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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Rama Nagesh

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  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 5 Reviews
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"Fantastic view - hill station" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Lonavala -- name itself bring good feeling and vibrations.

Fantastic location and ideal for honeymoon. Couple can enjoy their moment.

Local transportation is affordable and good. Most of hotels provide good food like paratha, and south indian also. Don't miss corn. One will get corn everywhere. Not much for shopping. One can buy local sweets like chakki, etc which are really good.
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Shankar K

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"A nice place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
We have stayed for two days at Lonavala and seen all the sightseeing and local tour. We have seen mandir, caves, tiger point and many more. We have taken self photos and videos over there. The driver is very very co-operative. When we were there, the rain was there.
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Shadab Sheikh

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  • Shadab Sheikh
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 13 Reviews
  •  23 helpful votes
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"Monsoon Treat" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Lonavala is located in a mid way of Pune and Mumbai. Its a weekend spot for both the cities, specially for Mumbaikars. During monsoon season this place is treat to watch. From Burshi Dam to Lion point, you can't afford to miss anything. To see the beauty of this place you have to visit in day time, but if want to party Saturday night is the best time to be there.

Don't forget to take Lonavala chikki
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Mahesh jadhav

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"Lonavala - Hill station near to city"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Lonavala- Hill station near to city. Masti, Magic, Family, all there in lonavala. Great to visit at any time of the year.
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Sanket Shah

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"The best getaway"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
When you stay in Mumbai you need a get away every now and then from the stressful life, traffic and pollution. Well now Lonavala has also become equally commercial but still it is relaxing. The dhabas for food are amazing here but very heavy food. One must take the favourite chikis (sweet) that you get here.
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Nirav Shah

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  • Nirav Shah
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"Ready to hang out from routine life"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Lonavala is tourist place well known for waterfall and scene scenery. Best time is to visit in rainy seasons. Due to its popularity it is somewhat costly in main season like summer and rainy. One need to do good bargain for hotel stay to sightseeing and car on hire. Small but good city with lots of natural resources around it. Perfect place for small hangout with family or friend.
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Harshal Desai

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"Perfect Hangout"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Perfect place to hangout out with college friends, family, office friends and list goes on. Wonderful hill station with list of Bushy dam, Van Van dam etc best place to chill out for Mumbaikars after their busy long schedule. Perfect weekend destinations and don't forget to get tempted with chikkis A-1 chikki best sweet in the world. Its Heaven for every Mumbaikars you can visit anytime.
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Bhavik Kothari

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"Awesome place to visit"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Lonavala is one of the best tourist place in Maharashtra. The best time to visit is in rainy season. There are many places of attraction in Lonavala. It is a perfect place for family picnic. There are many hotels available for stay in Lonavala city.
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Sunny Jaiswal

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  • Sunny Jaiswal
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"Perfect getaway for monsoons"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Lonavala is famous for its waterfalls and scenery it provides. Go during the monsoon season and you'll find several natural waterfalls on your way. Local food stall are available right next to them offering everything ranging from pakodas to hookahs to garma garam chaais.
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"Nice but very dirty city"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Lonavala as a city is dirty and chaotic. Also even roadside hotel charge you at the price of TAJ or PRESIDENT hotels. Sightseeing and tourist places to visit are nice and worth visiting. Fine for weekend visit once in few years.
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