Lonavala, Maharashtra, India.

Lonavala is a perfect gateway for the city dwellers of Mumbai and Pune.  Lush green Sahyadri Hills, incessant waterfalls, and beautiful lakes will make you fall in love with this town. 

Tourist Attractions in Lonavala-

  • Bhushi Dam- Just a few kilometers away from the railway station this tourist spot is completely packed during the monsoons as tourists enjoy the over flowing water of Bhushi dam.
  • Tiger’s leap/Tiger point- Tiger’s Leap is a cliff top from where you can get excellent views of the valley. 
  • Karla caves- Beautifully carved 2000-year-old caves have many stories to tell. This spot zlso offers one of the best views of the Sahyadri mountain ranges.
  • Bhairavnath Temple- Bhairavnath Temple is an ancient temple located in a densely forested area near Lonavala. The architecture of this temple is very simple yet magnetic.

Shopping in Lonavala-

  • Lonavala Bazaar- The market full of tiny shops offers various wooden products along with souvenir shops.
  • Maganlal Chikki Center- The shop is always swarmed by tourists who come here to taste the divine chikkis offered here.

How to Reach Lonavala-

  • Closest Airport- Pune airport (65 kms-1 Hr 30mins approximately).
  • Nearest Railway station- Lonavala has its own railway station well connected with cities like Pune, Mumbai and Ahmedabad.
  • Lonavala is well connected by road with major cities in West and South India.   

Best time to visit Lonavala-

  • June to September. (Monsoon season)

Wanderer’s Eye Tips-

  • Visit to Karla caves is must sunset from the top also looks beautiful so do visit post noon.
  • Tiger point in monsoon has not to miss spectacular views of Sahyadri ranges. On a clear sky night, you can see the milky way from this point too.
  • Mind your steps near the Bhushi as its mostly slippery around.

Climate of Lonavala-

  • Summers extend from February to May and temperature ranges from 19℃ to 36℃.
  • Monsoon extends from June to Mid-October having heavy showers. (avg raingall-71 inches)
  • Winters (Mid-October to January) can be moderately cold with temperature ranging from 14℃ to 29℃.

History of Lonavala-

  • Lonavala was earlier known as ‘Aolonali’ which literally means surrounded by caves. There are multiple caves around Lonavala which were used by Buddhist monks for meditation.
  • Earlier Lonavala came under the Yadav dynasty followed by Mughals and then the Peshwas.
  • Later Sir Elphinstone in 1871 rediscovered the caves hidden by dense forests and then Lonavala became a summer hub for Britishers.

Culture of Lonavala-

  • People- As per 2011 census, the population of Lonavala is 57,698. The locals are mostly Hindu’s followed by Muslims and Christians.
  • Languages- Marathi is the local languages of Lonavala. However, Hindi is also commonly used. People catering to tourists can speak fluent English too.
  • Art- Lonavala has adopted art forms like Lavani dance and warli painting. In recent times it has also developed many wax art museums.
  • Festivals- Most of the festivals are similar to that of Pune and Mumbai. Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali, Dussehra are the ones which are celebrated with great pomp.  

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