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Best Summer Getaways From Mumbai

Picture of Parampara Patil Hashmi
Updated: 12 October 2016
Leaving Mumbai, even for a few days, lets you rejuvenate, relax and, most importantly, get a break from the blazing summer temperatures. Here are some of the best summer getaway options if you live in the city.

Alibag

Alibag is a great getaway option from Mumbai. Located just 100km from the city, Alibag is an ideal weekend destination. You could take a road trip or opt for the ferry. Once in Alibag, you don’t have to restrict yourself to the same old spots: try exploring the nearby areas of Murud-Janzeera, Kihim, and Mandwa. For those who crave familiarity, chill around the beaches in Alibag and explore the sea fort.

Panchgani-Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar was the summer capital in the days of the British Raj, and the charm still remains. At a distance of about 250kms from Mumbai, the daily buses to Panchgani-Mahabaleshwar make this a perfect addition to the list. Although these hill stations are more popular during the monsoons, they’re definitely a soothing idea to beat the summer heat too. Shopping in the non-branded, local shops and restaurants is one of the most delightful experiences.There are a number of villas and homestays, and activities like boating could make this quick getaway a lot more fun.

Mahabaleshwar © Flickr/Ankur P
Mahabaleshwar | © Flickr/Ankur P

Harihareshwar

About 200km from Mumbai, Harihareshwar is a popular beach surrounded by four hills: Harihareshwar, Harshinachal, Bramhadri and Pushpadri. It is also famous for the Harishareshwar temple. A sandy beach and some freshly cooked Malvani food is enough to keep you happy here. The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation also has its resorts on the south beaches here: worth a visit for sure.

Fishing by the beach near Harihareshwar © Flick/Ankur P
Fishing by the beach near Harihareshwar | © Flick/Ankur P

Gokarna

Gokarna is a land soaked in culture and mythology. This temple town is situated pretty close to the Karnataka border and has witnessed a rapid rise in the tourism industry over the last decade. Gokarna has some historic sights and beautiful beaches, with an evolving EDM scene as well. For those who are smitten with culture, there’s a lot to explore.

Om Beach Gokarna/wikicommons
Om Beach Gokarna/wikicommons

Daman

The union territory of Daman and Diu is quite the go-to destination, simply for its youthful essence, cheap booze and party attitude. A quick drive away, a getaway to Daman can help you rejuvenate effortlessly.

Beautiful sunset at Diu © Flickr/Kiwi 3rd
Beautiful sunset at Diu | © Flickr/Kiwi 3rd

Ganpatipule

For those who love clean and gorgeous beaches, Ganpatipule in the Ratnagiri district is your place to be this summer. Summers are pretty hot here, but you can cool off in the water after exploring the city’s fascinating temple and the well maintained resorts by the beach.

Ganpatipule beach © Flickr/Vivek Joshi
Ganpatipule beach | © Flickr/Vivek Joshi

Bhandardhara

This paradise called Bhandardhara is located about 180km from Mumbai in the Ahmednagar district. It has an abundance of mountains, valleys and waterfalls which visitors cannot help but fall in love with. If you’re looking for a quick break in the company of nature, head straight to Bhandardhara. You could also plan a camping style trip here if you take equipment.

Bhandardhara, waterfalls in the distance © Flickr/Elroy Serrao
Bhandardhara, waterfalls in the distance | © Flickr/Elroy Serrao