Situated on the Western Ghats, Matheran is a small yet a charming hill station of Maharashtra. The city doesn’t let any vehicle entering into its perimeter that makes it a calm and perfect region. All cars are needed to be parked at Dasturi Naka which is around a distance of 2.5 KM away from the town. So, if you are visiting this place, don’t carry heavy luggage while traveling here. If you cannot walk then take a pony ride up to Matheran from Dasturi Naka. The place is renowned to be the smallest hill station in the country and its calm atmosphere makes it a very well-known place for weekend escape in the state of Maharashtra. This place is just right for a weekend break and located 90 KM away from Mumbai and 120 KM away from Pune. There are many places in Matheran for staying, including luxury resorts to simple lodges or an MTDC bungalow to pure vegetarian guesthouses; you can choose to stay wherever you want. Matheran was constructed in the year 1855 and this eco-sensitive hill station takes you back into a time when there were no vehicles provided it a charm that’s difficult to find elsewhere. This hill station is located at 2, 625 feet and its name literally translates into a ‘forest on top’. This hill station has multiple look-out points from where you can enjoy picturesque views of the hills, gorges or valleys. Matheran has many famous points and mainly, the Panorama Point is popular for providing the 360 degree view of the adjoining area.
March to May, Pleasant
June to September, characterized by torrential rainfall
Annual rainfall -325 cm
December to February, Cool and frosty
Top Places to Visit in Matheran
Matheran is a true gift of nature for a passionate tourist, who seeks a refuge from the daily hardships of contemporary life. There are many tourist spots in Matheran where one can experience true natural pleasure with the rolling hilly regions and the treasures of natural beauty. This place is one of the best summer retreats to get rid of scorching rays of sun. There are sightseeing places to visit on your Matheran tour. Explore them.
The Alexander Point is situated on the Madhavji Road is ideal for enjoying an amazing scenic site. This point offers picturesque views of Palasdhari Lake, Garbut Point, Rambaug Point, Chowk Point and Borgaon Village.
Louisa Point is located on a plateau among the key viewpoints of Matheran which provide striking views of the surrounding area. The visitors can also see numerous attractions such as attractive waterfalls, blooming lake gardens and old forts. The view of the splendid Lion’s Head is a popular site that looks like the head of a lion. The stretched valley between Louisa Point and Honeymoon Point is also a major attraction of this site.
Panorama Point is a paradise for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers in Matheran. As the name suggests, the point offers a 360 degree view of the spectacular surroundings. It offers sight of the beautiful Western Ghats and nearby towns & villages is completely breathtaking. This place is also an ideal picnic spot. The best of the views can be captured for sunrise and sunset.
King George Point
King George Point is cuddled in the greenery and rolling hills. This place offers a scenic view of nearby valleys and the composed Charlotte Lake. The best time to visit the viewpoint is during monsoons when the lake overflows to form few small waterfalls in the region. It is a perfect place for nature lovers.
It is another famous viewpoint in Matheran that offers picturesque views of the outstanding hills and verdant backdrop. From here, one can clearly get a view of Karjat, Khandala and Garbut Point. The green bed and tranquil ambience of this site draw a large number of picnickers and leisure travelers.
This lesser know natural point in Matheran is a natural beauty to come across. It is one of those points that enjoy panoramic views of the valley and a waterfall emerging from the rocks.
One of the must-visit viewpoints in Matheran, Sunset Point is an awesome place to enjoy the great views of sunset. The horizon of the place gets colored with a wonderful hue and creates a charming atmosphere while sinking into the land.
One Tree Point
Also known as One Tree Hill, it is a well-liked site among tourists and identified distinctly for a single Jambhul tree located at the top. This cool and calm place invites a large numbers of tourists for relaxing. From this point, one can enjoy the view of the Tent hill and Chowk village.
Charlott Lake is one of the most popular attractions of Matheran. The amazing surroundings and serene that encircle the lake will make you feel delighted. This lake is the only resource of water on top of this beautiful hill resort.
The temple enjoys a resemblance with Dilwara Jain Temples of Mount Abu as far as its structure is concerned. The ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It had been constructed by King Mahamandaleshwar to honor his predecessor. On the special eve of Shivratri, a fair is organized at the shrine with great fervor.
It is one of the historical parks in Matheran, which is admired for different range of flowers. The park is named after Lt. Col. Paymaster and a number of flowers are planted there to grab attention of the tourists.
Neral Matheran Toy Train
Managed by Central Railways, Neral Matheran Toy Train is a famous heritage train. The foundation of this hill railway was laid by Abdul Hussein Adamjee Peerbhoy was opened for public in the year 1907. At present, there are four pairs of train operating between the destinations i.e., distance of about 20 KM. It is fun ride for kids and adults.
Other Attractions and Excursions
Some of the other viewpoints in Matheran are, ‘Hart Point’, ‘Little Chowk Point’ and ‘One Tree Hill Point’. “Mount Berry”, located about 5 KM away from Matheran is one of the most famous tourist spots around the region. This place is popular for its natural beauty.