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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Jaidev Lohia

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  • 5 Reviews
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"An ideal vacation spot" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
If you're planning a trip but time is a constraint then Lonavala is the place for you. Just 100 km from Mumbai and you can enjoy the mountains. Mostly crowded on weekends. Best during monsoons. Many hotels and private bungalows available to stay on rent basis. Be advised to make reservations in hotels at least 2 weeks before during monsoons and winter.

For the riders out there, a very good destination for a short trip and solo riding. Rajmachi a very good spot for off road riding experience and a pleasure for the trek enthusiasts. Don't forget to visit Rajmachi fort.

For adventure seekers "Della Adventure" is the place for you in Lonavala. Land & water zorbing, ATV riding, mountain climbing are a few to mention.
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Shubham Shewale

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  • Lives in Pune
  • 7 Reviews
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"Enjoyed vacations at Lonavala" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Last few weeks I had my best vacations ever at lonavala. I enjoyed many sightseeing spots at Lonavala. Enjoyed waterfalls at Lonavala. Lonavala is the best to go with family. Lonavala has many temples and religious places. Lonavala has many hill station. Everywhere green. I recommend everyone to visit.
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Asmita Pradhan

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"Visit only During Monsoon" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
To be honest, Lonavala is one of those overrated places. Hardly 100 km, you can drive down there in less than 2 hours by taking the Sion-Panvel Highway. You can also take the Indian Railways from Pune or Mumbai to reach this place.

The best season to visit is definitely the Monsoon season that is June-August, but not on weekends as there will be way too many people who'd be visiting the place. To avoid traffic on the Expressway and also in Lonavla, I advise you to go on weekday.

Some notable points to visit are Tiger Point and Bhushi Dam. Make sure you carry an extra pair of clothes as the weather is unpredictable.

It's a one time visit place for me. I would rate 5.5 for this place just for the view from the point when it was foggy and the curvy roads.

Don't Stay back if you are a residing in Mumbai or Pune, definitely not worth it. More than 2-3 days stay, it's a one day trip!
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Jack Sparrow

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"Awesome experience" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I went along with my wife for a 3 days trip, during the first week of July, the climate was very pleasant, wasn't rainy this time, but enjoyable. Loved those 3 days of stay. Awesome Food, awesome places to visit like Bhushi Dam, Tigers Point, Lohagarh Fort, Aamby Valley, etc. Having corn bajji at Tigers Point at midnight and early in the morning during the sunrise is a must.
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Sourabh Kumar

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"Best must visit" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
This is the awesome place to visit in month of July and August. In this place all the things are natural beauty with lots of waterfall. There are more than 1000 of small and big waterfall and it feels like heaven. You feel cloud like snow floating in the sky.
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Shubham Agrawal

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"Perfect for a 1-2 day trip" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It's very near to Mumbai. Has 4-5 good places to visit like Tiger point, wax museum, bhusi dam, khandala etc. Not very expensive also. You can get a cab to ride you to all the spots in a day for about INR 1000. Local chikkis are good. Has basic things like McD, theatre etc. You can visit everywhere in a day so keep that in mind.
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Shubhi Almal

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"Visited in the wrong season" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We went for a family wedding in Mumbai and decided to have a one day trip to Lonavala. The trip was not that good. There was practically nothing to see and that is because of the season. The guide said "This is the Kashmir of Maharashtra". Well, I was unable to see even the K of Kashmir there. Each and every place we visited, we felt like I have seen many better places than this. Why did we waste our time here. But that said, I have heard from the local people there that we visited in the wrong season. Well, that happens when you don't read reviews of a place before visiting. Anyways, point taken.
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Anirudh Chundawat

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"An amazing place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Try going in the rainy season. It is a must visit destination for anyone seeking scenic beauty, peace or just a reunion with friends. The most well known amusement park and waterpark in the country, Imagica and Aquamagica will keep the adrenaline pumping.
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"Amazing Experience" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Lonavala is a must place to visit during the rainy season. It was pouring cats and dogs and we felt like we were walking in the clouds. It was misty with a very cold and pleasant weather. We experienced a beautiful act of nature where water was flowing upwards in a water fall.

The journey towards Lonavla is in itself very scenic. The Sahyadri range covered in green looks as if a green carpet is laid over it with the natural waterfalls trailing down the mountain range. If you are a true nature lover, you need nothing else in the solace of nature. On the way to Lonavala you may stop on the highway to have hot corn 'bhutta' and bhajis, not forgetting the vada pavs.

Considering the weather jeans and full t-shirt with a jacket is advisable.

If you are travelling from Mumbai or Pune Lonavala can be a 1 day trip. There are numerous resorts at Lonavala and Khandala in case you decide to stay overnight.
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"Must visit place during Monsoon" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
During monsoon you must visit Lonavala specially 2 place in Lonavala which is Bhushi Dam and Tiger point. Lots of college and family public went to Bhushi Dam to just the amazing view of waterfall and mountain view. Tiger point where Saturday night there is Dj which is unofficial and party going whole night. Must visit for college students.
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