Blessed with waterfalls, green cover, lakes and unmatchable scenic landscapes Lonavala should be your next weekend getaway destination if you are a lover of nature. Lonavala is a part of the Sahyadri range and it springs during monsoon. The name 'Lonavla' is derived from 'Len' and 'Avali' that roughly means the resting place of stones.
While in Lonavala you take absorb in as much as of the breathtaking views and pristine environment. However apart from the natural bliss, Lonavala also has a lot more tourist spots which you must visit.
You must visit the Karla, Bhaja and Bhedsa caves if you want to glance into the life in ancient India. The Karla and Bhaja caves are among the oldest Buddhist cave shrines in India. The Karla caves are believed to be carved almost 2000 years ago, and constitute a large collection of beautiful Chaityas (halls) and Viharas (monasteries).
There are a few hill station points in or near Lonavala that offer a terrific view, a few of them being Rajmachi Point, Tiger Point, Lion Point, Duke's Nose and Shooting Point. The echo point at Tiger’s point is a major fascination among tourists. Duke’s nose earned its name due to its close resemblance to Duke Wellington’s nose. Set amidst greenery and beautiful surroundings, it is a famous spot for rock climbing.
Lonavala has endless list of places to see some of which include Rajmachi, Aambey valley, Tikona fort, Tunga fort, Visapur fort, Koregad fort, Valvan dam, Tungarli dam and many other places. While in Lonavla you have to try its local and the most famous sweetmeat-the Lonavla Chikki. The different kinds of chikkis are available in a variety of flavors.
How To Reach
Lonavla is just an hour or two hours drive away from Mumbai via the Mumbai- Pune expressway.
Lonavla has its own railway station and most of the Express trains that cross the Mumbai Pune railway line halt at Lonavla.