6 Destinations To Visit With Your Family Over The Long Weekends Of 2019
1. Amba Ghat
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A mountain pass that is 2000 ft above sea level, Amba Ghat in Kolhapur district is surrounded by the Sahyadri range of mountains and makes for a picturesque getaway. Off late Amba Ghat has also become a preferred destination for paragliding due to the strong winds and pleasant weather conditions. Activities like mountain treks and water rappelling are also conducted for people who prefer a vacation sprinkled with activity and adventure. There are also resorts and hotels where accommodation is easily available, plus the local Kolhapuri food is lip-smacking. All-in-all, this is a great way to spend time with your family.
Distance: 383 km (approx) from Mumbai and 240 km (approx) from Pune.
Attraction: Paragliding, trekking, and water rappelling
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Take off to Malvan in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra if you want a beach vacation. The clear waters of the beaches of Malvan and Tarkali are also popular tourist attractions for scuba diving and snorkeling activities, whereas the fishing town is famous for its scrumptious seafood. The town also produces mangoes and you can get some back home if the season permits. Your family is going to love the serene evenings by the beach and the scrumptious food all at pocket-friendly prices.
Distance: 522 km (approx) from Mumbai and 385 km (approx) from Pune
Attraction: Beach, seafood, Scuba diving and snorkelling
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A hill station in the Amravati district of Maharashtra, Chikhaldara has also been featured in the epic of Mahabharata. Surrounded by lakes, valleys, and waterfalls, Chikhaldara makes for a great long weekend getaway, especially for families. There are also many tourist attractions around that can be visited while this would make for a perfect relaxation trip that’ll allow you to bond with your family and discover a new destination.
Distance: 670 km (approx) from Mumbai and 606 km (approx) from Pune.
Attraction: Flora and Fauna
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Home to one of the biggest agricultural universities in India, Dr. Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishihe Vidyapeeth, Dapoli town is situated in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. Located at an altitude of 800 f. it is sometimes referred to as ‘mini Mahableshwar’ as the weather remains pleasant all year round. The clear coastline also allows people to spot dolphins, which has become a major tourist attraction. With kids in tow, Dapoli would be a great option for dolphin spotting, easy access, and pleasant weather conditions.
Distance: 215 km (approx) from Mumbai and 183 km (approx) from Pune.
Attraction: Dolphin Spotting
Situated at an altitude of 690 m, Amboli is the last hill station before the coastal highlands of Goa. Full of flora and fauna, Amboli in Sindhudurg district and the Sahyadri hills is also an eco-hotspot with many attractions for nature lovers. The high rainfall levels and subsequent waterfalls are also a major attraction in the area and make for great escapades.
Distance: 486 km (approx) from Mumbai and 347 km (approx) from Pune.
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Situated in the Palghar district, Dahanu is famous for chickoo plantations. A seaside town with an uncluttered beach Dahanu has a lot of Irani population, hence you’ll find some gems in terms of food. You can stay in a cosy beach facing homestay or book yourself a hotel for a luxurious weekend, either way, it’ll be memorable. Plus, if you don’t want to travel too far away from the city then Dahanu is just a two-hour train ride away and very easily accessible.
Distance from Mumbai: 110 km (approx) from Mumbai and 270 km (approx) from Pune.
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