Monsoon Getaways of Maharashtra
There are number of hillside hamlets and getaways in Maharashtra (2000-3000 ft asl) that come alive in Monsoon with waterfalls, mist and intermittent rainfall are visited as monsoon getaways for hiking, trekking or just a fun getaway.
Lonavala / Khandala – Biggest Monsoon attraction of them all. Guests from Mumbai and Pune drive down over the weekends during monsoon and just enjoy the nature, do a bit of trekking or visit popular spots around.
Bhimashankar - 65 kms from Pune is Bhimashankar comes to life during Monsoon. Some routes here are serious trekker's favorites.
Bhandardara - 80 kms from Nashik and about 160 kms from Mumbai / 200 kms from Pune is Bhandardara, known for its Dam, waterfalls and completely uninhabited area around it. It makes for a pleasing drive and excellent getaway all through the year, especially during monsoon.
Saputara - 85 kms beyond Nashik and about 255 kms from Mumbai on Maharashtra - Gujarat Border - Hill station of Saputara comes alive in monsoon when it gets misty and green.
Igatpuri - 50 kms before Nashik on Mumbai - Nashik road (at 120 kms from Mumbai and 100 kms from Thane) - Igatpuri transforms itself into a monsoon destination during June - Sept. Igatpuri is a popular day visit option for individuals and overnight monsoon getaway for groups.
Panchgani - Mahabaleshwar - 100 / 120 kms from Pune, popular twin destinations of Panchgani - Mahabaleshwar turn themselves into monsoon getaways. Mist, waterfalls and green carpet-like greenery attract day tourists from Pune for a drive and bungalows around here become favorite family traveller getaways.
Matheran - 100 -110 kms from Mumbai / Pune - Matheran is a favorite monsoon hiking option for many amateur trekkers as they walk from Neral Station to Matheran while enjoying waterfalls enroute.
Mulshi (50 kms from Pune), Lavasa (65 kms from Pune), Malshej Ghat (160 kms from Mumbai / 120 kms from Pune) Jawhar (Off Mumbai – Ahmedabad Route), Koyna (between Karad and Chiplun), Amba Ghat / Panhala / Gaganbawda (Ex-Kolhapur) are some of other popular monsoon getaways.