Best weekend gateways from Mumbai within 3 hours

Alibag: Alibag is a small coastal town in the Konkan region of Maharashtra. It is famous for its clean beaches and unpolluted air. Located at just 100 km from Mumbai, it is a popular weekend gateway. Mumbai to Alibag is a short drive of 2 hours.

Alibag has numerous beautiful and serene beaches comprising of dense coconut groves. In addition to the beaches, tourists must visit the historical temples in this region known for their intricate designs. Walking amidst the dense coconut groves is a rejuvenating and enchanting experience. Most popular tourist spots in Alibag include Kihim beach, Alibaug beach, Kanakeshwar forest, Kanakeshwar devasthan temple, Hanuman temple and Kolaba fort. Another tourist attraction Murud is located close to Alibag and Janjira fort is only 1.5 hours away.

Kashid: It is a famous beach town in Maharashtra, located on the shores of the Arabian Sea. It is part of the North Konkan region and lies at 135 kms from Mumbai on the Alibaug Murud road. The distance between Mumbai to Kashid can be covered within 2.5 hours. It is a superb travel destination known for its clear sea water, white gleaming sand, cascading streams, lush green mountains and paddy fields. Kashid has emerged as a popular destination among Mumbaikars as it provides them great rejuvenation, away from the hustle and bustle of a big city. You can also do many adventurous activities in Kashid to get some adrenaline rush.

Ganpatipule: It is a lovely coastal town known for the temples of Lord Ganesha and mesmerizing virgin beaches. Ganpatipule is located in the Ratnagiri district and provides a serene escapade to nature through its long stretch of lovely beaches.  The place is most famous for its ancient Ganesha temple believed to be 400 year old. Legends say that the idol of Lord Ganesha is a self-created monolith which was discovered 1600 years ago. The peaceful and laidback town is untouched by commercialism and ideal destination for peace seekers and pilgrims alike. Between the months of Novemeber and May, you can also try water sports in Ganpatipule. Many people travel from Mumbai to Ganpatipule on weekends.

Kamshet: Kamshet is a panoramic hill station located in the Western Ghats and famous for paragliding and other adventure sports. It’s a peaceful and unpolluted place with plenty of scenic views. Apart from doing paragliding here, you can enjoy the lovely village surroundings. The area is full of paddy and sunflower fields and it offers a spectacular view while you are doing the paragliding. Other important attractions include Bhairi caves, Khondeshwar temple, Bhedsa caves, Pavana lake and Shinde wadi hills. Mumbai to Kamshet cabs can be easily booked online.

Kolad: Known for its picturesque views of Sahyadris, green meadows and cascading waterfalls, Kolad has become a popular weekend gateway from Mumbai. It is also gaining traction as an adventure sports hub with facilities like rafting, rappelling, kayaking etc. The river Kundalika is a major attraction here especially for people who love to do white water rafting. Adventure seekers frequently travel from Mumbai to Kolad to enjoy these activities.

Divegar: This enchanting place is a nature’s paradise. You will find shining white sand, clear blue water, lovely coconut palms in Divegar and the ever flowing cool breeze produces a magical effect.

Located in the Raigad District of Maharashtra, Diveagar has a beautiful seashore extending up to 6 kms and serves as prime attraction of the region. You can also spot thousands of migratory seagulls in the nearby sanctuary. In addition to that, a temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha is a major attraction of the region. Plan a weekend trip from Mumbai to Divegar and get rejuvenated.

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