Panvel is the most populated city in Raigad district in Maharashtra. It is known as the gateway of Konkan region. The city is the headquarters of the Panvel sub-division of Raigad district. Panvel is an important junction point as many major highways meet and pass through the city. The Mumbai-Pune Expressway, Sion-Panvel Expressway, NH 4B and NH 17 start from here while NH 4 passes through Panvel.
Places to Stay
Some of the budget hotels in Panvel are Ketki Hotel (Tariff - Rs. 1000), Hotel Vrindavan (Tariff - Rs. 800), and Sai Farms Tariff - Rs. 1200).
The official language of Panvel is Marathi.
Ceremony of Dahi Handi on Krishna Janmashtami and Ganeshotsav are the poplar festivals celebrated in Panvel.
Places to visit
Tourist places around Panvel are Karnala fort (10 kms), Karnala bird sanctuary (13 kms), Shirdhon (8 .4 kms) Matheran (50 kms) and Ballaleshwar Pali (2 kms).
How to Get There
The closest airport to Panvel is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai (30 kms)
Panvel railway station is one of the most important junctions on the Konkan Railway.
There are two main bus stands in Panvel - ST stand on the national highway & NMMT stand near railway station. The ST buses are available from Panvel to Thane, Kalyan, Dombivli, Badlapur, Dadar, Uran as well as beyond city. NMMT buses are available from Panvel to Thane and Vashi. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers traveling to Panvel include Inter City Travels, Neeta Travels, Naik Travels, Raja Travels, National Tourist and Paulo Travels. If you get cheap bus tickets online you can save a lot of money while travelling
CBD Belapur or Central Business District is a suburb of Mumbai in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. The area is located within Navi Mumbai. The connectivity of the area with other localities of Mumbai is proper with local trains, BEST and NMMT buses at service of the local populace. CBD Belapur comes under the Mumbai district.
Places to Stay
One can try out these options in Mumbai proper - Hayat Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), Sai Residency Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Ramada Navi Mumbai Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others as budget-friendly options are extremely limited in CBD Belapur.
The official language of the area is Marathi. Hindi, Urdu and English are also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals of the area are Holi in March, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the two Eid(s), Christmas and New Year.
Places of Interest
The place of prime interest is the Belapur Fort. Besides this, the locality is lush and green with many trekking spots. It is anyone’s guess, that a city with a beach (or coast) nearby is a tourist destination in itself. However, some of the places which are worth visiting in Mumbai are Gateway of India, Juhu Beach, Chowpatty Beach among others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at a distance of 31 km.
The Kalyan Railway Station is the nearest railway station at a distance of 34 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses have pick-up points in the area. Travel websites offer discount on bus ticket booking, especially during the festive season.