Homestays near Mumbai for an exciting weekend getaway

Let’s start from the cliché - Mumbai is famously, popularly, locally, and globally, known as the city of dreams. But, you know why? Because this is where people relentlessly work without taking any breaks, refusing to bow before natural calamities, and yes, staying in the concrete jungle doesn’t even matter. It all ultimately is very satisfying when your dreams become reality. But, there is also one tiny-tiny factor that contributes to all this process and keeps you going. Call it a vacation, holiday, or weekend getaway, you cannot deny you need it once in a while. Even the thought of going away from the city for at least a couple of days feels relaxing. There are many alluring places near this bustling city where you can go and unwind with your loved ones. Check out this list of homestays near Mumbai which are the perfect combination of warm indoors and adventurous outdoors. Staying at these unique places is always exciting. 

In this list, you will find camping sites where you can sleep under the stars, budget accommodations where you can stay to soak up the local flavour and then there are grand villas offering luxurious stays. 

1. The Studio 

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Only eighty kilometres away from Mumbai, Lonavala is the popular weekend getaway. If you are looking forward to escaping the hustle and bustle of the city, this studio apartment is perfect for you. Though located in the residential area, this apartment is away from the city buzz. Spacious balconies attached to every room and a small gazebo on the premises are the places where you can sit for hours sipping your favourite drink and chatting with your loved ones. Green hill-tops and fresh air will greet you whenever you step out. It can be a perfect romantic homestay for couples or great secluded accommodation for solo-travellers.

Where? - Lonavala

What's coolest? - The super-friendly host who is ready to take care of your needs.

How much? - ₹1,687 per night

What's free? - Parking and TV

What's the Check In? - Any time after 1PM

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2. Large and Beautiful Home in Mumbai-Kalyan

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This is a beautiful 2BHK home located in Kalyan area. The fully-furnished apartment where you can also get a delicious home-cooked meal is enough to make your stay pleasant. And the best part about this homestay is that you can also book this for business meetings and family get-togethers. Staying in Kalyan area has its own benefits. It takes only an hour to reach Mumbai and it has numerous places to explore in the proximity. Lonand caves, Kala Talao lake, Malanggad fort and Durgadi fort are some of the attractions you can visit here. Booking this homestay will keep you connected to all the major destinations and yet you will get to experience a peaceful stay.

Where? - Kalyan

What's coolest? - Interesting children’s books and toys in the apartment to keep kids engaged and entertained.

How much? - ₹2,012 per night 

What's free? - TV, WiFi, iron, hair dryer, and parking

What's the Check In? - Flexible

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3. Samudra, beach side farm house

If you want to get away for a couple of days, then this farm is the place for you. Arnala is only seventy-eight kilometers away from Mumbai and takes around two hours to reach. Rooms are simple and cozy with well-maintained lawns surrounding it. Their own farm looks picturesque and is soothing to eyes. The host, Namrata, happily arranges delicious homemade meals if you inform her in advance. It will give you a chance to taste the local cuisine. This budget homestay near Mumbai can accommodate up to four people easily. Walk for a couple of minutes and you will find yourself on a scenic Arnala beach. 

Where? - Arnala

What's coolest? - The surrounding gardens are a beautiful location to arrange small events.

How much? - ₹909 per night

What's free? - Parking

What's the Check In? - 12PM (noon) - 2PM

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4. Camping in the Clouds 

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It is hard to believe that a place like this is located only a hundred kilometers from Mumbai. We all have stayed in hotel rooms at some point, but not everyone has tried staying in tents. If you are ready to step out of your comfort zone, then this place will amaze you. Nothing about this camping is conventional. This lively place has hammocks under the trees, beautiful treks that take you to the misty woods, patios where you can look over a valley basking in the sun and an open kitchen ready to serve you scrumptious food. You can also sit by the campfire at night and chat with fellow campers. The host, Anil, can suggest many places to visit near Mumbai and Pune as he himself loves travelling. 

Where? - Kamshet

What's coolest? - The whole place!

How much? - ₹2,531 per night

What's free? - WiFi and parking

What's the Check In? - 11AM - 1PM

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5. Malhaar - The Retreat 

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Located in the heart of nature near Kasara, Malhaar is the place for those who want to book a homestay near Mumbai for a group. It is 104 kilometres from Mumbai and if you go by Mumbai-Nashik Express Highway, you will reach within three hours. Nestled amongst the hills near to the river, enveloped in lush greenery, this homestay will greet you with beautiful foggy mornings. Visiting this place during monsoons is like staying in a paradise. It feels like you can even touch the clouds here. There are many warm and snuggly corners in the house where you can sit and relax. You can go for Kalsubai trek or visit Sula Wines in Nashik while you are staying at Malhaar. Even sitting on the patio and looking over sprawling lawns adorned with flowers and winding pathways is also quite tranquilizing. 

Where? -  Kasara Budruk, Maharashtra

What's coolest? - Malhaar is designed in such a way that it also has a wheelchair access.

How much? - ₹2,726 per night

What's free? - TV and parking

What's the Check In? - 10AM - 4PM

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6. Fadak Farmhouse 

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If you are looking for homestays near Mumbai for a family, Fadak Farmhouse is your place. Only ninety-five kilometres away from Mumbai, a sight of this spacious house surrounded by towering trees is enough to soothe your mind. You will wake up to the sound of chirping birds. Large, shaded balconies, clean rooms, and a cooperative caretaker have become the identity of Fadak Farmhouse. The host, Mehdi, lives in Hyderabad and is an enthusiastic organic farmer. He is always available to answer your queries. Stay here as you will be only stone’s throw away from Kihim beach. Wouldn’t it be great to take a leisurely walk that will take you to the sea? 

Where? - Kihim

What's coolest? - A cupboard full of books is a treat for avid readers.  

How much? - ₹3,180 per night

What's free? - Laptop friendly workspace and parking 

What's the Check In? - 12PM - 6PM

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7. Fully Furnished AC home 

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What’s so special about the fully-furnished AC home, you must be wondering. Check out the location of this homestay and I am sure you will book it instantly. If you do not have much time, but still want to go out of Mumbai, coming to Raigad is something you can consider. It is around a hundred kilometers from Mumbai. So, you will need to drive only for a couple of hours. As it is near Imagica Theme park, you can come here with your whole family and have a blast. You can also visit Raigad district as it has numerous tourist attractions in store. Talk with the host, Saloni, and she will give you more information about the things you can do while staying here.

Where? - Raigad

What's coolest? - Carrom boards, pool tables and a swimming pool in the society is all yours when you are staying at this home. 

How much? - ₹3,375 per night

What's free? - Gym and parking 

What's the Check In? – Any time after 3PM

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8. Breath of fresh air 

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Staying at a two-storey home tucked away in lush greenery is all you need to spend some quality time with your loved ones. An hour away from Mumbai, this coolest villa near Karjat makes sure that your weekend getaway will be memorable. A friendly caretaker and a lovely host always go an extra mile to make your stay comfortable. You can eat tasty, home-cooked food while enjoying the view of the nearby river. And the best part is? There is a well-stocked library on the second floor! Reading a captivating book with the background sound of cascading water is something you will get only here.

Where? - Karjat

What's coolest? - Paved pathway in the garden where you can take a relaxing walk.

How much? - ₹4,478 per night

What's free? - Tv and parking

What's the Check In? - 1PM - 6PM

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9. Lavish Villa 

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If you are an outdoor person and looking for adventure sports near Mumbai, Kolad is your answer. And when it comes to staying near Kolad, this lavish villa is your place. Though it is a bit far from Mumbai, 126 kilometres to be specific, the road that takes you here is full of exquisite surprises. If you plan a trip during the rainy season, you will see numerous waterfalls hidden behind every turn while coming here. The villa can accommodate over fifteen people at once making it a lovely place for family events or group parties. You can take a dip in the private swimming pool on the premises or you can take a leisurely walk on meandering pathways that disappear into fog and woods. The host, Subhash, is an enthusiastic traveller. He will help you with arranging the small tours and will give you all the information you may need to make your stay unforgettable.

Where? - Sanaswadi

What's coolest? - The villa is loaded with toys and books for kids.

How much? - ₹4,997 per night

What's free? - TV, parking, iron and hair dryer

What's the Check In? - 12PM (noon) - 10PM

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10. Mediterranean cottage 

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European style cottages are always comfortable for staying. You can experience the coziness it offers even while staying in Nagaon. Classic Mediterranean cottage here is one of the best cottages near Mumbai. You will get to experience local culture while staying at this cottage as the host, Sanket, is from Alibaug. The surrounding area has swings and hammocks where you can sit for hours together admiring the beautiful gardens. Though it takes around three hours to reach Nagaon from Mumbai by road, taking a ferry from Gateway of India is the easiest option. 45 minutes of a ride and you have reached this small, Konkani village. Famous for a clean beach and year-round water sports activities, this weekend getaway is all you need to refresh yourself. 

Where? - Nagaon

What's coolest? - Pool table for those who like to enjoy a game or two while vacationing. 

How much? - ₹5,516 per night

What's free? - Parking and TV

What's the Check In? – Any time after 3PM

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11. Heritage villa in green Matheran

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As the name rightly suggests, this homestay is the splendid heritage villa which will be all yours. Only eight kilometres from Mumbai, it can be easily reached from central Matheran also. Yet the place is secluded enough to maintain your privacy. This hundred years old home is maintained in its original state. Staying here feels like stepping back in time to enjoy a grand lifestyle. Colonial architectural influence and Parsi style decorations make it a warm accommodation. You can barbeque in the garden or request caretakers to make you mouth-watering dishes. Charlotte Lake, Echo Point, Lord Point & Louisa Point are near and shouldn’t be missed while staying here. 

Where? - Matheran

What's coolest? - Open area with amphitheatre style seating arrangement which is perfect for late-night conversations under the stars

How much? - ₹6,490 per night

What's free? - Barbeque pits

What's the Check In? – Any time after 11AM

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12. RiverRock

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RiverRock is a unique home located on the banks of a River. Take a look at the photos and you will fall in love with this creatively created place. And the noteworthy thing - RiverRock is only fifty kilometres away! It follows the principles of organic architecture making it stand out from other establishments. Outdoor jacuzzi will take your stress away in a heartbeat whereas fishing in the river will lead you to a soothing day. Tastefully decorated interiors give a romantic feel to the whole place. It is worth travelling for an hour and a half to reach this stunning place. If you are an outdoor person, you can also visit Karnala Fort and Karnala Bird Sanctuary.

Where? - Karnala

What's coolest? - It is one of the few pet-friendly homestays near Mumbai.

How much? - ₹7,982 per night

What's free? - Free parking and WiFi

What's the Check In? - 1PM - 3PM

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Don’t waste your weekends going to the same restaurants in the city and dancing to the same tunes in some pub. Choose these homestays over your routine and treat yourself to a refreshing vacation.

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