Lonavala is a town and a hill station in Pune district in the Indian state of Maharashtra and is a very popular holiday destination for weekends, especially during the monsoons. It is 64 KM from Pune (India) and 96 KM from Mumbai (India), it is the perfect weekend getaway for people residing both in Pune and Mumbai. A drive on the Mumbai Pune expressway to reach Lonavala, is a pure rejuvenating one which also offers some great views of the Western Ghats. The same journey becomes ten times more beautiful during the monsoons, when it’s lush green everywhere. A trip to Lonavala and Khandala can be combined with sight-seeing visits. Lonavala is famous throughout India for the hard candy sweet known as chikki. During the monsoon season the countryside turns lush green with waterfalls and ponds.
Location: India, Maharashtra, District Pune
Altitude: 624.00 Meters
Area: 15 sq mi
Temperature: Summer 22 to 40°C, Winter 12 to 33°C
Languages spoken: Marathi, English & Hindi
Nearest Airports: Pune is the nearest airport 64km from lonavala
Main Railway Station: Lonavala is the main railway station.
Main Bus Station or Road: Mumbai- Lonavla , Pune- Lonavla Direct bus facility.
Distance of a few Major Towns from Lonavala: Pune – 64 km, Mumbai- 89 km.
Best time to Visit: Monsoon (June to September) & September to March is the best time to visit.
Amazing Things to Do in Lonavala
#1 Tiger Point:
Tiger Point offers extremely good views of the valley. It is prominent vacationer attraction in Lonavala. The echo produced by way of rocks falling into the crevasse is some other spotlight of this point. During monsoon, a small natural waterfall is fashioned close to date. If you’re a nature lover, you are surely in for a deal with. You may see lot of people having Maggi or tea/coffee in winter.
#2 Lonavala Lake
This artificial lake was constructed in 1876 to conserve water for the areas of Valvan and Shirota. But with time, it has transformed into an impressive tourist spot. Come here to find some alone time, to read a book or even for some bird watching. What makes this place even more interesting is that tourists are totally allowed to take a swim in the lake and even try their hands at fishing.
#3 Rajmachi Point:
Stop at the Rajmachi Point when traveling between Mumbai and Pune. It is one of the most popular destinations which includes the Rajmachi Fort that belonged to the famous King Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. There are several monuments in and around the Rajmachi Fort. Close to the fort are two small forests called Shrivardhan and Manoranjan. Rajmachi Point is also famous for its topography which has a deep valley on three sides and thick and dark forest on the other.
#4 Bhushi Dam:
This Dam is located in the backdrop of scenic hilly terrains between Lonavala and I.N.S. Shivaji. This site is sought after for its hilly terrains and natural surrounding views. Tourists come over from various places to visit the waterfalls, which are formed when the water gushes out through the dam during the monsoon months. Adventure activities such as swimming are restricted during the monsoon months.
#5 Lohagad Fort:
Fort is located 10 km away from Lonavala, along the Sahyadri region, which divides the Pavna basin and Indrayani basin. The three gates of the fort are connected to the main entrance gate, known as the ‘Delhi Gate’. At the third gate, there is a small cave, which was initially used for storage of food material. All the four gates of the fort are still intact.
#6 Pavna Lake:
It is an artificially built lake when the Pavna dam was constructed. This place attracts many tourists because of its row boating and motor boating facilities. The boating in the lake gives you a magnificent view of the surrounding forts and the hillocks. The place is mostly cool, and it is a nice place to sit and relax in the lap of the nature. The view of the forts Lohagad, Tunga and Tikona is awesome from the Pavna Lake.
#7 Karla Caves:
Karla Caves near Lonavala were constructed between the 2nd century AD and the 5th century AD. These well-known Buddhist rock-cut caves have one of the largest chaityagrihas (prayer hall with a stupa inside) in India, known for its architectural style. It is said that the monks decided to build their shrine here because Karla was a natural cave and was therefore ideal for excavation.
A number of shrines were abandoned halfway through, something that is obvious from their broad, rugged outlines. There are gorgeous sculptures on the pillars of the chaityagriha as well as the verandah. These 15 caves are known for detailed inscriptions as well. They sit high up on a hill, and at one time received a lot of rain. There is Ekvira Temple at the entrance of one of the caves. The steps leading to the caves are lined with shops on either side. There are lot of visitors to the temple situated here.
#8 Aamby Valley City
Aamby Valley City is a township developed by the Sahara India Pariwar in Pune district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is about 23 km from Lonavala. A fusion of nature and human creation, designed to offer superior living spaces, this gated and secured destination is nestled amidst scenic surroundings of the mighty Sahyadris, and spans over 10,000 acres.
A meticulously planned city with world-class infrastructure and facilities. With super-smooth roads, lush greenery, multiple lakes, ample number of activities such as indoor sports complex, swimming pool etc.
- Place is beautiful during rainy and winter season.
- You can see lots of beautiful waterfalls while driving towards lonavala.
- Sometimes climate is so foggy at tiger point that you have almost 0 visibility.
- Place is many times over crowded during weekends.