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Places to visit in Lonavala

Adorned with lush green hills and dense forest, Lonavala is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Maharashtra. This is a famous tourist destination and a perfect retreat for nature lovers. There are numerous tourist attractions in Lonavala which are worth a visit. From caves, temples, dams, lakes, and waterfalls, this stunning town has it all to make the Lonavala trip memorable. Also, Lonavala hosts an array of activities, including trekking, hiking, camping, paragliding, and hot air balloon ride. The hill station enjoys a tropical climate that makes the Lonavala tour comfortable throughout the year.

Best Places to Visit in Lonavala

Here is the list of some of the popular places to visit in Lonavala that one should add to their itinerary for a memorable vacation:

Rajmachi Fort

Snuggled in the lap of the Sahyadri mountains of Western Ghats, Rajmachi Fort comprises two twin fortresses in the complex that is Shriwardhan and Manaranjan. This is one of the many old forts of Maharashtra that was built in the 17th century in the era of Shivaji Maharaj. It is among the best trekking places in Maharashtra, where one can also indulge in night trekking. The trekking trail to Rajmachi offers spectacular views of the surroundings, such as waterfalls, gorges, waterways, and quaint villages. It is a must-visit place in Lonavala and you can include a visit to the fort in the Lonavala trip while booking a tour with us.

  • Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM
  • Entry Fees: Nil

Lohagad Fort

Dating back to the 18th century, Lohagad Fort is one of the popular tourist places in Lonavala. It has retained its old-world charm and is known for its stunning architecture. It is perched at an altitude of 1,036 m above sea level atop a hill. This fort is a treasure trove of historical heritage from the time of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Jain Brahmi inscription can also be spotted here. This majestic fort is interlinked with the Visapur Fort. The trek to Lohagad Fort is a famous thing to do in Lonavala during a trip.

  • Timings: 9 AM to 6:30 PM
  • Entry Fees: Nil

Tikona Fort

Popularly known as Vitandgad, Tikona Fort is a pyramidal hill fort. Perched at an altitude of 1,103 m above sea level on Tikona Peak, this fort resembles a triangle. You can witness the existence of several Maratha dynasties in the fort through its architectural beauty. It also comprises Buddhist and Satavahana Caves in the complex that have a significant history associated with them. The trek to Tikona Fort is also popular among adventure enthusiasts, and from the top of the fort, you can witness the jaw-dropping beauty of the surroundings. The night trek and camping at Tikona Fort are not allowed. So, you can plan your trip to the fort during the daytime with our Lonavala holiday package.

  • Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM
  • Entry Fees: Nil

Karla Caves

Built on the rocky hillside, Karla Caves are situated on Mumbai Pune Expressway at Karli. These are among the oldest Buddhist rock-cut caves in India and come under protected monuments that are managed by the Archeological Society of India. Karla Caves were built during the span of 2nd century BC to 5th century AD. These are situated near an ancient trade route that runs from the Arabian Sea to Deccan. There are a total of 16 caves in the group, among which 3 are Mahayana caves. Cave number 8, or Great Chaitya Cave is, dating back to 120 AD and is the longest rock-cut Chaitya in India. There are numerous inscriptions in the caves, including males, females, animals, and birds. This is a paradise for history buffs, which you should visit during the Lonavala tour.

  • Timings: 9 AM to 7 PM
  • Entry Fees: INR 25 (for Indians) and INR 300 (for foreigners)

Bhaja Caves

Located in the village of Bhaja, these caves are a set of 22 rock-cut caves dating back to the 2nd century BC. Among them, there is only one main cave that features a prayer hall. These caves are the perfect place to witness the glorious past and rich cultural heritage of the region. Bhaja Caves were developed during the Satavahana period and are the biggest Hinayana Buddhist shrines in India. Encompassed by lush greenery, Bhaja Caves offer glimpses of the bygone era of mythological India. These are among the best tourist places in Lonavala that offer unique experiences.

  • Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM
  • Entry Fees: INR 5 (for Indians) and INR 100 (for foreigners)

Pawna Lake

This is an artificial lake, which is also known as Pawna Dam Reservoir or Pawna Lake Backwater. The dam is located on the Pawna River and forms a lake, which is a famous place to visit in Lonavala. It is an ideal weekend getaway for tourists to enjoy camping and nature walks. The soothing ambiance and scenic setting of the lake attract a large number of tourists to enjoy a picnic as well. The peaceful ambiance of the lake makes it an escape from the monotony of the daily routine.

  • Timings:24-hours
  • Entry Fees: Nil

Tiger’s Leap

This is one of the popular sightseeing places in Lonavala from where tourists can enjoy the breathtaking view of the surroundings. Tiger’s Leap is a captivating viewpoint, which is located on a cliff with a 650 m sheer drop. You can enjoy jaw-dropping views of sunrise and sunset with the backdrop of majestic Western Ghats. This is a famous place among families, friends, and couples. Another stunning feature of Tiger’s Leap is Echo Point, which is worth visiting.

  • Timings:24-hours
  • Entry Fees: Nil

Celebrity Wax Museum

This museum was founded by a famous wax artist from Kerala, Sunil Kandaloor. Its original name is Sunil’s Celebrity Wax Museum, which houses more than 100 sculptures. You can spot the wax statues of some renowned celebrities including Kapil Dev, Micheal Jackson, Rajiv Gandhi, Adolf Hitler, A R Rahman, and many more. You might not be able to meet them in person, but you can click pictures with the wax statue of your favorite personality here. It is built on the concept of Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.

  • Timings:9 AM to 9:30 PM
  • Entry Fees: INR 200 per person

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