Everybody requires an occasional break from the schedule that they have grown used to. A picnic can provide a perfect break to relax you and revitalize your energy. Navi Mumbai caters to every type of picnic goer – from those who want to relax to those who fancy some activity. Here are our picks of the top picnic places near Navi Mumbai.
1. Elephanta Caves
The Elephanta caves is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cave is carved out from basalt rock and have many idols of Indian gods. The carvings depict various stories of Hindu mythology.
People who visit the caves are often left mesmerized by the beauty. You can drive up to South Mumbai from where you can take a ferry that connects the caves and the mainland.
- Distance from Navi Mumbai: 34 kilometers
2. Adlabs Imagica
Adlabs Imagica is a recent attraction on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. It is a multi-theme amusement park that started operations in 2013. It was opened with the aim to match the quality standards of international amusement parks.
The park has India’s biggest floorless roller coaster and many other rides that cater to every age group. Besides the rides, the park also has a number of restaurants and shopping places where patrons can buy souvenirs from.
- Distance from Navi Mumbai: 47 kilometers
Durshet is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. The place is known for its untouched beauty. Durshet is located in the dense forests of the Sahyadri Range and has one of the most famous nature walks.
Visitors can take part in various nature trails to view the flora and fauna of the area or sit by the Amba River and experience its tranquility. There are adventure activities like rappelling and river crossing for those who want to satisfy their adventure needs.
- Distance from Navi Mumbai: 56 kilometers
4. Saguna Baug
The Saguna Baug is an agro-tourism farm. The farm was opened to promote awareness of sustainable agriculture. The farm practices sustainable farming techniques and teaches some of them to its visitors as well.
People can explore the green fields or go cycling around. The farm also grows its own produce and serves them to its patrons as a part of the whole sustainable farming practice.
- Distance from Navi Mumbai: 59 kilometers
Matheran, after Mahabaleshwar, is the most famous picnic spot amongst the residents of Navi Mumbai. Matheran offers a variety of things to do, like visiting the various “points” that offer breathtaking views of the town.
You can also engage in activities like valley crossing to get the adrenaline pumping. For those who do not wish to go valley crossing, go for a calming horseback ride in the town square. The town square also doubles up as a market where you and your loved ones can spend the day shopping.
- Distance from Navi Mumbai: 60 kilometers
Lonavala and Khandala are the go-to picnic spots for the residents of Navi Mumbai as well as Mumbai. The hill station is known for its greenery and the plethora of waterfalls that are present here.
The best time to visit is during the monsoon season when the hill station comes alive. The drive to Lonavala and Khandala from Navi Mumbai is one of the most serene drives you will ever be on.
- Distance from Navi Mumbai: 61 kilometers
7. Bassein Beach
The Bassein Beach is knowns for its breathtaking views. The view from the beaches will leave every visitor transfixed by the beauty. The beach is also surrounded by a dense forest where people can go on nature trails.
After a day of exploring Bassein, visitors can try the delicious Portuguese food that is prepared by the locals here.
- Distance from Navi Mumbai: 73 kilometers
Alibaug is a coastal town to the south of Mumbai. The place is known for its pristine beaches and forts. Due to the beautiful beaches and a mesmerizing coastline, the place has earned the title of “Goa of Maharashtra”.
The town is known for its seafood delicacies. Alibaug is the perfect spot for a picnic. It can be reached by road from Navi Mumbai but there are also ferry services that you can access to reach the town.
- Distance from Navi Mumbai: 75 kilometers
Kamshet is small town located in the Sahyadri and lies between Navi Mumbai and Pune. The town is located on a plateau and makes it the perfect spot for paragliding.
While paragliding, one can view the beautiful town of Kamshet that consists of huts made by the locals and rice paddy fields. There are also numerous forts that you can explore while spending the day here.
- Distance from Navi Mumbai: 81 kilometers
10. Pawna Lake
The Pawna lake is an artificial lake which was created as result of the construction of the Pawna Dam. The lake is more of a reservoir than a lake that is situated by the dam. It provides a picturesque view and has quickly become a major picnic spot near Navi Mumbai.
There are additional activities like parasailing and boating that are conducted here thanks to the controlled water flow from the dam, which further adds to the attractiveness of the place as a picnic spot.
- Distance from Navi Mumbai: 96 kilometers
11. Savarkut Village
Savarkut Village is located in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. The town is known for the plethora of adventure activities that are carried out here.
People can engage in heart-pumping activities like whitewater rafting and kayaking. Visitors can also visit the nearby Vaitarna River to watch a spectacular sunset.
- Distance from Navi Mumbai: 105 kilometers
Kolad is the perhaps the most famous adventure activity spot near Navi Mumbai. However, besides the adrenaline pumping activity, Kolad also offers great picnic spots to visitors.
There are cottages here, where you can spend the day and admire the beauty of the village. You can also experience a quiet night with your family here and really take in all the nature that Kolad has to offer.
- Distance from Navi Mumbai: 106 kilometers
Igatpuri is the beautiful, calm and quiet hill station located in the Western Ghats. It is surrounded by dense forests and ancient temples that add to the tranquility of the hill station.
Most people from the cities come here to escape the daily hustle and bustle. The hill station has some beautiful landmarks like the Myanmar Gate and Kanifnath Temple. There are also stargazing camps that are conducted here.
- Distance from Navi Mumbai: 119 kilometers
15. Malshej Ghat
Malshej Ghat is a scenic hill station very close to the city of Navi Mumbai. It is on every nature lover’s list. The hills are surrounded by greenery and countless waterfalls.
The beauty of the ghat makes it a viable spot to go trekking, hiking and birdwatching. There are also resorts nearby if you want to extend your stay and spend more time here.
- Distance from Navi Mumbai: 120 kilometers
Palghar is a Konkan town on the Maharashtra coastal line. It is perhaps most famous for its beaches and the fishing activities carried out here. People come here from the cities of Mumbai and Navi Mumbai to beat the scorching summer heat.
One key attraction of Palghar is you can learn and practice fishing taught by the local fishermen here. Besides these activities, there are many unexplored forts that you can check out as well.
- Distance from Navi Mumbai: 120 kilometers
17. Sinhagad Fort
When translated from Marathi, the name of the fort literally means “Lion’s Fort”. The fort has been named after Shivaji’s famous general, Tanaji Malusare whose nickname was “the lion”. He gave up his life capturing the fort and hence the name. The fort is located at a height of 700 meters and is a well-known trekking and a picnic destination. The inside of the fort has samadhis for the fallen warriors, paying a tribute to their sacrifices.
- Distance from Navi Mumbai: 160 kilometers
Lavasa is supposedly India’s first planned hill station. The town is modeled after the Italian city of Portofino. Blessed with developed infrastructure, beautiful residential and commercial complexes and all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay, this hill station has it all. Visitors can spend their time strolling down beautiful promenades, boating on the lake and or eating delicious food at the various restaurants here.
- Distance from Navi Mumbai: 166 kilometers
Mahabaleshwar is one of the oldest hill stations in the district of Maharashtra. Mahabaleshwar is known for its pleasant climate, mountains and breathtaking valleys. The town has unique sights that are filled with historical significance. There are many activities like trekking, horseback riding and boating that visitors can enjoy. The famous Mapro factory is also located here, which manufacturers items like jams, crushes and squashes, which you can buy.
- Distance from Navi Mumbai: 242 kilometers
Keeping up with the daily grind can be quite hectic and, once in a while, it’s good to get away from it all and take a break. Which picnic spots near Navi Mumbai are your favourites to frequent when you need some time off? Let us know your suggestions in the comments below.