Lonavla By Arjun Singh Kulkarni [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Lonavla

Distance

65 Kms

Best Season

October - May

Overview

Lonavla is favorite tourist destination for locals including family, friends and couples.It is situated 622 metres (2,041 ft) above sea level offering views of the scenic Sahyadri peaks on one side and the Konkan Coast on the other. It is known for the production of different varieties of 'Chikki', a traditional sweet candy prepared with jaggery and ground-nuts.

Attractions

Bhushi Dam (5.6 km)

A waterfall near the dam is a popular spot and crowded place between Lonavla and I.N.S. Shivaji. Buses running on the I.N.S. Shivaji Road stop here.

Lion Point (11.1 km)

Scenic point midway between Bhushi Dam and Aamby Valley.

Tiger's Point (11 km)

Tiger's Point is a cliff-top with a sheer drop of over 650 m, giving an extensive view. Buses are available up to INS Shivaji and the remaining distance of about 1.6 km has to be covered on foot. Just around tiger's leap, there is a small waterfall active only during the monsoon. It serves the purpose of relaxing in the water better than Bhushi dam, as the force of the fall is higher. Also, after the brief steep descent, the fall becomes a stream with a fair amount of force to go all the way down to the base of the Tiger's Leap. Adventurers can trek down the stream whilst intermittently stepping back on land where the water current is too strong and the fall is steep.

Shooting Point (3.9 km)

Another scenic point in the town of Khandala (Bazaar peth), which provides magnificent view of the Rajmachi Fort and the valley. Also the home for the St. Mary's villa.

Lonavla Lake (1.6 km)

Lonavla Lake is surrounded by natural scenery, about 1.6 km from the town. The lake dries up during the winter months.

Valvan Dam (2 km)

Valvan Dam has a garden at its foot, and is a popular evening spot 2 km from the town. The dam supplies water to the Khopoli power station at the foothills of the Sahyadris for generating electricity. The Kundali River feeds into the dam's reservoir.

Karla Caves (11 km)

Karla caves, located near Lonavla, is a complex of cave shrines built by Buddhist monks around 3rd to 2nd century B.C. A famous temple of Goddess Ekvira Devi is also present here.

Lohagad Fort (11.2 km)

A robust climb of about 11.2 km from Malavali Railway Station takes you to the 'Iron Fort', once a formidable battle-station of Shivaji. The fort commands a view of the surrounding hills and hamlets.

Rajmachi (6.5 km)

Rajmachi Point is located about 6.5 km from Lonavla. This point commands a view of Shivaji's famous fort, Rajmachi (Royal terrakouioce) and the surrounding valley. Regular State Transport buses ply between Rajmachi Point and Lonavla from the State Transport Bus Stand. The famous Vaghjai Dari is also located here.

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