Top Five Treks near Mumbai

Top Five Treks near Mumbai

Treks And Trails Recommends five one day Treks near Mumbai which can be completed in one day. Five treks near Mumbai with different difficulty grades enjoyable throughout the year for all ages group.

Tungareshwar Waterfalls

Tungareshwar Waterfall

A Beautiful Trek near Mumbai in Vasai, Tungareshwar waterfalls is at an altitude of about 2177 feet. In this thick forest there are many opportunities for trekking and nature lovers. The best time to visit Tungareshwar waterfalls is during the monsoons or around monsoon.

For most trekkers the starting point is the highway junction, which is about a kilometer from the base. At the base there is a forest check post. From this point onward starts the actual trek of Tungareshwar. After about a 3 km hike and walking through two streams, you reach the Lord Shiva temple. his place is frequented by pilgrims and at times can be crowded so it is preferable to avoid weekends. For many picnickers this is the destination for enjoyment. A visit to the temple and a swim in the overflowing water pond is all they want out of this outing.

For the real trekker to Tungareshwar this is the first halt. From this point there are two options:
1. A trek right up to the top that is 8 km long (2 hours for average person one way)
2. A jungle trek to the Chinchoti waterfall (1 hour for an average person one way)

Both these treks are enjoyable and have their own charm. No amount of written words can describe this wonderful experience.

How to reach:

  • By Car / Road: The once who want to go here needs to take a right turn towards the Tungareshwar village from the Vasai highway.
  • By Train: Get down at Vasai station (East) and take an auto to reach Tungareshwar waterfall.

Kanheri Caves

kanheri-caves

The Kanheri Caves Sanskrit Kānherī-guhā constitute a group of rock-cut monuments that are located north of Borivali on the western outskirts of Mumbai. Deep within the green forests of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, the caves are 6 km from the main gate & 7 km from Borivali Station. Tourists can enter after 7:30 a.m. The Kanheri Caves demonstrate the Buddhist influence on the art and culture of India. Kanheri comes from the Sanskrit Krishnagiri, which means black mountain.They were chiseled out of a massive basaltic rock outcropping.

How To Reach There:

  • 7 Km walking distance from Borivali Railway Station East
  • Best BUS available from Borivali Railway Station East
  • Cycles available from Main Gate on Hire
  • 6 km walking distance from Sanjay Gandhi National Park Main Gate

 

Karnala Fort near Panvel

Panvel-Karnala-Fort

Karnala fort (also called Funnel Hill) is a hill fort in Raigad district about 10 km from Panvel city. Currently it is a protected place lying within the Karnala Bird Sanctuary. It was a fort of strategic importance as it overlooked the Bor pass which connected the Konkan coast to the interior of Maharashtra and was the main trade route between these areas.

How To Reach There:

  • State Transport Bus are available from Panvel Bus Depot near Panvel Railway Station
  • You can hire rickshaw from Highway

 

Kalavantin Durg Panvel

Kalavantin Durg Panvel

Kalavantin is a beautiful watch tower opposite Prabalgad Fort. After reaching Prabal Village one has to climb the steps which have been carved into rocks and are exposed at one side making it one of the most thrilling Treks in Mumbai. It can be visited around the year. From Pinnacle Matheran Karnala are visible.

How to Reach There:

  • Mumbai to Panvel Railway Station
  • Reach the state transport depot or hire an share autorickshaw till Thakurwadi Village
  • You can also get down at Shedung Phata an take an rickshaw till Thakurwadi Village

Mahuli Fort

Mahuli-Fort

Mahuli Fort At 2815 feet this is a popular trekking destination and a paradise for rock-climbers because of many nearby pinnacles with interesting names like Vazir, Vishnu, etc., given by the local trekking and climbing fraternity. This mountain complex is actually a group of two or more hills with common cols and pinnacles.

It is the highest point in the Thane district. The forest surrounding Mahuli has been declared as a sanctuary. Once Shahaji Raje, father of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, had this fortress under his belt. The fort has been declared as a protected monument.

Besides an open Shiva temple there is a small perennial drinking water cistern on top, three caves of which the larger can be used as overnight shelter, like as on many other such natural hill forts of Maharashtra Western Ghats (Sahyadri Range). There is a stone arch historically known as the ‘Kalyan Darwaja’ but the dome of the arch is now broken.

How to Reach There:

  • Get down at Asangaon Railway Station
  • Rickshaw till base village or State Transport Bus till bus village

 

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