Lonavala is a lovely hill station primly located on the Pune-Mumbai expressway which blooms into a magnificent lush green landscape during the monsoons. At 64km from Pune, it also well-known for its ‘chikki’. Lonavala got its name from the Sanskrit word Lonavli which means caves due to its proximity to ancient Budddhist caves.
Lonavala and Khandala, the twin hill stations nestled in the Western Sahyadris were discovered by Sir Elphinstone. Both these places held importance in the Mughal and Peshwa period and today are one of the most sought after picnic spots in the State. Together with the Karla, Bhaja and Bedsa caves, the Lohgad and Visapur forts, Lonavala comes in an adventurous and scenic package. Packed with people during the monsoons, is it ideal for a one day trip.
Unpolluted and serene, it is a romantic getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. Cool climate throughout the year and panoramic views of the Deccan plateau on one side and the Konkan on the other makes it an unforgettable visit.
LOCATION OF LONAVALA
Lonavala is located in the western part of the state of Maharashtra, in the western region of India. It is set amongst the slopes of the Sahyadri mountain range and situated 106 km southeast of Mumbai at an altitude of 625 m above sea level. The weather in Lonavala is pleasant. Summers (April-June) are mild, while winters are cool (November-February). It experiences heavy southwestern monsoon rains between June and September.
BEST TIME TO VISIT LONAVALA
The best time to visit Lonavala is between the months of October and May. It is advised not to visit Lonavala in the monsoon season between the months of June and September, as it experiences heavy rainfall during this time.
Visiting timeLonavala is the year-round destination, however most people prefer to visit the hill station during summer and the monsoon.
Attractions During monsoon
Green heaven on earth, is what we can describe the attractions during monsoon, lush green forest hills with many waterfalls and springs along the tracks of Khandala ghat which comes just before we reach lonavala. Tourist spots like Bhushi Dam are to enjoyed in initial monsoon days with lots of fog around. One should not miss monsoon corns (‘Bhuttas’ in Hindi) roasted near major sightseeing spots during travel. The fresh and clean air of hill station is what makes lonavala a travel destination famous in India and worldwide.
Major Sightseeing and Attractions
Lonavala is located in hill stations of sahyadri in Pune district, Below are some popular picnic spots recommended for tourists.Bhushi Dam (Also called ‘Bushy Dam’) : Every major attraction page written on web will have Bhushy dam listed, why ? because this is a dam with a mini waterfall on the way to INS Shivaji (Navel Engineering Training Base). Almost every bus going upward stops at this point. Bhushi dam has some safe steps and is one of the safest sightseeing location for children too.
Lonavala lake : Now if you planning picnic in winter, this is not a good option as it dries complete during that time. Otherwise, Lonavala lake is a beautiful spot for nature and peace lovers.
Valvan Dam : 2 Kilometers from town location, This dam is yet another beautiful up on lonavala hill, This is one of the very recommended place for Picnic as it has a nature garden near it, quite suitable for picnic groups coming from long distances. This dam also supplies its water to a nearest power station in khopoli.
Tungarli Dam : This is a lake which provides drinking water to lonavala residents, Yet a beautiful and calm location and a recommended place to be seen to enjoy peaceful climate and a clean water with some birds around.
Tiger Leap : Those thinking of thrilling lonavala attractions, tiger leap is one of them as it has a sheer drop view of about 650 meters deep. For sightseeing buses goes up to I.N.S and then a foot walk is required which is about a kilometers and half.
Lion’s Point : A small hill top spot that can be enjoyed when towards Aamby valley from Bhushi Dam.
Karla caves : An ancient cave in Lonavala, historic since decades built during 2nd and 3rd century BC, This historic attraction is must to be seen.
Shooting Point : In mid location (Also called ‘Bazaar peth‘ by locals) in Khandala valley, is located shooting point, and as name reveals it is a scenic spot for all those for a day picnic. The specialty being the view of Rajmachi fort and the beautiful valley surrounded by lush green forest. This can also be considered as one of the best photo clicking/shooting point of Lonavala. Those looking for nature sightseeing locations should never miss this spot.
Rajmachi Point : One of the major attractions of this hill station for its fort view, You need to travel about 6 and half kilometers from Lonavala. This is a famous fort built by shivaji surrounded by valley and a must place to see when in Lonavala.
Shivaji Udyan and Ryewood Park : This is a place of attraction for children, as it has 2 gardens and lots of open place to play making it also an ideal location for picnic lovers. There are many tall trees and shades in the ground with beautiful climate in evening and of course a good view to be there. Their is also a hindu temple their build for lord shiva, making it another spiritual place in Lonavala.
Travel Information :
Air : The nearest airport is Madurai, 120 km away. It is well connected to other airports.
Train : The nearest railway station is Kodai Railway Station, which is 80 km away.
Road : Kodaikanal is connected by road with important towns. Regular bus services are available from Madurai, Palani, Kodaikanal Road, Theni, Dindigul, Tiruchirapalli, Kumuli (Thekkady) and Coimbatore.