Road Trip: 5 Places Near Pune You Could Drive To

Is there anything better than a long drive to enjoy great weather, escape the city and do fun things on the way? We think, not. Head out of Pune for a road trip to these spots. We're blessed with several places around the city and you must check them out if you haven't already.

Matheran

Matheran

Located around 120 kms away from Pune, is India's only vehicle free hill station-Matheran. You can either take a train to Karjat and cab from the station to Matheran car park or drive down for two and half hours and enjoy the beautiful ghats. You can reach the main mall road of Matheran either by toy train, a horse ride or just by trekking for 30 minutes. Gorge on some delicious fudge, authentic Maharashtrian dishes and go on a walking tour around the hill station to see the best sunset points.

Wai

Wai

Located in the North of Satara is the small village of Wai. Only a 2 hour drive will take you to this historical village which was once an important part of the Peshwa reign. Walk through the Phadnavis wada that was built in the 1700s, visit the Prajna Paathsala library,  trek up to the Pandavgad  fort and eat some delicious bhakris and mutton rassas at small eateries. 

Alibaug

Alibaug

Alibaug is a beautiful beach town located only 145 kms away from Pune. A 3 hour drive will take you to the main city area. You can book a beautiful Air BnB or stay at resorts and shacks right on the beach for less than INR 1000. We would definitely recommend a morning boat ride to the Janjira fort which is one of the strongest marine forts in India. Go beach hopping, enjoy water sports and other attractions too on a fun weekend getaway.

Tail Baila

Tail Baila

Looking for a less crowded camping spot? Head to Tail Baila which is a lesser known village in the Mulshi Taluka, around 100 kms away from Pune. Apart from known adventurous activities such as trekking and rock climbinb, you can also put up a campsite with your friends at this place. Trekk up to one of the viewing points, find a quite spot and set your tents. Enjoy a beautiful sunset in the morning and star gaze at night.

Panshet

Panshet

If you are looking to enjoy some fun water sports, head to Panshet. Panshet is located only 50 kms away from Pune and should take you around 2 hours to reach. From kayaking to rafting, paragliding and much more, Panshet has a lot to offer when it comes to water sports. You can also rent cycles and go for a spin around the small town. If you are looking to stay for more than a day, you can check out campsites and hotels around the lake for less than INR 1500.