1 May 2016 | 3 min Read
Anshu Bhojnagarwala (firsttimemommy)
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So, you can’t take out time from your busy work schedule for an extended holiday trip this summer holiday. But, that shouldn’t stop you from indulging in one-day picnics with your kids. There are many fun places to visit near Mumbai that are ideal for a day picnic.
Here’s the list…check it out!
Picnic at Aswali Dam, Bordi
160 kms away from Mumbai, is Bordi, a quiet yet scenic town in Dahanu district. It has a clean beachfront and the water is safe for swimming. Just 9 kms from Bordi, you will come across Aswali dam, which is accessible to the general public, yet it is not crowded. On one side is the beautiful and serene lake, and on the other, little huts surrounded by lush paddy fields. It is a great spot for picnic, so do not forget to carry a hamper with you. At the end of the dam, there are Bahrot caves, which you can explore with your kids.
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Horse Riding at Japalouppe
A great place for kids to visit. Japalouppe at Shankarwadi on Mumbai – Pune highway conducts horse-riding camps and equestrian games for kids. In their camps, they give riding lessons, make kids go on treks and trail rides, and play games. They also have a petting zoo for tiny tots. Do contact Japalouppe before visiting, as they do not encourage day visitors when the camps are in full swing.
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White water rafting in Kolad
Kolad, which is around 3 hours drive from Mumbai, is known for white water rafting on the Kundalika river and other adventure activities including kayaking, hiking, rappelling. If you are going for a weekend, you can contact enjoy camping, barbeques and sightseeing. You can visit Ghosala Fort, Tala Fort, Sutarwadi Lake, Bhira Dam and Kuda Mandad Caves around Kolad.
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Sightseeing at Elephanta Island
We all have visited Elephanta Island in our childhood, however, today when we think about one-day picnics, it almost never surfaces in our mind. Take a ferry from the Gateway of India to Elephanta Island. Elephanta Island has five caves, though some locals insist there are seven, dedicated to Lord Shiva. You can walk upto the top of island, which is called Cannon Hill. There is an old cannon perched there. Also the view of the neverending expanse of the great Arabian Sea is a sight to behold.
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Hot air balloon riding at Lonavala
You might have visited Lonavala numerous times, but how about trying the hot air balloon ride there this time around. Take a balloon safari offered by SkyWaltz and float through the valleys, mountain peaks, lakes and forests. Kids will love this out-of-the-blue experience, and so will you.
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Apart from the ones mentioned above, you can visit Adlabs Imagica for a fun day on rides or for a cool splash at Aquamagica.
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