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2 DAY TRIP FROM PUNE | BEST OF MATHERAN

Hill Station

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This trip demands considerable trekking / walking

ITINERARY SUMMARY

Trip Starting Point: Pune Junction

Mode of Travel: Car (or Cab)

Trip Duration: 2 Days

Ideal Start Time: 6 AM (Day 1) & 9 AM (Day 2)

Total Places Visited: 10

Day 1 Destinations | Day 2 Destinations
Day 1 Attractions | Day 2 Attractions

DAY 1 : TRAVEL TO MATHERAN & SIGHTSEEING

Travel from Pune to Matheran

Lake & Backwaters

Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 2 km from Matheran Railway Station, Charlotte Lake, also known as Sharlott Lake is one of the popular Matheran tourist places situated near Echo Point. It is the prime source of drinking water in the Matheran region.

This 50 feet deep lake was built in 1956 AD. Water from this lake gets filtered and is supplied to the entire town of Matheran. This popular tourist destination is splendid during Monsoon and mostly gets dried up in summer. An ancient Pisarnath Mahadev Temple is located on the left bank of the lake. The two beautiful viewpoints, Louisa point and Echo point are located close to this lake. Bird watching is also a popular activity at the lake, especially during early morning and evening.

Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 2 km from Matheran Railway Station, King George Point is situated between the Echo Point and Charlotte Lake in Matheran Hill Station.

King George Point is set amidst verdant greenery and rolling hills. The vantage point offers a panoramic view of nearby valleys and the placid Charlotte Lake. King George Point is the observation point from where the stunning waterfalls created from the waters of the Charlotte Lake can be spotted. During the rainy season when the excessive waters of the Charlotte Lake overflow, this flooded water forms enchanting cascades that gush down the verdant plateaus of Matheran.

The point is situated 250 m from Echo Point and 350 m from Charlotte Lake. It can be reached by 5 minutes walk from Echo Point or 25 minutes walk from Matheran Railway Station.

Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 2.5 km from Matheran Railway Station, Echo Point is one of the famous points of interest in Matheran hill station and it offers wonderful view of the surroundings. As the name suggests, Echo Point is the place where one can hear the echoes from the mountains.

Out of the 38 viewpoints that bless the hills of Matheran, Echo point is one of the most magnificent points. This place is known for its cleanliness and incredibly pleasant weather. The place is frequented during the monsoon months when the place is dotted with magnificent waterfalls. Echo point is a delight for food lovers as it offers a decent range of food stalls.

Echo Point can be reached by walk or Pony from Matheran market area. It takes 30 minutes to reach the point by walk.

Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: 6 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 500 per person for Pony

At a distance of 2.5 km from Matheran Railway Station, Louisa Point is one of the top places to visit in Matheran Hill Station of Maharashtra.

Louisa Point is one of the prime viewpoints of Matheran which provides beautiful views of the surrounding area. The point located at a plateau offer the views of historical forts Vishalgad and Prabalgad. This is a great spot for eye catching views of sunset, surrounding mountains and lush greenery. During and just after monsoons many unnamed waterfalls can also be spotted on the facade of the hills nearby.

Valley crossing is also organized here during the season which connects Louisa Point to the nearby Honeymoon Point. Along with this point, the famous Lion's Head Point is also located close by which receives its title after its resemblance to a lion's head. Wonderful views of a waterfall, Lake Gardens, Chowk Point and Echo Point are assured from this place.

The Louisa Point .....

Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 2 Hours
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 2 km from Matheran Railway Station, Porcupine Point, also known as Sunset Point, is an attractive viewpoint and also one of the best places to visit in Matheran. The name Porcupine Point is originated from the bird Porcupine as the shape of the place is identical to the shape of the Porcupine bird.

This spot offers the ideal view of sunset and also gives the majestic view of distant Prabalgad fort. Additional attraction of the Porcupine Point is the famous Cathedral Rocks positioned to the west of the Sunset Point. The location is blessed with scenic surroundings and dense forests. The calm and cool atmosphere mesmerizes the travelers.

This place is mostly visited in the evening hours to watch the sunset. The place can be accessed by walk or horse, but walking is the preferred mode of reaching this place. It can also be accessed from Dhodani village and this trail offers wonderful views. The duration of the trek is about one hour (one way) from Matheran.

Overnight Stay in Matheran

DAY 2 : MATHERAN SIGHTSEEING & TRAVEL TO PUNE

Resume Matheran Sightseeing

Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 2 km from Matheran Railway Station, Alexander Point is one of the best places to visit in Matheran. This site is located in Madhavji road on the backdrop of green forests.

Alexander point offers gorgeous views of Palasdari Lake, Rambaug Point, Garbut Point, Chowk Point, downhill village of Borgaon and the winding Ulhas River. It is also a paradise for nature lovers due to its nature and beauty. One can ideally sit here for hours and feel the Mother Nature. The beautiful view of the towers of Bhivpuri Power house is amazing from this cliff. The recently started 1300 feet long zip line from Alexander point to Rambaug point has made already popular Alexander point even more popular.

It will take 20 to 30 minutes to reach the point by walk from the Matheran station. This awesome viewpoint is usually visited early morning for best views.

Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 3 km from Matheran Railway Station, Rambaug Point, one of the popular tourist places in Matheran, is situated between the Alexander Point and the Little Chowk Point.

Rambaug Point offers the best view of the eastern hills from Matheran. It falls on the way to One Tree Hill Point from Matheran market. One of the most famous picnic spots in the region, the point is adorned with pleasant environment. It is a perfect place to watch the sunset. From the Rambaug Point one can also get the majestic views of the hills, Karjat Town, Garbut Point and Khandala Town. Owing to peaceful atmosphere under the dense cover of groves, the location is visited by solitude seekers.

Rambaug Point is few minutes away from Matheran market and is easily approachable by road. It will take 30 minutes to reach the point by walk from the Matheran station. Visitors can also hire a pony and do Alexander Point, Little Chowk Point, One Tree .....

Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 2 Hours
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 4 km from Matheran Railway Station, Little Chowk Point is located towards the southernmost tip of Matheran Hill Station. The point gets its name from the Chowk town below which can be viewed from this point.

Little Chowk Point is one of the popular tourist locations in Matheran and is highly appreciated for the outstanding views it offers. The small yet popular spot offers impressive views of the Sahyadri Ranges, Karnala Fort and the beautiful town of Panvel. Besides, one can see the magnificent Vishalgad and Prabalgad Fort with its verdant surroundings from this viewpoint. The statue of Lord Ganesh is another attraction at this point.

Little Chowk Point is located further 1 km from Rambaug Point and it can be reached by walk or Pony. It will take 1 Hour to reach the point by walk from the Matheran station. Visitors can also hire a pony and do Alexander Point, Rambaug Point, One Tree hill Point and Little .....

Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 2-3 Hours
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 3.5 km from Matheran Railway Station, Shivaji's Ladder is one of the top places to visit in Matheran hill station situated on the way to One Tree Hill Point.

Shivaji's Ladder is a pathway featuring steps like a ladder situated between One Tree Hill Point and Matheran valley. As per historians, the great Maratha Emperor Chhatrapati Shivaji often used this pathway for his pleasure trips and hunting in the Matheran hills.

This historical pathway was rediscovered by Hugh Poyntz Malet, district collector of Thane in 1850 AD. The path surrounded by lush green woods with pleasing breeze flowing is used by regional tribes for their day to day travels into the forests. Today the Shivaji's Ladder is acclaimed as one of the most popular trekking trails of Matheran. Adventure enthusiasts make it a point to explore the woods of Matheran through Shivaji's Ladder. The trek path that leads to Shivaji's Ladder is significantly steep and hazardous. It takes 1.5 hours to reach .....

Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 2-3 Hours
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 3.5 km from Matheran Railway Station, One Tree Hill Point is a popular site among tourists in Matehran, which is a distinct point with a single Jambhul tree situated at the top. The point gets its name after this incredible phenomenon of holding a solitary tree on its crest for decades. As per historians, the path was discovered by a British collector of Thane district, Hugh Poyntz Malet. Trekking to this point is one of the top things to do in Matheran hill station.

One Tree Hill is also the culmination of a trekking route that starts in Ambewadi near Karjat to Matheran. On the way to One Tree Hill, trekkers will also pass through Shivaji Ladder. From the top of the One Tree Hill Point one can also get eye catching vistas of the adjacent Tent Hill and the Chowk village. Hiking through Shivaji Ladder and climbing down from the hill to valley is an exciting experience. This site is perfect for people who want to relax .....

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