Distance: 93 km Via Mumbai - Pune Expy
Lonavala is a hill station with ample number of resorts, which are immensely popular for weekend getaways near Mumbai. They can be reached in just three hours by road from Mumbai. Besides natural beauty Lonavala is also famous for the different kinds of chikki, a sweet made of groundnuts and jaggery.
The city is situated along the Mumbai-Pune Highway at an altitude of 625 metre.
Trekking is a popular activity here. Camping, waterfall rappelling and farm tours are also popular for the city folk who visit here.
There are several tourist destinations such as the Korigad Fort, the Tiger’s Leap, the Lohgad, the Karla and Bhaja caves.
Some of the important places worth sightseeing include the Duke’s Nose which is a cliff resembling the nose of the Duke of Wellington. The place is an excellent viewing point and presents a panoramic view of the surroundings.
The Korigad Fort is another often toured spot and is located at a distance of 3050 feet. The Tiger’s Leap is another such popular viewing point. On viewing the surroundings from this point, an illusion of a tiger leaping across the river appears and hence the name. Lohgad is famous for its waterfalls, an ancient fort and ancient caves.
Location: Malavli, Maharashtra 410406
Best Time: June to September, Monsoons
Timings: 24 hours open
Price: The average trip cost is about INR 1200 per person.
The park also has restaurants that serve a variety of delicacies and make sure to take care of all hungry souls. The park has additional paid services like medical bay, parking, shuttle services, street magician, toy shops and much more.
Location: Old Pune Mumbai Highway NH - 4, at Mundhaware, Post - Takve, Pune
Timings: 10:30 AM to 6 PM on all days
Entry fee: Tickets start at INR 799 per head, rates differ for corporate and college student bookings
Della Adventure Park is India’s largest adventure park, which is located in Kunegaon, Pune. Sprawling across an area of 5 acres, this is a one-stop luxurious destination for entertainment and recreation of mind, heart, and soul. Cloud-hugs, exciting activities, and picturesque landscapes of Della Adventure Park makes it a perfect weekend getaway for people from Pune and Mumbai.
Homing to more than 70 activities, Della Adventure Park is a perfect way to release your routine life cobwebs. Swoop Swing, Longest Flying Fox, Sky Cycling, Paintball, Buggy Ride, Rappelling are some of the activities to enjoy here.
These activities are spread across six zones. Whether you are a solo visitor or in a group, this adventure park has adventure activities for all.
Besides the adventurous fun, Della Adventure Park offers excellent facilities such as resorts, board rooms, banquets, and training room facilities. Café 24, Parsi Dhaba, Crème Della, PNF Restaurant & Bar, and Sports Bar are some multi-cuisine restaurants here for a perfect dine out. Here, you can savour some delicious and mouth-watering Indian and International cuisines.
These options provide amenities and facilities of the best quality along with great hospitality by the staff. The amusement park also invites corporate groups to take off from the mundane routine and enjoy some time splashing water!
Location: 02B, Old Mumbai - Pune Highway, Gautam Park Society, Rao Colony, Lonavala, Maharashtra
Timings: Open 24 hours
Entry fee: INR 490 + taxes, Entry with Veg food - INR 790 + taxes , Entry with Non Veg food - INR 890 + taxes
Tikona Fort is a dominant hill fortress of Konkan’s Pawan Maval region. This is Maharashtra’s popular one-day trekking spot. Locally, it is famous by the name Vitandgad. Situated on top of the Tikona peak, this fort has an altitude of 3633 feet from the sea level.
If you take a look at its present-day geography, it resembles a triangle and thus named as Tikona. Large fortifications, seven water tanks filled with crystal clear water, large doorways, and spectacular surrounding views from its bastion sums up the beauty of this place. Sahyadri’s green hillocks are just like cherries on the cake!
Many Maratha dynasties have marked their presence here in the past and also, Tikona Fort was known as the centre for Pauna Mawal’s primary activities. Tikona Fort’s entrance itself represents beauty with sophistication. As soon as you pass through it, you will witness the presence of Buddhist and Satavahana Caves within.
Both types of caves have great significance in Indian history. Besides, there’s a small Trimbakeshwar Mahadev temple inside which revives the spiritual beliefs of the first residents of this fort.
With no wonders, Tikona Fort is blessed with some stunning landscapes attracting heaps of trekking enthusiasts and those who love Mother Nature. The moment you trek to the topmost summit of this fort, you have the liberty to enjoy the panoramic view of the vastly stretched Maval region. Tung Fort, Bhatrashi Hill, Jambhul Hill, Lohagad, Fagne dam, and Visapur are some sightseeing delights from the topmost position of this Tikona Fort.
The park has other facilities like shuttle services, medical emergency and digital payment modes available for the ease of visitors. Moreover, the park also actively provides various offers for different kinds of groups - like corporate groups or college students.
Location: Wet N Joy Waterpark, Old Pune Mumbai Highway, NH – 4, at - Mundhaware, Post - Takve Pune
Timings: Monday to Sunday 10 AM to 6 PM
Entry fee: Children - INR 799 and Adults - INR 999
Location: Rajmachi Fort, Sahyadri mountains, Khandala
Best Time: June to September, Monsoon season.
Timings: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm
Price: The average trip cost is about INR 1500 per person
The water park offers water sport activities such as jet-skiing, paddle boat, motorbike, water scooter which is absolutely safe for enthusiasts of all age groups to indulge in. Visitors to this water park can choose to spend the night at MTDC’s resort for a relaxed experience and may also visit the nature park which is located on the same premises.
Location: Lonavala Road, Karla
Timings: 11 AM to 5:30 PM on all days
Entry fee: For children under 4 feet - INR 200 per head, for guests residing at the MTDC Karla resort and entering water park -INR 300 per head, for outsiders - INR 350 per head.
Literally meaning the Lion Fort, Sinhagad Fort is one of the most famous historical places to visit in Pune which is believed to have been built about 2000 years ago. It is getting more beautiful as it is ageing and rain adds more to its beauty. Being at its best, a hot cup of coffee with your loved one amidst the mist surrounding this magnificent heritage in rain would be perfect.
Many trekking lovers also flock the place for an enterprising day to complete a one day trek from the village to the fort. Some notable attractions which you can see inside the fort are Tanaji memorial, the tomb of Rajaram Chhatrapati, a Kali temple, some military stables and a brewery.
Location: Sinhagad Ghat Road, Thoptewadi, Pune, Maharashtra
Best Time to visit: The months of winter and monsoon season from July to February are the most preferred time to visit this fort
Timings: Tourists can visit here between 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m
From the base point, which is the Peth Shahpur village there’s a staircase of 600 stairs that you need to traverse to reach the fort. At this fort, you can take a deep insight into the lifestyle of Maharaj Shivaji and gape at the intriguing architectural style of the building. The entire display reminds of the Maratha warriors and is surrounded by the colossal ranges.
Snuggled in the proximity of Karla caves, the Ekvira Devi temple is a spectacular spiritual retreat for the visitors. The goddess is believed to be an incarnation of the Goddess Renuka who is believed to be the mother of Parshurama. For the Koli fishermen and the local tribe, the goddess the supreme power and they visit the temple on a daily basis seeking her blessings.
At this temple, you can know about the learning of the Buddhist culture as it serves as a great cultural & spiritual center for that. On festive occasions namely Navratri and Chaitra the aura of the temple transforms completely and becomes even more lively.
Right from the traditional folktales to the vibrant decorations and dances, you can witness everything at the temple. To reach out to the temple you will have to traverse 200 steps that will take you to the notch and that’s where the temple is located. The temple was built by the Pandavas and this temple is one of the most serene temples of the region. If you are looking for a spot where you can witness a blend of spirituality and splendid views, then this is the right place for you.
The caves are surrounded by lush green blankets of nature and are a delight for wandering souls. The texture of the caves is rugged and the entire region remains cool. Make sure that you capture amazing pictures, as the frames it offers are great.
Location: Bhaje Caves Road, Near Bhaja Village Maval District, Lonavla, 412106
Best Time: Throughout the year
Timings: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Price: No entry fees.
A 300 years old structure situated near Tamhini Ghat and Mulshi, it is said that Ghangad Fort used to be a prison under the kingdom of Peshwas. And apparently, it was also the watchtower for the city of Pune. Unfortunately, there is not much historical evidence supporting this fact.
However, what the fort is sure to offer is the views for the lush green region from the very top. Ghangad fort is a popular trekking destination amongst residents of Pune, Mumbai, and Nagpur. The trek is a medium to easy level trek which on average takes about an hour to reach the midpoint of the fort.
From here, it does not take more than 30 to 40 minutes to reach the top. This fort is also a great space for camping as there is a lot of open space. Moreover, the fort also houses several other attractions such as the caves, the age-old fortifications, a temple of Goddess Garjai and a water cistern of stone cuts.
It also has a wave pool along with various other slides like Tube twister, water play system, Magical Mat Slides, Kiddie pool, leisure pool, and a waterfall. The amusement park also has other amenities like free parking, lockers, restaurants, costumes for the water park and fast food area.
Location: Mumbai Pune Expressway, 1 kilometer before Ravet, Ravet, Pune, Maharashtra
Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM on all days
Entry fee: INR 450 for height above 3’11 feet, INR 400 for height below 3’11, INR 300 for senior citizens
Enclosed in vast tropics and found at an astounding height of 1075m from sea leave, Tung fort is a mesmerizing destination in Maharashtra, India. The fort is specifically admired for its breathtaking views and spectacular treks. The literal translation of the word “Tung” is “difficult” and hiking to this momentous fort is surely a task. Apart from this, the place is also excellent for a family picnic and camping.
Furthermore, the peaky and oval structure of the fort makes it a prominent attraction from a distance. From the top of the fort, visitors can enjoy an alluring view of the dazzling Pawna Lake, Tikona and Visapur fort. After a climb, the visitors can also unwind and visit either the Tungi Devi or Ganpati temples. The best time to enjoy a visit to this glorious place is just after the rainy season, between September and January.
This amusement park in Lonavala is spread across 55 acres of lush greenery and has something to offer to everyone. The park is easy to locate and is convenient to reach.
Location: National Highway 4, Kandroli Tarf Wankhal, Old Mumbai to Pune Highway, Vinegoan
Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM on all days
Entry fee: Children - INR 300 and Adults - INR 350
The park successfully shares the learning experiences about the world of dinosaurs through their unique way of documentation. It also has a restaurant that meets all your hunger needs.
Location: Rainbow Land Parks, Aundholi, Lonavala
Timings: 10 AM to 7 PM on all days
Entry fee: Starts at INR 400
Vikatgad Peb Fort is located on the Matheran Hill Range, about 2,100 feet above sea level. It is a popular trekking spot for those seeking an adventurous trail. It is continuous to other forts of the Matheran Hill Range along with Malang Gad, Tauli Hill, and Chanderi Fort.
Being close to the major cities of Pune and Mumbai, with a well-connected railway system, attracts trekkers from both the cities, mostly on weekends. Not much is known about the fort, and most of it is in ruins due to a supposed battle that took place in the 19th century.
However, it was a storage for food grains and ammunition and was also visited by the British Captain Dickinson in 1818. The two entrances to the fort are in ruins. There are still traces of the idols of Lord Hanuman within its periphery. The approximate time required to visit all the palaces in the fort is 1 hour.
Situated close to the famous hill station of Lonavala, Lohagad is one of the most magnificent places to visit in Pune. Located on a beautiful hillock near Malavali, this place is one of the favourite destinations for trekking enthusiasts in Pune. Dating back to the 18th century, this place is an interesting visit to appreciate the charm of ancient architecture nestled in the midst of natural beauty.
Lohagad Fort offers an exciting trek where people can look forward to an adrenaline filled day. Surrounded by beautiful green hills, it also offers various delightful opportunities for photographers and nature lovers to appreciate the panoramic views all around.
Location: Lohagad Fort, Lohagad Trek Rd, Maharashtra
Best Time to visit: The best time to visit Lohagad Fort is during Monsoon season when the surroundings are most spectacular due to the rains and presence of dark clouds without the scorching sun.
Entry fee: There is no entry fee to visit Lohagad Fort
Timings: One can visit the Lohagad Fort from 9 am to 6 pm
Embark on a day filled with adventure and excitement by visiting Adlabs Imagica in Pune. This is a 130-acre theme park that will help you relax and refresh unlike any other place in Pune. Adlabs Imagica offers wonderful fun and enjoyment for people of all ages and makes for a recreational getaway from Pune. It is divided into three parks which are a theme park, water park and snow park.
One of most thrilling places in Pune, Adlabs Imagica boasts of fantastic rides, pool, gym and many restaurants to keep your day filled with various activities. Due to its so many premium offerings in recreational adventure, it has been hailed as one of the most preferred retreats for families near Pune and Mumbai
Location: 30/31, Sangdewadi, Near Khopoli, Pali-Khopoli Road (State Highway 92), Off Mumbai-Pune Express Way, Taluka Khalapur, District Raigad, Maharashtra
Best Time to visit: The months of monsoon and winter season are considered the best time to visit Adlabs Imagica
Entry Fee: The cost of a regular ticket at Adlabs Imagica is INR 1500/ USD 23 per adult during the weekdays and INR 1900/ USD 30 during the weekends and holidays.
Timings: It is open from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
A relatively newly opened amusement park in Lonavala, Panshet Water Park is known for offering thrilling and fun water rides. It is located close to the famous Khadakwasla dam and is nestled around the western ghats.
This water park is also surrounded by the Sahyadri hills giving a picturesque backdrop to the exciting water activities. It is a great bet during the summers as it allows one to escape the strong heat and take a dip in the water!
Location: Near Khadakwasla Dam, Pune
Timings: 10 PM to 6 PM on all days
Entry fee: On the weekdays - INR 250 for adults and INR 170 for children under the height of 4 feet. On weekends and public holidays - INR 300 for adults and INR 230 for children under the height of 4 feet.