Distance from Mumbai: 82 km by Road and 126 km by Rails.
Matheran is situated at a height of 803 m above sea level. Since 1907, a narrow gauge railway line connects Matheran to Neral in the plains. Motor vehicles are completely banned in Matheran, making it quite peaceful despite the thousands of visitors that come here, mostly from Mumbai. There are a number of lookout points that provide spectacular views of the surrounding hills and valley. There may not be plenty of landmarks but the beauty of this town is enough to charm anyone.
Matheran is a plateau with a reasonably dense forest cover. Being a hill station it is pleasant almost throughout the year. In winter, the nights can get a bit chilly though.
Top 5 Things To Do In Matheran
1. Paymaster Park: This park located besides a statue of Hugh Malet, the person who discovered Matheran, the park is known for its serene environs.
2. Picnic at Charlotte Lake: Afternoons are best spent enjoying a picnic at Louisa or Echo Point by Charlotte Lake. The distant sound of bells from the Pisarnath Temple at one end of the lake provides the perfect backdrop.
3. Horse riding : It is also quite popular way of getting around in Matheran. Finding a horse is not very difficult, as there are many of them around. It is a great way to travel for people who prefer not to walk, but rates must be negotiated in advance.
4. Valley Crossing : It is located from Honeymoon point to near Louisa Point. Its basically a U- shaped mountain and you have to go from one side to other side hanging on rope with 1000 feet valley below. It works worth 3 ropes,pulleys and Gravity. So its one way. So coming back is by walking or you can ask your Horse-Man to come to that point to pick you up.
5. There are numerous points all over Matheran, many of which provide some fantastic views of the valley . While the central area and marked vistas are crowded, it is quite easy to find yourself all alone if you step off the beaten track. There are numerous forested trails leading to most of the Points. Wear thick soled footwear and carry a walking stick for greater comfort as some of the trails are very rubbly, nothing more than dry river beds