Need a break from the crazy Mumbai crowds and need it now? But don’t need the painfully protracted commute where you’re out of songs, snacks and patience long before you even get there? Take a look at our list of fun destinations that are just a hop, skip and approximately 100 kilometres away in our list of the top tourist places near Mumbai within 100 kms that you must visit.
Tourist Places Within 100 kms from Mumbai
A small village town in the northern part of Mumbai, Manori is popular because of its attractive beach its laidback vibe. Reminiscent of Goa, there are many cute accommodations to stay here where you can enjoy the greenery and delicious seafood.
- Distance from Mumbai: 36 kilometres
2. Kanheri Caves
The Kanheri Caves, situated in the SGNP, is a group of monuments carved out of a gigantic basaltic rock, dating back to between the 1st century BC and 10th century AD. These caves show the Buddhist influence in India in glorious light. The Kanheri Caves in ancient times were not just for show but were lived in by students and monks.
If you have never been, you must go. No spoilers here but prepare to pick your jaw off the ground. The Caves are open from 9 am to 5 pm (Closed Mondays) with a token entrance fee.
- Distance from Mumbai: 42 kilometres
This tranquil coastal town is so close you could cycle there. Under the swaying coconut palms, Uttan’s gorgeous beaches and salty air soothes you deep down to your weary bones. Being principally a fishing town, it’s a veritable seafood paradise with fish fresh off the boat cooked in traditional styles taking you back to simpler things and times.
Walk around in the sunshine, spot the lighthouse, and then step into Our Lady of Vailankanni Shrine for some peace and quiet. Or go a little further down to the Water Kingdom or Essel World for some splashes and screaming. It’s all very therapeutic.
- Distance from Mumbai: 50 kilometres
Famous for its bird sanctuary which is home to over 150 bird species like the blue-headed rock-thrush, the red breasted flycatcher and the ashy minivet, Karnala is also a trekker’s utopia with birdsong filling the air and your senses as you walk through its forests on your way to the Karnala Fort. Carry your binoculars because wildlife lovers can also hope to spot wild boar and four-horned antelope.
- Distance from Mumbai: 60 kilometres
Nestled in the heart of the Western Ghats, Karjat is the place for you if you are looking for adventure! River raft down the Ulhas River in the midst of nature at her lushest or trek back in time and explore the ancient temples, forts and stunning Kondana Caves.
- Distance from Mumbai: 70 kilometres
Sitting on Arnala’s beautiful beach soaking in some sunshine while coconut palms sway in the tangy breeze and the sound of the waves wash away your cares, you may never guess that it was once considered a very strategic location and that the magnificent Arnala Fort, a fifteen minute boat ride away on the island, was fought over by the Marathas, Portuguese and British. Look out for the octagonal fresh water reserve, temples and the three bastions Bhairav, Bhavani and Bava. History buffs rejoice!
- Distance from Mumbai: 79 kilometres
Khandala lies on the foothills of Sahyadri and is the ideal weekend getaway close to Mumbai. Here you can enjoy lovely views, grassy hills and beautiful waterfalls. There are also many interesting sites to visit such as the Buddhist shrines of Karla Caves. And, of course, there’s the chikki.
- Distance from Mumbai: 82 kilometres
One of India’s smallest Hill Stations, Matheran is big on beauty. Panorama Point, Garbut Point, Vikatgad, Shivaji’s Ladder, Ambarnath Shiv Temple and Louisa Point are just a few of the breathtaking places to visit while there. Matheran, besides having a large monkey population from the cute bonnet macaques to the manly Hanuman Langurs, also is home to barking deer, leopards and the something of a celebrity Malabar Giant Squirrel inside the forests. Another big bonus is that Matheran is largely auto-mobile free! Take a deep breath and relax.
- Distance from Mumbai: 94 kilometres
A breath of fresh air, Lonavala is close enough to not think twice about packing your bags and heading to the hills. Everyone’s favourite hill station has all the green you need to relax. Plus, if you’re in the mood for something more, there are lots of interesting places to explore.
- Distance from Mumbai: 96 kilometres
At just a few kilometres away from Lonavala, in Kamshet you can take to the skies in this paraglider heaven! Kamshet is known to be one of the best places in India to paraglide, whether you are a beginner or an expert.
- Distance from Mumbai: 110 kilometres
Often called Maharashtra’s ‘Goa’, Alibaug is a gorgeous beach town founded in the 17th century and famous for its historical sites like the Kolaba Fort, built by Shivaji in 1680 CE and surrounding villages, which were historically inhabited by Bene Israeli Jews. The ‘Israel Ali’ Synagogue makes for an interesting visit. But while history makes a fun detour, Alibaug is all about that beach.
- Distance from Mumbai: 102 kilometres
Situated in the Raigad district, this peaceful little village is the place to head to if you need to get your adrenaline pumping after hours sitting at your desk. From white-water rafting the Kundalika River to trekking the luxurious green hills to see the Tamhini Waterfalls, Kolad will thrill and treat you at every turn!
- Distance from Mumbai: 117 kilometres
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