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Weekend Getaways That’ll Cost Less Than a Meal For Two: Mumbai Read more at: http://goodtimes.ndtv.com/features/weekend-getaways-thatll-cost-less-than-a-meal-for-two-mumbai-1268425?cp

Here’s something you didn’t know, you could plan a weekend getaway and spend Less than  what you would on a fancy dinner for two. So all you Mumbaikars, pack your bags, hit the throttle, and plunge for a break!

1. Go, raise a coast!

a) Palgarh
The scenic location of this princely state, replete with waterfalls makes it the perfect retreat. Mahim and Kelve beach are both at an arm’s distance from Palgarh. All you art enthusiasts, can get an introduction to Worli art here.

Distance: 113 km
Room tariff: Rs. 500- 1000
Food: Less than Rs. 600
Getting around: Less than Rs. 800

b) Daman
Gorgeous weather all through the year, wind gushing through your hair and the peace Mumbai has all through the day! Daman, with its visible Portuguese architecture, palm groves and exquisite beaches, has something to offer to all your senses.

Distance: 171 km
Room tariff: Rs. 500- 2000
Food: Less than Rs. 1500
Getting around: Less than Rs. 500

c) Shrivardhan
This gem on the Konkan coast is one of the most sought after weekend getaway destinations for travellers from Mumbai. The serenity of the beaches, the pristine white sand dotted with plantations and palm grooves makes this a favourite.

Distance: 177 km
Room tariff: Rs. 500- 2000
Food: Less than Rs. 1000
Getting around: Less than Rs. 600

2. Vanish into no-man’s land

a) Silvassa
Indulge the adventure seeker in you in Silvassa. Trekking, backpacking, wildlife adventure are all up for offer.

Distance: 167 km
Room tariff: Rs. 1000- 2500
Food: Less than Rs. 1500
Getting around: Less than Rs. 1500

b) Matheran
Known to be the smallest hill station in India, Matheran is a picturesque, eco-sensitive getaway. It is entirely an automobile free region. Go explore its numerous view points for panoramic vistas, famed to be breathtaking and enjoy the commune in nature’s abode. Be wise to pick the right bungalow to stay in!

Distance: 90 km
Room tariff: More than Rs. 2500
Food: Less than Rs. 1000

2. For the devout

a) Harihareshwar
Also known as the Dakshin Kashi, this beach town houses an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is a renowned temple town that encompasses not just the pious credo but also immaculate environs to soothe a tired mind.

Distance: 189 km
Room tariff: Rs. 1500- 2500
Food: Less than Rs. 600
Getting around: Less than Rs. 800

b) Nashik
Nashik is believed to be the place where the demon Shurpanaka tried to seduce Lord Ram. Well known as the venue for Kumbh Mela, this city holds an imminent place among Hindu devotees. Enjoy the scenic beauty and do not forget to take a cycle ride across vineyards while you’re there.

Distance: 167 km
Room tariff: Rs. 500- 3000
Food: Less than Rs. 600
Getting around: Less than Rs. 800

c) Trimbakeshwar
It is situated in the Nashik district and is the source of river Godavari. This ancient religious site is home to one of the 12 Jyotirlingas dedicated to Lord Shiva. The beautiful and quaint character of this place is perfect to get some inner peace.

Distance: 193 km
Room tariff: Rs. 500- 2000
Food: Less than Rs. 600

3. Solitude in the green quietude

a) Malshej Ghat
At an altitude of 700m above sea level, these Ghats are an exotic spot with magical waterfalls and pretty lakes. Go hiking on the lovely mountains for a breath of fresh air, discover its ancient forts or just sit by the gurgling water. The luscious greenery is bound to take your breath away.

Distance: 127 km
Room tariff: Rs. 1100- 3000
Food: Less than Rs. 1000
Getting around: Less than Rs. 800

b) Bhandardara
This hill station, holed up in the Sahyadris in the western ghats, is ideal for a weekend getaway to flex your tired muscles. Break the mundane routines of your city life and relax in this green citadel.

Distance: 165 km
Room tariff: Rs. 3000- 13000
Food: Less than Rs. 2000
Getting around: Less than Rs. 500


c) Panchgani
Find a quaint little cottage by the hills and spend your weekend in unadulterated environs. Discover the many caves and their adjoining ponds for a refreshing feel, hike up to the forts and lose yourself in the panoramic views of tableland!

Distance: 244 km
Room tariff: Rs. 500- 1500
Food: Less than Rs. 500
Getting around: Less than Rs. 500

4. Bird watching

a) Kashid
Phansad Wildlife sanctuary in Kashid is a bird watcher’s delight. Catch the fluttery sleight amongst the lush green, as you wade through the thicket. Kashid itself has much more to offer, being a lesser known beach town close to Mumbai.

Distance: 131 km
Room tariff: More than Rs. 1000
Food: Less than Rs. 1000
Getting around: Less than Rs. 800

b) Karnala
Its proximity to the city makes it a very favourable picnic spot. Sprawled over a large area, the sanctuary is home to hundreds of resident birds and a lot more migratory birds come in between October and April.

Distance: 60 km
Room tariff: Rs. 500- 2000
Food: Less than Rs. 600

5. Reading destinations

a) Igatpuri
This scenic hill town in the Western Ghats paint a picture perfect scene to huddle down with a book and hot cuppa. Meditation centres, so adequately located in its lap attracts many from far and wide.

Distance: 120 km
Room tariff: More than Rs. 1000
Food: Less than Rs. 600
Getting around: Less than Rs. 800

b) Suryamal
This is the highest peak of the region and is not only breathtakingly beautiful, but quaint and not crowded too. Plonk yourself under a tree with a book, all while savouring the panorama from atop the hills.

Distance: 143 km
Room tariff: Rs. 500- 2000
Food: Less than Rs. 800
Getting around: Less than Rs. 500

6. Lessons in history

a) Ajanta and Ellora caves
Magnificent paintings of Ajanta and glorious sculptures of Ellora are the finest examples of the rich Indian heritage. The amalgamation of Buddhist, Jain and Hindu monuments within the complex gives a historic insight into the life of ancient India.

Distance: 393 km
Room tariff: More than Rs. 500
Food: Less than Rs. 1000
Getting around: Less than Rs. 800

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