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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Mahesh Vanmali

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  • Lives in Navi Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews
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"Good Destination" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Lonavala is a great hill station situated in between Pune and Mumbai. Its about 90 km from Mumbai and about 70 km from pune. This place "LONAVALA" is a very peaceful, calm and a kind of romantic place one should must visit this place with friends and family. A very nice place.
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Rashmi Agrawal

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  • Rashmi Agrawal
  • Lives in Nagpur
  • 1 Review
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"Lonavala on Bike" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
It was my best trip till now. I went to Lonavala on bike with my family. And it was fun. When I was on the way to Lonavala, it was raining. And we enjoyed fully. Then we reached there, weather of Lonavala is awesome. I loved the waterfall. It's really a very beautiful place.
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Paresh Parmar

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  • Paresh Parmar
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review
  •  186 readers

"Go for it" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
It's lion point at Lonavala. Awesome place and best time to visit is in July, rainy time. Amazing waterfall and wow greenery at all place. Its 100 - 120 km per way at Mumbai Maharashtra towards Pune. Yes we can travel via old Pune - Goa highway. Near place to visit is bhushi dam.
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Vidit Goyal

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"Travel only with your own vehicle" new review

  • 3/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
I traveled to Lonavala for short trip, it's a nice place. Only problem I faced was absence of local transport. There were few auto drivers, but there charges were highly irrelevant. They asked for 500-600 bucks for a distance of 10-12 km. I was very upset and didn't visit most of the places. I went to wax museum, its very nicely built. Hotels are also good and can get hotel deal for very reasonable price.
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Deepak Rahang

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  • Deepak Rahang
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 17 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
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"Lonavala - A beautiful hill station" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Lonavala is a great hill station situated in between pune and mumbai. Its. Its about 90 km from Mumbai and about 70 km from pune. Its a good weekend destination for young and old. Lonavala gives you great mix of the adventures and peaceful destination, And of-course don't forget to eat chikki.
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Yoginder Yoginder

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  • Lives in Delhi
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  •  147 helpful votes
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"Lonavala is a very peaceful and romantic place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
This place "LONAVALA" is a very peaceful, calm and a kind of romantic place one should must visit this place with friends and family. A very nice place. But during rainy season its not a good place to visit. The shooting points and waterfalls are the kind of things that make this place more beautiful.
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Himanshu Garg

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"Heaven of Western India" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I visited Lonavala with my friends in the month of February, the Lonavala is awesome and it has so much natural beauty. Person who goes to Lonavala has to visit Lonavala lake and buy & eat chikki of Lonavala. I said it heaven of western India. I strongly recommended it to everyone.
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Shrenik shah

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  • Shrenik shah
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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"Must visit destination for relaxed holidays in monsoon" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It is a must visit destination during monsoon. No outing activities required if you are lucky enough to have reached during rains. Generally all sight seeing places are good but Lions Point was exceptionally good as there was strong breezes of cold wind with little rain. We had been there to enjoy relaxed days but we turned up to spending two hectic days by giving away one day to sight seeing and the other to Imagica Theme Park. Rest Two days we enjoyed Swimming Pool, Table Tennis and Playing Cards at Room. In all it is a go-go destination with nice weather and within pocket budgets.
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Akshay Vibhute

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"Amazing hill station" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Trip was awesome. I saw very amazing hill station there and surrounding climate is the best. My experience was great. I saw a river in the middle of two mountain which was very beautiful. I saw many beautiful places there and river is one of them. It was one of the best trip in my life.
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Rajesh gothi

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  • Rajesh gothi
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Tourist have trashed the beautiful landscape" new review

  • 1.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was my first visit to Lonavala and Khandala, I had heard so much about these places. The weather was good - monsoon season.

The roads were bad to say the least. There is a lake in Khandala which does not have proper access and is not maintained. The Karla caves cannot be reached by a handicapped person.

Tourists had played havoc with trashed the beautiful landscape. There was no sign of any municipality clearing up the hill sides or repairing the roads.

Dirty shacks, going by the name of Dhabas, were strewn all over the place. They offered unhygienic food, Hookahs and drinks. These dhabas in Khandala were also a law unto themselves. Charging parking fee as if they owned the place. Some of the larger dhabas along the highways, where bills could run up to several thousands for a family, did not accept credit or debit cards.

Summing up, although nature and weather have been kind to these places, people and a couldn't care less government, have messed it up. I would not step into these places again unless there is all round improvement.
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