Independence Day 2019: 5 weekend getaways from Mumbai

A short drive to Alibaug or a quick flight to Colombo, make the most of the long weekend.

You’ve always been looking for an excuse to get out of the city, and finally, after more than two months you have a mid-week public holiday that you can finally make the most of. Independence Day falls on Thursday this year. So, depending on how many days your boss can grant you leave, you could consider getting out of town on Saturday, August 10 or Wednesday, August 14. Now, Mumbai may not have as many airline connections as the capital, New Delhi but there are still a lot of places for you to get away from the city. Let’s begin with the one closest:

1. Alibaug

Alibaug

It’s the Hamptons of Mumbai. The coastal town of Alibaug has evolved into this cool space where the city’s rich and famous retire to every other weekend. You could always take the longer route and drive down to Alibaug or else you could simply hop on to a ferry from the Gateway of India. Either way, what awaits you are clean beaches, quaint hamlets and some stunning airbnbs.


2. Goa

Goa (Photograph: Abhishek Mande Bhot/for Yahoo India)

You may think of Goa as the most obvious choice but don’t let that be the reason to avoid it. The tiny beach state has been Mumbaikars’ most preferred choice for a quick getaway. With return tickets to Goa starting at as little as Rs 6100 or thereabouts, and several beautiful boutique hotels and airbnbs waiting for you there, Goa is the easiest choice you can make.

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3. Kerala

Kerala (Photograph: Shinu Scaria/Wikimedia Commons Under Creative Commons License)

The resilience with which Kerala has bounced back from the worst ever floods last year is inspiring to say the least. Which was why we’d made a strong case to visit it as early as September 2018. With the state having found itself back on its feet, it’s all the more reason to visit Kerala during the Independence Day weekend. Arrive in Thiruvananthapuram or Kochi – return tickets to both start at as little as Rs 10,000 – see some of these nine places in Kerala and fly out from the other airport.

4. Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka (Photograph: Abhishek Mande Bhot/for Yahoo India)

The Easter Sunday bombings notwithstanding, the island nation continues to remain a major draw for Indians. Sri Lanka doesn’t just boast of history (Anuradhapura) hill stations (Nuwara Eliya) and beaches (Trincomalee), it’s also welcoming of tourists, especially Indians who contribute greatly to the country’s tourism revenues.

5. Turkey

Turkey (Photograph: Abhishek Mande Bhot/for Yahoo India)

If you can manage to convince your boss to let you take the entire Independence Day week off, Turkey is the place to get away to. 10 days should help you cover one half of the beautiful country – Istanbul, Ephesus, Pamukkale and Cappadocia – and return home not just with 200 Instagram Stories but also a bagful of memories.