Ditch Lavasa & Lonavala! Check Out These 5 Destinations For Your Next Road Trip

sujitha posted on 11 August

Ten-Second Takeaway

We love all that we can do in Pune but we also love taking road trips out on weekends. Pack a snack and make your way to these places for an unforgettable time.


Situated midway between Lonavala and Khandala, Rajmachi is a small village in the Sahyadri Mountains. It is usually a one-day getaway where people trek up the fort and enjoy authentic Maharashtrian cuisine like bhakri and bhajjis served by the locals at the base. You can even pitch a tent on top if you wish to stay the night!


A holiday resort village on the banks of the Pravara river, Bhandaradara has a number of activities that range from adventurous to relaxing. Go for a scenic boat ride at Arthur Lake, trek up Mount Kalsubai {Maharashtra’s highest peak} or have a picnic by the Randha Falls. There are many budget-friendly places to stay here like the MTDC Holiday Resort and Hotel Amruteshwar with tariffs starting at INR 1,350.


For paragliding on a budget, Kamshet is the place to visit. Soar above the Pawna Lake and take in the scenic beauty of the lush-green forests around. You can also visit the neighbouring Bhaja and Bhedsa caves and soak in the history of how they came to be.


Nestled in the Western Ghats, Matheran, India’s smallest hill station, has 38 viewpoints that offer a spectacular panoramic view of the surroundings, made better by the monsoons. Popular activities include hiking to these various viewpoints like the Porcupine Point (don’t miss watching the sunset here!) and parasailing. If you don’t want to do all the walking, take a ride in the Neral-Matheran toy-train that zig-zags up the hill to give you a view you won’t forget!


If we told you that you could go river rafting, camping, hiking, trekking and enjoy various other adventure activities in a small village in Maharashtra, would you believe us? You need to! Kolad, a beautiful village just 144 kms away from Pune in the Raigad district comes alive during the monsoons offering picture-perfect views and backdrops and is forever bustling with fellow nature enthusiasts.