Matheran was explored by Britisher Hugh Polyntz Malet in the year 1850 and immediately turned this wonderful hill station as their summer retreat spot. Matheran is the smallest and popular hill station in India with many tourist attractions. There are 38 official viewpoints in and around Matheran. Each and every viewpoint gives a spectacular view of these hills. The Panorama point gives an entire 360° view of the entire region. The sunrise and sunset look surreal from most of the viewpoints.The Hart Point provides the bewitching sight of the illuminant Mumbai City lights in the night time which is a fabulous view from such a distance. Situated at 2,650 feet above sea level in the Western Ghats the clouds pass through the tourists and leave a long-lasting impression.
Being close to Mumbai and Pune, Matheran is one of the busiest weekend retreats for most of the city people who prefer to spend their time away from cities hustle bustle. There are many hotels, resorts available in Matheran which provides various amenities and services as per the budgets. The Matheran hotels are well maintained and provide excellent service and this is the reason for most of the tourists prefer same hotels every time for their stay.
There are many tourist attractions which are must visit in Matheran, out of which 5 incredible places are mentioned below that shouldn’t be missed visiting when you are in Matheran.
Charlotte or Sharlott Lake is one of the prominent holidaying spot in Matheran. There is an ancient temple of Pisharnath Mahadev Temple that lies right to the lake. Lousia Point and the Eco-point are near to his lake. With many species of birds visible all the times, it is a hub of tourist activity. The Charlotte Lake serves the drinking water requirement of the Matheran town and nearby places.
Prabalgad Fort has an ancient history that travels down to Maratha reign and the Mughal period. In that era, the Prabalgad Fort has seen wonderful riches, but now it is seen in ruined condition. The artificial pond on top of the fort is said to be the best attraction of this fort.
It is said that there is a treasure in this fort when Chatrapati Shivaji captured it and also this fort showcases the architectural marvel and influence of the Marathas on Indian architecture. At present, the tourists can explore the remains three towers of the tower that are left of the Fort.
The Porcupine Point
The name Porcupine point is well-known as a Sunset Point and gained its name from the close resemblance it has with the Porcupine bird. One can see Prabalgad Fort and Cathedral Rocks from this point, which is very nearby to this location and also it provides a fantastic view of Sunset.
The Hart Point offers the panoramic view of the picturesque landscape of the green plains and peaceful villages surrounding Matheran. This viewpoint provides breathtaking sight of Mumbai’s nightlife and Western Ghats mountain ranges. This spot is very famous and unspoiled away from the cities rush, provides relaxation thus making it as a good spot to spend an evening with loved ones.
A must-watch in the many tourist attractions around Matheran is the Shivaji’s ladder. It is a link connecting from one tree hill point to the Matheran Valley that forms the shape of a ladder.
Most of the attractions are very much approachable from Matheran hotels and some of the hotels provide to and fro facilities to their guests as a goodwill gesture. Overall, the tourist’s attractions and the Matheran hotels make the stay a memorable for everyone who visits Matheran.