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Lonavala

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Lonavala featuring general coastal views

Venture into cave temples, hike up mountains and see wax sculptures of famous celebrities in this hill town in the west of India.

Explore the hills, valleys, waterfalls and caves that Lonavala is known for. Situated at an altitude of 2,050 feet (650 meters), the popular hill town is surrounded by spectacular scenery.

Lonavala’s name comes from the Sanskrit word for cave, “lonavli”, as there are many throughout the area. Investigate Bhaja Caves that were carved out by Buddhist nuns approximately 2,000 years ago. The cavernous spaces contain carved reliefs, statues, a monastery and stupas. These are dome-shaped shrines that were built to contain Buddhist relics. Inside Karla Caves, find some of India's largest rock-cut Buddhist shrines and a prayer hall with 37 huge octagonal pillars.

Outdoor lovers should trek to Tiger’s Leap for extensive views of the valley below and the countryside around Lonavala. The cliff top has a drop of approximately 2,130 feet (650 meters) and during the monsoon season there is a small waterfall here. Pack a picnic and head to Tungarli Lake. This attractive man-made body of water is a popular recreation spot that serves Lonavala with some of its drinking water.

Wander through Ryewood Park, a large green expanse with play areas for children. While you are here, check out the old Shiva temple.

If you are in Lonavala during monsoon season, which lasts from July to September, go to the Bhushi Dam. When the dam overflows, water gushes over steps and a stony path. This event attracts crowds who come to splash in the overflowing water.

For some amusement, look inside the Celebrity Wax Museum. On display are life-size wax sculptures of famous Indian and international figures from history and the present day.

The Mumbai-Pune Expressway is both the quickest and most beautiful way to get to Lonavala. The 6-lane road corridor is surrounded by forests and mountains, providing an early introduction to the area’s natural splendour. Lonavala also has its own railway station.

Where to stay in Lonavala

Spicy Mango Malhotra's Pristine Villa
Spicy Mango Malhotra's Pristine Villa
3 out of 5
Kondivade Kharavandi, Karjat, Maharashtra
The price is Rs12,000 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Situated in Karjat, this villa is 18.7 mi (30.1 km) from Mount Barry and within 32 miles (52 km) of Adlabs Imagica and Della Adventure. Tiger Point and Shooting ...
Spicy Mango Malhotra's Pristine Villa
Della Resorts
Della Resorts
4.5 out of 5
Kunegaon, Lonavala, Maharashtra
The price is Rs12,600 per night from 11 Aug to 11 Aug
This family-friendly Lonavala resort is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Monkey Hill and Della Adventure. Shooting Point is 2.6 mi (4.3 ...
4/5Very Good! (50 reviews)
A very enjoyable stay
"A very comfortable stay. After staying a night in the Adventure Rooms we extended our stay and moved to the Luxury Rooms. A small price difference but a huge difference in the feel. The whole experience from the rooms to the house keeping to the service and the time taken for service were all a marked ..."

Reviewed on 15 Nov 2020

Della Resorts
Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa
Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa
5 out of 5
Village Shilimb, Pawana Nagar, Taluka Maval, Wadgaon, Maharashtra
The price is Rs18,500 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Located in the historical district, this family-friendly hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Shri Satya Sai Pandurang Kshetra, Pavana Dam and Pawna Lake. Lion Point ...
3.7/5Good! (71 reviews)
Amazing stay
"Amazing .. the road to reach is terrible from Lonavala. So please call up hotel and ask for the better direction. Food is a tad bit expensive. But service is exceptional"

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2021

Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Campistaan
Campistaan
3 out of 5
Campistaan, Kalpana Farms, Bhilavale, Karjat, Khalapur, MH
The price is Rs5,000 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Situated on the riverwalk, this campsite is within 20 miles (32 km) of Adlabs Imagica, Della Adventure and Karnala Bird Sanctuary. Tiger Point and DY Patil Stadium ...
4/5Very Good! (2 reviews)
Must visit, Close to Bombay
"It was a good stay and I liked and loved it. Would recommend others to do must visit."

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2020

Campistaan
Spicy Mango Malhotra's Pristine Villa
Spicy Mango Malhotra's Pristine Villa
3 out of 5
Kondivade Kharavandi, Karjat, Maharashtra
The price is Rs12,000 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Situated in Karjat, this villa is 18.7 mi (30.1 km) from Mount Barry and within 32 miles (52 km) of Adlabs Imagica and Della Adventure. Tiger Point and Shooting ...
Spicy Mango Malhotra's Pristine Villa
Lonavala KD mountain view villa
Lonavala KD mountain view villa
Patan Visapur Road, Wadgaon, Maharashtra
Situated in Wadgaon, this villa is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Bhaja Caves and within 6 miles (10 km) of Karla Caves and Lohgad Fort. Tiger Point and Wet N Joy Water ...
Lonavala KD mountain view villa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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