LonavlaWestern Maharashtra, India.
Lonavla is about away from the city of Mumbai and away from Pune City. Lonavla is easily accessible by road and by train from Mumbai and Pune which are among the nearest locations.
By roadThe road is one of the most beautiful ways to reach Lonavla. By car, you can use the Mumbai Pune Expressway to reach Lonavla. You would have to take an exit at Khandala to get in. The toll is approximately ₹85 from Mumbai, but taking the Expressway not only reduces the journey time by 1/3, but also ensures a smoother ride.
Two- and three-wheelers are not allowed on the expressway. For two-wheelers and three-wheelers, and for those who wish to avoid the toll, the other option is to use the old Mumbai Pune road NH4.
From Pune, ylu can again take the NH4 or NH4 and Mumbai Express Highway combination.
For train travellers, plenty of options exist depending on one's convenience- Intercity Express, Koyna Express, Deccan Express, Indrayani Express, etc. Lonavla has its own railway station and most of the Express trains that cross the Mumbai Pune railway line halt at Lonavla.
Lohegaon Airport of Pune falls the nearest to Lonavala. Apart from domestic airlines, it is also serviced by a few international carriers. The nearest international airport is at Mumbai.
SeaplaneA seaplane facility is available connecting Lonavala directly to Juhu beach. You can fly directly to Lonavala spending about ₹4000 in something less than 1 hour.
Bhushi DamA waterfall near the dam is a popular spot between Lonavla and I.N.S. Shivaji. Buses running on the I.N.S. Shivaji Road stop here.
phone: +91 88057 71918address: Lonavala Junction, Lonavla Square MallAnother point in the town of Lonavla is Wax Museum founded by Sunil Kandaloor, a 37-year-old wax artist from Kerala. Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Hariharan, Baba Saheb Ambedkar, Mother Teresa, Sai Baba, AR Rahman, Chhatrapati Shivaji, Charlie Chaplin, Kapil Dev, Mahatma Gandhi, Balaji Tambe and Yesudas are among some of the famous personalities one will find at the wax museum in Lonavla.
Duke's NoseDuke's Nose stands 12 km from Lonavla, clearly visible from the highway while driving towards Mumbai. This landmark in Khandala is popular with hikers. The cliff owes its name to the Duke of Wellington, whose ample nose it resembles.
I.N.S. ShivajiA naval engineer training base.
Karla CavesKarla, located near Lonavla, is a complex of cave shrines built by Buddhist monks around 3rd to 2nd century B.C.
Lonavla LakeLonavla Lake is surrounded by natural scenery, about 1.6 km from the town. The lake dries up during the winter months.
Lohgad FortA robust climb of about 11.2 km from Malavali Railway Station takes you to the 'Iron Fort', once a formidable battle-station of Shivaji. The fort commands a view of the surrounding hills and hamlets.
Rajmachi PointRajmachi Point is located about 6½ km from Lonavla. It falls on the way from Mumbai to Lonavla, just before the starting point of the Ghat. This point commands a view of Shivaji's famous fort, Rajmachi (Royal terrakouioce) and the surrounding valley. Regular State Transport buses ply between Rajmachi Point and Lonavla from the State Transport Bus Stand. Further adding to the attraction of Rajmachi Point is Vaghjai Dari, located nearby.
Ryewood Park & Shivaji UdyanAdding to the lush green surroundings of Lonavala are Ryewood Park and Shivaji Udyan. The stunning gardens are amongst the favorite picnic spots of the children, owing to the soaring trees and spacious open spaces provided by them. The swings set up at the parks further add to their appeal. An ancient Shiva Temple, situated inside one of the parks, is visited by a large number of people every day.
ShivlingaOn the way to Tiger's Leap, you would see a small board on the right- Shivlinga (swayambhu). From the road, it looks like just another place to view the deep valleys around Tiger's Leap, but it has some real breathtaking views including the mountain housing the "Shivlinga". Besides, due to the lack of popularity vis-à-vis Tiger's Leap and Bushy Dam, the place offers a quiet and serene view of the Sahyadris. Like most places, there is a small shop to relish hot bhajiyas (an Indian Fried snack) and Cutting Chai. Tea costs about ₹10 per cup while the snacks would cost ₹30-40 per plate. There is a tendency, however, to extract more money from unaware foreign tourists.
Shooting PointAnother scenic point in the town of Khandala (Bazaar peth), which provides magnificent view of the Rajmachi Fort and the valley. Also the home for the St. Mary's villa.
Lion's PointScenic point midway between Bhushi Dam and Amby Valley.
Tiger's LeapTiger's Leap is a cliff-top with a sheer drop of over 650 m, giving an extensive view. Just around tiger's leap, there is an small waterfall active only during the monsoon. It serves the purpose of relaxing in the water better than Bushy dam, as the force of the fall is higher. Also, after the brief steep descent, the fall becomes a stream with a fair amount of force to go all the way down to the base of the Tiger's Leap. Adventurers can trek down the stream whilst intermittently stepping back on land where the water current is too strong and the fall is steep.
Tungarli Lake and DamTungarli Lake makes a very popular picnic spot for the residents of Lonavala, Khandala and the neighboring cities. Apart from being a splendid creation of nature, this lake is also a very important source of water for the people of the hill station. This lake and dam come to life during the Monsoon season, where youth climb the mountain top to the dam. This dam was built during the British era and features a serene surrounding.
Valvan DamValvan Dam has a garden at its foot, and is a popular evening spot 2 km from the town. The dam supplies water to the Khopoli power station at the foothills of the Sahyadris for generating electricity. The Kundali River feeds into the dam's reservoir.
Kune FallsA three-tiered waterfall with a total height of
When visiting the place in monsoon, it is fun to get drenched and play in the waterfalls near Tiger's Leap. Bushy Dam is a must visit too- simply sitting on the steps of the dam or on the rocks beneath and enjoying the force of the water is a great experience in itself. In Summer, as most of the lake is dried up, on can trek into the hills or simply walk along the lake's edge.
Cooper's Fudgeaddress: Coopers Fudge, LonavalaThis is a small shop towards the side of platform no. 3 of lonavala station. Here, as their name says, fudge is the specialty with various flavors ranging from 'Choco Almond' to 'Choco Walnut'. 250 grams is ₹300 onwards.
Lonavla is just another hill station in Maharashtra, and you cannot miss the hot masala chai or the vadapav (the vegetarian Indian burger containing a potato patty deep fried in chickpea flour batter as the filler). Try the hot bhajiyas along with masala chai. This is available at any of the major tourist spots. You also get hot corn at almost all of the tourist locations. While you can get these at most of the hotels as well, nothing can beat the taste of these piping hot snacks served at the roadside.
Buvachi Misalphone: +91 94223 50836address: ParshwapuramServes a wide variety of authentic Mumbai street food. Many kinds of misal pav (moth bean curry with Indian bread rolls) and bhajjis.
Drinking is permitted in Lonavla, and there are plenty of wine shops and hotels that serve alcohol. There is a Johnie Walker store 'Regal Wines' in the heart of the marketplace in Lonavla.
During summer, coconut water can be really refreshing as the weather can get dry and hot.
Many private owners with properties in Lonavala have started giving out their homes to weekend vacationers.
Lonavla is a popular tourist spot in the monsoon and it is advisable to book in advance in case one is planning a trip during the monsoon.
Kumar Resort and Water Parkphone: +91 2114-273091
Duke's Retreatphone: +91 2114- 269201- 09
Biji's Resortphone: +91 22-2823 7421
phone: +91 9823138381Cosset is a boutique hotel.
phone: +91 2114 398 100address: D T Shahani RoadBoutique accommodation. Has a pool, bar and free Wi-Fi.