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Best Places To Explore Near Pune – Making Weekends Memorable

There is a list of places near Pune to explore during weekends. Shades of nature, historcial forts, and numerous religious shrines is Pune in a nutshell. You will be spoilt for choice while planning a vacation from Pune. If you love adventure, you can plunge into a world of wilderness at Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary. You can indulge in a trekking expedition to Lohagad Fort, or enjoy a camping experience at Pawna Lake. Moreover, Igatpuri and Lonavala are dotted with plenty of tourist attraction, while Amboli and Wai offer the perfect atmosphere for an relaxing trip.

1. Pawna Lake

Pawna lake
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If you prefer to enjoy your weekends in the company of nature, Pawna Lake is your go-to place. A vast stretch of azure waters glittering under the sun and towering hills in the backdrop, this site is an artist’s paradise with so much beauty to capture, paint, and write about. It is one of the most popular spots for camping near Pune and Mumbai in India. Take up activities like hiking and boating that will keep the adventure-seeker in you amused. This makes for one of the best places for 2-Day trips near Pune.

  • Location: Lonavala, Maharashtra
  • Distance from Pune: 63 Kilometres


2. Lonavala

waterfall on the way to Lonavala
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A popular name among tourists and locals of Mumbai and Pune, Lonavala offers a happy vacation experience. If you plan a getaway with your friends or family to someplace serene, this hill station near Pune is one of the best options. If you wish to make your time here momentous, you can indulge in activities like camping, trekking, caving, and boating.

  • Location: Maharashtra
  • Distance from Pune: 66 Kilometres

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3. Alibaug

If you are planning to spend quality time with your loved one by the sea, you can stay at Alibaug. A coastal town in Maharashtra, Alibaug will definitely impress you with its matchless landscape and laid back mood. Apart from clean beaches and awe-inspiring vistas, the town also houses a number of man-made attractions for vacationers. Spend your time in Alibaug sunbathing under faint sunlight or touring the glorious remnants from the past. For the most unforgettable experience, stay at one of the luxury beach resorts in Alibaug.

  • Location: South of Mumbai
  • Distance from Pune: 143 Kilometres

Suggested Read: Beaches near Pune

4. Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary

Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its rich biodiversity. The Koyna River, Kandati River, and Solashi River cut through the territory of the sanctuary making the vegetation rich and thriving. You can choose to stay at one of the jungle resorts at the sanctuary and enjoy views of lakes and lush green vegetation from your accommodation. 

  • Location: Koyna Nagar, Maharashtra.
  • Distance from Pune:  181 Kilometres

5. Tarkarli

Tarkarli stands at the confluence of the turquoise blue Arabian Sea and Karli River. Spend your time relaxing and rejuvenating in the abode of natural beauty. Watch the sun going down, creating dramatic hues in the sky above the turquoise blue sea. You can also indulge in activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, water sports, etc, boating at the beach and make your trip all the more thrilling. Enjoy your day by getting familiar with the local culture and sightseeing. There are plenty of temples, gardens, and markets worth a visit in Tarkarli.

  • Location: Maharashtra
  • Distance from Pune: 385 Kilometres

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6. Diveagar

Diveagar beach
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The beach is stretched out in an area of 5 kilometres embellished with palm trees, beetles and casuarina trees. You can go on a long walk by the beach while witnessing the dramatic sunsets and create priceless memories for you and your dear ones. Adventure lovers can enjoy activities like banana boat rides, boating, parasailing, quad ride, camel riding, and many more here. You can also visit the holy Suvarna Ganesh temple and pay your respects. 

  • Location: Diveagar, Maharashtra.
  • Distance from Pune: 160 Kilometres

7. Bedse Caves

Bedse Caves are ancient Buddhist rock-cut monuments that date back to the 1st century BC. You have to climb nearly 400 stairs to reach these splendid caves. While walking up to the caves you will witness gushing waterfalls and patches of verdant greenery around you. These ancient caves house many sculptures with dancing postures, bulls, elephants and deities that will please the history lover in you. Chaitya (prayer cave) has an imposing Stupa and Vihara is the monastery. 

  • Location: Maval taluka, Maharashtra
  • Distance from Pune: 55 Kilometres

8. Kolad

Kolad is a gem for hikers and trekkers as the trails originating here take you to places with breathtaking views. It is also famous for housing many cascading waterfalls and hot springs right in the middle of the wilderness. You can also enjoy thrilling activities like water rafting all year round. The peaceful atmosphere of Kolad makes it an excellent choice for a staycation. Kolad undoubtedly makes it to the list of 2 days trips from Pune that you should not miss out on.

  • Location: Raigad, Maharashtra
  • Distance from Pune: 144 Kilometres from Pune.

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9. Amboli

view from Amboli Ghat
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Amboli is a serene hill station which lies in Sahyadri hills at an altitude of 690 meters. Renowned for being the world’s Eco Hotspot, you will witness rich biodiversity and dense forests. According to popular folklore, there are 108 temples of Lord Shiva in and around Amboli but only a few temples are discovered. From here, you will get to witness the panoramic view of the Konkan Coast which is a sight to behold.

  • Location: Sindhudurg, Maharashtra
  • Distance from Pune: 343 Kilometres

10. Dehna

You will be amazed at the hospitality offered by the people living in this countryside village. Here, you will get to see some pouring waterfalls and farmlands where you can see farmers working in their fields. You can also see thousands of fireflies illuminating the whole valley at night during the Fireflies festival held from May to June.

  • Location: Dehna, Maharashtra
  • Distance from Pune: 180 Kilometres

Aren’t you excited to go on a staycation to Pune? Well, go ahead and book your Pune holiday package with Pickyourtrail for a great vacation experience! Please leave a Whatsapp inquiry and download the Pickyourtrail app for more options.

Also read: Top Places To Visit In Pune For Weekend Getaways


Where can I go for 2 hours from Pune?

You can visit Lonavala, Kamshet, Igatpuri, Pawna Lake and many more.

What are special places in Pune?

Sinhagad Fort, Phoenix Market City, Pune Friendship garden and much more.

Why is Pune so famous?

It is famous for its wildlife, historcial monuments as well as modern landmarks.

What is famous in Pune to eat?

Poha, Pav Bhaji, Vada Pav, Susberry Biscuits are some of the famous food items to try in Pune.

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