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45 Amazing Weekend Getaways from Pune

 

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    • Explore the varied weekend getaways near Pune. Once the bastion of the Maratha Empire, Pune lolls on the banks of Mutha River. Having acquired a reputation as an educational centre, it is populated by a young crowd who are on the lookout for suitable destinations to head to during a long weekend or for casual outings.

      The state of Maharashtra itself has plenty of vacation options, with diverse topography and rich cultural background encompassing its every corner. Offering the perfect getaway, there are quite a few of destinations are not too far from their hometown, especially Pune. 

      Admire the historic fortresses at Rajmachi, Sinhagad and several other places in and around Pune. For all the adventurers go camping in the mystical beauty of Panchgani , Wai and Satara. Also, lose yourself in the mesmeric vicinities of Khandala, Bhandardara and Malshej Ghat.
    • Weekend Getaways Within 100 Kms

    • 01Della Adventure Park Ticket and Activities near Kunegaon in Lonavala

      Della Adventure Park Ticket and Activities near Kunegaon in Lonavala
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      About the Activity:

      • Della Adventure in Kunegaon is considered as India’s largest adventure park sprawling across an area of around 5 acres.
      • With around 70 activities, it's a perfect place to release all your cobwebs of routine life while delighting in various exciting available activities.
      • Either you can opt for Day Pass or Jumbo Pass (choose while booking), where Day Pass includes only the activity bundle from Zones A to F, but Jumbo Pass includes activity bundle from Zone A to F along with 8 extreme adventures.
    • 02Tickets to Adlabs Imagica

      Tickets to Adlabs Imagica
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      About the Activity:
      • Park Timings: 10 AM to 8 PM
      • Ride Timings: 11 AM to 7 PM
      • Water Park Timings: 11 AM to 6 PM
      • A place so interesting you'd wish you were here every day. A place where the fun begins and never ends. A place where you'd be friends with a talking dog, dine with a lion chef and fly with an elephant. 
      • An international standard theme park near Mumbai, Pune and Lonavala, Imagica Theme Park offers entertainment, fun, action, relaxation, dining and shopping at a single location. With 25 rides and attractions, and several F&B outlets to choose from, Imagica Theme Park is the perfect destination for friends and family alike. Bump into our lovable characters of Tubbby – The Elephant, Roberto – The Star Chef, The Lost Astronaut, Mogambo of Mr. India fame and The Gingerbread Man as you hop from one ride to another.
      • Head to the Mykonos-themed Water Park, where there's a new party every day. With thrilling rides and exciting restaurants, the Water Park is very popular as a favourite day party hangout destination. Challenge friends to a Loopy Woopy fall, race through Zip Zap Zoom, yell loudly on the Yell-O or free-fall in the Twisty Turvy, there's never a dull moment here.


    • 03Waterfall Rappelling at Dudhiware from Pune

      Waterfall Rappelling at Dudhiware from Pune
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      About the Activity:

      • Indulge in this amazing and adventurous activity of water-rappelling at Dudhiware near Pune and climb through the 135 feet waterfall during the activity.
      • Reach the starting point at around 6 AM in the morning, from where you will be taken to the water rappelling site. 
      • On the way, enjoy a delicious breakfast and continue your journey towards Panshet and reach the destination by 10.30 AM. 
      • Meet your guide and understand and listen to all the safety briefing carefully, followed by gearing up for the activity. 
      • Start your activity around 11 AM and enjoy the same for two hours.
      • At around 1 PM, relax and have warm and delicious lunch to savor your taste-buds. 
      • After lunch, if you wish, you can again indulge in rappelling activity till 4 PM. 
      • Enjoy a cup of hot tea and snacks at around 4.30 PM and rejuvenate in the surroundings. 
      • Start your journey back to Pune at around 5 PM and reach Pune by 8 PM, concluding your trip with lots of memories. 
    • 04Kamshet

      Kamshet

      Very close to Pune is the picturesque locale of Kamshet, which is surrounded by small villages and also the paragliding hub. Not too far from Lonavala, this weekend getaway from Pune has several old cave temples and medieval hill fortresses.

      Attractions:

      Vadivali Lake, a large water body at a height of 2200 ft above sea level is about 12km from Kamshet. Kondeshwar temple and Vidveshwar temple, Karla, Bhaja and Bhedsa caves are other areas of tourist interest that you can visit on your trip to this town. 

      Activities:

      One can opt for trekking to and exploring the caves found in the region around here. Paragliding is organized by several adventure camps that are located in the vicinity.

      Location: In Pune district of Maharashtra

      Distance: 48km

      Best time to visit: October to February

      Type of destination: Trekking, pilgrimage and adventure activities.

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    • 05Lonavala (Distance - 65Km)

      Lonavala (Distance - 65Km)
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      Covered with an evergreen blanket of greeneries and embraced with the magnificence of the scenic peaks, Lonavala is one of the most sought after getaways from Pune. Situated around 96km from Mumbai, it is also an ideal escapade for the locals of the city including family, friends and couples.

      In addition to being a 
      picture-perfect retreat, this hill station near Pune is also equally popular for the production of different varieties of 'Chikki', a traditional sweet candy prepared with jaggery and ground-nuts.

      Thrillophilia Recommended Offbeat Stays and Activities:

      1) Monsoon Camping in Lonavala

      2) Tikona Hill View Camping Near Lonavala

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    • 06Waterfall Rapelling at Panshet from Pune

      Waterfall Rapelling at Panshet from Pune
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      About the Activity:
      • Indulge in this amazing and adventurous activity of water-rappelling at Panshet near Pune and climb through the 165 feet waterfall during the activity.
      • Reach the starting point at around 6 AM in the morning, from where you will be taken to the water rappelling site. 
      • On the way, enjoy a delicious breakfast and continue your journey towards Panshet and reach the destination by 10.30 AM. 
      • Meet your guide and understand and listen to all the safety briefing carefully, followed by gearing up for the activity. 
      • Start your activity around 11 AM and enjoy the same for two hours.
      • At around 1 PM, relax and have warm and delicious lunch to savor your taste-buds. 
      • After lunch, if you wish, you can again indulge in rappelling activity till 4 PM. 
      • Enjoy a cup of hot tea and snacks at around 4.30 PM and rejuvenate in the surroundings. 
      • Start your journey back to Pune at around 5 PM and reach Pune by 8 PM, concluding your trip with lots of memories. 
    • 07Waterfall Rappelling at Torna from Pune

      Waterfall Rappelling at Torna from Pune
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      About the Activity:
      • Indulge in this adventurous waterfall rappelling activity at Torna, departing from Pune. 
      • Reach the assembling point at around 6 AM, from where the tour will depart at around 6.30 AM. 
      • Enroute, stop for a delicious breakfast at around 8.30 AM and again start driving towards Torna at 9 AM, reaching the activity location by 10.15 AM. 
      • After reaching, meet your guide and listen to him carefully as he explains all the safety instructions to you before starting the activity.
      • Start the activity at around 10.30 AM, which will continue for 2 to 3 hours. 
      • Enjoy a delicious lunch at around 2 PM and again continue your activity till 4 PM. 
      • Evening refreshments will be served at around 4.30 PM and start your journey back for Pune at 5 PM, reaching there by 8 PM.


    • 08Khandala

      Khandala
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      Another hill station in close proximity to Pune, Khandala is also located in the Western Ghats and is the twin town of Lonavala. It is a favoured weekend and holiday destination with residents of both Pune and Mumbai since it is right on the expressway connecting both the cities.

      Attractions:

      Tiger’s Leap is a viewpoint overlooking the valley from a height; as is the Duke’s Nose, which is a cliff that appears to be the outline of a nose when looked at from a distance. Bhushi Dam and the lake that is formed by its backwaters are the hub of tourist activity during peak season.

      Activities:

      Exploring the nearby caves, hiking in the forests that stand in the deep valleys and appreciating scenic beauty of the immediate terrain can be indulged in here. This picnic spot near Pune has several waterfalls that gush forth in full flow soon after the monsoons.

      Location: On Mumbai-Pune Expressway

      Distance: 69km

      Best time to visit: October to April

      Type of destination: Trekking, family and kids friendly

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    • 09Lohagad Fort

      Lohagad Fort

      One of the several impressive forts in Maharashtra, Lohagad means ‘iron fort’. Once the bastion of the famous Shivaji, it has another fort, Visapur, close by to which it is connected by a range. Being located on top a hill, the fort overlooks the Pavana River flowing down in the valley.

      Attractions:

      Bhaja and Karla Caves are very close to the fort and can be covered in a day trip to this location. The hill station of Lonavala is 20km away where one can pursue trekking as well as view several waterfalls.

      Activities:

      Trekking to the fort and the caves in the vicinity is the prime activity one can go for when on a trip to Lohagad.

      Location: Northwest of Pune, near Lonavala

      Distance: 74km

      Best time to visit: June to August

      Type of destination: Historic and trekking.

      One Day Monsoon Trek to Lohagad Fort

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    • 10Rajmachi

      Rajmachi
      This small village is another weekend getaway from Pune that is located within the Sahyadri ranges. It has a fort in its vicinity which is quite popular among hikers who trek up to here on routes starting at Lonavala or Kondivade. Come rains and this region attain a lush greenery interspersed with waterfalls and small streams making it a not-to-be-missed holiday spot.

      Rajmachi Fort with two fortified structures called Shrivardhan Fort and Manaranjan Fort is the prime attraction here.

      Activities:

      Trekking and camping are conducted by adventure groups throughout the year.

      Location: Midway between Khandala and Lonavala

      Distance: 78km

      Best time to visit: September to March

      Type of destination: Trekking and historic.
      Monsoon Trek to Rajmachi and Kondana Cave Waterfalls, Lonavala

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    • 11Group 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!
    • 12Wai

      Wai

      Situated graciously on the banks of the Krishna River, the city of Wai was also known as 'ViratNagari' during the ancient times. Located in the Satara district of Maharashtra, this scenic city is around 89km and is also one of the best getaways from Pune. Also, one can even find out many more popular hill stations near pune and visit there along with family and friends.

      If thrill and adventure is your quest, you must head towards Wai and indulge into some of the camping and adventure activities. In addition to exciting options like raft building, river crossing annd trekking, you can also enjoy star gazing, ATV rides and kayaking while in Wai.

      Distance: 88.5 Kms
      Camping and Adventure Activities Near Wai

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    • 13Pawna Lake Camping

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      About the Activity:

      • 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!
    • 14Day Adventure in Pavana

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      About the Activity :

      Pavana Huts is an ideal destination for a getaway. Choose from a huge range of adventure activities available, that will surely refreshes your mind and body.

      Indulge in various physical games. Give your team members a run for their money in various outdoor games like Cricket, Badminton, and Volley ball. Build up your team and enthral in traditional group games like Kho Kho, Tug of War and various others.

      Take part in exciting adventures like Kayaking, Water Volley Ball and other water activities. For those who wish to explore the other side of physical activities you can choose from treasure hunt, chess and other indoor games and activities

      Learn more about vegetable plantation, rice paddy fields and other crops of this area by interacting with the locals during your farm visit. Delight in some wonderful moments of feeding farm animals. Refresh yourself with these bunch of activities that free your mind from the routine life. 

      Check-in 9.30am and Check-out 5pm
    • 15Village Stay Experience in Junnar

      Village Stay Experience in Junnar
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      About the Activity:

      • Check-in at 11:00 AM 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 4:00 PM.

      1 Night/2 Days Stay includes - Traditional Welcome, Breakfast & Tea, Farm Tour, Lunch (Pure vegetarian rural cuisine), Village Tour, Evening snacks & Tea, Dinner (Pure vegetarian rural cuisine), Camp Fire, Morning Breakfast & Tea/Coffee, Forest Visit, Lunch, Evening Snacks, Tea/Coffee

      2 Nights/3 Days Stay includes - Traditional Welcome,  3 Breakfasts & Tea, Farm Tour, 2 Lunches (Pure vegetarian rural cuisine), Village Tour, 2 Evening snacks & Tea, 2 Dinner (Pure vegetarian rural cuisine), Camp Fire, Forest Visit.

    • 16Lavasa

      Lavasa
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      The first and only private planned city in India, Lavasa also proves to be a salubrious getaways from Pune. Spreading around 25,000 acres of lush and green pastures, this upcoming destination is getting into the list of the smartest city and has already made its mark as a popular tourist destination in the country.

      The nature enthusiasts can roam about the plains of Lavassa on bikes or hike up the different hills while camping with the Xthrill academy. Relax in the Swiss AC tents provided to you with modern, posh bathroom facilities and languish in the comfort of the greenery around you!

      Distance: 57.5 Kms

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    • 17Sinhagad

      Sinhagad

      Literally meaning ‘lion’s fort’, Sinhagad is a popular go-to destination for Puneites during weekends and other holidays. During a visit here, one can find groups of youngsters hiking up the slopes of the mountain on which it is perched. This picnic spot near Pune is situated on the Bhuleshwar range of the Sahyadri Mountains and was constructed as a strategic battle ground around two thousand years ago.

      Attractions:

      Sinhagad Fort, though in ruins now, is where local residents go to when they are in the mood for a group picnic. Its location at a high altitude allows one to view the surrounding terrain which is swathed in faint mist during the rainy season.

      Activities:

      Trekking to the top of the hill where the fort stands and then settling down for fun and games once there is what one can look forward to on a trip to Sinhagad.

      Location: Southwest of Pune

      Distance: 37km

      Best time to visit: July to February

      Type of destination: Trekking and historical.

    • Weekend Getaways Between 100 - 200 Kms

    • 18Kolad

      Kolad

      Distance: 144.4 km via Mumbai - Pune Expy and Khopoli - Pali Rd

      Around 144km from Pune, this beautiful hamlet is adorned by the enchanting beauty of the Kundalika River and lush-green outlook. Though the village do not attract a lot of usual holidayers, it appears to be one of the most sought after hamlets for the adventure junkies.

      As the gurgling Kundalika River makes its way along this village, it makes Kolad an ideal destination to indulge in enthralling activities like white water rafting, rappelling, waterfall canoeing and several others. Other than this, this quaint hamlet also makes for a salubrious destination for the nature lovers or alike.

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    • 19Panchgani

      Panchgani
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      This charming hill station, set in between five hills of the Sahyadris, has a pleasant climate throughout the year. It was this factor that drew the Britishers, who established this place as a retreat and it continues to entice visitors till date. The River Krishna flows nearby which forms a lake at the Dhom Dam built across it. 

      Attractions:

      Sydney and Parsi Points both overlook the Krishna and one can view the Dhom Dam from these sites as well. One can spot the Devil’s Kitchen caves from Table Land, which is the longest mountain plateau in Asia covering 95 acres and stands 4550 feet above sea level.

      Activities:

      You must visit one of the several strawberry farms that dot this region. One can even purchase products like jams and squashes at these farms. 10km from Panchgani are the Rajapuri caves consisting of a set of four caves and which are a fun day-outing spot.

      Location: Satara district of Maharashtra, near Mahabaleshwar

      Distance: 101km

      Best time to visit: September to May

      Type of destination: Trekking, family and kids friendly.

      Offbeat Stays and Camps in Panchagani:

      1) Economical Homestay At Panchgani
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    • 20Satara

      Satara

      Standing at the place where the River Krishna meets its tributary Venna, Satara was once the capital of the Maratha Empire. This historical city has several remnants of the past which are heritage sites in the present times. These monuments are what draw most tourists to Satara even today.

      Attractions:

      Ajinkyatara and Sajjangarh Forts are Satara’s links to its ancient past. Natural formations like the Kaas Plateau and the lake are a nature lover’s delight. The plateau is covered with wild flowers following the rainy season. Thoseghar Waterfalls and Vajrai Waterfall can be part of your itinerary during a trip to Satara from Pune. Moreover, one can find out many more things to do in pune during their weekend breaks and homestays.

      Activities:

      Explore the forts, admire and capture picturesque beauty with your cameras, go for picnics to the Kaas Plateau and near the waterfalls

      Location: South western Maharashtra, near River Krishna

      Distance: 112km

      Best time to visit: July to February

      Type of destination: Historic, family and kid friendly.

      Thrillophilia Recommended Offbeat Activities in Satara:

      1) Trek to Kaas Plateau

      2) Riding Expedition in Satara Circuit

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    • 21Mahabaleshwar

      Mahabaleshwar

      The hill station of Mahabaleshwar is a huge plateau that is enveloped by valleys on all sides. This picnic spot near Pune has evergreen forests and is also considered to be the place where the River Krishna originates in the ancient temple of Mahadev.

      Attractions:

      Arthur’s Seat, Kate’s Point, Needle Hole Point, Wilson Point and the 3 Monkey Point are the various sites located at a high altitude and from where one can overlook the rock formations, valleys, and the immediate terrain of Mahabaleshwar. Pratapgarh Fort is a mere 22km from here and was built during the rule of Shivaji, lending a historic connect to this charming town. Also, one can even visit with your family and friends to visit various popular hill station near pune

      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.

    • 22Malshej Ghat

      Malshej Ghat

      This mountain pass in the Western Ghats is where one can find numerous species of birds which are quite at home in the varied flora of this region. Splendid views of the valleys are the highlight of this weekend getaway from Pune and the forests here are home to a diverse range of wildlife.

      Attractions:

      Harishchandragad is an ancient fort not very far from Malshej. There are temples and a cave in its vicinity too. Plenty of waterfalls of varied sizes flow in this area, especially full after the rains. Shivneri Fort, the birthplace of the Maratha ruler Shivaji, is around 30km from Malshej and can be included on your itinerary when you are touring this area.

      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.

    • 23Monsoon Camping at Karnala Bird Sanctuary in Panvel

      Monsoon Camping at Karnala Bird Sanctuary in Panvel
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      About the Activity:
      • Indulge in this amazing camping activity amidst the beautiful and dense jungle of Karnala Bird Sanctuary in Panvel.
      • Check in to the camp site at around 4.30 PM in the evening and enjoy a cup of tea along with some snacks to freshen yourself.
      • After that go for a small trek in the jungles of Karnala and explore the unknown amidst the same.
      • Head back to campsite at around 7.30 PM and enjoy a limited veg and non-veg buffet followed by a delicious lunch at around 8.30 PM.
      • Go for a good night sleep in the comfortable tents, equipped with all the modern amenities. 
      • Wake up in the morning and start your day with a hot cup of tea and go for bird-watching in the Karnala Bird Sanctuary.
      • After coming back, enjoy a lip-smacking hot breakfast and check out from the camp at around 11 AM with lots of memories. 
    • 24Matheran

      Matheran

      India’s smallest hill station, Matheran is frequented by residents of both Mumbai and Pune during long weekends and holidays. Since it stands at an elevated location, it has nearly 38 viewpoints from where one can get a panoramic sight of the region. Many tourists also enjoy watching the sun set and rise over the horizon from these sites.

      Attractions:

      Sunsets and sunrises along with stunning sights seen from the various viewpoints. Matheran also has two lakes, parks, and a few temples which are likely to interest visitors.

      Activities:

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

      Location: In Raigad district, close to Mumbai

      Distance: 126km

      Best time to visit: Throughout the year

      Type of destination: Family and kid friendly and trekking.

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    • 25Alibag

      Alibag

      Image Source: Alosh Bennett - Flickr

      This coastal town of Maharashtra attracts a large number of tourists who wish to enjoy a beach holiday near Mumbai and Pune. One can reach Alibaug by taking a ferry from the Gateway of India in South Mumbai. With a fort built during Shivaji’s rule, this place has historic monuments as well as natural formations to enjoy.  

      Attractions:

      Kanakeshwar Devasthan temple and Vikram Vinayak temple are frequented by the religious tourists. Among its many beaches, some of the more popular ones are the Versoli Beach, Nagaon Beach, Akshi Beach and Kashid Beach. Kulaba Fort is situated in the sea, 1-2 km from the shore, to which one can walk when the tide is low.

      Activities:

      Indulge in lazing around on the beach, try sea food, take a dip in the sea waters, walk up to the Kulaba Fort when the sea water is low.

      Location: Coastal Maharashtra, west of Pune

      Distance: 142km

      Best time to visit: November to July

      Type of destination: Beach, historic, family and kid friendly.

      Beach Farm Stay in Alibaug

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    • 26 Mumbai

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      Known as the financial capital of India, Mumbai is the epicenter of frenetic activity at all times and is also where the Hindi movie industry is centred. Being composed of numerous suburbs with varied cultures, it has a diverse range of attractions and activities that one can experience when visiting this metropolis.

      Attractions:

      Gateway of India, Marine Drive, Haji Ali Dargah, Juhu beach, Elephanta Caves, Victoria Terminus, Prince of Wales Museum, Chowpatty Beach, Borivili National Park, Hanging Gardens, Banganga, Chor Bazaar, Siddhivinayak Temple, ISKCON Temple,  Mt. Mary church – the range of places to visit here is extensive  and myriad in nature.

      Activities:

      Watch a movie shoot in one of the many studios in the city, take a ferry ride from the Gateway of India, walk on the Carter road and the Marine drive promenades along the sea front. At any given time, one can come across a number of concerts, plays and events being held at venues all around the city.

      Location: Western coast of Maharashtra

      Best time to visit: November to February

      Type of destination: Historic, family and kid friendly.

    • 27Revdanda Beach Camping

      Revdanda Beach Camping
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      About the Activity:
      • The Revdanda beach camping experience is defined by the unique experiences it offers.
      • A swim in the azure sea is welcomes you to replenish the body and soul.
      • This engrossing weekend escapade lets you try your hand at barbecuing, even as you watch the sun set over the horizon.
      • Partake in the various adventure water and beach sports, and retire for the day beside a bonfire while gazing at the stars.

      Note: Check-in at around 04:00 PM; Check-out at around 11:00 AM

    • 28Bhandardara

      Bhandardara

      The destination to go for a rejuvenating holiday experience, Bhandardara is full of fresh, natural scenes and a bracing air. Being located quite close to the Pravara River, its terrain is lush and fertile with many water bodies sited here too.  

      Attractions:

      Ratangad Fort is an ancient one and has four main gates along with several wells in its premises. At its base is the Amriteshwar temple dating back to eighth century. Arthur Lake formed by the Bhandardara Dam built across River Pravara, Wilson Dam and Randha Falls are popular places to visit here. 

      Activities:

      Fishing, picnic near the lake or waterfall and trek up to the Ratangad Fort can be indulged in here.

      Location: Ahmednagar district, north of Pune

      Distance: 162km

      Best time to visit: August to February

      Type of destination: Family and kid friendly, trekking and historic.

      Jungle Camping near Bhandardara Lake

      Jungle Camping near Bhandardara Lake

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    • 29Kalsubai

      Kalsubai

      Kalsubai Peak is the highest in the Sahyadri Range and has a temple dedicated to a local deity standing on its summit. There are quite a few trekking routes to reach the top of this mountain, from where one gets a bird’s-eye view of the Bhandardara Lake and the adjacent terrain.

      Attractions:

      The Kalsubai Peak with the temple at its top is the prime attraction here.

      Activities:

      One can trek on the numerous routes to reach the peak of the mountain.

      Location: Ahmednagar district, north of Pune

      Distance: 169km

      Best time to visit: June to December

      Type of destination: Trekking

      Best Trekking Tours of Kalsubai:

      1) Monsoon Kalsubai Trek

      2) One Day Monsoon Trek To Kalsubai Peak

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    • 30Go Fishing & Camping to Murud Janjira

      Go Fishing & Camping to Murud Janjira
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      About the Activity:

      • Murud- Janjira is a coastal town located in the Raigad district  of Maharashtra over a top of a hill facing the Arabian Sea.
      • You can enjoy a gorgeous and relaxing stay with a fishing and camping stay right here in the vicinity.
      • Trudge along the beach for a stroll or engage in a game of beach volleyball and have fun in the tropical air.
      • You can also take a trip to the Eidgah, which is an ancient rooftop mosque in the vicinity or engage in the rewarding experience of catching a fish!

      Note: For 3 Pax or Less, Boating charges will be Rs 1500 per head for Boat Fishing

      Packages: 

      (i) Package 1 : 3D 2N 

      (ii) Package 2  : 2D 1N

    • 31Dapoli

      Dapoli

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      Located quite close to the coast, Dapoli has a pleasant weather through the year. It has several small villages close by which attract large number of visitors for their untouched beaches and serene environment.

      Attractions:

      Suvarnadurg and Kanakadurg forts are places of interest for those who wish to explore historical monuments. Of the many pristine beaches here, the ones at Murud and Ladghar are worth visiting. There are many Ganesh temples around the town too. Panhalakaji caves, 29 in number, are sited near the Kotjai and Dhakti rivers and one can spot many birds as well as crocodiles nearby.

      Activities:

      Being a beachside location, this weekend getaway from Pune is a spot where one can indulge in water sports and go for boat rides too. Apart from this, one can visit the temples that dot this region.

      Location: Coastal Maharashtra, Ratnagiri district

      Distance: 184km

      Best time to visit: October to March

      Type of destination: Beach, historic, family and kid friendly.

    • 32Camping Under the Stars in Uttan in Maharashtra

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      About the Activity:

      • Situated in the Thane district of Maharashtra, Uttan, off the Gorai Beach, is a little seaside town whose economy thrives largely on the resident Kolis fishing community. 
      • It is the glittery coastline, the pristine beaches, the idyllic weather, the peace-loving locals and the delectable seafood that puts it on the map. Surrounded by thickly forested hills, it is every nature lover's delight and is also a reputed spot for happy campers.
      • To be entirely convinced about the magical prowess of this coastal village, take this journey with us and we promise; you will return with splendid and ever-lasting memories!
      • Have you ever camped under the stars? If you have, then this is a reminder that the Uttan experience is going to be the most unique one! If not, you are in for a multisensory treat!
      • For an adventure-seeker, this camping in Maharashtra package is a suitable getaway as it do not only involves pitching tents spending overnight in them.
      • It also takes the participants for a hike through the town's natural beauty and a walking tour. An optional boating expedition or just leisurely swimming in the sea along with bonfires adds more fun and delight to this package.
      • Check in at 4:00 PM and check out at 12:00 PM the next day.
    • 33Koynanagar

      Koynanagar
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      This small town, standing within the Western Ghats, is famous for the Koyna Dam which is built across the Koyna River. Due to its cool and misty climate during the monsoons, this area becomes one of the favoured picnic spots near Pune during that season.

      Attractions:

      The Nehru Gardens, the Botanical Gardens and Kumbarli Ghat Viewpoint are the most popular destinations in Koynanagar. There is a wildlife sanctuary nearby as well which is home to plenty of wild creatures and avian population. 

      Activities:

      Boating in the Koyna Lake, wildlife and bird watching, camping and picnics can be enjoyed here.

      Location: Satara district, south of Pune

      Distance: 194km

      Best time to visit: Monsoons

      Type of destination: Picnic, family and kid friendly.

      Koynanagar Trip in Maharashtra

      Koynanagar Trip in Maharashtra

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    • Weekend Getaways Between 200 - 300 Kms

    • 34Nashik

      Nashik
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      This city of Maharashtra is known as the Wine Capital of India since there are many vineyards and wineries located in and around it. With a pleasant climate and the River Godavari running through it, large tracts of its land are rendered suitable for growing wine-making grapes.

      Attractions:

      Kalaram temple, Muktidham temple, Sita gupha, Someshwar temple and Navshya Ganpati temple are a few of the religious sites situated here. Pandavleni caves, once the abode of Buddhist monks, can be reached by trekking up the hill on which they are found.

      Activities:

      Attend the Kumbh Mela that is held here once every twelve years. When on a trip to Nashik, one must go for a wine tasting session at the vineyards located in this region.

      Location: North-west Maharashtra

      Distance: 210km

      Best time to visit: October to March

      Type of destination: Family and kid friendly, trekking, historic and pilgrimage.

      Thrillophilia Recommended Offbeat Stays and Wine Tours:

      1) Nashik Vineyard Stay and Tour

      2) Nashik Wine Tour with Stay

      3) Monsoon Stay and Activities in Nashik

      4) Wine Tour And Villa Stay at Soma Vine Village

      5) Khandeshi Wine & Dine Getaway From Mumbai, Near Nashik

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    • 35Panhala Fort

      Panhala Fort

      Sited on a hill in the town of Panhala, the fort overlooks a pass in the Sahyadri mountain range. Standing at a height of 3177 feet, this fortification near the major city of Kolhapur is in pretty good condition and can be visited to view the various structures within it.

      Attractions:

      A hidden well called the Andhar Bavadi, granaries called Ambarkhana and Dharma Kothi, a viewing pavilion called Sajja Kothi and the gateways or Teen Darwaza are some of the structures one can see in the fort area. There are some temples and mausoleums standing within Panhala too.  

      Activities:

      Explore the fort and view the structures built inside it.

      Location: Sahyadri Mountain range, near Kolhapur

      Distance: 231km

      Best time to visit: October to March

      Type of destination: Historic

    • 36Igatpuri

      Igatpuri

      Hidden away from the usual crowd, Igatpuri in the Nashik district of Maharashtra is known for several reasons. Located around 130km from Mumbai and only 45km from Nashik, this scenic hill station is also the home to ancient medication technique called 'Vipasanna'.

      Though a tiny hilly retreat, Igatpuri boasts of its varied options for the holidayers. Starting from leisure holidays to sightseeing and cultural to historical tours, this hill station offers quite a few attractive options to its visitors. Arthur Lake, Bhatsa River Valley, Ghatandevi Temple, Camel Valley, Tringalwadi Fort, Kalsubai Peak and Amruteshwar Temple are some of the popular tourist attractions in Igatpuri.

      Distance: 239.7 Kms
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    • 37Mhaismal

      Mhaismal
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      Image Source: Jay - Flickr

      Standing at an altitude of 1067 metres, Mhaismal is a pretty hill station 40km from Aurangabad. It attains a lush green hue during the monsoons and then it is visited by many tourists.

      Attractions:

      Goddess Girija temple, Balaji temple and Ghrishneshwar temple are the religious structures located in the area. On the way to Mhaismal from Aurangabad, one can stopover at the Ellora Caves and Devgiri Fort. Ellora caves are excavations in the Charanandri Hills where Buddhist, Hindu and Jain temples and monasteries were built.

      Activities:

      Explore the Ellora Caves, visit the Devagiri Fort and the temples located here.

      Location: Aurangabad district, north east of Pune

      Distance: 263km

      Best time to visit: Monsoons

    • Weekend Getaways Between 300-500 Kms

    • 38Silvassa

      Silvassa

      A reminiscent of the Portuguese era in India, Silvassa or the capital of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, is located around 300km from Pune. An ideal weekend destination from Pune, this former Portuguese colony is adorned with some of the stunning beaches, evergreen wildlife sanctuaries and a myriad list of adventure options.

      Distance: 300 Kms

      Thrillophilia Recommended Offbeat Stays in Silvassa:

      1) Stay at Daman Ganga Valley Resort in Silvassa
      Resort Stay and Water Park Activities in Silvassa

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    • 39Ratnagiri

      Ratnagiri
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      The port city of Ratnagiri is bound by the Sahyadris on its East. Home of the famous Alphonso mangoes, this weekend getaway from Pune has several historical monuments to visit as well.

      Attractions:

      Ganapatipule Beach, Anjarle Beach and Guhagar Beach are situated in close proximity to the city. Bhagwati Fort, or Ratnadurga, is built on top a hill on the sea shore and is surrounded by water on three sides. Thiba palace built for the exiled king of Burma has the tombs of the royal couple. There are quite a few temples and mausoleums in and around the place as well.

      Activities:

      View the sunset over the sea’s horizon from the Ratnadurga, climb up the lighthouse to get an extensive sight of the sea waters, visit the beaches.

      Location: Coastal Maharashtra, south of Mumbai

      Distance: 303km

      Best time to visit: November to January

      Type of destination: Family and kid friendly, pilgrimage and historic.

    • 40Amboli

      Amboli
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      Another quaint hill station in the Sahyadri Range, Amboli is quite near Goa and the western coast. Most visitors head to this destination when they are looking for a quite getaway from the city life and its hectic routines.

      Attractions:

      An ancient Shiva temple called Hiranyakeshwar, stands at the entrance to the cave from where the Hiranyakeshi River emerges. There are plenty of waterfalls in this region which achieve magnificent proportions during the rainy season.

      Activities:

      Enjoy the scenic beauty of this small hill station.

      Location: Southern Maharashtra, close to Goa

      Distance: 348km

      Best time to visit: Throughout the year

      Type of destination: Family and kid friendly.

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    • 41Tarkarli

      Tarkarli
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      This coastal village is placed in the Malvan region and has gained prominence for its pristine beach and resorts. The Karli River flows nearby and meets the Arabian Sea at Devbaug Beach. Sindhudurg Fort, at the edge of the village, stands facing the sea here.

      Attractions:

      Sindhudurg Fort was built by the Maratha king Shivaji and even has a temple dedicated to him in its premises. Devbaug Beach, Bhogave Beach and Tondavali Beach are good for water sports. Bharadi Devi temple, Laxmi Narayana temple and Kunkeshwar temple can be paid a visit during a trip to this weekend getaway from Pune.

      Activities:

      Scuba diving, snorkeling, dolphin spotting, boating – a host of water based activities can be experienced at this holiday destination.

      Location: Sindhudurg district, coastal Maharashtra

      Distance: 388km

      Best time to visit: October to March

      Type of destination: Beach, historic, family and kid friendly.

      Thrillophilia Recommended Offbeat Activites in Tarkarli:

      1) Parasailing And Water Sports In Tarkarli

      2) Stay And Scuba Diving In Tarkarli
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    • 42Scuba Diving and Water Sports in Malvan

      Scuba Diving and Water Sports in Malvan
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      About the Activity with Details:

      • Within these two delightful days, you will be discovering the stunning and magical beauty of Malvan’s underwater world. 
      • Starting late night; around 08:00 PM, from Bangalore, an overnight bus journey will take you to Malvan and at around 07:00AM, you will be arriving Belgaum, where you can get freshened up and have your breakfast. After relaxing for a while, continue with your bus journey and reach Malvan by mid-noon; around 12:30PM. 
      • Arriving in the town, check-in into a hotel and make yourself comfortable with a delicious buffet lunch and some rest. Post this, visit the Tsunami Island in Malvan and indulge is exciting water activities like banana boat ride, bumper boat ride and island tour. If you wish to, you can also go for parasailing on this day; however, parasailing can only be availed at an additional cost and you can pay for it while in the bus. 
      • Returning from the island by evening, enjoy a buffet dinner beside the bonfire and retire for the night in the hotel. 
      • Begin the day with an energising drink of tea and biscuits in the hotel followed by your transfer towards the boat jetty. Post this, you will be taken towards the jetty, from where a boat will take you to the decided spot. 
      • Arriving at the decided spot, the trip guides and instructors will brief you about the dos and don’ts of diving. Once done with the briefing, gear up with the necessary equipment and take a dive into the kaleidoscopic waters of Malvan. 
      • Post this, you can also go for snorkelling and take a look at the enchanting marine life beneath the clear waters of Malvan. By the time, snorkelling gets over, it will be time for lunch.
      • By late afternoon; at around 04:00PM, wish adieu to this exotic holiday destination and embark on the return trip to Bangalore via Belgaum; you will be reaching Bangalore by next day morning.
      • Depth of Water: Less than 35ft
    • 43Stay Experience in Maachli (sindhudurg)

      Stay Experience in Maachli (sindhudurg)
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      About the Activity:

      • Take home the enticing venture of being at a homestay that gives you the option of being right in the midst of nature and comfort.
      • The homestay lies in the village of Parule and is a calm and serene dwelling where you can embark on a relaxing sojourn as well as sightseeing to places around such as Vithoba and Ravalnath Temples and the stunning Lotus Lake and Mauli Temple.
      • The proximity to Sindhudurg fort is another add on to this amazing tryst with nature.
      • If you love adventure, then the Khavane beach has a number of fun activities like swimming and boat-riding lined up for you! You could also meet a community of fishermen and learn of their lifestyle.


    • 44Dandeli

      Dandeli
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      The scenic town of Dandeli lies in close proximity to the Kali River. Surrounded by wildlife sanctuaries, its deciduous forests are home to numerous species of birds and wild beings. Dandeli also has some native tribes staying in its forested land, who maintain a primitive lifestyle and can be visited to observe their customs at close quarters.

      Attractions:

      Dandeli Anshi Tiger Reserve and Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary are hot-spots for wildlife and bird watching. Kavala caves are ancient limestone caves which can be reached by climbing down a few hundred steps.

      Activities:

      White water rafting, kayaking, coracle rides, wildlife and bird watching, camping and trekking can be enjoyed here.

      Location: In Western Ghats, North Karnataka

      Distance: 422km

      Best time to visit: October to May

      Type of destination: Adventure activities and trekking

      Type of destination: Family and kid friendly, historic and pilgrimage.

      Offbeat Stays and Activities in Dandeli :

      1) Adventure At Panther Jungle Stay In Dandeli
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    • 45 Goa

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      Goa, though carrying a rich colonial past, has attained fame as India’s centre of international tourism. Its present culture still reflects the association to its multi-cultural roots in the form of many churches, temples and synagogues that are located here. However, with the younger crowd it is renowned as the destination to go to for a fun-filled and partying getaway.

      Attractions: 

      For tourists who prefer natural experiences Dudhsagar Falls, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary and Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary are good options to explore. Goa’s many beaches are places where one can indulge in watersports or simply lounge around in the shacks located there. Basilica of Bom Jesus, Shantadurga temple and Church of St. Francis of Assissi are few of the religious places one can visit while touring Goa

      Activities

      Water sports and nightlife can be experienced at the beaches. Go on a river cruise, visit the churches and temples, enjoy wildlife and bird watching, and appreciate scenic beauty.

      Places to Stay: 22 Best resorts in Goa

      Type of Destination: Beach, pilgrimage, family and kid friendly

      Best time to Visit: October to February