The weekend is approaching and thousands of sporadic plans seem to be occupying your mind. You want the weekend to be fun and exciting, in short ‘PERFECT’? But then you are bored of the same old arrangements – attending house parties, hopping pubs or going on a short trip to a nearby crowded weekend gateway. So, this time let your hair down and get your heart pumping with excitement at some of the popular and lesser known adventure destinations around Mumbai. From trekking through the lush green Western Ghats to enjoying the riveting water sports, the list is just endless for you to explore.
Just pack your adventure gear and head to these 10 thrilling destinations around Mumbai for a much needed adrenaline rush!
Around 117 km from Mumbai, Kolad is among the top river rafting destinations in India and can be easily reached from Mumbai via road and train. So if you are looking at diving into the water and braving through the challenging rapids of the fast flowing Kundalika River, then Kolad is the perfect adventure destination for you! Visit Kolad during the monsoons for the best experience and do not forget to try out water rappelling, trekking and mountain biking as well.
Cost: Rs 1200/person
Known for its remarkable paragliding adventure, Kamshet offers an unforgettable experience of gliding through the clear blue skies and over the rolling green fields. Just a short distance away from Khandala and Lonavala, Kamshet is also a great place for short treks along the picturesque ghats and temples. Also go in for caving expeditions at nearby Buddhist caves.
Cost: Rs 2500/person
Mandwa, a popular weekend beach destination around 19 km from Mumbai, offers numerous water sports activities especially kayaking. Sit on a narrow boat and with the help of a double bladed paddle, enjoy the thrill of sailing through the water while soaking in the breathtaking view of the beautiful beach and coconut trees.
Cost: Rs 1000/person
Tarkarli because of its pristine clear water is the best site for scuba diving and snorkelling around Mumbai. More so, it houses Maharashtra’s only scuba diving training centre. From experiencing the colourful marine life to the clear blue water and the corals, scuba diving and snorkelling will give you a peek into the life underwater.
Cost: Rs 2000-3000/person
5. Sandhan Valley
If trekking is what gets your adrenaline rushing, then head to Sandhan Valley around 183 km away from Mumbai. One of the greatest canyons in the Sahyadri range, Sandhan Valley gives the thrill of walking through the narrow valley with 300 feet of rock walls on either side. Combine this with other exciting activities like cliff camping and rappelling for a lifetime experience.
Cost: Rs 1100/person
Located around 247 km from Mumbai, Saputara, a hill station in Gujarat, offers breathtaking views of the hills and forests and has a pleasant climate throughout the year. Saputara is one of the most idyllic offbeat destinations around Mumbai offering trekking expeditions to Rajat Pratap, Tridhara, and many more. You can also camp at Vansda National Park or try the ropeway to Sunset Point or paraglide and mountain bike at the Governor’s Hill for more thrills.
Cost: Rs 7000/person
A distance of 165 km from Mumbai takes you to the spectacular hill station of Bhandardara, a striking hill station perched on the banks of the River Pravara. Rich in natural splendor with a tranquil ambiance, Bhandardara gives trekkers a wonderful experience of climbing Mount Kalsubai, the highest peak of the Sahyadri range. Combine this with camping by the lake, and have the most amazing time.
Cost: Rs 1850/person
8. Murud Janjira
Standing undefeated and majestically in the coastal village of Murud in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, the Murud-Janjira Fort is apt for those looking for an exhilarating experience. Located about 150 km from Mumbai, the fort is one great discovery in itself combined with several adventure activities like parasailing, jet skiing, fishing, camping and scuba diving. So whether you want to explore the majestic fort or simply try out the adventure activities there, Murud Janjira is a must-visit place for any wandering soul.
Cost: Rs 3000/person
9. Malshej Ghat
Malshej Ghat, with its expansive valleys and impressive trekking trails, offers a breathtaking adventure experience beckoning every adventure enthusiast to live amidst its surroundings. The rich fauna and avifauna of the region, the mating dance of the flamingos, are some of the major draws of Malshej Ghat. Complement this with a trek to the historical forts or waterfalls.
Cost: Rs 2500/person
At a distance of 80 km from Mumbai, Lonavala is a camping paradise. But for a unique experience, head to the campsite near Tikona hill for a mix of adventure and relaxation. Since the camping ground is close to Pawna Lake, you can try out lake tubing or just dive into the lake for a relaxing swim. Opt for a trek to the Tikona Fort to get a glimpse of the several caves and temples and a massive stone wheel. Once you reach the top, a majestic view of the Sahyadri range and the forts around await you. Try going there during the monsoons to witness the fireflies!
Cost: Rs 1850/person
Now let the adventure begin!