Neral is a town in Raigad district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is 83 km from Mumbai in the Karjat tehsil. Neral is a place which is the center between Mumbai and Pune, Neral has State Highway which is connecting to Karjat, NH4, Panvel andBadlapur, people who visits Neral from Mumbai take the via. Panvel route which is more better, faster and easy to drive.
It is best known as a railroad junction, with trains arriving from Mumbai and from Pune to the nearby and very popular hill station of Matheran. A narrow-gauge rail line, 21 km long, (“toy train”) runs from Neral to Matheran. Nearest major towns are Badlapurand Karjat.
The heavy rains on 26 July 2005 ruined the rail tracks and it had stopped operating,but the train has successfully started operating from 5 March 2007. The other option available to reach Matheran is to take a taxi to a certain point (called Dasturi naka) just before Matheran city boundary, beyond which one may proceed only on foot or on horseback