Plan a Day Trip With Friends, Family, or Colleagues in the Konkan Belt
One-day picnics are a great way to get together with family, bond with friends, or team-build with colleagues. Spice up an outing with adventure, such as kayaking, rafting, or a hike to make your day together memorable and rejuvenating. And where else can you find a wide range of one-day picnic spots near Pune than in our own Konkan belt? Search for any of the activities listed below on Google, and you will get a plethora of options to choose from, each better than the one before.
Something for Everybody: Learn a Water Sport, Relax, or Explore
A day trip from Pune offers something for everybody. For those seeking an adrenalin rush, Pune offers adventure water sports galore in picturesque environs. Adventure seekers can also learn a new sport on their next outing, such as paragliding, jet skiing, white-water rafting, or dolphin riding, to name a few. For those seeking something quieter, there are plenty of beautiful places to walk and watch wildlife. The best time of year to visit is during monsoon season and the months that follow, because the water is at its peak and the scenery at its lushest and greenest.
Below are pictures and videos of the top 20 day trips near Pune. The videos are meant to give you a visual of the activity and place; as some are filmed in noisy locations, I recommend watching them with the sound off.
1. White-Water Rafting at Kolad
White-water rafting is a fun way to spend time with friends. Trips usually last from two to three hours and cost around Rs. 1,200 per person, though some places it's cheaper if you go on a weekday. The length and cost vary depending on where you book, so pay attention to all of the details when you book your trip in advance.
2. Kayak on the Kundalika River
Kayaking is another great water activity. In Kolad, you can get about four hours of kayaking plus lunch for Rs. 1,000. If you have children under 10 years of age, it's best to call before booking to make sure they can come along.
Adventure Kolad and Trek Mates, mentioned in day trip one, offer a kayaking and rafting package.
3. Try Flying Fox on the Kundalika River
Try flying fox, also known as zip lining, across the river. Many companies that offer rafting or kayaking also have flying fox options that you can add on to your trip. Flying fox once across the river will cost about Rs. 150-300.
Companies that offer flying fox include Nature Trails. and Trek Mates, mentioned in day trip one.
4. Trek Through the Jungle to the Kansai Waterfalls
The Kansai Waterfalls are near Nagothane . The trail to the waterfall is a 30-minute jungle trek. It offers a magnificent view of nature specially in monsoons and is recommended right up to December.
5. Take a Banana Boat Ride on the Kundalika River
For banana boat rides, a group of people sit on an inflatable raft shaped like a banana. A boat pulls the raft for high-speed fun as you try to stay on. This is another activity that is offered at many white-water rafting and kayaking places—expect to pay between Rs. 150 and 350.
Banana boat rides are also offered through Kundalika Water Rafting and Adventure Kolad, both listed under day trip one.
6. Go for Paragliding Joyrides in Kamshet Maharashtra
You get paragliding classes over the course of a two- or three-day weekend. For a two-day weekend, Rs. 9,500 should get you two days of lessons with an instructor along with meals and lodging.
7. Embark on Motorbike Escapades to the Green Konkan Ghats
The Ghats wind along the western coast of India. They are a beautiful, scenic stretch of road that is perfect to ride along in the mornings—perhaps on a rented motorbike.
8. Rain Dance in the Water Dome at Resorts Near Pune
Some of the amazing resorts near Pune have an interesting feature called the Water Dome. Let loose and rain dance inside—just be sure to bring an extra set of clothing to change into afterward.
9. Bird Watch in the Karnala Bird Sanctuary
The Karnala Bird Sanctuary is a beautiful location to explore and watch wildlife, especially birds. The centerpiece of Karnala Bird Sanctuary is the ruins of Kamala fort, which has since been overgrown with lush greenery.
10. Take a Jungle Safari at the Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary
The Phased Wildlife Sanctuary runs along the coast, and, in it, you may discover a wide range of animals. In addition to forest lizards such as the one above, you may encounter other reptiles and different types of deer.
11. Cool Down Near the Bhira Dam or the Teen Veera Dam
The Bhira Dam, built in 1922, supplies electricity to the surrounding area and is responsible for the release of water that makes white-water rafting downstream possible. The area surrounding the dam is beautiful, with lush plant life and a waterfall—the perfect place to bring a packed lunch and enjoy the scenery.
12. Trek to the Majestic Raigad Fort via Raigad Ropeway
The Raigad Fort was built in in 1030 by Chandrarao Mores and was turned into the capital of the Maratha Kingdom in 1674. Now you can take a ropeway, or lift, to the top instead of walking up the many steps, so you can save your energy for the actual exploration.
13. Sit by the Beautiful Amba River
The Amba River starts by Pali and Burmali and flows northeast through Nagothan toward Mumbai. Along the way are several picturesque stretches. It's easy to find a relatively quiet stretch to set up a picnic with your friends and family.
14. Seek Blessings at the Pali Ganesh Mandir
This temple is named after Ballal, a child who, as legend has it, worshipped a stone as a representation of Ganesha. The child's father punished him for worshipping a stone, but Ganesha recognized the boy's devotion and agreed to stay in the place and bless the people who visited.
15. Seek Blessings at the Dhundi Vinayak Temple
The Dhundi Vinayak temple is very close to Ballaleshwar Pali, and is also tied to the legend of Ballal. This temple houses the stone that Ballal's father punished him for worshiping.
16. Have a Day Picnic at the Impregnable Murud Janjira Fort
This fort is famous for being the only stronghold that was able to withstand attacks from the Portuguese, Dutch, Marathas, and English East India Company. The fort, built in the 15th century, stands alone on an island.
17. Pack a Picnic for the Usarvardhane Waterfalls
The Usarvardhane Waterfalls are close to Kansai. A 45-minute hike will take you to the waterfalls.
18. Bathe at Any of the Famous Alibag Beaches: Try Kihim Mandwa Nandgaon and Kashid
The Alibag beaches are famous for their light-colored sand and blue seas. The large waves that frequent these beaches makes them perfect for surfing. If you are planning to stay the night, there are a few hotels, but a lot of the land is owned privately—it may be a better option to stay in a cottage owned by someone local. Expect to pay about Rs. 1,000 for a night.
19. Seek Blessings at the Birla Temple and Eat Lunch at the Govinda Restaurant
There are several Birla Mandirs, but the one closest to Pune is in Shahad. This temple worships Vithoba and has been featured in Bollywood films such as Tere Naam.
20. Explore the History of the Nagothane Bridge (AKA Musalman Bridge)
The Nagothane, or Musalman, bridge crosses the Amba River near Nagothane. This old masonry bridge was build around 1580, and it is known for its narrowness—two cars cannot pass each other on this bridge. Go visit the bridge to admire its stone arches.
Before You Go! Things to Remember:
Often people forget to carry simple but necessary supplies during travelling expeditions. Here are a list of things you should consider packing before your trip:
- First aid kit: This is very important to carry with you on your outing. You may need this when traveling somewhere like a dam, waterfall, or jungle that's distant from healthcare facilities.
- Set of extra clothing: This is especially recommended for water sport adventures like white-water rafting or activities like rain dancing. During monsoons and winter months, it becomes very important that children have a change of warm clothing.
- Toilet paper, soap, and hand sanitizer: You are bound to soil your hands, but you are not guaranteed to find hygienic washrooms on your trip. This is an especially important thing to bring if you have children or elderly people in your group—you wouldn't want them to get sick!
- Share your itinerary: Before leaving on your trip, do let your close ones know your target destinations and itinerary. If, God forbid, there be any mishaps, your loved ones will know how to get in contact.
- Carry a map along: Who knows, you might stumble upon more offbeat destinations along the way. A map will allow you to change your plans without getting lost.
- Photo IDs (for all members): Every member of your group should bring his or her photo ID.
- Mobile with charger: At least one person in your group should have a mobile in case something happens and you need to call for assistance.
- Extra spectacles if you wear them: Especially if you're the driver, you will want to bring extra glasses in case yours break on your adventure. However, even if you aren't responsible for driving everyone home, it'd be a pity to miss out on all of the sights there are to see just because something happens to your spectacles.
- Torchlight: Having a powerful torchlight in your sack is a must. Also consider bringing small scissor, sunglasses, a camera, and a multi-plug adapter.
- Snacks and activities: Last but not the least, carry a good bunch of pens and crayons for on-the-road activities, as well as chocolates and toffees to give away after the games. Your people will love you for it!
- Water and appropriate gear: If you are going trekking, do carry a hard wooden stick, a raincoat, a cap, water bottles, and trekking shoes.
Best of luck with your adventures around Pune!
Monsoon Getaway Picnics
For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.
- Would you like these day picnic places during monsoon season?
© 2013 Dharini
smallstepsadventures on August 16, 2019:
river rafting in Kolad is the best option for a weekend trip near Pune
Sagar Deshmukh from Navi Mumbai, India on January 14, 2016:
HI... Great info!!!! This is very useful information. Keep Sharing.......
abhijit on April 26, 2014:
Teakwood Camping is another great spot for camping experience