Let’s get to know about Matheran a little. It is a small hill station which is 80-90 km away from Mumbai and acts as a perfect getaway for anyone who loves hill stations during summer. Yes, the roads are super muddy because of the red sand and there are loads of stones but that’s how a jungle is in the most natural form. Matheran is perfectly eco-friendly and environmentally secure because no vehicles are allowed inside this place. So yes, get your feet working and walk the whole station or get rides from the horses or old school carts. Even if you want to come to Matheran on your own by your vehicle, you need to park it 2.5 km away from the main town. You may be charged a little sum of money but that’s about it. To know more about Matheran, here are some of the best places to visit in Matheran in May which will definitely make your vacation worth a memory.
5 Best Places To Visit In Matheran In May
Here are some of the best places to visit in Matheran in May which one must visit to enjoy a great time away from the hustle-bustle of the town.
1. Louisa Point
This is close to Echo or Honeymoon point and is one of those places where you can get those spectacular views of the waterfalls, the mountains, the greenery, and whatnot. The rock formations will simply amaze you and then if you wish to watch the Prabalgad fort and Vishalgad fort from a distance this is the point from where you can watch. When the waterfalls are in full force, they flow in the opposite direction of gravity and it is such a thrill to watch it. You can sit here for hours together and watch nature. Since you are going during summertime, you may enjoy how peaceful this place is.
2. Porcupine Point
If you want to cover some great terrain, then this point is perfect for you. Do go over here if you want some great sunsets to see. Since you are going over here in May, you will not have any rain disturbances (we hope so!) and then you can enjoy the good and beautiful sunset over here. You can also come over here for a sunrise.
3. Alexander Point
This is right opposite Porcupine Point but this is closer to a lot of resorts. You have a beautiful trail out here to walk and there is a charm in the views which seem to be pure and natural. It is simply awesome and you cannot miss it for the world. Simply relax and unwind and praise nature’s beauty here. If you are an early riser, you will love the sunrise here because it is that good! The lush greenery you will find here is simply superb and you need to visit this place if you are going to summer.
4. One Tree Hill Point
This is called in such a way because there is one tree at the peak of the hill. This is a strange destination to explore namely because of the peculiar name and then it has a single Jambhul tree on top. The whole valley can be seen from this point and the place is so stunning that you can spend hours over here. If you love adventure, then be game for a little trek and then click as many photographs you like over here.
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5. Charlotte Lake And Lord Point
These two things have to be explored together and if you are going to see them in May, then the whole place is fascinating. Right from the lush green surroundings to the brimming lake, everything is amazing. Lord Point is 250 m from Charlotte Lake and it has great views to offer of the waterfalls. There is a dam built across the lake and generally, there is a dam crossing rope for the kids and adults alike in May.
Matheran In May- Matheran Green Festival (Matheran Mahotsav)
Every May, Matheran is a perfect weekend getaway because it has something unique to offer than the rest of the months. From May 21st to May 25th, the hill station hosts some of the best people who come together to create the eco-friendly arts and culture fest. This is proudly called the Matheran Green Festival. The festival has art installations, paintings, music, photography exhibitions, graffiti, performing arts and there are also film screenings too. The festival is full of fun and loaded and it is the brainchild of New Bombay Design which is a design firm that organizes it with collaboration with the Matheran Municipal Corporation and also the Matheran Pratishthan. The Kala Nirvana also helps in curating the event and this is an organization that is completely dedicated to the art residency. There are professionals from France, Scotland, Israel and South Africa who will be part of this festival along with the local artists and the school children.
Tips For Traveling To Matheran In May
If you are someone who loves long walks, then explore the whole town on foot. The distances are less and the views are amazing so if you love to simply trek and explore, Matheran is the best option. There are a lot of monkeys in Matheran so don’t carry anything in poly bags, you will be looted!
Thus it is suggested that you don’t cover all the places in one day itself. The day ends early during monsoons and by 6 PM, you have to get back to your stay. If you want to stay out a little bit more, then you can reach the market. All the stay options you have been near the market only so you need not worry about the transport back to your stay. If you are bringing kids along with you, be extra careful. If they are little ones, you cannot always carry them around so give them a horse ride. Since the paths are treacherous and dangerous, it is better if you sit with them and travel.
So are you still in the dilemma of where to go this summer? Make sure to enjoy a great time amidst the surreal beauty of nature and also explore these beautiful places around while on a vacation in Maharashtra in May. This will be the best time to enjoy a peaceful holiday away from the hustle-bustle.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Matheran In May
A. Yes, it is good enough to visit Matheran in May. You can expect the monsoon to start in July. The monsoon runs for a fairly long time here. You won’t have the toy train running between Neral and Matheran in monsoons but you will have a pleasant climate throughout the year. The best time to visit the place is between October and may.
A. Matheran has a pleasant climate throughout the year and it is also the best time to visit if you are planning between October to May. June and July months have rains so you won’t be able to see all the places. October and November are the best months because this is when the monsoon has just completed and the temperature is just perfect.
A. No cars are allowed within the Matheran area. However, you can drive and park your car at the Dasturi car point. There are also minibus shuttles from Karjat and Neral railway stations till Dasturi. You can take a 40-minute horseback ride or man pulled rickshaw ride to Matheran along the mud tracks.
A. Yes, the Neral to Matheran toy train runs during the summer season. However, during the other times, the train details are as follows: 52101/Neral-Matheran Passenger (daily) — departs from Neral at 7.50 a.m. and arrives in Matheran at 9.50 a.m. You can get the tickets directly from the station itself and there is no online booking for this.
A. Yes, you can stay safe in Matheran and if you are a single female traveler, then you should stay in some mainstream hotel. You can walk through the forest trails alone and the locals can help you out too.
A. The nearest railhead is in the Neral which is 21 km. You get Sahyadri Express from Mumbai to Neral. You can go to Matheran from Neral via road. It is a 30-minute journey.
A. The best way to reach Matheran from Pune is by road, a journey of about 2 hours by car. The places covered during the journey from Pune to Matheran are Pune -> Kamshet -> Khopoli – -> Wandhal -Karjat –> Matheran.
A. The climate in Matheran is tropical and most of the months have rainfall. The annual temperature in Matheran is 23 degrees. The average annual rainfall is around 4073 mm.
A. There are quite a few places in Matheran and one of the best ones is the Echo point. Matheran means the forest on the forehead is an eco-sensitive region as declared by the Ministry. This is a popular weekend getaway for all the city-goers, and this is Asia’s only automobile free hill station.
A. When you are visiting Matheran, it is a hill station so you can buy things like chikkis which is made from gram flour and jaggery. Leather Goods, Dried Wildflowers, Cane Items, Kolhapuri chappals, and local honey.
A. Well, Matheran is one of the eco friendly hill stations and attracts millions of tourists every year. It is fondly called Maharashtra’s gift and it has a total 38 peak points, a great getaway from the city.
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