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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Hanna Bafna
  • Hanna Bafna
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 Review

"Awesome Lonavala and Aamby Valley"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Have been to Lonaval for three days from 11 to 14 November, 2014. It’s the most beautiful place to be around Pune and Mumbai. We got a chance to visit Aamby Valley as well, which is a beautiful place to be. A bit expensive though it’s a must visit place. We stayed at Cloud 9 Hotel which is near to Aamby Valley City. The surrounding is beautiful and eye catching.

The climate was also superb for the 3 days. The food at the hotel was also great. We had been to Kailash Parbat and Radha Krishna for dinner. The taste and ambience is also good. Places to visit are Bhushi Dam, Tiger Point, Lonavala Lake, Khandal Ghat. Will always recommend visiting Lonavala.
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Rasna Sethia
  • Rasna Sethia
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 4 Reviews

"Value for money destination"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Della adventure is a good place to visit in Lonavala, the rides and the ambience, food is also good. Go with your family and make sweet memories. Thanks to the team of this place and all the people who cared for our safety. Paisa wasoool place, take care of yourself.
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Ankit Lakhotia
  • Ankit Lakhotia
  • Lives in Surat
  • 1 Review

"Must visit during rainy season"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Amazing atmosphere along with amazing rains and amazing climate..!! The tiger point, monkey point and the waterfalls from mountains was a great natural experience. The place has less pollution. Must visit for a group of friends. Food available there is the local street food and the transport there is really good. Traffic is a concern. Visit only in rainy seasons else no use visiting that place. It is also fabulous for a day's picnic.
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Jerome Fonseca
  • Jerome Fonseca
  • Lives in Adra
  • 3 Reviews

"Delightful place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The sightseeing is good. I would recommend that people may go during monsoon as there are water fall everywhere. there is greenery everywhere. The fog at tiger hill is so much that we cannot see the person standing in front of us. Even there are camel & horses rides available at the tiger point.
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Ahmed  patel
  • Ahmed patel
  • Lives in Vapi
  • 5 Reviews

"A place filled with natural beauty"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Marvelous location and I found that this is one of the best I have ever visited till date. It is a natural beauty. There is a pollution free environment.. Overall it was good. I can't say anything about the beauty of this place, you have to go there and experience it. One can not describe the beauty of this place. It can be experienced by visiting place the place. You have nice activities there, like, swimming, golf, water rides etc.
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Aakash Pardeshi
  • Aakash Pardeshi
  • Lives in Pune
  • 1 Review

"Great place to visit and good facilities"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Lonavla is really a great place to visit on weekends. It’s merely 50 km away from Pune so we can hop on our bike anytime and for a mini vacation. Food is awesome and we can find many international outlets like KFC, McD and Pizza Hut. It’s a must visit place for any age group. Bhushi Dam, Tiger Point are my favourite places to visit in Lonavla. Hotel rates are reasonable too.
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Aruna Purushotha
  • Aruna Purushotha
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 6 Reviews

"Not a good experience"

  • 0.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
We reached Lonavala from Bangalore and we stayed at a hotel which was horrible. We booked a cab for sightseeing which was very expensive and the sightseeing was not worth at all. Basically, there was nothing to see and the weather in the month of April was really bad. All lakes and dams were dry and there were no good eating places. The dhabas was decent but apart from that there is nothing a person can enjoy in this place. This place is totally abandoned and it does not have any basic facilities.
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Siddhesh Pevekar
  • Siddhesh Pevekar
  • Lives in Pune
  • 4 Reviews

"Good place to be with family"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Oct 14, 2014
Its nice place to hang out with friends, family, single or couples , everyone will like this place. It is very famous and good place to hang out. Famous sightseeing places are bushi dam and tiger point. It is an amazing place and every one will love it.
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Gyanesh Tiwari
  • Gyanesh Tiwari
  • Lives in Pune
  • 3 Reviews

"Really Nice place to relax"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Oct 8, 2014
Excellent place to visit to take a break form our routine life and enjoy with family and friends. Just roam here and there, visit all points. Most of the places are within reach, I mean not so far from each other. Narayani Dham is must visit place, especially at night.
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Nutan Surya
  • Nutan Surya
  • 4 Reviews

"Must visit in rainy season"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Oct 7, 2014
This place should be visited especially in the rainy season. When it is raining, the scenery is awesome and worth visiting. Very good destination for couples. But one should be careful while driving. The roads are slippery. There is mist everywhere and one can enjoy getting wet and the icy weather.
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