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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Aditya Tamboli

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  • Aditya Tamboli
  • Lives in Alibag
  • 4 Reviews
  •  45 readers

"Best place to visit!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Had been for 3 days. Stayed at MTDC resort Karla. Place is very nice and must visit if you want to relax. There are few places to visit nearby but I would suggest if just to relax and enjoy the weather. Rainy is the best time to visit Lonavala as there is lot of fog and cold.
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VRV

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"A beautiful hill station with many attractions" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Lonavala, situated between Mumbai and Pune, is the most preferred weekend destination by most. The entire hill station turns into a heavenly place during rainy season with low floating clouds, numerous waterfall, green hills and fresh unpolluted cool air to rejuvenate the visitors.

However, it is still a lovely destination in non monsoon season too as there are beautiful views of hills and valleys and lakes. The most popular attractions include the Money hill point, the Dukes nose view, the Tigers leap and Shivling Darshan point. Other attractions include the Narayani Dhan, The Karla caves, The Bhaja caves, the Paena lake loop with Shivkhind pass.

The small town has many hotels to suit your budget. Many good restaurants offer wide choice of food. One of the most popular restaurant is the Rama Krishna in the main market. Those who wish to get a high class village dhabha can go for Kinara, approx three kms from the town towards Pune.

A nice weekend can be enjoyed in open natural surroundings at Govt. Run Karla resort that has greenery, independent cottages, the Indrayani river with water sports, all away from crowded city like Lonavala town itself. Definitely a must visit destination with all possible facilities.
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Satya Dash

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  • Satya Dash
  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
  • 1 Review
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"Relaxed destination!" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Nice place every should visit to this place who are staying at Maharashtra. Specially must visit this place in rainy season. Go there and make your mind cool. Been with friends & had a pleasant visit.
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Shuaib Memon

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  • Shuaib Memon
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Lonavala a great place!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Lonavala is a great weekend trip for us, because it's the nearest from our Mumbai and we as a family love every time we go there. Good hotels, good food, Love driving up to tiger point, just love that place. Express highway is a delight to reach there.
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Jagdish Raval

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  • Jagdish Raval
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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"Surrounded by many hills" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Lonavala and Khandala are just near to each other. Lonavala was hill station developed by Britishers specially for summer stay. Now it is not so, even in January having cold wave in North India here it was rather warm in noon. Overall a good destination to spend 2-3 days here with family. There are so many Hotels in Lonavala. They charge special higher Rates on Saturday- Sunday. It is advisable to book online by reading review which will cost almost half. Lonavala is surrounded by so many hilly point all around. We seen more than 100 store of '' MAGANLAL CHIKKI WALA'' for chickies. HOWEVER WE CAME TO KNOW MONSOON IS BEST SEASON TO VISIT LONAVALA.
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Sanjay Shah

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  • Sanjay Shah
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  727 readers

"Nice place for relaxation"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The place are awesome with reasonable budget and also in low durations you can reach. From Mumbai and Pune. There many hotels & lodge. Who offer you to stay. But there is nothing for shipping. And in winter and monsoon should be visiting. And the food are just good.
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Trevor Saldanha

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  • Trevor Saldanha
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 11 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Excellent place to have a refreshing weekend break"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Lonavala is one of our favourite Weekend Holiday Destinations. The weather is good, there are plenty of good hotels all over, many good restaurants to eat at & several places to go sight seeing too as well. It is only a short drive from Mumbai & driving down the Mumbai Pune Express way is a real pleasure. We generally prefer to stay a little away from the main market area, as it is very crowded & we like to enjoy the green & peaceful surroundings of this beautiful Hill Station.
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Sandip Kadiya

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  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Superb monsoon weekend & loved the scenery"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
What a great place this is, totally loved it scenery. I have been to Lonavala for 3 days, and it was brilliant experience. Perfect monsoon weekend destination. Loved the food here, Lonavala is the place where you can touch your hands to the cloud, at least you can feel it. Worth treasuring experience.
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Aravind amruthavarshini Chowdary

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  • Aravind amruthavarshini Chowdary
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 2 Reviews
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"Lonavala a complete holiday destination for all kinds of travelers."

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We were a group of 11 people. We hired a mini bus from Hyderabad for whole journey. We modified the bus as per our comfort removing a few seats making room for everyone. This actually turned out to be a very good idea as we got enough space for sleeping as well during travel. Bus charged Rs. 13. 5 per km and we have travelled 1350kms. Tolls, taxes and driver charges were extra. State taxes of Karnataka and Maharashtra were to be paid and that charged around Rs. 4000. Driver charges were Rs. 1400(Disappointing he didn't cooperate much during local travel as a result we had to hire autos, fact to be mentioned travel in auto was expensive in lonavala)

We started in Hyderabad at 9pm and reached Lonavala via Pune at 1pm the next day including 3hrs of waiting time for driver's sleep.

We stayed at a place called moti villa. It charged Rs. 7000 for 3 days. Not so luxurious but a comfortable place. Looked scarily old outside but not a bad place to stay. Its a 2 BHK duplex big enough for a gang of 11. Bed rooms were good and bathrooms well maintained. Hall was lil out of condition with water seepage and lost paint. But that's comfortable enough if you're not interested to capture photos over there. We planned to cook so we carried all the utensils. They provided both gas stove and firewood. Cooking is a good cost cutting idea if you wanna have a budget trip and have enough time.

We went sunset point. It was one of the nature's wonderful creation. I never thought a simple sunset in a hilly area would amaze me so much. The sunset is really worth watching. And the way from shooting point to sunset point was worth walking. On the way are a few places like monkey point lonavala lake. If you're interested take lot of selfies with all scenic beauties.

The next morning we went to Karla caves and Ekaveera devi mandir which is about 14kms. If you're a sweet lover don't forget to have freshly made kova here. It tastes awesome. And then we went to Pune for shopping. Went to Laxmi road for some pocket friendly shopping. Though every town has one such place its not a bad idea to get some handbags or sandals at low price from Pune. After all journey in local train from Lonavala to Pune is also worth travelling. But if you're travelling in winter don't forget to take winter clothes(Its pretty chill). Local trains run till 1:00 am night so even if you wanna spend time in Pune do spend but reach railway station by 12:00 am night as the last train to Lonavala leave from Pune at 12 am.

Our last day at Lonavala we went to Imagica. I have been to few amusement parks but this one is really worth spending. On a Sunday discount package Imagica ticket costed us 1599 per head. But rides were really thrilling. We had a buffet, Rs 400 per head at The Imagica Capital. Its a good buffet with 8 salads 3 desserts a mixed cuisine type with both veg and non veg served waiting time wasn't much. Worthy enough for 400. Imagica is good choice but we really missed aqua Imagica due to lack of time. Spend a day for Imagica and aqua Imagica they are worth spending. Take express tickets if possible that saves a lot of time. Each ride has a minimum of 30 mins waiting time. With kids its a must visit destination. Lonavala is a great place for all kinds of travellers, nature lovers, adventure sport enthusiasts, bikers, trekkers. Here's my experience. Take a week to enjoy yours.
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Manish Kothari

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"Must visit place in monsoon"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It was a brilliant experience, awesome food, superb hospitality, people here are simple and sweet, ever ready to attend guests. Nice picnic spots around, must try chikki. Perfect destination to spend monsoon weekend. Definitely recommended. Happy holidaying.
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