Koyna Dam is a great weekend getaway during monsoons. The entire region looks resplendent in brilliant shades of green. The blue waters of the lake, the numerous gushing waterfalls all over the hillsides, the majestic Koyna dam all make for a rejuvenating weekend away from the humdrum of the city.
The MTDC lake resort is a good stay option. Though the rooms are quite basic, the room balconies offer great views of the lush green surroundings and the breathtaking waters of the Koyna Lake. There is a small nature garden near the lake with an information center and auditorium. A short documentary on the history of Koyna dam is shown at the auditorium every day at regular intervals. The drive upto the dam is also great with hundreds of small waterfalls all along the hillocks.
Route and Distance from Koyna:
Pune (194 kms, 4 Hours): Pune – NH4 (Pune-Bangalore Expressway) – Turn right from Umbraj – Turn right onto Karad-Chiplun Rd – Adulpeth – Patan – Koynanagar.