Need a break: Top Weekend Getaways near Pune

In the bustling gong of the city, one needs a break of solitude, here is a list of a few places Punekars can head to this monsoon to grab the much-needed break they deserve.
Need a break: Top Weekend Getaways near Pune
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Pune has changed, the quiet city has in t today's time restructured into a metropolis, a melting pot of culture. The bustle and the hustle of the city can be stressful for many, Punekars often need a break from the hubbub of the city landscape.

Everyday Traffic in Pune
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Living in a city all the time means that you are susceptible to stress, loud noises of the traffic, plenty people, smog and fumes, in these conditions many individual often find themselves looking for a peaceful getaway.

Punkekars are blessed to have such scenic breakaways at just afoot. Here are a few places you can visit this monsoons if you are tired of the constant city trifes.

The getaways range from misty hills to fresh beaches, there are all sort of escapades one can hop onto to experience a refreshing break.

Lonavala and Khandala

A zoomingly short ride away are these two scenic and serene hill stations, during the monsoons, one can see beautiful flowing waterfalls, several scenic viewpoints, and ancient caves, and the food is amazing. These locations are both adventurous and appropriate for a deserving rest. Tired of the constant waves of heat and humid chills in the city this is the best destination for your perfect get-away.

If you are in Lonavala, make sure to site see these locations;

There are several comfortable and pleasant resorts around Lonavla- Khandala, some of the options include Fariyas Resort- Near Lohagad Fort, Rhythm Lonavala- amidst Sahyadri Mountains, The Dukes Retreat, The Machan- Unique tree houses.

Lonavala and Khandala are just 4.6 metres apart from each other. It is one of the most tranquil and scenic retreats.


Living in Pune one can get a little beach sick, Alibaug, 144 kilometres away from Pune, is the best and nearest beach getaway. Scenically located on the Konkan Coast, Alibaug offers pristine beaches and mouthwatering seafood.

Kihim Beach, Alibaug Beach and Nagaon Beach are some of the many spots people can spend their breaks at, The sun is not at all scorching and there are adventurous water sports like Jet Ski and Banana Boat rides. If you plan this getaway you also visit the Murud Janjira Fort, Kolaba Fort and Varsoli Beach.

If you love fish make sure to try the local speciality, The Alibaug- style fried fish fry. The prawns and lobsters are also very famous in the locality. If you are headed to Mumbai, one should surely try the ferry ride it is one of the nest coastal experiences in Maharashtra.


Mulshi is an eco-tourism hotspot, a lakeside getaway with lush greenery, serene backwaters and perfect spot for boating and lakeside picnics with family and friends. Mulshi also has a scenic outlook of the Sahayadri Mountain range. It is surely a treat for nature enthusiasts and photographers especially during the rains, the clouds fall upon the hills like a literal paradise on earth. The swooshing waterfalls pulls tourists from and around Pune. The Mulshi Dam, just 45 kilometres fro Pune, the Dam was constructed in 1927 along the Mula River and is a must site to visit.

Mulshi Dam and Lake are 53 kilometres from the Pune Railway Station. If you are planning to usher an extremely short trip around Pune in nature's womb then Mulshi is your sure to hit spot. Visitors can unwind and relax in the natures lap with ayurvedic therapies and yoga sessions. Some places that provide such services are the Deham Nature Care, Aeromautic Mountains, and Kare Ayurvedic Retreat.

Matheran Hills

Matheran located in the Western Ghats, is one of the smallest hill stations at an elevation of 800 metres it is 120 kilometres from Pune and about 90 kilometres from Mumbai. A fun fact that Matheran is also called the "cutest little hill station of India." These hills are undisturbed and are protected from the rustic pollution of the city. The beauty of the hill station ehnances during rains and thunderstorms. It is an automobile-free station, this initiative was taken by the government of Mahrasthra.

Matheran is the one stop destination for many activities on of the most entertaining one is the Neral- Matheran Toy train, this is a narrow guaged train that takes its passengers on a picturesque journey from Neral to Matheran. Then comes the Malang Point; a charming viewpoint in Matheran where you can capture the most eloquent sunrises and sunsets. Another such viewpoint is the Alexander Point. Ther are many such picturesque points around Matheran.

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