Top 5 getaways on the outskirts of Mumbai

Mumbai is a busy city. The city dwellers are used to living a fast and hectic life. So whether you are in the city for business or leisure, a busy week calls for a getaway. We list five places close to top hotels in Mumbai suitable for a day trip to get your dose of relaxation.

Lonavala
Located between Pune and Mumbai, this hill station is a favourite with Mumbaikars. A two hour drive from the city, people head here over the weekend. The hill station is known for its serene and beautiful vistas. Hills, valleys, streams, lakes and lush greenery- the place has it all. So if you are looking to unwind at the end of the week, you know where to head.
Major attractions: Tiger point, Lohagarh fort, Kune falls, Bushi dam, and Pawna lake.

Karjat
If adventure is what you are seeking, Karjat is the place to be! A trekkers paradise it allows you to witness nature up close. The rocky slopes offer a challenge, while the greenery and the untamed forest is inviting to the most seasoned trekkers. The cave temples carved in rock, add a touch of history. The beauty and the charm of the place is something that will win your heart. Pack your trekking gear and head here for a day full of fun and adventure.
Major attractions: Rappelling in Bekare waterfalls, white water rafting, hiking, mountain climbing, trekking, and Kondana caves.

Alibaug
If being close to the sea is your thing, then head to this beach-filled wonder. Located on the Konkan shoreline, Alibaug is a small town. The small streets and colourful houses near the shore are sure to remind you of Goa. The white sandy beaches are a sight for sore eyes. You can indulge in water sports, go for a swim, collect seashells or lay back and relax on the beaches. Alibaug also has forts for those with a penchant for history. When here, do not forget to gorge on the local fare.
Major attractions: Kolaba fort, Revdanda Beach, Kashid beach, Varsoli beach, and Akshi beach.

Khandala
The sister hill station of Lonavala, Khandala is well known for the trekking opportunities it offers. Trek enthusiasts have an option of choosing between treks of varying difficulties. You can arrange for a night trek too. The view from the top is nothing short of spectacular. The beautiful landscapes and the vistas it offers are bewitching. The history of the place further enhances the charm. The steep slopes of Khandala are home to some renowned forts. Do check them out when you visit.
Major attractions: Rajmachi fort, Reversing station, and Valvan dam.

Matheran
A short drive from Mumbai leads you to Matheran, a hill station on the outskirts of Mumbai. The place is known for its signature red soil. You can get a birds-eye view of the surrounding hills and the town below from the top. The surreal landscape is bound to make you go shutter-happy. The toy train that takes you from the bottom to the top is an experience in itself. Every turn in the journey to the top is filled with eye-catching sights. The toy train is closed for public in the Monsoons.
Major attractions: Toy train, Charlotte lake, Prabal fort, and One tree hill point.

If you are looking for luxury hotel rooms in Mumbai, do check out The Leela. Offering bespoke luxury and impeccable hospitality, it is one of the safest 5 star hotels near Mumbai international airport. You can choose from the many packages that the luxury hotel in Mumbai offers. The concierge is at your beck and call and will look after all your needs. The restaurants at The Leela Mumbai are headed by expert chefs well versed in their art; so every dish is prepared with passion, and is sure to leave you smiling. This is what makes The Leela Mumbai one of the safe 5 star hotels in Mumbai.

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