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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Sunil mayani

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  • Sunil mayani
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  641 readers

"Amazing Monsoon Destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Breathtaking views, Lovely weather, Cozy beds, Adventurous points (Tiger, Lions, Bushi Dam), Chilled Swimming pool, Hot Tea, Lovely chikkis, Excellent food at Hotel Chandralok / Veggies Restaurant, Hot and Sweet Buttas, Drive on the ghat, The Expressway. What an Experience !!
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"Beautiful hill station near Mumbai/Pune"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Lonavala is The best destination for a weekend near Mumbai/Pune. Though it's beauty is at peak during the monsoons, when hundreds of waterfalls and streams flow down from green hills, yet it has its own charm throughout the year for holiday makers.
Hotels for every budget can easily be booked online. Many restaurants offer almost everything one can desire.
Major attractions are:
The Karla caves, The Lion point, The Pawna lake, The Shivkind pass, The Narayanidevi temple, Khandala point etc. But during rainy season, most prefer to go to the Bushy dam and surroundings because of many waterfall around, and the lion point where you can feel the clouds surrounding you.
Definitely a very nice hill station with nature that you can enjoy during weekends.
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Kumar Narayanan

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  • Kumar Narayanan
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews
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"Weekend Getaway"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Fantastic place for weekend getaway. Overall the experience was very good. Lonavala city is clean but now crowded as compared to earlier visits. Lonavala has all sorts of facilities & the new attraction being the wax museum. Lonavla also has a lot of malls in the market place
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Ashima Dhawan

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  • Ashima Dhawan
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Get-away to mountains"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
When you stay in Mumbai or Pune, you're for sure having a hectic life because these cities are fast and don't stop for anyone. Me, specially being from Delhi couldn't adjust to mumbai's life but then I went to lonavla. And I knew this is where I wanted to be. It's not a high class city but what attracts you the most is its scenic beauty when you drive to the bhushi dam or the tiger point. What people don't know is they can also trek to this less commercialised village called Rajmachi and stay up there in tents. The weather is always pleasant and the hotels are reasonable like Mortal Residency or Dream Holidays. I won't compare it with the north mountains but when you're in Maharashtra, go visit Lonavla. The famous show Bigg Boss' set is also in Lonavla.
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Unique mehta

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  • Unique mehta
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"Nice place for a weekend getaway"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Visited Lonavala in August 2016. Apparently a perfect time to visit this place. Not too far from major cities like Mumbai and Pune is a big advantage. Visiting from Pune was especially easy because of low traffic.
There are not much places to visit here so 2 days are enough IMO.
You can find the places to visit on HolidayIQ itself. But for us, visit to Tiger's Leap or Tiger Point was the most beautiful experience. Low passing clouds and gushing wind made our 2 hr visit to this most relaxing. Bushy dam is also worth visiting but with too many tourist visiting this place, it kind of gets noisy. Yet another place for scenic beauty is Rajmachi point on the way to Adlabs Imagica (25km from Lonavala).
Adding Adlabs Imagica to the itinerary is advisable. A perfect place to get lost in adventures with your friends. The park has some decent attractions by International standards. I have visited Universal Studios Singapore and can say that Imagica has done a pretty commendable job.
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Ahmad .

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  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Wonderful, cool whether, close to nature, medium endurance, nice people enjoy the rivers, forest Wal"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Wonderful, cool whether, close to nature, medium endurance, nice people enjoy the rivers, forest walk, scenic beauty, nice food by villagers.
One or two day travelling. Close by train and bus routes are available. Fun and adventure. Carry lot of water and fluids.
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Nirav mehta

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  • Nirav mehta
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews
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"Pleasant Trip, Relaxed & Exciting"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 9, 2016
The oft visited place on weekends is much better on weekdays
We went to Lonavla on 7th & 8th August and enjoyed the climate like anythjng
We went to Tungarli dam, which is not as famous as Bhushu dam (cos it doesn't have flowing water flow but just a reservoir) but still is very peaceful and scenic in itself - you can get a glimpse of Lonavla hill station from the peak!
And Bhushi dam was as fantastic as ever with my 4 year old son having a real blast !! He walked and danced and jumped and slept in the flowing water !!!
There is a new restaurant just opposite Kumar Resort by name Piccadilly or something like that, it's a pure veg hotel and we had a wonderful Jain Dinner there !!
Have got a deal with my son for once a year Monsoon visit to Lonavla now !!!
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"One day picnic"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 8, 2016
I alongwith my son Anshuman went to Lonavala to enjoy rains on 7/8/16 I. E. Yesterday. Although all the famous tourist spots were closed yesterday, we were still determined to go to Lonavala. We hired a rikshaw for rs. 1500/-and first went to Narayan dham Sansthan. Its a Jain Mandirwhere one can book a room to stay, have a vegetarian breakfast, lunch, dinner at a very reasonable price. Then we went to tungarli dam. Its a quiet place and one can view Lonavala city from there. Then we went to rajmachi point. Where we viewed express Highway, monkey point and beautiful SAHYADRI and lots of waterfalls. There are some hotels and stalls to eat. Then we proceeded to pavna dam. Entire journey was soothing to the eyes. There is a hotel near dam, so no need to carry food items. I am happy that this time we explored some different locations. Ofcourse journeyed with buying lots of Chikki and fudge for which Lonavala is famous.
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Mandar pandit

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  • Mandar pandit
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"Nice place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 27, 2016
Perfect place as there as many waterfalls, hence members are advised to carry extra pair of clothes with them. Carry as less gadgets as possible so as you can enjoy the climate and waterfall. Driving through the rains was fabulous experience but be cautious as it is foggy and visibility is very less so drive slowly and enjoy the climate.
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Mukesh Sagar

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"First Preference for Mumbaikars"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 23, 2016
Lonavala is the place most popular among the Mumbaikars. This is very close to Mumbai. Can be visited on any day. The place has got many waterfalls, dams, hill points.

In Rainy Season it becomes very crowded but that is the season when you should visit the place, drench yourself in rain, eat hot pakodas, or corn in the rain at the hilltop and enjoy the view.
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