|Road to heaven?...Matheran|
A famous tourist weekend destination and hill station. Pollution free zone due to some strict rules regarding vehicles and environment. Basically its a plateau at a height of about 1800 mt. Temperature in summer doesn't go above 30 deg.cel. Pretty good destination for photography post-monsoon. Stunning waterfalls, exquisite landscapes, mesmerizing fog, curvy roads, breath taking valleys, grand panoramas, drizzles, in short everything for memorable weekend. Birds in and after winter is good attraction. We went there for butterflies three times in different season with different approaches. All the three trips proved miserable. Lifers for us was peacock royal sighting. Otherwise the common ones.
To reach Matheran one can opt by-road option or peaceful local train option. Get down at "Neral" station and take a share taxi to Matheran. Toy train takes pretty long, about 1.5 hours. It may be fun post monsoon. During monsoon the train doesnt run due to land slide dangers. Taxi drops visitor at entrance. No vehicle is allowed further this point. Charge for Neral-Matheran taxi is 60 Rs (March 12) and entrance ticket is 25 Rs (March 12). Parking charges as per vehicle type.
|Map of Matheran|
|Toy train - runs between Neral and Matheran|
|Lonely trails , easy to walk around.|
|Pained lady - Butterfly often found in Matheran|
- Alexander Pt.
- Little Chowk Pt
- Big Chowk Pt
- One Tree Hill Pt
- Belvedere Pt
- Olympia Race Course
- Lords Pt
- Charlotte Lake
- Celia Pt (Actually a water fall mouth)
- Echo Pt.
- Sun Set Pt
- Panorama Point (Sun Rise Pt)
- Louisa Point
|Roadside waterfalls during rainy season|