About Lonavala, Pune
Located about 65 km from Pune and 83 km from Mumbai, Lonavala is a picturesque hill town in Maharashtra. It lies on the Mumbai-Pune rail route and also enjoys excellent road connectivity as two major roads – Mumbai-Bangalore Highway and Mumbai-Pune Expressway – pass through it. Best known for its natural beauty, historical forts and caves, lush green valleys, and pleasant climatic conditions, Lonavala is one of the most popular tourist hotspots in Maharashtra. Some of the best holiday resorts and hotels in Pune are also located in this hill station and offer travelers comfortable accommodation at budget-friendly rates. These hotels in Lonavala also give you access to all major tourist attractions in and around the hill town.
Shopping and Dining in and around Lonavala
Lonavala Bazaar is among the top places to shop in the hill station, especially if you are looking for local goodies. The region is famous for its traditionally produced chikki (peanut brittle). National Chikki Mart, A1 Chikki, and Maganlal are some of the popular stores to shop for this traditional Indian sweet. All these shopping places are located right in the heart of the town and can be easily accessed from your Lonavala hotels.
Resorts and hotels in Lonavala have in-house restaurants to delight travelers with delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In addition to this, the hill station is dotted with a good range of eateries, both small and big. These include Café 24, Lonavala Restaurant, The Kinara Village Dhaba, Mulaqaat Restaurant, Hotel Chandralok, Rama Krishna, German Bakery Wunderbar, Buvachi Misal, Interval - Pure Veg Bollywood Eatery, Mapro Garden, and Parsi Dhaba, to name a few.
Places to Visit in and around Lonavala
Lonavala and the adjacent Khandala (5 km) are considered as the twin hill stations in Maharashtra and together, they offer a wide range of attractions to explore. Some of the most popular attractions in Lonavala within 5 km of the town include Lonavala Lake, Ryewood Park, Valvan Dam, Tungarli Lake, Kune Falls, Bhushi Dam, and Narayani Dham Temple. You can explore these attractions on foot or using taxis and other local means of transportation as they are located close to your Pune hotels in Lonavala.
During your stay at Lonavala hotels, you can also explore several forts, viewpoints, caves, dams, and other attractions that are located a short distance away from the town. The must-visit attractions for history buffs include Lohagad Fort (11 km), Karla Caves (12 km), Bhaja Caves (13 km), Rajmachi Fort (15 km), Visapur Fort (15 km), and Tikona Fort (24 km). Nature lovers also have a good range of attractions to explore such as Duke’s Nose (6 km), Tiger’s Point (10 km), Pawna Lake (20 km), and Aamby Valley (23 km), to name a few.
How to Reach Lonavala
Lonavala doesn’t have an airport of its own. The nearest airport to reach the hill station is in Pune (73 km). After reaching Pune airport, you can travel to your hotels in Lonavala by train or road. The hill town and its surrounding areas are served by Lonavala Railway Station. Many express and passenger trains from cities like Pune, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Mumbai, and Chennai halt here. It is also the last stop for suburban trains coming from Pune. You can reach Lonavala by road from many neighboring cities and towns including Pune, Mumbai, Khopoli, Karjat, etc. Taxis are the easiest way to get around Lonavala and explore the many attractions in and around it.