Best places to visit around Pune




Looking for a weekend destination away from the hustle and bustle of the city? These places are the perfect getaway from Pune for your next camping endeavor. Get packing and embark upon a journey to the unexplored wonders of nature.

  1. Lavasa – a wonderful travel destination

Skillfully planned and perfectly implemented, Lavasa is a wonderful example of an architectural marvel. Being a city amidst the western mountain ranges and 57 km away from Pune, it provides a great view for sight-seeing. The surrounding lakes make for an admirable location for exciting water sports. Engross yourselves in trekking and mountain climbing over the lush green hills and witness the surrounding scenic beauty at the same time. Tourist who are visiting this city can enjoy numerous activities like boating, playing volleyball and jet skiing. Apart from this, you can also explore the cultural heritage of the nearby areas in this city. You should definitely plan your next weekend trip to Lavasa.

  1. Kamshet – paragliders paradise

Being one of the main paragliding spots in the region, Kamshet is a treat for camping and adventure lovers. It is just about 52 km from Pune and a decent place to camp. There are many other sites of attraction which will leave you spell-bound. Indulge in the magnificence of Kamshet in your next trip to have loads of fun!

  1. Khandala – famed and framed

Sitting firmly at the foothills of Sahyadri Ranges is Khandala. Yeah, it is the same place from the much famed dialogue ‘Aati kya Khandala?’ With its lush green environment and enchanting valleys, Khandala is one place to look out for your next trip. The natural beauty of this place is enticing during the monsoons which makes it a charming getaway. Karla Hills and Duke’s Nose point located here are the perfect places from rock climbing. Don’t forget the witness the misty waterfalls and the gracious lakes around the area which is a perfect place to lay back and relax.

  1. Lonavala – nature at its best

Another famous destination near Pune city is the town of Lonavala which will not fail to allure you with the breath-taking views on offer. There are multiple camping and trekking options available here with an enchantress in the form ‘Pawana Lake’ and the ‘Rock Face Camps’ standing strong. Various other elements like the flora and fauna add to the grandeur of this place. Curating your adventure instincts are the activities of rappelling and flying fox along with varying levels of challenging treks. The beautiful weather of this place makes it a one-stop destination for all your travel cravings.

  1. Panchgani – the classy five

Located 84 km from Pune en route Mahabaleshwar is the quiet hill station of Panchgani. The name of this place has been given after the five hills that surround the Krishna Valley. On the either sides of the valley lie the Krishna River and the coastal plains, the view of which is astoundingly breathtaking. With many popular sightseeing spots located here like ‘Sydney Point’, ‘Table Land’ among many others, you are sure to have a great time in Panchgani.

  1. Mahabaleshwar – strawberries, yum yum

Not so far from Panchgani is the plateau land of Mahabaleshwar known for its world famous strawberries. Gorge upon these tasty red berries as you move onto the winding roads offering eye-catching views and a photogenic landscape. The highest peak at this place, known as the ‘Sunrise Point’ offers a splendid view of the sunrise and the sunset. During monsoons, you will see several waterfalls coming alive which add to splendor of this place. Moreover, there are sprawling markets which have delicious strawberry products on sale to tickle your taste buds. You can enjoy boating in the pristine waters of Venna Lake as well.

  1. Matheran – jungle me mangal

Matheran has always been a popular camping destination for the people living in Pune. Even though the distance of Matheran is 102 km from Pune, you can bring in automobiles only till the outskirts. If you love adventure and thrills, this place is a perfect getaway for some adrenaline rush. Camping in the dense green forests is filled with a number of intriguing challenges but every experience is rewarding in itself. Horse riding is something which people from every age group like and can be seen in Matheran. Charlotte Lake is another spot at Matheran which provides you with exciting camping opportunity amongst the underlying freshwater and magnificent nature trails.

  1. Kashid – lose yourself in the Arabian waters

Camping in Kashid is an amazing thing to do and it will be a unique experience for sure. This beach town is graced by the generous waters of the Arabian Sea. Kashid beach presents you a marvelous combination of nature, wildlife and water sports. During the daytime, you can enjoy various aqua activities along with some beach volleyball. Don’t forget to try your hands at fishing with the locals. As the night sets in, catch up with your bonfire beneath the moonlit sky and the glittering stars. Wrap it up with some star gazing and then doze off with the roar of sea in the background.

  1. Alibaug – for the love of beaches

The pretty little coastal town of Alibaug is enriched with magnificent sandy beaches and clean waters providing a breath of fresh air at the same time. Folks from Pune can easily reach Alibaug after a 131 km long travel by road. Apart from its sprawling beaches, Alibaug also houses temples which are intricately built and history bound. A stroll across the coconut grooves lined along the beach will infuse solidarity into your senses.  The serenity of the calm weather and beautiful beaches while make your time worthwhile in Alibaug. So what are you waiting for? Get going!

  1. Murud Janjira – the fort stands tall

A stretch of glittering white sand, the Murud beach is free from the tourist rush. Seeing the setting sun above the horizon is a delightful sight. Murud-Janjira is the local name for the fort situated on an island just off the coastal village of Murud. The Fort is situated on an oval-shaped rock off the Arabian Sea coast 160 km away from Pune city. This is the only fort which Shivaji Maharaj could not capture despite several attempts. You should certainly visit this place for its historic value and adorable beaches.

Have a safe trip and enjoy yourselves. Happy traveling amigos!

About the author, Liya James

Hi, I am Liya!! I first traveled the globe when I was four months old when we immigrated to the United States from Indonesia, and I have been roaming the world every chance I get ever since. I've been to 15 countries and counting. I am passionate about experiencing new cultures and sharing my adventures with others. I believe that travel is the best education, and I am excited to continue learning and sharing these adventures with you.

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