Looking to have a quick and budget friendly get-away from all that chaos of life? Just Wravel offers you the right guide! Keep reading on to know the best places around Mumbai which you can approach to escape all that Mumbai traffic and pollution. Here’s a state-wise list of some of the off-beat places that would relieve you from the monotony of life under a mere cost of Rs. 6000!

Maharashtra

  1. Lonavala:

Lonavala, located at a distance of 83 km from Mumbai, is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. This hill station is also known as the ‘Jewel of Sahydri’, because of its pleasant weather, lush green hills and valleys and its waterfalls.

Apart from the scenery, the very beautiful Karla caves are also located near Lonavala. Hikers can also pay a visit to Khandala which is again not too far from Lonavala.

The best time to visit is during the monsoon months that are, from July to September.

 

  1. Kashid:

Situated at a distance of 125 km from Mumbai, Kashid is a beach town on the shores of the Arabian Sea. One can experience, the glistering white sand, blue water, lush green fields and emerald mountains all at the same time.  The waves here are quite high, which can be a feast for the surfers. However, it can be dangerous in the monsoon due to heavy rains.

The best time to visit is from October to March.

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  1. Satara:

The city of Satara is located near 7 forts, hence the name.  It is located near the confluence of river Krishna and its tributary river Venna. The kas/flower plateau in Satara is now a World heritage site. The Thoseghar and Vajrai waterfalls near Satara are also some amazing places to visit.

Satara is located at a distance of 256 km from Mumbai. The best time to visit is between September to March.

 

  1. Jalgaon:

Jalgaon is located at a distance of 412 km from Mumbai. Jalgaon is known as ‘Golden city’ due to its gold quality and designs. Hence, Jalgaon has one of the biggest jewellery markets in India. Also, the very famous Ajanta caves are at a distance of just 59 km from Jalgaon.

The best time to visit is from October to February.

 

  1. Amboli:

The forests of Amboli are an unexplored paradise, with unique flora and fauna. If peace, quiet and the meditative silence of the forest is what you are looking for, then this is the place to be. The distance from Mumbai is 490 km.

The best season or months to visit places in Amboli are February, March, August, September, October, November, and December. It is advisable to avoid visiting Amboli in the monsoon months.

 

Gujarat

  1. Valsad:

Valsad, also known as Bulsar, lies at the coastal area of the Indian state of Gujarat, 200 km from Mumbai. Some of the places to visit in Valsad are, Tithal beach, Swaminarayan Temple, Shri Sai Baba temple, Wilson hill, Parnera hill, Shantidham Jain temple, Lady Wilson museum, Kalai beach, Udvada beach and Vansda national park.

The best time to visit Valsad is from October to March.

 

  1. Chhota Udaipur:

Chhota Udaipur is one of the princely states in Eastern Gujarat. The small town sits on the edge of a big lake, with a series of temples along the skyline. The Jain temple is an interesting example of the influence of Victorian art on local building styles. The Kali Niketan (Nahar Mahal) palace, built as the summer residence of the erstwhile royal family is a notable monument in Chhota Udaipur. The tribal museum is also worth a visit.

The distance of Chhota Udaipur from Mumbai is 493 km and the best time to visit is from October to March.

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  1. Bhavnagar:

Bhavnagar is one of the most popular cites of Gujarat. It also offers an insight into the history and culture of Gujarat. There are a number of historical monuments in Bhavanagar such as Brahma Kund, Nilambaugh Palace, Takhteshwar Temple, Palitana Jain Temples, Gopinath Mahadev Temple, the Khodiyar Temple and the Ganga Devi Mandir, Alang Braking Site and Victoria Park. Also another place of attraction is the nearby Velavadar national park which is famous due to the existence blackbucks there.

Bhavnagar lies at a distance of 599 km from Mumbai. The best time to visit is from October to March.

 

  1. Junagadh:

The name Junagadh means ‘Old Fort’. The city of Junagadh is located at the foot of Girnar hills. Junagadh has a very famous zoo named Sakkarbaug Zoological Garden, which is currently the only zoo in the country to hold African cheetahs. Also, the famous Gir National Park, which houses the Asiatic lions, is located in close proximity to Junagadh. Mt. Girnar is also well known from religious point of view.

The distance of Junagadh from Mumbai is 814 km. The best time to visit Junagadh is in the months October to March.

 

  1. Patan:

Built in the 11th century, Patan has been awarded as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Patan is enriched with beautiful step wells, grand temples and lovely lakes. The Rann ki vav, most famous stepwell in Patan, has been recognized as the cleanest heritage site in India. Patan is also famous for its Patola sarees.

The distance from Mumbai is 657 km. The best time to visit Patan is in the months of October to March.

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Madhya Pradesh

  1. Mandu:

With a history dating back to the 10th century AD, this imposing town of Mandu or Mandavgad is located in the heart of Madhya Pradesh. Some of the best places to visit in Mandu are the Rupmati’s Pavilion, Nil Kanth Palace, Jahaz Mahal and the lovely Asharfi Mahal.

Mandu lies at a distance of 526 km from Mumbai. The best time to visit is from October to March.

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  1. Dhar:

Surrounded by barren hills and nestled close to lakes, Dhar is an old charming town in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh. Dhar is rich of old embankments and many architectural structures of historical importance. The Dhar fort is the most important attraction of the town. Dhar was once capital of the kingdom of legendary King Raja Bhoj.

Dhar is about 585 km from Mumbai.

 

  1. Barwani:

‘The Paris of Nimar’ as it was known earlier, the town of Barwani is located at at a distance of 492 km from Mumbai. The name Badwani originated from the forests of BAD which had surrounded the city in old times. WANI is the old word for the Garden. Hence city got its name BADWANI which means Garden of Bads.

It is best to visit in September to March.

 

  1. Dewas:

Dewas is derived from the Devi Vaishini hill in the city. The hill has a temple of deity Devi Tulja Bhawani, Chamunda Mata and Kalika Mata. Some nearby places of interest include Pushpagiri tirth, Shri Manibhadra Veer Jain tirth, Kheoni wildlife Sanctuary, Kavadia Hills and Gidya Khoh.

Dewas is located 623 km away from Mumbai. The best time to visit is October-March.

 

  1. Burhanpur:

Burhanpur lies on the edge of Maharashtra and MP Border situated 511 km from Mumbai. Burhanpur was an important city under Rashtrakuta Dynasty during 753–982. During excavations in Tapti River & Asirgarh Fort many coins, goddess idols and temples discovered which belongs to prehistoric era. Burhanpur is recommended for a visit from Archaeology perspective and is a heritage getaway for offbeat travellers.

The best time to visit is from September to March.

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Rajasthan

  1. Mount Abu:

Billed as Rajasthan’s only hill station, mount Abu is home to a wildlife sanctuary as well as multiple Jain temples. Also some of the offbeat places to visit in Abu are Gomukh (The origin of river), Honeymoon point, Trevor Tank and Gurushikhar.

The distance from Mumbai is 786 km. Abu is a year-round travel destination.

                                                                                        Trevor Tank

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  1. Udaipur:

Udaipur is popularly known as ‘City of Lakes’. Apart from visiting the very famous Lake Palace there are a few less famous places of great beauty in Udaipur some of which are, Udaipur Solar Observatory, Ropeway to Karni mata temple.

The distance of Udaipur from Mumbai is 761 km and the best time to visit is October-May.

 

  1. Nathdwara:

Nathdwara is a town located in the Aravalli hills, on the bank of the Banas river , 806 km from Mumbai. This town is famous for its temple of Krishna which houses the idol of 7-year-old infant incarnation of Krishna. It is also popularly known as ‘Shrinathji’

Nathdwara Artists, noted for “Pichwai Paintings”,  are a group of artists working around the precincts of the famous Nathdwara temple.

The best time to visit is October-March.

 

  1. Ranakpur:

Ranakpur is widely known for its marble Jain temple, said to be the most spectacular of the Jain temples. There is also a small Sun temple. Ranakpur is one among the most famous places to visit in Pali, Rajasthan. Ranakpur is easily accessed by road from Udaipur. Along with magnificent architecture and numerous pillars, the place is also famous for large population of monkeys that live in and around the place.

Ranakpur is 819 km away from Mumbai and the best time to visit this city is October to March. It is not advisable to visit this place during summer as it can be very hot and dry.

 

  1. Kumbhalgarh:

Situated at a distance of 828 km from Mumbai, this Mevar fortess is a world heritage site. The walls of Kumbhalgarh fort extend upto 36 km, making it the second longest wall in the world after the Great Wall of China. Lying on the Aravalli Hills, Kumbhalgarh has a beautiful view to offer the tourists. Even the sand dunes from the Thar Desert can be viewed from the fort walls.

The best time to visit is during the months of October to February when the weather is quite pleasant.

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Karnataka:

  1. Gokarna:

Gokarna lies on the border of Karnataka and Goa, 706 km from Mumbai. The place is not a commercialized one and thus is perfect for peace-seekers. Initially it was visited for its religious importance, but now it has turned into a beautiful holiday destination.  One can have a peaceful evening under a beach shack while watching the sunset, holding a glass of your favourite drink and savouring your favourite food.

The best time to visit is December-March.

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  1. Karwar:

At a distance of 661 km from Mumbai, Karwar is a lesser known version of Goa. Blessed with gleaming beaches and wonderful climate this place is a must visit for water sport lovers.  Some of the attractions in Karwar are Kali Bridge, Devbaugh Lighthouse, Tagore Beach, Karwar beach, Anshi National Park, Sadashivgad Fort, Oyster Rock Lighthouse, Venkatrama Temple, and Durga temple.

The best time to enjoy Karwar is December to March.

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  1. Hampi:

The world heritage site of Hampi is located at a distance of 743 km from Mumbai. There are over 100 monuments in Hampi. But most of them are now in ruins but their grandeur still remains as it was. Hampi is the best place to explore architecture and history.

The best time to visit is between November and February.

  1. Bellary:

The historic city of Bellary is situated at a distance of 793 km from Mumbai. Some of the places to visit in Bellary are the Bellary fort, British colonial buildings like Bellary central jail, city railway station etc. are of great historical importance. Apart from this, inspite of its surroundings, Bellary is also developing in its flora. Some of the green spaces in the city include The Ballari and Kumbara rock hills, Bellary Zoo, Kaategudda Park and many other such parks.

The best time to visit Bellary is from December to March.

 

  1. Kollur:

Kollur is a small temple town in Udipi district of Karnataka, at a distance of 821 km from Mumbai. It has a temple dedicated to Durga Devi, the supreme goddess. Apart from that, there are many other places worth visiting around Kollur they are, Kashi Theertha, Anegudde Vinayaka Temple, Arishna Gundi Waterfalls, Jog Falls and Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary.

The best time to visit Kollur is from December to March.

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