Deciding on things to do on a long weekend in Mumbai and Pune can become a cumbersome process because of the vast number of options. Staying in a metropolitan city such as Mumbai and Pune may be thrilling, bustling with life, dynamic and electrifying. However, the fast-paced life in this city of dreams can get way too overwhelming at times. But the best part of the city is the fact that there are numerous places that you can head to, to relax your bones and slow down. Mumbai and Pune both are surrounded by the spectacular Western Ghats giving you perfect getaways for the long and extended weekends. Apart from the regular places, here’s a list of unexplored places in and around Mumbai and Pune for that much needed peaceful getaway.
Here’s a list of unexplored places and things to do on a long weekend in Mumbai and Pune
Located close to Pune and a mere 16 km away from Lonavala and Khandala, Kamshet is nestled in the Western Ghats between the Konkan region. The hills station is thriving with temples and ancient caves. With numerous paragliding facilities, this is a perfect match for people who are looking for an adventurous getaway making this a top among things to do on a long weekend in Mumbai and Pune.
If Kamshet is where you’re heading to, here’s a list of things you can do there to make the most out of the city –
Try your hand at Tandem Paragliding
Soar the skies with a hot air balloon ride
The private and planned city of Lavasa is located close to Pune. This quaint township is still a new name among getaways which makes this a perfect getaway drenched in its silence and serenity of nature. Rain or Summer, come what may, this little city will leave you mesmerized and relaxed. Once you’re there, don’t miss out on a visit to the dam and the waterfalls for they are a sight to behold.
The magnificent hill station at the altitude of 1334 meters is the destination if you’re looking for a getaway that will give you a sense of tranquility and peace. With noteworthy places such as Sydney Point, Table Land, Devil’s Kitchen and Mapro Gardens, this is a must in our list of things to do on a long weekend in Mumbai and Pune.
If your idea of a great weekend is to engage in thrilling and pulsating adventurous activities, then Kolad is one place you must definitely visit. The gushing Kundalika river in the village is just the perfect destination for water sports, with scenic landscape and mighty waterfalls and mountains surrounding the place making this apt for trekking and camping.
Go for a rafting experience in Kolad
If you’re wondering where to head to for a relaxed and rejuvenated getaway during the weekend, then Ganaptipule is the answer to your question. Nestled in the Konkan region, this is heaven for any peace seeker. With thick mangrove forests, the blue sea in front of you and the delectable taste of Konkani food, this place is just right for you to sit back and unwind.
This unknown wonder and gorgeous beach town is a part of the Konkan belt almost 500 km from Mumbai. From beaches to paddy fields and cattle grazed grasslands this town is definitely a place to explore. Authentic Malvani cuisine is something to look out for in this town and if you’re looking for a scenic road trip with a spoonful of perfectly captured nature’s goodness of lush greenery, fresh unpolluted air, and some lip-smacking Konkan food, then this is where you should head to.
Places to visit in Malvan – Sindhudurg Fort, Rock Garden, and Rameswar Temple while things to do include snorkeling, scuba diving and shop for some delicious Malvani masalas.
Situated near the territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, this city has a rich heritage of Portuguese influenced architecture and roman catholic churches. The town is also home to the Warli tribe and for Warli paintings. If you’re planning a trip to Silvassa, then some of the things to do there include deer refuge and lion safari.
Bhimashankar is an adventurous tourist destination situated in Pune. Rich in flora and fauna, this city offers mesmerizing sceneries, religious places and a host of trekking opportunities for trekkers. This place will most definitely make your weekend worthwhile with adventurous experiences such as paragliding, a visit to the Sahyadri Wildlife Sanctuary and a Jyotirlinga and the Nagara architecture also makes this a favorite among explorers and things to do on a long weekend in Mumbai and Pune.
The port city of Ratnagiri is located along the Arabian sea coastline. Popularly known as the city for Alphonse Mangoes and for the birthplace of “Lokmanaya’ Bal Gangadhar Tilak and for the mighty Shivaji’s fort. You can find a lot of unexplored beaches here. Once here you can visit the untouched beaches Aarey and Warey.
If you’re an absolute mountain baby, then Mahabaleshwar is the place where you should head to. Although not unexplored, weekend getaways near Mumbai and Pune would be incomplete without this famous destination. The breathtaking sight of the soaring peaks and breathtaking valleys will calm your very senses. The fresh mountain air makes this hill a favorite option for things to do on a long weekend in Mumbai and Pune.
Famous things to do here include:
- Sightseeing at Venna Lake, Mapro Gardens, Connaught Peak and Pratapgarh Fort, Mahabaleshwar viewpoints
- Shop for jams, strawberries, cranberries and honey at one of the bazaars in the city.
This is one place that does not need an introduction. From pristine sun-kissed beaches to being a food lovers heaven, this city is loved by people from India and across the globe. With cool shacks on beaches such as Baga, Candolim and Anjuna where you can put up your heels and watch the sunset and have a peaceful drink to famous clubs like Titos, Curlies and Club Cabana to dance your night away, Goa will spoil you with its sheer choice of options.
And if you are wondering what to do once in Goa, fret not, we have you covered up with these experiences
Go Scuba Diving and catch a glimpse of the world underwater
Parasail your way to glory
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12. Lonavala and Khandala
If you’re looking for things to do on a long weekend in Mumbai and Pune, then these twin hills are where people head to. This destination is perfect for that much-awaited road trip that will let you escape the bustle and humdrum of the city and up your mood right away.
If you’re wondering what to do once in Lonavala and Khandala, we’re here to help you out!
Stay at the Gorgeous Machan resort in Lonavala
If you’re feeling adventurous, then Udhwedi is where you should head to
A hot air balloon ride over the hills of Lonavala
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One of the most preferred beach destinations for the sea lover in you, Alibaug is one amongst our list of things to do on a long weekend in Mumbai and Pune. The city has a lot of choices for advent water sports and other unique experiences such as Scuba diving, kite boarding, kayaking in the sea, wakeboarding, zip zap boom, jet ski rides etc.
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