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Ideal Trip Duration: 2 Full Days

Base Station: Matheran

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

Best Time to Visit Matheran: July to October

Peak Season: August to September

State: Maharashtra | District: Raigad / Raigarh

Matheran Weather: Summer: Maximum - 38°C and Minimum- 21°C
Winter: Maximum - 34°C and Minimum-13°C

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 stations near Mumbai & Pune for a weekend trip.

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.

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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)

20 PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN MATHERAN


Lake & Backwaters

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.


Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic

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.


Nature & Scenic

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

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 .....


Nature & Scenic

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

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 .....


Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic

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 .....


Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 5 km from Matheran Railway Station, Panorama point, also known as Sunrise Point, is one of the well known and highly admired vantage points near Matheran. It is a popular place to watch the sunrise.

The point offers picturesque views of the Western Ghats and lush plains dotted with villages far below. It is one of the popular places of sightseeing in Matheran. It offers beautiful views of Prabalgad fort and distant views of Heart Point, Porcupine Point and Monkey Point.

Panorama Point is one of the highest points in Matheran and is mostly visited in the early hours to see the spectacular sunrise. It can be reached by walk or pony, but trekking to this place is a wonderful experience. It takes 2 hours to reach the Panorama Point from Matheran market.


Adventure / Trekking | Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 3.5 km from Neral Railway Station,13 km from Matheran, 88 km from Mumbai & 117 km from Pune, Peb Fort, also known as Vikatgad, is an ancient fort situated near Neral in Maharashtra. This is one of the popular one-day monsoon treks near Mumbai and also one of the top things to do in Matheran hill station. The fort lies at an altitude of 2100 feet above mean sea level.

The fort derives its name from the Goddess Pebi at the base of the fort. The fort is also named as Vikatgad for its supposed shape of the Elephant Headed God, Ganesh. Historical references clearly indicate that Shivaji Maharaj used the caves on the fort to store the grains.

The fort is famous for its caves which are maintained by disciples of Swami Samartha and the meditation chambers carved out from the rock inside the mountain. To get inside the meditation chamber, one has to crawl through a narrow passage and then climb down into the meditation chamber. The chamber is very well maintained with .....


Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 17 km from Matheran and 8 km from Diksal, Garbett Point or Garbut Point is located near Matheran with grand view of the plateau below. The huge plateau gives a view to various waterfalls on the neighboring mountains. This place is also one of the top things to do in Matheran hill station and among most scenic places to visit near Mumbai.

Garbut Point, situated about 5 km walk from Matheran Railway Station, is a comparatively secluded and less visited vantage point. Flanked by a gorgeous valley on one side and the thick jungle on the other, Garbett Point is a place from where enthralling views of sunrise and sunset can be observed.

Garbett to Matheran trekking is very famous for adventure lovers from Mumbai and Pune. The trek is a bit long and requires a little patience to accomplish. The trek starts from Diksal village. After walking for 5 minutes one can see .....


Nature & Scenic

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

At a distance of 2.5 km from Matheran Railway Station, Hart Point or Heart Point is situated on the north-western edge of the Matheran hill station. One of the famous points of interest in Matheran, Heart Point offers majestic views of the low lying lush plains and the greenish quite villages.

Hart point surrounded by dense green woods, offer a cool, calm and unspoiled spot for taking meditation and relaxation techniques. Moreover, this is the spot from where the splendid views of the magnificent Western Ghats and the enthralling night view of Mumbai suburbs illuminated with twinkling lights can be perceived. It is also a favorite point to watch sunrise. The site is popular among tourists as well as locals and is a paradise for nature lovers.

Heart Point is situated near Panorama Point. It can be reached by walk or pony, but trekking to this place is much preferred. It takes 1 hour to reach the point from Matheran market.


Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic

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 .....


Nature & Scenic

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

At a distance of 4 km from Matheran Railway Station, Mount Berry is one of the top Matheran attractions situated close to the Governor's hill.

Mount Berry is one of the spots with highest altitude in Matheran offering a breathtaking view of the ghats and villages. It is famous for giving the bird's-eye view of Neral town, Matheran peaks and valleys. The most noteworthy attraction of Mount Berry is the fantastic view of the Matheran Toy Train slowly traversing through the lush woods from here.

The Mount Barry Point is actually a walkway on the hill which offers nice view of the valley. It is less crowded compared to other viewpoints in Matheran. It is a simple trek and it takes 2 hours to reach the point from Matheran market. Please carry water and other essentials as there are no shops near the point.


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 5 km from Ulhasnagar Railway Station, 37 km from Matheran and 59 km from Mumbai Central, Ambarnath Shiv Temple is an ancient Hindu temple situated on the banks of Waldhuni River in Ambarnath. Ambarnath lies on Mumbai to Pune railway route in Thane district of Maharashtra. It is one of the popular historical places to visit near Mumbai city.

This ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is a popular religious shrine of the region. The temple is believed to be constructed in 1060 AD by King Mahamandaleshwar as a tribute to his ancestors. The temple is carved out of stone in Hemadpanthi architectural style of construction and is known for its resemblance with the famous Dilwara Temples of Mount Abu in Rajasthan.

The temple is built with black basalt stone. The main attraction of this shrine is the marvelous architectural designs carved on the walls and ceilings that grab the attention of the visitors. The .....


Adventure / Trekking | Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 40 km from Matheran, 19 km from Karjat, 66 km from Mumbai & 115 km from Pune, Irshalgad is a fortress located between Matheran and Panvel in Maharashtra. It is a twin fort to Prabalgad and among ideal weekend getaways near Mumbai. The area of the fort is not large but there are several water tanks cut from the rock.

Irshalgad pinnacle is accessible by an easy to moderate 3 km trek and it takes about 1.5 hours. The trek starts from Karja village which is about 11 km from Karjat Railway Station. From Karja village one can follow a well-defined path till Irshalwadi village. The path from Karja passes through a steep ridge and then tapers to an easy ascend till Irshalwadi. From the village one has to walk straight up to a small temple dedicated to a local deity. Take left from the temple, standing at this point one can see the Irshalgad peak on the right side. However one has to traverse from left to reach the base of the pinnacle.

There is a water tank on the .....


Adventure / Trekking | Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 46 km from Matheran, 16 km from Panvel, 61 km from Mumbai and 117 km from Pune, Prabalgad Fort or Prabal Fort is located between Matheran and Panvel in Maharashtra. It lies at an altitude of 2300 feet in the Western Ghats. This is one of the most beautiful tiny forts in Maharashtra and a great place for trekking near Mumbai.

The fort was built on a plateau very close to Matheran. Prabalgad Fort was built during Bahmani Sultanate to keep an eye on Panvel Fort and Kalyan Fort in North Konkan. It was known as Muranjan until it was taken over and renamed by the Maratha forces under Shivaji's rule. This magnificent fort was captured by Chhatrapati Shivaji from the Mughals. Historians believe that there was a treasure hidden inside the fort at the time of its capture.

Prabal Fort presently in ruins is located at the flat summit of the Prabal hills in the western side of Matheran. The fort contains a temple to Ganesh .....


Adventure / Trekking | Wildlife

At a distance of 13 km from Panvel, 53 km from Matheran, 56 km from Lonavala, 66 km from Mumbai Central and 112 km from Pune, The Karnala Bird Sanctuary is situated in the Panvel Taluk of Raigad district in Maharashtra. It is one of the picnic spots near Mumbai city.

Karnala was declared a bird sanctuary in 1968 as the first one of its kind in Maharashtra. During its initial phase, the sanctuary covered an area of 4.45 sq. km and in 2003 this was increased so that it now spreads across 12.11 sq. km. This bird sanctuary is situated below the Karnala Fort. The bird sanctuary is a popular destination for bird-watchers and hikers in the Mumbai area.

The Karnala Bird Sanctuary is home to over 150 species of resident and 37 species of migratory birds. In the monsoon season, travellers can spot a vivid collection of bird species such as the racket-tailed drongo, golden backed woodpecker and heart-spotted woodpecker. Three rare birds, .....


Hill Station

At a distance of 67 km from Pune, 95 km from Mumbai and 282 km from Aurangabad, Lonavala is a beautiful hill station in Pune district of Maharashtra. It lies at an altitude of 622 m in the Sahyadri Ranges which separate the Deccan Plateau and the Konkan Coast. Lonavala is among the top hill stations in Maharashtra and also one of the famous Tourist places in Maharashtra. This is also among the best tourist places to visit near Mumbai & Pune.

Lonavala and Khandala are twin hill stations near Pune to Mumbai hightway and are very popular monsoon getaways in India. The hill station is spread over an area of 38 square km. The name of the city is derived from the Sanskrit word 'Lonavali', which refers to a 'group of caves'. The name was given to the place due to the presence of many caves in and around the city.

Lord Elphinstone, who was the Governor of the Bombay Presidency, developed .....

Distance (From Matheran): 53 Kms
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