Neral-Matheran is a steep mountain road with a length of 8,9km, located in Raigad district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. You've got to be really careful with the wheels because of pathetic road conditions that could test the patience of even the most seasoned drivers. But you really deserve a medal if you've driven on the road.
It’s an asphalted road with hairpin turns and curves. The road starts in Neral, a town in Raigad district at an elevation of 40 m (130 ft) above the sea level. After 8.9 km, the road arrives to Matheran, a hill station and a municipal council at 800 m (2,600 ft) above the sea level. This serpentine road will send your heart to your mouth for sure! The road, that goes up to Matheran from Neral, is as smooth as butter. But you cannot speed up due to its narrowness.
Starting from Neral, the road is 8,9km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 740 meters. The average percentage is 8,53%. The road includes some steep sections, without market central lines, is very narrow, scarcely wide enough for two cars to pass at the same time and there are no protections or guard rails along some parts of the route. If you don't want to drive it, there are many share taxis that take tourists in hoards right up to Matheran.
Pic: Ravi Ahlawat