July 25th, 2018 by OYO Team

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.

20 Best One-Day Picnic Spots Near Mumbai

  1. Karnala Bird Sanctuary (50 km)
  2. Lavasa (186 km)
  3. Manori Island (36 km)
  4. Elephanta caves (25 km)
  5. Sinhagad Fort (180 km)
  6. Matheran (80 km)
  7. Mandwa (103 km)
  8. Durshet (76 km)
  9. Aamby Valley (105 km)
  10. Lonavla (83 km)
  11. Sanjay Gandhi National Park (26.5 km)
  12. Karjat (63 km)
  13. Pawna Lake (115km)
  14. Igatpuri (121 km)
  15. Jawhar (155km)
  16. Revdanda Beach (110 km)
  17. Kolad (127 km)
  18. Maval, Takve Lake (90 km)
  19. Alibaug (82 km)
  20. Tikuji-ni-Wadi (25km)

1. 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.

2. Lavasa

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?

3. Manori Island

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?

4. Elephanta Caves

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.

5. Sinhagad Fort

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.

6. Matheran

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.

7. Mandwa

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.

8. Durshe

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.

9. Aamby Valley

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.

10. Lonavla

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.

11. Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Sanjay Gandhi National Park

The Sanjay Gandhi National Park is a beautifully designed green picnic spot and has the Kanheri Caves as well. This park is home to a variety of flora and fauna living in harmony within a protected area known as the Krishnagiri Upavan that is specially designed for different kind of species of birds. It is one of the best places near Mumbai to get together with family and friends for a one-day picnic.

Note: –
It is just 26.5 km away from the city of Mumbai.
Winter is the perfect time to have a picnic at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park

12. Karjat


It is a most accessible picnic places near Mumbai. Karjat offers an ideal location to have fun and relax in the lap of nature. It is situated along the Ulhas River and this picnic spot is known for its natural mountains, landscapes, forts, caves and temples. There are many farmhouses and resorts available in Karjat that offer a great opportunity to have a fun-filled picnic day with family and friends.

It is 63 km away from Mumbai
You can try trekking and exploring the caves here.

13. Pawna Lake

Pawna Lake
Pawna Lake

Formed by its dam water, Pawna Lake is an artificial reservoir. However, the view is no less than a natural picnic spot. There are many camps that are available along the lake where you can set up a bonfire late in the evening and have fun with some interesting games. This place is very well known for its lush green surrounding and cool breeze.

It is 115 km away from Mumbai via road.
You can even go boating at the lake.

14. Igatpuri


Igatpuri is another one of the popular places near Mumbai perfect for a picnic day. It is situated between the lush greenery of the Western Ghats and it offers breath-taking views of the dense forests. The hills in the vicinity have many beautiful waterfalls. There are various resorts and lodges where you can spend a day if you don’t want to return after the picnic.

It is 121 km away from Mumbai.
You can do rock climbing and trekking here.

15. Jawhar


Definitely one amongst those places near Mumbai for a one-day getaway, Jawhar is a fabulous picnic spot. This scenic region is made beautiful by red soil and lush greens; that creates a perfect medley of hues. Situated in the Western Ghats, Jawhar is a picturesque hill station to plan for a picnic with family and friends during winters.

Jawhar is 155km away from Mumbai
Sunset point, Hanuman point and Jaivilas palace is worth seeing.

16. Revdanda Beach

Revdanda Beach
Revdanda Beach

Among the best places near Mumbai to have a picnic, Revdanda Beach is known because of the Revdanda Fort. It offers the best option to escape to a one-day picnic spot near Mumbai. Camping on this beach is very famous as travellers enjoy a lot of water and beach sports. You can make your own barbeque and spend a day full of fun frolic.

It is 110 km away from Mumbai via NH66.
Perfect place for camping and bonfire.

17. Kolad


Another famous spot among the places near Mumbai, Kolad is nestled with many sites to have a picnic with friends and family. Situated by the Kundalika River, Kolad is known among adventure lovers for some of the best water adventures. Picturesque views of forests and the hilly terrain with several waterfalls that flows down the mountains makes Kolad a wonderful destination for a one-day visit.

Kolad is 127 km away from Mumbai via SH92.
Join water sports and explore the Kuda Caves.

18. Maval, Takve Lake

Maval, Takve Lake
Maval, Takve Lake

It is among the places near Mumbai that is of great historical importance. Maval, Takve Lake is famous as one of the best biodiversity regions perfect for a picnic. You can set an expedition here by exploring nature in the lap of lush greenery. The region is undoubtedly very beautiful but what is more interesting, is the water sports available here.

Via Bangalore-Mumbai highway, Maval is 90 Km away from Mumbai.

19. Alibaug


One of the places near Mumbai that you can choose as a picnic spot. All throughout the year, Alibaug is flocked with people who love to spend time by the beach. It is situated on the banks of Konkan with some virgin beaches located along. It is a perfect coastal town for a fun-filled picnic with friends and family during winters.

It is just 82 km from Mumbai.
Paragliding and other water sports are available.

20. Tikuji-ni-Wadi


A great fun-filled venture for all the age groups, Tikuji-ni-wadi is one of the most enjoyable picnic places near Mumbai. There are various water rides that take you swirling through the slide and into the pool. There are other activities to enjoy like wave pools and train safaris. Children enjoy the most here and so do the adults accompanying them. 

Via the Mumbai-Agra National Highway, it is only 25 km away from Mumbai.

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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