Maharashtra - Lonavala - The Favorite Weekend Destination



Best time to visit: October- May.

Located at an altitude of 625 meters, on the western slope of Western Ghats, Lonavala in Pune district was previously known as Lanavli.

It is a city delimited by innumerable charming and mesmeric caves. Plenty of enticing lakes and ancient forts are also scattered in and around the beautiful city of Lonavala. The name of the pretty city has also been derived from the name of a renowned and enamoring Lake. Tiny Lonavala is famous for its wholesome climate. A refreshing breeze placates the soul of every individual here in Lonavala.

The attractive city is pulling crowds in abundance all throughout the year. But, make sure that you don’t visit the pretty Lonavala in the season of monsoon, unless you want to stay indoors and enjoy the rains. It gets crowded mostly in weekends when throngs of visitors flock to Lonavala for a short and nice trip from Mumbai. A lot of wealthy and rich people of Mumbai have come to Lonavala and have erected holiday villas.

Lonavala has always been one of the favorite places for the Bollywood film fraternity.

This is the homeland of countless numbers of monkeys. All of them together would greet you warmly.

Most of the hotels and the bus stand of Lonavala are placed at the roadside of the Mumbai- Pune highway. The very popular Raiwood Park is a favorite spot for all the picnic and outing lovers. Cross the park to access the riveting Lake of Lonavala. The Christian graveyard is placed at the opposite side of this fine-looking Lake. Take a walk through this road to climb up the Tiger’s Leap hill.

1356.36 meters long Valvan dam was built during 1911-13 at the right hand side of the Tiger’s Leap hill. To amuse city dwellers and tourists, a park has also been built right in front of the dam. The artificial water body here looks impressive as well. This is a perfect place for enjoying a picnic.

The Kaibalyadham Yoga Ashram can be accessed on the way to the dam. Tungarli Lake (3 km away from the railway station), Barometer hill, Bushy Dam or Lake (6 km away from Lonavala) and zoo are the other interesting and coveted tourists’ spots of Lonavala.

The Amby Valley Lake city, covering a sprawling 4500 acres of land, is a famous project of Sahara group. Enjoy boating on the water surface of the 9 km long pretty Lake of this project. It would be a different experience for all of you all together. Take pleasure in various sports activities in the Amby valley Lake city. According to a proposed plan to make the Amby Valley city an easily accessible destination from Mumbai, helicopters are going to run on this route in near future.

Chaitya Caves of Bedsa : The creativity and artistry of the Chaitya Caves of Bedsa, carved towards the northern side of the Pawan dam, have a charm which draws attentions. Built in 1 B.C., the Bedsa Caves, don’t demonstrate world class architectural flairs though. But, the idols of elephant, horse and bull, imprinted on the walls of the caves, illustrate an impressive architecture.

The bow-shaped roof, established on 26 octagonal pillars, used to showcase startling architectural splendor and portraits previously.

The 3.5 km long road to the Bedsa Caves from the Bedsa Village is tough to access due to the inconvenience of transportation. Hence, the pretty Bedsa Caves still haven’t gained the popularity amongst the tourists.

How to reach: The nearest railway station of Bedsa is Kamshet, about 16 km away from Lonavala. Tourists who want to visit Bedsa Caves have to take a train and get down at Kamshet, about 3 km away from the Bedsa village, before availing a bus to the Bedsa Village. The Bedsa Caves can then be accessed taking a walk.

How to reach Lonavala: Lonavala railway station is well connected to Mumbai, Matheran, Neral, Karjat and Pune by railways. Buses also ply regularly to Mumbai, Pune and Matheran from Lonavala. For moving around the city you can hire a car or an auto.

Where to stay in Lonavala: Modi Resort, Hotel Kadamb Sahaydri, Maharaj Inn, Hotel Ashoka, Hotel Dipak, Shamiana Lodge, Hotel Viswa Bharat, Kohinoor Holiday Home, Hotel Purohit, Anuraddha Lodge, Highland Resort, Spna Hill Resort and Span Hill Resort.

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