Matheran is situated in the Matheran range of sahyadris at a height of 2516 feet. In shady trees, and unpolluted air the journey to this hilltop could be through an exciting road hike passing from dense forests. Matheran is 110 km. away from Mumbai. Vehicles of any kind are not permitted in the town, which makes it a quiet, and peaceful place. The only modes of transport are on Horseback, by man-pulled rickshaw, or on foot. Matheran has been listed by the Union Environment Ministry as an eco-sensitive region and is connected to the closest town of Neral by a narrow gauge railway. From Neral Station , there is a toy train which runs to Matheran about 4 times in a day. The train is normally full, so turn up in good time to ensure you get a ticket.
Matheran‘s cliffs with incredibly heights create stunning points. Matheran is just the perfect place to find peace away from the city where you can relax, enjoy the serene nature all around and switch off from the outside world. Matheran’s cliffs with incredibly steep drops to the plains below create stunning viewing points. There are lots of stunning view points in Matheran, like Panorama Point, Echo point, Honeymoon Hill, Charlotte Lake, Porcupine Point. Panorama point is a very beautiful one, you can see a panoramic view of the hills on the left and a beautiful Ulhas River to the right. This point is too far from Matheran, and only one road leads to it, but you get a good price for your travel. This point is perfect for Sunrise and is also called “Sunrise Point.”
There are all kinds of restaurants in Matheran serving various cuisines. Maharashtrian style Vada-Pav is very famous. Matheran is also famous for chikki which is available in different flavors.
If you love buying footwear Matheran is the place to be specially for flat chappal. The main street is lined with footwear stores with various colors and designs, and reasonably price from Rs 50-150.
Lesson learnt hard way at Matheran:
- Carry a good pair of comfortable walking shoes. Matheran is quite dusty & there is red dirt everywhere.
- Avoid carrying too much baggage with you. As vehicles are not allowed, you might have to carry them yourself.
- Matheran Does not have Banks or ATM’s, so if you plan on shopping carry enough cash.
This is an awesome place to go to relax. You can just forget all your tensions and worries once you go there. It is absolutely good for nature lovers.