5 Offbeat Weekend Getaway Destinations

September 14, 2014 5 Offbeat Weekend Getaway Destinations @TheRoyaleIndia 1433 0 0

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Supposedly, September is the last month of Monsoon in Mumbai, and well October will be an ecstatic month for many indeed, replete with long weekends; one beginning with Gandhi Jayanti and the other with the Diwali Celebrations. While Lonavala and Khandala seem to be an all time favorite weekend escape, it’s time you give all your senses a treat with other offbeat destinations in and around Mumbai & Pune.

Sula Vineyards, Nashik

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If you love your glass of wine and are looking out for an escape from your daily grind, then Sula Vineyards in Nashik for you will surely shine. Recognized as the valleys first commercial winery, Sula Vineyards is spread over 160 acres of land of Nashik, the largest grape growing region. It hosts its own resort named Beyond Vineyard overlooking the lake and The Winery and Tasting Room: Sula Vineyards.

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It’s a perfect treat for your eyes, taste buds and brains as you take their educational tour and relish the taste of wine in their Tasting Room along with the amazing views of the vineyards and surrounding lakes and hills. 

Malvan, Sindhudurg

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Malvan is a town in Sindhudurg District, the southernmost district of Maharashtra renowned for its historical monument- the Sindhudurg fort and scenic beaches like Tarkarli beach, Mobar point, Chiwala beach, Tondavali beach all of which attract tourists.

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Malvans clear sea waters makes for a great scuba diving and snorkeling experience.  A boat ride in the backwaters of Tarkarli beach is also a good way to spend your day.

Bhandardhara, Ahemadnagar

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A scenic location Bhandardara sits by the Pravara River and feels like a breath of fresh minty air. A favorite location for many trekkers, it has several trails to scale if you are up for it. The monsoons bring with it the Umbrella Falls which is soothing and calming indeed.

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The Arthur Lake is another attraction around Bandardhara surrounded by the Sahyadri hills. Don’t miss out on the sunset rich scenic boat ride at Arthur Lake.

Zenith Falls, Khopoli

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If you just can’t resist escaping to Lonavala, then you have to make a stopover at Zenith Waterfalls which is about 10 km from Khopoli railway station and a 30 km ride from Panvel on the Old Bombay-Pune Highway. This waterfall is so refreshing and you can get yourself that perfect reflexology right from nature. The approach road to the waterfall is a little out of the way, so look forward to a fun and simple trek up to the falls.

Murud Janjira, Raigad

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Murud-Janjira is characterized by silvery sand and amazing foliage and is a perfect place for an exotic getaway. Standing in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, you have to take the sailboats from the Rajapuri jetty to enter Murud, which is an exciting trip in itself. The Janjira fort houses two water tanks and a deep well with cold and sweet water. Natures magical wand played in the most enchanting way; in spite of the seas saline water, the well supplies pure water to quench the parched throat of its thirsty visitors. About 2kms away from the beach at Murud, is the famous Kasapadmd fort, resembling a lotus.

Happy Exploring!

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