Lonavala is one of the popular hill stations in India which is located in the state of Maharashtra near Mumbai. Lonavala is known for its natural beauty, scenic landscape, and pleasant and comfortable weather. It sounds like one of those locations where you want to take a pause from your busy city life and enjoy the scenic views and adore mother nature.
Tikona Fort is a massive hill fortress located in the Pawana Maval region of the Konkan and residing at an altitude of 3500 feet. This spectacular construction has high walls, large doorways, seven water tanks with clean water. Vitandgad is the Marathi term which is used for this fort however, due to the triangular shape it is popularly called Tikona Fort.
You do not want to miss the stunning view of the valley from the topmost point of this fort which is earned after the trek from the village of Tikona Peth. This trek crosses several caves, temples, and water tanks which makes your trekking more amazing and exciting. This beautiful fort is perfectly surrounded by lush greenery and natural landscapes. An ideal spot for adventure seekers, nature lovers, and photographers.
Tiger's Leap is a viewpoint that resides at an altitude of 650 meters above sea level and is located at an approximate distance of 8 kilometres from Lonavala. It offers you a priceless view of the hills and the Western Ghats and is one of the most popular spots to enjoy sunrise and sunset.
It is called Tiger's leap due to its shape of a tiger and the Echo Point on Tiger's Leap is another major highlight of this location. This spot is covered with dense forest and a beautiful valley which attracts the local as well as the foreign crowd.
Karla Caves is located near Lonavala and is also known as Karle Caves. This is the ancient Buddhist rock-cut cave and known as one of the oldest Buddhist cave shrines in India, it also houses one of the largest Chaityas (prayer hall) with a stupa.
Popular Ekvira Temple is located inside the Karla Caves and it houses 15 massive pillars along with the temple. This spot is also witnessed to houses 2nd-century Buddhist monastery and there are 150 stairs to reach caves. This cave gives you a glimpse of rich Buddhist culture and Buddhist traditions.
Bhaja Caves is located near Pune and it is a group of 22 rock-cut caves dedicated to the Buddhist religion. These caves came into existence in the 2nd century BC. These caves come under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India and it is considered as India one of the finest rock-cut structures of India. It houses a group of 14 majestic stupas among five of them is located outside the cave and the rest of the nine are outside with an inscription referring to three monks Ampinika, Dhammagiri, and Sanghadina.
These stupas sculpted the name of the monks with their titles. These caves sculpted the various life scenes of Lord Buddha and were a very fine place to acknowledge the culture, principles, and architecture of Buddhist sects. Bhaja Caves holds a special place in the Buddhist religion and glorifies the commendable Buddhist art and architecture.
The Winter Season in Lonavala stays from October to February and Lonavala's temperature ranges between 11 degrees Celsius to 25 degrees Celsius. Lonavala's weather in this season is quite pleasant and chilly with the warmth of sunshine, lush greenery covered under the blanket of dew and in this season, it becomes the centre of attraction for tourists due to its scenic landscape and comfortable weather.
Pawna Lake is a popular picnic spot and an amazing place to visit in this season along with the Della Adventure theme park which offers more than 100 activities to adventure seekers.
This is also the season of several festivals such as Vijayadashami occurs in October and one of the major highlights of this season entire town celebrated this festival with joy and devotion, another major highlight of this season is the Winter Fire Festival at Pawna Lake held in November and this three-day festival offers you the memorable experience of Warli Art, Quilling, music and healing workshops and apart from this Lonavala do hosts some music festivals. Tourists are suggested to make a booking on accommodation and travel in advance.
The Summer Season in Lonavala is marked from March to June and Lonavala’s temperature stays between 25 degrees Celsius to 33 degrees Celsius. Lonavala's weather is hot and humid in this season but slightly cooler as compared to the city weather however, it is a season in Lonavala for camping and lazy picnics around Lonavala Lake it is also a great place to enjoy sunrise and sunset.
The major highlight of this season is the Holi festival when the entire town looks colourful and especially at Pawna Lake this festival is majorly celebrated with some water games for locals and travellers to enjoy. Another Festival Gudi Padwa is occurred in March dedicated to the Lord Vishnu and Brahma and on this festival colourful and vibrant Rangolis are prepared by locals. Due to the off-season, travellers will get some great offers on accommodations and travel.
The Monsoon Season in Lonavala stays from June to September and Lonavala’s temperature fluctuates between 22 degrees Celsius to 27 degrees Celsius. This season offers you the best of Lonavala, it looks greener and fresher with the beginning of foggy mornings.
It is a good time to visit Tiger's Leap Viewpoint to witness a stunning waterfall and rafting and trekking options are also available to travellers near this spot.
The three-day music festival known as Enchanted Valley Festival at Aamby Valley is a special treat for music lovers and for adventure seekers it is an ideal season to engage in activities like hot air balloon rides, camping and rock climbing. You should make a booking for accommodation and travel to avoid the rush.
- Lohegaon Airport is the nearest airbase in Pune for Lonavala which is approximately 69 kilometres away and do receive some international flights along with domestic flights.
Another good option is Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport resides approximately 87 kilometres far from Lonavala is the second busiest airport of India after Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, and is widely connected to other major domestic cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad with several international locations like Dubai, Muscat, Onam, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah.
Numbers of airline carriers like IndiGo, Go Air, Spice Jet, Air India, Vistara, Air Asia India, and Flex Flight operate regular flights for travellers all over the country. Travellers can easily hire a cab or take a taxi from outside the airport for further journeys to Lonavala.
- Lonavala is fortunately having its railway station in town, known as the origin of Lonavala-Pune Suburban Trains. Most of the trains on the route of Mumbai-Pune take a stop here. Travellers can easily reach Lonavala due to the good amount of train options such as Deccan Express, Konya Express, Indrayani Express, and Intercity Express.
On a daily basis, there are two trains that run Mumbai to Lonavala but on weekly basis, there are approximately 63 train options and among those 34 originates from Mumbai, and the rest pass through Mumbai. Trains on Kalyan-Pune Route and Karjat-Pune passengers Trains do take a stop at Lonavala and from outside the railway station, taxi and bus options are available to reach your destination.
- To reach the Lonavala bus option is more preferred and economical, there is around 199 buses commute between Mumbai and Lonavala. Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation does operate regular, AC, and non-AC buses for comfortable 3 hours journeys and ferries around 6.7 million passengers daily through 18,515 buses.
Apart from the bus options travelling via your vehicle is also preferred and enjoyable due to the well-maintained Mumbai-Pune Expressway and for two-wheelers and three-wheelers NH-4 Mumbai-Pune Road is suggested but in the monsoon season, road journey should be avoided due to the threat of landslides. If you are heading from Mumbai and Pune you can also take cab services and hire a taxi to Lonavala.
Radisson Resort and Spa Lonavala are residing at Gold Valley and it provides you with the services of Bar, Café, Restaurant, Barbeque, Currency Exchange, Gym, Activity Centre, Spa, Massage, Open Air Bath, Game Room, Picnic Area. Medical Centre, Concierge, Kids' Meals, Paid Pickup and Drop, Paid Shuttle Service and Wake Up Call with some other basic amenities. Rhythm Lonavala is situated at Gavliwada and it offers you the services of Bar, Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Gym, Spa, Game Room, Concierge Service, Dining Area, Lawn. Balcony/Terrace, Indoor Games, and Outdoor Games and 24 hours Helpdesk with some other amenities.
The Fern An Ecotel Hotel, Lonavala is located at Varsoli and gives you the amenities such as Bar, Café, Restaurant, Tours and Treks, Gym, Yoga, Currency Exchange, Spa, Bonfire, Multilingual Staff, Paid Pickup and Drop, Paid Shuttle Service, Indoor Games, and 24-hour Helpdesk along with other basic amenities.
Canvas Resort is residing at Sahapur Mulshi and it gives you the services of Restaurant, Dining Area, Kids Meals, Steam and Sauna, Tours and Treks, Bonfire, Outdoor Sports, Indoor Games, Multilingual Staff and Jacuzzi with some other facilities. All of these mentioned accommodation options are providing installed sanitisers, masks, and gloves due to safety reasons.