This April, experience wanderlust with trips to these wonderful places around Pune

While Lonavala and Mahableshwar seem to be an all time favorite weekend escape, its time you experience wanderlust with these offbeat places around Pune.

 

  1. Velas (Watch turtle eggs hatch):

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If you have ever wondered how it would be to watch turtle eggs hatch and make their way into the sea, you can experience this moment at Velas, a small village in Ratnagiri District. This village is famous for Olive Ridley turtle that visit the beach every year and lay eggs during winter time. To witness the first steps of baby Ridley turtle is a unique experience. But besides, turtle conservation Centre which makes it a unique place to visit near Pune, you can visit Vella for its scenic beaches, Bankot fort, delicious Konkani food and picturesque beauty.

Distance from Pune : 194 kms

2. Koyana Wildlife Santuary:

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Endowed with natural protective boundaries like Shivasagar lake one side and the Western Ghats on the other, Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary has variety of flora and fauna in high biodiversity. It is divided into three major sections namely, Vasota, Maharkor and Indavli Met. At a distance of about 70 km from Satara City, Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary covers over 420 sq km of area and encompasses the Eastern and Western catchments of the Koyna Dam. Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary, formed in 1985, is home to diverse species of wildlife such as tigers, panthers, gaur, sloth bears, giant squirrels, otters, pythons, cobras, brown capped woodpeckers, etc.

Distance from Pune : 183 kms

3. Murud Janjira:

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If you are interested in history of India then this is a part which has to be on your visit list. Janjira fort, around 950 years old and a kilometre away from the shore, is a perfect testimony to human dedication and capability. Janjira fort is truly a construction marvel of old time. You have to be really lucky to get to see this place as you have to take a ferry to reach the fort, which gets tricky. One of the oldest municipalities of India has perfect silvery sands to make your weekend perfect. The beach is not very crowded and water sports are cheap compared to Kashid beach.

Distance from Pune : 180 kms

Tip: Book a guide when you going to the fort, the history are worth knowing.

4. Bedse Caves:

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Bedse caves are located about 40 Kms from Pune on the old Mumbai Pune highway; you have to climb approx 400 steps to reach there. The caves are 2200 years old and take us back in history. The approach road is narrow but cars can easily go through.

As you start climbing the stairs up from where the jeep-able approach road ends, you’d be rather lost in the lush green surroundings & you wouldn’t be expecting the history coming alive in front of your eyes in just a few minutes! The caves were constructed in such a way that it could be seen only after one reaches the top. Once on top we were then transported to the magical 2nd Century BC Buddhist Caves which took us back around 2000 years in time. if you think you want to get in to a time-machine, this is it!

Distance from Pune : 40 kms

Tip: On the way, stop in Kamshet for paragliding. The weather here is aptly suited for paragliding and the high rise hills offer the perfect jumping spots.

5. Kolad:

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Kolad is a perfect place to quench for adventure like kayaking, laddering, waterfall canoeing and rafting. Kolad is adorned by Kundalika River thus there are numerous camp sites to give you a refreshing experience. Most of the camp sites are hygienic and well equipped. An ideal place for nature lovers and adventure junkies give you the adrenalin boost and then one can enjoy the camp facilities – reasonably comfortable tents, good food, carom, chess, TT. It’s the perfect place for a weekend – even with kids!

Distance from Pune : 194 kms

6. Purandar Fort:

 

Located at a distance of 40 kms towards south-east of Pune, Purandar is a nice place to go for hiking. The Fort comprises two fortresses, namely: Purandar and Vajragarh. You can spend an entire day here as a hiking picnic. The Forts are located at a height of 4,472 ft. and it is a fabulous way to watch the panoramic view of the entire city from above.

Distance from Pune: 57 kms

7. Mhaismal:

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Mhaismal is a small hill station in Aurangabad District of Maharashtra. Located at an altitude of 1067 m, is about 12 km from Khuldabad and about 40 km from Aurangabad. The hill station attracts visitors during monsoons when it is covered in greenery. One gets to see a fantastic view of the surrounding valleys. Goddess Girija temple, Balaji temple and Ghrishneshwar temple are the religious structures located in the area. Besides spirituality, if you looking for adventure you can also visit Ellora Caves and Devgiri Fort which is 40 mins drive, or on the way while coming from Aurangabad.

Distance from Pune: 260 kms

 

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