Located just 100 km from Mumbai, Matheran is a popular hill station and figures high on popular weekend getaways from the metropolis.
Perched on Western Ghat mountain range in Maharashtra, the hill station boasts of dense green cover, unpolluted environs, pleasant climate and scenic locales. Matheran literally means ‘forest on the head’, a reference to the thick woods at the top of the hill.
Matheran retains the vintage charm of hill stations developed by the British. Absence of tarred roads, ponies transporting luggage and humans on horseback, all hark back to mid-eighteenth century when the town was discovered.
Matheran is a popular with adventure lovers as well. Rock climbing and paragliding are among the adventure sports which can be indulged in Matheran. The hill station is also the centre for trekking.
The toy train which connects Neral with Matheran is a popular tourist attraction. A trip to Matheran is not complete until one has taken a ride on the train. 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 Nasik, Matheran is one of the most oft-visited hill-stations in the country.
WHERE TO STAY
Matheran is a small hill station. Matheran has several lodges and guest houses that provide budget accommodation. A few mid-range hotels are also available. However, there are no luxury hotels in Matheran. Most of the lodges, guest houses and hotels in Matheran are situated near the railway station. MTDC also runs budget hotels in Matheran.
WHERE TO EAT
Garden view restaurant, Shabbir’s Biryani house, Gujarat Bhavan and some other restaurants in Matheran serve quite a decent food. One can opt for Indian, Chinese and local cuisine of Maharashtrians in Matheran. There is delicious non vegetarian food offered in Shabbir’s Biryani house. One can get gujarati dishes in Gujarat Bhavan and the local and Chinese cuisines are worth trying.
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Matheran is as given below. The best time to visit Matheran is also specified.