10 Places To Visit Near Pune During Monsoon

The blissful rains in the Queen of Deccan, Pune has definitely changed the moods of every Punekar. It is that time of the year when we say goodbye to sultry summer and welcome the rejuvenating monsoons with wide arms. Pune has been and is widely famous for its magical weather and as it is situated on the magnificent Sahyadri mountains, it is surrounded with stunning weekend getaway perfect for the monsoon season. So folks, take a break from the hustle bustle of your life and check our most recommended places to visit near Pune. We bet you will fall in love with all. Take a look:

1. Malshej Ghat:

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Settled in the glorious Western Ghats, Malshej ghat is the perfect monsoon destination for all. If you are a bird lover, trekker or just want to relax and breathe in fresh air with a picturesque view then Malshej Ghat is just for you. As the hills are blanketed with rich greenery you can spot flamingos, cuckoos, peacocks, quails and much more. Some of the fun activities that you can indulge are mountain climbing, camping, trekking also you can visit the famous Shivneri fort which is 40 km from the Malshej Ghat.

Best time to visit: July- February
Distance from Pune: 119 km

2. Lonavala- Khandala:

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Being the monsoon season, it is quite difficult to miss the gorgeous twin hill station Lonavala and Khandala. Surrounded by the mystic beauty of greenery and scenic peaks, Lonavala- Khandala is a treat to the eyes and soul. From trekking to sightseeing you can have the perfect weekend fun. Some of the famous spots are Duke’s Nose, Tiger’s Point, Valvan Dam, Lonavala Lake. also if you are an explorer, then you can visit the famous caves and forts such as Karla, Bhaja, Bedsa caves and Lohagad and Visapur forts.

Best time to visit: July- May
Distance from Pune: 65 km

3. Wai:

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Every historical lover must take a break from their busy life and visit the charming town located on the banks of Krishna River, Wai. Wai is also known as the Dakshin Kashi, as it is filled with ancient temples dated 100 years old. Apart from temples, you can enjoy trek trips to the Pandavgad fort and caves, Kamalgad Fort. Moreover, you can engage your day with super fun filled activities such as river rafting, trekking, ATV rides, kayaking, camping and much more. We totally recommend Wai for an adventure filled weekend.

Best time to visit: October- May
Distance from Pune: 88.6 Kms

4. Rajmachi:

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Located within the Sahyadri ranges near Lonavala and Khandala, Rajmachi is another splendid place to spend the weekend. The rain showers instantly change the landscape of Rajmachi and make it a wonder scenic place with lush greenery, majestic waterfalls, and streams. Rajmachi has two forts Shrivardhan and Manaranjan forts which you can reach through 20-30 minutes of trekking from the base village Udhewadi.

Best time to visit: July- February
Distance from Pune: 78km

5. Mulshi Ghat:

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Nature lovers, explorers must visit the full of life Mulshi Ghat which is the best place to visit during the monsoon. It is a 1-2 hours drive from Pune and you can definitely enjoy an amalgam of dense forest, waterfalls, lake picnic at the banks of Mulshi lake. Bird watchers can have a fun time exploring the wide variety of birds that migrate during the monsoon. You can even enjoy trekking with your buddies to the Dhangadhi and Koraigad forts. You can even indulge in camping, barbeque and bonfire fun.

Best time to visit- July- May
Distance from Pune: 42 km

6. Tapola:

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Don’t we all love a laidback weekend? Then go visit Tapola which is the Kashmir of Western coast. The main spot of attraction is the 90 km stretch Shivsagar Lake which would instantly give you tranquility vibes. You can indulge in water sports activities, enjoy jungle treks in the dense jungle ranges. Don’t forget to visit the strawberry farms of Gerbera near Tapola.

Best time to visit: October- January
Distance from Pune: 150 km

7. Karnala:

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Karnala is another best place to visit near Pune during the monsoon. It is famous for rock climbing, bird sanctuary, and forts. The unspoiled air, green landscape, rich flora and fauna in Karnala is sure to take you to a whole new world. The Karnala bird sanctuary is a must visit for bird watchers as it is home to more than 150 birds. And if you have an adventure side in you then do trek to the Karnala fort which has 125 ft high Pandu tower from where you can view stunning hills and valleys.

Best time to visit: All around the year
Distance from Pune: 120 km

8. Bhimashankar:

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This is a popular destination for every wildlife lovers, trekkers, and religious folks. Bhimashankar is equally popular for Lord Shiva temple which is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. After a visit to the temple do enjoy the trekking trails that would give you a visual treat to stunning landscapes. Do visit the zestful Bhimashankar wildlife sanctuary which is home to wild boars, barking deer, hyenas, langurs and much more.

Best time to visit- July to October
Distance from Pune: 135 km

9. Matheran:

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Want a blissful feel? Then Matheran is the one stop destination that will fulfill you with happiness and serenity. It is the forest of mountains and is situated 2,600 ft above the sea level. Matheran has more that 30 points of interest such as Louisa Point, Panorama Point, Monkey Point, Rambagh Point and much more. Do enjoy an afternoon picnic at Charlotte Lake at Louisa Point and unwind the stress of your hectic life.

Best time to visit- June- February

Distance from Pune: 118 km

10. Thoseghar Falls:

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If you are someone who takes spontaneous trips to beat the stress, then Thoseghar falls is just for you. Located in the small village of Thoseghar which is 20 km from Satara, these falls will give you an adrenaline rush by just viewing them. The entire place gives you a tranquil feel and you can sit back and watch the falls all day. You can enjoy a picnic with your family or just a car drive to this spot and this place will make your day.

Best time to visit- July to October
Distance from Pune: 138km

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