Mumbai delights itself on a fast paced life, a fuzzing cosmopolitan spirit and an urban giant pulling many people to live and work in. There are times however, when one needs to step out from the inordinate speed at which Mumbai lives. There are plenty of weekend getaway options for the city’s local residents.
The Western Ghats make for a adorable drive mostly, and not a very tough one. With so many getaway options to visit near Mumbai, the best part is that there are adequate road trip options too, no matter how the weather is. Here is my list of the 4 fantastic road trips from Mumbai, which are not just the destination but the journey makes the real difference.
1. Mumbai to Goa
Bollywood has done ample to ennoble the road trip from Mumbai to Goa. The very start on the Mumbai-Pune expressway, the 12-hour road trip takes you through paddy fields, coconut palms and the winding roads along the Western Ghats, which are enough to please the traveler present in you. There are endless movement overlooking the sea which provide ample photo opportunities on the way from Mumbai to Goa. Kolhapur, Satara and Sankeshwar are some places where you can stop for food and distressing while on your way. Although the NH4 route is direct & convenient one, the NH17 route is much more adventurous one with its bumpy roads, unexpected turns and not too many traffic lights on its way. Many tour operators offers Mumbai to Goa cab at affordable rate.
Distance: 591 kilometres
Hours: 12 hours
2. Mumbai to Alibaug
A relatively shorter road trip, the ride to this beach destination via the Mumbai-Goa highway guarantees to be a fun-filled one. This trip is extremely recommended if you’re planning a holiday with your pets as he/she will love to relax at the beach as much as you will. A road trip with your charming hairy member on board also gives you lots of remarkable photo opportunities so keep your camera handy throughout the trip. Don’t forget to capture the attractive and beautiful views of Kolaba Fort on your way to Alibaug as well.
Distance: 92.2 kilometres
Hours: 3 hours
3. Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar
This road trip to the highest hill station in the Western Ghats is of the most beautiful one and goes along the Mumbai-Pune expressway. You’ll drive pass pretty strawberry fields, as you begin to reach near Mahabaleshwar,. These fields are in full blooming during the first half of the year, especially from February to April. If you come about to take this road trip during monsoon, you’ll observe many big and small streams on your way to Mahabaleshwar. It goes without saying that once you reach Mahabaleshwar, you will be welcomed with attractive, glorious waterfalls which come alive post July. You can also visit the Kaas Plateau of Flowers, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is just a short drive away from Mahabaleshwar.
Distance: 231 kilometres
Hours: 6 hours
4. Mumbai to Lonavala
Whether you’re a Mumbaikar or visiting the city for few days, your stay here would be half done without a road trip to Lonavala. Book a cab or take out your car and get set for a quick getaway if you don’t have ample time in your hands via the Mumbai-Pune express highway to Lonavala. If you’re on your two wheeler, you’ll have to take the old Mumbai-Pune highway route to Lonavala. Tiger Point is where you should definitely stop on your way for a round of corn pakodas and chai. The spectacular views of the Sahyadris are just a bonus!
Your best bet will be to have a supper at Fariyas Resort and to explore Sunil’s Celebrity Wax Museum, located on the Mumbai-Pune express highway.
Distance: 83.3 kilometres
Hours: 2 hours