Matheran Hill Station
Matheran Hill Station is in the Raigad district of Maharastra, India at around 100 kilometers from Mumbai.
Matheran Hill Station is an eco-sensitive forest area. Matheran means “forest on the forehead”. Come to Maharastra and experience ‘Incredible India’
Matheran Hill Station is the smallest hill station in the country and is is part of the Western Ghats. Matheran has become very popular weekend getaways for Mumbaikars.
Matheran Hill Station offers spectacular view points, numbering 38, which gives superb view of the valleys, the hills, etc. The ‘Panorama Point’ gives you a panoramic 360 degree view of the surrounding areas and the nearby town, Neral. Sunrise and Sunset can be watched with spectacular effect from here. Matheran is a cheap weekend getaway destination for a budget traveler.
Matheran is rich in flora and fauna. There are many wild animals here. Monkeys are seen in large numbers. There are many medicinal plants in Matheran.
Matheran is very popular with trekkers with streams, forests, valleys, railway track; all needs to be crossed to reach the hill top.
How Do I Go to Matheran Hill Station?
Suburban trains are available from Mumbai CST station to Neral (near Marhteran) on CST-Karjat route.
From Neral, you can go up to Dasturi Naka by road, beyond which the vehicles are not allowed.Taxi services are available from Neral to Dasturi Naka.
Motor vehicles are banned in Matheran hill station, except ambulance. you can go for sight seeing on a horseback. Rates are negotiable. For 300 – 400 reuppes, they takes you to 5 or 6 view points. Bargain hard to get good rates.
There are buses up to Neral from Pune and Mumbai and from other cities in Maharashtra.
There is a 21 kilometer long narrow gauge railway line which connects Matheran to Neral. The last train to Neral from Matheran is at 5 pm.
Mumbai airport at around 100 kilometers is the nearest airport. Matheran is at a distance of 120 kilometers from Pune.
Can You Suggest Some Good Matheran Hotels?
There are many Matheran hotels suiting the budget of different categories of tourists. ‘The Verantha in the Forest’ is an Incredible heritage property which was built in the 19th century. The byke heritage is another heritage hotel built by the then collector of Thane, in 1854.
Usha Ascot is a 3 star hotel for strict vegetarians. Hotel Kumar Plaza, The Byke Redwood, Cecil Hotel (heritage hotel), Adamo Resort, etc, are some of the hotels which offers occasional discounted hotel rates.
‘Adamo The Viillage’ is one of the best hotels offering cheap hotel rooms (when compared to other hotels mentioned above), with a room rent of INR 1400 for a Deluxe non-ac room on weekdays. There are many other cheap hotels which suits low budget tourists.