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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Romit Agarwal
  • Romit Agarwal
  • Lives in Bhiwandi
  • 5 Reviews

"Best place to visit in Summer" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Lonavala is the best place to visit during summer and rainy season if you are around Mumbai or Pune. The forts, dams, waterfalls, mountain hill tops are a great thing to visit at just one place. The climate is very nice. One should must visit Lonavala.
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Tanaji Shirsat
  • Tanaji Shirsat
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review

"A good holiday spot" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
A nice and a peaceful hillstation with great scenic beauty. Great place to take a break from daily routine of city life. Nice place for relaxation. Easy to locate, buses from Mumbai ply almost everyday. And also number of other hill station like matheran are nearby.
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Suraj Jain
  • Suraj Jain
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 6 Reviews

"A romantic destination for couples" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Visit the destination as it's a good place to relax and a romantic destination for couples. Good place to roam with family.

Must visit- Lion's Point, Wax Museum, Shooting Points and Monkey's Point.

Food- Chikki is famous to eat.

Nice local food and fruits. Overall, a good place to visit.
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  • 11 votes

Zia Raie
  • Zia Raie
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 4 photos
  • 4 Reviews

"A place to visit only in monsoon" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Actually I visited here at wrong season this time around. This destination is the best known for Monsoon season. Earlier I visited here couple of times but only in monsoon and I have lots & lots of good memories of this place with my wife & with my friends as well.

Travel only and only by your own car for the best experience of Lonavala. Stay in the hotel which is nearby the main market but have decent green view from the hotel room. This place is the best when you are travelling with your spouse. Try various types of Chikki here.
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Mayur Ade
  • Mayur Ade
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review

"Lets take a break" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
The place Lonavala is so awful. Every morning in Lonavla is as such fantastic as an heaven's divine. The cold and chills at night is just too much to bare for a person. Its gotta be the best ever natural a/c you can't control. Imagine you been to this place and you lose your memory you won't know whether you are alive on earth or died peacefully in heaven. Lonavala is a developing fascinating City. At times its a good place to visit with your loved ones. You can travel there with your friends and family. You might wanna visit foreign but this place is good even then places like Maldives and California.
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Darshana Mehta
  • Darshana Mehta
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 4 Reviews

"Perfect getaway weekend"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Overall experience is good within one and half hour you are at your destination. Good weekend getaway and also for a day picnic. Worth a visit. Wax museum is added attraction. Sunny da dhaba awesome for food and music. Kumar resort is also a good option for summer getaways. Tiger point and Bhushi dam must visit during rains.
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Sameer Shahji
  • Sameer Shahji
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review

"Summer is worst time to go to Lonavala"

  • 2/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We went on 22- Feb-15, the climate was damn hot felt like not going out of vehicle. We visited Elvira temple, wax museum, tiger point, lion point, bushy dam, monkey point. Climate was very hot so not able to enjoy as planned. While returning sunset view was pretty good.
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Murtaza Khopoliwala
  • Murtaza Khopoliwala
  • 3 Reviews

"A superb place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It is one of most beautiful place in Maharashtra there are different tourist points such as sunset point, tiger valley ect one should visit there in rainy season. In this season we see beauty of nature in form of greenery, waterfall, etc Bushi dam is one of best place to visit. There are various hotels to dine. It is a good place for vacation with family friends.
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Shubham Bhavsar
  • Shubham Bhavsar
  • Lives in Pune
  • 1 Review

"Best destination in rainy season"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I like it's whether in rainy season cool place for enjoying with friends, couple, family. It's near from Pune and Mumbai it's about 100 km from Pune. I really enjoyed this trip with my friends. There is nothing in summer season. There are best hotels to stay at night McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Dominos also available.
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Viresh Modi
  • Viresh Modi
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 3 Reviews

"A fabulous place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
My lonavala tour was so amazing. A fabulous Places where you can enjoy it. You must visit bhushi dam, Fort like place, Also very close to Adlab imagica

So there are lot of places where you can spend time also enjoy to yourself and refresh, how ever there is not easily available to hire bike, motor cycle like on rent. So on first day it will get very difficult to travel across city.
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