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Lonavla is in Western Maharashtra, India.


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Lonavla is about 90km away from the city of Mumbai and 65 km away from Pune City. Lonavla is easily accessible by road and by train from both Mumbai and Pune which are one of the nearest locations.

By Road The road is one of the most beautiful ways to reach Lonavla. By Car, one can use the Mumbai Pune Expressway to reach Lonavla. You would have to take an exit at Khandala to get in. The toll is approximately Rs.85 from Mumbai, but taking the Expressway not only reduces the journey time by 1/3rd, but also ensures a smoother ride. Two and three wheelers are not allowed on the expressway. For two wheelers/ three wheelers, and for those who wish to avoid the toll, the other option is to use the old Mumbai Pune road NH4. From Pune, one can again take the NH4 or NH4 and Mumbai Express Highway combination.

Road to Lonavla

By Train

For train travelers, plenty of options exist depending on one's convenience- Intercity Express, Koyna Express, Deccan Express, Indrayani Express etc. Lonavla has it's own railway station and most of the Express trains that cross the Mumbai Pune railway line halt at Lonavla.

By Air

Lohegaon Airport of Pune falls the nearest to Lonavala. Apart from domestic airlines, it is also serviced by a few international carriers. The nearest international airport is at Mumbai.


Rajmachi Point

Rajmachi Point is located about 6.5 km from Lonavla. It falls on the way from Mumbai to Lonavla, just before the starting point of the Ghat. This point commands a view of Shivaji's famous fort, Rajmachi (Royal terrakouioce) and the surrounding valley. Regular State Transport buses ply between Rajmachi Point and Lonavla from the State Transport Bus Stand. Further adding to the attraction of Rajmachi Point is Vaghjai Dari, located nearby.

Ryewood Park & Shivaji Udyan

Adding to the lush green surroundings of Lonavala are Ryewood Park and Shivaji Udyan. The stunning gardens are amongst the favorite picnic spots of the children, owing to the soaring trees and spacious open spaces provided by them. The swings set up at the parks further add to their appeal. An ancient Shiva Temple, situated inside one of the parks, is visited by a large number of people every day.

Valvan Dam

Valvan Dam has a garden at its foot, and is a popular evening spot 2 km from the town. The dam supplies water to the Khopoli power station at the foothills of the Sahyadris for generating electricity. The Kundali River feeds into the dam's reservoir.

Lonavla Lake

Lonavla Lake is surrounded by natural scenery, about 1.6 km from the town. The lake dries up during the winter months.

Tungarli Lake

Tungarli Lake makes a very popular picnic spot for the residents of Lonavala, Khandala and the neighboring cities. Apart from being a splendid creation of nature, this lake is also a very important source of water for the people of the hill station.

Duke's Nose

Duke's Nose stands 12 km from Lonavla, clearly visible from the highway while driving towards Mumbai. This landmark in Khandala is popular with hikers. The cliff owes its name to the Duke of Wellington, whose ample nose it resembles.

Tiger's Leap

The Beginning of the waterfall's mighty leap

Tiger's Leap is a cliff-top with a sheer drop of over 650 m, giving an extensive view. Buses are available up to I.N.S. Shivaji and the remaining distance of about 1.6 km has to be covered on foot.

Just around tiger's leap, there is an small waterfall active only during the monsoon. It serves the purpose of relaxing in the water better than Bushy dam, as the force of the fall is higher. Also, after the brief steep descent, the fall becomes a stream with a fair amount of force to go all the way down to the base of the Tiger's Leap. Adventurers can trek down the stream whilst intermittently stepping back on land where the water current is too strong and the fall is steep.


The mountain that appears like shivlinga just before hiding behind the dark clouds

On the way to Tiger's Leap, you would see a small board on the right- Shivlinga (swayambhu). From the road, it looks like just another place to view the deep valleys around Tiger's Leap, but it has some real breathtaking views including the mountain housing the "Shivlinga". Besides, due to the lack of popularity vis-à-vis Tiger's Leap and Bushy Dam, the place offers a quiet and serene view of the Sahyadris. Like most places, there is a small shop to relish hot bhajiyas (an Indian Fried snack) and Cutting Chai. Tea costs about Rs.10 per cup while the snacks would cost about Rs.30-40 per plate. There is a tendency, however, to extract more money from unaware foreign tourists.

Karla Caves

Karla, located near Lonavla, is a complex of cave shrines built by Buddhist monks around 3rd to 2nd century B.C.

I.N.S. Shivaji

A Naval Engineering Training Base.

[Lohagad Fort][3]

A robust climb of about 11.2 km from Malavali Railway Station takes you to the 'Iron Fort', once a formidable battle-station of Shivaji. The fort commands a view of the surrounding hills and hamlets.

Bushy Dam

A waterfall near the dam is a popular spot between Lonavla and I.N.S. Shivaji. Buses running on the I.N.S. Shivaji Road stop here.

Lion's Point

Scenic point midway between Bhushi Dam and Amby Valley. Tungarli Lake and Dam This lake and Dam come to life during the Monsoon season, where youth climb the mountain top to the Dam. This dam was built during the British era and features a serene surrounding.

'''Celebrity Wax Museum'''[4]

Another scenic point in the town of Lonavla is Wax Museum founded by Sunil Kandaloor, a 37-year-old wax artist from Kerala. Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Hariharan, Baba Saheb Ambedkar, Mother Teresa, Sai Baba, AR Rahman, Balaji Tambe and Yesudas are among some of the famous personalities one will find at the wax museum in Lonavla.

Shooting Point

Another scenic point in the town of Khandala (Bazaar peth), which provides magnificent view of the Rajmachi Fort and the valley. Also the home for the St. Mary's villa.


When visiting the place in monsoon, it is fun to get drenched and play in the waterfalls near Tiger's Leap. Bushy Dam is a must visit too- simply sitting on the steps of the dam or on the rocks beneath and enjoying the force of the water is a great experience in itself. In Summer, as most of the lake is dried up, on can trek into the hills or simply walk along the lake's edge.


Lonavla's name is almost resonant with it's [Chikkis][5]. People throng in huge numbers to the stores to buy Chikki, Fudges and other savouries of different varieties. In order to savour the good quality, try to go to any of the Maganlal's chikki stores which are spread out throughout Lonavla. Other stores include Purohit's, A-1 Chikki etc.


Lonavla is just another hill station in Maharashtra, and one cannot miss the [hot masala chai][6] or the Vadapav (the indian burger). One should try the hot [bhajiyas][7]along with masala chai. This is available at any of the major tourist spots. You also get hot corn at almost all of the tourist locations. It is to be noted that while you can get these at most of the hotels as well, nothing can beat the taste of these piping hot snacks served at the roadside.


Drinking is permitted in Lonavla, and there are plenty of wine shops and hotels that serve alcohol. There is a Johnie Walker store `Regal Wines' right in the heart of the marketplace in Lonavla.

During Summer, Coconut water can be really refreshing as weather can get too dry and hot.


There are plenty of hotels available in Lonavla for various budget ranges. Some of the names include: Kumar Resort and Water Park. Room rents range from INR 5000 to INR 15,000. Contact info: Tel.: 02114-273091/ 92/ 93/ 94. Another name known for quality is Duke's Retreat located on the lower slopes of Khandala. Contact Info- 02114- 269201- 09. Another option would be Biji's Resort-+91-22-2823 7421 / 3254 2729.

Lonavla is a popular tourist spot in the monsoon and it is advisable to book in advance in case one is planning a trip during the monsoon.

  • A guest house in the midst of nature at the foothills of the Karla Caves in Lonavala, [1]. This guest house is located around 8 kms from the city of Lonavala. Away from the crowds, the cosy cottages have breathtaking views of the mountains. Enjoy a trip to the waterfalls that you can also see from your rooms. The guest house is conveniently located from all sight-seeing locations. A group of 6 cottages, each having a different ambiance, each room has a double bed, attached bathroom, cable TV and wardrobe. There is hot water facility and each room has its own individual sit-out. There is a TT table, Carrom board, throwball court and a water pool as well. Pawna Dam is a beautiful green location to spend a few hours walking or driving around. One can also enjoy the speed boat facilities there. At Kamshet one can enjoy pargliding. You can also visit the historical Buddhist Karla & Bhaja caves.
  • Luxuriously Furnished Bungalows with Terrace and Gardens at this guest house in Lonavala, [2]. This guest house is a scheme of 4 Row Houses attached to each other in the peaceful and green surroundings of Tungarli. Two rowhouses have a living room and kitchen on the ground floor and two bedrooms on the first floor. There is a terrace above and a garden attached to the bungalow. There are 2 bathrooms, one each on the two floors. The kitchen is fully equipped with a fridge, gas, crockery, utensils etc. A cook that prepares Maharashtrian and Gujarati meals is available at an extra charge of Rs.750 to Rs.1000.00 (depending on the no. of guests) per day. The groceries are charged for at actuals. The other 2 row houses have 4 bedrooms each. These bungalows are perfect for guests looking for a relaxed, quiet holiday with the comforts of home.


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