The Top 12 Three-Day Getaway Trips to take from Mumbai

 Mumbai is a city that is well connected to hill stations and beaches in Maharashtra and its neighbouring states. This makes it the perfect platform from where to escape on a quick getaway. If you are looking to spend a short trip, less than 3 days away from the city, we have a guide that tells you about the best 12 getaway places that are ideal for a 3 day weekend.  


Beaches Near Mumbai


1.Goa


If you are flying out from Mumbai to Goa, three days should be a sufficient amount of time to explore the land of swaying palm trees and beaches. Apart from the beaches, there are some fascinating historic sites, religious structures, and quite a few adventure sports opportunities to explore. Those who love their fair share of nightlife, even while on holiday can dance and enjoy a few drinks at one of the many beach shacks, pubs, and discotheques in Goa. If you go during the month of March, don’t forget to catch the Carnival Parade that shows Goa’s rich cultural heritage in all its glory.


2. Alibaug



Alibaug is a dainty little beach town that is perfect for a three-day trip or a weekend getaway. On your first day here indulge in water sports or camel or bike rides at the Alibaug and Nagaon beaches. The next day go exploring the historic Kolaba and Murud-Janjira forts and end the day with a nice local fish or vegetarian thali at hotel Sanman, one of the most famous eateries in Alibaug. On day three, head about 32 kilometres away to Kashid Beach where you can enjoy surfing and spot a few dolphins. 


3.Tarkarli



Yet another beautiful beach in Maharashtra, Tarkarli is great for anyone looking to spend time away from the city on a long weekend. Here, one can enjoy plenty of water sport activities, you can go snorkelling, scuba diving, and even enjoy jet skiing, banana and bumper boat rides. Reserve the second day of your trip to go dolphin watching at the Achara and Nivati beaches. End your holiday in this beautiful beach town by visiting the famous Sindhudurg fort that is situated nearby. 


4.Malvan


Malvan is known for its majestic beaches and pristine backwaters, its food and scuba diving. If you are going here for a holiday, rest assured you will never get bored. With so much activity to indulge in, you’ll see the weekend pass by in a jiffy. After you have enjoyed the fun water and beach activities, tour the city and soak in some lovely local sights. While you’re exploring the city, don’t forget to “dive” into a nice plate of Malwani food, that is delicious. 


5.Ganapatipule


Caption: Ganapatipule

The drive to Ganapatipule takes about 7 hours, so to reach by mid-day, you will have to leave Mumbai early in the morning. On your fist day, you’re bound to be a little tired, so do some light walking around villages to experience the local culture. On the second day, head out to the beach and spend the whole morning swimming or just relaxing by the beachside. Save the third day for visiting one of the most important temples in Maharashtra, the Swayambhu Ganesh Temple. While you’re there, enjoy local delicacies at one of the many restaurants near the temple. 


6.Dahanu-Bordi Beach




Located along the Thane coastline, the Dahanu-Bordi Beach is a calm and serene beach that is not yet explored to its fullest. Ideal for a three day holiday, here you can go trekking, explore the pristine beaches and even enjoy a few water adventure sports. Since the beach is located about a three-hour drive away from Mumbai, you have enough time to the beach town in two days, you can save the third day to just relax and unwind in nature’s company before you get back to the grind. 


Hill Station Getaways from Mumbai 


7. Lonavala





Undoubtedly one of the most popular hill stations in Maharashtra, Lonavala is ideal destination for a short, three day getaway from the city. Being a hill station, one would think that it is more of place to just relax, unwind and roam around soaking in the beautiful sights of the hill, but there is more. In Lonavala, there are plenty of things to do, that even three days aren’t enough. Keep the first day to explore the local markets, here you can shop for local sweets including the famous Lonavala Chikki and Walnut Fudge. Spend the next two days exploring the outdoors and indulging in adventure sports. 


8. Matheran 


An eco-friendly tourist destination, Matheran is where you should go to if looking for a getaway that’s peaceful and serene. There are many scenic points here that are worthy of exploring. Since you have to move to each point on foot, it’ll take you a day to explore all of them. Some famous points here are One Tree Hill Point, Shivaji’s Ladder, Honeymoon hill and Echo Point. Keep the next day for indulging adventure and mountain sports or if you don’t take keen you can explore the market where you’ll find fabulous local artwork. 


9. Panchgani


One of the first things you need to do in Panchgani, besides enjoying Parsi cuisine, is to explore the Kamalgad Fort. The trek from the base of the hill to the fort and back will take you about a day to complete. Since you’ll be tired from your journey and trekking up to the fort, spend the next day going for a light walk to the scenic points in Panchgani. For those who would prefer to explore architectural wonders, there are a few temples, churches and mosques to see. If you still want to have fun in Panchgani, there are few camping sites that you can book. 


10. Mahabaleshwar


Mahabaleshwar is lovely for a long weekend getaway, there’s plenty of activity to indulge in and many places to see. You have to begin your trip to this hill station by going to the famous Mapro Farms whose strawberry jam and fruit jelly sweets are famous. At the farm, you can book a tour, where they show you how jam is processed and also take you through their beautiful farm, there’s a small shop here too where you purchase jams. Great places to see here are the Elephant’s head point and the Pratapgad Fort. At the Venna Lake, there’s boating and a few mini-train rides for kids.

11. Khandala


Khandala gained more recognition after it was used in the lyric of a famous Bollywood song. Ideal for a romantic getaway, in Khandala you can rekindle your romance by going for long romantic walks, eat cosy dinners, and even enjoy quiet moments at a campsite. If you are an adventurous couple, a cosy trek up to the Kune Waterfalls is something you have to do. There’s also a few temples and some caves to see in Khandala.

12. Ratnagiri


 Ratnagiri is yet another great destination for a 3 day, quick break. Blessed with a long coastline, this port city has many beaches that are waiting to be explored. If you are a person who loves the beach, you’ll love this place. There are plenty of beaches for you to explore and enjoy. Besides beaches, there are a few forts and places of attractions to see here. Not too far away from Ratnagiri is the Kaas Plateau, that is a massive bed of flowers that come to life in the months of August and September. 

So, if you are looking to get away from the noisy city life, the next time you have a long weekend, heading to these places makes the most sense. With plenty of things to do and see, we’re sure you won't get bored. 


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