Lonavala Tourism

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

History of Lonavala

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 "Lonavala", 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 mainstay 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.

Things To Do in Lonavala

The Tungi Fort of Lonavala is one of its famous tourist spots. Malik Ahmed founded the fort near the village of Karjat. 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.

Lonavala is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Pune and Thane.

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Unexplorededges F & d

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  • Unexplorededges F & d
  • Lives in Pune
  • 6 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
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"Lonavala: A short day out trip" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
If your bored and don't want to travel a lot or ride for long. Lonavala is a place for folks in Pune and Mumbai. Just about a hour long drive Lonavala is a place where you can chill around. This place is usually crowded during Weekends and Holidays. You can chill around visit a few location around and get back to work. Bhushi Dam, Tigers points are some of the top attraction out here. You can find many shops around selling Lonavala chikki and fudge. This could be a day long trip with many resorts and Hotels.
Lonavala is easily connected with locals from Pune and Mumbai.
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Vicky Jain

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"Tiger Point/Hill"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This is one of the famous tourist points of the Tourist laden Hill station- Lonavla.
The place is a Hill top as the name it self suggests, it'll be on all the tourist manuals of Lonavla. My trip to Lonavla & Tiger hill were Good & eyeopening at the same time. This point provides a beautiful view, serene surroundings and the weather is the lovely.
There are many food points on the top selling Maggi & regular snacks with Hot tea & coffee. While you enjoy and take in the natural surroundings, there are few things to note which might save you from a horrible experience altogether.
1. Any sort of Altercation or mere misunderstanding with any local (parking guys/stall people etc) will get you between 50 people who'll beat the crap out of you.
2. Couples are advised to travel in Big groups only, or else you will find people taking your case and you will be helpless before a mob.
3. Youngsters travelling in groups refrain from getting too excited, as expressing too much amazement is not allowed.
4. Just go silently, have a maggi and click a few pics and head back calmly.
On my trip I saw 7 guys beaten on road for having an altercation with a local parking guy. They were pulled out of their car by a mob which came out of no where with rods and began slapping, bashing the guys while those guys pleaded for mercy. The kind of violence I saw, where it had become a free for all to beat those guys. Our driver advised to stay inside the car while stating-" This is normal when locals have issues with tourists! ".
This is a personal account of my visit.
The place is splendid with nature all around, kindly keep the place clean by avoiding plastic items and disposing food waste properly. Have a good trip!
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Dhaval raval

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"Good place for a weekend"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Lonavala is a place to relax and spend some quality time with loved ones. There are very few sightseeing places which is actually a plus point. All the places are great for unwinding the stress of city life. There are some good places to eat too. Don't forget to grab a box or two of chikkis from Lonavala.
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Sunil Pinto

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  • Sunil Pinto
  • Lives in Thane
  • 12 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
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"Monsoon masti"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 17, 2017
Lonavala is a good destination for Mumbaikars and Puneites for weekend relaxation. You do have few places worth visiting like Bhurshi dam and few waterfalls during the monsoons only and karla caves. Apart from these the place is good for relaxation. Chilling during the winters can be great too. The place offers a number of hotels and restaurants and the connectivity to this small town is perfect.
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Sunil mayani

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"Amazing Monsoon Destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 28, 2016
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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  •  40 helpful votes
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"Beautiful hill station"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 22, 2016
Lonavala is the best destination for a weekend weekend getaway near Mumbai/Pune. Though its 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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"Weekend Getaway"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 12, 2016
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 Aug 27, 2016
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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"Nice place for a weekend getaway"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Aug 27, 2016
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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"Wonderful, cool whether, close to nature, medium endurance, nice people enjoy the rivers, forest Wal"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Aug 21, 2016
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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