You might be an expert at how to shop smart, how not to spend more, how to live happily, etc. But what about when it comes to finding the best place for a weekend getaway? In continuation to our series of weekend getaways around Mumbai, we have picked the best places for you to cut off from your routine and relax! Here are 10 places where you could spend your leisure time, pursuing your long lost hobby, i.e. to relax!
# 01. Into the lap of Nature
A 100-year old heritage bungalow, owned by a Parsi family in Matheran is your little pad of solace. It opens into a large forest facing verandah where you could, on a lazy sleeper chair, catch-up on your book or simply gaze into the nature’s beauty. Every room is tastefully done with old-style wooden furniture, yet complete with modern amenities. It comforts you with delicious home cooked food and personal attention.
# 02. Besides a water-body
If flowing river right at the backyard of your house is what you have been dreaming of lately, then this place is an example of uber luxurious property where you can relax at the lakeside, or play with your friends/family in the garden. With all kinds of modern amenities available, this is an excellent place to relax and rewind!
Barely 2.5 hours away from Mumbai, is located this beautiful Villa by the sea that makes sure you don’t spend your weekend like a lazy bum! With three forts on this beach, one at the southern tip of the beach, submerged in seawater during high tides; the smaller one located within the coniferous trees near the northern tip on the beach, Kelwa beach provides a fair share of activities. There is also a famous shitala devi temple at Kelwa.
# 04. At the sunny beach
Just 10 minutes away from the Mandwa jetty, this lovely stone villa is easily accessible. Tastefully decorated with antique furniture and with two outdoor sitting areas, you can breathe in the fresh, unpolluted air, read, eat and enjoy. In the afternoons, either simply laze around or cycle through the tranquil villages and the two nearby ponds and enjoy the peace and calm. The evenings are meant to go to the Awas beach, which is a nice 5-10 minute walk from the house. Play cricket, run around, get soaked and have fun till you get tired!
Uttan is famous for its beach, fresh fish stock, Koli community and a lighthouse. Be it any season that you plan to visit here, considering the height it is situated at, we assure you that you’d be the first one to witness the summer breeze, July showers, autumn leafs or the winter chills! Set amid the quiet locales and sparsely populated area, is this bungalow that allows you to effortlessly hike to the highest point of Mumbai.
#06. Near a flowing river
Located next to a river that flows silent all year round, this bungalow assures to rekindle and bring together the lost bonds with friends/families. Feel part of the natural harmony that makes up this exceptional corner of Karjat. It’s an extremely spacious property with four large size bed rooms available; A large living room and a large common area on the first floor. The terrace and the surroundings are such that you wouldn’t want to return to your routine life!
#07. At a luxurious Villa
Set amidst the lush green valleys of Karjat, this farmhouse is situated among the hills near Mumbai. The large front deck, with a breathtaking view of the Sahyadris, provides a great setting for evening parties with barbecue. Karjat is a popular weekend holiday destination from Mumbai, and located near the basin of Ulhas River, scenic natural vistas follow this place by default.
#08. Amid the hilltop
A luxurious 6 bedroom valley facing bungalow in Panchgani offers breathtaking views, much more appreciated during the monsoon season when the Bhilar waterfall is visible in its full glory. The bungalow is fully furnished and is equipped with the latest gadgets to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The valley facing glass enclosed gazebo is connected by a bridge to the dining area and is a perfect place to relax and unwind.
#09. At a beach villa
Located about 10 kms from Murud, in Agardanda, this beachvilla will take your breath away. Here, the only sound that disturbs the peace is that of the sea waves crashing on the shores, barely 50 meters away. The property has no neighbours, so the stretch of 200-300 meters of beach is almost private. It has 2 units, wooden structures, both with a porch from where one can keep staring into the open Ocean. You will find yourself fixed on the porch the whole day long with a book for company.
Spending days amidst forest, doing nothing and observing the nature; Is this what you call an ideal holiday? You must visit this place in Khopoli; Located in a picturesque valley of Pali at the foothills of Lonavala & Sahara Aamby Valley, surrounded by the Majestic Sahyadri Mountains one can unwind and be in the midst of nature. It is engulfed by curtains of waterfall during monsoon, and draped by the canopy of mist during winter.
So, which place suits your hobby the best? Leave your comments below!
About the Author: Keenjal Patel, a reader at mind, a writer at heart, a believer at soul and an achiever overall, is what she want to be. She loves to express through words. She’s a firm believer that imagination rules the world and the day this world absorbs the essence of her words, that would be a day of pride for her!