a viewpoint in khandala ghat with a small tree growing from outside the viewpoint

Embarking on a Scenic Journey: Places near Navi Mumbai for Weekend


As the urban hustle and bustle of Navi Mumbai start to fade, the picturesque road to Lonavala beckons with promises of lush landscapes, scenic viewpoints and a perfect weekend escape. Let's explore the enchanting journey from Navi Mumbai to Lonavala, discovering 5 captivating places along the way that make this drive a delightful experience.

The road trip from Navi Mumbai to Lonavala is a mere 83 km, making it an ideal weekend getaway for those seeking a breath of fresh air and a change of scenery. You can travel on the Mumbai-Pune Highway to reach Lonavala and the journey promises not just a destination but a visual feast as you navigate through winding roads surrounded by the Sahyadri ranges.

Karnala Bird Sanctuary

As you leave the city behind and venture towards Lonavala, make a pit stop at the Karnala Bird Sanctuary, a haven for nature lovers and bird enthusiasts. Located just off the Mumbai-Pune highway, this sanctuary is home to many avian species, including colourful migratory birds and elusive resident species. Take a stroll along the winding trails, immerse yourself in the tranquil ambience and reconnect with the sights and sounds of the natural world.

A river flowing in between green land with mountains in the background in Karjat


Continuing your journey towards Lonavala, the quaint town of Karjat beckons with its scenic beauty and rustic charm. Nestled amidst the Sahyadri ranges, Karjat is blessed with lush greenery, gurgling streams and majestic waterfalls, making it a paradise for nature enthusiasts. Explore the ancient Kondana Caves, marvel at the panoramic views from the Kothaligad Fort, or unwind amidst the idyllic surroundings, soaking in the peace and tranquillity of this hidden gem.

Bhivpuri Waterfalls

As you traverse the winding roads towards Lonavala, make a detour to Bhivpuri Waterfalls, a hidden oasis nestled in the heart of the Western Ghats. Surrounded by verdant forests and towering cliffs, these cascading waterfalls offer a refreshing respite from the summer heat. Take a dip in the crystal-clear waters, bask in the beauty of the natural surroundings and let the soothing sound of the waterfalls wash away your cares and worries.

An image capturing a waterfall cascading from rocky cliffs into a flowing stream below, surrounded by lush greenery
A bird's eye view of Khandala Ghat near Lonavala with a highway running parallel to the mountains


No journey to Lonavala would be complete without a visit to its sister hill station, Khandala. Perched atop the Sahyadri ranges, Khandala is renowned for its panoramic vistas, misty valleys and lush greenery. Stop by the iconic Tiger's Leap viewpoint, where you can marvel at the breathtaking views of the valley below, or embark on a scenic trek to the picturesque Bhushi Dam, surrounded by cascading waterfalls and lush forests.

Lion's Point

As you approach Lonavala, don't miss the opportunity to visit Lion's Point, a scenic viewpoint that offers panoramic views of the surrounding hills and valleys. This vantage point is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike, especially during the monsoon season when the landscape is bathed in lush greenery and enveloped in mist. Take in the awe-inspiring vistas, capture memorable photographs and savour the tranquillity of this natural wonder.

a man standing on a Lion's Point overlooking a valley with other mountains in sight

Finally, arrive at the charming hill station of Lonavala, where nature's beauty unfolds in all its glory. With cascading waterfalls, verdant hills and a pleasant climate, Lonavala epitomises the perfect getaway near Navi Mumbai. Indulge in the local delicacies, explore the caves and forts, or unwind in the lap of nature.

Navi Mumbai to Lonavala is not just a road trip, it's a journey that meanders through scenic landscapes and captivating pit stops. And once you reach Lonavala, consider staying at Rhythm Lonavala. This 5-star resort is surrounded by greenery and has 84 beautiful accommodations split into four categories. 4 dining options that offer sumptuous food, al fresco dining and delicious cocktails will ensure your vacay mode is on! The resort also has facilities and activities like a gymnasium, a spa and a swimming pool among other luxuries here.

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