Places to Visit in Lonavala

Places to See in Lonavala

Some of the popular tourist attractions in Lonavala are:

Bhaja Caves

Category : History & Culture
These second century old Buddhist caves comprise of 18 rock cut caves built by Buddhist monks and enshrine various sculptures like a prince seated on an elephant, a prince in a chariot, dancing couples and three armed warriors. These sculptures are specimens of Indian architectural age and sculpturing. The first cave is said to be the residential place of the master of the caves, the next ten caves are Buddhist Viharas. The rest seven caves are bedecked with inscription together with the details of the patron.

Bushy Dam

Category : History & Culture
The Dam is a magnificent picnic spot in Lonavala. During monsoons, the water gushing out from the dam makes an exhilarating waterfall. Located in the surroundings of scenic lush green hills, the dam makes a superb picnic spot with a calm and cool atmosphere. Swimming is not permitted in this Dam.

Karla Caves

Category : History & Culture
Karla Caves are among the largest cave temple in India. These caves are carved out of rocks and are assumed to be constructed around 100 AD by the Buddhist. It is a marvelous tourist destination for discovering ancient Buddhist architecture, culture and ideologies. The main cave is impressive with 37 octagonal pillars and a base structure of a water jar. The entrance has an arch in the shape of a horse shoe.

Koregad Fort

Category : History & Culture
Koregad Fort is a distinctive fort in a hillock which means it isn't connected to other hills in the Region. One can reach here after an hour of trekking. The fort has a few ponds and some picturesque views of landscapes. The fort stands in solitude and most of its structures and ruins aren't visible nowadays. From the fort's peak, one can get spectacular views of surrounding forts and region.

Lohagarh Fort

Category : History & Culture
Lohagarh, which means the Iron fort, is a significant hill fort which was used greatly by Chatrapati Shivaji. The fort has a long history as it was ruled over and used by many dynasties. Situated at an altitude of above 1050 meters, the fort is an appealing tourist destination for tourist with interests in archeology, architecture and history. The fort's four massive gates are still undamaged and in good condition.

Lonavala Lake

Category : Nature
Built in around 1876, the Lonavala Lake or the Monsoon Lake is a charming picnic spot in the region. It is called the monsoon lake because it fills up during the rainy season and dries up during winters. The lake is surrounded with natural beauty and beautiful atmosphere. The lake's source is the famous river Indrayani and is a natural habitat of varieties of birds.

Ryewood Park and Shivaji Udyan

Category : Garden
Ryewood Park and Shivaji Udyan are beautiful gardens with perfectly trimmed grass, tall trees and beautiful flowers. The garden provides a relaxing environment with many places to sit around and enjoy with your family or friends. One can even visit the ancient Shiva temple which is located in close proximity.

Bhairavnath Temple

Category : Religious
The temple is located in Rajmachi and is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of Bhairav. The temple's location is situated in the natural forest region with a calm sacred ambience. The temple can be reached via a slippery path. Many small shrines of other Hindu Gods and Goddesses are also sited around the main temple. The Mahashivarathri festival is quite famous here as hundreds of devotees visit this temple during the festival.

Valvan Dam

Category : History & Culture
The Valvan Dam is another famous tourist attraction in Lonavala. The catchment area is been converted into a picnic spot with a beautiful garden. Just about 2 km form the town; the dam generates electricity as the Kundali River feeds into the dam's reservoir.

Rajmachi Point

Category : History & Culture
Located at about 6.5 km from Lonavala, the Rajmachi Point offers spectacular view of the Rajmachi Fort and the valley that surrounds it. The well-known Vaghjai Dari is also located here.

Sausage Hills

Category : Nature
As one of the best picnic spots, the Sausage Hills is the perfect place for rock climbing, trekking and bird watching. Many trekking trails start from these hills and lead to various other destinations. Covered with thick forests, the hills are the natural habitat of many varieties of birds.

Wax Museum

Category : History & Culture
The famous wax museum in Lonavala is a new tourist attraction for the tourists. One can find here life-size wax replicas of famous world renowned celebrities and personalities.

Last Updated on : 13/08/2013