Weekend trip, friends and amusement

Sakal Times
Friday, 9 August 2019

Last minute trips that you can take with your besties in the upcoming long weekend to celebrate your friendship

Do you feel your contact with your bestie has now been limited to tagging each other in online memes or sharing memories on Facebook or an occasional update or good news call? Then here is a chance to create your own ‘Zindagi na milegi dobara’ moment with your friends for life. Let your adulting ‘to do’ for this weekend go for a toss as you take yourself along with your friends for a long-pending and a well deserved holiday.

According to a recent study by Booking.com, 73% of Indian travellers plan to take more weekend trips in 2019. So, let this be one of your much needed, long coming weekend getaway!

Too last minute to plan anything? Here is a list of getaways you can book yourself last minute, with a minimum hole in your pocket. So what are you waiting for? Pick a place and post a message on that dead WhatsApp group and block their calendars already!

Bhandardara

Bhandardara is nestled in the Sahyadris and is a beautiful offbeat weekend getaway from Mumbai that will not only help you get away from the noise and the chaos of the city but also help you relax and unwind in the company of nature and the stars. It has a perfect setting for a camping weekend. Monsoon is the best time to visit and chill in this little village, with your best friends by the waterfalls and catch up on each other’s lives while also reminiscing the funny old stories.

Where to stay

Soothe your senses at Anandvan Resort equipped with a wellness spa, along with captivating views of the mountains and lakes.

Amboli

A beautiful hill station yet relatively unknown, Amboli lies in the Sahyadri hills of Western India and is one of the world’s best ‘Bio-Diversity’ Hotspots. Overlooking thick rainforests, Amboli is abound in a variety of unique flora and fauna and is a true paradise for amphibian and reptile lovers. Amboli also offers exciting night trails where you get a chance to see the forest turn alive at night.  If fort exploration is something that inspires you make sure you visit the Madhavgad Fort which offers breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea and Konkan region.  Activities to do include -  Nature walks, Night trails, Temple Visits.

Where to stay:

Dark Forest Retreat An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including cycling.  The Parikshit Point is 200 m away while the Amboli Waterfall is 3 km away. The Amboli Bus Station is 3 km and the Sawantwadi Railway Station is 35 km.

Kamshet, Maharashtra

Pack your bags for a road trip of memories, because the hills are calling! While you are at it, you and your friend can just tick one of the best adventure sports off your bucket list. Kamshet is home to flying and paragliding schools, dance with the winds and speak to the skies during the day as you somersault in the air and sing the group’s favourite bollywood songs by the fireplace in the night. The other main attractions here are Bhairi caves, Bhedsa caves, Khondeshwar temple, Pavana lake and Shinde wadi hills. Just remember to check the weather if you're visiting with an intention to paraglide.

Where to stay

Villa San Lawrenz is a beautiful property with key locations like Bushi Lake that is 3.1 mi, the Lions Point and the Monkey Point that are 4.3 mi and the Dukes Nose and the Karla Caves that are 6.2 mi in its close proximity.  

Tarkali, Maharashtra

Tarkali is located in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, and is a seaside destination with multiple white sand beaches. The calm waters, rich in marine life and the lush greenery, makes it a beautiful getaway. Besides chilling out by the beach, you and your friends can also go scuba diving and get up and close with tropical fish, and other marine creatures. One can also indulge in water sports including kayaking, jet-skiing, parasailing, and banana boat rides. It is also said that if you visit between February and October you may spot the dolphins. While you are at it, don’t forget to try out the local Malvani cuisine. 

Where to stay

Sea View Holiday Home offers pet-friendly accommodation in Malvan. Guests can enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant. This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Malvan! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.

Kolad

Kolad, often referred to as Maharashtra’s white-water rafting capital, is situated on the banks of Kundalika River. This tiny village is an ideal getaway for you and your friends. So, put on your rafting gear as you ready yourself for some great adventure and insta-worthy moments with your besties. Kolad is the first station on the Konkan railway line if you choose to take public transport and not drive down.  Some of the attractions that you can cover include  Tamhini Ghat Waterfall, Ghosala Fort, Sutarwadi Lake, and Devkund Waterfalls among others. Indulge in rafting, jet skiing or embrace the quaint atmosphere, camping by the riverside. 

Where to stay

Kundalika Rafting Camp, as the name would suggest, is one of the best accommodations to bring out the athlete in you. From canoeing to fishing to cycling, Kundalika Rafting Camp is also open to children with a separate park for them to play at and a swimming pool. Get your athleticism on, if not learn a new skill at this Nature Trails resort.

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