40 Best Places to Visit in Mumbai

Welcome to the city that never sleeps in all its pulsating, vibrant, fun and epic glory- Mumbai or rather Bombay! An eclectic mix of the most exhilarating sights and appealing destinations with an enviable vibe that is hard to explain, the ‘City of dreams’is quite the holiday destination.

Have a tryst with the historical legacy of the place, chill by the Arabian Sea as you munch on some delectable street food, study about some legendary arts, ride on the most epic amusement park, escape away to quaint little hill stations, explore the world of Bollywood, the list is endless.

Here some of the best tourists places in and around Mumbai:

1. Gateway of India

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One of the most distinguishing landmarks that signify the city, the Gateway of India came into existence in the year 1924 during the British Raj to celebrate the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay. The structure marks the area as one of India’s major ports which formally symbolized elements of British grandeur.

Located in the water front area of Apollo Bunder, today it is one of the most popular touristplaces in Mumbai for people from all over the globe who flockjust for a glance of this monument.

2. Haji Ali

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A paramount religious site in Mumbai, Haji Ali is situated 500 yards from the shoreline in the middle of the Arabian Sea that houses the tomb of Muslim Saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. This 400 year old structure is not just marvelled at for its intricate Indo-Islamic architecture; it is also a popular place of worship for people.

Moreover, the local stalls outside the dynamic complex house some of the most delectable cuisines and specialties you can gorge on. It is a prominent stop in the Western line of the Mumbai local train hence making it easily accessible to the public

3. Juhu Beach

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Juhu can be defined as one of the largest and most sought after beaches in India. It is a hot-spot for elite celebrity homes andfilm personality sightings located in the suburbs of the city making it one of the most eminent tourist places to visit in Mumbai.

Visitors all over the country love the beach for it is also a gastronomic paradise hosting stalls that serve up platters of lip-smacking street food. The sandy delight is most crowded during weekends where people can get entertained by horse and donkey rides, dancing monkeys, toy sellers and other kinds of amusement

4. Marine Drive

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Popularly referred to as the Queen’s Necklace, Marine Drive is a 4 km long promenade located in South Bombay. One of the most beautiful roads in Mumbai, a birds-eye view of this stretch looks magnificent at night with the lights making the entirety resemble a queen’s necklace.

The place comes alive in the evenings when people relax and admire the brilliant view or take a walk on the promenade overlooking the Arabian Sea that is surprisingly therapeutic to the soul. Chai-wallas, chat-wallas are added bonuses to the place making it another must-visit tourist placesin Mumbai.

5. Chowpatty Beach

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The south Bombay equivalent of Juhu beach, Chowpatty beach is situated at the northern end of the famous stretch that is affectionately referred to as the Queen’s necklace (Marine Drive).

It is popular for its dazzling assortment of vendors peddling everything from street food, snacks to toys and miniature amusement rides. What’s interesting is that Chowpatty also attracts love-struck couples on a daily basis who enjoy a romantic stroll or two.

6. The Bombay High Court

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The Bombay High Court is one of the oldest and most distinguished high courts in the country. This supreme structure was built during the years between 1871 and 1878 and is marveled at for its Gothic style of architecture. It resides in the Fort area of South Mumbai and is a must-visit for tourists to stop and take in the magnetic aura of the masterpiece.

7. Chor Bazaar – Thieves Market

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Mumbai’s Chor Bazaar whose literal translation is Thieves’ Market first came into being due to the stolen goods that were sold here thus living up to its name. It is mostly reputed for the plethora of gorgeous antique goods and vintage items sold here.

The bazaar is also a visual delight for those who just want to stroll around coming across GolDeoul, the circular Shiva temple. In addition to this, visitors may even stumble upon a diverse sect of people such as the Kolis that are the original fishing community of Mumbai and the Bohras, a minority community of Shia Muslims. Even if it is just to window-shop, Chor Bazaar is definitely one of unique places to visit in Mumbai.

8. Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat – Massive Open Air Laundry

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This is the one spot in the Mahalaxmi region of Mumbai where the entire city’s dirty laundry gets painstakingly hand-washed by hardworking dhobis or laundrymen. The Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat was formed in 1890 to cater to Mumbai’s large English and Parsi population.

The sight of seemingly endless rows of concrete troughs fitted with stones where the clothes are laundered makes this oneof the quirky places to visit in Mumbai.

9. Film City in Goregaon

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The Film city is one of the main highlights of Mumbai thus making it one of the most favourite tourist places to visit in Mumbai. Well-equipped with a multitude of studios that house artificial mountains, lakes, gardens, cities and villages, that make it difficult to distinguish real from fake, the film city is a dream world for tourists everywhere.

Built by Dada SahebPhalkeunder the renowned veteran actor, director V. Shantaram, the film city dating back to early 20th century resides in the outskirts of Goregaon near the Borivali National Park.

10. Kala Ghoda Art Precinct

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The renowned Kala Ghoda Art Precinct is a stretch from South Mumbai’s Regal Circle at the southern end of MG road, north of Mumbai university road. Kala Ghoda, whose literal translation is Black Horse, came into being due to a black equestrian statue of King Edward VII during the colonial rule.

This place is a must-visit because it is a visual treat giving one a peep into the British era due to the gothic architecture of the buildings in the area. The precinct has now become quite the hub for museums, art galleries, educational institutes, boutiques, pubs and restaurants. It is recognized by the prominent fountain facing Regal cinemas.

11. Mumbai Dabbawalas, Churchgate Terminus

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The word “dabbawala” in Hindi translates to “one who carries the box”. In this case, box is the tiffin or container in which food is kept to be delivered later. The Dabba system became prevalent only in Mumbai and is a characteristic trait associated only with this city.

The function of the Mumbai Dabbawalas is ideally to deliver home-cooked food to office-goers from their homes. Catch sight of them in the Churchgate terminus and interact with them to get a glimpse into their unique lives.

12. Elephanta Island

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Marooned about 9 Kms away from the Gateway of India in the middle of Mumbai Harbour is one of the prominent places to visit in Mumbai. Housing a labyrinth of rock-cut temples, their artwork represents some of the most intricate and impressive carvings in India.

The main Shiva-dedicated temple is a magnanimous structure full of halls, courtyards, shrines and pillars with a 6m tall statue of a three-faced Sadhashiva depicting Shiva as the destroyer, creator and preserver of the universe. The island is definitely one where you must visit to witness some spectacular and serene sights.

13. Siddhivinayak Temple

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A Hindu temple dedicated to the Lord Shri Ganesh is a standing testament of beauty and architecture. Constructed in 1801, the temple entertains thousands of devotees every single day.

Even Bollywood celebrities as well as other prominent figures climb up to the temple to seek blessings and offer prayers to Lord Ganesha that is its magnetism. In all, the temple is definitely among the popular tourist places to visit in Mumbai.

14. Kanheri Caves

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One of the airiest places in the city, Kanheri Caves is where you should head to for a breather from the pollution and noise of the humdrum city life. Nestled in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park at Borivali, the caves are affectionately termed as the “lungs of the city” due to its green environs and abundance of fresh air.

They are reputed for their natural Basalt formations reminiscent of Indian style architecture that date back to the 1st century BC.

15. Essel World

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Popularised by the advertisement from the 90s, EsselWorld is a fun-filled theme park situated in Gorai, Mumbai. Housing some of the most thrilling rides and fun activities, it attracts people from all over the country.

The special features of the park, namely the fact that it has rides for all ages and is open 365 days in a year is why it entertains 10,000 visitors on a daily basis. It is obvious to state that EsselWorld is one of thefavouriteplaces to visit in Mumbai.

16. Sanjay Gandhi National Park/ Borivali National Park

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The national park previously known as Borivali National Park is a large wildlife reserve protected in the northern suburbs of Mumbai. It may not be as large or exotic as other national parks in the country but its accessibility is why it is popular. For a tranquil time away from the hustle of the city, take off to these environs.

17. Remains of Fort St. George

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For those who have always wondered why the Fort area in South Mumbai is named such, this is the answer. Many are unaware that the Fort district got its name from a fort that used to exist here. Built during the colonial era by the British East India Company, the structure is 1.6 km long and 500 meters wide and named after King George III. Though the fort was demolished in 1865, the name stuck by it.

18. Historic 18th Century Homes in Khotachiwadi Village

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Think Portuguese, think architecture. Head to the beautiful village of Khotachiwadi to be transported back in time to an era before Bombay even became a city. With narrow winding lanes decorating this hamlet, the Portuguese-styled bungalows and homes are reminiscent of the 18th century architecture and are a pleasant treat to the eye.

19. Dharavi Slum

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The largest slum in Asia, Dharavi breaks all stereotypes of a slum and is far from being a habitat for the impoverished and underprivileged. Contrary to popular notion, it is home to some of the most industrious, inspired and creative people, where the community lead rich lives in poverty.

Residing east of Mahim and Bandra, this “slum” produces close to $500 million to $1 billion dollars thus largely contributing to Mumbai’s already-rich economy. From tea and vegetable vendors, bakeries, garment districts to NGOs, schools, Dharavi is home to one and all which is what makes it such a spectacular visit.

20. Worli Seaface

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A favourite hangout situated south of the picturesque Sea link from Bandra, WorliSeaface is another one of Bombay’s promenades. It is one of the top places in the city for one to experience the epic monsoons that offer a remarkable view of the angry waves rising up onto the road. The magnificent view of the BandraWorli Sea Link is another sight that must not be missed.

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21. Panvel

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Situated in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, Panvel is popularly known as the gateway of the Konkan region. It houses some interesting tourist attractions such as the Karnala Bird Sanctuary, Gadeshwar Dam, Bet El Synagogue and the preserved village of Shirdhon.

Distance from Mumbai: 39 Kms

Best time to visit: March – June

Activities: Sightseeing, Bird watching.

22. Karnala Fort

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Popularly known as the “Funnel Hill”, the Karnala Fort resides 10 km from Panvel in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. It is enveloped amidst the green thickets of the Karnala Bird Sanctuary on the Mumbai-Goa highway surrounded by varied species of flora and fauna.

Another attractive feature of the fort is that it offers a splendid view overlooking the Bor Pass connecting the Konkan coast to the interiors of Maharashtra. The Marathi and Persian inscriptions on the walls of the fort are another one of its unique features.

Distance from Mumbai: 48 Kms

Best time to visit: March – June

Activities: Jungle trekking, Bird watching

23. Karjat

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beautiful tourist spot in the backdrop of Bhor Ghat in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, Karjat city is sought after by trekking enthusiasts. Surrounded by undulating hills of the Western Ghats and accompanied by the river Ulhas, Karjat is one of the most ideal places to visit near Mumbai on a weekend.

Distance from Mumbai: 62kms

Best time to visit: November – February

Activities: Trekking, Hiking, Mountain Climbing, Sightseeing, Picnicking, River rafting.

24. Durshet

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A forest buried in the mountain ranges of Sahyadri, Durshet is a picturesque getaway for those seeking peace from the chaos of the city. Home to several cascading waterfalls, hot water springs in Uddhar, PaliGanapati Temple, MahadGanapati Temple and Old Pali Fort are some of the main attractions of Durshet.

Distance from Mumbai: 76 Kms

Best Time to visit: September – March

Activities: Swimming, Picnicking, Trekking, Nature Walks and Sightseeing.

25. Khandala

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hill station in Maharashtra that shot to fame after being featured in a popular Bollywood song, Khandala is only 5 kms from Lonavala. Nestled among the thickets of the Sahyadri Mountain Range, Khandala offers pleasant weather throughout the year.

Apart from the abundant adventure activities offered here, Khandala also has some tourist places of interest such as Amrutanjan Point and Duke’s Nose. Amrutanjan Point is a viewing point offering views of the valley while Duke’s Nose is a cliff with a sharp bend. Other tourist attractions here are Ryewood Park, the Bushy Dam and Shivaji Park.

Distance from Mumbai:  82 km

Best time to visit: October – May

Activities: Hiking, Trekking, Mountain Climbing.

26. Matheran

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Literally meaning ‘forest on top’, the quaint town of Matheran resides on a plateau towards the western part of the Western Ghats. It is renowned for its rich biodiversity as the place hosts various species of flora and fauna. Moreover the hill station offers an enviable view of the steep Western ghats and village-dotted plains in the distance from its various sightseeing points.

Distance from Mumbai:  83 kms

Best time to visit: September – June

Activities: Sightseeing, Trekking, Hiking, Mountain climbing

27. Lonavala

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A popular hill station that is synonymous with Khandala, Lonavala is plonked in Sahyadri ranges between the Deccan Plateau and Konkan coast. The Tungi Fort of Lonavala is among the well-known tourist spots. There are also several caves present around the city such as Karla Caves, Bhaja Caves and the Bedsa Caves.

The place has valleys, hills, waterfalls and lush greenery due to which it is also called the ‘Jewel of Sahyadri’. The hilly city is also known for its sweet chikki. In its entirety, Lonavala makes it among the ideal places to visit near Mumbai.

Distance from Mumbai: 84 kms

Best time to visit: October – May

Activities: Trekking, fishing, picnicking, sightseeing

28. Alibag Beach

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Alibag beach is one of the most prominent beaches in Alibaug town of Maharashtra. Among all the beaches, this one has the blackest sands.

One of its main tourist attractions apart from the allure of the seashore is the beautiful view of Kolaba Fort. For a respite away from the city, Alibag happens to be one of the more popular places to visit near Mumbai.

Distance from Mumbai:  95 kms

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

Activities: Sightseeing, Swimming

29. Rajmachi

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One of the historic places to see in and around Mumbai, Rajmachi fort is the proud fortification that stands between the Sahyadri Ranges. Encased by the unmatched greens and natural beauty, it allured various trekking enthusiasts to conquer its heights every season.  During the realm of the Maratha Empire it came to be regarded as a vantage point as it was an important post for the trade  between Khopoli and Khandala on the Mumbai-Pune road.

The fort of Rajmachi is strengthened by the twin towers of Shrivardhan and Manaranjan. The majestic grabdeur of the forts comes alive during the monsoons as the greenery carpeted hills assume a cape of beauty. The view of the gorges below filling  up with mists is also stunning.

Distance: 95 kms

Best time to Visit: September to March

30. Kamshet

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A sleepy village residing amidst the woods of the Western Ghats, Kamshet is known as a paragliders’ paradise. Located close to the twin hill stations of Khandala and Lonavala, Kamshet is a hamlet known for its rustic nature. The lush greenery, serene rippling water bodies and hilly terrains make this place an idyllic weekend getaway.

Distance from Mumbai: 101 kms

Best time to visit: October – May

Activities: Paragliding, joy rides, tandem flights, cross country flights.

31. Revdanda

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If you have chosen Alibaug as your choice out of the places to see in and around Mumbai coasts, then the beach of Revdanda on the Alibaug coastline is the undisputed paradise waiting for you. Revdanda Beach is additionally popular for the Revdanda fort that is located just off the shoreline, and can be reached effectively. The fort holds an incredible significance in history as this was the spot where St. Francis Xavier conveyed his first sermon in India. The sanctuary still exists on the stronghold and the remnants tell a story of a period long past. Revdanda was likewise the spot where the first Russian explorer arrived in India and a landmark on the coast alludes to this very fact.

Revdanda Beach has a particular look on account of the pale sand on the shoreline, giving the coast a one of a kind character. The shoreline is imperative piece of the occupants, as it is one of the spots where individuals come to loosen up after difficult day of work! Set aside a few minutes here and set up camp on the shoreline to witness nature taking care of business.

Distance: 105 kms

Best time to Visit: July to December

32. Pawna

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In the same beautiful landscape that envelops Maval, lies a gorgeous destination of immense beauty; Pavna Dam. Bordered by the Sahyadri Ranges, it is a paradise of green and serene beauty that has settled itself around the reservoir of the Pawna River. On any given day, you can see ducks waddling around in the pond with their young ones or a bird that flits merrily on the surface the river.

The Pawna area is replete with some amazing restaurants that serve good quality food at a reasonable price. However, if you are planning to extend your sojourn, there is always an option for camping on the shores of the Pawna Lake. Gaze at the pretty stars, be cheered by the lakeside bonfire or roast your own barbecue.

Distance: 110 kms

Best time to Visit: February to May and October to December

33. Maval

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The lush countryside of Maval in the Sahyadri Ranges is sure to entice you to get away as soon as possible! The Sahyadri ranges play an ideal host to the valleys and charm of this stunning destination that is a welcome respite from all the crowded places to see in Mumbai. The name of the destination itself exudes a balming chrm as it translates to mean ‘where the sun sets’ and truly a view of the sunset from the hills and mountains of Maval is sure to take your breath away.

It was also the first home of the great Maratha king Shivaji Maharaj, where he trained his soldiers i.e. ‘Mavale’. The best way to explore the countryside charm of Maval is to stay in a local homestay and marvel as the colourful village life unfolds around you.

Distance: 114 kms

Best time to Visit: Throughout the year

34. Igatpuri

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A famous hill station in the Nasik district of Maharashtra, Igatpuri city has a rugged terrain complementing the scenic view it offers. There are several ancient temples in the region that attract numerous tourists, including GhatandeviMandir. There are also other picturesque lakes, dams and valleys that add to the appeal of the place.

Distance from Mumbai: 120 kms

Best time to visit: September – December

Activities: Rock climbing, trekking and hiking

35. Kolad

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The eastern side of Mumbai is irrigated by the gorgeous Kundalika River, which is extremely popular among adventure enthusiasts for various water adventure activities. Rafting in Kolad is one of the top picks if you ever decide to get out on a weekend on an adventure of places to see in and around Mumbai. The landscape around Kolad is dotted with various attractions like hills, mountains and several waterfalls that gush down the sides.

In and around Kolad, there are various attractions to witness such as Kuda Caves which are caves from an era bygone. They are carved with various inscriptions dating back to the Buddhist era. A fort dating back to the 4th Century, Tala Fort is also in the vicinity and is a delight to trek to as it offers views of the forest and the hilly terrain below. However, the best way to experience Kolad is to indulge in water based adventure activities.

Distance from Mumbai: 121 kms

Best time to Visit: June to February

36. Malshej Ghat

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One of the most scenic places to take off to, MalshejGhat is a mountain pass nestled in the lofty terrain of the Western Ghats region in Thane district of Maharashtra. Home to several cascading waterfalls and dams, what’s interesting is that Malshej Ghat attracts the most exotic flamingoes during the monsoon season.

It even houses Buddhist caves dating back to the 3rd century and is surmounted by an important historic fort by the name of Shivneri.

Distance from Mumbai: 126 kms

Best time to visit: August – September

Activities: Bird watching, Trekking, Mountain climbing

37. Savarkut

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A beautiful hamlet in the district of Sindhudurg, Maharashtra, Savarkut features on the list of places to see in and around Mumbai primarily because of its location amongst hilly terrains. The Vaitarna river that flows merrily down the hillsides and in the deep valleys is one of the most beautiful sights which you can see in the landscapes of Mumbai. The scenic expanses and geographical diversity give syou an option to explore and indulge in some adventure activities to your heart’s content.

The dam controlled Vaitarna River is a hotbed for adventure and other adrenaline pumping activities. It is here that you can experiment with rappeling, kayaking, flying fox and lake tubing. The river is also perfect for white water rafting and other water adventures.

Distance: 130 kms

Best time to Visit: Throughout the year

38. Murud – Janjira Fort

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Murud-Janjira is the local name of a fort situated on an island off the coastal village of Murud in Raigad district of Maharashtra. It is situated on an oval-shaped rock off the Arabian sea near the port town of Murud. The fort entertains tourists with its splendid view of the sea as well as its ancient architecture.

Distance from Mumbai:  148 Kms

Best time to visit: September – March

39. Silvassa

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The capital of the union territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Silvassa was one of the most important town to have come up during the Portuguese reign over the country. During that time, it was known as Vila de Paco d’Arcos and was the administrative centre of the Nagar haveli. Although Silvassa is only a small village, there is a steady upward rise in the development of its infrastructure since the 19th century.

Known as the birthplace of the Warli art traditions, it is one of the places where you can see the art in its most refined form. It is in Silvassa that you can explore the relics of the Portuguese rule in its architecture, cuisine, dressing and even language. There is no dearth of places you can explore when you are here; everything from your religious to sightseeing tours will be satisfied. There are serene places to visit in Silvassa like the  Vanganga Lake Garden, Hirwavan Garden,Church of Lady Piety (Roman Catholic Church), Tribal Cultural Museum, Brindaban Temple and Balaji Temple

Distance: 167 kms

Best time to Visit: Throughout the year

40. Lavasa

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A well planned city beyond par, Lavasa is a gem of a destination tucked away in the green envelopes of the Western Ghats. Being located close to the Varasgaon dam it is a beautiful destination that has the best of everything on a platter; be it hills, mountains, rivers, lakes, sports or simply a day out with family and kids to places to see in and around Mumbai. This well-planned city enjoys a pleasant weather throughout and the approach roads are beautiful to say the least.

Once in Lavasa, you will be at a loss to decide what to do and where to go first, for there is just so much you can do! You can indulge in water sports, embark on a Segway ride, watcha  live art performance or simply have a relaxing time at one of the lounges.

Distance from Mumbai: 186 kms

Best time to Visit: Throughout the year

This article was published at www.thrillophilia.com and is written by Abhishekh.

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