51 Weekend Gateways Near Mumbai & Pune – 4

46) Tarkarli


Known for its unspoilt beach, Tarkarli is a coastal village situated in the Malvan region of Maharshtra. At the nearby beach of Devbaug, Karli River flows before merging with the Arabian Sea. Sindhudurg fort that stands at the periphery of the shore and faces the vast expanse of the blue waters of the sea.


Attractions: Sindhudurg Fort and a temple dedicated to Shivaji within it are a must-visit place in Tarkarli. Devbaug Beach, Bhogave Beach and Tondavali Beach are where one should head to for indulging in water sports. Bharadi Devi temple, Laxmi Narayana temple and Kunkeshwar temple can be paid a visit during a trip to this weekend getaway from Mumbai.


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Activities: Tarkarli is a good destination for experiencing water activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, rafting, dolphin-spotting and boating.


Type of Destination: Beach, historic, family and kid friendly


Distance from Mumbai: 531 kms


Best time to Visit: October to March


47) Indore


Madhya Pradesh’s largest city, Indore was once the princely state of the Holkar’s. Historical monuments coupled with a pretty natural terrain make it a great family getaway during the season after monsoons right through winters.


Attractions: The 200 year old Rajwada Palace is the most famous icon of Indore. This structure is a fine example of Maratha and Mughal styles combined to produce a splendid piece of architecture. A Jain temple called Kaanch Mandir, Indreshwar temple, Khajrana Ganesh temple, Annapurna temple and Hrinkar Giri would appeal to those tourists who prefer to go for religious excursions.


Activities: Explore the monuments that are situated in various corners of the city. Go to Maheshwar which is the centre for handloom weaving and buy the famous Maheshwari saris. There are quite a few attractive waterfalls in close proximity to the city.


Type of Destination: Family and kid friendly, historic and pilgrimage.


Distance from Mumbai: 585 kms


Best time to Visit: August to March


48) Gokarna

A temple town in the Uttara Kannada district of Karanataka, Gokarna also makes it to the list of ideal weekend getaways near Mumbai. Home to several virgin beaches, an important pilgrimage for the Hindus and a land of various festivals, Gokarna’s pleasant climate and stunning beauty also makes it a not-to-miss beach destination in the country.


One among all the beaches in Gokarna, Kudlu Beach offers several charismatic options like dolphin spotting, boating, kayaking, trekking and lot more. Stays around this pristine beach is also a hit among its visitors.


49) Tadoba National Park

A lush and evergreen tiger reserve in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra, Tadoba Andhari National Park is known to be the largest as well as oldest national parks in India. With a significant number of the majestic tigers, the camouflaged reserve sprawls around 117sq.km and is also the home to several endangered wildlife species.


Bengal Tiger, Indian Leopard, Nilgai, Striped Hyena, Barking Deer, Small Indian Civet are among the commonly found wildlife in Tadoba. Reptiles like Common Indian Monitor, Indian Python, Indian Star Tortoise and Indian Cobra can also be found here. The reserve also has a wide range of avifauna along with 74 different species of butterflies and significant number of insects.


50) Goa


Goa, though carrying a rich colonial past, has attained fame as India’s centre of international tourism. Its present culture still reflects the association to its multi-cultural roots in the form of many churches, temples and synagogues that are located here. However, with the younger crowd it is renowned as the destination to go to for a fun-filled and partying getaway.


Attractions: For tourists who prefer natural experiences Dudhsagar Falls, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary and Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary are good options to explore. Goa’s many beaches are places where one can indulge in watersports or simply lounge around in the shacks located there. Basilica of Bom Jesus, Shantadurga temple and Church of St. Francis of Assissi are few of the religious places one can visit while touring Goa.


Activities: Water sports and nightlife can be experienced at the beaches. Go on a river cruise, visit the churches and temples, enjoy wildlife and bird watching, and appreciate scenic beauty.


Type of Destination: Beach, pilgrimage, family and kid friendly


Distance from Mumbai: 603 kms


Best time to Visit: October to February


Work weary Mumbaikars, it’s time to take your pick from the given getaways for your next holidays. There is a whole host of activities and local attractions at each of these destinations that you can experience when touring them.