Mumbai, this city never sleeps! The financial capital of India does not just has its own share of workforce and significant contribution to India’s G.D.P, but also, its own share of weekend getaways too for this working population.
Here we bring you a list of adventurous, thrilling and fun filled activities you can do around Places like Mumbai, Pune and Lonavala!
Rajmachi is a perfect weekend getaway during monsoons. It is historic place and the Sahyadri Mountains in its vicinity comes alive during monsoons.
Also famous for its trekking expeditions. The trekking expeditions can be booked online.
Its distance from Mumbai is 2 hours and 30 minutes and can be reached via Mumbai Pune expressway.
One of the weekend getaways near Mumbai, Alibag can be reached either by road or by a ferry from the Gateway of India in South Mumbai. Alibaug has an old fort which was built during Shivaji’s rule.
Places to visit in Alibaug
Religious locations in Alibag include Kanakeshwar Devasthan temple and Vikram Vinayak temple. Less than 30 kms away is the Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary, while the historic Kulaba Fort is situated 1-2 kms inside the sea and one can walk up to it when the tide is low. Alibag has many beaches in its vicinity . Another hill fort not too far from here is the Sagargad which is in ruins but worth visiting.
Alibaug is 95 kms from Mumbai.
Kolad lies on the eastern edge of the Kundalike River, Kolad is a popular for its river rafting opportunities. Its scenic landscape coupled with several waterfalls emerging from the surrounding mountains is ideal for trekking and camping too.
Places to see in Kolad
Kuda Caves, a series of 13 caves carved out of rocks by Buddhists, can be visited to see ancient carvings, inscriptions and sculptures., Devi Kedar Janani Hills.
Water based activities like rafting, kayaking and boating are a major draw for tourists to Kolad. Apart from these you can undergo a camping experience at any of the several spots within the jungles. Other adventure sports conducted here include rappelling, paragliding, and hiking.
Kolad is 121 kms from Mumbai and can be reached via cab.
Places to see in Durshet:
Durshet at 100 kms from Mumbai / Pune is and adventure getaway excellent for individuals and corporates.
Durshet Forest Lodge, an adventure popular centric local getaway offers guests a stay full of activities and fun .
Durshet has many hot water springs as well.
Durshet lies in close proximity to the IMAGICA Park.
Average time to reach Durshet is 1.30 hours via Sion Palval and then Mumbai Pune expressway.
Khandala and Lonavala
Lonavala or Lonavla and the adjacent Khandala are beautiful, charming and twin hill stations, 622 m. above sea level and 5 Kms a part from each other are situated in the Sahyadri ranges.
They are located around 64 km away from the city of Pune and 96 km away from the city Mumbai, popular getaway from Mumbai and Pune.
Lonavala is also known as the ‘Jewel of the Sahyadri’ is situated in the western part of Maharashtra.
Khandala is smaller, quieter and calmer of the two, though browsing through Lonavala’s bazaar could yield some wonderfull surprises. Both the hill stations are known for their scenic beauty, green hills, deep valleys,historic forts, lakes and waterfalls.
Places to visit in Lonavala and Khandala
Karla, Bhaja, Bhedsa caves, Duke’s nose, Tiger’s leap, Reversing station point, and also since Lonavala is surrunded by Syahadari hills, various trekking and rock climbing expeditions also take place here.
Located near the basin of river Ulhas, Karjat is a popular weekend holiday destination from Mumbai. Scenic natural vistas, mountains, forts and ancient rock-cut cave temples make Karjat, 68 km from Mumbai, popular among trekkers. Karjat has an average elevation of 636 ft. Its climate and scenic splendor make it convenient for adventure sports like trekking, waterfall climbing, rappelling and river rafting in river Ulhas.
Morbe Dam, about 10 km west, is a good place for boating and the perimeter of the dam is a nice place for a leisurely picnic. Some scenes of the Oscar winning movie, Slumdog Millionaire and the song ‘Lean On’ have been shot in Karjat.
Three trekking trails are considered to be the most popular among adventure seekers — Chanderi Fort Trek, Matheran Trek via Rambagh Point and Peth Fort Trek. Monsoons are the best time of the year for the those seeking adventure. White water rafting is done on the higher sections of river Ulhas. July to September are the best months to go white water rafting here. The best place for most of these sport starts from Kondana village, about 15 km away from Karjat.
It is a great place to picnic with your family and friends or go hiking and rock climbing. The must-see places in Karjat are Ulhas Valley, Bhor Ghat, Kondana Caves and Peth Fort. Excavated in the first century BC, the group of 16 Buddhist caves was used by monks for their stay during the monsoon months. The caves consist of sculptures, chaitya, vihara and stupa. Kondana is among the several rock-cut Buddhist temples found in Maharashtra.
Kamshet is a hill station in Maharashtra located at about 2200 ft above sea level. Luscious green cover, placid lakes and undulating hilly terrains make it a perfect holiday destination. Nestled in the Western Ghats about 118 km from Mumbai, Kamshet straddles the ancient trade route between the Konkan region and Pune.
The world-class paragliding facilities attract a large number of flying sport aficionados to Kamshet. Soaring over the Pawna Lake and gliding over the beautiful countryside, provides a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you don’t have the stomach for flying, you can also just watch enthusiasts, trek up the Tower Hill, Shelar or Kondeshwar Cliff. Apart from paraglidinng, you can also visit the Kondeshwar Temple, Bhairi Caves and Bhandar Dongar.
The hills in and around Kamshet are dotted with ancient cave temples and medieval fortresses. Kamshet is about 56 km from Pune and 11 km from Lonavala and is accessible by road and rail from both Mumbai and Pune.
Panchgani is nestled in the middle of five hills in the Sahyadri mountain ranges and amidst five villages known as Dandeghar, Khingar, Godwali, Amral and Taighat. The Krishna River flows nearby which is what has created the lake of Dhom Dam. Located 285 kilometers from Mumbai and 100 kilometers from Pune, it is the pleasant climate of Panchgani that attracts tourists, not to forget the scenic views one gets from its points.
The five hills surrounding Panchgani are topped by a volcanic plateau, which is the second highest in Asia after the Tibetan Plateau. This plateau, alternatively known as ‘table land’, is a part of the Deccan Plateau. Some of the points that you must visit are Sydney Point from where you can see the waters of the Dhom Dam, Parsi Point that overlooks the Krishna valley and Devil’s Kitchen which has a mythological legend associated with it: It is believed that the Pandavas of the Mahabharat epic had stayed here for a while.
Distance from Mumbai: 280 kms.
From Mumbai, it takes about 4 to 5 hours by car taking a route via Panvel through Mahad and Poladpur. There are frequent ST buses from Dadar and Mumbai CST. From Pune, it is a pleasant drive on the NH 4 upto Surur and then take a diversion towards Wai – Panchagani- Mahableshwar. Wai is at 85 kms from Pune and from Wai one has to travel about 15 kms through the picturesque Pasarani Ghat to go to Panchagani and then 20 more kms will take you to Mahabaleshwar.
The Adventure Plus is the largest adventure camp in India and one of the most popular team outing places in Pune.
The stay is situated in Yeoli, which is about 50 km from Pune. The natural and rural settings promise to give you an unforgettable experience.
Usually the retreat offers day trips, but it also has accommodation facilities for those who like to stay overnight or are planning long trips.Team meetings or get together functions can be held in this well equipped hall which can accommodate as many as 300 persons.
On offer are a number of team building activities such as Ice Breaker, Energiser, Saathi Haath Badhana, Ping Pong Ball, Treasure Hunt, Wooden Plank Race, Blind Waiter, Check De Coordination and other fun games. It also offers several adventure activities on land, water and in the air. The land activities include Air Rifle Shooting, Alpine Tower, Archery, Army Obstacle Course, ATVs, Burma Bridge, Cycling Track, Rappelling, Rope Bridge, Rock Climbing, Sky Runner, etc.
The water activities include Hydro Bike rides, Kayaking, Paddle Boating, Paddle Caddie, Water Ball and water inflatable sports. Air based activities include aero modelling and ziplining. Group activities include army obstacle course, excursions, forest walk, paintball and treasure hunt.
Vasota is a fort located near Bamnoli in Satara. The height from sea level is 3,842 feet. Vasota trek offers a thrilling experience as you would be walking through a dense jungle and you would get some amazing views of the surroundings.
As its a jungle trek, ensure that you remain in your group all the time. The jungle is filled with wild animals like wild dogs, sloth bears, leopards and even tigers.
This is every trekkers dream trek as the beauty of the fort and the surroundings will take your breath away.
Vasota is to the south of Pune near Satara. Head on NH 4 from Pune to reach Satara which is at a distance of 110 kms from Pune Station. The State Bus Transport has many buses plying on this route, so the bus frequency to Satara from Pune is high. Once you reach Satara bus station, you need to reach the village Bamnoli which is the base village and at a distance of approx 40 kms from Satara.
From Bamnoli there are boats which will take you to the base of the fort. 1 to 1.5 hrs boat ride from Bamnoli, in the SHIVSAGAR LAKE water will take you the fort base to start your trek.
All these places can be accessed by booking a cab via WiWigo!