Matheran is an untouched hill-station which seems suspended in time. The Monsoon and Winter is the best time to visit, though the weather is pleasant throughout the year. Since Matheran has been declared an Eco-Sensitive region by the Government, no automobiles are allowed inside. From Neral railway station, you can take a Neral-Matheran toy train. Your car will have to be parked at Dasturi Naka and you will have to continue on foot. Make sure to wear comfortable footwear so it will be easy to walk long distances. The Panorama Point provides a 360-degree view of the surrounding area and also the Neral town. From this point, the view of sunset and sunrise is dramatic. The Louisa Point offers crystal clear view of the Prabal Fort. The other points are the One Tree Hill Point, Heart Point, Monkey Point, Porcupine Point, Rambagh Point, and more. Try not to carry too much of luggage as carrying it around will be a chore. Before setting out, see the availability of the toy train as it sometimes shuts down, especially during Monsoon. The train is often full, so turn up in good time to ensure you get a ticket. Stay hydrated and don’t over-exert yourself or it will be a waste of a completely good trip.
Matheran covers a total area of 7.35 sq. km. With a generally flat top. The highest spot is at an altitude of 803.47meters from sea level – making it a very refreshing destination to visit anytime during the year! With a small resident population of about 4000, the calm and quietude is ever so pleasant. To add to the comfort, Matheran has mild to cool temperatures throughout the year, rarely going above 35° C even during peak summer afternoons!
The weather is comparatively cooler here than the other cities of Maharashtra. The summer season here generally lasts from March to the end of May. The temperature during this time can soar to a maximum of 32° C. But like in the cities, the heat is not searing. Moreover, the waterfalls and the constant mountain breeze make the summers mild and pleasant.
The winters also escape the extremes of nature. During November to mid-March, the temperature drops to a minimum of 16° C. The climate remains pleasant with slightly cold evenings, but the days are comparatively warmer.
The monsoon showers (mid-June to mid-October) are not mild drizzles, but come in the form of roaring rainfalls and thunderclaps.