Lonavala- it is the favorite weekend get away for the Mumbaikers, those traveling to Pune do not miss to visit this place and during your tour to Maharashtra, you can not miss a short visit to this beautiful hilly region. Nestled amidst the lush green hills of the Sahyadris, Lonavala is situated at an altitude of 625 m. it can be easy accessed from Mumbai and Pune.
Lonavala in Maharashtra is popularly known as the Jewel of the Sahyadri. Tourists can enjoy a stroll along the pristine woods and valleys. During their strolls, they can get a glimpse of the gushing waterfalls, caves and picturesque vistas.
During the British rule, the hills at Lonavala were dominated by the Maratha rulers, who practiced guerrilla warfare from here. The various places to visit in Lonavala are Karla and Bhaja Caves located 11 kilometer from the town. These 2nd century rock-cut cave temples are a must see. They are the epitome of the oldest and finest Buddhist sculptures.
Besides the temples, the artificial lakes- Bushy, Tungarli and Pawna at Lonavala in Maharashtra India are an angler's paradise. Ryewood Park, Bushy Dam and Duke's Nose are the other tourist attractions in Lonavala. After exploring the place, you can even go for excursions from Lonavala to nearby places like Kamshet.
You can also try some adventure sports in the hilly terrain of Lonavala. One can go for trekking and hiking. Rock climbing at Duke's Nose peak is very popular. Nature walks in and around Lonavala are ideal for travelers.
Accommodation in Lonavala
Today, Lonavala is home to many holiday homes owned by celebrities and industrialists. To accommodate the various tourists traveling here, there are many holiday resorts like:
- Upper Deck
- Bijis Hill Retreat
- Highland Resort
- Avion Holiday Resort
- The Lagoona Resort
- Fariyas Holiday Resort
- Sterling Resorts - Lonavala
Getting to Lonavala
You can reach Lonavala by train from both Pune and Mumbai. Mumbai Railway station is the nearest railhead. Lonavala is well connected to major places by road.