Travelling around Pune is a fun activity. Pune boasts of a rich legacy of history and culture and several attractions in the city have earned it the reputation of an important tourist destination in the state of Maharashtra. There are several picnic spots in and few km away from Pune that worth a visit to chill out with family and close friends. If you are new to Pune then these places are the very first that you should visit to get a feel of a feel of the cultural capital of Maharashtra, Pune. Several dams, temples, caves, forts and monuments dotted the city that makes perfect destinations for one day picnic trip along with family. Read on for a complete list of popular picnic spots in and around the city.
Bedse Caves are located in the Maval Taluka of the district of Pune around 35 km from the city. Due to it proximity to the city, Bedse Caves are easily accessible and suitable for a one day weekend trip from Pune. The history of the caves dates back to 1st century B.C. The carvings reflect the Buddhist style. The two important divisions of these caves are the prayer hall and the monastery. Bedse caves are perfect destination for individuals interested in meditation and contemplation as this is located far from the city life.
20km away from Pune, Khadakwasla Dam is one of the most preferred picnic spots near Pune. Away from the hustle bustle of the city this place offers you solitude, scope to spend some tranquil moments with your closed ones. Khadakwasla is a village famous for a dam which is the main source of water supply for the city of Pune. Apart from Khadakwasla Dam, which is the major attraction, you will also find a Veterinary hospital and a Dental Care.
Located 120 km away from Pune, Matheran is a pristine hill station blessed with absolute serenity, pure air and unmatched natural beauty. Nestled in the Western Ghat ranges in Raigad District of Maharashtra, Matheran is a favorite choice for a weekend getaway from Pune. Despite the huge influx of tourist every year, Matheran preserves its serenity. It is one of the rare places in the world where usage of vehicles are banned allowing you to breathe in the fresh air and feel the heavenly touch of Mother Nature. Charlotte Lake, Mount Berry, Honey Moon Point are some popular attractions in Matheran.
This is a name popular with the youngsters in the city and a happening hill station to have a one day blast with lots of adventure. Located around 66 km from Pune, Lonavala and Khandala are the twin hill stations that offer a chance to the tourist to rejuvenate themselves. Lonavala is surrounded by lush green and deep valleys. You can also view milky waterfalls adding to the beauty of the place. Khandala is smaller than Lonavala yet equally beautiful. The cave trilogy of Bedse, Bhja and Karla and the Lonavala Lake are the places worth visiting here.
Panchgani is a pristine hill station located in the Satara district of Maharashtra. 98 km away from the city of Pune, Panchgani is tourist’s paradise. It is said that God has been partial while bestowing this region with natural beauty as greenery is unmatched. The place is also famous for boarding schools and Bollywood shooting. Recent film ‘Tare Zamin Par’ has been shot here.
14 km away from Lonavala, Pavana Dam has been constructed on the River Pavana. Its proximity to the place has made the place a popular picnic spot near Pune. Pavana Dam has been constructed on the River Pavana. The place is dotted with lush green and natural beauty. Breathe in the cool air and watch the view when sun peeps into the water of the Pavana Lake. Beyond the lake, the forts of Lohagad, Tikona and Tungi are among the major tourist attractions.
Mahabaleshwar is another popular hill station located in the Satara district of Maharashtra. 120 km away from Pune, this hill station attracts tourists, nature lovers, artists, writers, poets and photographers throughout the year. The name ‘Mahabaleshwar’ of the place has been derived from the Mahadev Temple here which is a holy shrine of Lord Shiva. Arthur’s Seat Point, Bombay Point, Venna Lake, Wilson Point are the major tourist attractions here.
If you are willing to set out for one day picnic around Pune in a calm, composed and tranquil place to spend some quiet moments then Mulashi Dam is the destination you should head for. It is a very big dam constructed on the River Mula, 35-40 km journey from Chandani Chowk. The dam is the best place for photographers and the birdwatchers, especially during the monsoon when greenery comes to life.
55 kilometers away from the city of Pune towards Sholapur, Bhuleshwar temple is located on the Pune-Sholapur National Highway. The history of this ancient temple dates back to the days of Mahabharata, the era of the Pandavas. This heritage site is a part of the Indian culture and so Bhuleshwar Temple is amongst the monuments that need to be preserved. There is also an interesting fact associated with the Shiva Linga present inside the temple. It is believed that if you put any sweet below the Shiva Linga and if it disappears, Lord Shiva has granted your wish.
Around 120 km away from the city of Pune and 25 km away from Mahabaleshwar, Tapola is a famous hill station where you can spend some lone moments in the company of nature. The immense natural beauty of the place has given it fondly the name “The Mini Kashmir”. You will find picturesque views of Koyna and Solshi dams, charming beauty of the rivers and captivating view of the green hills of the Sahyadri ranges at the backdrop, enough to overwhelm you. The rivers Koyna and Solshi meet at Tapola. Don’t miss a boating in the Shivsagar Lake at very nominal charges.