If you are in Mumbai and you are local to Mumbai, you would surely agree with us that Monsoons in Mumbai are very beautiful, yes sometimes it can get a little messy. But Monsoons are the best time to visit the Western Ghats of Maharashtra. And Mumbai being so accessible to Sahyadri in just a couple of hours, what is the best way to spend a rainy weekend than going on a quick getaway from the city to beautiful hills and lakes?
There are some amazing places just a few hours away from the city with beautiful roads and scenic journey. What is the best way to travel during the monsoon than a bike ride near Mumbai? Here we are, bring you a specially curated list of Monsoon bike ride destinations near Mumbai.
List of places to ride from Mumbai
Malshej Ghat is a favourite weekend destination for the weekenders as it is a delight for the nature lovers. It has numerous waterfalls, a beautiful dam and exciting treks to the forts. Monsoon is the best time to visit Malshej Ghat, although Monsoon can be challenging to ride as there are high chances of landslides in this region. So before starting your ride to MalshejGhat do your research and be precautious on the journey. It is 125 km from Mumbai.
Riding to Lohagad fort during monsoon is one of the most satisfying experiences, as you would be witnessing the architectural marvel. This is an ideal destination for adventure lovers as Lohagad fort has always been a favourite spot for the trekkers. Situated at 3400 feet above sea level, Lohagad fort has situated 100 km from Mumbai. During Monsoon, it is a sight to hold on as the fort is covered in green moss making it Picturesque.
Not so far away from the city of Mumbai, lies this beautiful place called Karnala. It is popular to be home for more than 200 species of resident and winter migratory birds. Just 80 km from Mumbai, Karnala is surrounded by rich flora and fauna and a beautiful fort for the trekkers’ excitement. You can in fact opt for a camp stay at the sanctuary and go for an early morning trek to Karnala fort. Monsoon in Karnala is a bliss.
Lonavala & Khandala
Lonavala and Khandala are twin hill stations, bestowed with majestic mountain ranges of Sahyadri’s, cascading waterfalls, tranquil lakes, ancient forts, and enchanting caves. It has some breath-taking views of the Western Ghats. Riding through hills is one of the exhilarating experiences. Distance from Mumbai is 80 km.
Kamshet is a charming hill station nestled in the Western Ghats, this quaint town is surrounded by beautiful fields, fresh air, and mud huts, and riding past them one can only envy the life in a rural village. Kamshet famed for paragliding has some amazing spots to camp near Pawna lake and explore Bhedsa caves. Kamshet is just 105 km from Mumbai.
Kolad a beautiful hamlet is situated on the banks of River Kundalika in Raigad district of Maharashtra. This popular weekend destination is just 120 km from Mumbai and riding pleasure is absolutely divine. And if you are looking to do something interesting on your road trip, Kolad is a perfect destination; it has dream-like waters for the river rafting, zip line, river crossing, kayaking, canoeing, and waterfall rappelling are some of the activities.
Riding through remote villages that are untouched and pristine, you would come across paddy fields and cotton fields. The experience is absolutely beautiful. Apart from the beautiful ride through the charming villages, you would come across River Pravara, it is the sight to behold. With just 165 km away from Mumbai, this picturesque town has some amazing waterfalls and we insist you on to visit Bhandardara this monsoon.
Vaitarna dam situated in Igatpuri. Fun fact: This dam built on the River Vaitarna, did you know it is one of the sources of water for Mumbai city? Riding 100 km to reach Vaitarna and camping beside the lake is one of a kind experience. Surrounded by pristine backwaters, Vaitarna camping is a great way of breaking the routine and relaxing under the starlit sky and singing on the banks of the river.
Do let us know what you think about this blog and share your experience of your next ride this monsoon.