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20 Best Picnic Spots Near Pune

 
  • Located on the banks of the Mula River in Western Maharashtra Pune is a beautiful city that was once the seat of the Peshwa and Maratha empires. Blessed with a pleasant climate and a gorgeous landscape, the best boon of the city is its salubrious environments. The hilly escapes of the city double up as exercise spots, picnic destinations and a quick getaway for anyone who wants to get away from the city.

    It provides the perfect point to see the breathtaking landscapes of the Western Ghats meet the rocky outcrops of the Sahyadris. Add to it the Monsoons and their rewarding beauties, and you have got the perfect recipe for a one day picnic around Pune. Most noted for its thick vegetative cover, the blossoms truly come alive in the rains and fill the landscape with every shade of green as soonas the first rains fall. The beauty of these Monsoon Picnic spots around Pune cannot be overstated!

    Just in case you ever feel like running from work, city and every little worry, take this list of 15 picnic spots around Pune with you, and let it guide you to newer territories and offbeat sites.

  • Picnic Spots within 100 Kms from Pune

  • 01Lonavala

    Lonavala
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    Ask any Punekarand they will tell you that they have been to Lonavala at least once in their lives! Just a couple of hours away from the city, it can easily be reached by the old Mumbai-Pune Highway or the new expressway. Still better is to take the local train from the station to Lonavala. Decorated by beautiful hills and mountains of the Western Ghats, Lonavala in the rains looks like a painting with its misty valleys, green trees and blooms of every kind!

    While here you can enjoy gorgeous views from the vast hills like Tiger Point, Sunset Point and other rocky outcrops. You can also enjoy the refreshing gardens of the Ryewood Park and ShivajiUdyan. Lush and expansive these gardens are where one can enjoy a family picnic. Another interesting feature of the landscape is a huge black rock ridge called the Duke’s Nose, as itresembles the outline of a nose.

    This destination is quite popular with adventure lovers and youth especially during the monsoons when the forests acquire alush vegetation cover. Karla, Bhaja and Bhedsa caves are very close to the town as well which can be reached by several trekking routes.

    Activities: 

    Trekking on the several routes in the valleys, picnics around the several seasonal waterfalls in the region, scenic views to be admired from various viewpoints that dot the town.

    Location: On Mumbai-Pune Expressway

    Distance: 66km

    Best time to visit: October to April

    Type of destination: Trekking, family and kids friendly.

    Thrillophilia Recommended Offbeat Stays and Activities:

    1) Monsoon Camping in Lonavala

    2) Tikona Hill View Camping Near Lonavala

    3) Day Outing In Lonavala

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  • 02Group Adventure in Maval, Takve Lake

    Group Adventure in Maval, Takve Lake
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    About the Activity:

    • Nestled amidst the western parts of Pune, Maval is one of the richest biodiversity region in the entire of Maharashtra. 
    • Embraced with the fascinating charm and appeal of the Sahayadri Range, this appealing village is also an ideal camping destination and known for water sports near Pune.
    • In addition to the lush and opulent beauty, this region is also the home to several ancient forts, has strong bonding with the history of Maharashtra and a hub for adventure near Pune.
    •  It is in this place, the great Shivaji formed an army and also trained them. On a whole, camping in this region will not only get you close to the nature, but will also take you back to a bygone era!
    • If you are outdoor lover, you will definitely fall for Maval. And in case, you are not, you will surely start liking the outdoors as you explore adventure near Pune! 
    • Besides the fascinating beauty of the region, the location of the campsite will add an extra amount of fun and excitement to your experience of water sports near Pune.
    • Lush and dense forests, captivating ridges and the myriad list of activities that can be enjoyed around the camp will keep you soaked in fun-frolic during your adventure near Pune. 
    • On top of all this, as this package is available in different variants, you will be promised with unlimited fun and excitement during the water sports near Pune!
  • 03Pawna Lake Camping

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    • Located around 15 km from Lonavala, the Pawana Lake is one of the least explored artificial lakes in the vicinity of Pune. Nestled amidst the scenic locales of Kamshet, this lake came into existence after the construction of the Pawana Dam, and now it plays a scenic host for camping, picnics and sightseeing.
    • Cossetted by the pristine and untouched beauty of the nature, the lake is now gaining attention of the mass and caters to the need of a quick weekend getaway for the locals and the guests as well. In addition to its scenic beauty, the fact that it is located in a close contact with historic forts like Lohgad, Tikona and Tungi, it also makes it for a delightful treat for the holiday mongers.
    • The Pawana Lake, with its rustic settings and quaint charm, is all set to amaze you during this exciting sojourn. In addition to the pristine beauty of the lake, you will also get to spend overnight in a camp located just beside this water reservoir.
    • During the stay, activities like swimming, make your own barbeque, star gazing and bonfire will keep you engrossed. Enjoy the day along with the overnight camping, try your barbeque skills, complete a few laps in the azure water of the lake and conclude the day with a pleasant note while star gazing!
  • 04Rajmachi Fort

    Rajmachi Fort
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    The pride and joy of the Sahyadri Ranges, the Rajmachi fort is amongst the most beautiful treks near Pune and is a popular picnic spot too! Surrounded by unparalleled natural beauty, it is no wonder that it attracts trekking enthusiasts young and old to scale its majestic heights each monsoon. 

    In the times of the Maratha Empire when it came to be used as a vantage point, it was an important mark for the trade route between Khopoli and Khandala on the Mumbai- Pune route.

    The fortress of Rajmachi is actually strengthened by the twin fortified structures of Shrivardhan and Manaranjan forts. The gorgeousness of the fort truly comes live during the monsoon as you can see the moss covered hillsides providing respite to butterflies and birds as well the valley below swells up with clouds. 

    Activities:

    Trekking, Wildlife

    Location: Western Ghats

    Distance: 79km

    Best time to visit: June to December

    Type of destination: Historic, Trekking Buffs

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  • 05Village Stay Experience in Junnar

    Village Stay Experience in Junnar
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    About the Activity:

    • Check-in at 12:00 PM and experience the stooped history and the charming rustic ways of India!
    • Glimpse the wide pastures shielded by architecture from the bygone era like never before.
    • Try your hand at farming, and partake in other intriguing agricultural activities for a unique bout of fun.
    • Play traditional games like the Ningorcha, Bhovara, and Vitti Dandu, and proceed to trek around the expanse and click some enchanting photographs.
    • This admirable city is surrounded by the Sahyadris, and houses Asia's largest telescope alongside exotic farmlands.
    • After this amazing experience in the property you can check-out at 11:00 AM.
  • 06Lohagad-Visapur

    Lohagad-Visapur
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    A part of the group of forts in the Western Ghats, Lohagad and Visapur forts are connected to each other via a small range, which is why it is a popular trekking destination for avid trekkers and amateur ones as well. Lohagad fort itself is a relic of history as it was under the Maratha rule for the longest time! Visapur fort is connected to the Lohagad fort by a small hill ranges and can be easily reached by a train ride or a drive till Malavali, if you want to scale up the experience further, embark on a night trek to this pleasurable destination!

    Activities:

    Trekking, Wildlife

    Location: Western Ghats

    Distance: 76km

    Best time to visit: June to December

    Type of destination: Historic, Trekking Buffs

    One Day Monsoon Trek to Lohagad Fort

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  • 07Wai

    Wai
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    Located on the foothills of the Mahabaleshwar, Wai is a relatively lesser known destination of Maharashtra. A historic place of religious importance, it was once known as DakshinKashi that is Kashi of the south. Built along the banks of the Krishna River, it is one of the most beautiful and tranquil places where you can enjoy the divinity of the air coupled with natural beauty.

    However, a word of caution, it is best avoided during the summers as the dry and arid heat can get to you.

    For the more adventurous souls however, Wai has a surprise in store! The gorgeous waters of the Krishna River are a welcome respite from the crowds as they open up for kayaking, raft building and rafting adventures.

    Activities: Trekking, Kayaking, Rafting

    Distance: 85km

    Location: Satara District

    Best Time to Visit: June to December

    Type of destination: Religious, Adventure

    Offbeat Adventures in Wai: You can enjoy the sport of rafting, kayaking and go camping on the river side. You can also enjoy ATV Rides or embark on trek to the nearby mountains.

    Camping and Adventure Activities Near Wai

    Camping and Adventure Activities Near Wai

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  • 08Lavasa

    Lavasa
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    The first planned hill city of India, Lavasa sets an example of utmost beauty and serenity set amidst the mountains surrounding Pune. An ideal spot for one day picnic around Pune, it provides travelers with innumerable options to enjoy its lush green and tranquil environs. Lavasa is one of the most beautiful places to take off on a bike ride too! The road is incredibly beautiful and is decorated with natural and beautiful sights of every kind. Surrounded by gorgeous hills, forests and getaway destinations like Mulshi and Tamhini. Lavasa is indeed a must go destination for anyone who wants a one on one chat with themselves and nature.

    The hill city of Lavasa is replete with a stunning lake, a gorgeous and well-designed promenade and for the food lovers out there, it also has a number of restaurants, ranging from fine dine to American Fast Food, all of them serving lip smacking and delicious food!

    Activities: Boating, Riding

    Distance: 58km

    Location: Pune

    Best Time to Visit: All Year

    Type of destination: Adventure Lovers, Leisure

    Offbeat Experiences: You can enjoy a thrilling Segway Ride right from the training to the cruising stages. You can also discover adventure activities of camp in the beautiful environs of the destination.

    Adventure Activities and Camp Stay at Lavasa

    Adventure Activities and Camp Stay at Lavasa

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  • 09Kamshet

    Kamshet
    Image Credit : Karthik Chandrasekariah

    A traveller’s paradise, Kamshet is a beautifully placid destination located in the famed Ghats at around 2,200m from the sea level. Thick and lush trees, calm waters and the exciting slopes make this place a perfect picnic spot around Pune.  Kamshet can be easily reached by taking the NH4 from Pune, you can also take a train from the Pune station to reach this serene destination. The village of Kamshet looks like it has jumped straight out of your imagination! Settled along the water, the village houses are made of traditional mud and thatched roofs. Everywhere you see, peace and serenity will greet you.

    The Vadivalilake, which has been created because of the backwaters of the Uksan Dam is also a nice spot at around 12km away where you can stay in guesthouses close to the lake, with direct access! A splendid place for trekking, paragliding and farm stay are all the things you can explore while on your sojourn here!

    Activities: Trekking, paragliding

    Distance: 45km

    Location: Near Lonavala

    Best Time to Visit: October to April

    Type of destination: Adventure, Picnic Spot

     

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  • 10Sinhagad

    Sinhagad
    Image Credit : Himanshu Sarpodar

    One of the most major forts in the state of Maharashtra, Sinhagad is a fort that is a mere 25km from the main city of Pune. It was the place where the great Maratha General TanajiMalusare had laid down his life fighting the Mughals, until ShivajiMaharaj’s forces could arrive. The fort is still in a relatively intact condition and can be reached using the easy way uphill. The fort in the monsoons is a true beauty as strong winds from the valleys whoosh past you.

    The summit can be reached via a small walk from the parking area or can be trekked on foot, for the more adventure loving travellers. Both ways up are equally pleasing and offer breathtakikng views all around. The top also has an operational Doordarshan and Radio tower. The small hotels on top are especially famous for serving ‘pakode’with tea, curd in earthen pots and Bhakri (Indian bread made of Jowar Four) with a vegetable made out of onions!

    Activities:

    Trekking, Wildlife

    Location: Western Ghats

    Distance: 25km

    Best time to visit: June to December

    Type of destination: Historic, Trekking Buffs
  • 11Mulshi

    Mulshi
    Image Credit : Yogendra Joshi

    One of the most famous one day picnic spots around Pune, Mulshi is a town that enjoys a beautiful landscapes all around! The dam built over the Mula River is what provides daily water in addition to the Varasgaon Dam, to the people of  Pune. The way to Mulshi dam is decked up with the cliffs of the rocky Sahyadris and mountain passes through the Western Ghats. The gorgeous Ghat that you will be crossing on the way is called the TamhiniGhat and is a bio diversity hotspot for flora and fauna that is endemic to the region. A heaven exceeding expectations, the way is washed with some tiny waterfalls on the way where you can enjoy getting soaked!

    The backwaters of the dam itself are a delight to explore as their vast but calm expanse is a balm for the sore eyes. Mulshi also has some dense foliage laden hillocks and if you have a person who knows his way around, then you are in for a treat. For hiding in these foliage are some natural rock cut pools that are a delight to explore.

    Activities: Wildlife, Biking, Trekking

    Distance: 44km

    Location: Pune District

    Best Time to Visit: June to September

    Type of destination: Adventure Lovers and nature lovers

  • Picnic Spots Beyond 100 Kms from Pune

  • 12Camping in Panchgani

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    About the Activity:

    Welcome the adventure and excitement with Panchgani camping! Located amongst the vast reliefs of land, it is best suited for those who want to experience nature at its best. The prosperous plant and wildlife of the region make it even more beautiful in the monsoon season when they are in full bloom and zenith. Camping in Panchgani shows you the exquisite and various adventure pursuits, all of which are guaranteed to excite you!

    As you arrive at the campsite by noon, check-in and have a great spread of lunch served to you. Thereafter, you are free to indulge in any of the activities that capture your imagination like Ziplining, Commando Crossing, 12-item Obstacle Course, Learner’s Rock Climb, Rifle Shooting, Tent Pitching and many more. You can also try your hand at rappelling, rock climbing or the more exciting, waterfall rappelling. You can also explore the surrounding hilly area on foot by trekking or use the cycles at the campsite.

    Check-in: 12:00PM and Check-out: 10:00 AM

  • 13Beach Farm Stay in Alibaug

    Beach Farm Stay in Alibaug
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    About the Activity:
    • Tucked in a serene location just 1 km from Nagaon Beach the beach farm stay is surrounded by lush greenery and tall coconut trees, along with trees of mango.
    • The stay provide you with enchanting feel you can discover at and around the vicinity, complete with modern amenities and endless entertainment.
    • All rooms in the property are equipped with LCD television and D2H connection. Generator backup is also available to provide the guests with good hospitality 
    • It is perfectly situated for a quiet and unwinding  with its serene and beautiful area, the property can be accessed through road.
    • The stay serves home made Vegetarian and Non- Vegetarian food with a rural touch to it, prepared in a well equipped kitchen.
    • The check in time is 11:00 AM and the check out time is 10:00 AM.
  • 14Kolad

    Kolad
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    Originating from a tiny hamlet called Bhiru, the Kundalika River flows merrily alongside the ranges of the Western Ghats and the Sahyadris. Kolad is one such place along the river which will provide you with the perfect respite from the concrete jungles of the city. Located at around 113km from Pune, a day adventure in Kolad is easily possible, but, if you want to excite yourself further, you have to delight yourself to a wonderful experience of lakeside camping in Kolad. The Kundalika River has exciting rapids that are a treat for the white water rafting lovers.

    The river also has grade II and grade III levels of rafting sprawling till a stretch of around 14km. One of the most amazing things about Kundalika River – is that you can appreciate the best of rafting in any season!

    Alongside rafting, you can also enjoy adventures like kayaking, river crossing, flying fox, night camping and campfire. Along with these, you can also appreciate different exercises like rappelling and scuba diving in the river!

    Activities: Rafting, Kayaking, Camping

    Location: Ville Village

    Distance: 113km

    Best time to visit: All year

    Type of destination: Adventure Lovers

    Thrillophilia Recommended Rafting Experiences in Kolad:

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    4) Kundalika Rafting Camp With Adventure Activities

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  • 15Nashik

    Nashik
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    Located at around 206km from Pune, Nashik is easily reached by car if you take the Pune Nashik highway. Enjoying a beautiful, salubrious climate throughout the year, it is one of the most popular one day picnic spots near Pune for family and friends alike!  The gorgeous green vineyards, the divine temples and vast open spaces where air is at a free play are just a few of the blessings that Nashik enjoys.

    One of the best things to do is to enjoy your day at leisure in Nashikat a vineyards. Home of the grape manufacturing farmlands of the country, it is a preferred place for wine manufacturing, storage and processing. You can also explore Trimbakeshwar, which is a place of religious importance. If you want to explore a little further, take a trip to the famous SitaGunfa, Panchavati or drive ahead and revel in the beauties of Bhandardara, Saputara or Korali Hill stations!

    Activities: Vineyard Tours, Sight seeing

    Distance: 206km

    Location: Best Time to Visit: All Year

    Type of destination: Leisure Travel, Natural Beauty

    Offbeat Experiences:

    You can enjoy a villa stay or a service apartment dwelling at Soma Wine Village in Nashik

    Thrillophilia Recommended Offbeat Stays and Wine Tours:

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  • 16Kashid

    Kashid
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    Easily reached by the Mumbai-Pune expressway, Kashid is a popular beach picnic spot around Pune. What makes the Kashid beach stand apart from the rest is its untouched beauty and the relatively milder waves make it a preferred destination for surfing and other watersport activities.This paradisiacal beach is bordered by other picturesque coasts around, which make it even more beautiful! Kashid is embellished with silvery white sands, blue ocean waves, wooded mountains, paddy fields, and small rivulets that flow through the forests.

    Kashid has a 3 km stretch of shoreline tucked in the middle of two hillocks with Casuarina forests up and down the seashore. There are only a few little lodgings in Kashid as whatever remains of the territory is exclusive. Best alternative to stay is to set up camp at one of the homestays owned by the locals, the local food is something to cherish, as it offers authentic Malvani seafood cooked with traditional spices.

    Activities:

    Beach and waterfront adventure activities (Banana Boat Ride, waterskiing, paragliding) .

    Location: Northern Konkan Region

    Distance: 172km

    Best time to visit: October to June

    Type of destination: Beach 

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  • 17Matheran

    Matheran
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    The lush wooded slopes of Matheran have attracted numerous travellers over the span of years of its existence! One of the quaint hill stations to decorate the landscape of Maharashtra, it nonetheless attracts a lot of nature lovers, families as well as buddies! The easiest way to get to Matheran from Pune is to take a train till Karjat and then onwards to Nerul junction; it is from here that the toy train to Matheran departs.

    Declared as one of the eco-sensitive regions in Maharashtra, it is one of the best places to spot wildlife in the state. The best part, however, is that there are no vehicles allowed in the region! So, the expanses of this magical escapade have to be traversed by a horse, on cycle or on foot. Virtually zero pollution means that it disengages you from hustle and bustle of the city and provides a perfect environment to relax and breathe free!

    Activities:

    Hiking and walking up to the viewpoints, ride on the Neral-Matheran toy train, paragliding and parasailing for adventure buffs.

    Location: Raigad district

    Distance: 126km

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year

    Type of destination: Wildlife, Trekking

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  • 18Kaas Plateau

    Kaas Plateau
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    The vast flowering carpets of flowers at Kaas bloom every year in the month of August for three to four weeks, located in Satara at around 130km from Pune. On the way you can see gorgeous landscapes of the Western Ghats and surrounding hillocks flit past! The plateau is famous for its 850 varieties of flowers that bloom in the season, transforming the region into an entire stretch of interwoven tapestry.Declared by UNESCO as a biodiversity hotspot, the destination is protected by law and vehicles are not allowed inside, thus the sights are best seen on foot, away from the crowded city life!

    A walk through these gorgeous blooms will open your eyes to newer vistas of beauty and make you wonder just how bountiful nature is. It is here that you can see flowers and plants of every shade in the spectrum!

    Activities: Walking

    Distance: 130km

    Location: Satara

    Best Time to Visit: August

    Type of destination: Bio-diversity

     

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  • 19Malshej Ghat

    Malshej Ghat
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    On the border of the Thane and Ahmednagar Districts in Maharashtra lies a mountain pass that is nestled in thickly wooded undulations of the Ghats. MalshejGhat is one of the most popular picnic spots around Pune, especially in the monsoons. When the rains fall, the whole region becomes decorated with waterfalls and mossy knolls all of which lend and ethereal beauty to the destination. Unreal, incredible views of the slopes below are the highlight of these Ghats where one can enjoy the untouched beauty of surroundings.

    Activities:

    Undertake bird watching and wildlife viewing in the forests, trek up to and explore the forts and enjoy spectacular views of the valleys and waterfalls.

    Location: In the Western Ghat range, north of Pune

    Distance: 120km

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year

    Type of destination: Historic, Family and Kid Friendly
  • 20Mahabaleshwar

    Mahabaleshwar
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    One of the most eminent spots to head to around Pune, Mahabaleshwar is a beautiful hill station which lies on a plateau between the Western Ghats and the Sahyadris. The region is decorated richly with verdant evergreen forests which is a part of its charm. The rocky outcrops of the ranges formthe  perfect vantage points to get a peek into the valleys below.

    The places of interest to see around Mahabaleshwar include, Arthur’s Seat, Kate’s Point, Needle Hole Point, Wilson Point and the 3 Monkey Point from where the huge expanse of Mahabaleshwar and its beautiful scenery is clearly visible.  The famous Mapro Gardens, where you can pick up delectable jelly sweets, jams, jellies and of course, Strawberry with cream (Dependent upon the season) are also a must-visit destination on the way.

    Activities:

    Boating in Venna Lake and visiting viewpoints that allow stunning scenes of the surrounding landscape are things that one can do here.

    Location: South west of Pune, in Satara district

    Distance: 120km

    Best time to visit: October to June

    Type of destination: Historic, family and kid friendly.