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About Matheran

Country: India | State: Maharashtra

Ideal Trip Duration: 2 Full Days

Nearest City to Matheran: Mumbai (94 Kms), Pune (122 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Matheran: September to December

Peak Season: September to October

At a distance of 94 km from Mumbai, 56 km from Lonavala and 122 km from Pune, Matheran is a small hill station in Raigad district of Maharashtra. Situated at an altitude of 800 m in the Western Ghats range, Matheran is one of the smallest hill stations in Maharashtra. It is one of the top monsoon destinations in Maharashtra and also among popular hill places to visit near Mumbai & Pune for a weekend trip. It is also one of the top monsoon destinations to be visited as part of Lonavala tour packages.

Matheran was developed by Hugh Poyntz Malet, the then district collector of Thane district in 1850 AD. The place was developed by Lord Elphinstone, the Governor of Bombay, as a summer resort for the British. Matheran is birthplace of famous freedom fighter Veer Bhai Kotwal. The Matheran Hill Railway was built in 1907 AD by Sir Adamjee Peerbhoy and covers a distance of 20 km, over large swathes of forest territory. The Matheran hill railway, also known as Matheran Light Railway (MLR), is being considered for UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

Matheran, which means 'forest on the forehead', is an eco-sensitive region declared by the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India. It is Asia's only automobile-free hill station. No private automobiles are allowed into Matheran town. Tourists to Matheran have to drive up to Dasturi Point (2.5 km) and reach Matheran by foot or pony.

Matheran is famous for its 38 viewpoints, which provide panoramic view of the peaks of Western Ghats. Porcupine Point, Panorama Point, Echo Point, Charlott Lake, King George Point, Louisa Point, Monkey Point, Paymaster Park, Panthers' Caves, Rambaug Point, Heart Point, etc. are the some important tourist attractions in Matheran. Matheran also offers activities such as trekking, hiking, climbing, etc. The ride on the toy train which connects Neral to Matheran used to be quite famous but the service has now been discontinued temporarily.

Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai is the nearest airport, which is around 90 km from Matheran. Mumbai is well connected to other major airports in India and abroad. Neral Railway Station is the nearest railhead, which is about 11 km from Matheran. It has trains from Mumbai, Karjat, Pune and Kolhapur. Mumbai & Pune are the major railheads near Matheran. Neral is the nearest town and is well connected by buses with Mumbai and Pune. Tourists to Matheran can also drive up to Dasturi Point (8 km away from Neral) and reach Matheran by foot or on pony.

The best time to visit Matheran is during the months of July to October, while the peak season is from August to September. more

Other Info
Internet Availability: Average
STD Code: 021483
Languages Spoken: Marathi, Hindi and English
Major Festivals: Details Not Available

How to Reach Matheran

By Air

Nearest Airport: Mumbai - Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (90 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Neral (11 Kms)
Kalyan Junction (45 Kms)
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (94 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Neral (12 Kms)

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Most Asked Questions on Matheran

  • What is the best season to visit Matheran?

    Monsoon from July to October is the best time to visit Matheran. This is also the time when adventure activities such as trekking, hiking, climbing will be available in the beautiful hill station of Matheran. Monsoon is the busiest season in Matheran and often hotels run full and tourist places are crowded.

  • How many days are required to visit Matheran?

    Matheran usually requires 2 full days to visit the most important attractions. However, there are several wonderful places to visit around Matheran like Lonavala, Alibaug, Bhandardara, Aurangabad, Ajanta & Ellora Caves by adding few additional days to your trip.

  • What is the budget required to visit Matheran?

    Budget of Matheran trip depends on the trip duration and category of hotel you choose for your stay along with the kind of vehicle you prefer. Matheran tour packages offered by start from as low as INR 5550 per person for a 2D/1N trip and from INR 8400 per person for 3D/2N vacation.

  • What are some must visit places & things to do while visiting Matheran?

    Matheran is famous for its 38 viewpoints, ensure to cover most important places to visit in Matheran like Charlotte Lake, King George Point, Echo Point, Louisa Point, Porcupine Point / Sunset Point, Alexander Point, Rambaug Point, Little Chowk Point, Shivaji's Ladder and One Tree Hill Point.

  • Are Vehicles allowed in to Matheran Town?

    Vehicles are completely banned from Matheran entry point as per UNESCO, however, one can have a horse riding or cart riding from Matheran entry point to Matheran market place as well as sightseeing.