Lonavala Tourism
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Lonavala Tourism

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Lonavala Info

  • State: Maharashtra
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • Altitude: 622 m
  • Pincode: 410401
  • District: Pune
  • Language: Hindi,Marathi
  • STD code: 02114
  • Weather: Summer 22 to 40°C, Winter 12 to 33°C
Lonavala is a popular hill station and a municipal council situated in Pune District, Maharashtra. The city is located 64 km from Pune city and 96 km from Mumbai. It lies 622 m above sea level in the Sahyadri Ranges, which separate the Deccan Plateau and the Konkan Coast.

The hill station is spread over an area of 38 square km. The name of the city is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Lonavali’, which refers to a ‘group of caves’. The name was given to the place due to the presence of many caves in and around the city.

Lord Elphinstone, who was the Governor of the Bombay Presidency, discovered the city of Lonavala along with Khandala, in 1871. Present day Lonavala was a part of the Yadava Dynasty, which was taken over by the Mughals, who ruled the region for a long time.  

There is also an important role of the Malva warriors and the forts of the city in the history of the Maratha and Peshwa Empires. Lonavala was also the main stay of the Malva Warriors, who were regarded as the fiercest Hindu fighting clan. The city has also witnessed great warriors like Sardar Dabhade, who was the commandant of the Peshwa armies. Later, the nearby villages were used as the battleground for many battles between regional Indian rulers and British armies.
 
The Governor of Bombay favoured Lonavala in 1811 due to its large forest cover. This forest cover made the city a vacation and hunting spot by the British administrators, which lead to its reputation as a tourist destination.

The Tungi Fort of Lonavala is one of its famous tourist spots. Malik Ahmed founded the fort near the village of Kajrat. This fort is known for its natural strength. Apart from this fort, there are also many caves present around the city namely Karla Caves, Bhaja Caves and the Bedsa Caves. The place has valleys, hills, waterfalls and lush greenery due to which it is also called the ‘Jewel of Sahyadri’.

The city is popular for its sweet chikki. Tourists visiting Lonavala must shop for and eat chikkis from renowned stores, for instance, Maganlal’s Stores, which is the most popular of them all. Travellers can also explore Lonavala by participating in some adventure activities, which need not be arduous. Trekking up Kalri Hills and Duke’s Nose, fishing in the many lakes that Lonavala has or just picnicking near them are great options for tourists.

Lonavala connects Mumbai and Pune via rail. The best time to visit Lonavala is during the monsoon, between October and May, when the scenic spots become lush green and the waterfalls are in full flow.

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Amit Chaudhary

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  • Amit Chaudhary
  • Lives in Pune
  • 155 photos
  • 11 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  47966 readers

"Weekend gateway from Pune and Mumbai" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It is a small city. Here, you can enjoy lots of greenery in rainy season, chilly weather foggy days. There were lots of points in Lonavala like tiger point. rajmachi point and lots of fort like lohagad fort, rajmachi fort and visapur fort. You can roam around here and there with family or with couple or with group to Bhushi dam, Tiger point, Kune fall, Rajmachi point. Lots of waterfall in monsoon season. Trekking routes. Avoid city in summer months
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Piyush Dhavle

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  • Piyush Dhavle
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 22 photos
  • 13 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  1988 readers

"Quick getaway from Mumbai" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Best time to visit Lonavala is in the rainy season, it's paradise. Mountains covered in green blanket, greenery everywhere. Especially Bhushi Dam Waterfall, rain like cats and dogs, cold weather, bite of Kanda bhaji (onion pakoda) and sip of hot ginger tea, that gives you enough refreshment that lasts at least two weeks.

Many eating options available in and outside the city. I'd rather suggest to eat at local Dhaba that eating at regular restaurant.

Bring back home chikkis and fudged as souvenirs. And don't forget to visit Golden Vadapav.

Just 1 and half hour drive from Mumbai. Travelling by own vehicle is a much better option that relying on trains and busses.
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Pritesh Mehta

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  • Pritesh Mehta
  • Lives in Baroda
  • 47 photos
  • 445 Reviews
  •  168 helpful votes
  •  176859 readers

"A nice destination with good water parks" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
This is our best trip, after kids exam. We are very happy with this trip we first went go to Lavasa city and then after that came to Lonavala. We stayed in Mount view resort in Lonavala. It is a very good resort to stay for 2-3 days. There rooms are very big and very good, a/c was very clean and a very good property. There surrounding hotels and resort and there location is very silent.

We reached there at night, we slept and then first day we went to Imagica Rides. We enjoyed in this place, we sat in all the rides and watched all the shows there. There main attraction was parade. We saw a parade and we took food and juice. Our family is very happy to visit this place.

Then evening we reached our resort. Then we had dinner in our room. There food is very tasty and they were very quick in service. Staff is very respectful. Second day we went to acquire water park. We totally enjoyed there. We tried all the games. We went to waves zone, kids zone and many other zones. We were very happy with this water park, there are all types of facility. Food, juice and locker facility is also available. You must visit this place.
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Shilpam Rajput

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  • Shilpam Rajput
  • Lives in Jabalpur
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1048 readers

"Great place to hangout with friends"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Located nearby Pune, Lonavala is a great place to hangout with friends and family. Visit during monsoon and you will be mesmerised by the breathtaking views, weather. Food is costly and you should carry an umbrella/ raincoat if you don't catch cold. Overall a lovely place to visit and have fun.
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Anuvansh sinha

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  • Anuvansh sinha
  • 2 Reviews
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"Peaceful and isolated place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Lovely, peaceful and isolated destination. Cool weather must visit place in monsoon. Awesome Lions Point one can visit with loved ones if they are looking for a place in India where society is not questioning your privacy, one can freely dance & walk hand in hand.
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Dharmil Shah

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  • Dharmil Shah
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 5 photos
  • 6 Reviews
  •  2182 readers

"Nice hill station"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This is the place which is on the top of mountain. It takes 2 hours to reach this destination from Mumbai. You should visit Bushy dam, Kumar resort which has video games, swimming pool and water rides. It is famous for chikki which is made from sugar, jaggery and different types of dry fruits.
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Ashwin George

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  • Ashwin George
  • Lives in Bhilai
  • 3 photos
  • 7 Reviews
  •  1120 readers

"Best hill station near Mumbai"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
A very decent option for a weekend getaway. The climate is cool and it's at it's pristine best during monsoons. The sight during rains is something to behold. You can also catch glimpses of the most stunning and expensive cars and bikes here, as motor sports happen almost every weekend here. A must visit if you are tired of daily routine life.
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Siddharth Patira

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  • Siddharth Patira
  • Lives in Rajkot
  • 1 Review
  •  783 readers

"Best hillstation in Maharashtra"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Lonavala is a hill station surrounded by green valleys in western India near Mumbai. The Karla Caves and the Bhaja Caves are ancient Buddhist shrines carved out of the rock. They feature massive pillars and intricate relief sculptures. South of the Bhaja Caves sits the imposing Lohagad Fort, with its 4 gates. West of here is Bhushi Dam, where water overflows onto a set of steps during rainy season.
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Parag Joshi

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  • Parag Joshi
  • Lives in Pune
  • 51 photos
  • 31 Reviews
  •  12 helpful votes
  •  7879 readers

"Best place for short vacation and close to Mumbai n Pune"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This place is near from both Mumbai and Pune and best location for nature lovers. I will suggest you to live in lonavala for 2 nights and 3 days nad visit the following:

Places of attractions-Carla caves, tiger point, Ambi valley, wax museum, Khandala Ghat, Rajmachi falls and fort, Lohgad etc. Adventure sports also available. Best season to visit this place is Winter and rainy. Dense vegetation, cleanliness, large number of waterfalls make the place very beautiful and relaxing.
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Himanshu Jain

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  • Himanshu Jain
  • Lives in Tinsukia
  • 3 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  977 readers

"Lovely Lonavala experience"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Lonavala is a superb place to spend a day or a weekend The ghats joining to Lonavala are superb if you take the old road new express way is a quick place to reach out. The hotels 2 star would cost 1500-Rs for a night. Lonavala has lots of points to see. Tiger point is an awesome place and the corn bhajji is awesome as well The famous bushi dam is an awesome place in rainy season but too crowded its advisable not to go with family. Pavna dam is an awesome place as well. Even in the shallow water you can see fishes.
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