Spectacular Monsoon Getaways From Pune Under 100 Kms

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Spectacular Monsoon Getaways from Pune under 100 kms

When the IT and realty boom struck Pune in early Y2K, the idyllic town turned into an urban assemblage of concrete. Fortunately for Pune residents, the beauty of the hills surrounding the city, the spellbinding Sahyadris, remained intact. Every year as the Monsoon showers down on the region, the mountains burst into a riot of every imaginable shade of green. Pune is a virtual gateway to some of the most spectacular drives in the region and many of these breathtaking routes are well under 100 kilometres, perfect for a Sunday outing with family and friends.

Here is the list of 13 Spectacular Monsoon Getaways From Pune Under 100 Kms

1. Tamhini Ghat

Perhaps one of the most scenic drives, Tamhini Ghat is a mountain pass that connects Kolad to Pune. It is a sight to behold during the Monsoon for its wholesome greenery and a layer of mist as clouds descend into the region! The area is pristine and virtually unexplored. As one gets nearer to Kolad, on almost every curve of the road one is bound to find a cascading waterfall. You can find a suitable spot and even have a picnic along a water body (as long as you don’t go into it, it would all be fun and games) if you can endure and even enjoy the intermittent drizzle. The area is considered haunted and driving/riding after dark is not recommended through the area. Distance – Approximately 70 km from Pune Railway Station towards Mulshi.

2. From Tamhini towards Lonavala

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68 kms from Pune

Known For : Tiger's Leap Bushi Dam Lonavala Lake

After crossing Tamhini, one can take a right turn into the hills, which leads to Nive and from there to Lonavala. The climb is steep for a few minutes and opens into an amazing viewpoint, which is also an ideal spot for a picnic. However, the mountainside tends to be slippery when wet and it is advisable to stay away from the edge of the ghat. From here the road meanders towards Lonavala and opens near Amby Valley, passing through densely wooded areas as well as a few tiny villages. The road is extremely narrow but the overhanging greenery more than makes up for the alert drive. There are no eateries or shacks on this route till Lonavala. A snack break in Mulshi would, therefore, be ideal if you wish to undertake this drive. Distance – Approximately 50 kms from Tamhini Ghat

Best Time: Throughout the year

3. Mulshi

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44 kms from Pune

If you don’t want to drive up to Tamhini Ghat, you can drive up to Mulshi dam and grab a splendid meal at one of the numerous eateries that dot this road. The scenery is just as remarkable albeit a bit more urbanised. And the view of the Mulshi reservoir, that is just one reason to drive till here. You can also grab a hot and freshly roasted corn-on-the-cob with a steaming cup of cutting chai at one of the tiny tapris (kiosks). Distance – Approximately 50 kms from Pune Railway Station.

4. Panshet Dam

Driving towards Khadakwasla, which is famous for its military establishment (the National Defence Academy) and as an evening hangout, one can stop at Panshet Dam, which is equally beautiful, is famous for boating opportunities in the reservoir but less populated. Distance – Approximately 52 kms from Pune Railway Station.

5. Kamshet to Pavana

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58 kms from Pune

After a few kilometres of high speed driving on the Old Mumbai-Pune highway, one can take a left turn at Kamshet into a smaller road that leads to the Pavana river and dam. The drive is picturesque as one meanders through tiny villages to reach the river. The route is also the gateway to Buddhist caves Bedse that has a history dating back to 1 BC. One can opt for the boating opportunity on the reservoir, visit the caves, or climb up the Lohagadh Fort located nearby. The Fort is an easy 20-minute climb from the base and offers a superb view of Lonavala. Climbers are required to exercise caution as the area tends to be very slippery during the rainy season. But as those who love being on the road and revel in the sheer joy of driving while it pours outside, we recommend that one discards the boat rides, the climbs and the picnics for another not-so-rainy day. Distance – Approximately 71 kms from Pune Railway Station. To be even more mesmerized by the beauty that the Sahyadris are, watch this!

6. Matheran, Maharashtra - Cutest little hill-station of India

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Known For : Louisa point Panorama Point Charlotte lake

Nestled amidst the Sahyadri range on the Western Ghats, Matheran is a cosy little hill station that stands at an elevation of 2600 feet above sea level, and is just 100 kilometres away from Mumbai, making it the perfect weekend getaway. With its name literally translating to “overhead forest”, Matheran is the smallest hill station in all of India, but it is extremely popular in terms of tourists looking for a short trip amid spectacular vistas and serenity.

Best Time: Throughout the year

7. Goa - Beaches, Sunsets and Crazy Nights

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426 kms from Pune

Known For : Calangute Beach Basilica of Bom Jesus Water Sports in Goa

Lying on the west coast, Goa is one of the smallest states in India known for its brilliant beaches, scrumptious food and Portuguese heritage. Goa experiences heavy rainfall during these months, with July being the wettest month of the year. However, if you enjoy the rain, natural beauty and lush greenery all around you, then this is the perfect time for your trip to Goa.

Best Time: October to March

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8. Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra - The land of Strawberries

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120 kms from Pune

Known For : Elephant's Head point Chinaman's falls Dhobi waterfall

A hill town in the Western Ghats, apart from its strawberries, Mahabaleshwar is also well known for its numerous rivers, magnificent cascades and majestic peaks. However, treks are a marvellous way to spend time during monsoons as the entire place is covered in trees which give out a luscious green lustre that is hugely refreshing. The waterfalls and lakes are filled to the brim as well and must not be missed in this season.

Best Time: October to June

9. Panchgani, Maharashtra - The Table Land

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102 kms from Pune

Known For : Kaas Plateau Table Land Mahabaleshwar

Panchgani is a perfect spot to visit in monsoons. It is situated at the foot of five hills and lies on the way to Mahabaleshwar. This famous picnic spot is known for its pleasant weather throughout the year making it even more visited. Panchgani lies at a distance of 100 km from Pune which takes nearly 3 hours to reach. Some famous attractions here include Table Land, Sydney Point, Devil's Kitchen and Parsi Point.

Best Time: September to May

10. Lavasa, Maharashtra - India's first planned hill city

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57 kms from Pune

Known For : Sightseeing in Lavasa Lakeside Promenade Bamboosa

Known as India's newest hill station, the Lavasa Corporation is constructing this private city. The rain-soaked trees, the beautiful green surroundings, the excellent accommodation facilities with a lakeside atmosphere, during the rainy season, is nothing short of magic. The best thing to indulge in Lavasa during monsoons includes talking walks in the open areas and enjoying a comforting supper or the romantic combination of chai-pakoda while treating the eyes with the breathtaking views of the Western Ghats.

Best Time: Throughout the year

11. Khandala, Maharashtra - Misty Mountains

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70 kms from Pune

Known For : Rajmachi Fort Visapur Fort Bedsa caves

Perched on the foothills of Sahyadri, Khandala provides for a perfect weekend respite for the Mumbai population, with its scenic valleys, grassy hills, serene lakes and misty waterfalls. The monsoon season in Khandala lasts till September. This is the best time to visit the hill station from Pune as the heavy rainfall makes it look mesmerising with lush greenery, brimming lakes and picturesque valley beckoning bold backpackers. Khandala in monsoon is also a paradise for honeymooners or anyone looking to rekindle their romance. However, don't forget woollens, raincoats and umbrellas if you plan on visiting Khandala during this time of the year.

Best Time: Throughout the year

12. Rajmachi, Maharashtra

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79 kms from Pune

Known For : Rajmachi Fort Trekking in Rajmachi

Rajmachi is a small village situated in the Sahyadri mountain range of the Konkan region of Maharashtra. Rajmachi has two fortified peaks - Shrivardhan and Manaranjan forts, located near two famous hills of Lonavala and Khandala. Monsoons are the best months to visit Rajmachi - the weather and the views throughout the trek are just amazing. You get to see a number of small rivers and waterfalls all through the trek, and greenery everywhere around you.

Best Time: June to September

13. Suryamal, Maharashtra

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268 kms from Pune

Known For : Trekking in Suryamal Suryamal Peak

Suryamal is the highest peak of the region, located in Thane district of Maharashtra. The small but beautiful hill is a popular place among people for the sheer breathtaking views that it can be seen from the hilltop. Monsoon begins in late June and continues until September. These regions see consistent heavy rainfall. This time is preferable since you can experience the rain while trekking and biking and the scenery is refreshed by the arrival of rains.

Best Time: September to May

The above-mentioned spectacular monsoon drives from Pune are the best things to do with your beloved ones during monsoon.

This post was published by Ritu Goyal Harish

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