Hit the Road - One Day Road Trip From Mumbai to Take This Monsoon

Western Ghats of Maharashtra are road-trippers' paradise. With many options to choose from, and the rains bringing out the best of nature, you will be spoilt for choice, for sure! Located within a driving distance of 3-4 hours from Mumbai, we have come up with wonderful places for you to visit this monsoon. These places have some awesome things to offer to you, but the drive to these places is what will make the journey even special. And as Earl Nightingale said, "All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination"

We have come up with a list of the one day road trips from Mumbai to take this monsoon. Read on..

1. Zoom past the Mumbai – Pune Expressway

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Believed to be India’s first expressway adhering to the international standards, the Pune-Mumbai Expressway is a 100-kilometre-long access controlled route that connects the cities of Pune and Mumbai. Come monsoon and the drive here becomes even more scenic with greens springing up all over. The expressway cuts through the Western Ghats with a series of tunnels. Along the way, you will find many small waterfalls that add to the beauty of your drive. As you drive past the mountains, you will see the clouds have descended down on the roads and driving through these clouds is nothing short of an adventure. With two food malls along the way, you can enjoy a quick bite of a hot vada-paav. Take a detour and hit Lonavala and enjoy the famous Chikki. What’s more? Reach Pune and enjoy a delicious Misal before making your way back to Mumbai. 

  • On the way: Visit Adlabs Imagica, Lonavala, Khandala.
  • Distance: The length of the expressway is 100 kilometres (one-way)
  • Time: 7-8 hours
  • Route: Mumbai – Lonavala- Pune (Via Yashwantrao Chavan Mumbai Pune Expressway)

2. Enjoy the Mumbai skyline from the Sasawane Beach 

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Located off the coast of the Arabian Sea, Sasawane is a small beach village that is away from the maddening crowds. Drive on the National Highway 66 from Panvel, passing through the Karnala Bird Sanctuary, reach Vadkhal. Exit from National Highway 66 and continue on National Highway 166A to reach Sasawane. The route to the beach is quite a scenic one and runs parallel to the Sahyadri mountain ranges. You will pass through lush greens forests and misty valleys along your way. Sasawane village is quite a laid-back town with coconut palms running across the narrow road. Put on your favourite piece of music and enjoy the calmness and you drive pass this route. On a clear day, you can see the Mumbai’s skyline from Sasawane beach. 

  • On the way: Visit Karnala Bird Sanctuary, Karnala Fort, Pen
  • Distance: 106 kilometres (one-way)
  • Time: 8 hours
  • Route: Mumbai – Panvel- Pen- Revas - Sasawane (Via NH 66 and NH 166A)

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3. Drive through the scenic Malshej Ghat 

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A drive to Malshej Ghat in monsoon is one of the most loved drives across the Sahyadris. A monsoon special, Malshej Ghat sees many visitors during weekends. Hit the Eastern Expressway and pass through Thane and Kalyan to reach National Highway 61. As you move ahead, the road becomes even prettier as you gain altitude and pass through its curvy roads. Malshej Ghat is a mountain pass on the border of Thane and Pune district. As the rains get stronger, this place sees numerous waterfalls, big and small. Park your vehicle, and take a stroll among the misty fog. 

  • Nearby: Visit Kalsubai- Harichandragad Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Distance: 127 kilometres (one-way)
  • Time: 11-12 hours
  • Route: Mumbai – Thane- Kalyan- Malshej Ghat (Via Eastern Express Highway and NH 61)

4. River raft through gushing waters at Kolad 

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How about driving past the famous Mumbai -Goa National Highway and enjoying white water river rafting at the end of your drive? To visit Kolad, drive on the Mumbai – Bangalore Highway till Khalapur, take an exit and continue on the State Highway 92 to reach the National Highway 66. The drive here is quite enjoyable as you will drive past some rough and rugged terrain which will make your drive even more exciting. Kolad is a small town located on the banks of river Kundalika. This river originated in the Western Ghats and flows through thick forests before meeting with the Arabian Sea via the creek at Roha. A 13 kilometre stretch of this river offers grade III and grade IV rapids making your rafting experience even more exciting. Other activities here include kayaking, valley crossing, and rappelling. 

  • On the way: Visit Durshet
  • Distance: 125 kilometres (one-way)
  • Time: 10 hours
  • Route: Mumbai – Panvel- Khalapur- Durshet - Kolad (Via SH 92 and NH 66)

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5. Soar the skies, enjoy paragliding at Kamshet 

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Start from Mumbai, pass through Lonavala and reach Kamshet via the Old Mumbai-Pune highway. This road passes through an exciting mix of terrain with lush green mountains adorning the roads. The drive seems nothing short of an adventure. You can park your car along the road and enjoy some corn and hot chai. Reach Kamshet by midday and let your dream of soaring high in the sky come true. Fly off a mountain where the birds fly and enjoy jaw-dropping views of the deep green valleys below you. 

  • On the way: Visit Durshet
  • Distance: 102 kilometres (one-way)
  • Time: 10 hours
  • Route: Mumbai – Lonavala- Kamshet (Via NH 48)

6. Swirl - Sniff -  See – Sip the wine at Sula Vineyards 

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The road to Sula passes through many charming twists and turns. Dense forests, ancient temples and green valleys, the drive to Sula Vineyards will leave you feeling a step closer to nature. As you keep moving towards Nashik, the landscape keeps getting greener and the atmosphere, cooler. Located close to the National Highway 160, the journey to Sula is quite an easy one. The Sula Vineyards is spread across 30 acres and offers many activities like wine-tasting, restaurants, wineries, wine cellars, coffee shops and much more. You can even opt to enjoy some grape stomping while here.

  • On the way: Visit Igatpuri
  • Distance: 170 kilometres (one-way)
  • Time: 12-13 hours
  • Route: Mumbai – Nashik- Sula Vineyards (Via NH 160)

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7. Trek the mighty Lohagad 

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Located near Lonavala, Lohagad Fort has been an important fort of the Maratha Empire. Used as a treasury by Shivaji Maharaj, this fort is extremely well-built. Lohagad means ‘Iron Fort’ and staying true to its name, this fort has large gates, many stone monuments that are still standing and strong walls. Drive on the Mumbai – Pune Expressway and exit at Lonavala, continue on the Lohagad - Visapur road to reach the fort. The journey to this road is very enjoyable as you will get a chance to drive among the clouds. Lohagad is also a very popular treks near Mumbai, Pune. Enjoy the famous Lonavala Chikki while in Lonavala. 

  • On the way: Visit Lonavala.
  • Distance: 98 kilometres (one-way)
  • Time: 7 hours
  • Route: Mumbai – Lonavala- Lohagad (Via Yashwantrao Chavan Mumbai Pune Expressway)

8. Enjoy wildlife at Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary

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A drive through the beautiful Karnala forest will take you to yet another paradise, the Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary. Nestled between the Sahyadris and the western coast of India, Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary is home to the coastal woodland ecosystem of the Western Ghats. The Giant Indian Squirrel is the main attraction here while other animals include Hyena and Sambar. Birds like Malabar Pied Hornbill, Black Eagle, Yellow Footed Green Pigeon among many others are also seen here. Enjoy the peace and quiet of nature as you stroll through the forests. 

  • On the way: Visit Duershet, Roha.
  • Distance: 156 kilometres (one-way)
  • Time: 12-13 hours
  • Route: Mumbai – Khalapur- Roha - Phansad (Via SH 92)

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9. The hills are home at Matheran

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Matheran is a beautiful hill station located just outside the bustling city of Mumbai. To reach Matheran, you can drive on the Old Mumbai - Pune highway up till Karjat and then continue on the Karjat – Murbad Road to reach Neral. This pretty town is a no vehicle zone, so after a nice scenic drive, you can park your cars and enjoy long walks in Matheran’s markets. Feeling adventurous? you can enjoy zip-lining. This activity takes places between Louisa Point and Honeymoon Point, 3000 feet above the ground. Places to visit in Matheran include Echo Point, Charlotte Lake and Paymaster Park.

  • On the way: Visit Karjat
  • Distance: 80 kilometres (one-way)
  • Time: 8-9 hours
  • Route: Mumbai – Karjat- Neral - Matheran (Via NH 48 and SH 79)

10. Take a ferry to the mighty Murud – Janjira Fort

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The fort of Murud – Janjira was built in the Arabian Sea by the Siddi dynasty. This fort takes pride in being undefeated through many centuries. The fort stands strong even today and looks absolutely enchanting. To visit the fort, you will need to take a ferry from Rajapuri jetty. The drive to Murud – Janjira is quite a scenic one, as you pass through the Western Ghats, you chance upon viewing many small waterfalls along the way. The cool weather and the crisp breeze makes the drive even more enjoyable. 

  • On the way: Visit Durshet, Kashid beach
  • Distance: 160 kilometres (one-way)
  • Time: 12 hours
  • Route: Mumbai – Khalapur- Roha - Murud (Via SH 92)

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11. Relax by the Pawana Lake 

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Located close to Lonavala, Pawana Lake is a perfect place for you to enjoy some quality time with your friends and family. This lake is located among the mountains which adds to the lake’s beauty. You can get a picnic basket, sit by the lake and enjoy beautiful views of the water and surrounding hills. What more can you ask for on a perfect relaxing weekend? If you are feeling a little adventurous, you can trek the nearby Tung Fort. To reach Pawana Lake, drive on the Mumbai – Pune Expressway and take an exit at Loanvala. Pass through Kurvande and Chavsar to reach Pawana Lake.  

  • On the way: Visit Lonavala
  • Distance: 111 kilometres (one-way)
  • Time: 10 hours
  • Route: Mumbai – Lonavala- Tung – Pawana Lake (Via Yashwantrao Chavan Mumbai Pune Expressway and AH47)

 

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12. Walk through the jungles at Bhandardara

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Sitting on the banks of Pravara River, Bhandardara is a quaint holiday village. Bhandardara is famed for its unspoilt, natural beauty. During the rains, this place becomes even more beautiful with the surrounding misty mountains, and beautiful lakes and waterfalls. Places of interest at Bhandardara include Randha falls and Arthur Lake. To reach Bhandardara, pass through Thane and Kalyan and continue on National Highway 160, passing through Igatpuri, reach Bhandardara. 

  • On the way: Visit Igatpuri, Kalsubai 
  • Distance: 164 kilometres (one-way)
  • Time: 12-13 hours
  • Route: Mumbai – Igatpuri- Kasara – Bhandardara (Via NH 160)

These road trips from Mumbai are perfect for one day. Get in the car and get moving!

More Travel Destinations for Monsoon:

Visit Tamhini Ghat This Monsoons

Rajmachi Fort Trek

Harishchandragad Trek

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AADITEE KULKARNI AADITEE KULKARNI

Ever since my first trip at the age of 4, I’ve been fascinated to explore places around the world. Lover of world cultures, food, souls and all things blue; I spend most part of my day writing about travel. I also travel with my buddies when my boss approves my leaves.

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