Lonavala Tourism
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Lonavala Tourism

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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Nirav Shah

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  • 13 Reviews
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"Ready to hang out from routine life" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted Today
Lonavala is tourist place well known for waterfall and scene scenery. Best time is to visit in rainy seasons. Due to its popularity it is somewhat costly in main season like summer and rainy. One need to do good bargain for hotel stay to sightseeing and car on hire. Small but good city with lots of natural resources around it. Perfect place for small hangout with family or friend.
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Harshal Desai

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  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review

"Perfect Hangout" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted Yesterday
Perfect place to hangout out with college friends, family, office friends and list goes on. Wonderful hill station with list of Bushy dam, Van Van dam etc best place to chill out for Mumbaikars after their busy long schedule. Perfect weekend destinations and don't forget to get tempted with chikkis A-1 chikki best sweet in the world. Its Heaven for every Mumbaikars you can visit anytime.
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Bhavik Kothari

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"Awesome place to visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Lonavala is one of the best tourist place in Maharashtra. The best time to visit is in rainy season. There are many places of attraction in Lonavala. It is a perfect place for family picnic. There are many hotels available for stay in Lonavala city.
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Sunny Jaiswal

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  • Lives in Vadodara
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"Perfect getaway for monsoons" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Lonavala is famous for its waterfalls and scenery it provides. Go during the monsoon season and you'll find several natural waterfalls on your way. Local food stall are available right next to them offering everything ranging from pakodas to hookahs to garma garam chaais.
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Chaitali Lodaya

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"Nice but very dirty city" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Lonavala as a city is dirty and chaotic. Also even roadside hotel charge you at the price of TAJ or PRESIDENT hotels. Sightseeing and tourist places to visit are nice and worth visiting. Fine for weekend visit once in few years.
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Shoghi Bagul

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"Visiting Lonavala at the end of the year is awesome"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Visiting Lonavala in winters was an amazing experience overall. Did expect it to be very cool as the history says the temperature during December usually goes to 14 degrees but it was amazing to get the warm clothes packed in the bags and enjoy the natural beauty there. Also it did rain heavily which was the most loved part of the trip. Though it changed our plans but we loved it.

Places I visited was Karla Caves, Dungri Lake. There are a number of lakes and valleys around Lonavala to visit also some tourist spots but we didn't go out there. Rather took a walk across the small town, exploring the people and their living. Had been to Dungari lake early morning after a heavy rainfall during the nights to enjoy the amazing sun rise.

The local shops are full of Chikkis, Fudge of various kinds. One must surely get them. Grab as much as you can and get an appointment to diagnose Diabetes.

Advice: Its a great place to relax for people who love nature, scenic beauty, lakes. Also for photographers they can capture to various amazing landscapes nearby.
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Romit Agarwal

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  • 5 Reviews
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"Best place to visit in Summer"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Lonavala is the best place to visit during summer and rainy season if you are around Mumbai or Pune. The forts, dams, waterfalls, mountain hill tops are a great thing to visit at just one place. The climate is very nice. One should must visit Lonavala.
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Tanaji Shirsat

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  • 1 Review
  •  17 helpful votes
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"A good holiday spot"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
A nice and a peaceful hillstation with great scenic beauty. Great place to take a break from daily routine of city life. Nice place for relaxation. Easy to locate, buses from Mumbai ply almost everyday. And also number of other hill station like matheran are nearby.
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Suraj Jain

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"A romantic destination for couples"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Visit the destination as it's a good place to relax and a romantic destination for couples. Good place to roam with family.

Must visit- Lion's Point, Wax Museum, Shooting Points and Monkey's Point.

Food- Chikki is famous to eat.

Nice local food and fruits. Overall, a good place to visit.
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Zia Raie

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"A place to visit only in monsoon"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Actually I visited here at wrong season this time around. This destination is the best known for Monsoon season. Earlier I visited here couple of times but only in monsoon and I have lots & lots of good memories of this place with my wife & with my friends as well.

Travel only and only by your own car for the best experience of Lonavala. Stay in the hotel which is nearby the main market but have decent green view from the hotel room. This place is the best when you are travelling with your spouse. Try various types of Chikki here.
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