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Lonavala

The otherwise arid landscape of Lonavalva comes to life during the monsoons when the cloud pours their love on the city blessing it with waterfalls, lakes and gives life to the emerald shrubs and plants. Located stone’s throw awat from Mumbai and Pune, the best and only good time to visit the hamlet is during the monsoons.

Besides the various sight seeing points and historical forts, the city also is famous for offering lip smacking ‘Chikki’. Shopping for various varieties of Chikki is an important activity not to be missed.

When To Go

Lonavala has a moderate climate with warm summers. Best Season to visit Lonavala is all through the year, except perhaps May.
  • Winters (November to February) are pleasant with a minimum temperature of 12°C and a maximum of 36°C. It is excellent for all tourist activities and honeymoon in Lonavala.
  • Summers (March to May) are hot and the temperature rises up to 41°C. May is the warmest month and most people avoid visiting this place during May.
  • Monsoons (June to September) have medium rainfall. The hill station looks very attractive in rains.
October to March is ideal for sightseeing. April is bit warm, but suitable for outings. June to September offers grandeur views of natural beauty of Lonavala in showers. Book Lonavala tour package in these months if you are great nature enthusiast and want to enjoy the best of nature and the majestic beauty of waterfalls.

Travel within city

Lonavala is a hill station located quite close to Mumbai and is one of the top destinations frequented by tourists in India. Travelling around the hill station Lonavala can be quite easy, as the town is a really small one. You can opt for one of the available options and can travel around Lonavala through buses or rented cycles and auto rickshaws or taxis.

Taxi


You can also opt for taxis in Lonavala and these will be available from all the major parts of the city, including the bus stand and the railway station. Taxis in Lonavala do not have any meter and tourists need to fix the rates before availing the taxi.

Auto Rickshaw


Auto rickshaws in the town of Lonavala do not run on meter. You should learn about all the rates for local travel beforehand in order to make sure that you are not taken for a ride. Auto rickshaws in Lonavala do not have any special night fares either, and they can be a good option for night time travel.

the fare and rates are fixed. They can cost you anywhere around Rs 100 to 200 for a short trip.

Rented Bicycle


The best way to travel around Lonavala would however be to rent out a bicycle for around Rs 120 a day and cycle around the serene surroundings, taking in the mountain air.
Attractions

Bhaja Caves

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Bhaja Caves in Lonavala are located on the Pune-Mumbai Highway and are known to be as old as 1st century. Believed to be the oldest Buddhist religious site in the country, it is declared as a national monument and has been beautifully restored. Indulging in the 25 minutes walk to the cave is an interesting option; however, one can derive as well. The best time to visit is during the evening when the late evening light makes for excellent photography.

Karla Caves

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Karla Caves, are ancient Buddhist caves located in Lonavala. Built between 2nd century B.C. and 2nd century C.E., the cave highlights rock cut carvings, huge pillars and the magnificent Chaitya as its main attraction. Tourists are advised not to miss the Ashoka Pillar which has a carved lions on the pedestal. These rock structures are one of the most primitive forms of architecture.
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Lohagad Fort

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At a distance of 10 kms from Lonavala, lies the historical Lohagad Fort. Situated at a height of 3400 ft, the forts claims to be 2000 years old and enjoys a lot of historical significance. The fort offers panoramic views of the surrounding lakes especially from the Vinchu Kata,i.e. scorpion’s tail. An interesting way to reach the fort is by undertaking a one day hectic trek to reach the foothills of the fort.

Bushi Dam

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Bushi Dam is one of the popular tourist attractions in Lonavala. Having a waterfall and a panoramic spot perched on a small hilly terrain, Bhushi Dam is best visited in the monsoon when the dam is overflowing with the rain water. Located at a distance from 6 kms from Lonavala, there are many eating joints also present here. The water is very deep, hence swimming is not allowed. Take the narrow undulated path near the dam and indulge in a steep and tricky climb to reach the top, wherein one can enjoy a calm and beautiful ambiance and scenery.

Fishing

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Lonavala is the hamlet of the fishing community known as Koli. Lonavala is the nerve-centre of the fishing activities in the state. The number of Lakes and dam sites make this place a hub of all kinds of fishing activities. The lakes in Lonavala are thriving with varieties of fish fauna.

Visiting Lonavala will give the tourist the rare opportunity of living among the local fishermen folks and to enjoy their culture and lifestyles. If you are interested in fun fishing the local fishermen will be more willing to take you for fishing.

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Koregad Fort

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Koregad Fort in Lonavala is an individual fort located on a hillock. An hour trekking is the only way one can reach this fort. Though much of the fort today lies in ruins, but the view of the surrounding hilly terrains from here is magnificent.

Lonavala Lake (Monsoon Lake)

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Lonavla Lake, the most popular tourist attraction in Lonavala, is a scenic spot that serves as an ideal picnic spot. Located at a distance of 1.6 kms from the main town, the lake is also known as Tata Dam and reaching there involves a 15 minutes scenic walk. The best time to visit this lake is during the monsoons when the water fill up the dam so much that it overflows and tourists can enjoy the view in a much delightful way.

Nagphani (Duke's Nose)

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Lonavala, a popular weekend destination from Pune and Maharashtra, is blesses with various attractions. One among them is the Nagphani or Duke’s Nose, which is an interesting adventure sop. The place highlights an oddly placed rock, infiltrated into a hill. A temple of Mahadev and the pot hole created by the water here are the main draw. Tourists are advised to visit during the monsoon when the peak of Maharashtra’s highest mountain, Kalsubai’ is clearly discernible.

Pawna Lake

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Pawna Lake is an artificial lake formed by the Pawna Dam built in the Pawna River in Lonavala. The lake is a scenic spot and the cool ambiance and natural vista lure the tourists to spend time here. Rom the site of the dam, tourists can enjoy the view of Tung, Lohagad and Tikona Fort.

Ryewood Park

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Located near the main market of Lonavala, lies the Reywood Park, famous for well manicured gardens and lawn and children parks. The park is home to some of very old species of trees and offers various facilities making it an ideal picnic spot. The park was earlier a botanical garden which was later converted into a park.

Sausage Hills

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Lonavala is an idyllic holiday destination bestowed with various picnic spot. One of the most popular among them is the Sausage Hill, which is suited for all those looking for a family outing. Dense forests filled with the chirping of unique birds further add to the delight. Trekking can also be enjoyed here. The path leading from the Sausage hill take one to another hill from where tourists can enjoy exceptionally beautiful views of hills and lakes.

Scorpion's Sting (Vinchu Kata)

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Scorpion’s Sting or ‘Vichu Kata’ is Lonavala is the name of that point in Lonavala, which is in shape of a scorpion’s sting. Besides, paving the sight for beautiful views, the place is also famous for its trekking expeditions. Watching the nearby forests and hills from here is a photographer’s delight.

Sunset Point

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Tikona Fort

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Tikona Fort also referred as Vitandgad Fort in Lonavala, is known for offering great trekking trails and eye catching views of the surrounding. Built during the Sihara dynasty, the fort comprises a lake, caves called Satvahan and a holy temple of Trimbakleshwar Mahadev. Treks can be undertaken from professionals who charge around Rs 200 per head for traveling from Kamsheth and back. Their charges also include 2 refreshments.

Tung Fort

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Tung Fort, located near to the Koregad Fort and Morvi Dingar, is a popular historical monument in Lonavala. Known for its rampant and some water tanks, the fort offers spectacular views of the Lohagad Fort, Visapr Fort and even the Tikona Fort. Tourists the advised to visit the Tikona Fort in early winter morning, to see the enigmatic reflection of the Tung Fort, in the Pawna Lake.

Tungarli Lake

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The main source of water for the town of Lonavala, the Tungarli Lake, is built across a dam. The lake is best visited during the monsoon, when the rain water increases the level of the water to its maximum. The location of the lake is on a hill from where tourists can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Lonavala city.

Valvan Dam & Lake

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Valvan Lake in Lonavala finds its source from the Valvan Dam built on the river Kundali. A popular evening hang out, the Lake includes a garden wherein tourists can enjoy family picnics.

Visapur Fort

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Standing opposite to the mighty Lohagad Fort is Visapur For, popular for being an important place in the history of Maratha rule in Maharashtra. Situated at a height of 4,000 feet, the fort is much larger that its counterpart and one need to indulge in a strenuous trek to reach the fort. The inside of the fort reveals the room of the chieftain in a dilapidated condition along with a few water tanks and ponds. Though not much of the fort can be found today, however, the strong walls of the fort have been able to restore quite a few attractions of the fort.

Aamby Valley

  
Nestled amidst picturesque environs, Aamby Valley is just 23 km from Lonavala. It is the first planned and self-contained aspirational city of India, known for its unsurpassed grandeur and plush signature features. The Fountains of ecstasy, Sahayadri Peaks and the historic Koyarigarh Fort offers a magnificent backdrop to the spectacular splendour of Aamby Valley City. In fact, a place worth of visiting during your trip to Lonavala.

Koli Temple (Aai Ekvira Temple)

  
Koli temple, a temple of the Koli (fishermen) community in Lonavala, is located outside the main chaitya of Karla caves. The tribal Goddess Aai Ekvira is the main deity here. The Koli tribes throng to this temple during special occasions like navarathri and chaitra. One can see the koli fishermen community populaces walking all through the hilly terrains to reach the temple with festivities, Koli dances and folk music.

Koli tribes offer animal sacrifices in this temple, they offer the sacrifice of goat or chickens and they believe that the tribal Goddess has majestic powers.

Morvi Dongar

  
Morvi Dongar is a fascinating hillock between Tung fort and Devgad. This is at one side of the Pawna Lake. There are many trekking routes from Morvi to Tung fort and other hilly ranges in Lonavala.

Morvi Dongar is a jungle region with many varieties trees and flora. This is a natural habitat of various kinds of bird fauna. Bird watchers can enjoy the days here watching beautiful birds.

Paragliding

  
Paragliding can be enjoyed in Kamshet, which is very close to Lonavala. Tourists are advised to stay overnight at Lonavala and further go to Kamshet to indulge in this adventure. Various adventure operators are available on the site and they provide training as well as gear.

Sudhagadh fort

  
Located close to the town of Pali, 26 km away from Lonavala is the beautiful Sudhagadh fort. The fort is also known as Bhorapgadh and is one of the trekking destinations. It has its own significance in the history of Maratha era. Situated at an altitude of 3000 ft above the sea level, it offers beautiful scenic surrounding. A trek to this fort can be done as a day trip or an overnight stay in tents can be planned.

The top of the fort is approachable by different routes, such as from dhondse village (via main gate) or from Pachhapur village (via the iron ladder). Morever, local guides are also available from these two villages.
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Excursions

Khandala
Located just stone’s throw away from Lonavala, Khandala is an ideal picnic spot filled with various sight seeing spots, panoramic sunsets and various caves to be explored. Visit Khandala during the months of October to May, as during the other months the area experiences heavy rains making the road slippery.

Some of the most popular places to see in Khandala are – Walvan Dam, Karla and Bhaja Caves, Tagauli Lake and Bhusi Lake. Shopping for the chikki and jams here is not to be missed.

The most convenient way to reach Khandals is through roads. The city can be reached via well linked roads from Mumbai and Pune.

Amrutanjan Point

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Located at a beginning of the Khandala Ghat, Amrutanjan point is a popular scenic spot offering bird’s eye view of the valley and the Duke’s Nose. The place is surrounded by the best of natural greens and also serves as an ideal picnic spot.

Rajmachi Fort

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A beautiful fort, located in the Shayadri hills is a popular tourist attraction in this region. There are two forts located here were built by ruler Shivaji in the 17th century. The fort overlooks the Borghat valley and can be reached only via trekking from Lonavala and takes around 2 days to reach the fort.

Tiger's Leap

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A fascinating tourist point proffering wondrous views, the Tiger’s leap is located at an elevation of 650 mts. An echo point and a monsoon-fed waterfall located here is also a major attraction.

Shingroba Temple

  
Shingroba temple located between Khandala and Khopoli is a beautiful temple. Located on a steep bend, the temple was built in the year 1929 and is a popular holy spot in the region.

Reversing Station

  
A scenic point in the beautiful hill station of Khandala, Reversing Station was once used by the railway department, but today lies deserted. From this site, tourists can enjoy magnificent views of the surrounding.
Rajmachi
Rajmachi, a picturesque region consisting of two stubborn peaks namely Manaranjan and Shrivardhan, is a magnificent tourist destination in the state of Maharashtra, India. Rajmachi is famed for the fort and is near to the twin hill stations Khandala and Lonavala in Maharashtra. Shrivardhan is the biggest peak with a height of about 3000 feet and Manaranjan has an altitude of 2700 feet. There is a serene plateau between the peaks. Rajmachi has a verdant history as the part of many rulers and invaders of the country. The fort symbolizes the political turmoil Rajmachi witnessed.

The fort in Rajmachi can be considered as two forts, one each in both the peaks. The fort is constructed to have an overview of the konkan region down. Rajmachi is renowned for trekking; one can trek from the Tungarli Lake region to Rajmachi through the breathtaking rocky natural trek routes. The ancient caves known as Kondhavi enclosed by the Rajmachi fort offer a nice view of the ancient creative architecture on rocks.

The location is surrounded by undulated hilly regions and lusting greeneries offered by dense forests surrounding the city. Ulhas River offer a great charm to the city and many tourists like to have a nice bath in the cool and unpolluted river. Many enthusiastic tourists visit Rajmachi to have an enjoyable forest and fort visit. The flora and fauna in the wild regions are highly worthy and one can see many wild life animals in the wild life sanctuary in Rajmachi.

The Rajmachi area is not much explored, but presently many new concrete buildings have already come up and deforestation makes a threat for the flora and fauna of Rajmachi wild forests.

Bhairavnath Temple

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Bhairavnath Devasthan is situated at a place called Dhak in Rajmachi. The primary deity of this grand old temple is Shiva in the form of Bhairav. The temple architecture is similar to Shiva temples else where in Konkan region.

The temple is located in the backdrop of naturally thrilling forest regions. Soft breeze and cool ambience provide the premises of the temple a sacred atmosphere. The temple can be approached by a slippery path. Many small shrines for other Hindu gods and goddesses are also placed around the main sanctum sanctorum. Mahashivarathri is the famous festival here on which day hundreds of devotees visit this temple with many offerings.

Rajmachi Wildlife Sanctuary

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The Rajmachi Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the picturesque locale surrounded by dense green forests. The wildlife sanctuary is on the foothills and hilly terrains of Western Ghat in Sahyadri ranges. The sanctuary offers the wildlife beauty in its pristine passion. This is a weekend destination for the nature loving tourists.

The sanctuary encloses abundance of animals and birds. One major attraction here is the mammoth Indian squirrel. It is a rare place where one can spot the wild animals freely moving in their natural habitat. The landscape is enriched with rare species of herbs and plants. The location is very good for nature walks, trekking and bird watching.

Shreevardhan Fort

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Shreevardhan Fort, an ancient fort spotted with the history of Maratha rulers, is situated to the east region of Rajmachi town. The construction of the fort is in Martha style architecture and the imposing entrance of the Shreevardhan fort is in a semicircular shape. The fort is built at the pinnacle of one of the peaks in Rajamchi, so that one can view the movements of the downhill region. The view from the fort is breathtaking with wide greenish landscape and undulating hilly terrains.

The fort encloses attractive Buddhist caves and two water tanks with plenty of water all through the year. Bhairavnath temple adds the attraction of the Shreevardhan fort.

Tungarli Dam and Lake

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Tungarli Dam built across the Tungarli Lake is a famous weekend picnic spot nearby Rajmachi. The Dam is placed in the backdrop of scenic surroundings with lusting greeneries. Tungarli village, in the hills in Sahyadri ranges, offers picturesque panoramic view of the down city Rajmachi and also other places such as Lonavala and Lohagad.

The Dam constructed many years back help for the irrigation of the Rajmachi region. Tungarli Lake is a small lake with rough approach roads. Reaching the dam site is a trekker’s virtue. The camping facilities for the trekkers and tourists are available at the lake site. Some new resorts are also available in this place.
Distances
Lonavala 1 km
Kullu Manali 50 km
Matheran 56 km 1h, 20m
Pune 66 km 1h
Alibag 78 km 1h, 40m
Mumbai 83 km 1h, 10m
Panchgani 163 km 2h, 30m
Mahabaleshwar 181 km 2h, 50m
Shirdi 208 km 3h, 50m
Ajanta and Ellora Caves 300 km 5h, 30m
Ahmedabad 593 km 8h, 10m
Hyderabad 625 km 9h, 50m
Indore 638 km 10h, 20m
Rajmachi 232 km 3h, 20m
Khandala 257 km 4h, 50m
 

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