A hill station in Pune district in the Indian State of Maharashtra. It is at proximity of 66 Kms from Pune & 83 Kms from Mumbai, which is a perfect weekend getaway. Visit this place to enjoy the scenic view and experience God’s creation by feeling the pure breath of air and luscious greenery; one can enjoy the leisurely walks experiencing pure bliss. In case you don’t have your own conveyance, being a tourist spot, there are many choices to choose from for easy access to tour the place.
This hill station has quite a few interesting places to explore such as old temples, forts, peaks and valley points, etc. Camping and trekking is also very popular in Lonavala especially during the monsoon season. The most famous trekking trails are to Duke’s Nose or Nagphani points.
In case you have a sweet tooth, this town will not disappoint you. Famous for Chikki, an Indian origin of melted jaggery bars with selected topping ingredients cut in cube size pieces; it is available in different flavors and a wide range of variety. Fudge, is another goodie that is famous in Lonavala. You are rest assured to take some delectable and delightful treats for your loved ones back home.
Bhushi Dam – 5. 5 kms ( Apx. 12 mins)
The Bhushi Dam is a masonry dam on the Indrayani River in Lonavala. In 2014, the Indian Railways announced plans to develop Bhushi Dam as a tourist resort with participation from the private sector. The dam was built in the late 1860s for the Great Indian Peninsular Railway as a source of water for their steam engines.
Water was carried from the reservoir to Lonavala, Khandala and the reversing station of the railways by cast-iron pipes. The Railway company later agreed to supply some water to the town of Lonavala as well, because the dam had been built using Municipal funding.
Karla Caves – 11.3 kms ( Apx. 20 mins)
The Karla Caves are a complex of ancient Indian Buddhist rock-cut cave shrines The oldest of the cave shrines is believed to date back to 160 BC, having arisen near a major ancient trade route, running eastward from the Arabian Sea into the Deccan. Karli’s location places it in a region that marks the division between North India and South India.
Bhaja Caves – 12.2 kms ( Apx. 24 mins)
The caves are 400 feet above the village of Bhaja, on an important ancient trade route running from the Arabian Sea eastward into the Deccan Plateau (the division between North India and South India). The inscriptions and the cave temple are protected as a National Monument, by the Archaeological Survey of India. These caves are notable for their indications of the awareness of wooden architecture.
Lohagarh Fort : 10.5 kms ( Apx. 30 mins)
Lohagad is one of the many hill forts of Maharashtra. Lohagad rises to an elevation of 1,033 m (3,389 ft) above sea level. The fort is connected to the neighboring Visapur fort by a small range. The fort was under the Maratha empire for majority of time, with a short period of 5 years under the Mughal Empire.
Naghapani ( Dukes Nose ) – 11 kms ( Apx. 25 mins)
Naghapani, later known as Duke’s Nose after Duke Willington, is a cliff at khandala near Lonavala. The cliff is pointed like a snake pointed head portion (Hood) and hence the name Naghpani. The name dukes nose is derived as the cliff looked like the shape of the duke. This is a marvelous picnic spot near Lonavala. Duke’s nose stands 12 kms from Lonavala.
Pavana Lake – 24 kms ( Apx. 57 mins)
Pawana lake is an artificial lake formed by the pawana dam built across the pawana river near Lonavala. The lake attracts many tourists due to its imposing natural ambience and cool climate. From the dam side, one can view the majestic sides of Tungi, Lohagad and Tikona Forts.
Presently the fort is in ruins and there is not much structure left in the fort. The scenic surrounds and the majestic panoramic views of the plains are the best attraction here.
Tungarli Lake – 3.2 kms ( Apx. 11 mins)
Tungarli Dam built across the Tungarli Lake is a famous weekend picnic spot nearby Rajmachi. The lake is placed in the backdrop of scenic surroundings with lusting greeneries. Tungarli village, in the hills in Sahyadri ranges, offers picturesque panoramic view of the down city Rajmachi and also other places such as Lonavala and Lohagad.
The Dam was constructed in the 1930s, helps in the irrigation of the Rajmachi region. Tungarli Lake is a small lake with rough approach roads. Reaching the dam site is a trekker’s virtue. The camping facilities for the trekkers and tourists are available at the lake site.
Shooting Point – 4.2 kms ( Apx. 11 mins)
Another scenic point in the town of khandala (bazaar park), which provides magnificent view of the rajmachi fort and the valley. Also the home for the St. Mary’s Villa.
Rajmachi Fort – 28.7 kms ( Apx. 45 mins)
Rajmachi is a small village in the rugged mountains of Sahyadri . The fortification at Rajmachi consists of two forts , namely Shrivardhan fort and Manaranjan Fort. Rajmachi Fort is a popular trekking destination. It is a very famous fort located near two famous hills, Lonavala and Khanadala. It is about 15 km treking distance from Lonavala.
Tiger’s Leap – 11 kms ( Apx. 21 mins)
It about 8 Kms from Lonavala on the route towards Amby Valley ahead of Viyumarg Waterfalls. Tigers point also known as “Waghdari” is a cliff top with the shower of over 650 meter, offering an expansive view of the hills and valleys.
Reversing Station : 4.7 kms ( Apx. 13 mins)
It is a remote tourist place, situated in the picturesque hill station of Khandala. This deserted site was used as an office by the railway department in the past. At present, it serves as a popular leisure spot and viewpoint of the region.
Visapur Fort : 35.5 kms ( Apx. 1 hr)
Visapur Fort is a hill fort near Visapur village. It is a part of the Lohagad-Visapur fortification. It was built during 1713-1720 CE by Balaji Vishwanath, the first Peshwa of Maratha Empire. Visapur fort was built much later than Lohagad but the histories of the two forts are closely linked.
Making use of its higher elevation and proximity to Lohagad, the British troops set up their cannons on Visapur and bombarded Lohagad, forcing the Marathas to flee. Thus, in 1818, Lohagad-Visapur was taken over by the British in 1818 AD and placed under the command of a Colonel Prother. Considering, the strategic importance of Visapur, both the north (Konkan) and the south (Deccan) gateways were blown up, and except a few huts, nothing was left standing. In contrast, most of Lohagad fort is still intact.
Ryewood Park Gardens : 650 mtrs ( Apx. 8 mins)
Ryewood Park is a Picturesque hangout in the hill station of Lonavla and is located at around 1 km from the railway station. This park has plenty of ground with greenery lawns and playing grounds for children. The park is blessed with many varieties of trees which are decades old. It was a botanical garden and later converted into a park.
Sausage Hills: 4.7 kms ( Apx. 12 mins)
It is one of the best picnic spots in Lonavala. This pristine hill is covered with dense forest and is the natural habitat of many varieties of birds. The sausage hill is the perfect place for hill climbing, bird watching and trekking. Many trekking trails originated from Sausage hills and leads to other hilly trails, forts and lakes. From this hill one can get an eye catching view of Pawana lake and Tunga fort.
Pawana Lake : 23.7 kms ( Apx. 57 mins)
It is an artificial lake formed by the Pawna dam built across the Pawana river close to Lonavala. The lake attracts many tourists due to its imposing natural ambiance and cool climate. From the dam side, one can view the majestic side of Tungi, Lohagrah and Tikona forts. Presently the fort is in ruins and there is not much structure left in the fort. The scenic surrounding and the majestic panoramic views of the plains are the best attraction here.
It is one of the beautiful picnic spot in Lonavala. The Valvan lake is an artificial lake created by the valvan dam built across the Kiundali river. By the side of the lake, there is a beautiful garden of vast expands of landscape plains. The Valvan lake and the surrounding dam sides and the garden are popular evening relaxation spots.
Lonavala Lake: 1.7 kms ( Apx. 5 mins)
It is also known as Monsoon lake as it dries up during the winters and gets filled up with gushing water during monsoons. This lake built around 1876, is a beautiful picnic spot in Lonavala . This location is gorgeous with natural beauty and scenic surroundings. The source of the Lonavala a lake is the famous river Indryani. This lake is a natural habitat of many water bodies. Many varieties of birds can be spotted over the lake.