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5 exciting weekend getaways from Mumbai to enjoy the monsoons

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The monsoon may be the season that keeps some people confined within the four walls of their homes, but we really think they’re missing out on all the fun by not venturing out to take advantage of the rains. This is the time when nature is at its greenest with swollen rivers and waterfalls adding to the scenic landscapes. Several famous monsoon treks are also organized during this period. So, dear nature and adventure lovers, take this article as a message that it’s time to go and make the most of this season. Be it hiking, rafting or just a romantic outing, here is a list of top 5 monsoon getaways from Mumbai.

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5 places to go for a pleasant monsoon

1. Lonavala

This destination probably comes up whenever someone mentions the monsoon. But it surely lives up to the hype. With plenty of hiking in and around this popular hill station, there are also plenty of adventure parks here. One can visit amusement parks, wax museums, water parks, lakeside camps, hot air balloon rides, fort visits and much more. Lonavala is a short distance of about 2 hours from Mumbai and about an hour from Pune. The best time to visit Lonavala is from June to September.

2. Khandal

Located in the district of Pune, Khandala is a top destination for nature lovers. Visit the serene Pavana Lake in Khandala to bless your visual senses. Visit Rajmachi Fort, Visapur Fort as well as Lohagad Fort. Discover the famous wax museum. Adrenaline junkies can always plan a trip to Imagica or Della adventures which are located near Khandala.

3.Matheran

This picturesque hill station near Mumbai is quite a unique destination. Matheran preserves its colonial architecture with great views of lakes and hills. A fun fact about this place is that no automobiles are allowed there due to the narrow roads. One is to travel on foot or take a horseback ride. A man-drawn rick is also a mode of transport here. There are several points to cover like Panorama point, One Tree Hill point, Lake Charlotte and more. One can do the adventure sports of parasailing, paragliding, rock climbing and more in Matheran.

4. Kolad

This place is located in Raigad district of Maharashtra and 2 hours drive from Mumbai. Kolad is famous for its rafting which is practiced especially during the monsoon months from June to September. This picturesque village is unexplored due to its anonymity. There are several caves, waterfalls, forts, lakes and valleys in and around Kolad to visit. Kolad offers several adventure sports like bungee jumping, kayaking, rafting, ziplining, camping, abseiling and much more!

5. Mahabaleswar

The most sought after travel destination during monsoons, Mahabaleshwar lives up to the hype. Pune; at a distance of 120 km, is the nearest town to this hill station. Make the most of Mahabaleshwar by visiting the many points here. Savor corn tikkis, bhuttas around here. Chances are the popular Lake Venna will be closed to tourists due to the rains. For lovers of history and treks, climb the fort of Pratapgadh. Visit the famous Mapro Garden and treat yourself to freshly baked pizzas and sandwiches. Visit the majestic Lingmala Falls which also requires a mini hiking trail.

Let us know in the comments section below about your Monsoon experience.

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