Matheran is a small city and a hill station municipal council in the district of Raigad in Maharashtra. It is even the smallest hill station in Karjat Tahsil, located along the western ghats and is at an altitude of 800m above sea-level. Matheran enjoys proximity to two main metro cities viz Mumbai and Pune which makes it quite frequented by city-dwellers during weekends and small holiday packages who love to sneak out into nature’s arms and enjoy its pristine beauty, away from the hustle bustle of metro-life. Matheran is surrounded by dense tropical forests and many of the hotels in Matheran offer scintillating views of its lofty ranges and widespread forest cover.
Matheran offers a serene and quiet rehabilitation and rejuvenation to its tourists as vehicles are restricted within the jurisdiction of this nature’s divine property. One can enjoy the panoramic and spectacular views of the surrounding hills and valleys. It has 38 look-out points which are enough to drive you crazy and its beauty so pristine so as to sweep you off the floor. Some famous ones among them are the Louisa point which showcases a crystal clear view of the Prabal fort, the Panorama view which reflects a 360 degree view of the nearby areas and the Neral town and a breathtaking view of the sunrise and sunset at Matheran, the One Tree Hill point which is also a famous picnic spot, the Monkey point where its a marvel to watch these creatures indulged in a playful mood and the most renowned Echo point situated near the Charlotti lake.On the right side of the lake is the Pisarnath temple while on its left lies the two hot picnic spots namely the Louisa point and the Echo point. During monsoons these view points offer an amazing sight of voluptuous waterfalls which are a treat to the eyes. At Matheran, one can even experience valley crossing by a rope at Honey (moon) point. It can be a lifetime experience to get involved in such an adventurous and exciting sport. Other than these Matheran has a whole lot of beautiful lakes, natural waterfalls, thick dense forests and beautiful pathways which lead to its many attractive and well-known view points.
Among hotels in Matheran, one of the best is hotel Rangoli Retreat which has been rated by 4.5 stars and has achieved a recommendation of 86% from its guests is a deluxe resort in Matheran. Located amidst the beautiful valleys of Matheran and offering a beautiful natural green surrounding, the hotel is directly opposite the railway station in prime market location which makes it the preferred choice for business as well as leisure travelers. The hotel offers spacious economically viable rooms for couples with all modern facilities and a cozy homely environment. The hotel charges Rs. 2,000 for every night, including complimentary lunch and dinner. Guests who have stayed here before say that the hotel offers a ‘nice, pleasant stay in close contact with nature’.
Another deluxe property among Matheran hotels is Point View hotel which is located at a distance of 21 km from Neral station and only 1 km from bus stand. The hotel offers well appointed rooms, has a multi cuisine restaurant, provides indoor games facility and even makes arrangements for sightseeing. It charges Rs 2,2oo per night. Guests who have stayed here before say that the hotel is ‘sweet, simple, with delicious food’.