Located in Maval, Maharashtra, Pavana Lake lies around 29 km south of Lonavala, amidst the Sahyadri hills that snake through Maharashtra and demarcate the Konkan coast from the Deccan inland. Surrounded by tall hills, the lake is actually a water reservoir that was formed after a dam was built across the Pavana River, which originates from the Western Ghats and flows until it meets the Mula River near Sangvi. The construction of the Pavana dam in 1972 resulted in the formation of the lake near Lonavala. Over the years, it became a valley escape for the people of both Mumbai and Pune. The lake is now a camping and getaway spot for backpackers, nature lovers and campers. The place is also known for its paragliding facilities, though it remains closed in the monsoon. You do have other things to do here as well, including boating along the lake, windsurfing and kayaking. ALSO READ: 5 cheap vacation destinations near Mumbai
Perfect for a quick solo getaway, a romantic weekend camping with your loved one or some fun by the bonfire with family and friends, Pavana Lake is relatively less crowded than the sights that are closer to Lonavala. The lake and its backwaters offer a breathtaking view especially in the monsoon, when the hills surrounding them turn lush green. With the nearby forts of Tungi, Tikona and Lohagad to trek and explore, there are plenty of things to do here. Apart from soaking in the valley views and the lake itself, you can also check out the dam. Built more than four decades ago, Pavana dam is still a sight to behold. Its purposeful engineering and design stands out from the landscape of the region, but is still an important part of the ecosystem and its beauty. Pavana Lake lies 109 km fro Mumbai and around 60 km from Pune. From Lonavala, it is around 29 km down south, deep amidst the hills. CHECK OUT: Mumbai to Pavana Lake: How to reach Pavana Lake from Mumbai by road
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