Discovered by Hugh Poyntz Malet in 1850 and later developed by the Bristish as a summer getaway from the heat of Mumbai; Matheran, continues to offer solace to the city battered soul. Matheran has retained some of the old colonial buildings and churches which adds to its charm. The Matheran Hill Railway built in 1907 by Sir Adamjee Peerbhoy still is one of the main attractions of Matheran.
Matheran - The Woods on a Hill (2500 ft)
Literally Woods on a hill, Matheran is the quietest possible get away from Pune and Mumbai thanks to the ban on all vehichles apart from ambulances in Matheran to help maintain and preserve the eco sensitive zone. Matheran is the most popular hill station near Mumbai, commuting on hand pulled rikshaws and ponies in Matheran itself is a unique experiance that only Matheran offers!
Although the tourist season in Matheran extends from Sept - May the best time to visit Matheran when it would be at its elegant best is Oct - Dec after the monsoon rains.
Matheran ropeway is an ambitious project undertaken by Matheran Ropeway Pvt. Ltd which will connect the base station which would be Bhutivali to upper station which would be located at Madhavji Point covering a total length of 4.7 kilometers. The ropeway will reduce the travel time to Matheran from the base from approximately 3-4 hours to a mere 20 minutes. The construction of Matheran ropeway is set to start soon.
Matheran Hill Railway
Although Matheran Hill Railway missed the cut to make it to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites, the toy train ride from Neral to Matheran is one of the major attractions of Matheran. The Matheran toy train covers 21 kms between Neral to Matheran in 2 hours.