What is Matheran famous for?

Located in Maharashtra, this is the most small hill station in the country of India. This city cum hill station of the Western Ghats is mainly popular as weekend getaways. This plateau covered with dense forest attracts people mostly from the nearby urban locations. Owing to the fact that it is an eco-sensitive area, this place is being named so, which means "forest on the head". This is even a popular trekking region. Being among the regions in the world, which has banned motor vehicles, makes the place unique from other tourist destinations. In spite of being visited by many visitors, this hill station in Maharashtra is remarkably peaceful.

Best Time to Visit Matheran

Though the city experiences a pleasant weather all round the year, still this place can be best visited during the post-monsoon period, when one can have a glimpse of the picturesque beauty of this hilly region. It is during this time of the year when the lush green forest along with the shimmering waterfalls and water-filled lakes become much more spectacular.

How to reach Matheran?

Because of its location on the Pune - Mumbai railway line, Maharashtrian can be best reached by railways. Neral is the nearest railway station to the place from where one can reach the Matheran border via rented taxi. Post reaching this place, one has to hire a horse or a man-pulled rickshaw to reach the final destination. Neral or Dasturi Car Point, some of the nearest locations to the city can even be reached by roadways. After those points no motor vehicles are allowed though.

If you are planning to reach the place by airways, then you have to reach the Mumbai Airport, which is its nearest airport and then reach this city by train or by roadways as mentioned earlier.

Places of Interest in Matheran

Situated at an elevation of 803 m from the level of the sea, this hilly area has got a number of points from where one can have a spectacular view of the neighboring valleys and hills. Almost all of these points offer a breathtaking sight of sunrise and sunset. Apart from that the place even houses some serene lakes, beautiful parks as well as some places of worship. Some of the major tourist attractions in Matheran are as follows:

Echo Point: This place gained its fame for creating a superb echoing effect. The louder you can scream the echo traveling back to you from the distant valleys will be better.

Lake Charlotte: Surrounded by evergreen forests, Lake Charlotte makes a waterfall overflow during and post monsoon. The songs of the birds and beautiful butterflies break the peace of this place.

One Tree Hill: The uniqueness of this hill lies in the fact that it has got a single tree growing there.

Panorama Point: Even famously known as the "Sunrise Point" for providing a perfect Sunrise view, this is one of the most beautiful places there. It even offers a panoramic view of the Ulhas River towards its right and some beautiful hills towards its left.

To name a few of the other tourist places in Matheran are:
  • Alexandar Point
  • Artist Point
  • Garbut point
  • Honeymoon Hill
  • Khandala Point
  • Little Chowk Point
  • Lords Point
  • Louisa Point
  • Malang Point
  • Monkey Point
  • Mount Barry
  • Olympia
  • Paymasters Park
  • Rambaug Point
  • Sunset Point or Porcupine Point

Last Updated on 22 May 2013