Lonavala Tourism, India 2019 (97 Tours & Activities)

Lonavala is a hill station near Pune district of Maharashtra. At the height of 2,047 feet from sea level and sprawling over 38 kilometer square of land, Lonavala is an escapist city from the fast-paced and extreme conditions that inhabit both Mumbai and Pune. It offers the perfect retreat to the city dwellers through its serenity and peaceful atmosphere.

Several places of interest around Lonavala and Khandala attract tourists throughout the year. They include vivid and picturesque lakes, cliff-tops, eluding caves, and magnificent forts. Dams and waterfalls are a pioneer attraction during and immediately after the monsoon. Some of these places are Rajmachi Point,  Lonavala Lake, and Shivaji Udyan, Valvan Dam, Ryewood Park, Della Adventure Park, Duke’s Nose, Tiger’s Leap and Lohagad and Visapur forts.

If you dive into the history of Lonavala, you will find that it was a part of the Yadava dynasty. Khandala is another hill adjacent to Lonavala, both of which were discovered by the then Governor of Bombay Presidency, Lord Elphinstone. The Maratha and Peshwa empires played a prominent historical role with its Malva warriors. But its history is not the only reason to visit Lonavala.

Lonavala is 96 km away from the city of Mumbai and only 64 km from the modern city of Pune. It falls in between the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, thus making commute all the easier. And if you can’t find a rental car, then you have buses and trains to rely on.

Train journeys are comfortable and filled with lush green passages, especially during the monsoon. If this has aroused you enough to visit the hill-station once, then here is a detailed guide on how and when to go about.

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Lonavala Travel Guides

19 February 2019
Excellent
It was my husband bday and I wanted to give surprise to him and whole family .. As my mother in law and father in law was with me I was really scared how the place will be will they be comfortable but Mr Anirudh gave me surety that visit once and sees the experience he gave me the number of host who is really awesome she made all the arrangement I request her for decoration & cake . As soon as I reached there she welcome whole my family with warm-hearted and arrangement. Tents were neat and clean, she made my family and me so comfortable she explained about the place in detail then we went to sunset it was really beautiful and feel peace to see that, as soon as we Came back evening snacks was ready Taste was awesome and it was unlimited. Barbeque with born fire was really pleasant with cold weather .. my family really enjoyed and especially I want to thank camp manager she really made them feel comfortable and it was Home away from home.
16 October 2018
Excellent
"Rajmachi trek was an amazing experience, of course given its beauty any nature lover would get mesmerised, BUT what matters more in such trekking experience is the trekking companions. Sagar Shinde is a great guy and true professional, he went beyond and make us have a great experience even though our trekking group reduced to just a couple of us. I am posting some pics that would be just glimpse of trek and the one with the trek guide Sagar who helped us trek such beautiful place."
23 August 2019
Excellent
Amazing Experience. We booked the Pawna Camping on Thrillophilia at discounted rates. We visited the place during rainy season in the month of August, and yet the experience was mesmerizing. The tents were neat and clean with blankets and bedsheets provided. The food was unlimited and okay for both Veg and Non-Veg, with the barbeque being the standout performer. Kanda-Bhajjis and Tea was also unlimited. While travelling to Pawna, prefer the Kamshet road via the expressway, as it is better and fast. Our tour operator for Pawna was Amol Karke and team. They were very friendly and helpful, and were always ready to help on WhatsApp and phone calls. Thank you Thrillophilia.
29 December 2018
Excellent
I booked the camping site for 19th Dec 2018. We were a group of 3 girls and we were notified that we are the only group coming to the site for 19th Dec (We were a little skeptical knowing that we are going to be the only group). HOW WE REACHED THE CAMPSITE - We reached the Lonavala Station around 11:30 a.m. We had to report to the already given location at 3 p.m. We hired a car from Lonavala station to the location which is 15 minutes from Tiger Point {approx 18 km}. -The manager came to pick up around 3:30 p.m. and we did a 20 minutes trek to the camping site. -The campsite is in the saltar village. For the return, you can either call any hire car (we called the same person who dropped us to the campsite a day earlier) or take a bus. You will have to confirm the timings of the bus beforehand at saltar village. EXPERIENCES OF THE CAMP - the campsite is well-located and the view is exquisite. - the manager and the care-takers(3) were extremely polite. They served us a welcome tea and Maggie and gave us a brief overview of what/where/how of the campsite. The tents were already made for us. - the site has ample space for recreational activities. We played badminton, carrom, archery and a little bit of hammock swaying as well :D - The barbeque and bonfire definitely stole all the thunder. - the dinner was simple and delicious. -the night sky was clear, starry and an almost full moon. Around 2 a.m. it got a little scary @-@ with all the wind and bizarre night sounds. - the ethereal sunrise !!! DONT MISS IT. To summarize it with a metaphor, it was "EVEN MORE FUN THAN A BALL PIT FILLED WITH CANDY!!!!" SUGGESTIONS/TIPS TO THE VISITORS -the place is perfect to click some amazing pictures with gorgeous backgrounds (especially during sunrise). - they provide facility to charge your phones -you can bring your own items like a telescope, speakers etc to personalize your stay (for some items you might need to update the organizers as well). -completely safe for girls. -the washrooms are clean. -you get a full network in your phone. -the organizers are available on phone and WhatsApp. You can call or message them regarding- commute, services, itinerary etc.
13 July 2019
Excellent
"It is one of the most beautiful and easiest trek around Mumbai .It should be on the top of the bucket list for those who love rain and waterfalls.The best time to go for this trek is in monsoon. The only drawback is if you go late in morning then it gets crowded."
26 August 2019
Excellent
"No doubt one of the most amazing things I have done this year. The trek was brilliant, very thought out. The stay in the village, the homemade food, the really really long but amazing trek, the guides everything was really good. Thrillophilia has definitely become my go to app for any kinds of trek.\nSo this trek takes place in three parts, one to the base village in monsoon, the trek from base village to Rajmachi and back, and the trek from base village to Kondane Caves. The last one is one of the most amazing treks, really helpful guides all along the way and the trek has some amazing waterfalls, scenes and experience. I wish I had done the trek in June when the fireflies come, this time of the year in August fireflies aren't much seen. But apart from that I enjoyed most part of the trek."

Frequently Asked Questions About Lonavala

  1. Which are some best trekking trails in and around Lonavala for thrilling experience?

    Lonavala never ceases to satisfy the trekkers and adventure lovers. Here are some of the best trekking trails in Lonavla.

    Visapur Fort Trek  - 
    Visapur Fort is a hill fort near Visapur village in Maharashtra, India. It is a part of the Lohagad-Visapur fortification

    Rajmachi fort Trek - Rajmachi is one of the popular trekking goals in Sahyadri mountains and one of the most loved trekking experience. It lies at a height of 2750 feet by the Bhor Ghat Pass.

    Koraigad Trek - Have a great time at the lovely trek to Korigad Fort, situated around 20 km from Lonavala in Pune District. This notable Koraigad fort is situated at a height of around 929m over the ocean level. Some portion of Shivaji's heritage, this fortress held a vital part amid his rule.

    Tikona fort Trek - Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Pawana lake and dam while trekking to the Tikona fort.


  2. Which are the best camping places in and around Lonavala starting from INR 1200 Only?

    Bonding by the campfire is one of our favorite activities and Lonavala won’t deprive you of the opportunity. Listed below are camping sites in Lonavala:-

    1. Camping By Pawna River - 
    Book at INR 1250 Only
    2. Camping in Bandardhara - Book at INR 1200 Only
    3. Camping Experience near Shirota Lake - Book at INR 2,725 Only
    4. Camping at Korigad Fort - Book at INR 1200 Only
    5. Camp at Aundoli - Book at INR 5225 Only

  3. Which are famous night treks in Lonavala?

    Fireflies, amazing views and awesome scenery - this is what night trekking in Lonavala has to offer.

    1. Koarigad Night trek Lonavala - Escape the heat with a cool night on a mountain in Lonavala, with the combination of panoramic scenes, open air campfire supper, grill, starry night and fun activities at midnight to end with the rising sun. Located at Koraigad fort near Ambey valley at a distance of 24 kms from Lonavala city, this places you leaves with memories unlimited.

    2. Rajmachi Night trek Lonavala - Rajmachi night trek is considered a standout amongst the most energizing and perseverance testing treks. In this trek you will need to walk around 18 Kms one way. As you wake up at the campground, the view is very astounding. Their tents are best in class providing you with adequate ventilation. The following day is when you wake up with a view of rising sun from the mountains while cool and natural air add to the surreal experience.

  4. What are the activities I can do in Lonavala that can be availed upto 50% Off?

    Lonavala is known for its picturesque scenery, forts and various points. Here are some of the best places to visit and things to do in Lonavala.

    1. 
    Rajmachi Fort Trek With Kondane Caves Book at 35% Off
    2. Duke's Nose Trek - Book at 20% Off
    3. Adventurous Trekking at Lohagad Fort  Book at 30% Off
    4. Forest Camping Experience Near Lonavala Book at 50% Off
    5. Pawna Lake Camping - Book at 36% Off

  5. Which are some best resorts to stay in Lonavala?

    Resorts in Lonavala are a complete treat for families/friends who come to relax and wish to have precious moments to themselves. Here are some resorts which you can visit at your stay in Lonavala. 

    Upper deck resort
    - A luxurious resort with an awesome view is located 5 kms from the Lonavala city.
    The Machan - Enjoy a perfect holiday amidst nature at the Machan with rooms built on trees. It is located at a distance of 17 kms from Lonavala city.
    Della Resorts - Experience a luxurious and relaxing stay at the Della resorts located 5 kms from the Lonavala city.
    Lagoona Resort - A beautiful resort with over the top amenities and hospitality. It is located 3 kms from Lonavala city.
    Fariyas Resort - With modern interiors and activities for all you can enjoy a pleasurable stay here. It is located at a distance 3 kms from Lonavala city.
    Picaddale Resort - If you want a comfortable stay right in the heart of Lonavala city, then this resort is the best option for you.

  6. What is the best time to visit Lonavala?

    It is important to visit any city during the appropriate season, or your activities get limited, and you have to leave behind some monumental hotspots. Here is a seasoned description of Lonavala laid out for your convenience:

    1. Lonavala during Summer (March – June)

    Temperature: 25 – 35 degrees Celsius

    The temperature reeks with humidity during summer. The afternoons are hot, but the mornings and evenings are pleasant to explore the nooks and corners. Being the off-season, hotels and resorts are comparatively cheaper.

    2. Lonavala during Monsoon (July – September)

    Temperature: 22 – 26 degrees Celsius

    Lonavala rains are heavy and torrential. There seems to be no end to them. However, almost, in the end, the clouds begin to dissipate, leaving behind a vivid contrast of colors. Greenery makes the view from atop the hill magnificent.

    3. Lonavala during Winter (October – February)

    Temperature: 11 – 22 degrees Celsius

    The peak tourist season, winter in Lonavala, adheres to a pleasant sun that is soft on the skin. Exploring forts and hills is convenient, and bonfire nights make for nostalgic moments.

  7. Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    1. Tiger’s Leap: Tiger’s Leap is one of the most important tourist destinations in Lonavala. Tourists come here in large numbers and never do they leave without being mesmerized by the wondrous view of the city from over 650 meters.

    Echo point here is another major attraction here. During the monsoon season, there is a waterfall here that allures many. The Tiger Leap gets its name from its very appearance. It looks as if the tiger is leaping into the valley. 

    2. Bushi Dam: 
    Bushi Dam is situated just a few km ahead of Lonavala. It is popular weekend getaway for the people working or living in Pune. 

    3. Karla Caves: 
    Karla Caves is a visual hit. It puts forth an equal fight between the nature and the artistic excellence of a man in a race to supremacy. Of course, the nature is undeniably the ultimate winner. However, the architectural brilliance of a man cannot be underprized in any way. It is a true exemplary of the artisanship of man from the 80 BC. 

    4. Lion’s Point: 
    Lion’s Point is a hit destination amongst the nature lovers. The magnificent views of the deep valley enveloped by lush green surroundings and a myriad of waterfalls may make your heart skip a beat or two.  

    5. Bhaja Caves: 
    Bhaja Caves are over 2200 years old. They are one of the most ancient centers of Buddhists in the world. The best time to visit the caves is during the monsoon season as the place is blooming in glory.  

  8. Which are the best places to experience local cuisine in Lonavala?

    Local cuisines include speciality-dhabas and modified traditional dishes. These are some of the best places to experience cuisines. 

    Hotel Chandralok
    - Offers delicious authentic Indian food and specialises in Gujarati dishes.
    Sheetal da dhaba - Enjoy lip smacking Punjabi food at this Dhaba .
    Picadore - A restaurant at Picaddale resort where you can enjoy tasty North Indian, South Indian and Continental cuisines.
    Kinara Dhaba - Relish a sumptuous meal with a village ambience at Kinara Dhaba.
    Rama Krishna - Popular for it South Indian food, it also offers North Indian cuisine.

  9. What are the best public transport modes to commute around Lonavala?

    Lonavala is a very transport-friendly place and public transport is also very easy and quick.

    - There are auto rickshaws which are the most convenient to tour the central city.
    - Buses are also a cheap mode of public transport. Private cabs are available to commute to the tourist points like Tiger’s point, Rajmachi fort, Karla caves etc.
    - However, you can explore Central Lonavala by foot also as it is a small town.  

  10. What are the best places of shopping in Lonavala?

    Souvenirs are an elegant way of materializing a memory. They can be fridge magnets, clothes, cutlery, or trinkets for your friends or family. Listed below are some of the places you can collect these souvenirs from:

    Triose Plaza: Triose Multiplex or Triose Plaza is a mall in Lonavala with a theatre, food court, play arena, and of course, fancy clothing and shoe stores. The things here available are chic and savvy. Although comparatively smaller in size, Triose Multiplex is a decent shopping destination.

    Lonavala Square Mall: With McDonald’s, KFC, and a karate center, Lonavala Square Mall is a recreational place with modish stores in it. After having shopped for yourself, or your family, you can have Yoko Sizzlers from their food court that is deemed to be the best sizzlers in Lonavala.

    Uphill Mall: Uphill Mall with its sleek design, showcases handbags, clothing, and jewelry stores. There are both western franchises and local stores selling cultural artefacts of the state. 

  11. Drinking Law

    In Maharashtra or even in Lonavala in particular, you must always carry a liquor license that can be availed from the Govt. Civil Hospital. Some of the districts here have imposed a strict ban on alcohol.

    The legal drinking age in Mumbai is:

    18 for wine

    21 for beer and

    25 for any other forms of liquor.

  12. How far is Lonavala from Mumbai and Pune?

    Lonavala is at a shorter distance from Pune, but the access from Mumbai is better!

    Lonavala is located at a distance of 100 kms from Mumbai city. Mumbai has the most easily accessible and convenient modes of transport to Lonavala.
    Pune is located at a distance of 80 kms from Lonavala. You can reach Lonavala by train/cab/bus easily.

  13. How to reach Lonavala and where is it located?

    Lonavala is a hill station located in between the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. It is about 96 km from Mumbai and 66 km from Pune. You can reach over here through all means of transportation as the connectivity to Lonavala is hassle-free.

    By Air: Lonavala does not have its own airport. Thus, the nearest airports to the hill-station are the Pune International Airport (64 km) and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (104 km). Between Juhu and Pawana Dam - which is 14 km from Lonavala – there are seaplanes available.

    By Train: When it comes to trains, Lonavala is well-connected. There are trains passing by from the Pune station in 2-hour intervals. In fact, all trains in-between Mumbai and Pune halt here. It takes an average of one and a half hours to reach Lonavala via trains from either Mumbai or Pune.

    By Bus: Lonavala lies on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway with continuous buses. Pre-booking is not necessary. 

  14. What you will like there?

    Luxurious Resorts: Lonavala is one of the most preferred destinations amongst the locals of Mumbai as well as the tourists. Being Maharashtra’s resort town, it has a variety of luxury resorts where you can go, relax, eat and unwind with your family or loved one.

    It is definitely one of the best ways to spend a weekend in Maharashtra. Make sure you book for the resorts in advance as the place is usually crowded during the weekends. 

    Picnic at the Lonavala Lake: 
    Lonavala Lake is a beauty in itself. It is surrounded by the lush green plants and trees that make it an ideal destination for group picnics. Carry with you a basket of cookies and chips along with a racquet and shuttle or some board games and you are set for a Sunday picnic. 

    Chikki or the Chocolate Fudge: 
    Lonavala is incredibly popular for its chikki or the chocolate fudge. These sweet treats account for excellent souvenirs to be carried back home from here. Kids love it and adults cannot refrain themselves from it either.  

    Wax Museum: 
    Wax Museum is a recent addition working best to accentuate the popularity of Lonavala. It has statues of various celebs and definitely deserves a visit whenever you are here in Lonavala. 

  15. What should you know before visiting Lonavala?

    Before visiting a new city, it is necessary to get accustomed to its culture in order not to offend anyone unintentionally. It is also necessary to keep in mind the places that you would want to visit, and the activities you want to indulge in. If you are visiting any local store for shopping, don’t forget to bargain as you are likely to be charged twice or even thrice the actual amount.

    You can travel around Lonavala on bike rentals and taxis. But if it’s auto-rickshaws, then they don’t go via the meter system. So bargain, and keep track of the route you are traveling from via Google Maps or similar applications.

  16. Is it safe to travel to Lonavala?

    It may be inconvenient to travel to Lonavala at night due to the road conditions. Apart from that, Lonavala is a safe place to visit. Many college students spend their weekends at the hill station and have a marvelous time. However, to be on the safe side, carry pepper spray with you.

  17. What is the ideal duration for a holiday in Lonavala?

    The ideal duration for a stay at Lonavala is 2N/3D. In the meantime, you can visit all the tourist hotspots in Lonavala. There are bungalows with private pools and resorts with spa therapy to make your stay relaxing.

    But if you are the adventurous kind, Lonavala is not a disappointment for you either. Treks to places like Tiger’s Leap will take half-a-day, and if you still have the energy, then you can visit the lakes around.

    And if you are a history enthusiast, then the forts are bound to consume a day. Either way, 3 days is plenty to cover-up the hill-station and places around it. 

  18. Is Lonavala safe for couples?

    Yes, Lonavala is a safe escape for couples too. In fact, there are a lot of camps in the region that have various stay plans specially designed for couples. Pawana Lake Campsite is an example of one such organization.

    The strict administration and management of this place by the authorities makes this place extremely safe for the couples to spend the time of their life over here. A lot of couples and college lovebirds seek to escape amidst the lush green beauty of this place.

    Weekends all throughout the winter invite college crowds looking for a momentary escape. But for extra precautious, do carry a bottle of pepper-spray.