15 Best 1 Day Picnic Spots Near Mumbai

10 Best 1 Day Picnic Spots near Mumbai

Mumbai being a Maximum City has an ultra fast pace. So here is a list of picnic spots near Mumbai which can be enjoyed as a day trip. We have listed out the ones which are close to Mumbai for those who cannot afford to have a long vacation but still want an exciting weekend getaway.

1. Chilling at Manori

Manori island lies close to the popular Gorai beach and is usually the less crowded of the two. Not much of swimming and water sports happen here. It is also called mini Goa, and just like Goa it is also beautiful and peaceful, with budget resorts which include play areas for children.

Chilling at Manori

2. Wine Tasting at the Sula Vineyards

Visit the Sula vineyard and an extended visit to Vaitarna dam will be worth the trip. Driving along the expressway is simply delightful and it normally takes 3 hours to reach Sula if one were not to stop in between.

Wine tasting at the Sula Vineyards

3. Shop Hopping in South Mumbai

Fashion Street is where street shopping is at its best, giving shoppers a wide variety of options to choose from. Apart from the above there are many other street markets in South Mumbai (also lovingly called SoBo), and Colaba Causeway. One can find old books, colourful jewellery, antiques and clothes. In fact as one steps into the pretty lanes of the market, it takes a couple of hours before your shopping is done.

Shop hopping in South Mumbai

4. Lavasa: India’s First Planned Hill Station

Considered to be India’s first planned hill city, Lavasa is based on the Italian town of Portofino. It has a well-developed infrastructure with lovely residential and commercial spaces, public amenities and markets.

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lavasa

5. Exploring the Fort at Rajmachi

Rajmachi fort which lies very close to Lonavala, is a perfect destination for a one-day trip from Mumbai. The attractiveness of this place is at its summit point during the monsoon season, and that makes it the ideal time to visit Rajmachi.

Exploring the fort at Rajmachi

6. River Rafting at Savarkut Village

Situated 130 kms from Mumbai in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, is Sarvakut, a well-known place for river rafting.

River rafting at Savarkut Village

7. Essel World

This is the Disneyland of Mumbai. A preferred picnic spot among adults and kids alike, Essel World is one of the best places for a nice family time and it requires just a day to enjoy the theme park.

Essel World

8. Paragliding at Kamshet

Kamshet, is rightly called the ‘paragliders’ paradise‘, and is just a few hours of drive from Mumbai.

Paragliding at Kamshet

9. Imagica

Among the many picnic spots along the Mumbai-Pune expressway is Adlabs-Imagica which is the ‘new kid on the block’ when it comes to theme parks as it was opened in 2013. It has India’s largest floor-less roller coaster and many fun rides to suit various age groups. Apart from the rides there are numerous restaurants and shopping places too.

Imagica

10. Malshej Ghat

Blessed with green hills and countless waterfalls, Malshej Ghat is a picturesque hill station located very close to Mumbai. A nature lover’s paradise, it is an ideal spot for a day trip.

Malshej Ghat

11. Elephanta Island

This  place is an small island  in the middle of Arabian sea  a short distance from the  Bombay harbour. It takes just about an  hour-long ferry ride from the Gateway of India The Elephant caves are rock-cut architecture and has been dated to between the 5th and 8th centuries, representing the Shaiva Hindu sect, dedicated to the Lord Shiva.

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Elephant Island

12. Karnala

For Mumbai’s Nature lovers there is no better place than this place which  is just about  60 km south of Mumbai. It is home to over 222 species of birds of which 161 are resident species. he sanctuary is also home to 114 species of butterflies. The Karnala fort is located on the top of the hill in the sanctuary. It is about 1hr. medium hard trek to Karnala fort. There was a sighting of a leopard at Karnala.

Karnala

13. Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Mumbai is blessed to have a Green Forest amidst it’s  Concrete Jungle. what is Amazon for the world is Sanjay Gandhi National Park to Mumbai. It is a acres of forest cover with abundant of flora and fauna surrounded by tropical forest cover of the northern hills, this the green Spot  Mumbaikars. One can spot  butterflies hovering  in the gardens and deer crossing the roads.

Sanjay Gandhi National Park

14. Kashid

This sea side place is famous primarily because of its white sand, blue seas, green mountains, rice fields, and streams of rivers. Also there are not much hotels in this region so one can stay in cottages owned by local people and the guests are served with delicious local sea food. For lunch or dinner Konkani fish thali is a mouth-watering delicacy one should definitely try.

Kashid Beach

15. Kaas Plateau

Designated as a biodiversity site by UNESCO, Kaas Plateau is heaven on Earth as it hosts a variety of seasonal wild flowers and numerous species of butterflies. Thus this meadow of flowers makes it a perfect weekend picnic spot from Mumbai.

Kaas Plateau

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Arjan comes from a family of professional cricketers. His grandfather, father and uncle have all represented India. Arjan himself captained the Indian Under 19 Team, and has played first class cricket for Tamil Nadu. He is a qualified coach, a BCCI match referee and even holds a world record in cricket! Arjan’s cricket career saw him travel extensively across the world. He has since discovered that he has an insatiable wander lust and a flair for planning itineraries for family and friends – a love and skill that has naturally progressed into setting up Get Up and Go. Arjan is a certified scuba diver and has bungee jumped, sky dived and paraglided several times. He has been to every continent and corner of the world, reveling in exotic foods and myriad photo ops; from walking the Inca Trail in Peru, to swimming with Whale sharks in Mexico… Arjan has even come face to face with a Great White Shark in South Africa! “I want to share all my varied journeys with fellow travellers so they can experience, first hand, something that has been so rewarding for me.”