Elephanta caves are in the magnificent Elephanta Island, which is 11 km
from Mumbai. It has beautiful carvings, sculptures, and a temple of the
Hindu God, Lord Shiva. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has been a
commercial, military and religions centre for centuries having traces of
early Buddhist culture.
The location of the Kanheri caves is so green with wooded hills and
valleys, and it is at a distance of only 42 km from Mumbai. The
architectures of this cave are regarded to be one of the finest in
India. According to historians, these caves scooped out between 200 BC
and 600 AD. The whole complex has 109 caves cut manually on the flank of
a hill; each fitted with a stone plinth that evidently served as a bed.
Marve, Manori and Gorai
These three beaches are the villages very close to Mumbai. Now this
place has become quite industrialized, but its beauty remains the same.
One can witness the remains of colonial time in Marve. Watching sunsets
and sunrises is really appealing here. Tourists can reach Marve within
an hour, as it is just 40 km from Mumbai.
Mandwa and Kihim
Kihim and Mandawa is nearly 10 km away from Mumbai. Kihim has dense
coconut trees that give a pollution free green environment. This is a
place for the nature lovers who want to spend some time with the beauty
of the nature. The jungle of Kihim has different species of rare
flowers, butterflies and birds. One can also enjoy perfect tent stay and
a wonderful surfing.
Bassein is in the peaceful location, which is 77 km away from Mumbai.
It is closely similar with the India's sultry beach state of Goa. But
here, crowd is a bit less and those who wish to enjoy peaceful
environment must visit Basssein. This is quite of a historic place. One
can see ruined forts that were built by Portuguese inside dense forests
of brushwood and palm grooves. The Portuguese cuisines served by the
locals are really delicious.
Khandala, Lonavala and Karla
Locating at an altitude of 625m, these hill stations for its beautiful
hills, deep green valleys, huge lakes, historic forts and waterfalls
etc. Lonavala and Khandala have magnificent waterfalls that give a heart
catching view during monsoon. Tourists can plan their trip together with
Karla, Bhaja, and Bedsa caves, which are very near from Lonavala. This
hill stations are also known as the 'Jewel of Sahydri', because of its
nature's gifted of beautiful valleys, hills, milky waterfalls, lush
greenery, and pleasant cool winds. Khandala, Lonavala and Karla are 104
km from Mumbai and 64 km from Pune on the Mumbai-Pune highway.
Matheran is an important hill station of Maharashtra as it is the
closest one to Mumbai and Pune. This 800m high hill station is located
in Alibagh district of Maharashtra. It is appealing to have a view of
the valleys from this green and calm hill station. One can also see
Mumbai from Hart Point. Such viewings are most suitable on clean and
In this section on Mumbai excursions, you can find various places to see near Mumbai.