Whether it is recovering from the frenetic wedding season or from crazy partying with NRI friends or simply trying to beat the mid week boredom, a weekend getaway is an ideal getaway to re-energise onself.
One of my favourite places for a break is Alibaug – a small coastal town, just a 45 minutes catamaran ride away (or a 3 hour car ride) away from Gateway of India. Alibaug is surrounded by beautiful pristine beaches for the beach bummers who want to laze away their weekend, but is also home to a number of historical forts and temples for those who want to venture out to sight see. One can also experience village life around the numerous small villages around Alibaug with a large variety of flora and fauna. Fresh sea food is the specialty of this coastal town
For those with families, especially small children, the luxurious Radisson Hotel is a great bet – take it from our office babies!! For those who prefer solitary living or a simple weekend with friends, there are many cottages one can rent by the day. Some of the recommended ones are Captans and Sidz cottages. With freshly cooked food served in the cottages, one need not venture out for meals.
Another upcoming destination, especially for those who seek an adrenalin rush is Kolad – an idyllic village 4 hours off Mumbai. This region has seen a number of adventure resorts spring up in the last few years. Resorts in this vicinity offer activities such as trekking, rappelling, rock climbing, waterfall abseiling, white water rafting etc. They also offer nature trails and bird watching for those who do not want to opt for highly strenuous activities.
These outdoor activities coupled with rustic stay options like tents and mud huts make this an exciting getaway for city slickers.
Lastly to the place that I am taking off to for the upcoming long weekend – Nasik for its vineyard resorts. Wine tourism, again a relatively new phenomenon in India is picking up and today a number of options are available around the Nasik grape growing belt.
Resorts like Sula Vineyards or Tiger Hills Resorts from Chateau Indage are set in picturesque settings amongst the vineyards. Here they take you for a tour of the winery and then make you sample all their house wines produced. To go along with the wine, there is an exhaustive food menu which is paired right with each goblet of wine.
Throw in wine massages and baths to the mix, along with a luxurious stay option and this vineyard visit becomes a relaxing and rejuvenating weekend.
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