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Overview

Lonavala Travel Guide

The charming twin resorts of Lonavala and Khandala are a welcome break from the heat and crowds of cities like Mumbai and Pune. Perches 600 metres on the western slopes of the Sahyadri range, the resorts offer a cool, invigorating climate and a pleasant getaway. During the monsoon they are at their best, with waterfalls gushing down steep ravines and mists rolling into the valley. Lonavala and Khandala are 5 km apart, boast of some stunning views of the Sahyadri hills, especially during the monsoons. Lonavala is a fairly bustling town, while Khandala is relatively more laidback, and walking around both is an experience you would not want to miss.

Our Lonavala City Guide of the twin cities provides you all the information to have a comfortable and memorable stay. This Travel Guide of Lonavala and Khandala covers all the important sections as how to reach Lonavala, places of interest in and around, best time to visit, useful facts, etc. Also all the important contact details of tourists centre are mentioned in the city guide which may come handy during your trip.

How to Reach

How to Reach Lonavala

Lonavala and Khandala lies on the Sahyadri ranges almost in between Mumbai and Pune. The twin stations have a well laid and well connected network of roads as well as rails. All Trains from Mumbai to Pune on the Central line stop at Lonavala. Lonavala is on the Mumbai - Pune Highway, 89 kms from Mumbai and 64 kms from Pune. Regular buses are available from Mumbai and Pune. One can also hire a private or shared taxi. It takes approximately 2 hrs to Reach Lonavala and Khandala from Mumbai and travel is on the new expressway.

Important Distances from Lonavala
Place Distance
Mumbai 89 KM
Pune 64 KM
Khandala 04 KM
Kamshet 15 KM
Karjat 30 KM
Durshet 55 KM
Aurangabad 288 KM
Nashik 264 KM
Mahabaleshwar 182 KM

 

How to Reach Lonavala by Airways: The nearest airport serving toe the two hill resorts is Pune, which is approximately 64 km away.

How to Reach Lonavala by Railways: Lonavala has a railway station of its own and is on the main railway line between Mumbai and Pune. All trains which ply between the two cities stop at Lonavala.

How to Reach Lonavala by Road: There is a regular bus service to Lonavala and Khandala from Pune, Mumbai and other cities of Maharashtra. Also there is continuous bus shuttle between Lonavala and Khandala.

Driving Direction

Lonavala Driving Route Directions

Lonavala is a hill station in Pune district in Maharashtra, Western India. Lonavala gets more captivating during the monsoon season. The people can explore various places of attractions while on a tour to Lonavala. These destinations include Rajmachi point, Ryewood Park, Shiva ji Udyan, Valvan Dam, Lonavala Lake, Duke’s Nose, Lohagad Fort, Bushy Dam and many moire alike. Lonavala railway station is the nearest rail head where the trains from Pune as well as Mumbai stops here for some time. It takes 1 ½ hours to reach Lonavala from Pune and 2 hours to reach Lonavala from Mumbai. The nearest airport to Lonavala is Pune aiprort which 70 Kms away from it. Being known as the famous weekend tourist spot amongst the guild of travelers living in Mumbai and Pune. For this very own reason, the journey by road remains the best option for the people who want to enjoy the real weekend. The NH 4, SH 58, NH 50, NH 17 links Lonavala with the major hills stations and beach region bordering it. Kamshet, Khandala, Khopoli and Telegaon are the near by attractions girdling the Lonavala region.

Here is the Driving Direction to Lonavala from some of the important places of Maharashtra

Drive from Mumbai to Lonavala

Drive from Aurangabad to Lonavala

Drive from Kolhapur to Lonavala

Drive from Pune to Lonavala

Drive from Shirdi to Lonavala

Attractions

Lonavala Attractions & Popular Places

Whatever is expected at a hill station, can be found at the twin hill resorts. There are several places to be seen at Lonavala and Khandala. Apart from the sight there are several activities like trekking, leisure walks fishing etc.

Attractions in Lonavala & Khandala
Karla Caves Bhaja Caves Bedsa Caves Rajmachi Fort
Shrivardhan Fort Manoranjan Fort Visapur Fort Lohagad Fort
Duke`s Nose Bhairavnath Devsthan Ryewood Amruntanjan point
Kune Falls Tiger`s Leap Bushy Dam Lonavala Lake

Karla Caves

Karla caves are the ancient Buddhist caves believed to come in existence since 160 BC. Also the caves are believed to be the biggest amongst "Chaitya Caves". There are state buses which ply from Lonavala bus stand to these caves. The fine and delicate carvings done by the artisans leaves one spellbound. At the entrance of the caves there is a small temple of Ekvira Devi. There are also pillars on the entrance which are carved out in the shape of lions and elephants. The carving inside the caves represents different forms of Gautam Buddha. Other carvings at the caves include dancing couples. The entrance gate which leads into the huge Chaitya griha or hall is in the shape of a "Peepal" leaf the hall is full of stone pillars which are carved with elephant and human forms. The roof of the hall is semicircular and is very high. There are several rest rooms around here and the rooms are calm and ideal for meditation.

Bhaja Caves

The Bhaja caves lie en route from Pune to Lonavala near Malavali station in a small town called Bhaje. The Bhaja caves are similar to the Karla caves but are much smaller in size. On one side of the caves is the Lohagad fort and on the other side of the caves is the Visapur fort and approximately in the center are Bhaja Caves. The Bhaja caves are also constructed in the Chaitya style. The suns rays fall directly on the caves during the sun set. On the southern side of the caves several figures of Gods and Goddesses are carved out.

Bedsa Caves

The Bedsa caves are situated 9 kms southeast of Bhaja caves on Mumbai Pune road near Kamshet, between Kadde and Bedsa. These are believed to be build in 1st century AD. A bus or a truck can be hired to reach here from Kamshet. They are almost of the same size as of the Karla caves but there is a less tourist influx as they lie off the main road. There is a huge Chaitya hall with Lion pillars and rest rooms. The pillars in these caves are smooth and in the shape of the lion or human beings. The sunrays fall directly in the prayer hall.

Rajmachi Fort

Rajmachi point lies on way to Mumbai from Pune. The place is known as the Rajmachi point as the Rajmachi fort is located opposite to this point. One can reach the fort only by foot and it is surrounded by deep valleys on three sides and a thick forest on the fourth side. Rajmachi fort is actually two forts Shrivardhan and Manoranjan Fort.

Shrivardhan Fort

The eastern part of the Rajmachi fort is known as the fort Shrivardhan fort. There is a small temple between the two forts of Shrivardhan and Manoranjan which is dedicated to Shri Bhairavnath. The entrance of the Shrivardhan fort is semicircular in shape hence it is not easy to locate it. Also there are two caves at the fort a out of which one belongs to the Buddha period. Rest of the fort is constructed in the Marathi style. There are two water tanks at the fort which contain water through out the year.

Manoranjan Fort

Manoranjan fort is located behind the temple and can be reached from the road behind the temple. At the base of the fort there are some Buddhist rock cut caves which were ancient monasteries. There is a small lake of water which is full of clean and potable water throughout the year. The lake is divided into two parts with a straight rock.

Visapur Fort

This fort is located on the eastern side of the Lohagad fort and is surrounded by a large plateau. The defensive walls with obscure designs make the fort a famous spot amongst the tourists. The walls and the designs are still in a good shape even after the climatic disorders like high temperature, rainfalls etc. the guards room is located in the middle of the forest which is now day is in ruins. The fort is bigger than then the Lohagad Fort. There is a pass of 1 – 15 furlongs between Visapur and Lohagad forts.

Lohagad Fort

Lohagad fort is located at a distance of 10 kms from Lonavala and belongs to Shivaji`s period. The fort was used to keep prisoners in the year 1564. Shivaji won the cave in 1670 and in 1751 Gaikwad and Dabhade family were imprisoned in the fort. There are three gates at the fort, the first gate is known as the Delhi gate. The third gate in particular is very exquisite. After crossing the third gate one reaches the guards post. A huge cave is constructed outside the fort which was used for storing the grains during the rainy season. Also in the fort there is a tomb, a Shivlinga, a water tank. The atypical design done on the doors and walls of the fort are known as Vindhukata (fangs of a scorpion).

Duke`s Nose

Duke’s nose was earlier known as Nagphani. This place got its name after Duke Wellington a British Governor came here, his nose resembled with the cliff. The cliff also looks like a hood of a snake. Duke’s nose is a wonderful picnic spot.

Bhairavnath Devsthan at Dhak

The Devsthan is located on a hill top near Lonavala, which is difficult to climb. This place can only be reached by foot and is a nature’s paradise. The region has thick forests, deep valleys, and speedy streams. The place offers a mesmerizing bio-diversity. From the road there is a road diverting into a narrow zigzag path upto the temple.

Ryewood

Ryewood is a popular picnic spot located behind the main market at Lonavala. The Ryewood is a big garden covering a lot of ground and is covered of beautiful and splendid tall trees. There is an ancient Mahadeo temple in the park. The park was named Ryewood after an English officer Mr. Rye stayed in this place for quite some time. There is a separate area for children to play.

Amruntanjan point

At the beginning of the Khandala Ghat on the first slope end there is a huge hoarding of Amruntanjan. There is a huge of flat ground here from where the view of the valley and Dukes Nose can be seen. The view of the city is breathtaking from this point.

Kune Falls

Kune waterfalls are located between Lonavala and Khandala. The fall can be seen from Khandala Ghat while coming from Mumbai. Though the water fall is in a full flow during the monsoon season but it continues too fall even after the monsoons. The water falls at a height of 100 feet at the point. One can take a bath in the water as it flows through the valley.

Tiger`s Leap

Tigers leap is a prominent place in the region. A careful view of the valley from this point gives an impression that a tiger is leaping into the valley. Hence the region is known as the leaping point. This point is located at a furlong distance from INS Shivaji.

Bushy Dam

Bushy dam is a small dam located at a distance of six kms from Lonavala. Busy dam is the most popular and the crowded spot in Lonavala. The place is packed on weekends and especially during the monsoon season. During the monsoons the water runs over the steps as the water flows over them. No swimming is allowed here.

Lonavala Lake

Lonavala Lake was built around in 1876, and is a picturesque picnic spot. The Lonavala Lake is also known as the Monsoon Lake as the lake dries up in winters and gets filled with water during monsoons. The lake has natural and scenic surroundings. The lake gets its water from the famous Indrayani River. Several migratory birds flock to the lake during the season.

Excursions

Lonavala Getaways

Though there is not much to see and explore in Lonavala and Khandala but there are several places around having historical values, beaches, temples etc.

Alibaug

Alibag is today a quiet town, just across the bay from Mumbai. It’s most impressive sight is its beach, a five kilometer stretch of soft silver sand lined by a stand of coconut and casuarinas trees. More

Kolad

Kolad is about 90 minutes drive from Lonavala located south of Mumbai. Kolad is known as a sleepy place hence it is a good place for a hide out. More..

Matheran

Matheran is 46 kms from Lonavala and is perched at a height of 803 m above sea level. This picturesque town is situated in the forested Sahyadri Hills. More...

Marud Janjira

A sleepy coastal town with Indo Gangetic houses and meandering pathways, Murud has a picture perfect beach that promises lazy, sunny afternoons and cool dips in the clean sea. More...

Mumbai

Mumbai is a long narrow promontory covering 439 sq km, which juts into the Arabian Sea. Its down stream is the historic fort area in South Mumbai. More...

Pune

The fast growing industrial city of Pune is situated on the Deccan Plateau, at the confluence of the Mutha and Mula rivers and is bounded by the Sahyadris in the west. More...

Kamshet

16 kms ahead of Lonavala and Khandala is located Kamshet at an altitude of 2100 ft above the sea level. Kamshet is surrounded by panoramic views of sunflower and rice fields edged by hills all around. More...

Karjat

Karjat 50 kms away from Lonavala is the edge where the coastal plains of Konkan end and Bhor Ghat begins. The place is very beautiful and offer panoramic views. More...

Kiomoi Must Dos

Kiomoi Must Dos in Lonavala

Trekking and Hiking: the mountainous terrain of Lonavala and Khandala has a perfect setting for trekking and hiking. There are several routes that can be taken to explore the Sahyadris.

Rock Climbing: Try out rock climbing at the Duke`s Nose peak and several other locations in the Karla hills, near Lonavala.

Nature Walks: Take long walks along the waterfalls and the green hills in and around Lonavala.

Shop for Chikki: Lonavala is famous all over the globe for Chikki. Chikki is a sweet preparation made of jaggery mixed with peanuts, cashew nuts or sesame seeds.

Fishing: Go out for fishing which is done at several places in the region. You may encounter several avid anglers early in the morning.

Picnics: There are several lakes in and around Lonavala with beautiful surroundings making the region a perfect picnic spot. Go out for picnics with your family or friend.

Perform healing Yoga - Kaivalyadham Yoga Hospital, a health resort is located in the green valley of Lonavala. Week long course for healing through yoga are conducted here. One can even visit the place as a tourist.

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Lonavala Shopping

Shopping at Lonavala

Lonavala is not a shopper’s paradise so you won’t get any thing to shop here except for some food items. You can buy some fresh fruit jams, Chivdas, Sevs, and some wafers.
Lonavala and Khandala both the resorts are famous all over the globe for the Chikki and Shrikhand. Chikki is a type of caramelized sweet made up of dry fruits, nuts, and sugar or jaggery syrup. There are several Chikki stores throughout the place. The Maganlal and A1 chikki are the most famous ones. One can also buy the freshly prepared namkeen snacks. The region is also famous for Shrikhand. Shrikhand is a sweet dish made up of thick curd and fresh or dried fruits.

Apart from eatables one can also buy some wooden items or decorative as souvenirs.
List of some chikki vendors

Maganlal Chikki Center
National Chikki
A1 Chikki
Purohit Chikki
Vaishali Chikki
Navratan Chikki
New Mangal Chikki
Super Chikki.

Lonavala Accommodation

Accommodations at Lonavala & Khandala

Lonavala serves as a primary weekend destination far from the hustle bustle of the two metros Mumbai and Pune. There are a plenty of accommodation options available in Lonavala and Khandala. There are several hotels in Lonavala that provide good accommodation depending on the budget. On one hand if there are five star hotels then on the other hand there are also Government approved lodges and hotels available at the hill station. There are the luxurious star category hotels, the economy hotels and the budget hotels. Most of the hotels and resorts are located at such places from where one can have a pictorial view of the valley. Private Bungalows are also available on rent for small groups. There are also several old missionaries run by priests or nuns also offer cheap and comfortable accommodation.

One can face a problem of accommodation during the festival season and on weekends. The tariffs are comparatively high during the weekends then the week ends. Also most of the accommodation is occupied or booked. It is advice to book your rooms in advance.

Lonavala Local City Experts
PP JAIN, Expert for Lonavala

P. P. Jain

Meet PP Jain for whom traveling is a passion. He knows Lonavala thoroughly and wants to share his vast wealth of knowledge with the traveling community. His love for places has taken him to all the ‘beautiful places of India’ and he will be more than  eager to come out with all that he knows about the beautiful tourist spot of Lonavala.

 

Bank ATMs

Lonavala Banks & ATM

State Bank of India

N. S. Shivaji,
Lonavala, Maharashtra - 410402

Amby Valley Sahara Lake City,
Town Plaza Sahara Lake City,
Village Ambavane,
Lonavala, Maharashtra - 410401

Lonavala (HPCL) Petrol Pump
Pune-Mumbai Old Highway,
Lonavala, Maharashtra - 410401 

Bank of Baroda

Mumbai Pune Road, Lonavala
Lonavala, Pune-410401

Opp Panchayat Samiti,
Khandala, Pune- 412802

HDFC Bank

Shop Nos. 1, 2 & 15
Gurukripa Tungarli, Mumbai-Pune Road,
Nr. HDFC Training Centre, Lonavala
Lonavala, Maharashtra

ICICI Bank ATM

ICICI Bank Learning Centre,
Old Mumbai - Pune Highway,
Near Hotel vallerina, Khandala, 401310

Axis bank

Shop No. 11, Kumar Resorts,
Mumbai - Pune Road,
Lonavala, India

Holiday Checklist

Lonavala Holiday Checklist

Those beaches, forts, hills send tempting vibes!!! While you have made up your mind on these holidays for Lonavala, set aside all your temptations and quickly take a fleeting glance at the things-you-do prior to your travel date. Here is the list.

Before leaving your house

Empty your letter box
Fix up security for your house or ask some one to look after
Water your plants and ask some one to take care of it
Ask your newspaper vendor and milkman to stop supply
Clear out the fridge.
Switch off the electric appliances
Empty out kitchen, waste/dust-bin and kitchen area
Lock doors and windows
Recharge your mobile or carry coupons
Carry traveler’s Cheque or ATM cards
Pay all due bills
Turn off gas/water/ Call up the taxi driver/railway station/hotels and other important numbers to confirm and re-confirm
Rail Tickets and travel documents should be checked twice

Packing your luggage

Woolen/cotton clothing
Extra towels
Extra pair of socks
Night wears
Raincoats
Wrappers
Bath robes
Jumper and track suits

Equipment

Battery Charger
Camera
Mobile
Mobile Charger
Torch/Emergency Light
Headphones

Miscellaneous

Brochures or holiday book
Sunglasses
Sewing kit
Important stationary(scissors, tape and glue)
Film rolls and digital chargers
Ear Plugs
Watch
Umbrellas
Address Book
Shoulder bags/ Safety pins
Important Telephone Addresses/Travel Consultant
Few non perishable eatables
Medicines
Books / magazines to read
Binocular

Essential Documents

Credit/Debit Cards
Diving License
Maps/ directions(when in car)
Itinerary/Directions
Photocopies of documents
Traveler’s Cheque
Passport/Visas (For traveling abroad)
ID Cards

Health/Hygiene

Small First Aid kit
Sickness Pill
Mosquito and insect repellent
Vitamin and medications
Pain Killers/Balm
Personal hygiene items
Anti-infection lotion
Toiletries

Useful Facts

Lonavala Useful Facts

State: Maharashtra

District: Pune

Location: Sahyadri Ranges, Pune

Latitude: 18.45 N

Longitude: 73.25 E

Altitude: 625 meters above sea level

Nearest Airport: Pune Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Lonavala Railway Station

Best Time To Visit: October to May

Languages Spoken: Marathi, Hindi and English

Roaming Around: Cars, taxis, auto-rickshaws, cycle-rickshaws and on foot

Annual Mean Rainfall: 450 cm

Minimum Temperature: 12°C

Maximum Temperature: 36°C

Main Festivals: Deepavali, Holi, Ganesh Chaturthi

Attractions: Bushy Dam, Ryewood Park, Duke`s nose

STD Code: 02114

STD Code from Mumbai: 952114

List of Holidays

Lonavala Local Holidays

List of Holidays in Lonavala & Khandala 2009
Date Festival
1st January New Year’s Day
08th January Moharum
26th January Republic Day
23rd February Mahashivratri
10th March Id-E-Milad
11th March Holi
27th March Gudi Padwa
3rd April Ram Navmi
7th April Mahavir Jayanti
10th April Good Friday
14th April Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Jayanti
1st May Maharashtra Day
9th May Buddha Pournima
15th August Independence Day
19th August Parsi New Year (Shahenshahi)
23rd August Ganesh Chaturthi
21st September Ramzan Id (Id-Ul-Fitar) Shawal –1
28th September Dashera(Dashahara)
2nd October Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti
17th October Diwali Amavasya (Laxmi Pujan)
19th October Diwali (Balipratipada) / Bhaubeej
2nd November Guru Nanak Jayanti
28th November Bakri-Id (Id-uz-zua)
25th December Christmas
Weather

Weather at Lonavala & Khandala

Maximum Temperature - 36°C

Minimum Temperature – 12 °C

Average Rainfall - 450 cm.

Best Time to Visit - October to May

The weather in Lonavala and Khandala is pleasant throughout the year. The summers are from April to June when the maximum temperature reaches about 36 degree Celsius whereas the winter months November to February are pretty sold with the minimum temperature dipping down to be 12 degree Celsius.
Between the two seasons is the monsoon during which it rains very heavily here. During the monsoons the region turns into a paradise. Though it is not advisable to visit the two hill resorts during the peak monsoon season but a trip immediately after the rains can be planned to see the lush greenery with gushing waterfalls and ponds adding to the beauty of the Lonavala region.

Tourist Offices

Lonavala Tourist Offices

MTDC Karla
Tel: 02114 – 282230, 282064

MTDC Mumbai
Tel: 022- 22026713, 22027762
Website mtdcindia.com