Mumbai, the city of dreams, is the most popular city in India. It has everything a city can offer. But life in India's most sought after metropolitan city can be quite stressful at times. And what can be a better stress buster than a weekend getaway. This article comprises of ten of the best weekend getaways near Bombay. If you are visiting Mumbai from Overseas or far away from Mumbai in India, for a week or so, you shouldnat miss these Spots near Mumbai. So pack your bags and be prepared for short vacation over the weekend.

Murud Janjira

Situated a little over 150 kilometers, Murud Janjira is a fort. No, it is an island. No, it a fort island, near Murud village. The fort is an engineering marvel. It was any conquered because of its location and its extremely small architecture. It is a must visit weekend getaway near Bombay. The best time to visit Murud Janjira is from October to March.

Top Ten Weekend Getaways Near Mumbai
A family enjoying rafting in Kolad.
A family enjoying rafting in Kolad.

Kolad

Kolad is situated less than 120 kilometers from Bombay. If you are an adventure sports lover, then Kolad is the best place for you to visit on a weekend getaway. A bunch of water sports like river rafting and kayaking on the Kundaika river surrounded by mountains let the adrenaline rush loose. The best time to visit Kolad is from June to February.

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The highest point in Matheren.
The highest point in Matheren.

Matheran

Matheran is a hill station, nestled calmly atop the Western Ghats at a height of over 2500 feet ASL and about 80 kilometers away from Bombay. It is known for a number of sunrise/sunset points. There are more than 10 such points, including Loisa Point and Porcupine Point. There is also a toy train service between Neral and Metharan. The best time to visit Matheran is between October and May.

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People enjoying trekking in Karjat
People enjoying trekking in Karjat

Karjat

Karjat is located approximately 60 kilometers from Bombay, on the basin of Ulhas river.

Known for its scenic beauty, valleys, and waterfall, this small Konkan town is good for trekking, white water rafting, and other adventure activities. The best time to visit Karjat is from July to September.

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The lush green hill station of Lonavala
The lush green hill station of Lonavala

Lonavla & Khandala

Lonavla and Khandala are twin hill stations, located about 80 kilometers from Bombay. They are, without a doubt, the most popular and common weekend getaway near Bombay. They are known for caves, lakes, forts, and the gorgeous Kune falls. The best time to visit Lonavla & Khandala is from October to May.

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That is me flying at Pawna, near Kamshet
That is me flying at Pawna, near Kamshet

Kamshet

Kamshet is a hill station, quietly residing approximately 100 kilometers away from Bombay and about 20 kilometers from Lonavla. It offer the best Paragliding experience in India, after Bir Billing in Himachal Pradesh. On a side note, I, too, have done my Paragliding courses in Kamshet. The best time to visit Kamshet is between October and May.

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A beautiful sight of sunset in Daman
A beautiful sight of sunset in Daman

Daman

Daman is the capital of Union Territory, Daman and Diu, located about 170 kilometers from Bombay. It used to be a Portuguese colony, and like every Portuguese colonies in India, Daman is one of the few charming cities in India. The two beaches in Daman are really peaceful and clean. The best time to visit Daman is between October and April.

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Silvassa can introduce you to tranquillity like no place else.
Silvassa can introduce you to tranquillity like no place else.

Silvassa

Situated 160 kilometers away from Bombay, Silvassa is the capital of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Earlier known as Vila De Paco, Silvassa, like Daman, is a former Portuguese colony. And yes, it is a charming city. A lot of people living in Silvassa are descendants of Portuguese. The best time to visit Silvassa is from November to March.

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Roadway to heaven, Raigad.
Roadway to heaven, Raigad.

Raigad

Raigad is located a little less than 100 kilometers from Bombay. It was the capital of legendary the Maratha King, Shivaji Rao. The most popular attraction in Raigad is the Fort Raigad. One can either climb over 1700 stairs or take a cable car that leads to the entrance of the Fort. The best time to visit Raigad is from September to December.

Top Ten Weekend Getaways Near Mumbai
The majestic Bhandardara waterfall.
The majestic Bhandardara waterfall.

Bhandardara

Bhandardara is a nestled just about 155 kilometers from Bombay. It is one the most underrated places near Bombay for a weekend getaway. If you like tranquility amidst nature, Bhandardara is a great place for you to visit. The lake the waterfall, and the trails offer picturesque sceneries. Whenever you visit Bhandardara, it is the best time.