The Climb To Leisure: This Long Weekend, Stay At These Gorgeous Tree Houses Near Mumbai

Shaili posted on 13 September

What Is It?

We’ve always dreamed of staying in a tree house since we read stories written by Enid Blyton as children. Now, thanks to a few individuals and companies, that childhood dream has become a reality. With stunning views, a tree house experience gives something a high-rise in Mumbai will never provide – peace, quiet and time to reflect.

Here are some of the tree house resorts you can visit outside the city.

Amrutes’ Nisarga Sahavas

This tree house resort is located in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri district, and has a number of activities to keep you busy like a 3 hour farm tour, a planting session for kids, harvesting fruits and vegetables and other local farming activities, and a bird watching excursion. You can also engage in archery, rifle shooting and visit the Panhale Kaji ancient caves nearby.

The USP: A tree house balanced perfectly on a banyan tree 25-feet above the ground. If this doesn’t entice you enough, they also have an organic farm that produces a variety of fruits and vegetables like mango, cashew, coconuts, kokam, jackfruit, banana, chiku and pineapples. Apart from this, the farm also grows spices such as cinnamon, bayleaf and nutmeg. If you ask, they will also let you know about special modak making classes, taught by the host.

How to reach: Follow the Mumbai-Goa Highway (NH 17). Turn right at Lonere phata and pass Mandangad to reach Dapoli.

Distance from Mumbai: 250 km

Cost: INR 4,500 per couple {meals inclusive}

Hotels

Amrute Nursery, Village Gavhe, Tal Dapoli, Dapoli, Maharashtra

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Tiger 'N' Woods, Pench Tiger Reserve, District Seoni

Tiger ‘N’ Woods is located in a village called Avarghani. The resort is strategically located on the edge of the national park and is surrounded by Mahua trees, which serves as a lovely gallery for viewing wildlife.

The USP: Although located on the Maharashtra-Karnataka border, the quickest way to get to this place is flying from Mumbai to Goa and then taking a vehicle, which will be provided by the organisers. Another advantage of this place is that you are isolated from any internet connection, so you have no contact. The  Resort is  located just on  the edge of the jungle comprising of 10 charming, all wooden stand alone machaans which give the real feel of the jungle once you get in. The facilities they offer are jungle safaris, nature walks, bird watching, star gazing and night safaris.

How to reach: Nagpur is the nearest airport connected to Delhi & Mumbai and other places by regular flights. Jabalpur (192 kms.) also serves as a convenient airhead with regular flights from Delhi.

Distance: Approximately 115 kms from Nagpur

Cost: INR 2,500 per head

Resorts

Village Awarghani, Pench Tiger Reserve, Turiya, Madhya Pradesh

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Sajan Nature Club, Thane district

A 35-acre property designed for people who love the outdoors, Sajan Nature Club is known for its AC tree top and cocoon rooms. Apart from this, they also have 10 huts, dormitories and a tented campsite, a swimming pool with an artificial waterfall and their own vegetable garden where you can pick up your own stock.

The USP: One can drive down the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway i.e. the Western Express Highway to reach Sajjan. You can participate in several awesome activities and even visit an emu farm. The resort offers activities like a nigh trek, campfire, treasure hunt, Tarpa dance {local tribal dance} and jungle cooking , apart from the adventure activities.

How to reach: Drive down to Majiwada, which is in Thane district.

Distance from Mumbai: 115 km

Cost: INR 7,000 for two people (including meals and activities)

Resorts

Off Jawar Road, Vikramgad, Distt. Palghar, Sajan, Maharashtra

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The Machan, Jambulne, near Lonavala

An exclusive eco-resort with tree houses rising 30-45 feet above the forest, The Machan offers you the perfect chance to connect with nature and enjoy the outdoors. They offer a range of activities like trekking, bird gazing, stargazing, cycling and visiting surrounding historical sites. You can also pass your time playing board games or relax on hammocks or do yoga.

The USP: If you want something closer to home, you can always experience the Machan in Lonavla. This huge three bedroom, four level tree house offers 14 elevated machans, raised 30 to 45 feet above the ground; a truly delightful experience, we might add. his private vacation home, surrounded by 25 acres of lush forest and hanging over the edge of a precipice, offers a breathtaking view of the valley that is really a sight to behold.

How to reach: Situated a mere two and a half hours drive from Mumbai (one and a half hours from Pune), this makes for an exceptionally accessible weekend getaway and encourages you to take some time away from work.

Distance from Mumbai: 83 km

Cost: INR 8,000 per couple (onwards)

Resorts

Private Road, Village Jambulne, 8 Km From Of Aamby Valley, Atvan, Maharashtra

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Tree house in Athithi Parinay, Ganpatipule

Located a little further from Ratnagiri, Ganpatipule boasts of pristine beaches, but some individuals, through airbnb, have purchased properties and converted them to tree houses. One of them is Medha, whose property is 24 km from Ratnagiri station. They’ve managed to retain the magic of place and addtheir own personal charm. Take a look here.

The USP: An ethnic and traditional stay, accompanied by traditionally cooked food, the homestay is a simple place, quite close to nature. You can explore the untouched beaches of Kotawade or just sit and relax by the river adjoining the property.

How to reach: Located just 15 kms from Ratnagiri and Ganpatipule, Atithi Parinay is a place where you and your family can relax and unwind.

Distance from Mumbai: 324 km

Cost: INR 3,500 per night

Homestays

At Post Kotawade, Kolagewadi, Near Mahalaxmi Mandir, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra

Tree House cottages in Mulshi

Experience the stunning beauty of Mulshi and get a chance to explore the diverse flora and fauna in this region. To add to all that beauty, enjoy a holiday like no other up in a tree house.

To know more, click here.

The USP: The place consists of cottages surrounded by lush vegetation. Tucked in the middle nowhere around immense open farmland, your discovery to these cottages is surreal. It’s a well-maintained property, ideal for couples.

How to reach: Follow Sion-Panvel Expressway and Mumbai – Pune Expressway to NH4 in Khandala, Lonavala. Take exit from Khandala Lonavala before exiting ramp from Mumbai – Pune Expressway. Take Dattawadi Road/Lonavala Road to Mulshi Road/Mulshi-Paud Road in Mulshi.

Distance from Mumbai: 168 km

Cost: INR 4,800 per night

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We’ll advise you to book in advance, as most of these places are popular. Check to see if they’re offering any discounts when you’re booking.