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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Sandeep kumar Roy

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  • Sandeep kumar Roy
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 55 photos
  • 35 Reviews
  •  54 helpful votes
  •  17158 readers

"Lonavala - A place to go only in rains" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
We were in Lonavala during last week of May this year but once we were there, we could very well understand that it was a mistake.
The climate as well as all the view points can be enjoyed during or immediately after the monsoon. We landed there when the temperature was above 40 deg C. Although we ventured out to visit all the tourist spots, but Lonavala Lake & Bhushi Dam were completely dry and Rajmachi Garden & Raywood Park also did not have much to offer. We liked the temple premises at Narayani Dham. We went to Duke's Nose and Lion's Point and liked the nature's beauty but it was quite uncomfortable under the scorching Sun. Wax Museum was so-so with limited displays. We also visited the Karla Caves & Ekvira Temple. It was difficult climb to caves with more than 100 uneven and rough steps.
Karle Caves include total 16 excavations, depicting artistic embellishment of Buddhism prevailed from 2nd Century BC to 7th Century AD. Of them, only one is Chaityagriha and rest 15 are Viharas. The Chaityagriha is the biggest of the type in whole of India, excavated during the Satavahana period. The magnificent architecture & sculptured art of the period is worth the visit and the pains one has to bear in climbing the steps.
Overall, we could feel the areas in & around Lonavala and although disappointed with this visit, have decided to come back at the proper season to enjoy the place.
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Shruthi Abhimanyu

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  • Shruthi Abhimanyu
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 6 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  1787 readers

"A nice place to visit with friends and family"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Lonavala is a very nice place. It's better to stay in Lonavala on weekdays rather than weekends, as it is too crowded on Sat and Sun. Adlabs imagica, just 30 km from Lonavala is too much fun family destination. It's better to upgrade your ticket to silver, as you can jump the queue. Bf, lunch, snacks and dinner at Adlabs can be booked online, where you can save almost 50%. Local sightseeing in Lonavala has some forts, ancient caves, where you will be drained out as you need to climb a little too much. Fun 4 those who like trekking. Chandralok and Ramakrishna hotels r good. Chikki is famous in Lonavala, you get lot of varieties. Celebrity wax museum and miniature world are average. Overall, nice place to spend time for 2-3 days for both friends and family.
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Amit Chaudhary

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  • Amit Chaudhary
  • Lives in Pune
  • 173 photos
  • 12 Reviews
  •  9 helpful votes
  •  118630 readers

"Weekend gateway from Pune and Mumbai"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is a small city. Here, you can enjoy lots of greenery in rainy season, chilly weather foggy days. There were lots of points in Lonavala like tiger point. rajmachi point and lots of fort like lohagad fort, rajmachi fort and visapur fort. You can roam around here and there with family or with couple or with group to Bhushi dam, Tiger point, Kune fall, Rajmachi point. Lots of waterfall in monsoon season. Trekking routes. Avoid city in summer months
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Piyush Dhavle

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  • Piyush Dhavle
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 13 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  5226 readers

"Quick getaway from Mumbai"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Best time to visit Lonavala is in the rainy season, it's paradise. Mountains covered in green blanket, greenery everywhere. Especially Bhushi Dam Waterfall, rain like cats and dogs, cold weather, bite of Kanda bhaji (onion pakoda) and sip of hot ginger tea, that gives you enough refreshment that lasts at least two weeks.

Many eating options available in and outside the city. I'd rather suggest to eat at local Dhaba that eating at regular restaurant.

Bring back home chikkis and fudged as souvenirs. And don't forget to visit Golden Vadapav.

Just 1 and half hour drive from Mumbai. Travelling by own vehicle is a much better option that relying on trains and busses.
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Pritesh Mehta

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  • Pritesh Mehta
  • Lives in Baroda
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  • 452 Reviews
  •  174 helpful votes
  •  205907 readers

"A nice destination with good water parks"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
This is our best trip, after kids exam. We are very happy with this trip we first went go to Lavasa city and then after that came to Lonavala. We stayed in Mount view resort in Lonavala. It is a very good resort to stay for 2-3 days. There rooms are very big and very good, a/c was very clean and a very good property. There surrounding hotels and resort and there location is very silent.

We reached there at night, we slept and then first day we went to Imagica Rides. We enjoyed in this place, we sat in all the rides and watched all the shows there. There main attraction was parade. We saw a parade and we took food and juice. Our family is very happy to visit this place.

Then evening we reached our resort. Then we had dinner in our room. There food is very tasty and they were very quick in service. Staff is very respectful. Second day we went to acquire water park. We totally enjoyed there. We tried all the games. We went to waves zone, kids zone and many other zones. We were very happy with this water park, there are all types of facility. Food, juice and locker facility is also available. You must visit this place.
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Shilpam Rajput

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  • Shilpam Rajput
  • Lives in Jabalpur
  • 3 Reviews
  •  3106 readers

"Great place to hangout with friends"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Located nearby Pune, Lonavala is a great place to hangout with friends and family. Visit during monsoon and you will be mesmerised by the breathtaking views, weather. Food is costly and you should carry an umbrella/ raincoat if you don't catch cold. Overall a lovely place to visit and have fun.
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Anuvansh sinha

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  • Anuvansh sinha
  • 2 Reviews
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"Peaceful and isolated place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Lovely, peaceful and isolated destination. Cool weather must visit place in monsoon. Awesome Lions Point one can visit with loved ones if they are looking for a place in India where society is not questioning your privacy, one can freely dance & walk hand in hand.
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Dharmil Shah

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  • Dharmil Shah
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 9 Reviews
  •  5683 readers

"Nice hill station"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
This is the place which is on the top of mountain. It takes 2 hours to reach this destination from Mumbai. You should visit Bushy dam, Kumar resort which has video games, swimming pool and water rides. It is famous for chikki which is made from sugar, jaggery and different types of dry fruits.
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Ashwin George

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  • Ashwin George
  • Lives in Bhilai
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  • 7 Reviews
  •  24 helpful votes
  •  2683 readers

"Best hill station near Mumbai"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
A very decent option for a weekend getaway. The climate is cool and it's at it's pristine best during monsoons. The sight during rains is something to behold. You can also catch glimpses of the most stunning and expensive cars and bikes here, as motor sports happen almost every weekend here. A must visit if you are tired of daily routine life.
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Siddharth Patira

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  • Siddharth Patira
  • Lives in Rajkot
  • 1 Review
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"Best hillstation in Maharashtra"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 4, 2016
Lonavala is a hill station surrounded by green valleys in western India near Mumbai. The Karla Caves and the Bhaja Caves are ancient Buddhist shrines carved out of the rock. They feature massive pillars and intricate relief sculptures. South of the Bhaja Caves sits the imposing Lohagad Fort, with its 4 gates. West of here is Bhushi Dam, where water overflows onto a set of steps during rainy season.
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