Matheran is situated at an altitude of 800 meters above sea level in Sahayadri range. It has an undulating hilltop cloaked in green. The entire route presents the stunning view. One comes across the breathtaking glimpse of bright lights of Mumbai once you are on the mountaintop. One can enjoy the toy train ride which takes two hours from the nearby railway station at Neral.
The history of this place is very interesting. The place was discovered by Hugh Poyntz Malet, the then district collector of Thane, in 1850. The foundation of this place was laid by Lord Elephinstone, the then Governor of Mumbai.
At Matheran, we passed through the main bazaar. The shops are small but have special attraction for leather articles like fancy hats, chappals and shoes. My sweet tooth couldn’t resist the chicki with variety of flavors. Few eating joints are very famous and popular at this place.
We were informed that the weather in Matheran was very tricky. Temperatures vary from 16° C in winter to 32° C in summer with an annual rainfall of 524 mms. It was raining cats and dogs when we reached Matheran. It gave us a relief from the sultry heat at the down town of Neral.
The Union Ministry of Environment has declared Matheran as an ‘eco-sensitive region’. Few call this place as a Health Sanatorium also. The Matheran means ‘Forest on Top’. As the name suggests Matheran is mesmerizing. The area is dotted with several lookout points. The panorama point provides 360 degree view of the surrounding area. The sun set point is just breathtaking.
Prabal Fort can be viewed from the Louisa Point. Walking in the dense forests at the mountain top was an exhilarating experience. For a nature lover, Matheran is the most appropriate destination. My love for this place shall never diminish.