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» Matheran Hill Station & Resort Town ...

Matheran Hill Station Matheran is a very popular getaway from Mumbai and Pune. A quiet hill station, it is located on the Sahyadri range lying on an elevated region. Being cooler and less humid it is the climate that attracts vacationers during the summer months. With plentiful viewpoints offering panoramic vistas of the plains below, on clear nights you can see the city lights of Mumbai.
Location: Situated in the Matheran range of Sahyadri at a height of 2516 feet, average elevations rise to 2224 feet in the resort town that is about 100 km from Mumbai and 120 km from Pune. It is just the perfect place to retreat from the city where you can relax, enjoy nature's serenity and switch off from the outside world.

History: The term Matheran literally means jungle on top. Matheran was discovered by Hugh Malet in 1850. The British developed the place as a popular tourist resort. Old British-style architecture is preserved in Matheran with most of them turned into heritage structures. Matheran has been declared an eco sensitive region by GOI's - Union Environment Ministry.

Sightseeing: Matheran's sheer drop lookouts set atop hilltops covered in lush foliage overlook the plains below. Marked with trails leading to 38 viewpoints visitors will be awed by the glimpses of stark natural beauty. Most sightseeing takes a few days to soak up on Asia's only pedestrian hill station. It's easy reaching the points with signboards all around. Just follow the trails to -

Echo Point is central to Matheran offering a panoramic view of the whole place. It's the echoing that makes the place so popular. Charlotte or Sharlott Lake is a picturesque spot having the ancient Pisarnath Temple located by it. Louisa point and Echo point both located on the left side of the lake are favored picnic spots. The lake is the main source of water supply in Matheran.

Louisa Point located on a plateau is a lookout point offering a spectacular view of the ruined forts of Prabal and Vishalgarh. The famous "Lion's Head" rock is located close to it. Alexander Point is famous and popular with tourists providing splendid views of Garbut Point, Chowk valley and Ulhas River.

Other places worth visiting are King George Point, Sunset/Porcupine Point and Monkey Point. Other points that can be explored are Heart Point, Malang Point, Honeymoon Hill, Lords Point, One-tree Hill, Olympia, Paymasters Park, Artists Park, Mount Barry, etc. Since there is no vehicular traffic at all the town makes for a quiet peaceful sojourn.

 

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Shopping: The main bazaar offers a variety of articles such as cane and leather articles, hats, footwear and Chikki – a kind of nut-toffee. You get good quality shoes, slippers, sandals and other leather goods at bargain prices. Leisure Activities: Valley Crossing is a great activity done on a rope that can be experienced at Honey Moon Point. This adventurous activity appears risky but is not since tight safety belts keep you properly hooked. This awesome activity needs to be experienced.

To Reach From Mumbai: Matheran is 100 km from Mumbai and can be accessed by road or rail. Lying on the busy Mumbai-Pune rail link the nearest train station is at Neral, 11 km from Matheran. From Neral shared taxis ply to the entrance of Matheran.

Best time to visit: The best time to go to Matheran is from September to June as the monsoons get really heavy in intervening period. Matheran is a visual delight post monsoons with lush greenery, waterfalls and the lake full with water. Tourists enjoy scenic waterfalls and great climate.

Hotels: The peak season remains quite busy when hotel prices get quite high. In off season during the winter months enjoy staying in the lovely hotels. Since Matheran is a popular weekend getaway from Mumbai mid week is likely to be less crowded. In any case it is always advisable to make reservations beforehand. There are plentiful hotels in the town center and along the secluded pathways in the hills.

Matheran - Fast Facts



Annual Rainfall: 524 cm

Altitude : 800 meters above sea level
Languages : Marathi, English, Hindi and Gujarati

Temperature : 16°C - 32°C

STD Code : 02148

 

Hotels In Matheran

The Verandah In The Forest
The Verandah In The Forest
Raised like a dream in the Sahyadri ranges - a new path in the forest clears up in Matheran, the last British hill station. Chug up in a toy train or walk, trot, dandi in palanquins past the gigantic mansions built by the British, the Parsis, and the Bohras - for Matheran is Asia's only pedestrian hill resort. ...
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Anandritz - Pure Veg
Anandritz - Pure Veg
Anandritz is a setting of peach painted villas around the poolside with all five star facilities. Enjoy a friendly atmosphere & excellent service all under one.As you tread on, you go up on the higher deck where there is the old bungalow true to the name it has everything to do with antique decor. ...
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Hotel Regal - Pure Veg
Hotel Regal - Pure Veg
The Regal Hotel is spread over a vast area. The lodgings are in a number of cottages. The one we got had a room large enough to comfortably accommodate a couple of double beds, an open wardrobe, a bedside table, a rack for your luggage and a TV. ...
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Hotel Riviera - Pure Veg
Hotel Riviera - Pure Veg
Hotel Riviera provides an ideal get away from the Hi-tech city life. It's a kingdom by itself full of greenery & tranquility. The reception here is with a warm welcome, which floats into you sense, as you step in. It makes you at ease at 2500 ft. high. The warmth of each room here will envelop you as you relax in ...
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Lords Central Hotel
Lords Central Hotel
The Only hotel in Matheran with magnificient valley view. With 6 cottages perched on the lip of a terrace garden you have a choice of 22 well appointed rooms with attached baths and deep verandahs overlooking the garbut valley ...
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Richie Rich Resorts - Pure Veg
Richie Rich Resorts - Pure Veg
Located at the heart of Matheran, Richie Rich is equi-distance from all sightseeing attraction. Allowing its guests to experience Matheran to its fullest. If all this develops an hearty appetite, that's fine with us. At Richie Rich you are lavishly entertained and even more lavishly wined & dined ...
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