Offbeat Weekend Getaways From Pune

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For anyone who is looking for a change from his day to day routine, there are some unique and offbeat weekend getaways from Pune. Have your own share of relaxation and refreshment at the places listed below.

Lenyadri

Distance from Pune: 97 kms

Lenyadri is an ideal spot for a weekend getaway if you are interested in historical and archeological sites.

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Start early as the climb to the shrine would get tiring in the  heat. Take binoculars too along with you to enjoy the surrounding landscapes.

Places to see

Lenyadri caves, Shrine in the cave by climbing 300 steps, Shivneri fort, radio telescope at Khodad, Satellite communication center at Arvi.


Bhandardara

Distance from Pune: 162 kilometers

The little visited place of Bhandardara is an astoundingly beautiful tiny little place,  is surrounded by Sahyadri mountain ranges.

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Bhandardara near a dam and is known for its remote and lovely location, waterfalls around the area , wildlife sanctuary nearby and treks. It is a great escape from the chaotic city life to take a sip of nature.

Places to see

Wilson Dam, the largest earthen dam of India; Arthur Lake; Ratangadh Fort and its ruins; Trekking at Mt. Kalsubai 1646 meters high.


Harihareshwar Beach

Distance from Pune: 171 kms

If you are fond of beaches, Harihareshwar beach, a scheduled and pristine beach,  is the best option for you.

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Its tranquil atmosphere, and picturesque surroundings would mesmerise you. There is also a very famous Lord Harihareshwar temple here.

Places to see

Temple at the seaside, Vengurla, Diveagar for sand bubbler crabs


Sandhan Valley

Distance from Pune: 188 kms

The most recommended time to visit Sandhan Valley is rainy season.

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You can enjoy a two day trek to Sandhan Valley and have the most wonderful time of your life amidst nature.

Reasons to visit

Trekking for experts

Places to see

Be in the lap of lush green surroundings


Harnai-Anjarle beach

Distance from Pune: 204 kms

Harnai Beach presents a colourful cacophony at the time of the fish auction during the evenings.

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Anjarle Beach can be reached from Paj Randari Beach through a boat. Harnai is easily accessible from Khed railway station and bus stand via MSRTC bus services

Places to see

Anjarle for the variety of snails, crabs and coral reefs; Harnai Fort and the rock cut caves of Panhale Kazi around 30 kms from Harnai.


Chiplun

Distance from Pune: 230 kms

Chiplun is a nice weekend retreat if you are fed up of the mundane life of Pune city.

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It is almost halfway if you are on a trip to Goa from Mumbai.

Reasons to visit

Special views across the valley and a temple

Places to see

Boating and fishing in the Vashishti river fed from Koyna Lake, Walavalkar Shivaji Museum – 13 kms from Chiplun.


Sula Vineyard, Nasik

Distance from Pune: 289 kms

Wine lovers should definitely visit Sula Vineyard at Nasik. It has gained significant fame for its premium wines. There are  Beautiful flourishing vineyards from where you can buy the most impressive wines and taste it too.

Places to see 

Winery around 16 years old


Jawhar

Distance from Pune: 289 kms

Jawhar is known as “Mahabaleshwar of Thane” district because of its beauty and weather.

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If you are planning a trip to Jawhar, plan it from August to November.

Reasons to visit

Historical importance

Places to see

Jai Vilas Palace, Raj Bari, extensive cashew plantations over there, Dadara Kopara Falls, Hanuman and Sunset Points, Tribal life style, Warli paintings


Lonar

Distance from Pune: 379 kms

Lonar is a small town, located in the Deccan Traps or Deccan Volcanic province. It is not that exploited by tourists which makes it a pleasant visit.

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There is a huge meteor crater at this place, that is the third largest crater in the world. The Lonar Lake is a saline soda lake that was created more than 50, 000 of years back due to  hypervelocity impact of either a comet or a meteorite.

Places to see

Lonar Lake, Hindu temples at the base of the crater, spotting peacocks and gazelle deer by the lake


Malvan

Distance from Pune: 380 kms

Malvan has got a huge tourist attention mainly because of Sindhudurg Fort. The casuarina plantations make the beach even more beautiful.

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Malvani cuisine and Chinese clay pottery have made it even more popular as a tourist destination. There are many water sports options like scuba diving and snorkeling too.

Places to see

Sindhudurg Fort, Watch the setting sun and rising moon together at Valaval – 15 kms from Malvan, Achara and Masure for the temples of Sridev Rameshwar and Shree Bharadee Devi respectively, Island of Sarjekot and Malvan Rock Garden

Adlabs Imagica and hill stations of Lonavala, Khandala as well as Mahabaleshwar have been frequented too much by tourists in the recent times. Try some less frequented places as weekend getaways from Pune.

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