Life in Mumbai can get tedious and if wishes were horses, we’d want those horses to take us away to some place far, where traffic noise is replaced by the humming bird and the air smells different, fresh. We have compiled a list of weekend getaways that will make you forget your worries and take you to a tranquil place physically and mentally.
If you’re idea of a perfect weekend is lying on wild grass, reading a book or staring into oblivion in the middle of a jungle, Rusticville might interest you. This campsite is right in the middle of paddy farms overlooking Lake Pavana with a backdrop of the scenic Sahyadri Hills. They are known for star gazing but a full fledged weekend here involves camping, barbeque, a buffet dinner, bon fire, board games, breakfast and tea which is all inclusive in their package. Get to see a breathtaking view of Tikona fort, bird watch, indulge in rural and farm activities and hike if you are adventurous. Enter the campgrounds here
Address: Village Tikonapeth, Lonavala 410406
Contact: 9923586302/ 9096247771, firstname.lastname@example.org
Perched on a patch of white sand with Portuguese interiors, Salt Rim is an ancient styled beach villa. A backdrop of mountains with sea water in the front, Salt Rim is a 2,200 square foot villa with no permanent inhabitation for half a kilometre making it a perfect secluded spot to spend time away from the bustling crowd of the city. Laze around the property, take a stroll on the beach or swim in the sea waters. Either hit the roads or take a ferry from Gateway of India adn travel to Mandwa. From there, Korlai is 40 kms by road. View the Salt Rim villa here.
Address: Salt Rim, Korlai village, on road to Kashid.
Located 10kms short of Murud, Mahua Bagh provides a peaceful setting along the Alibagh coast and is a sprawling organic Alphonso mango orchard overlooking a palm fringed sea beach. The Bagh is a farm where you can stay amidst natural beauty and enjoy a relaxed weekend. One can hitch a boat ride with the fishermen and go fishing, walk along the beach and cross the creek during low tide and go further to see the Kasa fort built by Shivani. Animal lovers can visit the Phansad Wildlife Sanctury and catch a glimse of the giant Indian squirrel, the panther, sambar deer, wild boar, barking deer and hyena. For more details, click here.
Address: Mazgaon bridge, Murud, Maharashtra
Sula Vineyards and York Winery
If wine is what you need to have a happy weekend, drive down to Nashik and visit scenic vineyards like Sula and York. Take a guided tour of the vineyards and know all about these wines. Taste some wines and pair them with different cheeses. One can spend the weekend staying at Beyond, a vineyard resort started by Sula that is a gorgeous little space overlooking the lake. The infinity pool that faces the vineyards can rejuvenate your sense after a good day at the spa followed by wine.
Address: Sula Vineyards: Gat 36/2, Govardhan Village, Off Gangapur-Savargaon Road, Nashik 422222
Contact Number: 022 2532231663/ 1720
York Winery: Gat no. 15/2, Gangavarhe Village, Gangapur-Savargaon Road, Nasik 422222
Contact Number: 022 2532230700
A glance through the images on their website
will make you pack your bags and head out to this farm. Hide-Out farm set up by Hemant and Sangeeta Chhabra is an organic fruit forest set in tribal hamlet – 2 hours drive from Mumbai, where you can be one nature amidst the greenscape of fruit trees, fields and forests. One can live in brick houses, mud houses or eco cottages and stroll through the village market, bake a brick, make a broom and other things amongs rural work. Here, make the most of simple, tranquil living.
Address: 114 Alpine Estate, Military Road Marol, Mumbai 400 059
Contact: 9324514653/ 9820149022, email@example.com
Located near Pune city, Lavasa has gained popularity due to the hills and valleys that surround this picturesque place. One can go for nature trails, mountain climbing, hiking and trekking and go to the Lakeshore, which offers opportunities of adventure sports like boating against the strong currents of the lake, cruises and jet skiing. Monsoons would be an ideal time to visit Lavasa with its pleasant weather, wildlife and natural waterfalls. Amongst many resorts, you can choose Ekaant – The Retreat, a 20-room lodge, perched high amidst the Sahyadri hills, and get a taste of peace and solitude. Check their website here for more details
Address: Town Hall at Village Dasve, Lavasa 412107
A community of rustic villas
, Serenity Villas is located in the village of Mahagaon at an approximate height of 1,200 feet above the sea level. The villas give you a chance to be amidst nature and enjoy the environment under modern and comfortable living conditions. You can visit their website here for more details.
Address: Mahagoan village, off Khopoli-Pali road, Taluka Sudhagadh, Raigad district
Contact Number: 022 26202299 / 3399
Unwind, relax and go out for long walks at this tranquil hill station on the Western Ghats surrounded by thick green misty forests and with waterfalls gushing down the hills during the monsoons. You can also head out for a thrilling night trail to the forest. You can also visit the Hiranyakeshi Temple and the Nangartas waterfall or spend an evening at kawle saad point (echo point) that has a reverse flow of waterfall.
It is a 550 kms ride away from Mumbai.
This monsoon, rent a glass tree-house 30-40 feet above the ground, surrounded by lush green valleys, waterfalls and and mystic winds. The Machan is a two and a half hour drive from Mumbai that is totally worth the magical experience. Indulge in activities like star gazing and birding to feel one with nature. It is exactly the kind of amazing escape you need to make the best of the monsoon season.
Contact: 022 30635133, firstname.lastname@example.org
6 acres of lush green farm and nestled in Sahyadri valley amidst forests is Mango Huts, a handful of cottages around mango trees. The cosy rustic cottages have spacious rooms with antique furniture and a full-time caretaker. Tarrif includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Spend your weekend with your family and indulge in activities like fishing or drive to the nearby Padsare waterfall or the Jatayu temple.
Address: On Khopoli-Pali roads. Find the route to Mango Huts here.
Contact: 022 61506363, email@example.com