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Top 10 Eccentric Picnic Spots Near Mumbai

As a traveling family we're always looking for fun adventures where ever we go. Today's guest post shares some great spots in Mumbai, perfect for a family picnic during your travels. Have you ever been to Mumbai? Here are top ten eccentric picnic spots near Mumbai.

Top 10 Eccentric Picnic Spots Near Mumbai

Photo by Ashwin Kumar, CC BY-SA 2.0

1. Elephanta Caves 

With a touch of ancient architecture, this UNESCO world heritage site is a wonder creation. You can start your day with a one hour ferry ride to the caves from the Gateway of Indian. Explore the caves to your heart’s content. Enjoy the sea journey and its marvellous view by standing on top of the ferry. After you are done with your exploration, go for your picnic time in some shady place nearby after returning from the caves. It is advisable to visit this place during winters, since summers strike to 450C in this region.  

Photo(Cropped) by Kashif Pathan, CC BY-SA 2.0

2. Igatpuri

Having a major railway station in Maharashtra, connecting many major cities, it’s an easy journey to reach this place 130 kilometre from Mumbai via train. One can also reach this place via road, which is indeed a very smooth and easy journey again. A stunning hilly town, generally covered by fog, mist and cloud. With a moderate temperature of 20-250C touching the town, it has a pleasant weather to host a picnic for a day and enjoy nature. In a picturesque place like Igatpuri, you needn’t any entertainment source, since the beauty of nature shall keep you engrossed.  

Photoby Aditya Patawari, CC BY-SA 2.0

3. Matheran

Based in the Western Ghats, Matheran hill station might be unknown to people of India, but it’s quite famous in Maharashtra. Densely covered by forest, with almost misty and chilling environment this place is the only motor free zone in India. One needs to park their vehicles at a point and walk up the rest of the way, take a horse ride or toy train to reach the main point.

Photoby Alejandro Arce Herrero, CC BY 2.0

4. Hanging Gardens and Kamala Nehru Park

Situated in the Malabar hills, these two spot gives a breath-taking view of the Mumbai city. The Kamala Nehru parks holds the famous Shoe House which is a major attraction for its calm and soothing environment, ideal for a weekend outing or a winter picnic. Spending time here in the evening would lead you the splendid sight of the Chowpatty beach, marine drive and the Queen’s necklace.

Photoby Suyash Sonawane, CC BY-ND 2.0

5. Pawna Lake 

Isolated and away from the crowded Lonavala city, this place proves to be an ideal picnic site. In fact an overnight stay is a marvelous idea too. It’s the perfect camping site by the lake side amidst the greeneries. Speak to the trees and birds and listen to your own voice while feeling the tranquillity of nature. 

Photoby Abhijit Tembhekar, CC BY 2.0

6. Kashid Beach

This clean and comparatively less crowded beach, gives a wonderful early morning view. Reach this place by morning to enjoy the cool breeze and some exciting water sports. This beach offers activities such as water scooter and a banana ride. Then have a picnic in some cool shady places and leave by evening. A exciting all day outing!

Photoby Sarath Kuchi, CC BY-SA 2.0

7. Khandala and Lonavala

This is a most famous vacation spot for a many tourists and top favorite as a weekend getaway for the residents in Mumbai. Established just 96 kilometres away from Mumbai.This twin hill has a lot more to offer than an ordinary hill station does. Here you'll find historic forts with the back drop of green scenic beauty at the height of 622 m. This is a perfect setup for a lavish picnic spiced up with a windy day.

Photoby Arjun Singh Kulkarni, CC BY-SA 2.0

8. Lavasa 

The future Italian style town, situated in a valley near Pune, is a scintillating town to visit for a day or two. Visit this place and get a whole new experience.

Photo(Cropped) by chiragndesai, CC BY-ND 2.0

9. Sula Vineyards

With once in a lifetime views, these are gigantic vineyards where the famous Sula festival takes place. 4 hours’ drive from Mumbai, the city of Nashik is itself a quiet and decent one. Spending a day in the Sula, tasting various types of wines, wouldn’t really cost you much either. 

Photoby Dinesh Valke, CC BY-SA 2.0

10. Karnala Bird Sanctuary

Looking for a touch of nature to quench your passion for photography? Well this is your ideal picnic spot. Come for picnic, enjoy your day in the natural habitat of beautiful birds. Photography sessions all day long and you'll get some prized shots and memories to last a lifetime. 

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Author Bio:

Rohit is a travel lover who loves to explore different places. He is also fond of trekking and rafting. Apart from these, he is fond of updating the travel lovers with his adventurous activities during his journey through his writings. Stories related to Rohit’s travel journeys can be found at TransIndiaTravels.

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