Really! It takes only a few minutes to realize why Matheran has this untouched, pristine quality about it. Automobiles and vehicles of any sort are not allowed into Matheran. This little hill paradise has been left largely undisturbed, since the time an Englishman, Hugh Mallet, Collector of Thane, discovered it in 1850 and declared it a fine place for shady walks.
The red soil is everywhere. Matheran is a continuous poem of shady, thickly wooded paths of red mud and velvet moss, stretching endlessly.
In city life we stay & travel in cement jungle. We can experience true nature and its love. We always think for go outstation to relax, to stay from busy hectic life. But it’s not always possible to get away from city. Where Matheran is really such amazing place where nature is playing active role with you and where you can enjoy every breath with nature.
The roads are still kutcha, there has been no attempt to prune the hedges or smarten up the vegetation, or introduce any kind of uniformity into its environment. Yet, nature herself maintains a mild discipline. The heavy branches of trees are not so thickly interwoven that you cannot see through them; the shrubs do not spill over indiscriminately on to the roads.
Monkeys are your companions wherever you go during the visit. Monkey will entertain you by hugging their babies, combing their hair, squabbling occasionally as humans do. As you walk monkeys will grab your packet of chips. You could wave your crooked pandhari stick (a kind of walking stick) at them, but their mournful expressions would melt the sternest heart.
There are many points for sight seeing, places which really make you feel good and lead you towards the completeness of Matheran. Matheran has many "lookout points" that provide spectacular views of the Western Ghats and lush plains dotted with villages far below. These include Panorama Point (with the most spectacular views, it's a popular place to watch the sun rise), Monkey Point, Porcupine Point (popular for its' sunset view), Louisa Point (on a plateau with views of the ruined forts Prabal and Vishalgarh), Echo Point (which really does have an echo), Rambagh Point (2 kms from Matheran towards Khandala and Karjat), Alexander Point (one km to the north of Matheran), Hart Point, Coronation Point, Chowk Point (at the extreme southern end of Matheran), and the One Tree Hill.
Matheran's cliffs with incredibly steep drops to the plains below create stunning viewing points.
There are altogether 36 points, 2 lakes, 2 parks, 4 major worship places and a racecourse to visit inside Matheran. If you would like to see all of them then you may need to manage 2–3 days on your feet from your busy schedule. There multiple choice to move around one can move around on foot or horseback, but it is recommended moving on feet to experience the best sight of nature. If you are on Horse back you may not be able to spend your desired time on the points. As all the points’ gives a unique view experience and you can’t miss that. Hence we suggest you to take horse ride of only one hour to experience horse ride, rest of sight seeing will be easily manage by your foot only.
Matheran points at Glimpse
Even the bazaar is just that a small marketplace, not a commercial shopping complex. It runs the length of one street, and contains shops and stalls that sell the produce of Matheran. You can see workmen hunching over strips of leather, fashioning the Kolhapuri chappal that Matheran is famous for Leather bags, leather belts, leather shoes, leather caps and many more other leather products. Workmanship is exclusive and the prices reasonable.
You can also find the glass birds and dried wild flowers for sale that have a pretty appeal. You will defiantly dominated by the one of the market dominated things in Matheran that is chikki of matheran, a confection made of gram flour, jaggery and cashew nut. Peoples buy chikki in kilos to carry home; it is a universally popular sweetmeat.
Points to see:
Alexander Point, Matheran
It is on the Madhavji Road which is just about 1 km. from the Post Office. From here one can see Garbut Point, Towers of Bhivpuri Power House, Karjat Palasdari Lake, Borgaon Village, Rambaug Point and Chowk Point.
Charlotte Lake, Matheran
Charlotte Lake is about 2 kms from the Post Office has beautiful scenery and greenery. On the left is Pisarnath Temple, Echo Point, Louisa Point are on the right side of it. Matheran city gets its drinking water. Since this lake supplies drinking water to the town, boating, swimming and fishing is strictly prohibited here. One can stand atop these peaks and survey the wild ravishing landscape, and the reddish brown mountain ranges. The red soil is everywhere. Matheran is a continuous verse of shady, thickly wooded paths of red mud and velvet moss, stretching endlessly.
Charlotte Lake has dam at one end and temple at the other. A popular picnic spot, it looks splendid in the monsoon, but dries up in the summer. Near the dam is the main Hindu holy temple, the Pisarnath Mandir.
Charlotte Lake, the Panther's Caves and the Paymaster Park are other attractions, especially for children.
Echo Point, Matheran
It is about 2 kms from the Post Office. On the right one can experience Echoes reverberating in a low tone from this place. This one place mostly visited by love buds, who express their feeling not by flower or by cards but they shout it out at top of their voice.
During the Manson, the view of water fall from here will be a delightful to watch. And also during month of September & October waterfall can be seen.
Panorama Point, Matheran
It is one of the far place from post office, It is about 6 kms from the Post Office. The view from Panorama Point is magnificent. This place is most suitable for picnic and is very famous among the all visitors. This point commands one of the widest views of the hill, both of Matheran and other side of it. Peb Fort, Chanderi, Jagged peaks of Mhas-Mal, Navara-Navari can be seen easily from here. On the west side of it with Prabal fort as background is a fine view of wooded ravines and bare cliff of Hart, Monkeys and Porcupine Point. Sunrise can also be seen from this Point.
Khandala Point, Matheran
It is on the M.G. Road, ½ km away from Post Office. One can see Garbut Point in front of it and at the right side of it, Khandala Hills, Bhivpuri Power House and Karjat town can be seen.
It is about 2 kms from the Post Office. From here Garbut Point, Karjat Town and Khandala Point can be viewed.
It is about 4 km from the Post Office. From here you can be seen Karnala Fort, near Panvel, Vishalgad, Prabal Fort,
One Tree Hill, Karjat, Palasdari and Chowk Village.
One Tree Hill
It is about 3 kms from the Post Office on Shivaji Road, On the top of hill there is one solitary Jambhul Tree that marks the spot. A tent Hill, Chowk Village, Mumbai-Pune Highway and Panvel City can be seen from here.
Louisa Point & Lions Head
It is about 2 km from Post Office. The place is essentially a plateau. From left to right, one can see Echo Point, Lake Gardens, Chowk Point, Tent Hill, Prabal Fort, Panvel, Lights of Mumbai City at Night. On the right, one can see end of point shaped looks like a ’’Lion’s Head’’.
It is about 3 kms from the Post Office and is well known for the magnificent sight of Sunset from here at dusk.
It is about 1-1/2 km from the Post Office. During whole year passers by and tourists can drink the cool water of this spring.
It is about 3 kms from the Post Office and so named because there were monkeys abounding on that side formerly. From here facing Hart Cliff, and experience the delightfulness of echo sound. If one makes a noise or sound, it echoes back nearly six/seven times and the echo is distinct, clear and full.
It is about 5 kms from the Post Office. A splendid view of train coming up the hill right from Neral Water Pipe and perfect Aerial view of Neral Town can be seen from here,Mount berry is one of the highest spots in Matheran, this has splendid views. Governor's Hill, another viewpoint, is between Mount Barry and Panorama Point.
It is nearly 5 kms from the Post Office. While going to this place one meets with a wonderful alliance of sky with the earth, in other words, of the horizon. This point must be seen for its colourful Dawn and Sunrise. One should not miss this Point at the Sunrise.
The Hart Point
This point offers a view of the lights of Mumbai at night! All of Matheran is a series of such idealistically named points that are popular, if isolated, sites for picnics and fireside revelry at night.
• Little Cowk Point
• Belvedere Point
• Olympia Race Course
• Lords Point
• Cecil Point (Actually a water fall mouth)
• Madhavji Garden & Point
• Matheran Railway Station
• Mayor Point