About Matheran

Nestled amidst the Sahyadri range on the Western Ghats, Matheran is a cosy little hill station that stands at an elevation of 2600 feet above sea level, and is just 100 kilometres away from Mumbai, making it the perfect weekend getaway. With its name literally translating to “overhead forest”, Matheran is the smallest hill station in all of India, but it is extremely popular in terms of tourists looking for a short trip amid spectacular vistas and serenity. Matheran is one of the very few places in the world that do not allow any vehicles at all, so the moment you step into this little town, you will be transported back to an idyllic old-world era of red-soiled roads, automobile-free pathways, and lush green hills all around. The cold breeze and the fresh air devoid of pollution is reason enough for tourists to throng to Matheran all year round. As with any other hill station, Matheran is famous for its viewpoints. It has a total of 36 viewpoints from where you can enjoy alluring views of the Sahyadri mountain range, the most popular of them being Echo Point, Alexander Louisa Point, Panorama Point and Porcupine Point. Most of these points have easy trekking trails, and they offer sweeping views of the mountains, the sunrise, sunset, and everything in between! Charlotte Lake, close to Echo Point, is a very popular picnic spot where nature enthusiasts love to go and take a stroll in.

Place to must visit in Matheran


Places to Visit in Matheran

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Louisa point

To enjoy the spectacular view of the city and the remains of Prabal and Vishalgad fort, this place is a must visit. Lion's head is another attraction nearby.

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City Shopping

While here, one can shop for leather items, Kolhapuri footwear, Chikki, honey and simple handicraft items here. One can head to the Mall road for their shopping spree.

Experience Time: 1-2 hrs

Distance: 3 kms

Panorama point

As the name suggests, this scenic point offers 360-degree panoramic views of the Western Ghats and the verdant plains dotted with villages far below. An ideal picnic spot, this place is comparatively less crowded than other points in Matheran as it requires one to trek. Panorama Point is a magnet for photo fanatic and adventure seekers. 6 km from the local post office, Panorama Point offers gorgeous sunset and sunrise views. If lucky enough, you will get a glimpse of the toy train chugging through the western ghats below.

Experience Time: 1-2 hrs

Distance: 2 kms

Monkey point

The Monkey Point of Matheran is located in the state of Maharashtra. This unique destination overlooks a beautiful scenery of the Western Ghats and its intimidating mountains and deep gorges. As the name suggests, this place is often frequented by gangs of monkeys. This destination also has abundant quantities of indigenous flora and fauna and makes up for an interesting way to learn about the local weather and vegetation. You can also experience the phenomenon of echoing here if you shout out into the mountains while facing the Hart Cliff. Famous for its mesmerising sunsets and many monkeys, the Monkey Point of Matheran is a popular spot here. One of the most redeeming qualities of this place is its natural beauty, which is quite quaint and humbling. You can also peer into the plunging valleys of the Western Ghats which is an experience in its own right. The rocky terrain of this destination also makes it an unlikely trekking destination. With numerous monkeys to keep you company, a trip to this place would certainly be one to remember.

Experience Time: Less than 1 hour

Distance: 1 kms

Charlotte lake

Also known as the Sharlott lake, the Charlotte Lake is one of the most spectacular attractions of Matheran. An offbeat hill station in Maharashtra, Matheran mainly has some vantage points with views of the lovely green valleys, but Charlotte Lake is a spellbinding spot of its own. Located only a walking distance away from the main market area, this lake is the primary source of fresh drinking water for the population of Matheran. The origin of the lake is a dam, which overflows when it rains and forms a pristine little waterfall to form the shimmering lake in monsoon. A visit to Matheran is incomplete without witnessing the tranquil beauty of Lake Charlotte. For the believers, the lake has an archaic temple of Lord Shive - Pisharnath Mahadev Mandir and for the explorers and nature lovers at heart, all Charlotte has to offer is the charming ambience of the tarn itself and the bountiful emerald green all around. It will not disappoint the birdwatchers either. While Charlotte Lake is an ideal quick retreat for those who seek silence in the lap of nature, it is also a perfect spot for the campers and picnickers. However, they must remember the importance of this place for the people of Matheran as well as for nature and keep their exploits to the least possible.

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Shivaji's ladder

Downhill from One tree hill, the steps are in the shape of a ladder that mange to challenge even the most ardent of trekkers.

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Porcupine point

Close to the market, like other points, this one too provides a great view. Close to the point is Prabalgad fort which can be seen from here.

Experience Time: 1-2 hrs

Distance: 1 kms

Echo point

Located in the state of Maharashtra, Matheran is a quaint hill station famous for its scenic beauty. An eco-sensitive destination, it is the only automobile-free hill station in the continent. One of the most popular spots in this hill station is the Echo Point. As the name suggests, this photogenic point is famous for the reverberations and echoes it generates. In addition to this phenomenon, this destination is also famous for its natural virgin beauty. Engulfed in a fluffy blanket of cotton clouds, the Echo Point of Matheran is an unlikely physics lesson with its real life illustrations of the acoustics of echoing. The hilltop also gives a bird's eye view of the entire region which is a sight for sore eyes. Carpeted with a blanket of green grass, the mountains of Sahyadri are a sight to behold. This destination is also a food lover's delight, as various stall and small shops provide delicious local Maharashtrian delicacies at reasonable prices. With its pleasant weather and spotlessly clean surroundings, Echo Point is the perfect weekend getaway.

Experience Time: 2-3 hrs

Distance: 1 kms

Alexander point

Tucked away into the quaint lap of nature, the Alexander Point is a beautiful valley flourishing with natural scenic beauty. The emerald greenery and peaceful aura of this place are a breath of fresh air, in both literal and figurative sense. This site also offers enchanting panoramic views of the surrounding destinations such as Palasdari Lake, Rambaug Point, Garbut Point and Chowk Point. It is a famous attraction for beating the heat and enjoying the cool weather of Matheran. Alexander Point is the perfect place catch the glimpses of Matheran's verdant skyline. This is also a haven for adventure enthusiasts to explore the hidden trekking alleys in this mesmerising hill station. The misty clouds and crystal blue skies of Alexander Point, against the backdrop of lush green mountains, make it one of the most popular tourist destinations of Matheran. The pathways of this destination often inspire people to go for long walks in the midst of nature. The view of the sunrise from this point is mesmerising and is a favourite among locals. You might have to access the various points here on horseback, which is a delightful experience on its own. Visit Alexander point for an unadulterated dose of enchanting natural beauty.

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Hart point

A very soothing & relaxing atmosphere about the place makes it an ideal choice. The place is heart shaped.

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Honeymoon hill

A honeymoon destination to a Britishers and the Parsis, back in history, its only natural for this one to be called Honeymoon Hill.

Experience Time: 2-3 hrs

Distance: 3 kms

One tree hill point

One Tree Hill point in Matheran can be called one of the most scenic points in the entire state of Maharashtra. The One Tree Hill point is, as the name suggests, a point where there exists only one standing tree; but the real reason this point is a must visit spot is because of its immense natural beauty. A tree blossoming atop a lush green hill which is enveloped by dense forests of varying shades of green is indeed a sight to lose yourself in. Standing at this point, one has an access to a panoramic and unobstructed view of the deep valleys and stretching forests that surround the hill station of Matheran. They say, 'What is life if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare'. Taking the time to stand at the One Tree Hill Point and take in the artistic, pure and extremely alluring beauty of nature; away from the blaring alarms and honking cars and deep into the peace and tranquillity 2700 feet above the world will surely revitalize you from within. A gentle trek up to the hilltop offers a mesmerising view of the surrounding tourist spots of Tent Hill and Chowk Village. Shivaji's Ladder Road marks the way downhill from this site, and you can enjoy the scenic beauty on the way down as well. This place is a quaint destination to relax and unwind in the midst of nature.

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Little Chowk Point

One of the most loved spots of the town, watches over some beautiful views and sceneries.

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Rambagh point

One of the most famous picnic spots of the region, the place provides a spectacular view of Karjat and Khandal, the nearby towns

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Olympia

This one is known for the horse race course it houses.

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Prabal fort

While only the remains and ruins of the structure can be seen, this one find itself wrapped in a fain historic charm. The for had itself captured by Shivaji Maharaj from the Mughals.

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Neral Matheran Toy Train

Neral Matheran Toy Train is a heritage railway that connects Neral to Matheran via a 21 kilometre railway line. It is a two feet narrow gauge railway built by Adamjee Peerbhoy in early 1900 and is now run by the Central Railways. It serves as an interesting mode of transport to explore the Western Ghats of India.

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Belvedere Point

A paradise for nature lovers, adventure seekers and photographers, Belvedere Point is a famous view point to get a fabulous view of the beautiful valley of Matheran. The site receives high velocity wind which even reverses the flow of the waterfall flowing downhill.

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King George Point

King George Point is a view point in Matheran to see the rolling hills covered in lush green natural vegetation, the valleys, the enchanting waterfalls and the mesmerising Charlotte Lake. It is a perfect attraction to escape the polluted city air and replenish the body, mind and soul.

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Lord Point

One of the many view points in Matheran, Lord Point offers a different angle to view the beautiful natural surroundings. The beautiful valleys, the charming waterfalls, the sounds of the birds chirping their hearts away in the unpolluted air is sure to mesmerise everyone and serve as a perfect attraction for nature lovers.

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Khandala Point

Khandala Point is one of the most preferred points in Matheran to get a good view of the scenic beauty of the location. Due to its proximity to the main road and the market, it often gets many visitors. This is a perfect point to view the beautiful valley when on a time crunch.

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Mount Barry

Mount Barry has the highest altitude in Matheran and offers a spectacular birdês eye view of the Western Ghats, the waterfalls and the toy train traversing through the rugged natural landscape. It is one of the few points that are not mostly crowded and provide for a tranquil escape for the tired soul.

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Ambarnath Temple

Ambarnath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was built in 1060. The temple complex has a stark resemblance to the Dilwara Temples located in Mount Abu. The stunning architecture of the temple complex is a treat to the eyes. The annual festival of Mahashivratri is celebrated with great enthusiasm in the temple.

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Malang Point

Malang Point is another well known point in Matheran that offers a beautiful view of the scenic mountain ranges and several enchanting waterfalls amidst dense forests. The point is also connected by several trekking trails and is frequented often by trekkers navigating through the forests.

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Irshalgad Fort

Built at an elevation of 3500 feet, Irshalgad Fort is the sister fort of Prabalgad Fort. It was constructed during the Bahmani Sultanate. The attraction is surrounded by dense forestation and has several thrilling trekking trails. The Irshalgad pinnacle also serves as a perfect spot for mountaineering. The panoramic view of the Western Ghats from the top of the attraction is worth the visit.

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Paymaster Park

Paymaster Park is a recreational park and a famous picnic spot in the mesmerising town of Matheran. The beautifully landscaped gardens, the colourful and fragrant flower beds and the gazebo in the middle of the mesmerizing park are a treat to the nature lovers. The park also has effigies of Lieutenant Colonel Paymaster and S.L Panday installed in their honour.

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Pisharnath Mahadev Mandir

Pisharnath Mahadev Mandir is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is the oldest temple in Matheran. The deity is also known as Pisarnath. The Shivalinga is self manifested and has a unique tilted L-shape. At an altitude of 2500 feet, the temple is located on the banks of the scenic Charlotte lake and is not as crowded as other commercial temples. It is, therefore, a preferred attraction for those seeking tranquillity.

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Vikatgad Peb Fort

Named after Goddess Pebi Devi, Vikatgad Peb Fort is an ancient fort on the Matheran Hill range. The fort is surrounded by the scenic natural landscape of the Western Ghats and is a preferred trekking destination and a weekend picnic spot.

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