If you are in Mumbai, then you don’t have to sit for hours and plan your weekend. There are so many one-day picnic spots near Mumbai that you can just pick one and set out directly. Be it, any season Mumbai never falls short of places to explore. If you are short on time and can spare just one day, then Mumbai has a lot of options in its kitty.
From beaches to caves to forts, there so many mind-blowing places to spend quality time with your friends and family.
10 Best One-Day Picnic Spots Near Mumbai
- Karnala Bird Sanctuary (50 km)
- Lavasa (186 km)
- Manori Island (36 km)
- Elephanta caves (25 km)
- Sinhagad Fort (180 km)
- Matheran (80 km)
- Mandwa (103 km)
- Durshet (76 km)
- Aamby Valley (105 km)
- Lonavla (83 km)
Karnala Bird Sanctuary
Karnala is an easily accessible one-day outing from Mumbai. This bird sanctuary also has fort which is an easy hike. The trail is filled with lush greenery and a lot of fauna and is just 50 km from Mumbai. As it is a sanctuary, it is well maintained and the way to the fort is marked too. A perfect fit for a nature lover, the drive to Karnala is pleasant; you can also reach here by taking a train to Panvel.
This well-planned hill station in Maharashtra is the perfect place for a one-day picnic from Mumbai. From mountains to forests to rivers to even man-made lakes, Lavasa is a version of a classy getaway. With an Italian touch, this planned city is a replica of the Italian town of Portofino, where you get the taste of Italy in India. The colourful architecture is just wonderful to look at and makes you forget you are actually in India. From water sports to meals at luxury restaurants, Lavasa is a real treat. Are you ready for it?
If Gorai is too much for you, then you should head to this gem called Manori beach. A cyclists delight, this beach is a little less crowded than Gorai. You also have the option of resorts and bungalows if you want to extend your stay. Get ready for some lovely sunsets and some party time at night. Now, who doesn’t love a beach party? This beach will definitely give you some ‘Go Goa’ vibes. Isn’t this where your next hangout should be?
If you are a history buff and love exploring novel things, then Elephanta caves should be on the top of your list. You can reach Elephanta caves by taking a ferry from the Gateway of India. This is the shortest and also one of the most frequented route. The caves are situated on the Elephanta Island. The largest of the cave temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva. These 5th-century caves are worth spending time there.
Sinhagad fort literally means Lion’s fort; is a good spot in the outdoors for a one day picnic from Mumbai. The hike to the fort is easy and you come across many locals serving some local delicacies to visitors. This historic fort is said to be named after Shivaji Maharaj’s brave soldier Tanaji Malusare who fought like a lion and hence the name Sinhagad. The surrounding scenery is surreal, especially in the monsoons.
This hill station located in the town of Karjat is one of the favourite one-day picnic spots from Mumbai. Frequented by many, this is a go-to place for a short outing. As this is a no car zone, the vibe of this place is peaceful. The local market is the only place where you will see the hustle and bustle of a crowd. With a lot of greenery and birds to give you company, head to Matheran to spend your next weekend with some bliss.
Situated in the Raigad district, Mandwa Beach is an adventure lover’s home. This beach has a lot of water sports available from stand up paddle boarding, jet skiing and Kayaking. Mandwa is also famous for its seafood. If you want a relaxed outing then there are many stay options available where you can just chill and have a great view of the sea. The easiest way to reach Mandwa is to take a jetty from Gateway of India.
Durshet is one offbeat place you can explore as a weekend outing from Mumbai. With dense forests this place is ideal for a walk in the woods. Durshet Forest Lodge is where you can spend the night if you wish to stay back. There are also night safaris here which are worth going on to. Other than this, you can also explore the nearby forts Sudhagad and Sarasgad which are just a few kilometres away from Durshet. We recommend taking a guide to the forts if you wish to explore them.
Aamby Valley city is the luxurious getaway you need for your exciting weekend. This whole township has the best of amenities and is completely at your disposal all around the year. From adventure activities to nature walks to luxury stays to multi-cuisine restaurants, Aamby valley is where you splurge on your weekend. This place is a mix of the delightful scenery of the western ghats and an extravagant township filled with regal stays and activities.
Monsoon in Mumbai calls for a drive to Lonavala. This is one place which on every traveller’s list. It’s more like a ritual where on weekends people set out in their cars to witness the beauty of monsoons unfold amidst mountains and forests. Lonavala has something for every kind of traveller – you can go trekking, take a walk in the forest, enjoy the deluge of Bhushi dam, stay at resorts, or sip a hot cuppa of tea. This is the ideal place to chill out with friends and family.
From the popular Lonavala to the offbeat Drushet, with this list of one-day picnic spots near Mumbai, your weekend getaway is sorted. Pick and choose any of the destinations from above and we guarantee that they will be worth your while. So, who’s ready for a picnic?
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