Lonavala is a picturesque hill station nestled in the Sahayadri ranges of Maharashtra. Popular as the health resort, Lonawala is situated at the height of 625 mts, about 96 kms from Mumbai and 62kms from Pune.
Lonavala is quite popular among the trekkers, and is a lucrative adventurous gateway from the grime of the cities. With pleasant weather all through the year, Monsoons are the time when the true splendor of Lonawala is visible.
Lonavala is very famous for its chikki, a kind of sweet preparation made from jaggery and peanuts or cashewnuts or sesame seeds. It is a harder version of fudge which is also available in different varieties.
Sprawling over 38 sq km, Lonavala hill station is famous tourist hunt, popularly appearing together with Khandala, another of a beautiful hilly gateway in its proximity. The name Lonavala is said be derived from Sanskrit word Lonavali, which refers to the many caves like Karla, Bhaja and Bedsa that are close to Lonavla. A trip to Lonawala and Khandala can be combined with sight-seeing visits of Karla, Bhaja and Bedsa caves and also the two fortresses, Lohagad and Visapur. You can plan your trip to Lonavala with an aim to visit many more tourists' jaunts that are sure to make you happy. Some of them are as follows:
About 6.5 kms from Lonavla, Rajmachi Point has a magnificent view of Shivaji's famous fort, Rajmachi (Royal terrace) and the surrounding valley. The famous Vaghjai Dari is also located here.
Ryewood Park & Shivaji Udyan
Situated in Lonavala, these gardens have a full sweep of majestic tall trees with plenty of space for children to play. There is an old Shiva temple in this park.
Supplier of water to Lonavala town, Tungarli Lake has a beautiful locale, an ideal spot for picnic.
A popular evening spot about 2kms from Lonavala town, Valvan Dam has a beautiful garden at its foot. The dam supplies water to the Khopoli power station at the foothills of the Sahyadris for generating electricity.
About 1.6 kms from the town, Lonavla Lake is a picturesque spot surrounded by natural scenery.
How to Reach Lonavala
The nearest airport from Lonalvala is Pune, which is 62 km from Lonavala. Aiirports of Mumbai is about 96kms away.
Lonavala falls on the main railway line between Mumbai and Pune, all express trains plying between the two cities stop here.
It takes 2hrs bus journey from Pune and roughly 4 hrs from Mumbai. There are also buses plying between Lonavala and Khandala, about 15 minutes ride between the points.