Matheran is located in Alibag district near Neral at Mumbai.
Matheran is undulating hill top covered with full of beauty. The journey involves an adventurous two hours ascent from Neral in a delightful little toy train or by car; with the panoramic view of the plains as the train chugs uphill towards Matheran.
Mathran plateau forests consists of trees like Parjamun, Amba, Phasi, Fusanda, Asana, Kokam, Kumbhi, Anjani, Alu, Kate, Kambal and medicinal plants such as Shatavari, Medshing Gul-wel, Karis, Kal-lavi, Kukkar-Kand, Ranwanji and ranbhendi etc.
The fauna includes Bonnett macaque, Langur, Barking deer, Fox, Wild pigs, Panther, Mongoos, Porcupine, Hyena etc. The Major birds found in Matheran are Palm swift, crested Lark, Indian small sky lark, common Green Pigeon, Blue Breasted Barbet.
You can enjoy the' Konkan Mewa' such as 'Jamuns' & 'Karvandas' on way. Cliffs in the Matheran with incredibly steep drops to the plains below create stunning view points such as (1) Eco point (2) Lousia point (3) Porcupine point (4) Chouk point (5) Ranbag point (6) Panorama point (7) Malang point and sunset point. The main bazar offers a variety of items such as cane and leather articles made by the tribals.
Best time to visit: November to May.
Nearest Airport : Mumbai (100 Kms.).
By Rail: Neral (10 Kms.). and Karjat (24 Kms.).
By Road : Mumbai - Pune NH-4 (32 Kms.).
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Private hotels suiting to all budgets are available at Matheran.