4 Long Weekend Getaways for the Wanderlusts

Attributes: Wildlife, Beach, Weekend Getaway, Around the City

Last time, we told you about the weekend getaways which make for a good one-day trip around Pune in a radius of 50 kms. But we are also aware that there are those whose wanderlust is hard to satiate. Road trips, long distance travelling is what does the trick for them. True explorers and adventurers at heart with a fleeting nature, exploring beyond the limits of the city in different geographies and regions is their idea of a weekend well spent. To stroke the wanderlust in them, these are 4 resorts and homestays where one can put up at whilst exploring the beauty of the surroundings around which is impossible to find anywhere around the city. Covering the West Zone of Maharashtra, all of these 4 places have an endearing uniqueness of their own. Read on...

1. The Jungle Resort, Amba:

How about a wildlife holiday that is 6-7 hours drive from Pune? The Jungle Resort, Amba in the Western Ghats between Kolhapur and Ratnagiri is a wonderful option. Enjoy the thrilling experience of Jungle Safari for spotting the wildlife in western ghaats, night Jungle Safari or a visit to historical Pawan-khind of Shivaji Maharaj times! Since The Jungle Resort Amba is situated in the dense forests and 3000 feet above sea level, the climate all round the year is cold and the chances of spotting various rare species of birds and animals is very high. The bird watching safari is the best part for wildlife enthusiasts since there are good sightings of Great Hornbills, Malabar Pied Hornbills, Brahmini Kites, Indian Roller, Minivets, Bee-Eaters, etc. The resort is built to provide basic comforts and the rooms are simplistic with Western toilets and a beautiful sit-out area for every room. Talking about amenities, there is a swimming pool, kids playing area, Tree House, Mini Library, etc.

Contact: 09323812422


2. Atithi Parinay, Ganpati Pule:

Atitihi Parinay, a luxurious yet simple home-stay near Ganpatipule in Konkan, is that perfect place to stay when you want to go to western beaches of Maharashtra for a weekend trip.  With all the amenities to make you feel comfortable and relaxed, this home-stay has wide options to choose from. A tree house, cottages, swiss tents with all amenities and rooms in bungalow! Another speciality is this property is minimally commercial, the food served is pure vegetarian and typical Brahmani style. The owner, Medha Sahasrabudhe stays in the same property along with her mother and runs this home-stay herself.

Contact: 09049981309, 02352-240121


3. The Camp, Vesaraf:

The Camp is a cozy homestay set up by a wildlife researcher in the midst of acres of agricultural land surrounded by the lush greens and the majestic Sahyadri ranges. At a distance of just 55 kilometers from Kolhapur city (288 kms from Pune), this place is the perfect getaway for all city dwellers who wish to take a break from their hectic lifestyle, and for nature lovers who wish to indulge in some really amazing time exploring the mysteries of nature. The Camp is all about the beauty of wildlife and offers an excellent opportunity to disconnect from the cacophony of the concrete jungle and savor the silence of the woods!

One of the best activities here is trekking through the infinite trails in the surrounding forests and across the hills that dot the place on all sides. The hikes to, and through, the various waterfalls during monsoons are a must do! The Camp also offers adventure activities like rock climbing, rappelling and kayaking with prior booking. The caves at Palasambe and the Ramling temple are great for cave exploring. Morjai Sada is a treat for the soul. After an adventurous hike through narrow trails, the breathtaking view from the plateau is well worth the effort. Numerous people have reported that the temple situated at the plateau gives the entire place soothing vibes and an indescribably profound experience.

Situated in Gaganbawda, which is a hill station in the middle of nowhere, The Camp is a place which serves as the perfect host in all seasons. You will find ample opportunities for spotting a variety of wild animals and reptiles and a plethora of birds and insect species at the treks, night drives and walks at dawn. Campfires, playing music, singing and dancing along to the music notes, and rambunctious laughter are something most of us look forward to. Team it up with finger licking homemade food, nonstop interesting discussions about anything and everything about nature and wild life, and the warm hospitability of the hosts; and you have the perfect recipe for a memorable and relaxing trip.

Contact: 9423041551, 9421452516

Email: thecamp.in@gmail.com

4. Kamalini Kutir, Velha:

With mountains on one side and river flowing on another, it’s a picturesque landscape wherever you look. Yes! Kamalini Kutir is located just besides a river bank. They pride on calling themselves a Holiday Home in a Hamlet. The resort is big enough to accommodate a joint family. Also nearby places to visit include Torna & Rajgad forts, Madha ghat waterfall (great in monsoons) & Chapet dam.  One may plan a trek at the Rajgad or Torna forts, or visit the resort to have a refreshing and peaceful weekend with friends and family. The way to the resort from Pune itself can be a great road-trip. The resort may arrange for barbeque on previous intimation for the guests. The food served at Kamalini Kutir has a very homely feel to it and is exceptionally tasty. 

At.Khariv ,Tal . Velha , Dist. Pune , Maharashtra , India. Pin:- 412212


Bookings can be done at their Pune Office. Call 020-24475931

Tags: Long weekend getaways around Pune, Homestays and Resorts around Pune, Kolhapur, The Camp, The Jungle Resort, Kamalini Kutir, Rajgad, Atithi Parinay, Ganpati Pule

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