November 1st, 2017 by Somya Gaur

This weekend, take a break from your busy life and escape the city chaos. We have handpicked some exciting weekend getaways from Pune to help you catch a breath and gather memorable experiences. Enjoy paragliding or hiking or unwind at the beaches. Bon Voyage!

14 Weekend Getaways From Pune Within 200 kms

  1. Lonavala
  2. Khandala
  3. Alibaug
  4. Kamshet
  5. Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary
  6. Tarkarli
  7. Diveagar
  8. Bedse Caves
  9. Kolad
  10. Amboli
  11. Kashid
  12. Dehna
  13. Velas
  14. Lavasa

1. Lonavala

Lonavala - one of the best weekend getaways from Pune within 200 kms

With waterfalls, lakes, and hills around, Lonavala is frequented by many tourists, especially hikers and trekkers.

The tourist spot has a number of attractions to its name, Bhaja caves, Karla caves, and Rajmachi fort, Ryewood Lake, among others which for sure will give you the most picturesque view.

Take a sojourn to Aambey Valley, to witness its irreplaceable grandeur and plush signature features. Visit the Tiger’s point and Lion’s point for a beautiful view of the valley. Hike to the historic Rajmachi fort to explore the ancient fort and its beauty.

Lonavala is a must-visit if you admire nature and want a gateway to have a soulful weekend.

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2. Khandala

Khandala - one of the best weekend getaways from Pune within 200 kms

Lying on the foothills of Sahyadri, Khandala offers a perfect getaway with its beautiful valleys and amazing panoramic view. The natural beauty blooms to its zenith and reveals a magical charm during the monsoons. Its meandering waterfalls and glimmering lakes attribute to the majestic look and imposing ambiance.

The three-tiered Kune Waterfall is the most visited site of Khandala. A short walk from the waterfall will take you to the Kune church. For the history and archaeology lovers, a visit to Bedsa caves is a must.

Explore the Rajmachi Fort, a prominent memorial offering a view of the striking scenery of the region. The Lohagadh fort is another famous monument for those looking for a tryst with nature and history.

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3. Alibaug

Alibang - one of the best weekend getaways from Pune within 200 kms

This coastal town is well known for its beaches, freshwater and unpolluted air. The thrill-seekers must-visit Alibaug its famous water sports.

If you are a beach lover, head to Nagaon beach. The beach boasts of clean water and offers many water sports. Enjoy basking in the sun or play in the sea waves. After that, visit the famous Kolaba Fort. This popular old military fortification in India is one of the famous tourist spots in Pune.

Unwind in the lap of nature while treading through the lush green Kanakeshwar Forest. Known for their richness and abundance of flora and fauna, the forests are bliss for nature lovers.

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4. Kamshet

Kamshet - one of the best weekend getaways from Pune within 200 kms

Kamshet is a scenic hill station well- known for paragliding and flying schools. Surrounded by the Western Ghats, this place is mostly featured in the top 10 must-visit places of India for an adventure addict.  Located, 45 km from the main town, Kamshet is a paragliders’ bliss with Shinde Wadi hills as the take-off site.

Explore the ancient caves of Maharashtra, the Bhadsa caves and the Bhairi caves on your visit. Situated close by is the popular Pawna Lake. Enjoy a nice picnic here and capture the scenic beauty with your cameras.

The Kondeshwar Temple is another key attraction located close to Kamshet which is a perfect tourist place near pune. Built entirely with rocks, the temple represents ancient Hemadpanti style of architecture.

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5. Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary

Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary

One of the most popular weekend getaways from Pune is the wildlife sanctuary at Koyna. It has the Shivsagar Lake on one side and the Western Ghats lie on the other side. It is about 183 km from Pune. The diverse range of flora and fauna to be found here will leave you in wonders. The sanctuary itself is divided into three segments- the vasota, Indavli Met and Mahorkar. The entire sanctuary covers 420 sq km area so you need to have quite some time on your hand if you want to explore the forest. One can come across panthers, sloth bears, tiger, giant squirrels, cobras and pythons here and to see them in their natural habitat is very thrilling. Photographers have a field day here every time they visit. The best time to visit is from October to April and you should ideally have two days on your hands.

6. Tarkarli

Those who love the beach will surely fall in love with this quiet beach. The white sands and crystal clear waters here are great for kayaking, Jet Ski, and scuba diving along with many other kinds of water sports. There is also a protected reserve for marine life here and children simply love it. One can see aquatic life in their natural habitat 20 feet below the water’s surface as the place is very well maintained. The Malvani cuisine here is to die for. Tarkarli is about 388 km from Pune and the best time to visit is from October to May. Do not forget to visit the padmagarh fort, Dhamour Lake, Achra beach and Sindhudurg fort while you are here.

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7. Diveagar

Actually a village in the Raigad district, Diveagar is famous for its beautiful beaches which hardly see much tourist activity. Hence, those who love the peace and the quiet come here. The 15 km of white sand spread between Harihareshwar and Shrivardhan. Only recently the beach has slowly started becoming popular as youngsters have started visiting this beach. The beach lies about 170 km from Pune and the best time to visit is from October to March. While you are there, you have to visit the Somaji Temple, Bhagamandala beach,Kunda Leni and the Suvarna Ganesh Temple. The waves are perfect for surfing as well.

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8. Bedse Caves

For those who are looking for some adventurous weekend getaway from Pune, Bedse Caves is the ideal spot. It is located close to the Mumbai Pune highway so it is quite easy to reach. The 2nd-century Buddhist caves in the region that have to be accessed after 400 steps are what makes the journey so thrilling. The climb is through plush vegetation which is a real treat for the eyes. Moreover, the caves were so built that they are seen only from the top. It is only about 40 km from Pune and the best time to visit is from July to September so that you can witness the lush vegetation around. Or else, you can of course visit during other times as well.

9. Kolad

Kolad has the beautiful Kundalika River flowing by it and there are quite a few camping sites along the river banks. It is a real treat to live the bohemian life while one is a year and to gaze at the stars at night which makes it a perfect picnic spot near Pune. There are also a number of picnic spots here and families come out to enjoy a wide variety of water sports. Rope climbing by the waterfalls is one of the most thrilling activities here, along with rafting and rappelling. The best time to visit is between June to March and the place is about 194 km from Pune.

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10. Amboli

Amboli is located at a height of 700 meters at the southern part of the Sahyadri hills. It is a pristine hill station and the biggest takeaway is the sight of verdant valleys, which turn a vibrant shade of green after the monsoons. The Konkan railway passes by those hills and they offer a real treat for the eyes. There are colonial styled villas and rest houses here and you will have a distinct European getaway feeling while you are here. You should come here at least for the weekend. The place is 340 km from Pune and the best time to visit is between October to March.

11. Kashid

Another favorite among beach lovers, Kashid is about 171 km from Pune and is a haven of peace and tranquility. All one gets to experience here is the distant screech of seagulls and the rustling of palm leaves. The sea waves lap at your feet and if you are looking forward to getting away from the hectic Pune life for a day or two, there cannot be another better location. Do not fail to visit the Phansad bird sanctuary as you will come across many new species of birds here. The Revdanda fort by the beach is a delight to explore. You can also enjoy Jet Skiing and kayaking in the waters here and the beach is safe for swimming as well.

12. Dehna

Dehna has an eclectic mix of everything and you will love the rural charms of nature here. The region is surrounded by hills and mountains on all sides and there are still tribals in the vicinity who are very warm and welcoming. There are hidden shrines and small streams and if you want to go for hiking, there is no better place than this. The best time to visit is between June and September because the monsoons really bring out the lush beauty of the region. The place is about 281 km from Pune. Do not miss the jungle safari and the Firefly Tours while you are here at night.

13. Velas

Known as the safe haven for the endangered Olive Ridely turtles, Velas is located in the ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. If you come here during the winders, you can witness the baby turtles hatch out from the shells in the beach, which were hidden by the mothers. The sight of the baby turtles hatching out and walking towards the waters for the very first time in their lives will be etched in your memory forever. There is also a turtle conservation center nearby. The beach restaurants here sell mouthwatering Konkani cuisine and a variety of sea food. The place is about 194 km from Pune and the best time to visit is between October to May.

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14. Lavasa

This is a very popular spot for honeymooning couples and one can get there by simply booking a cab from Pune. The region is about 185 km away and there are a number of hotels and resorts here to take care of your comfort. The low lying hills make for a splendid yet cozy view. There are trails here where you can go for long romantic walks at dawn and by moonlight at night. The monsoons really enhance the beauty of the place. You can also visit the rural villages by the town and have a look at the rural lifestyle of the region.

Where are you headed this weekend? Let us know in the comments below. Happy Weekend!

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