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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Darshana Mehta
  • Darshana Mehta
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 4 Reviews

"Perfect getaway weekend" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Overall experience is good within one and half hour you are at your destination. Good weekend getaway and also for a day picnic. Worth a visit. Wax museum is added attraction. Sunny da dhaba awesome for food and music. Kumar resort is also a good option for summer getaways. Tiger point and Bhushi dam must visit during rains.
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Sameer Shahji
  • Sameer Shahji
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review

"Summer is worst time to go to Lonavala" new review

  • 2/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
We went on 22- Feb-15, the climate was damn hot felt like not going out of vehicle. We visited Elvira temple, wax museum, tiger point, lion point, bushy dam, monkey point. Climate was very hot so not able to enjoy as planned. While returning sunset view was pretty good.
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Murtaza Khopoliwala
  • Murtaza Khopoliwala
  • 3 Reviews

"A superb place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
It is one of most beautiful place in Maharashtra there are different tourist points such as sunset point, tiger valley ect one should visit there in rainy season. In this season we see beauty of nature in form of greenery, waterfall, etc Bushi dam is one of best place to visit. There are various hotels to dine. It is a good place for vacation with family friends.
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Shubham Bhavsar
  • Shubham Bhavsar
  • Lives in Pune
  • 1 Review

"Best destination in rainy season" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
I like it's whether in rainy season cool place for enjoying with friends, couple, family. It's near from Pune and Mumbai it's about 100 km from Pune. I really enjoyed this trip with my friends. There is nothing in summer season. There are best hotels to stay at night McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Dominos also available.
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Viresh Modi
  • Viresh Modi
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 3 Reviews

"A fabulous place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
My lonavala tour was so amazing. A fabulous Places where you can enjoy it. You must visit bhushi dam, Fort like place, Also very close to Adlab imagica

So there are lot of places where you can spend time also enjoy to yourself and refresh, how ever there is not easily available to hire bike, motor cycle like on rent. So on first day it will get very difficult to travel across city.
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Chanchal Dasgupta
  • Chanchal Dasgupta
  • Lives in Barrackpore
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  • 8 Reviews

"Excellent gateway for short holiday" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Lonavala is always a great destination with excellent resorts and sightseeing places. We have stayed over the years in 5 -6 different resorts but every time it looks new. The weather is great in rainy season whether the fountains and dams are full with water. There are lot of local delicacies to enjoy in the company of family and friends. Even 2 days are good enough to rejuvenate and recharge.
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Abhishrut Parihar
  • Abhishrut Parihar
  • Lives in Pune
  • 5 Reviews

"Perfectly romantic" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Lonavala is the place if you want to go out on a trip for a day or two with family and friends over the weekend. For people staying close-by like Mumbai or Pune, its a great refreshing and soothing.The trip can be planned for a weekend. The weather was good - pleasant in the morning, rains in the evening. Perfectly romantic. :)
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Gaurav B
  • Gaurav B
  • Lives in Navi Mumbai
  • 1 Review

"A must go destination"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Lonavala is one of the most favorite place of people residing in Navi Mumbai. An hour drive by super-sonic high way and you are pushed in the laps of nature. Destination is best enjoyed in monsoon followed by winters. So many places to roam around and good food to eat. Couple of things you should not miss are Cooper's Choco Walnut Fudge, Navratna Farsan and snacks, Ram Krishna Lunch (for veg people).
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Priyankshu Mukherjee
  • Priyankshu Mukherjee
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 8 Reviews

"Great place for a one night outing"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Lonavala is the place if you want to go out on a trip for a day or two with family and friends over the weekend. For people staying closeby like Mumbai or Pune, its a great refreshing and soothing break from the daily routine. With good points to visit and many temples and fort, Lonavala is a mix of adventurous, religious and fun filled destination.
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Mayur
  • Mayur
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 3 Reviews

"Awesome Trip"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Lonavala Khandala is a good place to visit. The trip can be planned for a weekend. The weather was good - pleasant in the morning, rains in the evening. Perfectly romantic. :) The Celebrity museum and the bhatsa dam are the places which we liked the most.
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