A popular weekend getaway from the Mumbai, Matheran is located just 100 km from the big city. Perched on the Western Ghats in Maharashtra, the hill station has a pleasant climate and a scenic view of the valley. Literally meaning ‘forest on the head’, Matheran refers to the thick woods at the top of the hill. Automobiles are not permitted here and with ponies transporting luggage, people on horseback and the lack of tarred roads, Matheran retains the vintage charm of hill stations developed by the British.
Popular with adventure lovers, rock climbing, trekking and paragliding are some of the avdventure sports you can do in Matheran. A trip to Matheran is not complete without a ride on the toy train which connects Neral to Matheran. In addition to the spectacular sight the train ride offers, the sight of the toy train chugging along the mountain-side is a not-to-be-missed experience.
Situated close to three major cities of Maharashtra — Mumbai, Pune and Nashik, Matheran is one of the most often visited hill-stations in the country.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN MATHERAN
Matheran offers accommodation for all budgets. The MTDC also runs budget hotels in the area.
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN MATHERAN
Garden view restaurant and Gujarat Bhavan are among the few restaurants that serve decent food. Restaurants in Matheran offer Indian, Chinese and local Maharashtrian cuisine. Non vegetarians can feast their hearts out at Shabbir’s Biryani House.
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Matheran is as given below. The best time to visit Matheran is also specified.