Water Rappelling at Kondana Caves, Dodhani Waterfalls
Kondana Caves is a cave group comprising of 16 Buddhist caves, excavated in the 1st century BC. The caves enclose sculptures and stupas, showcasing the Buddhist lifestyle. A short trek away from Matheran, you can reach Karjat station via rail too.
Water rappelling can be done at Dodhani Waterfalls too, which is located at the base of the Matheran hills.
Trek to Chanderi Caves , Fort Peb, Kalavantin Pinnacle
Chanderi is a mountain peak of the Sahyadri range at the hight of 800m in Kajrat, and a short trek from Matheran.
Peb Fort, located in Neral is around 13 kms from Matheran. The fort is also named as Vikatgad as it takes the shape of the Elephant Headed God, Ganesh. This is a day-long trek.
Kalavantin Pinnacle, locally known as the Kalavantin Durg (Kalavantin’s Fort), is located between Matheran and Panvel at an elevation of 2,300 feet, and is a day-long trek. While the views on the way are breathtaking, the climb ranges from moderate to difficult.
Cost: Approximately 7k per night for the Deluxe Double Room.
Getting There: Matheran is located around 90 km from Mumbai, 120 km from Pune and about 320 km from Surat. It is well connected by rail from both Mumbai and Pune up to Neral Junction Station. From Neral, a small Toy Train takes you through a scenic, zigzag route of about 21 kms, to Matheran in about two hours time. For the more adventurous folks, Saffron Stay can be reached by a trek from Neral via the Dasturi gate.
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