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Lonavala
Travel Guide

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.

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 Rs13,750 per night from 14 Apr to 15 Apr

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! (69 reviews)
A good relaxing holiday at Hilton Shilim

"We had a very relaxing family holiday. The property is nice, very spread out, but with good walking treks, and a friendly pick-up and drop service offered by the hotel. Very picturesque, amazing flora and a fabulous range of birds chirping away. Carry a good camera to capture their pics!"…"

Reviewed on 7 Jan 2021

Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa
Novotel Imagica Khopoli Hotel
Novotel Imagica Khopoli Hotel
5 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs3,299 per night from 14 Apr to 15 Apr

Located in Khalapur, this family-friendly hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Adlabs Imagica, and within 16 mi (25 km) of Della Adventure and Monkey Hill. Shooting ...

4.1/5Very Good! (84 reviews)
Best option next to the park

"We stayed for a night in New Year’s Eve after spending the day in Imagicaa theme park! It was right next door and the best luxury hotel. The room had a view of the roller coasters in the park."…"

Reviewed on 6 Jan 2021

Novotel Imagica Khopoli Hotel
Della Resorts
Della Resorts
4.5 out of 5
Kunegaon, Lonavala, Maharashtra
The price is Rs9,363 per night from 14 Apr to 15 Apr

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
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Pavana Lake Camping
Pavana Lake Camping
2 out of 5
Pavana Lake, Thakursai, Wadgaon, Maharashtra
The price is Rs3,000 per night from 14 Apr to 15 Apr

Situated in Wadgaon, this beach campsite is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Shri Satya Sai Pandurang Kshetra and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Pavana Dam. Tiger Point and Lohgad Fort ...

Pavana Lake Camping
LSQ RJ Farms
LSQ RJ Farms
3.5 out of 5
The price is Rs13,500 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr

Situated in Khalapur, this villa is 14.1 mi (22.6 km) from Adlabs Imagica and within 25 miles (40 km) of Della Adventure and Tiger Point. Hazara Falls and Karnala ...

LSQ RJ Farms
Getsetcamp Secret Lakeview Camp Lonavala
Getsetcamp Secret Lakeview Camp Lonavala
2.5 out of 5
Tikona-Rusticville Rd, Tikona Peth, Wadgaon, Maharashtra
The price is Rs4,393 per night from 14 Apr to 15 Apr

Situated in Wadgaon, this campsite is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Shri Satya Sai Pandurang Kshetra and within 12 miles (20 km) of Pavana Dam and Lohgad Fort. Tiger ...

Getsetcamp Secret Lakeview Camp Lonavala
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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Reviews of Lonavala

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21 Nov 2019

Though we did not much time to go around, the weather was very good and we had a relaxing time.

5/5 - Excellent

Dhaval

17 Sep 2019

Lonavala was awesome place for us. But our uncomfortable stay spoiled the joy of our trip.

5/5 - Excellent

Amol

1 Aug 2019

Great place to visit frequently..

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveller

24 Jul 2019

It's all a hyped place and have become commerical overtime. Plan your visit only if weather is rainy and good otherwise ur efforts will go in drain

4/5 - Good

Prasad

15 Jul 2019

Dont rely on cab or other transportation. I would suggest people to hire their own car before coming lonavla or self driven car to enjoy road routes which is fabulous and breathtaking.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Jul 2019

Great place. Accesible from Mumbai. Period

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