Be awestruck by this majestic hill station as you admire its scenic beauty and epic history. Like the whole-hearted blessings of nature, Lonavala is blessed with magnificent lush green mountains and spectacular valleys as well.
Lonavala and Khandala’s twin hill stations were discovered by Lord Elphinstone, in 1871, who was then Governor of Bombay Presidency.
Lonavala received its unique name from the Sanskrit word “Lonavli” meaning Cave. As it is surrounded by Karla Caves, Bhaja Caves. These caves provide an awesome glimpse of our past.
Being an exquisite place located in the Western region of the Indian state of Maharashtra, at the height of 625 meters above sea level and spans about 38 sq. km approximately, it is not sufficient to describe its beauty in a few words.
Well-known for its picturesque atmosphere and a popular holiday destination among all age groups, Lonavala is renowned for its “Chikki (Hard Candy sweet) and Fudge.” Vising this place is a different feeling altogether.
Located in the Sahyadri Ranges it is blessed with breath taking view and is definitely a romantic gateway from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life. If you want to capture some tranquil moments then Lonavala has all that you need.
For all those who enjoy long drives and the beauty of nature traveling by road is the best option.
Traveling by train is very expedient as Lonavala has its own railway station
The closest airport to Lonavala is Lohgaon airport (60 km) in Pune and even Mumbai Airport is just 2 hours drive (120 km) from the hill station.
Things To See
It is located about 6.5km from Lonavala. It is one of the most popular locations among trekkers as well as hikers. Rajmachi fort (Royal terrakouioce) offers a breathtaking view of the valleys and nearby areas. You can also go camping with all your friends and family along with a lovely bonfire.
Distance – 15Km
Lohagad Fort also referred to as the ‘Iron Fort’ offers a splendid view of the combat station of Chhatrapati Shivaji. This fort is a must-visit for all historic adventure seekers. It offers a great view of valleys and is also one of the best places for bird watching.
Distance – 10Km
Located in the town of Khandala, Sunset Point as the name suggests is one of the well-known locations for a breath taking scenic view of the sunset. The serenity of the place is overwhelming. Along with the calming sunset, you can also enjoy delicious roasted sweetcorn and other food items.
Distance – 11Km
Tiger’s leap yet another must-visit location while in Lonavala. Popular among tourists and the extremely rejuvenating place is close to Bhushi Dam and Amby Valley. Although buses are available up to INS Shivaji one needs to cover the remaining distance of 1.6 km by foot.
Distance – 11Km
Popular among hikers, Dukes Nose lures you with its windy charm. It is known as Duke’s Nose after Duke Wellington resembling his nose. This adventurous hot spot is located just around 12km away from Lonavala. It is a cliff that appears like the head of a snake and that is why it is also referred to as “Nagphani”.
Distance – 13Km
Indian Navy’s – INS Shivaji
It expanses on 876 acres are 355 hectares of land at the 700m above sea level.INS Shivaji is owned by the Govt of India and is operated by the Indian Navy. The Navel College of Engg which provides training to the officers of the Indian Navy & the Indian Coast Guards is located within the premises.
Distance – 7Km
Pawana Dam is an amazing location to spend some peaceful and relaxed time with your family and friends. Renowned for its salubrious climate and striking green cover during monsoon, Pavana dam offers one of the most amazing views of Forts like Tungi, Tikona, and Lohagad.
Distance – 35Km
Built during the late 1860s, the dam is the source of water for steam engines for the Great Indian Peninsular Railway. There is a remarkable waterfall that will make you fall in love with Mother Nature all over again. It is a popular location among everyone, especially during the monsoon season.
Distance – 10Km
Karla Caves & Bhaja Caves
Experience the history and culture of your visit to this ancient shrine. Karla Caves is a must-visit location for all art lovers. It was built by Indian Buddhist monks and was developed from 2nd century BC to the 5th century AD.
Distance – 5Km
Things To Do
Kaivalyadhama Yoga Centre
Established by Swami Kuvalayananda in 1924 and it spans over 180 acres. It offers Yogic and Ayurvedic healthcare and education. Students come from India and abroad as well, there are approximately 250 students per year pursuing various courses.
Distance – 5Km
Adlabs Imagica is a one of its kind Adventure Theme Park in India and is situated in city of Khopoli, near Lonavala. The Theme park sprawls over 300 acres and it offers everything one needs for a perfect outing from 26 attractions to five themed restaurants, a water park named Acquamagica, also a 300-room hotel.
Distance – 32Km
Celebrity Wax Museum
One will find renowned personalities like Sachin Tendulkar, Mahatma Gandhi, Kapil Dev, PM Narendra Modi, Mother Teresa, Shah Rukh Khan, AR Rehman, Amitabh Bachchan, and many more. Celebrity Wax Museum with its celebrities in plenty, make it capable for one who cannot afford a visit abroad to watch the Madame Tussaud Museum in London.
Distance – 6Km