Monsoon Getaways: Holiday Destinations Around Mumbai That Are Perfect For Rainy Days

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Bhandardara Image by Garima Sharma

The romance has begun! The city and its vicinity are tempting us all over again. The weather is cool and cloudy; perfect for a holiday. Most of Maharashtra turns into a ‘Green Zone’ (quite literally!) in these three months. We list some holiday destinations around Mumbai that are perfect for rainy getaways! 

Bhandardara Lake View Image by Garima Sharma
Bhandardara Lake View Image by Garima Sharma

Bhandardara: Lying 185 kms from the city, Bhandardara is accessible for Mumbaikars as the road leading to it up to Igatpuri is smooth and green all around. Bhandardara means valley of treasure, and it sure does justice to it, especially in the monsoons.

Monsoon attractions: The Bhandardara lake, where the MTDC resort is situated is one of the most visited places in Bhandardara and rightly so. The huge lake has waters that run deep and surrounded by hillocks with a quaint village. They also organize boating if the weather permits. But the real treasure at Bhandardara lies as one goes ahead of this lake. As you head beyond the MTDC resort, the astonishing Umbrella falls at Wilson dam will make you stop in the tracks. This waterfall is formed due to excess water in the dam and the water gushes out in full force creating the impression of an umbrella- hence the name. A few minutes uphill from here is the Arthur Lake reservoir which is the main reservoir on the Pravara river. The sight of the excess water dripping from the edges of the reservoir makes it seem like an overflowing larger-than-life bowl. Randha falls which claim to be India’s 3rd largest falls also lies in this area- about 8-10kms from the reservoir.

Travel Tip: If there is no accommodation at MTDC Bhandardara and Anandvan resort (the only 2 resorts near Bhandardara lake), one can stay overnight at Igatpuri which is 28 kms away and charming in its own way.

Bhandardara Image by Garima Sharma
Bhandardara Image by Garima Sharma

Kolad Lake: This is a smaller lake compared to the ones at Bhandardara or Pavna lakes. However, what is the most appealing part about this lake are its accessibility , as it is close to the Mumbai Goa highway.

Monsoon attractions: Kolad lake looks like an emerald gem. The waters are still and pristine and the lake is surrounded by hillocks. It is a place to unwind with loved ones and soak in the views.  There is a waterfall close to the lake which can be accessed by an SUV or a small trek through the villages. Compared to the waterfalls in Lonavala, this has lesser visitors and is good for a swim. The Kundalika river flows through Kolad and is in its full rush during the monsoons. It is fascinating to see Ganges-like rapids so close to Mumbai.

Travel tip: Most of the decent stay options are near the banks of Kundalika river. However, there are many resorts in the vicinity that have a day picnic facility. Tudor farm has the best location on the lake, along with Eden lake resort.

Baga Beach, Goa Image by Garima Sharma
Baga Beach, Goa Image by Garima Sharma

North Goa: Though not a weekend destination per se, a trip planned here over a long weekend will inspire you. It will acquaint you to a different face of Goa, with lush greenery, empty beaches, cool weather, lip smacking food and utter relaxation. One can experience the Goan susegaad at its best during the monsoons.

Monsoon attractions: North Goa, which is typically known for its crowds and party avatar is quiet and yet has enough restaurants and shops open to let you indulge. Vagator and Arambol beaches seem like private beaches and the silence around with the sound of waves is soothing. Goa is not just about beaches- and you will realise this only in the monsoons as the Goan rivers gush by in full swing.  If you wish to have some company of people, then Baga beach will have just the right number of people to let you have your space and yet have people to groove to the music late into the night.

Travel tip: Rent a bike/bicycle or even a car and drive around the drenched streets of Goa. Bargain for the best rates in hotels.

Monkeys on the highway to Lonavala Image by Garima Sharma
Monkeys on the highway to Lonavala Image by Garima Sharma

Lonavala: Yes, this place has been oft repeated and is almost cliché. But Lonavala in the monsoons is different from the Lonavala in the other months. A visit here will cover your senses with primarily three colour – green, grey and white. Green from the hills, grey is the colour of the sky and white from the low hanging clouds and the numerous waterfalls around.

Monsoon Attractions: The regular tourist places like the Bushy dam and Tiger point can be seen in a new avatar. Stay in the clouds for some time at Tiger point and you wouldn’t need your moisturiser anymore! Make unplanned stops along the way and drench yourself under the countless waterfalls around.  Pavna lake is yet another gem in the area, however it is 25 kms away from the main Lonavala city. The road leading to Pavna lake is bumpy, but it is all worth the effort once you get there. This lake is magnificent and must be seen to be believed how big it really is. Water sports are available at the lake with a restaurant that overlooks it and which serves yummy, hot food after a day of frolicking.

Travel tip: It tends to get very crowded on the weekends with hotels charging exorbitant rates for meagre facilities. Start early morning and head towards Pavna lake. Return back in the evening to the comfort of your own pillow.

Happy monsoon tripping!

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Pursuing multiple careers, that of a freelance HR consultant, writer, photographer and food critic. An obsessive compulsive day dreamer. Wants to have the cake and eat it too (a dark chocolate one, please).

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Guest Blogger, Aparna Amte

Guest Blogger, Aparna Amte
Pursuing multiple careers, that of a freelance HR consultant, writer, photographer and food critic. An obsessive compulsive day dreamer. Wants to have the cake and eat it too (a dark chocolate one, please).