Five Kayaking Destinations Near Pune

Kayaking around pune
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With the holiday season in and airfares at an astronomical high, exploring options around us is the way to go.

Pune’s proximity to magnificent interdependent water bodies provides ample options for great Kayaking adventures. If you have not been kayaking before and are not sure about what type of kayak to get, you can check out kayaks for sale from to see which would be best for you.

This week, we present our readers with a pick of the Kayaking destinations that are all within close proximity of Pune:

River Koyna, Tapola:

Get out of the busy and hectic city life and get refreshed, rejuvenated and re-energised with rafting at the unspoiled place or ‘mini Kashmir’ as it is often referred to as. Unshackle yourself and live amidst nature in a fully equipped tent and rejoice a breathtaking rustic Kayak ride in the river. Once you get the hang of it, it is hard to keep your hands off the paddle. Wind surfing and scooter rides can also be experienced in the 90 km stretch of water.
Distance from Pune: 125 kms (approx.)

River Kundalika, Kolad:

Row with the flow of the river at Kolad and feed your adrenaline rush with white water kayaking. Plunge in a kayak alone or take a friend for a ride amidst the green trails, open sky and soothing atmosphere. Put the gears on to explore nature from close and soak in all that you see. If not a water baby, then book the expert trainers here who can take you across the river to help you get enthralled in the activity at anytime of the year.
Distance from Pune: 70 km (approx.)

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Mandwa Beach:

If getting rough with the waves is your thing, then some crazy paddling across the sea beckons. Take a trip through the city to reach the spot and enjoy the long weekends at the shore. Be a part of this adventure on Mandwa beach for a never before experience of sea kayaking. The newbies can also enjoy it while keeping up with the required gears and listening to the onboard expert guides that make it suitable for non-swimmers too. One can also opt for the rafting packages to make the trip memorable and worth every penny.
Distance from Pune: 150 km (approx.)

Lavasa Waterfront:

Out of the numerous international standard water sports that this waterfront has to offer, Kayaking is undoubtedly attempted by most. Surrounded by a surreal environment with small colourful European style dwellings and rich greenery, this Bollywood shooting spot is among those where one can enjoy an active weekend and click Instagram-worthy photos.
Distance from Pune: 60 km (approx.)

Barvi Dam, Badlapur

If you seek a camping experience by the river in an enviable and beautiful location, Barvi Dam is all set for this holiday season. Among the various sports that this camping site has on offer, Kayaking is one that allows you to indulge in an exciting and enthralling experience of maneuvering the azure water.
Distance from Pune: 150 km (approx.)


#All images used for representation only. Readers are advised to check actual road distances before travelling. All distances mentioned here are only indicative.

Loveleen Kaur

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