Charlotte Lake, occasionally also spelt as ‘Sharlott Lake’ is one of the most pictorial and astounding attractions sited in this ravishing little hamlet of Matheran. Positioned at the distance of just 1 kilometer from the main market, the stunning glory of the ethereal Charlotte Lake is at its ostentatious best principally during the rainy season. Acting as the chief source of drinking water for the Matheran Township and the neighboring region, the Charlotte Lake also furnishes as one of the most outstanding picnic spots of this dainty Hill Resort. A historic temple dedicated to Lord Pisarnath can be seen nestled on the right banks of the lake whereas the two most distinguished vantage points of Matheran i.e. the Echo Point and the Louisa Point flank the Lake from its left. Monsoon is the most vital period for visiting the Charlotte Lake as this is the season when the scenic pizzazz of this water reservoir cuddled amidst the verdant greeneries is in its full symmetry. Small silvery water cataracts surging down the adjacent hills look totally alluring and the all-inclusive emerald coverlet of verdure immersing in the tender rains appear absolutely spirited and invigorating. Numerous domestic and migratory birds merrily flying over the lake cast additional charisma to the chromatic jazz of the Charlotte Lake. Nonetheless, this angelic water tarn dries up in summer.
Stationed about 5 kilometers away from the heart of the town, Mount Berry; an aureate sierra of this dandy hill station happens to be one of the most loved tourist destinations of Matheran. Much applauded amongst the vacationers for its spellbinding panoramic splendor, Mount Berry is also popular for the compelling prospects it offers. An aerial scenario of the downhill town Neral and the staggering spectacles of the surrounding Matheran Peaks can be perceived from the summit of the Mount Berry. The most remarkable attraction of Mount Berry is the incredible vista of the Matheran Toy Train leisurely navigating through the dense woods of Matheran and gradually tramping up the hill observed from here.
One Tree Hill
'One Tree Hill Point' of Matheran peculiar in its epithet as well as its attributes is a knoll that bears only one huge Jambhul tree on its apex. Boasting of this unusual phenomenon for past few centuries One Tree Hill Point of Matheran beckons innumerable tourists from every corner of the country. Even in monsoon when the entire landscape is brimming with fresh green foliage, this solitary Jambhul Tree holds the grounds like a misanthropic hermit performing a severe austerity for years. One Tree Hill Point is believed to be the locus from where Hugh Poyntz Malet; the then district collector of Thane is believed to have alighted at Matheran in 1850 AD and unfolded the concealed potentials of this region as a hill station in front of the whole world. The passage that leads to the top of the One Tree Hill Point is notably steep and quite treacherous. Adventure enthusiasts take pleasure in climbing up to the One Tree Hill Point through the famous trekking trail of Matheran i.e. the ‘Shivaji’s Ladder’ these days. Shivaji’s Ladder leads us down from the hill to the plains of Matheran. Apart from indulging in this breathtaking venture, tourists also pay a visit to this pleasant breezy venue to enjoy some placid moments under this idiosyncratic Jambhul Tree. From the top of the One Tree Hill Point tourists can also behold the striking panoramas of the flanking Tent Hill and the tiny Chowk Village laid underneath.
The Heart Point of Matheran to be found at the north western brinks of this Hill Station is one of the prominent vantage points that offers the magnificent glimpses of the blanketing luxuriant grasslands and the quiescent dioramas of the taciturn villages laying downhill. Not only that, the Heart Point is also the wonderful spot from where the impressive outlooks of the bravura Western Ghats and the enchanting night views of the Mumbai suburbs lit up with the multicolored twinkling lights can be discerned. Placed in the heart of the thick green jungles of Matheran, the Heart Point coins its title from its unique geographical heart like outline. Myriads of tourists pay a visit to this exquisite viewing point and fall in love with its enamoring scenery, untainted and well composed ambience and cool, soothing climate at the first sight. Perfect for meditating and unwinding in the intimacy with nature, the Heart Point of Matheran is in fact a Utopia for nature lovers and peace solicitors.
Also renowned by the appellation the ‘Sun Rise Point’, the Panorama Point is one of the most admired and appreciated vantage points in the vicinity of Matheran. Positioned at the considerable distance from the Matheran Market, the Panorama Point happens to be the second last stop of the Matheran Toy Train before it reaches its final destination i.e. the Matheran Bazaar. Honored to be the largest open space perched atop any mount peak near Matheran, the Panorama Point is also intensely cherished as the ideal spot to witness the elegance of the rising sun from. When the juvenile rays of the rising sun fall on the grand banquette of loveliness laid by nature at Matheran, a coaxing extravaganza is born out of their alliance. Tourists make sure that they reach the Panorama Point reasonably before the aurora so as to apprehend the splendid ballet of colors being performed against the backdrop of the sapphire blue and crimson red firmament at the daybreak.
True to its name, the Panorama Point of Matheran offers absolutely stimulating panoramas of rising sun at dawn. The entire terrain basking in the mellow radiance of the pristine early rays of the sun look extensively charming and entrancing. The Sun Rise Point or the Panorama Point of Matheran is a fantastic berth for enjoying picnics and weekend excursions in the cradle of pacifying cosmos. Apart from that, the Panorama Point also yields dazzling prospects of the close by tourist destinations including Prabal Fort, Chanderi, Peb Fort, Navara-Navari, Mhas-Mal, Monkey Point, Louisa Point, Heart Point, Porcupine Point and the gorgeous Ulnas River winding through the lush vegetation. Moreover, the enclosing cliffs other than presenting the breathtaking pictures also echo your voices. Here you will spot people loudly calling out the names of their dear ones. The Sun Rise Point, also renowned as the 360 degree point rightly enjoys the paramount position amongst the tourist attractions of Matheran.
Positioned about 3 kilometers away from the Matheran Post Office, the Monkey Point is yet another vantage point from where flabbergasting spectacles of the girdling topography can be observed. Moreover, the Monkey Point is also reckoned for its amazing endowment of echoing the sound iterated here. If you stand facing towards the Heart Point and call out your name, you will hear it being rebounded almost six to seven times. Obviously suggested by its name, this area is copious with monkeys who will definitely exercise all their possible mischief on you and try to bully you. Tourists are advised to take care of their belongings, particularly food because monkeys are more attracted towards it. They will try to snatch things from your hands or just attack you for fun’s sake. Even though, the population of monkeys at the Monkey Point is decreasing day by day.
Parked at the walking distance from the neighboring village named ‘Hashya Cha Patti’, the Malang Point is yet another viewing point that is highly frequented by the tourists of Matheran. This is one of the sites from where nature’s extravagant fête can be contentedly savored. Mesmerizing vistas of the rolling hill ranges, highly timbered valleys and tranquil and composed villages can be observed from the Malang Point. Furthermore, the adjoining Hashya Cha Patti village is also popular for the Lord Hanuman Temple situated here which is thronged by the devotees all round the year.
Echo Point, nested to the left of the celebrated Charlotte Lake of Matheran, roughly 2 kilometers away from the heart of the town is predominantly famed for its enchanting Echo effect. As you cry out your name here, you will be able to hear the distant valleys of the Western Ghats repeating the name after you. In the months of September and October during the post monsoon season, tourists can also witness the chimerical vistas of the deluging water torrents abundant with sparkling rain waters cascading down the far flung cliffs.
Situated to the left of the famous Charlotte Lake of Matheran, the Louisa Point; another well known observation point of this ornate hill station is a worth visiting picnic spot essentially distinguished for the extraordinary prospects of the antique Prabal Fort and Vishalgarh it offers. Not only that, this spectacular vantage point is also commended for the vivacious vistas of the water cataracts teeming with fresh rain waters and gushing down the enclosing green hills discerned from here during the rainy season. Moreover, the Louisa Point is a crucial seat of Matheran where the valley crossing adventure that inaugurates at the Honeymoon point of Matheran concludes. To top it all, the famous Lion’s Head Point is also stationed in the proximity with the Louisa Point which has received its designation after its semblance with a lion’s head. From this point tourists can descry the maestro parade of radiance at the time of sunset and behold the appeasing visions of the scintillating waterfalls and the beautiful lake gardens. Louisa Point and Lions Head from where various observation points of Matheran such as the Chowk Point, Echo Point and Tent Hill and also the gleaming lights of Mumbai are visible are sited just 2 kilometers away from the Matheran Post Office.
Clasped amidst the lofty precipices of Western Ghats, the Khandala Point situated on the M.G. Road quite close to the main market of Matheran is a well-known look out point from where resplendent prospects of the Garbut Point, Bhivpuri Power House and even the Khandala Hills and the far-away Karjat town can be obtained.
Installed against the pictorial backdrop of the sylvan landscapes and set up beside the Madhavji Road in Matheran, the Alexander Point is one of the most venerated vantage points of Matheran from where the striking tableaus of the Garbut Point, Chowk Point, Rambaug Point, the ethereal Palasdari Lake, the vivid Borgaon village and the winding Ulhas River can be apprehended. Tourists visiting the Alexander Point welcome the fresh jungle breeze on their body and appreciate the serene and composed milieu extending around. More than ever admired by the lovers of nature and beauty, the Alexander Point is indeed a paradise for philosophers and peace seekers. Here you can idly chill out for hours and experience the caressing stroke of Mother Nature in your entire existence. The panoramas of the unfathomable valley lying below and the far-off Bhivpuri Power House appear extremely spectacular from the coronet of this precipice.
Rambaug Point is a famous vantage point of Matheran that is positioned right next to the celebrated Alexander Point. Bequeathed with the mind blowing concoction fabricated by the macrocosm, the Rambaug Point is particularly exalted for the 180 degree view of the adjoining terrain it offers. Nestled amidst the turf overloaded with nature’s grace and grandeur and blessed with the tranquil and unblemished ambience, the Rambaug Point is the classic spot to capture the splendor of the arresting sceneries and the diminishing glory of the setting sun from. One can also savor the regal perceptions of the far flung hilly ranges, the Garbut Point and the Karjat and Khandala Towns from the Rambaug Point. The widespread tapestry of the lush greenery and the soothing rustic ambience of Matheran summon myriads of tourists and picnickers to come and spend some relaxed time at the Rambaug Point. Sometimes even more honored and admired by the tourists than the Alexander Point, the Rambaug Point is truly a paradise for the photographers and the artistic souls.
Little Chowk Point
The ‘Little Chowk Point’ of Matheran positioned towards the southernmost end of the Matheran Hilly Region is a well-known observation point greatly cherished by the vacationers for the stupendous panoramas it offers. From this peak one can also perceive the beatific vistas of the aerial Sahyadri Ranges, the majestic Prabal, Karnala and Vishalgad Forts and the pretty town of Panvel elegantly cuddled at the foothills of the Matheran Mounds.
Sunset (Porcupine) Point
Delegated with binary laurels; the ‘Porcupine Point’ and the ‘Sunset Point’, this vantage point stationed at the distance of about 4 kilometers from the main market of Matheran is one of the most worth visiting tourist attractions of this peachy hill resort. This hilltop derives its title after its geographical outline that resembles the silhouette of the bird porcupine. Other than the fabulous spectacles of the picturesque landscapes perceived from here, the Porcupine Point is primarily reckoned for the stunning vistas of the setting sun it yields. The vivid luminescence of the sun slowly withdrawing against the scrim of the golden blue sky and the pageant of colors performed in the empyrean azure render the truly resplendent impression from the Sunset Point. Supplementary attractions of the Porcupine Point are the illustrious Cathedral Rocks positioned to its west and the contours of the imposing Prabal Fort noticed from here. Endowed with intense thickets, gratifying ambience and luxurious natural elegance the Porcupine Point is a favorite getaway niche well frequented by the tourists all through the year.
King George Point
Based quite close to the famous Charlotte Lake of Matheran, the King George Point is the observation spot from where the eye-catching vista of the bravura waterfalls formed by the excess waters of the Charlotte Lake can be observed. During the monsoon when the surplus water of the Charlotte Lake overflows it forms charming cascades that pour down the verdant plateaus of Matheran. The compelling views of these waterfalls can be captured very delightfully from the strategically parked King George Point. This vantage point is cram packed with the tourists during the rainy season. Some of the adventure seeking souls also venture to reach to the mouth of the cataracts and witness the incredible phenomenon of water being prevented from falling down by the force of wind that throws it back.
Lodged about 5 kilometers away from the center of the Matheran Town, the Garbut Point is a relatively secluded and less visited vantage points of this mountainous settlement. Flanked by an opaque jungle on one side and a luxuriant valley on the other, the Garbut Point offers beguiling prospects of both the sunrise and the sunset.
Olympia Race Course
The Olympia Race Course of Matheran, a supreme attraction of this hill station happens to be one of the few high altitude race courses established in India. Some of the most breathtaking and electrifying Horse Riding Competitions are organized at the Olympia Race Course of Matheran that beckon innumerable horse riders and those interested in horse races to this highland plateau. Tourists specially arrive at Matheran during the summer vacations in order to witness the most excellent of the horses and the horse riders in action. Professional horse riders from Mumbai and Pune partake in these races which add more than a gleam to the vivacity of this entire event.
Erected atop the flat pinnacle of the towering Prabal Hills, the Prabal Fort located in the close proximity of Matheran is one of the most antiquated monuments existing in this area of Sahyadri Mountain Ranges. Perceptible from almost all the observation points of Matheran, the Prabal Fort; the testament of the laudable Maratha rule in Maharashtra is at the moment almost in ruins. Once possessed by the Mughals, this legendary citadel was subjugated by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and as suggested by the historical records the fort was affluent with infinite treasure at the time of their conquest. This garrison of great historical magnitude has today kept hold of two gateways, eleven towers and a small water pond. Even though the torans of the fortress were shattered to a certain extent in the battle of 1818 AD, the ramparts of four towers still hold the ground pompously singing the sagas of the glorious past of Maratha ascendancy in Maharashtra.
One of the most astonishing and momentous attractions of Matheran, the Shivaji’s Ladder is a jungle trail that characterizes the steps like configuration generating the appearance of a ladder. Commencing at the One Tree Hill Point and terminating at the Matheran Valley, this historical track is christened after Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj; the great Maratha Emperor. It is believed that Shivaji Maharaj used this pathway to reach Matheran for his enjoyment expeditions and hunting or other operations. Moreover, Shivaji’s Ladder was also utilized by the local tribes of this province for traveling in the interior portions of the Matheran Forest. This legendary passageway was rediscovered by Hugh Poyntz Malet in May 1850. It is believed that Malet arrived at Matheran mountaineering this ladder itself. Presently, the Shivaji’s Ladder enclosed by flourishing green woods of the Western Ghats is highly praised amongst the most adored trekking trails of Matheran. Adventure seekers do not lose a chance of exploring the forests of Matheran through the Shivaji’s Ladder.
Positioned on the left banks of the beautiful Charlotte Lake the Pisharnath Temple is a precious spiritual destination placed in the delightful township of Matheran. Bejeweled by verdant greeneries blossoming on all its sides, this Hindu religious shrine dedicated to Lord Pisharnath beckons hordes of devotees to this holy abode. The locals at Matheran believe that Lord Pisharnath when appeased bestows good fortune upon his devotees. The silky emerald lawns circling the temple premises tender a comforting ambience where tourists can relax and rejuvenate in the neighborhood of the Charlotte Lake. From the Lord Pisharnath Temple, the alluring Charlotte Lake appears exceedingly splendid and marvelous.
Located about 30 kilometers away from Matheran, the Morbe Dam is one of the famous picnic spots for the tourists from Mumbai, Pune and Matheran as well. Built across the River Dharavi in the year 2006, this water reservoir covers the total surface area of about 9780 square kilometers. Suspended at the elevation of about 194 feet above the sea level, the Morbe Dam happens to be one of the medium altitude dams of the state of Maharashtra. The construction work of the dam commenced in the year 1999 under the proposition of the ‘Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran’. The chief aim behind establishing this reservoir was to provide plentiful water supply to the nearby regions.
Greatly admired for its varieties of beautiful flowers and its exceptional historic significance, the Paymaster Park of Matheran is one of the worth mentioning tourist’s attractions that allures its visitors to no extent. Vividly landscaped grounds and fashionably arranged benches of this park create the ideal ambience for reposing and unwinding amidst the seducing glory of inviting nature. Tourists really love to spend some leisurely time in the Paymaster Park. This garden is also famed for its attention grabbing figurines of two historical personalities Hugh Poyntz Malet and S. L. Panday.
Panther’s Caves of Matheran positioned close to the ‘State Game Lands’ is a cave complex that constitutes a cluster of 30 caves. A wonderful getaway for the adventure enthusiasts, these caves are pretty interesting to be walked around and explored. Some of these caves are dry from inside while some others are muddy and wet. In some caves you can just keep walking while some will make you stoop and crawl on all fours. Some of the caves are made from the hard rocks only.