Pawna Lake is used to store water for community use it brought into extant due to the Pawna Dam. It is located on Pawna river in Maval taluka which is 40 Km from the borders of Pimpri Chinchwad city. The capacity of Lake is around 10 thousand million cubic feet (TMC). The Dam constructed in 1963 till 1972. The backwaters of the Pawna Dam formed a river flow, and the Pawna Dam backwaters later on came to be known as Pawna Lake.
Pawna Lake is in a location where you feel natural environment it is located in Western Ghats which makes the natural hot spot for flora and fauna (which means a relatively hot temperature area comparison to its surroundings). Main purpose to construct the Pawna Dam is to create hydroelectric power generation and water supply. It is a multipurpose project and it has power generation capacity of 1250 MW.
It is around 20 KMs away from the Lonavala Railway Station. You can take a taxi or a cab to reach the destination. There is an easily available accessibility and a good road from Pune, Lonavala and Mumbai to Pawna Lake. Local people can easily enjoy the camping at Pawna Lake on the weekends. The train route of Pawna Lake is very beautiful and scenic.
Pawna lake is also known as Pawna Dam Reservoir which is 25 Km from Lonavala. It is the best picnic spot near Pune and Mumbai and nowadays, it become popular for camping also. It is the best camping site to visit in weekends and experience a splendid trip for one or two days. Camping is one such experience where the soul gets revitalized and free from tension and anxiety. This exotic place full of nature is open in all season and it is open for all age groups people. In Monsoon, camping will give you a perfect treat you can say. Sleeping under the stars with a background sounds of insects, scary night feel like amazing, which gives our tiredness out and fills it with new energy. Pawna Lake camping is very famous and attracts lots of tourists and lot of corporate, young crowd as well. From busy and tired schedule of office people enjoy weekend camping at Pawna Lake, which is a best place for weekend gateway and it is hardly 25Kms.
You can place your tents near the perimeter of the lake and enjoy the meals and entertain on the shore. The setup becomes vibrant with live music, bonfire, games and barbeque dinner, this can turning a evening a perfect camping destination for tourists. This place is good for sightseeing also. The lake provides fresh water to the area of Chinchwad. There are also several forts visitors can visit like Tungi, Lohgad and Tikona and also many temples around the lake. Trekkers also explore this area for trekking. It is best place for camping and also trekking on the forts. Lots of advertisements are shot with this lake in background.
An island middle of the water creates its beauty. Camping in Pawna Lake offers you a dream that you dreamt of in a holiday location – a calm and beautiful location which is peacefully and full of scenic view and you have also freedom to explore in that location. The ancient view of forts is added to camping session a much more opportunity to explore new things in our history, there is so much to see. Camping at Pawna Lake make you’re camping convenient, beautiful and totally memorable. Tourism in Pawna Lake have seen rapid rise due to the water body’s closely to Lonavala hill station and forts. Lots of camping business has been started around the Pawna Lake. Pawna Lake attracts tourists mainly from two major cities of Pune and Mumbai.
Adventures at Dudhiware Waterfall – Dudhiware waterfall is a seasonal waterfall that falls only in monsoon and it is located at Dudhiware village, near Lonavala. You can enjoy the beauty of Dudhiware waterfall and also enjoy activities like zip-lining, valley crossing, etc. These adventure activities are full in monsoon season it is the peak time of monsoon season. At this time rivers run full and you can enjoy the waterfall only in monsoon season.
Paragliding at Pawna Lake – Paragliding in Pawna Dam is must visited place and it is the best destination for adventure lovers. You can feel wonderful to do paragliding it is the best experience to watch sunset and fly in sky.
Trek to Lohagad or Visapur – Lonavala is a jackpot of beautiful mountains and forts. Visapur fort also located in Lonavala. Lohagad fort connected to Visapur fort is a good place for trekking, if you have time to cover the both forts in one day. Lohagad fort has only stairs and it takes fewer amounts of trekking, while in Visapur trek it is a treat to adventure seekers because it is larger and at a higher elevation than the Lohagad fort.
Tikona Fort Trek – Tikona also known as Vitandgad is the major hill fort in Mawal and it is 37.7 Km from Lonavala. This is 3500 ft high hill and it is pyramidal in shape thats whuy it is called Tikona means ‘Triangular’. This forts has beautiful trekking destinations the temple of ‘Trimbakeshwar Mahadev’, seven water tanks and Satvahan caves. The temple of Mahadev is inside the cave with the small water fall along with the trek. This is the main attraction for tourists in this fort. The entry to the entrance of the fort is bit vertical with rotated stairs. You can see the outstanding views of the Pawna Lake and the forts at Visapur and Lohagad. The view from the fort is magnificient.
Kayaking at Pawna Lake – Kayaking is also available at Pawna Lake near Lonavala. It is very peaceful to sit and kayak in water alone. It can fit your physical and mental well-being. Everyone should experience it ones because it is very soothing and relaxing. Kayaking has slowly gained popularity among the adventure community but it still an activity you can enjoy alone and take your tensions out of you.
Due to the soothing climate throughout the year, Pawna Lake remains a valued or highly enough favourite places to be visited anytime you want to. Most of the area of Lonavala is extremely dehydrated and many pond and lakes dry up in summer, but Pawna Lake is also a Dam and has water even in May. Summers at Pawna Lake are bubbling hot and humid. The temperature of Pawna Lake in summers is 40 degrees and experience high humidity. So it is good for tourists to avoid visit Pawna Lake in summers. The humidity starts at Pawna Lake from March and extends till the end of April.
The temperature is comfortable at night. This place receives significantly rainfall during the year. Monsoon month is good for those tourists which wants a scenic view in the camping session. It is a perfect give of nature to see the green meadows at monsoon time. Winters welcome the tourists from hot areas to cool and pleasant area. The tourists came from southern area are feeling happy and relaxed to come Pawna Lake in winters because it is an excellent season to visit the town where the nights are cool and chilly with a temperature of 13 degrees Celsius and maximum rise of a temperature 30 degrees Celsius.
You need to take a flight to Mumbai and then if you want to travel by Car or Jeep, you will take a route of Kamshet which is 2.8 hrs drives. Mumbai to Khamshet distance is 102 Kms and by plane it is 79 Kms, from Khamshet you can take train which is 22Km from Khamshet railway station to Pawna Lake. Second option is from Mumbai to Dudhiware Khind it is 2 hrs drives which is 91.5 Km. If you want to save your travelling time, Dudhiware Khind is an ideal option it will take 30 minutes to reach Dudhiware Khind to Pawna Lake and it is 11.2Kms.