Matheran is that one place you cannot miss when you are travelling to Mumbai or Pune in Maharashtra.
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Located in the Western Ghats, 830 meters above the sea level, this natural treasure is also the smallest hill station of India. In this post, you will find the top places to visit in Matheran.
Panorama Point/ Sunrise Point
Panorama Point is undoubtedly the best point in whole Matheran as it provides a 360-degree view of the Sunrise. You can also see many towns down in the valley with their night lights on. It isn’t much popular point among the tourists. This is because it’s 4 km away from the main market of Matheran. And not many people like the idea of going through the dark forests just before the sunrise. If you are brave enough you can witness the best ever sunrise with the red ball coming up from the mountains. As the darkness fades off you will see the lights get switched off slowly and the world rising up.
Shepherd Tip: Make an arrangement with a horse owner the night before you want to witness the panoramic sunrise. They will also guide you about the time and will come to your hotel for a pickup.
One of the fewer visited places in Matheran is Mary Point. It is quite nearby to the railway lines. Dense forest on the one side and deep valleys on another makes this place a special spot. Despite being a bit farther from the main market, it is worth the visit.
Hart Point, Monkey Point, Maldoonga Point
If you enjoy walking through the dense forest then Hart point is worth visiting. You have to walk and walk through the forest area for some time to reach a valley with a view. The view is more or less similar to the Monkey point.
Very close to the Hart Point is another place to visit in Matheran, the Monkey Point. Beware of the monkeys and keep all the food items inside your bags. These monkeys are wild enough to snatch your food from your hands to eat it themselves. Again a long walk through the forest and you reach the point from where you can see the deep valley and also the Hart point and even the Sunset point.
Maldoonga point is near the market as compared to above-mentioned points and more frequented place by tourists. Breathtaking views of the mountains and the valleys make it worth visiting. The walk to it is shorter than above two plus the view is more or less similar.
Must visit the place in monsoon. You will find a freshwater stream flowing through the hills and greenery. In summers the springs are dry but the view is still worth it. You have a long walk before you reach this beautiful spot.
Porcupine Point/ Sunset Point
Head over to this place in time for the sunset. There is the best view over the valley, as this is the most north-western point in Matheran. You can see the sky turn from blue to orange to red and finally go black. You can also to see all the other points mentioned below to your left. And all the points mentioned above to your right.
Next comes a group of 5 points from Chenoy point to Louisa point, which is less frequented by tourists. They are a bit farther from the market and less frequented by the tourists. There is a small podium made of stones. This was used by the people to sit and enjoy the views of the countryside.
Rustomjee Point, Coronation Point, Malang Point
Straight ahead as you come south is Rustomjee Point. Again the great view of the valley and surrounding area. Very good for photography as you will find lesser crowds here.
Coronation Point is another good place to view the sunset. Minimum walk required and very near to the market place. The view is great during monsoons as well as any other times. It is the most peaceful place near nature. You can sit here for hours and do nothing, and still feel great.
At Malang point, you have a beautiful sight of small villages and small towns in the valley. You can see small brown rooftops and shining glasses of the houses deep down in the valley.
This is definitely one of the major places to visit in Matheran. It is most visited by tourists as it is located near the main market and also very approachable. Another place with a fabulous view of sunsets. You can also see the fort Prabalgad in the distance from the observation deck.
Honeymoon Point and Landscape Point
As the name suggests, this is undoubtedly one of the most romantic places to visit in Matheran. During the monsoons even more so. It is also called the “Grand Canyon of India.” You can see Prabalgad in the distance too.
At Landscape point, you get a glimpse below into the valley. It is a natural paradise and the best place for taking photographs.
As the name suggests, this point in Matheran is famous for Echoing sounds. On a quiet day, you would hear your voice shouting back at you. There is a very interesting topography in this place. From the observation deck, you will see a deep valley below and adjacent mountains close by in a circle around you.
Edward Point, King George Point, Cilia Point
Just next to Echo point is Edward point. You will find people selling some snacks, water and lemonade at this place, just in case you are hungry from all your walks. Echo and Edward are the most visited places in Matheran. They are very close to one another and also close to the main market of Matheran.
King George point provides the perfect view of several waterfalls in the monsoon. At other times it is still the most visited place in Matheran as it gives you sweeping views of the valleys and villages below. This point is near to the famous Charlotte Lake of Matheran.
This Cilia Point in Matheran is another perfect place for a sunset. Very close to the main market of Matheran and one of the most visited places in Matheran. However, you must be careful as there are no railings on the observation deck here. Below is a steep fall into the deepest valley of Matheran.
Charlotte Lake is without any questions the most picturesque place in Matheran. This lake also supplies drinking water to entire Matheran. Visit in the afternoon here will definitely cool you off. This place is also great for bird watching, relaxation or just taking a walk along the banks of the lake.
Pisarnath Mahadev Mandir (Lord Shiva Temple)
Very close to the Charlotte lake is the Pisarnath Mahadev Mandir meaning Temple of Lord Shiva. This place has peaceful vibes and will leave you with a calm feeling. It is the most ancient temple in Matheran. You will find a lot of food stalls selling local snacks nearby where you can grab a bite.
Lumley Seat Point and Lord Point
Both of these are great places to visit in Matheran. As people around here say “Matheran mai Lord Point nahi dekha toh kya dekha?” This place is really close to the Pisarnath Temple. Lord Point is the cliff where the water from Charlotte Lake breaks into a waterfall.
From Lumley Seat Point you can watch the reverse waterfall at Lord Point and even get sprayed occasionally in the monsoons.
Belvedere Point, Marjorie’s Nook and One Tree Hill Point
These three places to visit in Matheran and clustered together and offer great views into the south-eastern parts of the valley. You can see the One Tree hill from here. A hill with only one tree at the top. Many people go trekking over this hill too.
Chowk Point and Little Chowk Point
These two points are close together and also are southern-most parts of Matheran hill station. There are seats carved out of the rocks at Chowk Point where the people can have a seat.
Little Chowk Point is also a very beautiful place and a must-visit in monsoon. There is a huge Ganesha Idol carved from stone over here. Besides the idol, you notice a small road going to Peb Fort/ Vikatgarh.
These points are well connected by the toy train. But it’s working depends on natural factors in the monsoons.
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Panthers Cave and Olympia Race Course
Both of these are located on either side of each other. The Olympia Race Course is a clear space among dense forests. It has two tracks. The people here have a lot of horses and they organise horse races at this place. When inquired with my horseman, he said the horse races usually take place in the month of May every year.
Panthers Cave is locally known as “Waghaji Gufa”. It’s not really a cave but a pile of stones. A local lady sits here guarding this cave. She will ask you to remove your footwear outside the cave before you proceed.
Rambaug Point, Khandala Point / Sunrise Point, Alexander Point, Madhavji Point
These 4 places to visit in Matheran are on the easternmost side of the hill station. Meaning a view over the eastern valleys. Also meaning, the perfect places in Matheran to watch the sunrise high above the golden sky. And to watch the few little villages rise up. These are not clustered close by. So you may have to take a horse ride to watch all these. That is if you are not so good at hiking. If you enjoy hiking then its the best and most scenic experience by foot.
Matheran Market is not a really big one. But great for shopping, If you want to buy some souvenirs or local stuff. You can also find some hotels serving a quick snack of Kanda Bhaji, Pohe, etc.
Shepherd Tip: There are only one or two ATMs here. The cash gets finished by nightfall and its not refilled on public holidays. So take some cash along before you go. If you forgot to take cash then withdraw as soon as you reach Matheran. As by the evening, every penny is taken.
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