Pawna Lake Camping

Pawna Lake Camping was on my list from last year but I was waiting for the perfect time. Mostly, winter is considered as the  best season for camping. After Diwali, I went to this Pavana dam for camping along with my wife. Before that, I searched for vendors online. Surprisingly, there were many agents but I chose this itinerary cause it included boating and swimming with life jackets which was not available at any other campsite. I always choose quality over the cost. Because of this, we safely enjoyed at the lakeside camp.

Pawna Lake Camping Booking

Initially, I called up Ravi to book a tent for a couple. He was very polite and sounded trustworthy. He sent few mind boggling pictures on my whatsapp to which I couldn’t resist and made the 50% advance payment. Here is the number if you are also interested. Ravi Pawar – 07738073691

Immediately, he shared the google pin location and asked me to follow it strictly. Also, I planned to go with the XUV as he mentioned that last 3 km would be off roading. This was the kind of adventure I was expecting. Typical luxury weekend getaway was not at all on my mind.

Drive till Pavana Camp

On Saturday noon, we left for Lonavla. Please check my Lonavala Travel guide for sightseeing visit. I had been to this small hill station many times but never took road to pawna dam. After Kumar resort, we took Amby valley road. Took a halt at lions point, which is unnecessarily hyped tourist point in Lonavla city. The hill in the valley after which it became lions point, never seemed to be a lion shaped from any angle.

Till now, we drove and enjoyed the road. After that road bacame narrow with dark vegetation on both side. It was a real jungle. We saw the board of Morgiri fort. After sometime, we took a left after a poultry, and off road started. Weather was amazing. Throughout the journey we kept A/C off and enjoyed the fresh air.

Huge Pawna Lake pic

As we got closer to the campsite, Pawna lake started showing it’s vastness. After a bumpy ride, we reached Pawna lake camping site. Manager welcomed us and asked us to relax. There were many other groups already reached the place to enjoy evening time of Pawna Lake Camping.

Snacks and tea pic

With no time, we freshened up and had Hi tea snacks. Dining are was away from the lake as water level rises during monsoon. We carried our bags down to lakeside campground. I was amazed with the beauty. It was like a mini sea shore. Few trees at lakeside were adding coolness to the picturesque location. I was breathing the air, the real oxygen.

Lake touch tents

Tents were literally lake touch as said by Ravi. We went inside our alpine tent. Bed with blankets and pillow was provided which was very much neat and clean. Manager asked to go for boating before sunset as all water activities closes down by 6 PM for safety purpose.

Pawna Boating

I chose kayak over pedal boat. Kayaking was totally new to me. Alone I went inside the Pawna lake. It was so pleasant and calm at the centre of the lake that it made my evening smoother. No need to go Paris to enjoy an evening, Pawna lake camping in evening really offers lifetime memorable experience. By the time I reached back to the jetty, it was dark.

Kayaking pic

Well Illuminated campsite in Lonavla

Pawana camp owner lit up the whole campsite with different colours. It was superbly illuminated without disturbing rustic ambience of the place. One will not be able to enjoy such a beautiful stay with the nature. Further, we sat down on provided mat infornt of our tent. We spent quality time by the lake. Even otherside of the lake was illuminated. We tried our best to capture the light reflection in our cam.

Light reflection at night pic

BBQ at Lakeside

We had brought our own raw material for BBQ. It was well marinated chicken. We asked manager for BBQ equipment and coal. He brought small and strong iron equipment along with 2 screw. It took some time for coal to burn but all the effort were worth it. Had sumptious BBQ at night.

Dinner at Pawana Camp

My wife opted for a Veg and I chose Non-veg. Buffet was ready at dinning area by 9 PM. As expected was the taste of Non Veg curry – rural and bit spicy. Veg dish was served with the Sweet dish which I asked for myself too without any shame. When I realized that I had more than my capacity, went for a villageside night walk with wife. She was happy as I was spending time with her. Hardly any calls to disturb us due to fluctuating network. There was silence but crickets were making that typical sound of “kirrr kirrr”. May be telling us go sleep now! It’s too late to walk around village.


We went back to lake touch campground. People were enjoying soft music on speaker and my wife gone mad looking at the campfire which she dreamt of. We listened to Lucky Ali, Sonu Nigam and many more. Lake touch place is so serene that you are bound to forget your all worries. This is really refreshing weekend getaway location rather best camping near Mumbai.

Campfire pic

Tent Stay of Pawna Lake Camping

Though we wanted to sit by the lake which is not at all possible with daily job routine in Mumbai. Lake, River and Sea makes amazing night if you are with your beat buddies. We slept cause we wanted to enjoy morning. Yes, we did sleep with the alarm. At 6 in the morning, I woke up before my alarm. It was such amazing stay in tent that you won’t even feel any discomfort.

The Sunrise

I must say, it’s a heaven for different migratory birds. I clicked few landscapes. Slowly, Sun came from back of hills situated on the other side of the lake. I was thouroughly enjoying the scene and also clicked some great shots with my Gionee S6.


Early morning, put on lifejacket and went for swimming in the lake Pawna. Almost half an hour, I relaxed myself in the vast bathtub with the chilled water. Water was green and fresh with the various fishes. I was hungry after swimming and pedal boating. We packed our bags and went to dining area for the breakfast. Suresh served hot Poha, bread butter Jam with tea.

To summarize, Pawna Lake Camping experience is real peaceful. I had to visit Pune on that day otherwise I could have extended my stay. Do share your experience. I hope this helps you to visit Pawna Lake.

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Written by Yogendra Patil
Just an Indian Travel Blogger. I left my corporate job & IT business to explore locations and adventure activities. Now, my job is to travel to unique destinations. Sometimes I lead adventure trips of Small Steps Adventures. You can join SSA trips or you can virtually experience those tours through my Blogs. I am always ready to hear from you. Drop me a comment. Share your experiences. You can be in touch with me on Instagram @thewandereryogi.