Matheran Travel Guide

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Matheran Highlights

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     Pollutionfree nature walks 

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     Nowadays its becoming too crowdy 

  • In a nutshell
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     A world far away 

Matheran Things to Do

  • Choose carefully the season and weather...

    It is nice to have a 10km walk there with open spaces and nice lookouts. Important to check the air quality before going. My latest trip there was quite a pity because it was hazy and the views were a far cry from my 1st 2 visits.Twice I was there in April, to find that the red dust was too much, or should I say getting worse? It is bad for our...

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  • The views and the forest

    The main thing to do in Matheran is to walk or ride a horse to the view points. There are beautiful views of the plains, lakes and mountains around.

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  • Coronation Point

    Coronation Point is one of the almost 40 look-out points on Matheran. It faces west and overlooks an Adewashi village. You will have a sunset view here, but the best spot for the sunset is further north at Sunset Point.

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  • Just walk in the woods...

    Matheran is such a peaceful and relaxing place and it's no wonder that so many people escape the city to visit. You can spend long hours just walking in the dense forest stopping at the various look-out points along the way.Do be careful of monkeys overhead.

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  • Feed the Monkeys

    We encountered monkeys at all the look-out points we visited in Matheran. They were obviously very comfortable around people and happily took whatever food was offered.However, Matheran was one of the few places in India where we encountered some not so nice monkeys! One was a rather large monkey that came to the porch of our cabin and bared his...

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  • Louisa Point

    Louisa Point is one of almost 40 look-out points in Matheran. From here, you can see the surrounding hills, valleys, and other look-out points. You can also see Vishalgad and Prabhal forts from Louisa Point.

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Matheran Restaurants

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    by RakeshKapadnis Written Jan 16, 2010

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    When you start walking from Matheran railway station to Post office, a lane goes up from the rightside. There is one simple place called Salimbhai Biryaniwala. Here you can taste many Indian, Moglai non veg dishes. Food is very cheap but taste is great. As the name says the Biryani ( a combination of meat & rice) is one of the best I have ever tasted.

    Favorite Dish: Mutton Biryani. Its a combination of mutton pieces with gravy & rice. Here the touch is actually Moglai type. So simply great.

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Matheran Transportation

  • Toy Train - Not a good choice for...

    I have seen travel recommendations to take the Toy Train to/from Matheran. From my 3 experiences, I have come to the conclusion that it is not a viable option for tourists. In 2009, we tried to get on the train after paying for our entry fee, and were told visitors can only board from the starting station. In 2010, we went to the starting station,...

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  • trains from mumbai cst to neral

    hi Deccan express is the one that starts from mumbai cst at 7.10 am and reaches neral at 8.40 am. The train number is 1007. There is pune holiday sp train no-101B, and also koyna express train no- 1029. http://www.trainenquiry.com u can use the above site and find any or all the trains that is running between two stations.Take care and happy...

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  • The Heritage Train

    Matheran is situated at approximately 8 kms from Neral. Neral is well connected to Mumbai & Pune by road, train. From Neral you can go by the century old toy train(soon going to be included in heritage) as well as a road on the hilly terrain. In Matheran you can just walk or hire man pulled cart or horse.

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Matheran Warnings and Dangers

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    Monkey Family

    by Donna_in_India Updated Feb 26, 2011

    You will come across monkeys in many places in India - everywhere from temples to forts to jungles. The monkeys in the jungles are not used to interaction with humans and there is less chance they will bother you.

    The monkeys that have been fed by humans are more likely to become aggressive - especially when they want more food. While the monkeys may look really cute, you have to remember that even though they'll take food right from your hand, they are still WILD animals.

    You usually can purchase bananas, etc. near wherever there are monkeys. We've never had a problem feeding monkeys when there was a group of people around who were also feeding the monkeys. But we've had a few unpleasant encounters with monkeys when no one else was around.

    Some suggestions:

    Keep track of all the monkeys around you. If you get distracted with one monkey, another may run up to you and try to grab the food.

    Don't carry food in the open and don't carry any plastic bags.

    If you're walking through a wooded area/forest you may want to carry some kind of walking stick. Be vigilant about the monkeys overhead in trees.

    Hold tightly onto your purse, camera, etc. because they are very mischievous - and fast - and
    will grab your belongings and run.

    Monkey bites are very serious and diseases can be passed through their saliva. If you do get bitten, clean the wound and see a doctor immediately!!

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Matheran What to Pack

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    by RakeshKapadnis Updated Jan 19, 2010

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    Luggage and bags: In order to see all the scenic points of Matheran, one has to walk almost 20-30 kms. You can make a programe of 2-3 days. The most essential thing in Matheran is good quality shoes. So dont forget to pack them.

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Matheran Off The Beaten Path

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    by RakeshKapadnis Written Jan 16, 2010

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    Garbet Point in Matheran is the only isolated point in Matheran . Most of the tourists coming to Matheran didnt go to Matheran. Though the distance is of long 6 kms in jungle, the path is full of scenic beauty. The view after reaching the point is simply great. You can buy the map of Matheran in the market & start of yourself.

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