Historically SpeakingLonavla got its name from “Lonavli”, which means ”city surrounded by caves” and the town is surrounded by many caves, with the Kurla Caves being the most well known.
ShoppingRestaurants and eating places are aplenty in Lonavala. One can choose from mouthwatering Gujarati food to mint vada paos and freshly roasted corn on the cob which are a specialty and sold by hawkers all over the twin towns. Kamat”s at Lonavala is a popular restaurant which serves south Indian food.
Night OutRestaurants and eating places are aplenty in both these places. One can choose from mouthwatering Gujarati food to mint vada paos and freshly roasted corn on the cob which are a specialty and sold by hawkers all over the twin towns. Kamat”s at Lonavala is a popular restaurant which serves south
ActivitiesThose seeking adventure will not return from this holiday disappointed. Lonavala is high on the list with outdoor lovers with plenty of opportunities for trekking and camping. Surrounded by many placid lakes like the Pavna Lake, Tungarli Lake and Lonaval Lake – the beautiful natural settings are
popular camping spots where one can just pitch a tent under the open sky and enjoy nature at its best. The hills of Lonavala are ideal for trekking forays. Most of the treks are quite tough with the most popular ones being to Duke”s Nose and Kalra Hills. Make sure you start your trek early as it tends to get dark pretty early in these areas.
SightsBushy Dam about 6kms from Lonavala is favoured tourist spot. When the water levels of the dam rises the water spills over and manifests into a small waterfall and picnickers like to sit on the steps and feel the cool water gushing over them. One word of caution though, be careful as the
force of water tends to increase suddenly. Tiger”s Leap near INS Shivaji is a curiously shaped cliff – a sheer 650 m drop into the valley. From the top one gets sweeping views of the sylvan landscape around. Other than the scenic beauty of the area, the precincts of Lonavala and Khandala are liberally strewn with places of historical importance. Ryewood is a beautifully laid out garden interspersed with trees that soar to touch the sky it seems. Today the gardens are looked after by the State government but at one time this was where an Englishman Mr Rye lived and hence the name. Visit the Christian Cemetery which was the burial place of the British “?” unfortunately most of the old tombstones have been vandalized now.
How to get there by AirLonavala does not have airport so one has to fly to Bombay or to Pune. The nearest international airport is Bombay (110 km) and domestic airport is Pune (66km).
How to get there by RailThe railways bring Lonavala to life; connecting trains are available from Mumbai Central Station and Pune Junction. All the trains halt at Khandala before travelling onto to Lonavala.
How to get there by BusThe Mumbai-Bangalore National Highway connecting southern and western India passes through Lonavala. The drive winds its way up tiers of ghats including the arduous Khopoli – Khandala Ghat. Within a short distance of 8 km the road ascends to a height of 369 m but the picturesque countryside makes
it worth it all. State roadways buses, private buses, taxis and tour operators have regular services to the hill resorts of Lonavala.
Best time to VisitYou can come here any time of the year, especially in winter, from October to April. Summer temperatures reach a maximum of 36° C and touch minimum temperatures of 12° C in winter.
Hotels in LonavlaLonavala has many hotels that provide excellent accommodation, depending on your budget and taste. Apart from three star and five star hotels, there are a few budget hotel in Lonavala as well. Most of the hotels are located at places to provide you a picturesque view of the adjoining valley. All
the accommodations here work towards making your stay a comfortable one.
Nearby PlacesKamshet only 11 km from Lonavala is a must visit destinations for those with even the slightest inclination towards adventure. A picturesque hill station it is a popular destination for paragliding.
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