About Lonavala

Lonavala is a popular hill station town in the Pune district of Maharashtra. Situated between Mumbai and Pune, Lonavala is well-known for its natural beauty and salubrious climate as compared with its twin town Khandala.

The hill station is situated at a height of 625 meters above sea level and is around 88 km and 68 km far from Mumbai and Pune respectively.

As an important town on the Mumbai-Pune road linkage, the hill station offers a breather from the hustle of city life in Mumbai and Pune. The place is famous for its hard candy sweet known as Chiki.

The place has a pleasant climate throughout the year and in the monsoons the landscape flourishes with greenery, waterfalls, lakes and ponds.

History of Lonavala

The name Lonavala means a series of resting place carved from stone. There a number of caves in Lonavala like Bhaja, Bedsa and Karla. Different dynasties have fought for control of Lonavala and its surrounding areas because of its strategic location. The present day Lonavala was once a part of the Yadava dynasty which ruled it from its capital at Devgiri.

The Mughals later seized control, realizing the strategic importance of this region and reigned for a long time. The forts of Lohagad, Tikona and Tung along with other forts were handed over by Shivaji to the Mughals under the Treaty of Purandar. Several forts in the region played an important role in the history of the Maratha and Peshwa empires.

In 1871, Lonavala and Khandala, the twin hill stations were discovered by Lord Elphinstone, the Governor of Bombay Presidency at that time.

Lonavala Tourism

The Lonavala hill station lies in the Sahyadri ranges which separate the Deccan Plateau and the Konkan coast. The hill station is a popular holiday and weekend destination. People prefer visiting Lonavala during the monsoon season.

Tourist can combine their visit with the twin station Khandala and visit the Karla, Bhaja and Bedsa caves, the fortresses of Lohagad and Visapur, Apart from these there are many canes, forts and lakes in Lonavala. Many people have bought homes at Lonavala which serve as second homes or vacation homes, since it is close to Mumbai and people can go and relax on a weekend away from the city. Luxurious properties in Lonavala are being built by a lot of developers.

FAQs about Lonavala

When is the best time to visit Lonavala?
October to March is the best time for sight seeing and June to September is perfect for seeing the beautiful waterfalls in the monsoon season

What are the languages spoken in Lonavala?
Marathi, Hindi and English

What is Lonavala famous for?
Lonavala is famous for the sweet hard candy called 'Chiki'.

Which are the popular hotels in Lonavala?
The Machan, Upper Deck Resort, Della Adventure, Citrus Hotel and Govinda resort

How many days are enough to visit the Lonavala?
Two days are enough to visit Lonavala.

Popular tourist places in Lonavala?
Lonavala Lake, Bushy Dam, Duke's Nose, Valvan Lake, Karla Caves, Pawna Lake, Celebrity Wax Museum, etc.

What are the activities that can be done in Lonavala?
Sightseeing, Fishing, Shopping, Meditation and Yoga, Adventure sports like trekking, rock climbing, rappelling and exploration sprees.

Last Updated on : 28/08/2013