Lonavala Tourism

Lonavala Tourism

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  • HDoshi
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 30 photos
  • 19 Reviews

"Best place to get Fudge and Chikki" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
This place is popular in the rains. However, there is nothing much great in Lonavala. There are few points where you can go. Sunset point is a must visit place in Lonavala. If you are going in rains then dams are full and you enjoy there. You....... More
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Mohan Poduval

"Best time is during the winter and monsoon" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Being an avid photographer, I love travelling a lot and I mean a lot. To capture the people of all walks and life and the culture behind them. One of them is the famous, Karja Caves in Lonavala. Great having an insight of how humanity and....... More
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S Chowdhury
  • S Chowdhury
  • Lives in Pune
  • 2 Reviews

"Works well for a short break"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We've been to Lonavala a number of times. It's a bit over hyped, but being close to Pune, a perfect destination for a short, relaxed break during the weekends. There are a number of tourist spots in and around for people to visit. And Khandala....... More
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Neha Singh
  • Neha Singh
  • Lives in Pune
  • 11 Reviews

"Not that good place. It's overhyped."

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It's good for one time stay if you want too see the much hyped Lonavala Khandala. There's a lot of crowd and traffic on the roads. The beauty of the mountains is losing over there. To visit: If you move out of the city then there are a....... More
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Vb Singh
  • Vb Singh
  • 7 Reviews

"Great stay it was"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Looking forward to going again. A 2-day stay is not enough to explore Lonavala and Khandala in a better manner. Many things are there to be done, which surely would be accomplished during the next visit. Lonavala/Khandala, we are coming again....... More
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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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