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    The final stretch of road to Matheran that allows automobiles

    Mumbai, the city of dreams, often ends up being the centre of distress. Filth, pollution, city bustle, and the rush-hour traffic add to the woes of the daily road commuters. That is why Mumbaikars are always looking for a break. And what better than a short road trip from Mumbai – from an adventurous trip to a holy pilgrimage. The terrain, luckily for these travelers, doesn’t disappoint either.

    So we present a compact list of some kickass road trips from Mumbai.

    • Lonavala / Khandala
    • Alibaug
    • Kashid / Murud
    • Pelhar Dam
    • Mahabaleshwar
    • Kamshet
    • Matheran
    • Igatpuri
    • Pune
    • Malshej Ghat
    • Sula Vineyards
    • Aurangabad
    • Dandeli
    • Tarkarli
    • Goa
    • Kaas Plateau
    • Rann Of Kutch
    • Mount Abu
    • Gokarna
    • Udaipur

    Bike Trips From Mumbai

    A stationary bike en route Mahabaleshwar

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    For those who want to feel connected to the roads, the environment, and the view, kickstart your motorbike and take off. Here is a list of best road trips from Mumbai that you can enjoy on bikes.

    1. Lonavala/ Khandala

    Journeys to Lonavala and Khandala offer wonderful road trips from Mumbai

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    Not a soul exists in Mumbai, who hasn’t heard of these beautiful twin cities. Though the Mumbai–Pune Expressway route is an amazing experience in itself, two-wheelers are not allowed on this route. For bike-riders, Old Mumbai–Pune highway is the route. These open roads are still in great shape and have little traffic to worry about.
    Khandala is only 5 km away from Lonavala and houses a number of historic forts, deep valleys, lakes and waterfalls.

    Time: 1 hour 55 minutes via Old Mumbai Pune Highway
    Distance: 85 km
    Attractions: Trekking, camping, waterfall rappelling, and farm tours; visit Korigad Fort, Tiger’s Leap, Lohgad, Karla and Bhaja caves, Lonavala wax museum, and Duke’s nose.
    Tip: Visit after the first rainfall of monsoon; the beauty of the Western Ghats is at its prime.
    Also Located Nearby: 15 km trek from Lonavala leads you to the beautiful Rajmachi fort.

    Tourists rest at the beautiful Rajmachi Fort

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    2. Alibaug

    The calm shores of the Alibaug beach

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    Another popular destination for weekend getaways from Mumbai, Alibaug is a pretty crowded destination on the Mumbai–Goa highway. Though it is frequently visited by couples for spending some romantic time at the beach, it is also a great place to travel to on a bike. Extending shores, lovely beach, and the magnificent view of Kolaba fort add to the pleasure of bike riders.

    Time: 2 hours 30 minutes via MH SH 104
    Distance: 92 km
    Attractions: Alibaug Beach, Kulaba Fort, Siddheshwar Temple, Fairs in nearby towns of Awas and Varsoli
    Tip: Best time to visit Alibaug is November to June
    Also Located Nearby: For those who would love bird-watching, there is an alternate route via Sion-Panvel Expressway and Karnala Bird Sanctuary (98 km trip). Karnala also houses a stunning fort that you can either visit or have a view of en route Alibaug.

    A road trip from Mumbai leads to the Karnala fort and bird sanctuary

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    3. Kashid/ Murud

    A view of the Janjira Fort in Murud

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    If you are looking for a secluded beach near Mumbai, Kashid is the place to be. Extend your Alibaug trip by another 34 km and you will reach this white sand beach. In addition to the good bike ride, the beach provides a scenic view and a relaxing experience.

    Another 40 km bike ride from Kashid will take you to Murud that also houses a fort in the sea.

    Time: 3 hours 25 minutes via MH SH 104 (till Kashid)
    Distance: 122 km till Kashid, 156 km till Marud
    Attractions: Surfing, para-sailing, and camping at Kashid; visit Janjira Fort in Murud
    Tip: It is suggested to get your own food as it is hard to get food beyond Alibaug, especially vegetarian food.
    Also Located Nearby: Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary is located 12 km from Kashid beach. Also, there is a beautiful dam in Phansad.

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    4. Pelhar Dam

    View of the Pelhar dam in the Pelhar village

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    This dam is extremely close to Mumbai and is ideal for a one day road trip from Mumbai. The Pelhar Dam is located in the Pelhar Village, about 21 km away from Vajreshwari.

    Time: 1 hour 50 minutes via NH 3 and NH8
    Distance: 59 km
    Attractions: Dam, waterfall, wildlife sanctuary with foxes, hares, boars, and leopards
    Tip: Be careful as leopards are often spotted on the dam itself.
    Also Located Nearby: The Tungareshwar mountain range that surrounds the dam has a temple by the same name, located only 6 km from the dam.

    The Tungareshwar temple located close to the Pelhar Dam

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    5. Mahabaleshwar

    Two different views of the needle point in Mahabaleshwar

    The Mumbai–Mahabaleshwar bike ride is the longest one in the list. But its amazing views make up for the long ride. The ride, which also includes the Golden Quadrilateral road, is a smooth and easy one, barring the last 50 km climb up the hill.

    Time: 5 hours 23 minutes via NH 66
    Distance: 248 km
    Attractions: Wilson Sunrise Point, Needle Hole Point, boating in Venna Lake, markets of strawberries and mulberries, and Three Monkey Point
    Tip: Those planning to rent out a hotel room, make sure to book a room facing the Venna Lake for a panoramic view of the green cover .
    Also Located Nearby: Located only 18 km from this place is Panchgani where you can even try paragliding.

    You can try paragliding at Panchgani

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    One Day Trips From Mumbai

    A night view of the Mumbai-Pune Expressway from Khandala

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    Great road connectivity and presence of several nearby tourist attractions provide for some awesome short trips from Mumbai. Many of these trips can be covered within a day’s span. Here is a list of some one day road trips around Mumbai.


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    6. Kamshet

    The scenic waterfall and Kondeshwar temple in Kamshet

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    Coveted as ‘Paraglider’s Paradise’, Kamshet and a couple of neighboring cities offer tourists a wonderful experience of paragliding over picturesque fields of paddy and sunflower, and the Pawna Lake. The road trip from Mumbai to Kamshet is along the Mumbai–Pune Expressway and is an experience in itself. The hills surrounding the Kamshet village also house several caves, colonial hill stations, and hill fortresses.

    Time: 2 hours 10 minutes via Mumbai – Pune Expressway
    Distance: 102 km
    Attractions: Paragliding, Karla Caves, Bedsa Caves, the Bhaja Caves, Pawna Lake, and the Kondeshwar Temple
    Tip: Do not miss visiting the green ambling hills, beautiful paddy, and sunflower fields.
    Also Located Nearby: Located 20 km from Kamshet is the Kondeshwar Cliff where paragliding can be done from a height of 2200 feet. For low height thermal paragliding, one can visit Shelar, located 8 km from Kamshet. Lonavala is also only 16 km from Kamshet.

    From Kondeshwar Cliff paragliding can be done from a height of 2200 feet

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    7. Matheran

    The final stretch of road to Matheran that allows automobiles

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    Matheran, Asia’s only automobile free hill station, is a celebrated weekend getaway near Mumbai. A short road trip from Mumbai takes you the picturesque hinterlands of Matheran, meaning the ‘forest on forehead’.

    Time: 2 hours 20 minutes via Sion-Panvel Expressway and MH SH 79
    Distance: 83 km
    Attractions: Stunning view of the Prabhal Fort from Louisa Point, Monkey Point, One Tree Hill Point, Hart Point, Porcupine Point, Panaroma Point, and Rambagh point
    Tip: No private vehicles are allowed in this eco-sensitive zone and you will need horses or hand pulled rickshaws to reach Matheran. Else, you can always go for a short trek to Matheran.

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    Porcupine Point at Matheran

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    8. Igatpuri

    View of Myanmar Gate at Dhamma Giri in Igatpuri

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    Located in Nashik – the Wine Capital of India – in the Western Ghats, Igatpuri is a tiny hill station that presents a splendid view in the monsoon season.
    Time: 2 hours 50 minutes via NH 3
    Distance: 120 km
    Attractions: Dhamma Giri Meditation Centre, Ghatandevi Temple, Bhandardara, Nashik
    Tip: Try the fun treks, camping expeditions, zip lining, rappelling, and other adventure activities.

    A tourist tries rappelling at waterfalls at Igatpuri

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    9. Pune

    Road trip from Mumbai to Pune includes the long Bhatan Tunnel

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    The ‘Oxford of the East’, Pune, is the largest city of Maharashtra, second only to Mumbai. The road trip from Mumbai to Pune via Mumbai–Pune Expressway offers a scenic view of the Western Ghats and the long tunnels make this road trip an amazing affair.

    Time: 2 hours 59 minutes via Mumbai–Pune Expressway
    Distance: 148 km
    Attractions: Trekking around the Bhimashankar Wildlife sanctuary, visit to museums and forts, Neelkantheshwar Temple, long tunnels on expressway – Kamshet tunnels, Bhatan tunnel, Madap tunnel, and Khandala tunnel.
    Tip: Best time to take this road trip from Mumbai to Pune is between August and March. Try to leave early morning to enjoy the open roads and the occasional light mist that makes the road trip truly a magical experience.
    Also Located Nearby: Detours en route Pune can take you to Lonavala, Khandala, and Kamshet. You can also visit Adlabs Imagica – an amusement park with several theme based rides. A further drive to Lavasa is one of the best road trips from Pune.

    A night view of the amusement park Imagica

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    10. Malshej Ghat

    Road trip from Mumbai to Malshej Ghat during monsoons

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    Malshej Ghat is a beautiful mountain pass in the Western Ghats. Famous for its bounty of flora and fauna, it is also the home to several bird species including the cuckoos, the flamingos, and the quails. The destination, along with the route, serves as a perfect one for those who seek a short road trip from Mumbai. The road trip from Pune to Malshej Ghat is equally beautiful.

    Time: 3 hours 17 minutes via NH 3 and NH 22
    Distance: 127 km
    Attractions: Striking waterfalls, lush green hillsides, fascinating rock formations, nature and bird watching
    Tip: The destination attracts a lot of migratory birds during July to September and hence we recommend the tourists to visit the destination during these months.
    Also Located Nearby: Located 40 km from the Malshej Ghat is the Shivneri Fort, the birthplace of the great Maratha ruler, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

    Shivneri Fort is the birthplace of Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj

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    11. Sula Vineyards

    A girl stomping grapes at Sula Vineyards

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    The drive to the Sula Vineyards is simply blissful. No, we do not promote drink and drive but wine tasting and grape stomping doesn’t really make you drunk. Does it?

    Time: 3 hours 33 minutes via NH 3
    Distance: 170 km
    Attractions: Wine tasting, grape stomping, wine fest
    Tip: Check out for the calendar of the annual Sula Wine Fest held in the month of February each year. Needless to say, it makes February as the best month for this road trip near Mumbai.
    Also Located Nearby: A 15 km detour from Khardi leads to the beautiful Vaitarna dam.

    Bikes stand on the banks of the Vaitarna reservoir

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    Long Road Trips From Mumbai

    The road trip from Mumbai to Goa as captured in Dil Chahta Hai

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    The best feature of the Mumbai city is its connectivity to several getaways that make some fine road trips from Mumbai. For those who love to travel and do not mind the long road journeys, here is a list of 4 long road trips from Mumbai.

    12. Aurangabad

    The beautiful Bibi ka Maqbara in Aurangabad

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    Aurangabad, named after the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, boasts of deep connect with the Indian history. It houses tombs, forts, temples, and mosques. This historic city and pilgrimage serves as a great getaway for those seeking a long road trip from Mumbai.

    Time: 6 hours 28 minutes via NH 3 and Nagpur–Aurangabad–Mumbai Highway
    Distance: 337 km
    Attractions: Tomb of Aurangzeb, Daulatabad Fort, Bibi ka Maqbara, Shivaji Museum, Sunheri Mahal
    Tip: Buy silver, semi-precious stones, jewellery, honey, and old coins , and try Naan Qalia – a popular mutton delicacy.
    Also Located Nearby: For a breathtaking sight of the Ajanta and Ellora caves, one needs to travel a little ahead of Aurangabad. Ellora is situated 32 km (50 minutes) from Aurangabad and Ajanta lies 108 km (2 hours 17 minutes) further ahead from Ellora.

    The caves at Ellora situated 32 km from Aurangabad

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    13. Dandeli

    Tourists enjoy rafting in the white waters at Dandeli

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    Located in North Karnataka, on the banks of the Kali River, Dandeli is most popular for white river rafting. One of the longer road trips from Mumbai, the Dandeli–Mumbai route is very promising. Adding to the wonderful experience of the journey, Dandeli has a lot to offer.

    Time: 9 hours 38 minutes via NH4
    Distance: 583 km
    Attractions: White river rafting, kayaking, coracle rides, wildlife and bird watching at Dandeli Anshi Tiger Reserve and Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary, camping, trekking,
    Tip: Best time to visit the Dandeli region is October – May.
    Also Located Nearby: Located another 25 km ahead of the base camp at Dandeli are the Kavala limestone caves.

    Kavala caves are located 25 km from Dandeli

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    14. Tarkarli

    Two children enjoy the breathtaking experience of stargazing at Tarkarli

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    Adding to the beauty of the non-polluted and peaceful virgin beaches, mountains, and waterfalls, the clear night skies at Tarkarli are perfect for the breathtaking experience of stargazing. And then, it is also the only place for scuba diving and snorkeling training in Maharashtra.

    Time: 10 hours 4 minutes via NH 66
    Distance: 486 km
    Attractions: Stargazing, scuba diving, snorkeling, rafting, dolphin-spotting, and boating.
    Tip: The road trip is good all year round. But for a better experience of the destination, the best months to visit are October – March.
    Also Located Nearby: A small detour will take you to Ratnagiri, another beach holiday option for a road trip from Mumbai.

    The post monsoon view of Ratnagiri

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    15. Goa

    A snap of the trio from Dil Chahta Hai at Aguada Fort in Goa

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    The place needs no introduction. The road trip from Mumbai to Goa is popular amongst the youth. The hub of party, nightlife, and watersports, Goa acts as a perfect long weekend getaway from Mumbai.

    Time: 10 hours 41 minutes via NH4
    Distance: 608 km
    Attractions: Watersports, beaches, nightlife, cruise and beach parties, Aguada Fort, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Shantadurga temple, and Church of St Francis of Assisi
    Tip: Though the place is crowded all year round, but the best time to visit Goa is between October and February.
    Also Located Nearby: Those who prefer natural experiences can explore the Dudhsagar falls, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, and Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary located in Goa.

    The railway bridge in front of the majestic Dudhsagar falls in Goa

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    16. Kaas Plateau

    Kaas Plateau near Mumbai

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    The Kaas Plateau is just a short distance away from Mahabaleshwar, which means you’ll surely be greeted with the brightest and greenest of views on your way! The mesmerising natural beauty on the journey will be embedded with flowerful valleys and low lying hills, which will be a special treat if you are visiting in the monsoons. Kaas Plateau happens to be a prominent UNESCO World Heritage Site and that makes it one of the most alluring and amazing road trips from Mumbai.

    Time: 5 hours
    Distance: 278 km
    Attractions: Lush views, colourful valleys, Koyna Dam, Boating
    Tip: Visit in the monsoons!
    Also Located Nearby: Mahabaleshwar

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    17. Rann Of Kutch

    Dwell on the vast expanse of the pearl white Rann of Kutchh

    A road trip to the gorgeous Rann of Kutch will definitely be one of the best road trips from Mumbai by car. Though it’s quite a long one, the barren beauty and secluded terrain of Kutch will surely make up for it! The road journey will take you through the varied and vivid cultures of Maharashtra that will slowly turn into the colorful and melodious vibes of Gujarat, finally getting you to a place that’s both spellbinding and relaxing! Camping here at Kutch will be an added bonus to your fun road trip!

    Time: 14 hours
    Distance: 922 km
    Attractions: Aina Mahal, Prag Mahal, Mandvi Beach
    Also Located Nearby: Dholavira

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    18. Mount Abu

    reflection of city lights on the water of lake

    If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you can drive all the way to Mount Abu, the only hill station of Rajasthan. The ride will be pleasant and it will take you to the only hill station of Rajasthan via vivid landscapes that will change constantly, giving you plenty of thrill and excitement. The destination will be just as beautiful as your ride, and will offer you a delightful switch from the culture and landscapes of Maharashtra to that of Rajasthan!

    Time: 13 hours
    Distance: 765 km
    Attractions: Nakki Lake, Trevor’s Tank, Dilwara Temples
    Also Located Nearby: Jodhpur and Jaipur

    19. Gokarna

    Yoga By The Beach in Gokarna

    Gokarna is a small and relatively unknown beach town located in Karnataka. Apart from being a popular pilgrimage site for Hindus owing to the great Mahabaleshwar Temple and the waters of the Koti Teertha, this place makes up for a great beach destination. Filled with palm-lined beaches, a hippie vibe, great places for shopping and eating, this town is definitely among the best places for a road trip with friends where you can party day and night.

    Time: 12 hours 4 minutes
    Distance: 685 km
    Attractions: Kudle Beach, Om Beach, Mahabaleshwar Temple, Koti Teertha
    Also Located Nearby: Goa

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    20. Udaipur

    udaipur palace closeup evening sunset

    The Rajasthani culture is simply mesmerising, and Udaipur seems to reflect that best! So, rev up and go, witness, all the vibrant attractions and views that this royal city has to offer! A road trip to Udaipur from Mumbai, though rather long, would truly be an experience to cherish for life! Experience three diverse cultures on the way – Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Rajasthan, that will make your trip more wonderful.

    Time: 12 hours 30 minutes
    Distance: 760 km
    Attractions: City Palace, Lake Pichola, Jagmandir, Fateh Sagar Lake
    Also Located Nearby: Ahmedabad and Jaisalmer

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    The road trips from Mumbai are perfect getaways from the busy life of the metropolitan city. So, are you ready to take to the road on your roaring mean machine? Pick from any of these revitalizing bike or car road trips from Mumbai and set out on the most fun journey of your lives that’ll tell you why journeys matter more than the destination! Book your trip to Mumbai right away!

    Frequently Asked Questions About Road Trips From Mumbai

    Q. Is it safe to drive from Mumbai to Lonavala?

    A. The 82 km road connecting Mumbai and Lonavala via Mumbai-Pune Highway is smooth and perfectly safe to drive down in your private car.

    Q. Where can I go for a weekend in Mumbai?

    A. There are a lot of amazing hill stations, as well as beach towns that you can visit on a weekend trip from Mumbai. Here are a few of the amazing options:
    1. Khandala
    2. Lonavala
    3. Matheran
    4. Alibaug
    5. Karjat
    6. Raigad
    7. Igatpuri
    8. Mahabaleshwar

    Q. How to reach Tarkarli from Mumbai by air?

    A. Tarkarli doesn’t have an airport and the closest airport located to the place is the Dabolim Airport of Goa. From there you can hire a taxi to reach Tarkarliwhich will be a 2 hours journey.

    Q. Can we reach Tarkarli by bus?

    A. Yes. If you want to reach Tarkarli by bus you can get off at Malven which is 6 km away from the beach town. You can also choose to drive down which will take you about 14 hours on the road.

    Q. What is Khandala famous for?

    A. Khandala is famous for its rock formations of different shapes. It is also quite popular among tourists for its historic forts, deep valleys, lakes and waterfalls.

    Q. Is Lonavala safe for couples?

    A. Lonavala is pretty safe for all kinds of travelers.

    Q. Which are the best road trip destinations from Mumbai for couples?

    A. If you are planning to go on a road trip with your someone special, here are some of the most romantic options:
    1. Matheran
    2. Lovanala
    3. Alibaug
    4. Igatpuri, and
    5. Bhandardara

    Q. When is the best time to visit Udaipur?

    A. The best months to visit are between September and March. The temperature remains comfortable and is apt for visiting the monuments and other places of interest in Udaipur.

    Q. When is the best time to visit Kamshet?

    A. The time between December and February is the best time to visit Kamshet. Visitors come here during this period to take full advantage of the calm and pleasing weather.


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