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6 Offbeat Places to Visit Near Mumbai in Monsoon

Manas Resort With Petting Zoo May 22, 2019
Though rain and outings are not everyone’s cup of tea but a weekend getaway is exactly what one needs, to leave the chaos of the city behind. It is an antidote for a restless soul.


Well known for the Vipassana International Academy where people can learn the ancient form of meditation called Vipassana, this pleasant hill station is transformed into an other-worldly beauty during the monsoons. Endowed with lush greenery and picturesque waterfalls, this hill station is perfect for a quick escape from the busy city life.
While you are in Igatpuri, Manas Resort with Petting Zoo is the most suitable place for a stay. You can hang out with human friendly animals, and sit back and put your feet up in its royal villas.
If you have pets, you don’t have to worry about leaving them behind. This resort is pet friendly, it has an off-leash park where your pet(s) can play and will also be taken care of.


Nearly 10 km from Panvel is Karnala, a hill station enveloped by greenery, mountains and gushing waterfalls throughout the year. The panaroma of the Sahyadri mountains is so surreal that you feel like you are on cloud nine, literally. The main attractions are the Karnala Bird Sanctuary and the Karnala fort which is believed to be 700 years old.


Located around 109 km from Mumbai, Kolad is set in the midst of a serene lake, hillocks, and bursting waterfalls. During the monsoons, the river Kundalika is in full swing, and the place is a sight to behold.
This riverine village is known for adventure sports like whitewater rafting, zip lining, canoeing and trekking. You can also visit the Kuda caves, Tamhini falls and Bhira dam while you are here.


With a captivating backdrop of lake Shivsagar set amidst of hills enveloped in clouds, Tapola makes for a classic back-to-nature getaway. Known as the mini-Kashmir, this tiny abode offers calm and refreshing mornings, lazy afternoons and sublime evenings. It is also popular for boating and other water sports at the lake.

Malshej Ghat

Owing to its unparalleled vistas of the valleys of the Western Ghats, waterfalls, lakes, thick forests, Malshej ghat is a mountain pass and is the ideal place to visit during the monsoons. When the sky pours, the waterfalls flow in much gusto, which only adds to the serenity of this place.
The Flamingos migrate here during the monsoons, painting the landscape a shade of pink. The scenery of rolling white clouds hugging the mountains is out of this world.


Amboli is the last hill station that stands at the very end of Maharashtra. The view of picturesque huge waterfalls bursting into the dense jungles of the Sahyadri Ghats and the sunrise is magnificent. It is an idyllic getaway for people seeking solace and tranquility.
These highlands are surrounded by wild forests and animals calling this place home. Sindhudurg Fort, Sagareshwar Beach and Moti Talao are a few nearby attractions.