Matheran is an eco-friendly hill station and attracts lakhs of tourists every year. Known as 'Maharashtra's Gift', Matheran, with its 38 peak points, is a great getaway from the pandemonium of city life. One of the closest hill-stations to Mumbai, Matheran is around two hours from Mumbai, by road. The hill station is tucked away at the base of the Sahayadri Mountains and is unpolluted. Since, vehicles are banned from entering this hill station limit, be prepared to be on foot once you get to this place! One of the finest hill stations in Maharashtra, Matheran is a beautiful tourist destination that offers stunning views of the Sahayadri ranges, a bird's eye view of the lights of Mumbai and chilly nights.
Places To See
All the 38 look-out points of Matheran are worth a visit but some points are out of bounds for tourists due to safety reasons. Some of the best peaks and points in Matheran that offer the best views of the hill station are Panorama Point, King George Point, Louisa Point, Echo Point and the Charlotte Lake. The Paymaster Park and the Panthers Caves are also great places to visit for those wanting to witness wildlife.
This charming hill station is also a popular shopping destination for tourists. Local Matheran Hats, sandals and sweet 'Chikki' are popular here. The honey available in Matheran is also considered to be very popular.
Fancy restaurants are not easily available in Matheran. Try the stalls, the food vendors and the dhabas, who promise authentic Maharashtrian and Punjabi food.
Have you ever been to Matheran on a Mini Train? If yes, then you might have noticed a small station Jummapatti in the Neral-Matheran route. This station overlooks a dam in the distant and has a beautiful waterfall in its treasure.
Calling Jummapatti picturesque would be an understatement. It is a medley of green in different shades.
The hills were covered with a carpet of thick green and the moistness in the atmosphere gave a silky texture to the green.