Koyna Dam, a new mini Hill Station 3,000 ft above Sea level in the Heart of the Sahyadries could be your next destination over the weekend! Koyna or Shivaji sagar as it is called, is one of the biggest dams in India, 70 Km long backwater running all the way to Mahabaleshwar (Tapola).
Koyna Dam or Koyna Nagar is situated 175 KMs from Pune.
Take NH4 (Mumbai - Bangalore Highway), cross - Shirwal - Surur - Satara - Umbraj - get down off the highway at Umbraj village around 137 KMs from Pune - Join Karad - Chiplun State Highway after another 12 KMs - Cross Patan - Reach Koyna nagar - Take a narrow road which goes up-hill from the bus stand to the Humbarli Village and then to Koyna Lake Resort (3 KMs from Koyana Nagar).
Entire road is very good. NH4 is 4 lane toll road and Karad - chiplun is 2 lane toll road as well. It takes 3.5 - 4 hrs to reach this place from Pune with 1-2 breaks.
Pune - Satara - Umbraj on NH4 (around 137 KM)
Umbraj - Koynanagar Toll Road (45 KM)
Koynanagar - Chiplun (45 KM)
(With parking facility, open space, good food and clean toilets)
Joshi wadewale (NH4) -> snacks corner just after crossing the Katraj Tunnel on your right. Tasty food like Wadapav, Misalpav, Tea / Cofee, wada Sambar etc. lots of space.
Hotel Natraj (NH4) -> near Khed Shivapur (on your left while traveling towards Satara). Good place for south Indian breakfast. UDUPI management.
Vitthal Kamath Restaurant (NH4) - in the premises of "Company Operated HP Petrol Pump" on your left at village Kikwi before Shirval. Good food, lots of space and clean toilets. You will get only Pure Veg. south Indian / Punjabi / Chinese food. Petrol is also Rs. 2 cheaper there than pune city. "Vitthal Kamath" is chain of restaurants started by none other than Kamath Hotels, owner of 5 star ecotel hotels like Orchid in Mumbai. You will see Viththal Kamath restaurant on Goa Highway after every 100 KMs.
Milestone Food Plaza (NH4) - Between Satara & Umbraj (on your left while traveling towards Satara/Karad). This is similar to SMILESTONE Food Plaza on Pune - Nagar Road.
Navami Food Plaza (NH4) - just before reaching Umbraj (on your left while traveling towards Satara). UDUPI Management.
Motel Drive Inn Near Sangameshwar (NH17)
Located about 55kms away from City of Karad Spread over 6.5 acres and very scenic location, Koyana lake Resort provides a perfect family getaway for those who want refreshing holidays, away from their routine work. At Koyana lake Resort, you will find typical natural environment. Koyana lake Resort specializes itself in Vegetarian and non-vegetarian Food. Suites perfect for all family sizes. There are lots of things to entertain you. You can roam around on the farm and look at the crops that they grow, relax in hammocks or just sit listening to chirping music of birds. The major attraction is koyna dam & hydroelectric project. Koyana Lake Resort is situated on the hill top of Humabarli ( Koyananagar) and the site is 3200ft.above sea level and the weather is cool, misty and pleasant in all seasons. Especially, you should visit this place when there is full moon night.
It has 1 Bungalow, 2 Family suites and around 20 cottages (AC or Non AC) and tariff is between Rs. 900 - 2000. It was erstwhile MTDC Resort, now managed by a Private Firm - Sathe Enterprises from Sangli.
Koyna nagar. (Dist. Satara)
H.O. Sathe Enterprises, Sangli
Ph:- 0233-2374668 / 2381610
Fax :- 0233-2322957 / 2381610
For booking, visit - http://koynalakeresort.com/
There are other small resorts/home stays available for stay enroute Koyna Nagar - Humbarli with decent accommodation and excellent views.
Koyana Nagar Hill Station, Hubrali, Tal : Patan
Tel : 02372 284501
For Booking Contact
Tel : 02164 226007, 226207, Mob : 94220 39646, 94224 01907
Hotel Shrushti Lake view - 9421212933
NISARG YATRI RESORT HUNBARALI KOYNANAGAR (RAMESH DESAI) MOBILE:- 9420631366/9420462366/9423319066
Koyna Dam and Hydroelectric Plant at Pofli /elore - Though entry is prohibited due to security reasons after 9-11, You can visit them if you have contacts in any of the Govt. Agencies and obtaining pass for the same. Else, there are agents who takes you on the guided tour of the premises with help from local contact. It is one of the engineering marvels and must see place.
Nehru Garden - Delight for couples, families with kids and nature lovers. It has water bodies, exhibition on Koyna dam, models, "Making of Koyna Dam" - Documentary screening at 11:00 am and 5:00 PM, landscaped garden, rose garden, restaurant and plenty of open space with good view of the dam. It is open till 8:00 PM in the night. Photography is strictly prohibited.
Boating on the Koyna lake reservoir
Koyna Wild Life Sanctuary - The wild life sanctuary is a heaven for exotic flora and fauna. One can look and wonder at the treasures of the jungle. Beetles to birds and creepers to teaks it is the home of rare species of animals and plants. Botanists are of the opinion that there are over 100 species of rare medicinal plants.You can experience the presence of Panthers, Bison, Tigers, Spotted Deer, Mouse Deer, Giant Squirrels, Bears and many many other wild and rare species of animals and birds. (Animal spotting is very rare sight though). * Recently Koyna-Chandoli area has been selected for the upcoming Tiger Sanctuary. As per recent count, there are 9 Tigers and 66 Leopards (Bibtya) identified in this region.
Sunrise from the Koyna Lake Resort on the backdrop of Koyna Dam
Sunset and View Points at the Kumbhari Ghat (Road leading towards Chiplun)
Ozarde Waterfall (during monsoon or post monsoon)
Ram Madir established by Swami Samarth Ramdas at Chafal
If you have additional days in your hand, you may also visit Coastal Konkan -> Chiplun (45 KMs from Koyna nagar), Guhagar Beach (45 KM from Chiplun), Shiva Temple and Beach at Velneshwar (10 Kms from Guhagar), Ganesh Temple at Hedvi (15 KMs from Guhagar), Shivshrusti at Dervan (30 Km from Chiplun). Please note that Chiplun - Pune journey would take min 5 hrs. Return route is same and is safe for driving in the night.