Lonavala is a popular tourist destination in
Maharashtra situated close to Mumbai and Pune. Perched on the beautiful hills
of Western Ghats, the town is known for its scenic beauty, pristine lakes,
waterfalls and wildlife. It is the best weekend escapade for those looking to
spend some quiet peaceful time in the hills during monsoon season. The rocky
terrain also makes this region one of the popular trekking destinations among
the hikers and trekkers.
The raw beauty of Lonavala will mesmerize you
to the fullest. It is the perfect place to visit for nature lovers and
adventure enthusiasts. You will be lost in the serene ambience, lush greenery
and fresh air of the town. There are several other interesting places to visit
around Lonavala such as Khandala, Bhaja Caves, Rajmachi Fort, Bushi Dam,
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Etymology of Lonavala
Lonavala derives its name from two Sanskrit
words, Len and Avali. The former means a carved resting place and the latter
implies a long series. Therefore, with both words combined, Lonavala literally
means a place which has a series of a rock-carved resting place.
Lonavala and Khandala: The Twin Hill Station
Nestled on the lap of Sahyadri Hills, at an
elevation of about 624 m above the mean sea level, Lonavala is one of the two
most popular hill stations in Maharashtra. The hills of Khandala and Lonavala
form the twin hill station and had immense strategic importance in the past. Of
the two hill stations, Lonavala was the important centre of trade and military
training for various dynasties including Yadava dynasty, Peshwa Empire and
Maratha Empire. In later years, it was also served as a summer retreat for the
As you explore the city, you will come across
many ancient caves, which are now considered as sites of archaeological
importance. You will be intrigued to witness a rich history and mysteries of
Restaurants and Local Food in Lonavala
Packed with restaurants and food joints
offering scrumptious delicacies, Lonavala is “the place” for foodie travellers.
Lonavala is known for its spicy, refreshing and mouth-watering local cuisines.
Do not forget to try the famous Masala Chai with Vada Pav and Bhajiyas from the
Golden Wada Pav restaurant. Few of the locally famous food joints are chola bhaturas
at Rudra, Copper’s Fudge, and butter chicken at Rama Krishna.
If you want to try out Maharashtrian Usal,
which is a curry made of sprouted beans and lentils, then you should visit the
Sainath Hotel. For those you crave for vegetarian Maharashtrian Thali,
Manashakti is a perfect place to visit. For deserts, visit Manganlal &
Sons. This store is famous for its chikkis and pedas. The town is also famous
for its coconut water and shakes.
Day 1- On the first day, you should visit Karla and
Bhaja Caves. You will be awe-struck at its perfectly designed architecture and
carvings. Later, you can head to Ek Vira Devi Temple in order to find some
solace. In the afternoon, you can visit other interesting spots such as Tiger’s
Point, Bushi Dam, and Lion’s Point to enjoy the picturesque view of the
surroundings and to get better associated with nature.
Day 2- Start
your second day by visiting Duke’s Nose which is a nose-shaped cliff. Here, you
can get a breathtaking view of the silent and mystical hills of Western Ghat.
Later in the day, you can head to Rajmachi Fort. In the late afternoon, you can
visit the Lohagad Fort.
Day 3- The
best way to begin your third day at Lonava would be by taking a morning walk
around Tungarli Lake. Later on, you can visit Sunil Kandaloor’s Wax Museum.
Spend your afternoon unwinding amidst the greenery and flowers of Reywood Park.
You can also visit Lonavala Bazaar to savour a few local delicacies such as
chikki and fudge.