Best Places for Monsoon Drive near Mumbai




Mumbai, the city that runs without time, often breaks itself up in motion to welcome the rejoiceful spell

of the year, which is undeniably the Monsoons.

The whole stretch of the monsoon unveils the stunning nature covers in and around the city, few of

which are itemized in the below column.

1. Igatpuri

Igatpuri, located in the Nashik district, is a pure magnificent place carved out of the majestic

Western Ghats. This place proves to be an ecstasy for bikers/trekkers with its curvaceous pathways.

The famous center for Vipassana meditation called Dammagiri is located here. The other blissful

locations of this place are Arthur Lake, Kalsubai Peak, Bhatsa River Valley, Amruteshwar temple,

Ghatandevi Temple, Camel Valley, Tringalwadi Fort.


Bhandardara is a picturesque village located in the Sahyadri Hills. It is the home for the

Maharashtra’s highest peak, Mt. Kalsubai. This place has good connectivity with the City of hustle,

Mumbai in a pretty good way with absolutely 185 km from it.

The historic quota of this Pravara river edged place is much fulfilled by various forts like, Alang Fort,

Madangad Fort, Kulang gad Fort. Other trekking and drive spots are Ratangad Fort, Sandhan Valley,

Randha Falls.

3. Malshej Ghat

Malshej ghat is an insanely stunning mountain pass located in the Thane and Pune mid-way.

Covered within lush green nature and embedded with pure exotic animal and avian culture, the

place is proving its worth with regard to adventure and discovery.

This place is also known for providing the Europe birds a sheltered dwelling during their

migratory period.

Harishchandragad, Shivneri Fort, Malshej Falls are some of the other tourist attractions.

4. Lonavla & Khandala

The most popular twin hill-stations of India, Lonavla and Khandala have majored themselves in

all aspects of flora and fauna. These hill-stations, as a matter of fact were undeniably the most

voted locations and ruled the vintage Bollywood with their exquisiteness.

With their easy reachability to the major sub-urbans of Maharashtra i.e., to Pune and Mumbai,

these places welcome tourists from all over the world, throughout the year, whose number

almost doubles during the season of rains.

The notable locations of interest around these hill-stations are Rajmachi Point, Lonavla lake,

Duke’s Nose , Karla Caves , Celebrity Wax Museum , Tiger’s Point, Lohagad Fort, Bhushi Dam,

Narayani Dham.

5. Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar, a small town located in the Satara district province of Maharashtra is one of

the oldest places of interest of India with its history which dates back to medieval period.

In later stages, this place also served as the summer capital of the Bombay Province during

British Raj.

This place has given birth to the renowned Krishna river which is the major water source for the

states of Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Its evergreen forests and abundant nature

wealth is a treat to watch. Other prominent places in and around Mahabaleshwar are Krishna

Bai temple, 3 Monkey point, Arthur Point, Venna Lake, Wilson Point, Pratapgad, Lingmala


6. Alibaug

Alibaug or Alibag is a small town located in the Raigad district of the state of Maharashtra.

This historically famous town, is located south of Mumbai and it is the head-quarters of the

Raigad district.

This place provisions for ferry services right from the city of Mumbai to its demographic heart

through the inland sea.

Alibaug witnessed some of the unforgettable moments of the Indian history with its mighty

naval prowess where a fort was built by Chatrapathi Shivaji in its remembrance.

This place has attracted many prominent celebrities which lead to their weekend homes here.

Prominent places of Alibaug are Alibag beach, Alibag Fort, Siddeshwar temple, Varsoli Beach,

Akshi Beach, Nagaon Beach.

7. Kolad

Kolad is also a small land located in the district of Raigad, Maharashtra. Being on the banks of

the river Kundalika, this place fitted itself with little and attractive water bodies which enable

river rafting and adventure sports in a huge sense during the months of Monsoon.

The place is tiny and trimmed with hillocks and clustered waterfalls and it is quite a place for a

long swim and enjoying the brim of the Monsoon season.

The other notable places around it are Gaimukh, Kolad Dam, Bhira Dam, Tala Fort, Kanal

Avenue, Ghosala Fort, Kuda Caves, Tamhini Falls.


Asia’s only automobile-free hill-station, Matheran is also India’s smallest hill-station with its

location in the enormous Western Ghats, as well belonging itself to the Raigad District,


Being the most reachable place from Mumbai, within just 90km proximity, it is one of the most

popular weekend destination among the Mumbaikars.

Being an eco-sensitive zone, this place has secured itself with many major changes to protect its

environment, as well giving major development goals to the other hill-stations.

With its trek pathways, opulent greenery and calm countryside, this place is the best break-

away from hustles.

About the author, Liya James

Hi, I am Liya!! I first traveled the globe when I was four months old when we immigrated to the United States from Indonesia, and I have been roaming the world every chance I get ever since. I've been to 15 countries and counting. I am passionate about experiencing new cultures and sharing my adventures with others. I believe that travel is the best education, and I am excited to continue learning and sharing these adventures with you.

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