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  • If you are a Punekar or a Mumbaiite, chances are that every rainy season you have taken atleast one impulsive trip to Lonavala with your buddies! Shared conversations over a cup of chai and hot pakoras, or sudden impulsive bike rides through the Ghats surrounding the region, Lonavala has beckoned to travellers young and old to witness its stunning charms. Located at close distance from Pune and Mumbai, it is one of the most popular weekend getaways for all the travel lovers.

    You may be an adventure lover, a traveller, a tourist or just somebody desperate to get out of the daily grind of work; Lonavala has something for every kind of a traveller. So; Hop on and pack your gear as we take you through some of the best places to see in Lonavala!

    Here are some of the best places to visit in Lonavala:

  • 01Della Adventure Park Ticket and Activities near Kunegaon in Lonavala

    Della Adventure Park Ticket and Activities near Kunegaon in Lonavala
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    About the Activity:

    • Della Adventure in Kunegaon is considered as India’s largest adventure park sprawling across an area of around 5 acres.
    • With around 70 activities, it's a perfect place to release all your cobwebs of routine life while delighting in various exciting available activities.
    • Either you can opt for Day Pass or Jumbo Pass (choose while booking), where Day Pass includes only the activity bundle from Zones A to F, but Jumbo Pass includes activity bundle from Zone A to F along with 8 extreme adventures.
  • 02Rajmachi

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    The pride and delight of the Sahyadri Ranges, the Rajmachi Fort is amongst the loveliest treks in Maharashtra! Encompassed by unparalleled natural beauty, it is no big surprise that it pulls in trekking devotees young and old to scale its grand statures every monsoon. In the seasons of the Maratha realm when it came to be utilized as a vantage point, it was an imperative landmark for the trade route that passed through the regions of Khopoli and Khandala on the Mumbai-Pune route.

    The post of Rajmachi is actually reinforced by the twin structures of Shrivardhan and Manaranjan fortresses. The beauty of the forts really comes alive amid the rains as the greenery secured slopes give rest to butterflies and birds of many species. The view of the valley below swelling up with mists is also incomparable. 

    Monsoon Trek to Rajmachi and Kondana Cave Waterfalls, Lonavala

    Monsoon Trek to Rajmachi and Kondana Cave Waterfalls, Lonavala

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  • 03Tikona


    A prominent hill fort in Lonavala, Tikona is also one of its most important places to visit. Tikona literally means ‘Triangle Fort’.  The summit of the fort being shaped like a pyramid, makes up for it being easily recognizable even from a distance. This hill fortress is also called Vitangad by the locals as well as in the books of history. An important sight of many historical happenings, the Tikona fort is a deservedly popular trekking destination for the adventure lovers.

    From the summit and even throughout trail, one can get crystal clear views of the Pawna Dam and the forts of Visapur, Tung and Lohagad. The fort sports of the Pavana Lake at the summit, caves from the Satvahan era and the temple of ‘Trimbakeshwar Mahadev’.

    Camping at Tikonapeth in Lonavla

    Camping at Tikonapeth in Lonavla

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  • 04Kamshet

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    Located at a short distance away from Lonavala, Kamshet has emerged from being a small hamlet of little importance to being a mecca for adventure lovers and adrenaline seekers. The landscape is perfect for all adventure seekers. Especially for paragliding, trekking and hiking. The calm and green hills and languid lakes make it an ideal holiday destination that is adorned every tiny embellishment of nature. Dotted with ancient caves, hills and fortresses; Kamshet is indeed a must- visit place to see in Lonavala!

    Of late, the region has gained prominence for being the hub of paragliding and other flying related sports. The experience of getting a bird’s eye view of the surrounding greenery, lush Pavna Lake and pretty, thatched roofs gives the aura of being blessed! Do not miss this incredible experience if you decide to head here!

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  • 05Waterfall Rappelling and Trekking in Lonavala

    Waterfall Rappelling and Trekking in Lonavala
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    About the activity :

    • Lonavala, a gorgeous hill station located at a close distance from Mumbai and Pune has emerged as a popular and enticing weekend getaways for all city dwellers.
    • The activity site is located midway to the famous Rajmachi Fort and is only 7km from the main land of Lonavala. Arrive at the trekking site at a little around 09:00 AM and kickstart this amazing experiences.
    • Walk around the paths through lush foliage and thundering falls.
    • The waterfalls cascade down the ridges of Sahyadri Ranges and offer captivating views of the valley below
    • Climb up the forest trails and rappel down with a harness through the refreshing falls.
    • Day gets over at 4:30 PM
  • 06Pawna Dam

    Pawna Dam
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    Located near Lohagad, Pawna Dam is one of the most amazing places to see near Lonavala. Built over the Pavna River, it is an important development in terms of its prominence for the agricultural produce of the land. One of the best times to visit Pavna Dam is of course the monsoons! The sight of the clouds reaching down to kiss the embankments and backwaters is truly breathtaking. A pleasant drive in from Mumbai as well as Pune through the town of Kamshet will bring you here. The route thereafter is in a rough condition but nonetheless picturesque and abounds with beautiful sights.

    The waters of the river and dam are perfect for boating, speedboating, water skiing and water jet rides. The beauty of the destination lies in its calm and unspoiled air which is as of date free from overcrowding and pollution. Escape into nature’s arms with this picture perfect spot that is a true delight!

    Pawana Lake Camping near Lonavala

    Pawana Lake Camping near Lonavala

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  • 07Duke’s Nose

    Duke’s Nose
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    One of the most striking landmarks to hit your eyes as soon as you reach Lonavala is the structure of Duke’s Nose. A huge monolithic rock structure, it pierces the misty clouds with its peculiar shape! In local language the peak is also called Nagphani which translates to mean snake’s hood.  The peak was given the pseudonym of Duke’s Nose as it resembles the nose of the Duke of Wellington!

    With various ravines and forests grazing at its feet a trek up Duke’s nose is surely rewarding in all its beauty! One of the most versatile places to see in Lonavala, it is famous amongst trekkers as well rock climbing enthusiasts who take to the rock for its amazing heights and interesting topology.

  • 08Durshet

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    Resting peacefully in the laps of the Sahyadris, Durshet bursts forth as an ideal and laidback weekend destination adorned in all the nature’s beauty. If going back to the roots is what you wish to experience, then Durshet is the ideal place to see in Lonavala. The destination is crowned in a tiara of perfectly green and lush forests. While in Durshet, there are a number of activities that can keep your travel loving heart occupied!

    The jaded woodlands present the perfect setting to enjoy activities like bird watching, wildlife spotting or just a calming hike to collect your scattered thoughts. Moreover, the soils of the region being fertile and salubrious, present an ideal opportunity for agriculture. The bloom of these farms rollicking in the fresh breeze is truly a sight to behold. You can also experience rice plantation as well as various adventure activities in Durshet! 

  • 09Maval,Takve Lake

    Maval,Takve Lake

    The site of the most important endeavors in the history of Maharashtra, Maval is the place where the great king Shivaji Maharaj trained his army of soldiers who were called ‘Mavalas’. It is from them that the region draws its name! Cosseted towards the western regions of Pune, Maval is well endowed with rich biodiversity, flora and fauna. The Takve Lake, sprawling in the region presents an ideal opportunity to experience amazing water adventure water sports.

    Along with the rich and prosperous gifts of nature, the region also presents evidence to its rich past with various forts dotting the landscape. The best way to experience the charm of this rustic Lonavala place is to embark on a camping and water adventure activities on a weekend!

  • 10Ghangad-Tailbaila


    Ghangad is a fort cosseted in the Sahyadris , close to the lovely Mulshi stream which is in Pune District near Lonavala.  Otherwise called Korbarase Maval, the region of the fortification albeit little, is rich with natural magnificence. The fort is nestled between different fortresses of the locale, for example, Korigad, Tailbaila and Sudhagad.

    Being in the heart of Tamhini Ghat, the hike up to the fort is misleadingly simple. There are two titanic rocks gaps at the way of the post and as of now some remodel work is in progress to update the structure. There are also some delightful rocky patches which prompt you to indulge in some level of rock climbing! However, there is also a ladder nowl which makes crossing it far less demanding.

    Tailbaila on the other hand is a monolithic structure, which takes after a cobra head. Situated at a separation of around 94km from Pune, it is a bastion that is ideal for climbing lovers and experience seekers. The summit offers great perspectives of the Konkan Valley which are truly beautiful!

  • 11Koraigad

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    One of the places that have remained safe from vagaries of humans and concrete is the Koraigad which is one of the offbeat places to see in Lonavala.  A trek that is a world apart from the rest, Koraigad lies along the road seldom taken. Standing surrounded by the bastions of Sudhagad, Telbaila and Ghangad it is populated by beautiful views of the surrounding and yet a stoic reminder of solitude. The unique part of this experience is that the walls are still in a good condition, you can also walk along the perimeter of the entire fort. The ruins and older structures are truly a delight for all history buffs.

  • 12Visapur

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    If you are thinking of embarking on a trail up the Visapur Fort, then the one question you need to ask yourself is; are you a trekker or are you a wanderer? For if you are the latter, then, the Visapur Trek is perfect activity to embark upon if you ever visit Lonavala. Easily accessible from Pune and Mumbai, the trek shares a common terrain with the Lohagad Fort as well. The way up passes through scattered rocks and boulders and is an unmarked road all the way up. For the gutsy travellers, this is an ideal opportunity to test out their navigation and direction sense. On the top you are greeted with sweeping views of the Sahyadri peaks and their consequent valleys that are adorned in rich greens unlike any you will ever see in the cities!

  • 13Bushi Dam

    Bushi Dam

    A surprisingly old structure, the Bushi dam was constructed way back in the 1860s for the Great Indian Peninsular Railway as an energy source for their steam engines. Built to entrap the waters of Indrayani River, Bhushi Dam has slowly turned into a popular tourist spot. The steps like structure of the dama nd the overflowing waters of the river during the monsoons lend it a beautiful and surreal view as the water cascades down the steps.

    However, tourists are advised to be extra careful while frolicking in the waters as there have been incidents of unfortunate outcomes near the dam. It is also for this purpose that a separate control room has been buitl especially to provide assistance during times of crisis.

  • 14Karla-Bhaja Caves

    Karla-Bhaja Caves
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    A jaw dropping spectacle of the skills of our old masters forgotten, the Karla and Bhaja Caves are a relic of an era long gone.  The caves share a similar kind of architecture and are carved with inscriptions and stories. Studies place the caves to an era dating back to 2nd century BC, and the carvings represent the beliefs and scriptures of the Hinayana sect of Buddhism. The caves are especially admirable for their impeccable use of wooden structures and giving us an insight into the fact that table and other musical instruments were prevalent part of Indian culture for more 2000 years!

    The horseshoe arched entrance of the Bhaja Caves is most noteworthy and marks the entrance to the Chaityagruha, which was the main hall of the caves. While the Bhaje caves belong to an early era of Buddhism, the Karla caves are a mixture of Mahasamghika sect of Buddhism as well as Hinduism. The caves also house a temple of the Ekveera Devi, a goddess who is worshipped by the local community! A historical place of great significance, The Karla Bhaja caves forms an important centre of tourist places in Lonavala.

  • 15Valvan Reservoir

    Valvan Reservoir
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    Built over the famous Kundali River, the Valvan reservoir serves as a barrage that provides energy for the Khopoli Power Station which is under the care of Tata Power. Originating in the Western Ghats, it is one of the most popular places to visit in Lonavala and is still calm and quiet, just the way you like it! The backwaters of the dam form the Valvan Reservoir which is also a famous tourist spot.

    The refreshingly emerald green garden that is situated next to the reservoir is also a popular picnic spot for the locals as well as tourists. If it is solitude and inner peace that you seek to imbibe in yourself on your next trip to Lonavala, then a trip to the Valvan Reservoir is highly recommended!

  • 16Ryewood Park

    Ryewood Park

    Located within the main precinct of Lonavala, Ryewood Park is more of a landmark than it is a tourist’s destination. However, it is that one place where you can get a truly local feel as it is often frequented by locals who wish to spend some quiet evenings here. At just a 5 minute distance from the local railway station, it is a true delight to explore the blessings of natural surroundings on a quiet evening with a steaming mug of chai. Ryewood Park has plentiful playing space for young ones situated amongst a wide assortment of trees and blooms. There is additionally an old Shiva Temple situated inside of the recreation center's premises, other than a few swings for happy making.

    However, there are many a perspectives that suggest that a sprawling park of this size could have been made better had it not faced neglect at the hands of authorities and residents. Nevertheless, nothing can deter the quiet shade of green trees that the grounds enjoy which offer an unparalleled level of heritage, peace and solitude right in the midst of a crowded city!

  • 17Phanasrai


    A gorgeous campsite located in the midst of nowhere! If that is the definition of your ideal holiday, then Phanasrai is the ideal place for you. Surreal greens, mossy woodlands and an occasional stream of water ambling by merrily’; these facets combine to offer you an unparalleled experience of having landed in the nurturing lap of nature.

    Marvel the beautiful excellence of the spellbinding slope and mountains around this beguiling hill station while spending overnight in a camp.

    While here, you can also take an interest in adventures like flying fox and devour the stunning airborne perspectives of the region. Different exercises like waterfall rappelling will present you with the rush of excitement and adrenaline that is hard to come by!

    There they are! The 15 gems of must visit places in Lonavala, carry this checklist with you and prepapre to be bold over by the misty green charm of this stunning hill station. Make sure that you carry memories in your camera, and revisit them whenever you feel like!