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Tourism in Lonavala

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About Lonavala Attractions

Lonavala is a beautiful hill station in Pune, Maharashtra. Lonavala is derived from two separate words - Len and Avali, where Len refers to resting place made out of a piece of stone and Avali in Prakrit means series. Hence, Lonavala means a place which is surrounded by an array of Len. Lonavala is located at a distance of 64 kms from the city of Pune and 96 kms from Mumbai city. It is well-connected to different parts of India by road, rail and air. The nearest airports to Lonavala are Lohegaon Airport, Pune (PNQ) and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai (BOM) while the nearest railway station is Lonavala Railway Station (LNL). Most of the tourists take a one day trip to Lonavala or a weekend vacay to break away from the hustle-bustle and daily crowd of city life. It is a serene destination for most of the millennial travelers, especially for the people of Mumbai and neighboring cities because of its cascading waterfalls, lakeside dams, dense forests and verdant landscape.

History of Lonavala

Lonavala has taken its name from the Sanskrit words - Len and Avali, where ‘Len’ refers to a stone-carved resting place, and ‘Avali’ means series. Hence ‘Lonavli’ in Sanskrit basically translates to “a place which has a series of carved stone resting places”.

Customs, Religion And Language Of Lonavala

Almost all the people in Lonavala follow Hinduism. However, people of all religions are welcome here. Lonavala is a retreating spot for all peace lovers, therefore you will find people from different religions coming and staying at Lonavala. Apart from Hindus, Lonavala also houses the Buddhists, Muslims, Christians, Jains and Sikhs. Since most of the people in Lonavala are Maharashtrians, the most common language spoken by the Lonavala people is Marathi. Apart from Marathi, many people speak in Hindi, Guajarati, Urdu, English and other languages.

Nightlife in Lonavala

Lonavala offers a host of attractions for all the nocturnal tourists coming here. You can either sit and have some delicious food items or just stop by for a refreshment at any of the cafes or bars or nightclubs in Lonavala. Some of the best places to enjoy a vibrant nightlife in Lonavala are :

Pawna Lake - it is one of the loveliest places to visit in Lonavala at night. It is an artificial lake surrounded by lush forests, and is located only at a distance of 15 kilometres from the city.

Tavern Bar - it is one of the liveliest places to hang out with friends in Lonavala. Located in the Fariyas Resort, Tavern bar offers a laid-back environment with good food and drinks.

Volcano Club - it is one of the many famous nightclubs in Lonavala where you can spend a night enjoying the live music, delectable dishes, and energetic dancing. If you are coming to Lonavala with friends, you must visit at least once.

Honeymoon In Lonavala

Lonavala in Maharashtra is also considered as one of the picturesque honeymoon destinations. If you are coming from Maharashtra or nearby cities, you can easily spend a couple of days in solace. There are so many places to visit such as Tiger Point, Bushi Dam, Lonavala Lake and so on. You can spend your evenings taking a walk around the Lake or going on a short trek for a more romantic experience.

1 Day Tour In Lonavala

Lonavala is located only 96 kms away from the city of Mumbai. If you are planning a day’s trip to Lonavala, you will have plenty of time to explore the nearby places as well as some of the major attractions here. You can easily reach here by car or a hired cab. Some of the major attractions which you will be able to easily cover in Lonavala on a day’s trip are Karla Caves which will take a time duration of 1-2 hours. It is one of the well-known historical places in Maharashtra. Next, you can cover Bhaja Caves, Lohagad Fort and Pawna Lake which will require a cumulative time duration of 4-5 hours.

2 Day Tour In Lonavala

On a two-day tour of Lonavala, you can easily cover at least ten famous places of attractions. You can easily begin by visiting Karla Caves and then moving on to Lion’s Point, Tiger’s Leap, Bhushi Dam, Rajmachi Point and Duke’s Noise Point. During the afternoon, you can stop for a couple of hours for lunch or refreshment. You can resume sightseeing in Lonavala in the second half by visiting places such as Celebrity Wax Museum, Bhaja Caves, Lohagad Fort and Pawna Lake.

Things to Buy in Lonavala

On a visit to Lonavala, do not forget to get the top souvenirs while returning home. Some of the best things to buy in Lonavala are Fresh Chikki, handcrafted mementos and the classic keychains.

Famous Food in Lonavala

Some of the popular dishes and snacks which you must try during a tour of Lonavala are the chola bhaturas, butter chicken and chocolate fudge. You must also try Maharashtrian usal, which is made out of curried sprouted lentils and beans. For a perfect vegetarian experience, try the traditional Maharashtrian thali.

Places to Stay in Lonavala

Lonavala offers all types of stays for its visitors - luxury, budget, hostels and so on. While the hotels and stays are scattered all over and around Lonavala, some of the recommended areas for stay include Pavana Dam, Railway station, old Pune-Mumbai highway, ST Lonavala and Tungarli.

Top Places To Visit In Lonavala

Lonavala is located in the Sahyadri mountain ranges of the Western Ghats, some 624 metres above sea level. This makes it one of the best hill stations in Maharashtra. But Lonavala is not an independent hill station here, instead one of the twin hill stations of Maharashtra - Lonavala and Khandala. Check out all such places which can be covered during a tour of Lonavala.

Tiger’s Leap - It is a famous tourist attraction in Lonavala which offers gorgeous views from an altitude of 650 metres. Visit this point and the Echo Point where you can recreate the childhood nostalgia of listening to your own echo. Tiger’s Leap is true to its name as you it seems like a tiger leaping into the valley.

Bushi Dam - It is a major tourist attraction in Lonavala. Located at a distance of only 3 km from the city centre, it frequented by tourists mostly during weekends or one-day trip. During monsoon, the dam is in full pace, and offers stunning views from the spot.

Lonavala Lake - It is a popular tourist spot in Lonavala which is located at a distance of 64 km from Pune and 96 km from Mumbai. Lonavala Lake is famous for a few things such as production house of chikki and a railway line that connects Mumbai and Pune.

Celebrity Wax Museum - It is an interesting place of attraction in Lonavala for tourists. Here, you will find wax statues of famous celebrities, sports personalities and more. Visit the Wax Museum for fun and entertainment.

Sri Narayani Dham Temple - It is religious site of importance for a number of tourists. Sri Narayani Dham Temple is located at a distance of 2 km from Lonavala Railway Station in the Dhankawadi area of Lonavala. Goddess Narayani is the deity here, and people come from different parts of the country to seek blessings.

Visit Lonavala to escape the humdrum or hustle-bustle of life, and get lost in its serene yet energising environment. It is an ideal place to visit with friends, family or spouse. You can also plan a solo trip to Lonavala for a unique experience.

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Places To Visit In Lonavala

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Karla Caves In Lonavala

Karla Caves, also known as Karli Caves, Karla Cells or Karle Caves, are found near Lonavala in Maharashtra. Karla Caves are a group or complex of Buddhist Indian rock-cut caves which were discovered during an ancient time. These caves are located at a close proximity to Lonavala, at Karla which is only 10.9 kms from here. T...

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Dukes Nose in Lonavala

One of the most popular attractions of Lonavala, Dukes Nose is a cliff that has beautiful views and a very interesting story attached to its name. Legend has it that the Duke of Wellington, who lived in the area back then, had a nose that resembled the shape of the cliff. The hooded shape of the cliff, which is nearly 800 f...

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Bhaja Caves In Lonavala

Bhaja Caves are one of the best places to visit in Maharashtra near Lonavala. It is over 2000 years old and date back to 160 BC. The Bhaja Caves are 22 rock cut caves which looks impressive and magnificent. It is said that the Buddhist monks used to live here and provided shelter to the travelers who were on a trade excursi...

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Lonavala Lake in Lonavala

Also referred to as ‘monsoon lake’, Lonavala Lake is a tranquil attraction located about an hour drive away from the city of Pune. Filled with water during the monsoon season and completely dry during the winter season, this lake makes for a perfect weekend getaway option for people dwelling in the nearby regions. Located a...

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Imagica Snow Park in Lonavala

Do you want to experience snowfall, but couldn’t go to the hills? Then, head to Imagica Snow Park in Lonavala, and enjoy a day in the midst of ice sculptures, snow slides, and snowfall. Sprawling over an area of about 30,000 sq. feet, it is the largest indoor snow park in India, where you can take delight in snowfall at sub...

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Things To Do In Lonavala

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Camping At Tikona Fort In Lonavala

Trekking and camping are one of the most famous adventurous sports among young crowds in India. And what could be a better destination than Lonavala for such an adventure? The lush green picturesque valleys of Lonavala makes for the perfect camping and trekking destination. The pollution free environment, scenic landscapes,...

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Rides at Imagica water park in Lonavala

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Trekking At Visapur Fort In Lonavala

Standing at a great height of about 3556 meters above sea level, Visapur Fort trek is one of the best trekking trails in Lonavala. This majestic fort offers enchanting views of the valleys and the landscape. It is a perfect place for nature lovers and also for the adventure freaks who like to go for offbeat trekking places....

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Trekking at Bhimashankar in Lonavala

The 8 km long Bhimashankar trek stretches to Bhimashankar Temple that is known as one of the most prestigious temples in India. Moreover, it is one of the 12 jyotirlingas situated in India. The temple is situated at a distance of 115.2 km from Lonavala. Trekking at Bhimashankar in Lonavala is equally apt for both adventure ...

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How To Reach Lonavala

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By Air

For those looking to get to Lonavala by air, the nearest airport is in Pune, the Lohegaon Airport. Since, there are no airports in Lonavala, there are no direct flights here. Visitors would have to travel to Pune via flights, and then hire a taxi to take them to Lonavala or simply board one of the many available buses from right outside the airport or from Pune city centre.

By Train

For those wondering how to go to Lonavala by train, the Lonavala railway station has good connectivity with a lot of cities within the state, as well as decent connectivity with cities from all across the country. There are several trains that connect Lonavala with Mumbai and Pune, both of which in turn have good connectivity with other places across India such as Telangana, Karnataka and Gujarat. Hope this answers your queries related to how to Reach Lonavala from Mumbai by train.

By Road

If you are looking to travel to Lonavala via roads, then it would interest you to know that the roads leading to this perfect hill station are pretty scenic as well as well-maintained. There are a couple of roads to take when planning to get here, including the NH4 Mumbai Pune road or the Mumbai Pune Expressway. Apart from personal transport, there are quite a few private and state run buses available to take you to Lonavala.

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    How many days are enough for Lonavala tour?

    A tour of 2-nights and 3-days is enough of a tour of Lonavala. While a regular weekend trip is enough to visit the best places in Lonavala, it would require a day more to cover the nearby attractions such as Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani and Alibaug.

    What is the climate of Lonavala?

    Lonavala enjoys a tropical climate where rainfall occurs during most time of the year. Dry season is rare in Lonavala. The annual temperature, on an average, remains around 24.1 °C, and the rainfall is 4073 mm at an average.

    Where can I go for a trekking expedition in Lonavala?

    Some of the popular trekking expeditions you can undertake in Lonavala are trek to Kothaligad, Duke’s nose, Visapur Fort and Tikona Fort.

    Where can I go camping with my family in Lonavala?

    Camping with family in Lonavala is popular at places such as Pawna Lake, near Sahyadris, Pavana River and Bandardhara.

    Which are famous night treks in Lonavala?

    Some of the famous night treks in Lonavala are :

    Mrugagad Fort

    Pawna Lakeside Camping

    Raireshwar

    Canyon Valley Trek

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