A destination for those who prefer to commune with nature
All we remember about Mumbai is being a hustled city, crowded and the traffic. But at a distance of 94 km from Mumbai we have is a small hill station in Raigad district of Maharashtra which goes by the name, “Matheran”, a perfect weekend getaway. Named the ‘forest on the forehead’, with its literal meaning, at an altitude of 800 m, is an eco-sensitive region declared by the Ministry of Environment and Forest. It is one of the top monsoon destinations in Maharashtra.
History goes, in 1850, Hugh Poyntz Malet of the Indian Civil Service, who was then a collector at Thane, camped under the spur of the hill that was later to become Matheran. He was convinced that its clean air and water made it an ideal spot for blissful peace. Soon, it became a holiday retreat for Malet and a group of friends — and in no time they memorialized themselves in this picturesque spot that overlooked the Sahayadris: Louisa Point was named after the wife of the revenue commissioner, E.G. Fawcett, Bombay Civil Service.
Matheran is loaded with amazing viewpoints. It has a total of 36 viewpoints from where you can enjoy alluring views of the Sahyadri mountain range. Point Porcupine Point, Panorama Point, Echo Point, Charlotte Lake, One Tree Hill Point, King George Point, Louisa Point, Rambaug Point, Heart Point are among the must include places in your Matheran tour packages. It is one of the very few places in the world that do not allow any vehicles at all. Once you land into this little town, you will be back to the old times with the red-soiled roads, automobile-free pathways, and lush green hills all around. The cold breeze and the fresh air devoid of pollution makes it a compelling visiting place all through the year.
Matheran also offers activities such as trekking, hiking, climbing, etc. The ride on the toy train which connects Neral to Matheran used to be quite famous, but the service has now been discontinued temporarily.
You may just fall in love with the hallucinating experience of the sunrise and sunset that can be seen from the Panorama point. The Hart Point reminds you of the city but definitely, a must watch sight of the twinkling lights emanating from the busy nightlife of Mumbai
Vehicles are banned, only available options are horseback or man pulled rickshaws. Walking can be much more rewarding than these, Matheran is always quiet and peaceful.
Where to Eat
Matheran has many restaurants which serve all kind of food. Meat is available only at certain restaurants. Liquor is available only at a few restaurants.
How to reach
Vehicles are not allowed in Matheran.Neral is the nearest station and passenger trains from Mumbai towards Kajrat stops here.
How to Reach by Flight
The nearest airport is Mumbai which is at a distance of 80km. Catch train from Mumbai to Neral.
How to Reach by Train
Catch a Kajrat bound train from Mumbai CST to Neral station if you are coming from Mumbai. If you are coming from Pune, catch a train to Kajrat and then catch a passenger train towards CST to Neral.
How to Reach by Bus
How to Reach by Road
You drive upto Dasturi car point and then take a 40 minutes horseback or man pulled rickshaw ride to matheran.
How to travel within
Carry a pair of walking shoes as Matheran is a little dusty and the soil is red.
Horse charges differ, bargain before you pay.
There will be lots of monkeys around, do not carry food items with you
Day 1 : Visit panorama point in the morning for an amazing view of sunrise and thean head to the honeymoon hill and monkey point. Visit sunset point in the evening.