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Lonavala Tourism

Popular hill station close to Pune and Mumbai, Lonavla is the place to be during monsoons. With lots of waterfalls, lakes and hills around, Lonavala is frequented by all sorts of people, especially hikers and trekkers.

Lonavala, being a part of the Sahyadri hills, offers an alluring and bewitching experience of nature's most gifted region. Surrounded by dense forests, waterfalls, dam alongside lakes, Lonavala is a must-visit if you admire nature and want a gateway to having a soulful weekend or a good trip. Also, visit Khandala and Rajmachi on the way to Lonavala. The tourist destination has many attractions to its name, Bhaja caves, Bushi dam, Karla caves, Rajmachi fort, Ryewood lake, among others.

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The name Lonavla has its roots in the Sanskrit words Len and Avali - which means a stone-carved resting place, and series, respectively. Hence Lonavli basically translates to mean a place which has a series of these carved stone resting places.

Twin Hill Station of Maharashtra

Situated in the Sahyadri range of the Western Ghats, at an elevation of 624 m above sea level, Lonavala is one of the twin hill stations- Lonavala and Khandala. A former part of the Yadava dynasty and a strategic point of the Peshwa Empire, Lonavala is a silent witness to the past history of the Maratha Empire, evident from the forts in the region. Surrounded by lush green forests rich in flora and fauna, Lonavala is the most visited hill station in Maharashtra and a popular destination for camping, trekking and other adventure sports. Scattered with caves of archaeological importance, Lonavala holds several mysteries which is sure to ignite the explorer in each and everyone visiting the place.

Restaurants and Local Food in Lonavala

Being a popular tourist destination, Lonavala is laid out with a number of restaurants offering diverse options. Other than these, it offers a number of refreshing, spicy and delicious local treasures. One should definitely try the hot Masala Chai with spicy Vada Pav (from Golden Wada Pav) and Bhajiyas in Lonavala.  The chola bhaturas at Rudra, the butter chicken of Rama Krishna, and Cooper’s fudge are popular favourites. Hotel Sainath provides the famous Maharashtrian usal, made out of curried sprouted lentils and beans. Manashakti is the perfect choice for a traditional vegetarian Maharashtrian thali. Also make sure to sample some of the sweet chikkis, pedas and other savouries from Maganlal & Sons. Also, try the pristine and cool Coconut Water. Be sure to purchase some Chikki and fudges to take back to your friends and family back home.

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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1- Let the architecture of Karla caves and Bhaja caves leave you in awe. Pray at the Ek Vira Devi Temple and have fun at Bushi Dam. Proceed towards Tiger's point and Lion's point in the afternoon and let your eyes rejoice the panoramic view of the valley.
Day 2- Take a deep breath at Duke's nose early morning and explore the Rajmachi Fort later in the day. Proceed to Lohagad post-lunch and witness the strength of the Lohagad Fort.
Day 3- Enjoy a morning walk along Tungarli Lake. Visit Sunil Kandaloor's wax museum. Relax amidst flowers in the Ryewood Park in the afternoon and dig into some chikki and fudge at Lonavala Bazaar.

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What's Great?

Pleasant climate. Beautiful scenery. Liquor banned in most places of tourist interest.

What's Not So Great?

Heavy traffic on roads leading to Lonavala. Limited number of hotels.

For Whom?

Situated between Mumbai and Pune, Lonavala is a perfect weekend getaway for Puneites and Mumbaikars. A popular attraction for adventure and nature lovers, biking to Lonavala is known to be a thrilling experience for youngsters.

How To Reach Lonavala

An hour or two drive away from Mumbai, this place can be visited easily by a private vehicle or by private buses. Lonavala also has its own railway station that is well connected by Pune and Mumbai. The nearest airports to this hill station are Pune international airport and Chhratrapati Shivaji airport making it easier for the travellers.

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blue unicorns 11 months ago
One can also Enjoy Camping near Lonavala. Enjoy best Pawna lake camping, mouthwatering BBQ, Dinner beside lake, Bonfire and Music to create awesome memories on your holiday at Pawna lake. "Link Hidden"
Ratneesh Nijjar 1 year ago
Me and my wife visited Lonavala in the month of Oct 2017 from Pune. It took us around 1 hour to reach the base market of Lonavala by car. There are a couple of places you can visit in Lonavala for sight-seeing, such as Lion's point, Tiger point, and Bhushi Dam. All of them are on the same route when from the base market. Put Lion's point on Google Maps and move ahead. Bhushi dam will come first on your left, then Lion's point and at last it will be Tiger point. We did not visit Tiger point as it was extremely foggy that day and visibility was very less. So, there was no point going further from Lion's point. Loin's point comes to your right after Bhushi dam on the same route. You will see a big parking and couple of guides waiting for you to help. Parking charges were 50 rupees when we visited. Pay and enter the area. You will see a number of small eating joints all around that parking area. So having food is not an issue. Remember one thing, do ask for the price before you eat else you may end up paying extra. In case you are visiting from Pune, then there is no point staying in Lonavala. However, there are plenty of hotels which are good and reasonable too. You can easily make a selection after negotiating. Have a great visit and stay.
Kovid Kapoor 1 year ago
- Visit during monsoons for a romantic trip amidst nature's gift. Carry extra pair of slippers, clothes, coats, umbrellas during monsoons and sport shoes for trekking.
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