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Matheran Tourism & City Guide

Maharashtra has a distinction: Matheran. Asia’s most unique hill station, Matheran is without equal! Matheran is absolutely vehicle and pollution free hill station where only means of transportations are walking, riding a horse, hand-pulled rickshaws from the Dasturi Naka. There was a time when adventurers vouched for Matheran’s hair pin bends, dangerous cliffs et al. Today, Matheran is cluttered with hotels and lodgings in every nook and corner of the hill station. The rewards are not in cool waft of the air that leaves no bead of sweat on your forehead, but in the priceless views of the lush plains, from-the-top-views, silver rivers and so on. For the more adventurous there are at least six different hiking routes from the plains into Matheran. Matheran’s own toy train journey is, indeed, a must-do for the pleasance of the views and tortoise-slow speed it offers. And, in addition to all these, Matheran offers a privilege of entertaining lakhs of tourists who flock here to beat the city heat and blues. A coochie-cooh nest of lovebirds to luring heights for trekkers to the unpolluted, serene home for holidaymakers, Matheran has several distinctions under its folds.

Matheran Travel Guide is endeavour to bring 28 points, 2 lakes, 2 parks and 4 major worship places, how to reach matheran, excursions and must-dos in the easy reach of travellers. Explore this exclusive Matheran City Guide for all your queries on Matheran.

How to Reach

How to Reach Matheran

Distance from Matheran to Other Locations
Places Distance
Mumbai 103 km
Alibaug 73 km
Aaurangabad 328km
Chinchavad 75km
Goregaon 110 km
Kolad 81 km
Mahabaleshwar 165 km
Pune 100km
Panchgani 182 km

Matheran, India’s one of the four pollution free hill station, is situated at a height of 2,625 ft in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra. Matheran lies at close quarters from Mumbai (100 km) and Pune (120 km). Although Matheran is devoid of any local transportation, there is a Neral–Matheran Toy Trains that eases out commutation for visitors. Connected to all modes of transportation, Matheran’s nearest rail access is 25 km at Neral. Check out more on traveling in Matheran:-  

How to Reach Matheran by Airway: Matheran’s is served with twin advantage of the being in extremely closed tourist circuit to Pune (120 km) and Mumbai (100 km), henceforth implying that Matheran can be accessed through two International Airports of Mumbai and Pune. For further queries passengers can call Pune Airport helpline on 91-020-26683232. Check your flight schedule here and now! 

How to Reach Matheran by Railways: Matheran’s solo hill station Neral is nearest rail station situated at a distance of 25 km. Neral Railway Station has excellent connectivity with different parts of Indian cities. The Neral Railway Station is on the Mumbai – Pune route of Central Railways. The Neral Matheran Toy Train starts from Neral and reaches to Matheran in two hours. Neral Junction is well linked by local trains from CST along the CST-Kajrat route. In any case, passengers travelling from long distances should choose Kajrat and not Neral as their end stations. 

How to Reach Matheran by Road: Matheran is connected by Mumbai-Pune Highway (NH4) till chauk via Panvel. Tourists can access Matheran from the state highway via karjat Junction and Chinchvali. A hill road from Dasturi Naka leads into Matheran. A number of buses ply from neighboring cities till Matheran. 

Local Transportation : Matheran Toy Trains, ponies, rickshaws et al constitute the local transport means in Matheran. Alternatively, one will have to rely on walking capacity to scout the nitty-gritty of this Asia’s unique hill station.

Driving Direction

Driving Directions Matheran

Matheran is situated in Maharashtra, Western India. This beautiful hill station is surrounded by lush green hills and rivers. The villages and their traditional culture adds more grace to the beauty of Matheran. Alexander point, One tree hill point, Hart point, Charolotte Lake, Panorama point and Shivajis Ladder are the well known attractions which can’t be missed to visit by any chance. Mumbai airport is the nearest airport to Matheran. It is 100 Kms away from the Mumbai’s(Chatrapati Shivaji Airport). Similarly, Neral is another destination which hosts of the railway station just 20 Kms away from this beautiful hill station. The travelers who are traveling by their own vehicle can take a route from Dhodhani road which connects major cosmopolitan cities of India with Matheran.

Attractions

Matheran Attractions

A haven of naturalness, greenery and 100% pure air, entire Matheran is sliced out with striking scenes of nature’s paradisiacal beauty. Matheran spreads bountifully on 7.35 sq km of high altitude, 800 m above the sea level. The cleanest of al, Matheran owes much to its cardinal location, in close proximity to Mumbai and Pune. Overall, Matheran wears a distinguished title of India’s non-polluted hill home. The thick canopies of evergreen forests keep the hill station naturally cool. Long, cool walks under the shades of trees and scenic trails assure toxin-free air, rejuvenated mind and a high spirit in Matheran. Although small in size, Matheran has 38 vantage points for sightseeing. Right from pony rides to walking the trails to escapading the points and so on, Matheran benevolently bestows all its secrets to its seekers. Maharashtra’s ecologically sensitive zone, Matheran is all about reconnoitering some rarefied chunks of natural visuals. Here are some that would sweep you off your feet. 

Famous points in Matheran - Matheran has 38 points from where tourists can whole hog the view of its dazzling green beauty, cliffs and special points. Check out some of the famous points that Matheran opens unto its visitors.

Pisharnath Temple

Pisharnath temple is situated to the left part of picturesque Charlotte Lake. The temple is a cardinal Hindu shrine and it is believed by many that visiting the temple bestows the devotee with good luck. A green lawn sprawls large in front of the temple where traveler can relax and sit for a while. One can see the majestic views of the beautiful lake from the premises. 

Charlotte Lake

Famously known as Sharlott Lake, the Charlotte Lake is primary source of drinking water in Matheran. The sides of the lake are appliquéd with Pisharnath Temple and Louisa Point and Echo Point on the left and right directions. The best time to visit this Lake is during monsoon as it gets dried up in the summer months. The sight of birds soaring and taking dives over the lake in monsoons have attracted many shutterbugs to click the beauty of the place. 

Prabal Fort

Named after the Prabal Hill, on which the ruins of the fort stand, the Prabal Fort has a rustic charm and historical significance. The fort was once captured by Chathrapati Shivaji from Mughals and as believed, the fort treasures of high price till date. Prabal Fort has two gateways and 11 towers in the fortifications. Presently, there are three-four walls inside the fortification that remind of the olden days.

Excursions

Matheran Getaways & Tourist Places

The area, around 200 km, from Matheran is dotted with abounding copiousness of natural beauty and hilly terrains. Matheran — the pollution-free hill station — is flank guarded by many other hill stations that make up some viable selections for excursions from the metros of Mumbai and Pune. The Matheran Travel Guide covers Lonavala, Panchgani, Khandala, Alibaug and so on. Check out various getaways that unfold themselves on more than one ways within 200 km ahead from Matheran. 

>>Mahabaleshwar

Distance: 180 km
Nature’s extraordinary strawberry manufacturing farm, Mahabaleshwar is Maharashtra’s pride nestled at 4500 ft from the sea level in the Western Ghats. Made from fabrics of rugged hills, impenetrable forests and steep gorges, Mahabaleshwar is nature’s unrehearsed opera to which the waterfalls and rivers provides its music. The best definition to this height sums as: a refreshing summer capital to the Mumbaikars, for here the lot is those of college-goers, lovelorn honeymooners and families at weekend breaks from Mumbai, Pune, Kolhapur and Solapur. And its location near the Mumbai ─ the film capital of India ─ brings in a lot of filmy tales spun around each of its favourite points. Yesteryear’s blockbusters Omkara and Swades were shot here in Mahabaleshwar making it a thrust among the tourists. Read Mahabaleshwar Travel Guide

>> Lonavala/ Khandala

Distance: 46 km
The charming twin cities of Lonavala and Khandala are a welcome break from the heat and crowds of cities like Mumbai and Pune. Perching 600 m on the western slopes of the Sahyadri range, the hill destinations offer a cool, invigorating climate and a pleasant getaway. During the monsoon they are at their best, with waterfalls gushing down steep ravines and mists rolling into the valley. Lonavala and Khandala, 5 km apart, boast of some stunning views of the Sahyadri hills, especially during the monsoons. Lonavala is a fairly bustling town, while Khandala is relatively more laidback, and walking around the both is an experience you would not want to miss. Read Lonavala Travel Guide

>>Panchgani

Panchgani is a small, quiet town with a feel of good old days. Charming old colonial cottages dot the hill station throughout. More than three dozen boarding schools contribute to the lifestyle and atmosphere of Panchgani. It puts you to hire-bicycle, discover by-lanes and indulge in a little innocent fun. Panchgani is absolute leisure place where the activities one can indulge into is watching the world go by and feeling the soothing breeze. Drive down to Parsi Point, Krishna Valley, Rajpuri Caves, Lord Karthikeya, Dhom Dam and Sherbaug … the delights of Panchgani. 

>>Karjat

Karjat is a good base for a number of weekend options. You can come to one of the health resorts here, chill out at a friend’s farmhouse if you should be so lucky and definitely visit the ancient rock-out caves. If you’ve penchant for adventure, you can climb imposing Maratha forts, attempt some easy treks, or go on a monsoon white-water rafting trip on Ulhas River. Kondan Villages, health resorts, river rafting are some of very interesting activities that can be enjoyed at the hill station. Karjat is where the coastal plains of Konkan end and Bhor Ghat begins.

Kiomoi Must Dos

Matheran - Kiomoi Must Dos

Pony Rides: No other place gives a better opportunity to experience pony rides than Matheran. A mode of local transportation, Pony Rides is a way to explore the secrets of Matheran. 

Toy Trains: The Neral – Matheran Toy Train chugs through the gorgeous green foliage of mountain canopy. Take up this unparalleled experience of moving on slow paced toy train on a scary height to enjoy the taste of Matheran. 

Point to Point Tour: Most part of Matheran is ensconced in its points. There are total of 38 points that makes up this beautiful hill station. Some of these points are Panorama Point, Hart Point, Monkey Point, Porcupine Point, Malang Point, Echo Point et al. 

Sauntering The Trails: Walk, walk and walk. Matheran is the place to feast on nature’s beauty. Follow the labyrinth of kacchha roads, try following the toy train tracks and indulge into rock climbing, roll off the grass and other fun activities. 

Monsoon Mania: Monsoons are the right time to catch Matheran in wet and picturesque looks. Matheran is termed as India’s rain destination. 

Chikki: Matheran lends in a sweet-tooth surprise to its visitors. Buy loads of Chikkies when on the hill station.

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Shopping

Shopping in Matheran

Shopaholics don’t have many delights to savour in Matheran. Nevertheless, Matheran offers a best souvenir in the form of Chikkies: the caramel confection peculiar to the place. There are multitudes of shops lined up near main market area that sell Chikki in many different flavours of fresh honey, fruits, nuts et al. Also, what you can’t think of missing is surprisingly cheap leather footwear available all across the town. Well, if you think bargaining is what you are expert at, chances are that you can pick some bunches for your family and friends. Other items that can fill your bag include leather bags and belts, Kolhapuri footwear, hats, etc.

Accommodation

Accommodation at Matheran

Matheran has plenty of accommodation options catering to all budgets. The hill station is dotted with no frill lodges, pure vegetarian guesthouses, mid range hotels, MTDC bungalow to luxurious hotels and resorts.

Eat n Dine

Eat and Dine in Matheran

Gujarat bhawan is on the way to Charollette Lake. The travelers can stay here too. Eating a Gujarati Thali is also highly recommended food cuisine at this place. From the market place along the mosque, a narrow lane ascends to join another road. At the junction, on the right, is shabbir┬?s, a small easting place. The food lovers can try its Biryani. In the market there are several more Chota-mota eateries, plus the local bakeries with the great bread.

The Caramel confection(Jaggery with nuts, peas or seassame seed, cut into slabs a or cubes) is a sell out and there is loads to choose from-with peanuts, coconut,channa, almonds, pista, cashew and sesame. There┬?s also scrumptious fudge to pick up. Salted Channa and fresh honey are other must buys from the bazaar, which runs along the railway station.

Tourist Offices

Matheran Tourist Office

Govt. of India Tourist Office, Churchgate, Mumbai.
Ph: 022- 2209 3229

Maharashtra State Tourism Development Corporation’s (MTDC)
C.D.O. Hutments, Opp. L.I.C. Building,
Madame Cama Road, Mumbai - 400 020.
Ph: +91 22 2202 6713 / 7762 / 4627
Fax: +91 22 2285 2182

Weather

Weather in Matheran

 

The weather of Matheran is pleasant through out the year. But it’s magical during the monsoons. During the summer season that is in the March to May, the temperature remains hot and humid. The entire region gets blanketed into the deserted look.

In the monsoon season, the travelers can get to explore the real India. The entire regions gets engulfed in the cover of lush green grass lands. This is the only time when travelers can notice various species of animals and birds coming out of their dense in the forests of Matheran. Monsoon months in Matheran are from June to September. Being the monsoon destination, the travelers during these months can go for the water boat ride. There are many parched rivers in the region which comes back into life during the monsoons. If the nature lovers want to enjoy the riot of greenery in Metharan then monsoon season is the best time for planning a holiday. In the winter season, the mild cold waves waft through the region. The nights are cold and the days are blissful.

Useful Facts

Useful Facts Mahabaleshwar

The travelers can have the quick look over some of the useful facts which can help travelers to figure out the real demographics and geography of this mesmerizing hill station:

State: Maharashtra, Western India

Distance: 110 Km East of Mumbai

Journey Time by Road: 3 hrs

By Rail: 3 ½ hours(including 2 hours by the toy train)

Location: AsiaÂ?s only pedestrian hill station situated 2,636 ft above the Sea level in the Western ghats, 22Km from Karjat

Route: Mumbai-Pune Highway(NH-4) till Chauk via Panvel; state highway to Neral via Karjat junction and Chinchavali;hill road to Dasturi Naka in Matheran.

Best time to visit: Pleasent through out the year. But itÂ?s magical during the monsoons.

STD Code:02148, from Mumbai: 952148

Nearest Rail Head: Neral is the nearest rail head(8km by road)

Tip: No mini trains in the monsoons

Car: Take NH4 till Chauk. Turn left onto the state highway to Neral, past Chinchavali. Climb up to Dastiru Naka, 2 Km short of Matheran . Park here(Rs 25 per day). There is a Rs 20 per head tourist tax on entry.

Bus: ST buses ply regularly between to Neral

Attractions: Hart Point, Monkey Point, Porcupine Point for the sunset, Louisa Point, One Tree Hill Point, Prabal Fort, ShivajiÂ?s Ladder, Rambagh Point, Khandala, Karjat and Alexander point.

Where to Eat:Gujarat bhavan is on the way to Charlotte Lake. You can stay there too, but eating there Gujarati Thali is highly recommended at ShabbirÂ?s. The travelers here can relish the taste of chicken and mutton biryani. There are many other bakeries shops in the region which offers one of the best bakes breads.

Holiday Check List

Holiday Check List

The Holiday Check List before going to Matheran is as follows:

*Empty your letter box

*Fix up security for your house or ask some one to look after

*Water your plants and ask some one to take care of it

*Ask your newspaper vendor and milkman to stop supply

*Clear out the fridge.

*Switch off the electric appliances.

*Empty out kitchen, waste/dust-bin and kitchen area.

*Lock doors and windows

*Recharge your mobile or carry coupons

*Carry travellerÂ?s cheque or ATM cards

*Pay all due bills

*Turn off gas/water

*Call up the taxi driver/railway station/hotels and other important numbers to confirm and re-confirm

*Rail Tickets and travel documents should be checked twice

*Packing your luggage

Woollen/cotton clothing Extra towels * Extra pair of socks * Night wears * Raincoats * Wrappers * Bath robes * Jumper and track suits Equipment * Battery Charger * Camera * Mobile * Mobile Charger * Torch/Emergency Light * Headphones Miscellaneous * Brochures or holiday book * Sunglasses * Sewing kit * Important stationary(scissors, tape and glue) * Film rolls and digital chargers * Ear Plugs * Watch * Umbrellas * Address Book * Shoulder bags/ Safety pins * Important Telephone Addresses/Travel Consultant * Few non perishable eatables * Medicines * Books / magazines to read

Banks and ATMs

Banks and ATMs in Matheran

The banks and ATM’s in Matheran are as follows:

Union Bank of India, Matheran Branch, Bazar Plot No. 8, M.G.Road, Matheran, Taluka Karjat, Dist. Raigad, Pin - 410102 . Maharashtra

City: Matheran

State: Maharashtra

Bank Of India

Middle Class Housing Society, Plot No. 160, Panvel, Dist. Raigad Pin-410206.

State Bank Of India

278/1 Safiya Terrace, M.G. Road,Panvel, Distt. Raigad, 410 206