Lake / Backwaters
At a distance of 18 km from Pune, Khadakwasla Dam, built across the Mutha River, is situated near Khadakwasla village in Pune district of Maharashtra. This is among the most visited tourist spots around Pune especially during the monsoons.
Khadakwasla Dam was constructed in the year 1873 to supply water to the city of Pune. The Khadakwasla Dam is 1.6 km long. The dam has been built on the Mutha River, which begins from the confluence of the rivers Ambi and Mose on which the Panshet and Varasgaon Dams are built, respectively and the outflow from Temgarh Lake through Temgarh Dam about 15 km north of Varasgaon Dam. The dam has 11 radial type sluice gates and six irrigation outlets, flowing into two canals.
This dam across the river Mutha created an attractive lake, now known as Khadakwasla Lake. The length of the Khadakwasla backwaters is nearly 22 km and the width varies from 250 to 1,000 m. The maximum depth of the lake is 36 m. The dam was however destroyed in the year 1961 because the water from the Panshet Dam had overflowed causing devastating floods in the city. The dam was rebuilt in the following years to counter the ongoing water crisis.
The Khadakwasla Dam is one of the main sources of water for Pune. A popular weekend picnic spot for the locals, even tourists are fascinated with the dam and the food chowpaty around it. Monsoon season is considered to be the best time to visit the dam. Among the main tourist attractions around the dam are Kudje Village, Peacock Bay and Neelkanteshwar Hill.
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM.