Summer is a time when the kids are on a vacation. It is the perfect time to enjoy an annual family holiday. But, with busy working schedules, you’ll probably be wondering how to make time to get away. We would suggest that you save a weekend and head out to the many hill stations and beach towns that lie within 300 kilometres away from Mumbai.
Since they aren’t too far away, the many hill stations and beaches are the ideal destination for a summer weekend getaway from Mumbai. We’ve narrowed down the list to 15 options we think to work perfectly for a short trip.
Weekend Getaways from Mumbai in Summer (less than 100 kilometres)
If you are looking for a unique way to spend your summer vacation, we would suggest to head out to Karnala for a weekend getaway. The bird sanctuary here gives you the opportunity to spot over 300 species of birds in their natural habitat.
Within the sanctuary, there is the Karnala Fort that is an excellent spot to introduce your children to trekking. Although there are only a few options available to stay, there are a few camping sites as well as a few homestays where you could rest. If you’re looking to explore religious sites, drive down for another 50 kilometres to see the Ambarnath Shiva Temple that is more than a 1000 years old.
- Distance from Mumbai: 45 kilometres
One of the closest hill stations around Mumbai, Karjat is great for anyone looking to getaway for quick weekend summer break. With plenty of outdoor activities and other fun stuff to do, one can never get bored in Karjat.
Those looking to explore religious sites, can visit places like the Shani Mandir and the famous Kondana Caves. For those who love the outdoors, Karjat has a few waterfalls and hills that are ideal for short treks. There are plenty of cosy and beautiful homestays and farms in Karjat, that’ll make your stay enjoyable.
- Distance from Mumbai: 61 kilometres
Summer in Lonavala is a great experience. The weather is cooler Mumbai and there’s plenty of outdoor activity to enjoy. Whether you’re looking for a quick weekend trek or to soak in the beautiful scenic views of the many natural attractions, you’ll enjoy spending time at this hill station.
If you are going with family, spend a few hours at the Bhushi Dam. You’ll love shopping at the local markets in Lonavala. Here you’ll find many varieties of Indian outfits, locally produced chikki and walnut fudge.
- Distance from Mumbai: 83 kilometres
The cosy weather and picturesque settings make Khandala a great place to spend a romantic summer weekend with your special one. In Khandala, there are plenty of activities that couples can enjoy.
Long walks along the Pawna Lake and a climb up to the Kune waterfalls are just some of the things one can do here. Couples looking to spend a cozy time with each other can sit inside the Ryewood Park, we would suggest that you go in during the early morning hours to beat the crowds.
There’s also a famous wax museum here that was built along the line of Madame Tussauds that is worth visiting.
- Distance from Mumbai: 83 kilometres
For people who love heading the hills at the slightest of opportunity, Matheran is the best destination. It not only has clean, pollution-free air, but is also blessed with amazing natural sites. Adventure lovers can enjoy the many outdoor sports that’s often conducted in the summer. Zip-lining, rock climbing and trekking are just some activities one can do here.
Those who love shopping can explore the local market in Matheran; although it is small, it does have a good choice of Indian leather footwear, embroidered bags, jams, and chikki. Do note that one can only travel on foot or by horse inside Matheran.
- Distance from Mumbai: 90 kilometres
Weekend Destinations from Mumbai in Summer (Under 200 kilometres)
Perfect for a weekend summer holiday, Alibaug is a beach town located close to Mumbai. The pristine beaches, coupled with important historic attractions, have made Alibaug a popular destination with Mumbaikars. In summer, parasailing, jet-skiing and boat rides can be experienced. Those looking to explore the outdoors can visit the Kolaba and Murud-Janjira forts.
You can either get to Alibaug by road or by ferry. You’ll have to book a boat from the Gateway of India. While most of the ferries are not air-conditioned, there are a few air-conditioned boat that one could take, in case they’re looking for a comfortable trip.
- Distance from Mumbai: 106 kilometres
If you are looking for a peaceful summer weekend getaway then Palghar should be the destination for your next holiday. This silent beach town has all the right setting for anyone looking to enjoy a laidback getaway that is free of crowds and noise. The beaches here are cosy, beautiful, clean and less crowded than some of the popular beaches in Maharashtra.
For those looking to add a bit of sightseeing to their trip, a visit to the Kelva and Shirgaon forts are a must do. There are a few fishing villages that are great to explore for anyone looking to get a first-hand account of the local culture. One of the underrated weekend getaways near Mumbai in summer.
- Distance from Mumbai: 108 kilometres.
Jawhar is nowhere near as popular as Lonavala and Khandala. However, in Jawhar, you’ll still manage to enjoy a fun summer weekend. At this lazy hill station, there are a few hiking trails that are easy to complete. There are also a few tourist attractions such as the Jai Vilas Palace and Bhopatgad Fort.
Shopping enthusiasts can explore the market to check out the lovely of tribal artwork that Jawhar is famous for. Other things worth buying in Jawhar are handmade bags and Warli paintings.
- Distance from Mumbai: 120 kilometres
9. Revdanda Beach
Located a little away from Alibaug, the Revdanda Beach is a popular weekend beach destination for the people of Mumbai. It features plenty of things to do, including a variety of watersports. At the Revdanda Beach, one can find many stalls selling coconut water and tadgola, a local fruit found here.
Those looking to indulge in local cuisines can sample of the staple rice and fish curry prepared in the Malwan style at the many food stalls at the beach or small restaurants in the village.
- Distance from Mumbai: 120 kilometres
Situated in the union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Silvassa is a beautiful weekend destination that is blessed with scenic natural spaces and many tourist attractions. Ideal for families, here one can explore the many religious and natural sites and even indulge in a few watersports and adventure activities. We would also suggest that you visit the villages whose architecture is a throwback to the times of the past.
- Distance from Mumbai: 166 kilometres
Ideal for romantic getaways, Nashik is called the wine country of Maharashtra because it is blessed with some really amazing vineyards. One of the most famous vineyards in Nashik is the Sula Vineyard.
At this lovely place, you can go for wine tasting sessions and even enjoy a tour of the plantations. Couples looking for a fun activity can even go grape crushing at the vineyard. There are a few restaurants at Sula Vineyard where you can enjoy delicious meals.
Those who love history and Indian culture can visit a few temples, the Pandavleni Caves as well as the Ramshej, a former fort that now lies in ruins.
- Distance from Mumbai: 167 kilometres
A popular tourist town and union territory, Daman is an ideal destination for a weekend getaway in the summer. Located about a four hour’s drive away from Mumbai, this place is good for a family vacation.
There are many tourist attractions in Daman like the Church of Bom Jesus and the Somnath Mahadev Temple, as well as plenty of beaches where kids can enjoy rides and play sports such as cricket and football.
Kids can enjoy at the Mirasol Resort, where, besides fun water slides, there is boating and a mini train ride. Couples can enjoy a relaxing spa session while their kids spend time at the gaming arcade that is equipped with the latest games.
- Distance from Mumbai: 171 kilometres
When you think about Harihareshwar, the first thing that comes to mind is the historic temples. However, the town is also famous for its pristine beaches. Unlike most of the beaches in Maharashtra, the beach here doesn’t offer watersports.
Hence, we would suggest that you only go here if you are looking to spend a weekend in a laid back setting or you want to mix your holiday with sightseeing. The drive to Harihareshwar is very scenic, so be sure to carry your camera.
- Distance from Mumbai: 197 kilometres
Weekend Destinations more than 200 kilometres
One of the most popular tourist hill stations in Maharashtra, Panchgani offers tourists with amazing outdoor experiences. There’s plenty to do here for the entire family.
Kids can enjoy playing at the famous table mountain and couples can soak in the lovely cosy views of the hills from the Parsi Point. The young at heart can explore the hills by going on treks that range from easy to moderate.
Those who love flowers can head a little away from the city to explore the gorgeous Kaas Plateau.
- Distance from Mumbai: 244 kilometres
Saputara is a hill station that’s located in the neighbouring state of Gujarat. Just like it is with any other hill station, Saputara too has many touristy things to offer. One can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities such as trekking and sightseeing or choose to relax at the many homestays at the hill station.
The drive to Saputara is very scenic. Along the way, you’ll see lush green fields as well as the beautiful mountains.
- Distance from Mumbai: 250 kilometres
If you are looking for weekend getaways from Mumbai in summer, we would suggest that you visit the above-mentioned destinations. They’re conveniently located to Mumbai and aren’t too far away, making them ideal for a weekend holiday.
If you want to know where to stay, how to get there or even what more to do at any of these places, do let us know in the comments.