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A delightful little hill station (in fact India’s smallest) located just 90km from Mumbai, making it an excellent pit stop for some well deserved relaxation. Meaning ‘Forest on the Forehead’ it is an eco-sensitive region and Asia’s only car free hill station. This makes for a truly peaceful getaway and an ideal visit for lovers of the great outdoors, as bicycle is one of the main ways to get about. Our pick of the best places to stay in Matheran are all ideal for the entire family.
With delightfully named lookouts such as Panorama Point (which provides 360 degree views of the Matheran region), Heart Point, Monkey Point and Porcupine Point there are some great walking routes. Or why not try the beginner’s level trek from Dodhani to Matheran’s sunset point?
Nearby Lake Charlotte is the watering hole for Matheran’s thriving wildlife. Home to leopard, barking deer, wild boars and much more, there is plenty to be spotted.
Matheran enjoys temperatures between the high 20s°C and low 30s°C all year round, however sees heavy rainfall in the monsoon period between July and August - although some travellers find this a particularly beautiful time to visit.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Matheran are all ensconced in nature.
For a family stay
- An old favourite and popular amongst families for its myriad of on site activities, including badminton, table tennis and snooker and much more, Lords Central Hotel is a great choice when travelling with young’uns.
- Hidden amidst Matheran’s pine forests, the 19th century Verandah in the Forest provides an intimate and peaceful stay. With rooms starting from under £45 a night, it is also excellent value.
Still not sure which to book? From family to heritage, browse through our list of the best places to stay in Matheran to start to plan your trip. Alternatively you can widen your search and check out all our recommendations in Maharashtra, or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.
Best Hotels in Matheran
The Verandah in the Forest 11 rooms from $46Matheran (Maharashtra)
This 19th century abode provides guests with a characterful stay. Rooms feature antique Rajasthani beds with intricate tile work, traditional fabrics and views of the surrounding valleys. There is a formal dining room, great for groups and roof top terrace. Pick a book from the library and relax.Local markets - The central bazaar has a fine collection of jewellery, books, spices and other interesting artefacts.Hideaway - Located in the verdant Matheran forests this property is ideal for getting away from it all.Great walks - Embark on a nature trail with one of the hotel's dedicated guides.Views - Stunning views over the surrounding valleys
Lords Central Hotel 23 rooms from $72Matheran (Maharashtra)
Comprising individual cottages, with spectacular views, this quaint property is ideal for families. A myriad of on sight activities including a pool, badminton, table tennis, snooker and much more! Plus several nearby walking and cycle routes. Cuisine is a buffet of Indian and Continental dishes.Less £ - All meals are included for an amazing price of £55 a night for a standard double.Great walks - The quantly named Porcupine Point and Alexander Point are popular routes.Birdwatching - The verdant tree tops attract an impressive variety of birdlife.Views - Spectacular views over the surrounding countryside