15 Road Trips From Pune: Updated With Fastest Route Map
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Road Trips around Pune

Kamshet, Pawna Lake, Mulshi, Lavasa, Khandala, Panchgani, Kolad, Lonavala, Matheran, Malshej Ghat, Alibaug, Bhandandara, Goa and many more. 

One of the most loved parts of being a Puneite is the possibility of embarking on a road trip from Pune to some of the most glorious and most-visited places in Maharashtra. Being a youth-oriented city, road trips near Pune pose as an ideal getaway plan, especially on the weekends.

Your road trip could be anything because Maharashtra in itself is very surprising. From beach destinations to forests, to trekking trips and religious trips one can venture out to several places in Maharashtra easily accessible from Pune.

For one day trips to an entire weekend, there are several places that can be visited. Alibaug is famous for its beaches and is a preferred spot for couples and friends. If you enjoy natural beauty then Matheran and Mahabaleshwar is a must-visit site.

In summer, you can drive to the twin hill stations of Lonavala and Khandala and visit various points. For adventure activities visit Kolad and Bhandardara which are raw and unexplored. Maharashtra is a treasure trove and has some of the best places to be explored on road.

Here is the list of some best road trips from Pune:

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Mulshi (50 Km From Pune)

Not very far from Pune, Mulshi is quite famous for the Mulshi dam over the Mulshi River. Mulshi is still in its beginning stage of gaining popularity but offers breathtaking views of the valley. Spending time in the valley is the best thing to do here.

You can have a good time at the classy cafes and hotels located here. The drive is pleasant and short, which makes it a trip worth taking for a day.

Distance from Pune: 50 km

Things to do here: Visit the Mulshi dam and the River. Click photos and spend time picnicking.

How to reach: Located West of Pune, you have to take the Mulshi Paud road to reach here.

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Kamshet (50 Km From Pune)

Kamshet had been this quiet virgin beauty of Maharashtra all the while. The self-effacing beauty now is a popular place for adventure lovers. One road trip from Pune worth taking is coming to Kamshet in search of self.

The drive is short and the planned activities can be done in a day. Kamshet also is a great place for youngsters and couples to come and explore.

Distance from Pune: 50 km

Things to do here: Without any doubt, the place is known for adventure sports like paragliding, trekking and cave exploration.

How to reach: Located in the western side of Pune the drive takes about 1 hour 20 minutes from the smooth and silky NH-48.

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Pawna Lake (56.3 Km From Pune)

Pawna Lake promises stunning sights that will hold your attention. The lovely vegetation, glistening waters and the running road, all present for a must-visit point from Pune. You can sit here in silence and enjoy the calm presence of the lake, or make it a hot picnic spot amidst music and dance. Whatever your reason is to visit the Pawna Lake, this place is surely worth it.

Distance from Pune: 56.3 km apart

Things to do here: Click pictures, picnic and sitting in silence

How to reach: One has to drive south of Lonavala on Mumbai Pune highway till Kamshet. After that take a right turn and keep going for 15 km through the narrow road to reach the lake.

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Lavasa (60 Km From Pune)

Credited as the first planned hill station, the planning of the hill station draws inspiration  on the Italian architectural town of Portofino. You will find lots of terraced houses, parallel streets, colorful houses, and wooden architecture.

You can visit the Mutha River and experience a host of water sports activities here. Lavasa’s construction was stopped mid-way because of environmental violations. Despite this, the town of Lavasa doesn’t stop to amaze for its sheer beauty and architecture.

Distance from Pune: 60 km

Things to do here: Visit the Mutha River and engage in watersports or opt for a quiet boat ride here.

How to reach: Located in the western side of Pune, you can reach here via Temgarh Lavasa road.

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Lonavala (70 Km From Pune)

One of the most famous hill stations in Maharashtra, Lonavala is a beautiful spot to visit on weekends. The drive to Lonavala is replete with natural beauty and mesmerizing spots. completely enjoy Lonavala as a getaway, you need to spend a weekend here. For couples and friends alike, one can have a great time in Lonavala. You can de-stress from anxieties in this beautiful town of Lonavala, the half-brother of Khandala.

Distance from Pune: 70 km

Things to do here: Stay calm at the Kune Falls and let nature do the talking, have a fun ride at the Della Adventure Park or visit the various points that Lonavala is famous for.

How to reach: Head straight on the Bengaluru Mumbai highway after which you can take recourse at the Mumbai Pune Expressway.

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Khandala (70 Km From Pune)

Often denoted as the twin of Lonavala, Khandala came into limelight after the famous song “Aati kya Khandala”. Khandala is very famous for its breathtaking spots and views. It is not very far from Pune, but spending a day or two here should surely be a priority. It is a good idea to drive to Khandala if you have your weekends free.

Distance from Pune: 70 km

Things to do here: There are many points and places that can be explored here. Some of the must-visit places in Khandala are Duke's Nose, Tiger's Leap, Amrutanjan Point, Karla & Bhaja Caves, and spending quiet time at the Bhushi Lake

How to reach: Located West of Pune, one can easily reach the place in no time by taking the Pune Mumbai expressway.

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Panchgani (100 Km From Pune)

One of the most preferred places for residential schools, Panchgani is also a very popular hill station. Many points can be visited for its panoramic views and mesmerizing beauty of nature. Panchgani is also famous for its strawberry farms and state of the art medical centers.

Distance from Pune: 100 km

Things to do here: Visit the famous points Sydney point, Tabla Land, Parsi point and Devil’s kitchen to have a great time

How to reach: Located in the South of Pune, drive your vehicle on NH 48 to cover the distance in 2.5 hours.

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Kolad (110 Km From Pune)

The Name Kolad has not been too much in the books of tourists, but Kolad now is a popular destination for a Punekar to take an enjoyable road trip from Pune. Like Kamshet, Kolad is very famous for its adventurous activities and wildlife reserves. If you are looking at experiencing a weekend that will boost your adrenaline, then Kolad is an accessible trip that you can take from Pune.

Distance from Pune: 110 km

Things to do here: A great place to take on adventurous activities like Kayaking, parasailing, river rafting, and rappelling.

How to reach: You will have to head in the west direction and take the Bengaluru Mumbai highway followed by the Mumbai Pune Expressway.

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Matheran (120 Km From Pune)

Matheran is the smallest hill station in India. The drive to Matheran is mainly through the reserve forest. The greenery here is unmatchable and due to this, Matheran is one of the most preferable places for road trips from Pune in monsoon.

Matheran enlivens Parisian culture and still has a lot of British effects left in it. The valleys and hills, the enviable spots to click pictures and the wonderful places to munch your favorite food, Matheran is one of the favorite spots for a road trip from Pune.

Distance from Pune: 120 km

Things to do here: You can visit several points here like Louisa point, Monkey point, embark on the toy train, join your hands in the famous Bhishma Pitama temple and click innumerable pictures and videos

How to reach: You should head west from Pune. Half of the drive will be on the Pune-Mumbai expressway.

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Malshej Ghat (120 Km From Pune)

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One of the best road trips from Pune, Malshej Ghat is a true beauty full of scenic waterfalls and carpets of green strewn on your way. In the last part of the drive, you will drive through the Bhimashankar Wildlife reserve which is your experience with the best side of nature.

The roadside is full of waterfalls and greenery and is a treat to the eyes. If you plan to take road trips from Pune in Monsoon, then the Malshej Ghat is unmissable because the lush green vegetation looks richer in rains.

Distance from Pune: 120 km

Things to do here: This place is a photographer's wonder, so don’t miss out on visiting these waterfalls and click many pictures

How to reach: North of Pune catch the NH 60 to reach the Ghat in 4 hours.


Mahabaleshwar (125 Km From Pune)

Situated at an altitude of 4400 meters, this Hindu Pilgrim hill station is placed in the center of the Koyna wildlife sanctuary. Mahabaleshwar is a wonderful getaway and can be visited over the weekend mainly because of its tourist’s spots and temples.

That part of the trip will be a sight to behold. A very popular spot for couples and newly-weds Mahabaleshwar sure deserves an entire day of your time.

Distance from Pune: 125 km

Things to do here: visit and roam Mahabaleshwar visiting places like Arthur’s seat, Needle-hole point, Wilson Point, 3 monkey point and Krishnabai temple.

How to reach: Head south-west from Pune and catch NH-48.

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Alibaug (150 Km From Pune)

Your long road trips from Pune will be incomplete without visiting Alibaug. Famous for sea-facing bungalows and concept of weekend homes, Alibaug has the most happening beaches and historical sites. It also houses a large Jewish community and a lot of streets and monuments depict the Jewish culture here. Alibaug also boasts of having many medieval forts and naval bases from the time of Shivaji – the warrior.

Distance from Pune: 150 km

Things to do here: The beaches of Alibaug are its highlight, so if you are a beach lover, you can sun lounge, attempt the various water sports activities. You can also see the stunning Alibaug fort and explore the Khanderi and Underi islands. Visit temples to seek temples especially the Kanakeshwar temple.

How to reach: The best way to reach Alibaug is by road which takes about 3 hours to reach. From Pune you need to head to the Bengaluru Mumbai Highway and then venture on the Pune-Mumbai expressway.

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Bhandardara (170 Km From Pune)

One of the dark horses of Maharashtra Bhandardara is emerging as the new destination for road trips from Pune. It is an untouched, pristine and a virgin territory that is becoming a favorite place for trekking and camping.

Bhandardara is a mystery box and when you unravel it you will find that it has a little of all. Greenery, magnanimous hills, tribal village, fresh waterfalls, and pure air. There is still a lot of rustic feel about the place with red thatched roofs, paddy and cotton farms. The Pravara River is a wonderful place to spend time here and is a treat for nature lovers.

Distance from Pune: 170 km

Things to do here: Bhandardara is a treasure, and has many beautiful spots like Arthur Lake, Wilson dams, Umbrella falls, Ratangad Fort and Amruteshwar temple that can be visited. Also camping and trekking here is gaining popularity.

How to reach: North of Pune, you will love the drive on NH60 and MH SH21

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Shirdi (200 Km From Pune)

One of the most often taken Road trips from Pune is to the holy town of Shirdi. The pilgrim town of Shirdi is famous because of the Sai Baba temple located here. The drive to Shirdi will be on the busiest highways in Maharashtra, but if you do not belong to Maharashtra, we especially recommend you to take a trip there.

Distance from Pune: 200 km

Things to do here: Visit the Sai Baba temple to seek his blessings. People also visit Shani Shingnapur to visit the famous Shani temple here.

How to reach: You head North-east from Pune and take NH-60.

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Goa (442.5 Km From Pune)

Goa is a destination for friends, lovers and even family. The beach, feel, nightlife and aura of Goa are unparalleled. Featured as one of the best destinations for long road trips from Pune, Goa is an addiction to many who make it a point to visit this place every year.

Unravel your inner desires by doing everything you ever wanted to. For some peacetime, you can visit the beautifully constructed magnanimous churches. The famous Baga beach and Calangute beaches promise a great time especially in the night when the shacks are blazing with music.

We strongly recommend that you include Goa as a must-visit destination for a road trip from Pune. It is one trip you will always want to live again and again.

Distance from Pune: 442.5 km

Things to do here: Enjoy nightlife by visiting pubs and disc, have local Goan Cuisine, go betting at casinos, lounge at the beaches and bring your adventurous side on tightening your seat belt for the daring water sports like parasailing, scuba diving and much more.

How to reach: Located West of Pune the routes are great for driving at AH47.

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People Also Ask About Pune

  1. What are the famous road trips around Pune in monsoon?

    1. Mulshi: The Mulshi Dam over the River Mula offers a tranquil place to relax and unwind. During monsoons, the beauty of the surroundings enhances multifold, making it a perfect destination to enjoy serene road trips around Pune.

    2. Matheran: A virgin hill station near Pune, it exudes nature’s blessings in abundance during monsoons and becomes a ravishing place offering remarkable views that blow your mind. A ride on the famous Neral- Matheran Toy Train is something that must not be missed if touring this quaint town.

    3. Mahabaleshwar: Blessed with natural elegance, this place is one of the most visited places near Pune during monsoons for its evergreen forests, picturesque valleys, strawberry farms, and nature retreat.

    4. Igatpuri: A hidden gem near Pune, this place is surrounded by thick lush woods, a quaint old fort, cascading waterfalls, majestic mountains, and an idyllic locale to enjoy an escape from the city's hustle-bustle.
  2. What are the best road trips from Pune within 200 km?

    1. Lonavala: Among the best places for enjoying short road trips from Pune (67 km), this hill station is known for its spectacular mountain views, stunning lakes, historic caves and forts, and much more. The town is not only serene but lets you indulge in various fun-filled and adventurous activities as well.

    2. Lavasa: Located just 57 km from Pune, this is the first planned city in India amidst the Sahyadri Mountains. It boasts of a serene environment, breathtaking landscapes, loads of exciting activities, sumptuous multi-cuisine food, and more.

    3. Panchgani: The ‘place of five hills’, this hill station is 102 km from Pune and is amongst the best places to enjoy the magnificence of both coastal plains and hilly terrains.

    4. Rajmachi: A magnificent tourist destination near Pune (80 km), it is popular for its stunning Shrivardhan and Manranjan peaks, ancient fort, Kundhavi Caves, trekking trails, and Rajmachi Wildlife Sanctuary.
  3. What are the best road trips from Pune in winters?

    1. Kamshet: Located at a distance of 45 km from Pune, this spectacular destination offers the best road trips from Pune in winters. With pleasant climatic conditions, astounding natural beauty and a host of thrilling activities to indulge, this place has everything a leisure traveller looks for.

    2. Pawna or Pavana Lake: A perfect destination to unwind and rejuvenate or welcome the New Year in a serene setting, this man-made lake is where you can enjoy camping, bonfire, and much more during winters.

    3. Kolad: A fabulous place to enjoy short road trips around Pune and explore your bold side with thrilling adventures like rafting, zip-lining, rappelling, etc., during the weekend, then head towards Kolad.

    4. Alibaug: A beach destination, it is perfect to go for a road trip from Pune during winters, indulge in water sports and explore the ancient fort, ruins and much more.
  4. What are the best weekend getaways from Pune?

    Check out the list of best weekend getaways from Pune.

    1. Pawna
     - 64 km from Pune 
    2. Lonavala - 64 km from Pune
    3. Goa - 445 km from Pune
    4. Igatpuri - 241 km from Pune 
    5. Kamshet - 48 km from Pune 
    6. Khandala - 69 km from Pune
    7. Mahabaleshwar - 120 km from Pune
  5. Where can I go for a long drive in Pune?

    Within Pune too, serene and calm night drives, monsoon long drives are very famous. The best places within Pune to take a long drive are:

    -Sus gaon to Symbiosis College road
    -Lohegaon Airport road
    -Rangehills Road
    -Pimple Nilakh - Balewadi Road
    -University - Pashan Sus road
    -Pune Satara Highway
    -Deccan college road
    -Kasarwadi - Nashik Bridge Road
    -Pashan Bavdhan Road

  6. Which beach is near to Pune?

    The most popular and the closest beach to Pune is Kihim Beach. The water is deep emerald green and poses as the perfect destination for every traveler. The distance between Pune and the beach is 144 km and takes close to 3.5 hours to reach.
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Place: The scenery there is really breathtaking. All the hills and the lake view is amazing. The place makes you stay there for life long. If you really want a peaceful, beautiful and close to nature place then this place should be on your bucket list. Hospitality: The host Rahul Slave was really humble and a cheerful person to talk. They will try to give their best by providing all kind of basic needs and anything you could ask for at such a remote place. Food: The starters are really amazing. I enjoyed the food as a non-vegetarian. I was really impressed with the tea and poha breakfast. I recommend you to try the breakfast. Activities: They have multiple activities including DJ, Bone Fire, Cricket, Archery, Boating, Badminton, Karaoke etc.
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We had a great time at the Bhimashankar Trek. The trekking was quite good and interesting. It was awesome. We had a really lovely time here. It was so worth every penny spent. The trek trails, the surroundings, the backdrop were all just WOW! It was completely worth every penny spent. I personally want to visit here again. The trek was well organized too; thus enhancing the whole trek experience. Thinking back there are no negative experiences at all. It was perfectly a great and a nice experience. The rates were also not that costly and it was definitely worth the time and money we spent on this vacation. I am so recommending this to everyone out there.
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"For a long time I was planning to go for a trek but could not find the time. this independence day I just booked a trek to andharban trough this app. the place is wonderful I would say this is the best trek if you are a beginner. Going through dense forest through Giant waterfall and breathtaking scenery. This place Will defenately make you hungry for more of such beautiful exploration. Believe me it is lot better to go out and do something rather than just sleeping in weekends. Go Green."
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We had a good trekking experience here in Lonavala. Pune and Lonavala are places that can be viewed in a couple of days. While we planned for a long vacation here, we chose to have a beautiful planned itinerary which involved this trek, and we are super glad that we took it. Regarding the trek, it was a great experience.
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I booked the Ashtavinayak trip from Pune and we visited all the eight temples of Lord Ganesh and the temples were renovated very well and there is also a lake Shree Vighnahar Ganpati Temple where boating is available.
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It was our first experience there on trekking. Thrillophilia package includes guide so we have a good guide there and he helped us well during this entire trek. The food they gave is quite nice and delicious. Bhimashankar was my personal favourite place in this trek. Our group was of 12 people but we all enjoyed it nicely. Good place and Highly recommended.
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Dinesh Mukhopadhyay Bhimashankar Trek
Very beautiful place with lots of scenery, the relaxing and calming sunrise was mesmerizing and we loved it. Our guide was a funny and amazing person, he was also taking care of the group and briefed us well about the way and do’s. we had a group photo at the top and the trek was very memorable, will look to do these types of treks again. Thanks
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Nice place with a well-mannered guide, I booked it from Thrillophilia for me and my sister, the trek went super fantastic and we had a good company there with us. The only problem was waking us early but as u reach the Bhimashankar, you will feel alive. Must try.
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