Mumbai and monsoon are inseparable. Every year a lot of monsoons brings one of the busiest cities of India almost to a halt, but what it also offers is a great opportunity to unwind and visit places around Mumbai that becomes magnificently beautiful during this season. While there are some of the very obvious monsoon getaways like Lonavala, Khandala and more, here’s a list of some of the lesser-known places to visit near Mumbai in monsoon.
1. Diveagar Beach (189 km)
Located in Shrivardhan taluka- Raigad district, Diveagar is a coastline along the Arabian Sea. Diveagar is home to a beautiful virgin beach which is scenic and is untouched by the maddening crowd. The sunrise and sunset are particularly beautiful. Apart from the mouthwatering seafood and traditional Maharashtrian delicacies you can also enjoy some amazing activities such as beach bikes, gliding along the beach line suspended to a rope, and horse-cart riding. An evening stroll alongside the coast can be a very relaxing experience on this secluded beach. During monsoons this small place turns into different shades of green and watching the rains kissing the tides of the sea is a rewarding experience.
2. Kaas Plateau (285 km)
Kaas Plateau is another beautiful but less popular place to visit around Mumbai in Monsoon. A biodiversity world heritage site, as declared by UNESCO, this plateau has more than 850 different species of flowers. This place blooms with a wide variety of wildflowers from the month of August to September. This plateau also has a natural lake, which is known as Kaas Lake. This beautiful lake is surrounded by dense forests and it lies between Sajjangad fort and the Kanher dam. Visit Kaas for an unforgettable experience during monsoon.
Area: 10 km²
Location: Satara, Maharashtra, India
3. Bhandardara (185 km)
A blend of natural beauty, peace, and tranquillity are what Bhandardhara is. With its pristine ambience and invigorating air, Bhandardara welcomes you into nature’s lap and become one of the best places to visit near Mumbai in Monsoon. The Bhandardara Lake and Randha falls are the major tourist attractions in Bhandardara. The highest peak of Maharashtra, the Kalsubai peak is also here with an outstanding 1600mtrs. Treks to the Ratangad fort will guarantee you some breathtaking views. To reach the Ratangad fort you will have to take a boat ride across a small lake near the village Ratanwadi. This fort is said to be the favourite fort of the Maratha king the great Chhatrapati Shivaji.
4. Malshej Ghat (130 km)
With surroundings so beautiful and nature playing its part the best, Malshej ghat is a must-visit. Surrounded by beautiful waterfalls, this hill station is the birthplace of the legendry Maratha King Shivaji. Also, this hill has Buddhist caves dating back to the 3rd century. A perfect place to visit during monsoon, Malshej ghat is famous for the most exotic migratory flamingos and other types of flora and fauna.
Location: Maharashtra, India
Range: Western Ghats
5. Igatpuri (130 km)
A beautiful hill station in Maharashtra and one of the best place to visit in Monsoon in Maharashtra, this place is located in the Nasik district. Known for the Vipassana centres, this place is an ideal location for enjoying peace and tranquillity. Located in the lap of nature, Igatpuri has many waterfalls that you can enjoy. Also, other attractions include the Bhatsa river valley- a beautiful place with lush green vegetation and magnificent rocks, Arthur lake-, Kalsubai Peak- the highest peak in Sahayadri ranges, Amruteshwar temple- built in 11th century AD, Ghatandevi temple- a temple dedicated to the Devi who protects the ghats.
6. Saputara (264 km)
Located at the border of Maharashtra and Gujarat, Saputara is a breathtakingly beautiful place to visit during monsoon near Mumbai. With ropeways and boating as its main attractions, Saputara is also very famous for its beautiful hills and green surroundings. While during monsoon it all gets misty and beautifully green, it is a favourite for honeymooners and families alike. Known for a salubrious climate all year round, Saputara is one of the best places to visit during monsoon in Maharashtra.
7. Lavasa (194 km)
A privately planned city that takes you away from the hustle-bustle of Mumbai, Lavasa is the perfect place to enjoy the rain showers and the delights of the monsoon weather. With best in class hotels, restaurants, mini plex and loads of fun activities, Lavasa promises to be a busy getaway for family and friends alike. The city is surrounded by lush green mountains and fresh air. Enjoy sitting at the lakeside café during showers and soak in the majestic view in front of you. It is fast gaining popularity as one of the best monsoon weekend getaways from Mumbai.
8. Dahanu (136 km)
A small coastal town bordering the state of Gujarat, Dahanu boasts of tall coconut groves, flower gardens and fruit orchards along with a virgin beach that is still un-commercialized and therefore retains its natural beauty. During monsoon, this small town looks beautiful and with the lesser crowd, it is a perfect place for a getaway. The sunset is a sight to behold here.
9. Kolad (130 km)
Enjoy the monsoon in the lap of nature amidst adventure sport like white water rafting and blissful farm stays. Kolad is blessed with the Kundalika river that is at the peak of its beauty during the monsoons. Plenty of lush green open spaces with minimal pollution and fewer people, your monsoon holiday can‘t get any better.
10. Morachi Chincholi (184 km)
Looking for something different this monsoon, head to the small village of Morachi Chincholi, a peacock bird sanctuary that offers nothing short a magical experience when you witness numerous peacocks dancing in the showers. You are sure to lose your heart of this majestic home of peacocks. Stay in the farms, engage in some farming activities and get to know the local people and their culture. Morachi Chincholi for sure offers something worthwhile for your trip.
There are many beautiful places near Mumbai waiting to be explored, loved, managed and developed for tourism. With so many places, monsoon can for sure bring unforgettable wet fun for everyone.