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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

Kune Village, Lonavala, Maharashtra, India

Kune Village

4.5/5Wonderful!(2 area reviews)

While there might not be top attractions in Kune Village, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Della Adventure and Tiger Point.

Kune Village

Top hotels in Lonavala

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Novotel Imagica Khopoli
Novotel Imagica Khopoli
5 out of 5
The price is Rs5,600 per night

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! (79 reviews)

"Very good service a d friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on 26 Dec 2019

Novotel Imagica Khopoli
Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa
Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa
5 out of 5
Village Shilimb, Pawana Nagar, Taluka Maval, Wadgaon, Maharashtra
Free cancellation
The price is Rs12,600 per night

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! (65 reviews)
Highly recommended

"Beautiful property i don't know why the rating is bad..we stayed for 1 night and we loved it...coming from the hustle and bustle of the city the hotel and its villas provides you with peace and comfort..The only thing which i want the hotel should improve is their Indian cuisine which was a disappointment ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 Feb 2020

Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa
Aamby Valley City
Aamby Valley City
5 out of 5
Aamby Valley, Post- Ambavane, Paud, Maharashtra

Located in the heart of Paud, this luxury resort is within a 10-minute walk of Aamby Valley Town Plaza and Aamby Valley Golf Club. Tiger Point and Della Adventure ...

3.9/5Good! (38 reviews)

"The room is not what was advertised on the website."…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2020

Aamby Valley City

Popular places to visit in Lonavala

Della Adventure
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Della Adventure

3.5/5(3 reviews)

Enjoy the thrills at Della Adventure and see why everyone loves this theme park in Khandala. Take some time to visit the water parks in this relaxing area.

Karla Caves
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Karla Caves

3/5(5 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Karla Caves, a popular green space in Lonavala. Take some time to visit the water parks in this relaxing area.

Pawna Lake
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Pawna Lake

4/5(4 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Pawna Lake during your travels in Wadgaon. Discover the water parks in this relaxing area or seek out its adventure tours.

Reviews of Lonavala


Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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3 - Okay
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2 - Disappointing
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1 - Terrible
1 - Terrible 4.545454545454546%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

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


17 Sep 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent


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


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

Cities near Lonavala

Pune which includes street scenes and a city as well as a large group of people


Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus showing heritage architecture