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There are as many as 38 designated look-out points in Matheran, where one can enjoy the distant blue hills and greenery with mystic clouds hanging over them. There is a small town called Neral here.
There is a mountain railway covering a distance of 20 Km. The Matheran Hill Railway, also called Matheran Light Railway (MLR), was built in 1907 by Sir Adamjee Peerbhoy and the track cuts through the forest area. UNESCO is yet to recognize it as a world heritage site.
It is, it is believed, that it is the only hill station in Asia where no private automobiles are allowed inside the hill station because, it being an eco-sensitive region, it might affect the ecological balance. If allowed, the net result is both fauna and flora will be the causality. The modes of transport are horses and hand-pulled rickshaws. This place is well known for its bio - diversity - medicinal plants and also for wild life. Malabar giant squirrel, Fox, wild boar, mongoose,leopard, Barking deer are found in the forest. This hill station has large population of monkeys, including Bonnet Macaques and Hanuman Langurs.
There are British style bungalows. The roads are not metaled and are laid with laterite rocks. The word Matheran, means "forest on the forehead" of the mountains.