6 One-Day Picnic Spots Near The City If Time Is The Only Thing You Don't Have

Shaili posted on 27 July

What Is It?

There’s a reason why Mumbai’s known as the city that never sleeps – whatever the time or even the place, there’s sure to be a mad rush somewhere. The city keeps you on your toes and there are moments when you just want to get away for that much-needed break.

A long weekend sounds like a luxury to most of us, so we’ve done something better. Here’s a list of places you could visit for a one day picnic near Mumbai, to have that perfect picnic and bring back happy memories. These one-day picnic spots near Mumbai are great because you can go in the morning and be back before Monday Blues set in.

Elephanta Island

An hour-long ferry ride from the Gateway of India transports you to this beautiful island which houses seven ancient caves with murals. You can hike all the way up to Cannon Hill or just laze around near the little flea market at the bottom. It’s quiet, full of history and makes for a perfect one-day picnic spot near Mumbai with friends or family. Make sure you find a place that’s away from the monkeys, though!

Fun For: Hiking, exploring, history


Tourist Attractions

Elephanta Island, Gharapuri, Maharashtra

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Yeoor Hills

Home to tribals in the region, Yeoor Hills are situated inside Sanjay Gandhi National Park. It’s the perfect place for nature lovers to camp about and spend the day trekking through the demarcated trails. You’ll find waterfalls and a flourishing forest and even some hotels and resorts where you can relax and have enjoy picnic.

Fun For: Trekking, sightseeing, nature walks

National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries

Near Upvan Lake, Thane West, Mumbai

    Essel World and Water Kingdom

    Both these spots are famous for an ideal escape outside the city. You’re sure to have a memorable, adrenaline-filled day here, where you can enjoy rides and shrug the stress. Both these parks are spread over 64-acres in Gorai, on the Mira Bhayandar route. You can either visit them by ferry or even drive there, just the perfect distance for a one-day trip outside the city. Visit their page to know more.

    Fun For: Rides, relaxation, water sports, adventure 

    Amusement Parks

    Global Pagoda Road, Gorai Island, Borivali West, Mumbai

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    Karnala Bird Sanctuary

    Home to a number of bird species, Karnala bird sanctuary is a half-hour rickshaw ride from Panvel railway station. Apart from finding quiet spots to hear bird calls, Karnala is a nice trekking spot for a beginner that takes you right up to the Karnala fort. If you leave early morning, you can enjoy a one-day picnic and be back home before sundown. To read more, click on this.

    Fun For: Bird Watching, trekking, walks, nature

    National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries

    NH-66, Panvel Tal., Distt. Raigad, Karnala, Maharashtra

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      The ideal one-day picnic spot near Mumbai, Matheran’s quaint charm begins from the toy train service that connects it to Neral station on the Central Line. The old-world charm going through the Western Ghats and exploring the various points before reaching the top of the hill is quite an experience. Of course, you could always trek there as well, but the train journey is ideal for a one-day picnic.

      To know more, visit their page.

      Fun For: Trekking, adventure, nature, walking

      LBB Tip: If you’re a beginner trekker, start your trek at Neral station. If you’re looking for adventure, go towards Karjat and trek from One Tree Hill.

      Chinchoti Waterfalls

      A pristine waterfall near Vasai, Chinchoti is ideal to visit in monsoon, although people do visit it in summer and winter months as well. Even when the waterfall isn’t fully operational, people can enjoy a swim in the waters. Most importantly, It’s a lovely, pristine day-long trip to enjoy picnics with family and friends.

      Fun For: Swim, adventure, nature, walks

      LBB Tip: It’s a small trek up to the waterfall from where you alight from the bus, so ensure you have the right footwear.

      Tourist Attractions

      Chinchoti, Maharashtra

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