Matheran is an undulating hilltop cloaked in shady trees, that sprawls dreamily at an altitude of 810 m. The journey involves an enthralling 2 hrs ascent in a toy train.

With monkeys jumping on and off, the valley glides by serenely or a tough 10 km. hike through thick forests.

Cliffs of Matheran with steep drops to the plains below offer eye-catching viewing points. These panoramic vistas, by day and night, leave you feeling appalled. The Hart Point offers a view of the glittering lights of Mumbai at night.

Interesting Points:

Around all the Matheran is a series of such exquisite points that are popular sides of picnic and partying at night. Louisa Point, Sunset point, Charlotte Lake, the Panther's Caves, Rambag Point, Garbut Point, onetree hill, Alexander point, cilia point, Panorama Point, lords point and Paymaster Park are other attractions, especially for children. The charm of the British and Parsi homes is an alluring draw.

The main marketplace offers a diversity of items such as cane and leather articles, hats, chappals and the sweet delicacy - CHIKKI!

Vehicles are not permitted in the town, which makes it a very quiet, serene place free of pollution.

Temperatures vary from 14°C in winter to 30°C in summer, with an annual rainfall of 525 cms.

When to Visit:

October to May is the best time to visit.

Getting There:

Mumbai, 100 kms. away is the nearest airport. Neral 21 kms. away, is where you transfer to the toy train. Mumbai is 108 kms. away by road, via Karjat and Neral. Pune is 120 kms. away.

Popular Hotels in Matheran:

Following is list of popular hotels in Matheran shared by our readers:

  • Anand Ritz - good place to stay and
  • Khan's Hookahs and Tikkas - famous for food
  • Rugby hotel
  • Usha Ascot
  • rangoli resort
  • Richie Rich
  • Gujarat Bhavan
  • Kumar Plaza
  • Lords
  • Brightland Resorts
  • Byke
  • Hotel Cecil