Lonavala is the twin hill station to Khandala. It is very popular worldwide for the sweet “chikkis” that are made here. It has several caves, lakes and waterfalls. Karla caves are the must-visit caves as they have associations to the Buddhism dating back to the 9th Century.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
These hill stations have a pleasant climate as the summer temperatures reach a high of 36° C and drop a minimum of 12° C in winter. Therefore one can be visited here throughout the year, but the best time to visit is during the Monsoon. One must bring the special clothes for different seasons like cool cotton for summer, while woollens are essential for winter.
- Tung Fort
- Bhor Ghat
- Karla Caves
- Visapur Fort
- Bhushi Dam
Places Around Lonavala Hill Station
Bushi Dam – One of the best picnic sites in Lonavala, Bushi Dam is positioned in the environment of picturesque hilly terrains and verdant green surroundings. It remains crowded with tourists throughout the monsoon months.
Rajmachi Fort – Rajmachi Fort is a popular appeal in this region and nearly 6 miles away from Lonavala. Rajmachi trek is one of the most challenging, and one ought to be physically fit to get on the trek.
Visapur Fort – Positioned at the height of 4000 ft above sea level near Lonavala, Visapur Fort was created centuries after the Balaji Vishwanath. The scenic sights of the majestic surroundings are a fantastic attraction here.
Lonavala Lake – Erected in the year 1876, this is a highly visited picnic site in the beautiful city of Lonavala. One can see different sorts of birds over the lake.
Shreevardhan Fort – An ancient fort built in Martha style, Shreevardhan Fort gives a breathtaking vista of lavish greenery and undulating hilly terrains.
Ryewood Park – Stretched over 25 acres of lush greenery, Ryewood Park is a picnic spot for tourists and locals of this wonderful place called Lonavala. There are scores of mysterious activities in the park for children.
Bhairavnath Temple – Perched in the surroundings of natural beauty, Bhairavanth Temple is visited by thousands of devotees during the time of Mahashivratri fair to please the god Shiva with their offerings.
Rajmachi Wildlife Sanctuary – Rajmachi Wildlife Sanctuary is enveloped by green dense woods. This is one of the perfect places for nature lovers, wildlife aficionados as well as ornithologists. It is one such destination where people can witness the wild creatures freely wandering in their natural habitat.
Facts about Lonavala
Famous as: Hill Station
Languages: Marathi, Hindi and English
Best Season: October – May
Weather: Summer 23 to 35°C, Winter 11 to 33°C
Altitude: 622 m above sea level
STD code: 02114
Restaurants in Lonavala
- Parsi Dhaba
- Rama Krishna
- PNF Restaurant & Bar
- Cooper’s Fudges & Chikkis
- The Kinara Village Dhabha