while you plan your holiday here.


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Tarkarli

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Located on the shores of the Arabian Sea, Tarkali is a small hamlet in the western part of Maharashtra. This village is renowned for its pristine clear water of the sea and the white sands, which marks the beach.

A newfound weekend getaway from Mumbai and Goa, this place offers a host of adventurous water sports. To the south of this hamlet flows the Tarkarli river lined by dense forest. Take a boat ride in the river to enjoy the serenity of the backwaters where it flows into the Arabian Sea. For a walk through the history, you must visit the Sindhudurg Fort located on the shore of the sea.

A visit to this offbeat destination in Maharashtra ensures that you relax on the beaches lined with suru trees. Other attractions on the beach are scuba diving and snorkeling sessions where you can enjoy the view of the world beneath the sea! What makes this village all more alluring is the tranquil beaches like Kolam, Achara, and Tarkarli where you can watch the sunset down the sea.

The hue of the setting sun will completely enchant your mind and body. In addition to the splendid beauty of the sea, you can also spot dolphins prancing around in the waters. For relishing on some extraordinary seafood and boat rides in the sea, do visit Deobagh, a small fisherman village nearby.

Also, the extensive Dhamapur lake, encircled with lush greenery is ideal for finding solace within nature. Sit and unwind yourself by the lake and enjoy the delicacies from the eateries around. Don’t forget to enjoy the local shark curry and fresh seafood to mingle with the authentic culture of this little beach hamlet!


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Bhandardara

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Bhandardara is a beautiful hill station located in Maharashtra within the Sahyadri ranges. It is lushed with greenery and breathtaking marvels of nature, making it a perfect getaway for travelers who want to escape from the chaotic city life.

Situated on the bank of Pravara river, it’s a blend of soaring mountains, plunging waterfalls, gurgling streams, and endless bounties of nature. This hill station is also a paradise for trekking enthusiasts as it is dotted with some of the most exquisite trekking trails and forts where you can quench your thirst for the thrill. During monsoon, the entire hill station gets painted in greenery and attracts tourists due to its wide range of ecotourism opportunities.

There are multiple spots for camping also like Arthur lake and Kalsubai where you can feel the warmth of fresh air, and seek a break from the monotony in the lap of nature. Arthur Lake is one of the topmost attractions of Bhandardara, where people pitch their cozy tents on the edge of the shimmery blue lake. Pre-monsoon season especially calls the tourists for camping and trekking opportunities and spotting the beautifully lit fireflies.

The multitude of waterfalls and streams is ideal for boating and fishing, attracting tourists throughout the year to this exotic destination. The ideal way to explore the beauty of this place is by taking a walk along the shores of Bhandardara lake.

The Randha Fall is another masterpiece of this hill station and is touted to be the third-largest waterfall across India. Umbrella Falls is also a popular spot located below Wilson Dam, and in monsoon, as the water level rises, it creates the shape of an umbrella, which is definitely an alluring sight. Mount Kalsubai is another sight to adore in Bhandardara and is also known as the Mount Everest of Maharashtra.


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Karjat

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Karjat is a city and municipal Council in the scenic and mountainous district of Raigad in the state of Maharashtra. A part of Karjat is also a part of the metro city of Mumbai but is also a preferred destination for travelers. Be it family, kids or couples, anyone can enjoy this holiday destination. The best time to visit here is in monsoon, where the mountains are covered with a blanket of lush greenery, the atmosphere is cloudy and misty and there are numerous waterfalls making their way through the thick forests of the valley.

The local attractions are best to be visited during the daytime and if you have a big group, you and go for Fort climbing trips at night, especially on a full moon night where you will experience a different kind of tranquility during the trek.

All you need to do is grab a map write down your list of things to do, and get set to get one of the most authentic trekking and sight-seeing experiences in the state of Maharashtra. This trip is perfect for a weekend get away with your travel partners as well as solo, as you can enjoy it equally both ways.



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Raigad

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The capital of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Raigad will make you awestruck with its beauty. The entire district of Raigad is highly decorated with miracles of nature. Raigad is a beautiful district in Maharashtra, India. Previously, the district was known as Coolaba. Later, it was renamed to Raigad after the famous Raigad fort there.

The district of Raigad has it all from sea- beach to mountains. You won’t regret visiting the place at all. Talking about the tourist spots in Raigad, you just can’t miss these places- Shrivardhan Beach, Harihareshwar Beach, Harihareshwar Temple, Mahad Ashtaviniyak, Pali Ashtavinayak, Kihim, Janjira Fort, Korlai Fort, Raigad Fort and Kuda Caves. We will be discussing them in details later.

If you are wondering about your stay in Raigad, there are a lot of hotels and resorts there. A few suggestions regarding hotels and resorts in Raigad are Sada Anand Resort, MTDC Resort, Hotel Kuber Palace, Z Kamath Residency Adventure Resort, etc. You can eat out in some really great restaurants in Raigad as well. Konkani Rassa Restaurant, Shree Datta Snacks, Orchard Resort Café, etc., are a few good restaurants in Raigad. If you like partying after the sun goes to sleep, you will get a number of bars and discos in Raigad. Enjoy a happening nightlife.



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Mahabaleshwar

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Nestled in the picturesque Western Ghats, tourist places in Mahabaleshwar will captivate your imagination with their natural splendor. Mahabaleshwar is well known for its numerous rivers, magnificent cascades, and majestic peaks. The city comprises of ancient temples, boarding schools, manicured and lush green dense forest, waterfalls, hills, valleys that will take your breath away on your visit. The city is definitely among the most sought-after weekend getaways from metropolitan cities like Mumbai and Pune. Once, a summer capital of Bombay during the British Raj, the city has British influence of in its architecture. It is a very popular hill station that offers a plethora of tourist activities and attractions to avid travelers and nature lovers.

Amid your visit to Mahabaleshwar witness the alluring dawns and dusks from the slope, in the midst of the rich green vista. Located about 120 kilometers southwest of Pune and 285 kilometers from Mumbai, Mahabaleshwar is a vast plateau measuring 150 kilometers, bound by valleys on all sides. The hill station in the Western Ghats is the source of the Krishna River that flows across Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Known for its captivating beauty and the stunning strawberry farms, Mahabaleshwar boasts of zigzagging roads, a calm breeze at all times, vantage points offering stunning views of hills and valleys, plenty of strawberries to gorge on and the main street full of shops offering all kinds of curios and snacks.

There are numerous enchanting tourist places in Mahabaleshwar exuding charm and elegance. Bordered by a few murmuring waterways, evergreen timberlands, captivating slopes and mountains there are some mesmerizing tourist places in Mahabaleshwar. Arranged in the Satara region in Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar will get you near the captivating excellence of nature. The wonderful hill retreat brags of being one of the most splendid evergreen slope stations in India.

 


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