Lavasa Tourism

Lavasa Tourism

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Lavasa Info

  • State: Maharashtra
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • District: Pune
Lavasa is  among the first planned cities in India, located in the Pune district of Maharashtra. It is located behind the Dam of Varasgaon, near Pune and Mumbai and is situated on the banks of Baji Pasalkar. The distance between Lavasa and Pune is about 65 kilometres and it is about 180 kilometres from Mumbai. There are five routes that lead to Lavasa from these regions.

Lavasa is popular because of the mountains and valleys that surround the region. It is because of the location of this place, people find opportunities for adventurous activities like mountain climbing, hiking and trekking.. The popular attractions here include the Lakeshore, which offers opportunities of adventure sports like  boating against the strong currents of the lake, cruises and jet skiing.

Lavasa is set on the seven hills of Maharashtra in the Mose valley. The city was planned and built as per the principles of ecological sustainable environment and urbanisation. The city is equipped with all the latest means of technologies and facilities, which are being managed by HCC India.

Major attractions near Lavasa include Pune, which is around 65 kilometres and is also the cultural capital of Maharashtra.  Mumbai, also known as the business capital of India is about 300 kilometres from the place and is also one of the largest metropolitan areas in India. Mumbai is also the capital of Maharashtra state and has rich cultural history that attracts people, who visit Lavasa.    

The weather conditions in Lavasa remain pleasant throughout the year.. The best time to visit Lavasa is during the monsoon season because of the pleasant weather that allows the exploration of natural wildlife and waterfalls located in the region.

Lavasa can be reached from Pune, which has the nearest airport at a distance of 49 kilometres from Lavasa. The airport of Pune is connected to nine other Indian cities. The other airports located nearby are Chhtarapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) of Mumbai, located around 215 kilometres. The recently constructed airport at Panvel is located 145 kilometres away.   

Lavasa is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Pune and Thane.

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Nishant Gajra

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  • Nishant Gajra
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  1168 readers

"Cool place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 3, 2017
This is a place ahead of Pune. It takes 1 hour from Pune Private transport is recommended and best since it is a very hilly area. The place is very refreshing. Accommodation is cheap if you travel with a big group. Overall it is a good place for everyone.
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Keith Sequeira

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  • Keith Sequeira
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 10 photos
  • 8 Reviews
  •  9 helpful votes
  •  4690 readers

"Lavasa, the place to be"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 22, 2016
A fantastic city built around water, has 3 major hotels, a whole senior citizen's complex with beautiful row houses and bungalows, has their own security services, fire brigade station, hotel management and business management schools, a beautiful promenade, adventure sports and various other activities. Give it another few years and it will be the place to go to. It's a good 4hr drive from Mumbai, an hour from Pune and winding roads once off the Pune expressway.
Lovely hotels, we were at the Waterfront Shaw, brilliant place and has apartments, studio, 1 and 2bhk. Everything is very clean and well maintained but hope too much of construction does not spoil the place. A very serene and relaxed atmosphere especially on weekdays. Thanks to a general store and a wine shop and a petrol pump, there is literally nothing one would want and can't get.
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  • 4 votes

I am Khan

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  • I am Khan
  • Lives in Pune
  • 1 Review
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"Wonderful place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Oct 11, 2016
Here are some of my listings for Lavasa:

*Entry reimposed last month only) 200 for 2 wheeler and 500 for 4 wheeler, 1000 for heavy vehicles.

*Sightseeing - better. We can see lots of good spots on the way.

*This is ideal for Honeymoon couples. If you have kids/infants can be bit hectic as we may need to walk a long for whole city view.

*Costly affair- need to pay a lot. Food quality not up to the par however we shouldn't expect more than that. Need to have a "let it be" attitude, compromising attitude. We can't be satisfied in all fronts.

*Few adventure sports are there, can enjoy a lot. Boating is too costly. 200 bucks only for 10 mins (in case of family cruise), 600 for jet ski, etc.

*Atmosphere is awesome. If we really want to explore the nature & wind, need to stay for 1 night at least.

*Overall I'd say, a wonderful experience with my family. I would recommend others as well. Specially people from Outside Pune, stay there for at least 1 day. For nearby people like Puneites, if you have a family I would suggest to reach there early morning & return at the most by early eve. The road from Lavasa to Pirangut is full with lot of zig zag. Can be troublesome. Locals recommend to leave early. If we are group of people then not an issue. But I would recommend, if you are not planning to stay there for night then leave early.
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Abhishek Singh

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  • Abhishek Singh
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  •  85 helpful votes
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"Manmade heaven in the midst of Sahyadri"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 31, 2016
After visiting Lonavala, Khandala and Matheran in the past we wished to explore a new place and  Lavasa (a private city) was our choice this time.  Lavasa is associated with controversies since its inception due to various known reasons particularly for damaging environment. Me, my better half and our 1 year old son embarked on this journey. It was the month of August. One should have private vehicle as there are no alternate means of reaching Lavasa atleast not to my knowledge. We hired a cab from Mumbai using Ola App. Lavasa is at approx 200 kms from Mumbai via Mumbai Pune E way, NH4, Hinjewadi and Mulshi. The entire route is scenic. The monsoon brings back life in Sahyadri with its greenery and waterfalls. Lavasa is a place for those who wants to relax and seek peace of mind. Do not expect many sightseeing options around except few waterfalls and dam near Lavasa. This is a place where you would like to spend time with yourself and your near ones away from the daily hustle bustle of city life and to feel the tranquility. One of the best part I liked about Lavasa was the lesser crowd compared to other destinations. We enjoyed the journey, halted at Lonavala and then at some village after Hinjewadi, at small desi restaurant where we tried missal pav (a local snack) which was spicy and delicisous too. The patch of few kms of road between Hinjewadi and Mulshi  was not in a good condition. Later we found out that there were few other alternate routes to reach Mulshi. On the way there is a Temghar dam, one may like to spend some time here eating butta (corns) and watching  water discharge from the dam. From here the hilly terrain begins with some sharp curves and breathtaking beauty all around. The weather was chilly and it was raining. After travelling few kms we encountered a security check post of Lavasa administration. To get the entry  inside the Lavasa premises we had to show the confirmed hotel reservation letter in hard copy and we paid Rs 200 towards entry fee and parking. We had a booking at Mercure Lavasa and the hotel staff also reminded us in advance to carry the hard copy of the booking confirmation to avoid any discomfort for getting entry in to Lavasa. Many visitors without confirmed bookings were denied entry. We had been told by the security persons that due to the incidence of landslides at various locations inside the Lavasa, the entry was restricted to persons with confirmed reservations only. There is entry gate welcoming visitors. After driving few kms we witnessed the presence of colourful apartments influenced with European style. Lavasa is surrounded by mountains and a lake/ reservoir. We headed straight to the Mercure hotel which is at half a km from lakefront at Dasve circle. It took us almost 6 hours to reach Lavasa which could be curtailed by reducing intermediate halts. There are adventures activities organised by X thrill. Water sports is one of the other major attraction. There are bus and rail (minus tracks) which takes you through the city tour. As told by the operators these things operate between 9 am to 5 pm from Town Hall. Due to the  bad weather the water sports activities were closed. There are few other options where one may like to spend some time such as spas, wellness centers, etc. The waterfront is a must visit at night and also during day hours. There are few eateries offering frankies, burgers, chats, pizza and other desi-videshi cousines. You may like to get drunk at pubs located at promenade or sip a coffee at CCD. The further details about these joints can be explored on the web. We chose to have food at the Celebration,  Mercure Hotel. There is also a small retail shop at promenade offering daily need stuffs. Near lake/reservoir there are few cheaper food joints to eat for those who wish to spend less. Water front is a location where you can spend hours watching lake, mountain and beautiful houses around. If possible try to stay at Ekaant  because it is positioned at the highest and so the best location. Waterfront shaw hotel is just besides the waterfront as its name indicates. Fortune hotel is also nearby. There are other options such as renting an apartment where one can find alternative to hotels. At many of the locations the buildings were under construction. Most of the buildings were unoccupied. Lesser crowd and the awesome weather was compelling to make us walk around the streets of Lavasa. One must carry umbrella and few warm clothes for infants/ children. The children might like visiting entertainment zone. If not all this simply enjoy the nature trails, trekking and picturesque view of the city. We stayed for a night and next day after spending some more wonderful time in Lavasa we headed to Pune which is 60 to 90 mins journey. To explore the Lavasa leisurely one should plan atleast 2 days visit. Lavasa is bit expensive compared to Lonavala or Khandala as it is a private city and are limited options to stay and eat but it is worth visiting. We three of us and especially our little champ enjoyed the stay at Lavasa. Hoping to visit Lavasa again.
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Akash Baranwal

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  • Akash Baranwal
  • Lives in Varanasi
  • 17 photos
  • 3 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  2419 readers

"Love to Lavasa"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jul 28, 2016
Its a very good location near to Pune. I went there with my office colleagues and it was fabulous one day trip.
Rejuvenate yourself by doing plenty water activities. Rainy season is best to visit lavasa and you can not bore even if you are solo traveller.
Feed your self by many food joints ( local and branded as well).
There are many picturesque location which you can not afford to miss to capture.
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Mukesh Sagar

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  • Mukesh Sagar
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 88 Reviews
  •  121 helpful votes
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"A very good place for all type of people"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 23, 2016
Lavasa is a destination which can be visited on a weekend. This is a place for all type of people, couples, families, group of friends.

There are various places for different type of activities such as cycling, segways, water activities etc. During rainy season water activities are closed.

There are place where you can enjoy live music, flea markets, etc.

The only thing this place lacks in is good food.
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Ketan Mehta

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  • Ketan Mehta
  • Lives in Pune
  • 6 photos
  • 32 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
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"Nice place"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jun 30, 2016
Plan your trip early in the morning, and it would be great if you have self-drive car, two wheeler will also be fine but you may face some trouble because of 4-5 kms rough road in between. Also if you are visiting during monsoon its better to have a car. Two wheeler is less safe in such situation as compared to car. Though I traveled by Activa and planned to leave early in the morning around 6 am from Pune. Atmosphere was awesome! You will really enjoy the place.

Caution : food and other things are very costly in Lavasa. Tip : it has one departmental store. Where you can get few food packets at reasonable rate.
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Mahendra Phadke

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  • Mahendra Phadke
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 13 Reviews
  •  81 helpful votes
  •  4774 readers

"Road Trip to Lavasa"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 29, 2016
Lavasa had been a great journey so far on my Honda City Zxi. Moment you enter Lavasa from the main gate till the proper city, many turns and curves to drive through. I simply enjoy such curves with my car, as the turning radius and body dimension is such it over steer neither under steers. All the roads are properly maintained and Clean with greenery nourished. But be careful while driving through blind corners, you never know there will be some bad surprise. It wakes about less than an hour from main gate to the main city. Considering you are not driving rashly but driving with admiring natural beauty of mountains, valley, roads and greenery ans of course discussing with your co passengers ;)
I think it's a must visit by every Mumbai and Pune 'Kar. Would love to explore the water sports and river next time.
Always wear seat belts as safety is the only measure while will let you explore this world again.
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Arnav Mathur

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  • Arnav Mathur
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 75 Reviews
  •  61 helpful votes
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"Nice place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 24, 2016
The USP of Lavasa is primarily the proximity to Pune - hardly 50 km. This place makes for the perfect day outing best enjoyed during the monsoons. A long drive from Pune to Lavasa is like the best hangout spot for the Pune youth. The beauty of this place grows multi fold during monsoons.

The Lakeside Promenade looks like a foreign location all together with multi cuisine restaurants lined up with boulevard kind of seating. The lake in the backdrop makes the perfect frame for many photos.
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Sachin kulkarni

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  • Sachin kulkarni
  • 2 Reviews
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"Very good experience"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted May 27, 2016
Good location but due to water shortage all over Maharashtra Lavasa water rivers are also dried. Other wise excellent to be there we were lucky to have little bit rain in mid night. So we walk down to riverfront. Chill winds. Would like to visit after rainy season.
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