Matheran means jungle on top of the hills, as the name suggests
it is blessed with natural beauty in abundance.Panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and plains below, makes it one of
the favorite weekend getaways for the locals of Mumbai and Pune.
Matheran is a picturesque hill station situated in the Sahyadri
mountains,above the sea level at 800 m. The dense forest and cool
climate throughout the year makes it an ideal get away from the hectic city life. Matheran is accessible both by road & by train, but train is easier mode of travel. One can reach Matheran by local railways from the Mumbai uptill Neral, and take a connecting mountain railway (toy train)from Neral.(Mumbai-Neral 90 Kms, Pune-Neral 100 kms.)
The narrow gauge toy train (the two hour/21 Kms) journey takes you
through some picturesque landscapes of the surrounding hills.
Matheran has plenty of tourist spots like - Lake Charlotte,
Honeymoon Hill, Panther's Cave, lots more. Horse riding and
shopping of exciting cane and leather articles are must in your itinerary.It has all kind of accommodation facilities ranging from low budget lodges to luxurious resorts like ANANDRITZ.
The population of Matheran is around 4000. Majorities of the locals are
Hindu and Muslims. The locals are a friendly and hospitable.
The main language is Marathi.
Matheran has cool and moderate climate. The climate after the rains
is very pleasant. In the summer the temperature changes between 20° C & 30°C. In the winter between 12°C & 25°C.The months of October and November are the best to visit Matheran.
There are no Traffic Jams and Pollution as Vehicular Transportation is banned in Matheran. Yes you have to rely on your two legs for seeing the virgin beauty of Matheran, but friends you need not worry, you can ride a horse and get to the place if that suits you fine.
Matheran wears a different look in the monsoon, with greenery spread all over the region and waterfalls jumping down the hills, a wet look every where creates a romantic atmosphere. Most of this season it remains flooded with tourists, nature lovers and trekking enthusiasts.
Matheran is not only famous for its natural beauty but also for its "Chicki". Its comes in different favors such as chocolate, Mix Fruits, Peanuts etc. It is not only liked by young but also old. Matheran has also a variety of wild life right from birds to deer's and cheetahs.However you may come across our ancestors more often i.e Monkeys.
How to Reach Matheran
- Matheran is 85 Kms. away from Mumbai V.T. You have to get down at Neral (Central Railway).
- From Neral to Matheran railway station the Toy train takes 2 hours.
- Anandritz is 5 min. walk from the Matheran Rly.Station
- Neral to Dasturi - by taxi - 15 min. (Charges Rs. 35 to 45 per head may vary as per season)
- Dasturi Naka to Anandritz is 35 min. walkable distance
- Handcrafts available per hand crafts @ Rs. 120/- and big hand crafts for luggage @ Rs. 300/-
- Horse arrangements can also be done on request.
For all you adventurers The Geographical Map of Matheran and How to Reach Map of Matheran is given below So get.... set.... go....
Places of Interest
Anand Ritz is the only holiday resort in Matheran. It is a luxury resort equipped with facilities like Coffeshop, Bar, Veg. restaurant, Sauna, JaccuGymnasiumsium, Swimming Pool, Discotheque, Billiards Table, etc.
This market is centrally located. The market was built in April 1917 by Mr. P. N. Kapadia in memory of his wife. Every Sunday bazaar is held here. You might want to try your hand at shopping, and get yourself a good bargain.The local arts and crafts is worth a deal.
Byramji Jeejibhoy Hospital:
Mr. Rustomji Jeejibhoy built it in 1902. It is a well equipped with all the latest facilities.
Its is a historic park with different varieties of flowers and very beautifully arranged benches with breathtaking views of the valley this feeling of sitting on the benches with your loved one is truly a sweet memories.There are statues of Mr. Malet, Lt.Col.Paymaster and Mr. S. L. Panday for their contribution to the place.
Nawroji Lord Garden:
This is located on the M.G.Road, near the Kapadia Market. It has been built in the memory of Nowroji Lord. It is an ideal place for visitors to gaze at hustle bustlessle of the roads and the shopping crowd with lotseateriesries to fill your desire.
And last but not the least.........Anandritz- Castle of Bliss. We promise to keep you spell bound......