(Last Updated on : 30/08/2013)
Tourism in Lonavala has gained its recognition due to its location in the hill station in the state of Maharashtra
where the place flaunts the natural splendour and is popularly known as the 'jewel of the Sahyadri Mountains
Lonavala is set amongst the sylvan hills of the Western Ghats
and is a popular gateway from Mumbai
. Lonavala is located in the western part of Maharashtra, in the western region of India. It is set amongst the slopes of the Sahyadris Mountain Range
and situated 106 km southeast of Mumbai at an altitude of 625 m above sea level. The place offers the tourist a wide array of pristine woods and valleys, gushing waterfalls, historic caves, and scenic panorama. The surroundings hills of Lonavala were the monopoly of the Maratha rulers in the late medieval era. The history says that the Maratha rulers practiced guerrilla warfare from here against the Mughals
and later the British.
Pilgrimage Tourism in Lonavala
The record of Lonavala defines that the term 'Lonavala' has been originated from the Sanskrit
term 'lonavli' which is the connotation of numerous caves. Perhaps the plethora of caves in the vicinity of Lonavala had been the reason of such christening. The area around Lonavala was an important Buddhist
centre in 2nd century BC and a number of ancient Buddhist rock-cut cave temples can be found in the environs like ancient Buddhist rock cut caves of Bhaja
, Bedsa and Karla
Nature Tourism in Lonavala
The vista of this hilly station is surrounded with verdant greenery as it is situated in the Sahyadri ranges. Travellers can take a walk along the waterfalls, the grassy abundance and hills in and around Lonavala. The mountainous terrain of Lonavala is ideal for trekking and hiking. The quaint exquisiteness of Lonavala is enhanced by the numerous lakes around the place. Tugauli, Lonavala and Bhushi lakes are worth visiting and so is the Walvan Dam. Another place worth visiting is Lion's point that lies between Bhusi Dam and Amby Valley. Tigers Leap or Vaghdari is a cliff-top that offers panoramic view of the valley. Here echo-point is the most famous one and travellers tend to trek to enjoy the adventure.
Leisure Tourism in Lonavala
Khandala Dari is a nice place to go for trekking and hiking. One can trek through Monkey Hill to reach Gambhirnath Caves, an additional site to visit.
Visiting Information on Lonavala
Though the weather in Lonavala remains pleasant all the time, the scenic beauty of Lonavala can be experienced best in the months of October and May. In spite of the fact that the monsoon season causes heavy rainfall in Lonavala, the season doubles the natural splendour of this place especially when rain showers wash the entire region, developing ponds, while greenery looks all the more appealing.
The tourism in Lonavala has an umpteen number of visiting places to offer. The small hill station of Khandala is just 5 km away from Lonavala and the travellers coming from Mumbai
pass through Khandala
before reaching Lonavala. Kaivalyadhama Yoga Hospital
is 2 km from Lonavala on the road to Karla and Bhaja caves. This center attracts both local and foreign tourists seeking yogic healing.
Travel in Lonavala will stay in the memory of the travellers with treasuring and relishing the taste of massively popular and mouth watering 'chikkis', Chiwda, wafers, fudges and jams which is offered by the place. Including this, one can savour the taste of snacks like 'chivda' and 'sev'. The visitors of Lonavala sometimes prefer to shop for these popular foods. Moreover there are some shopping malls that are very well furnished and people flock there to shop for various items that are found here.
There is no dearth of eating out places in the hilly station and the cuisines do not lag behind either. The hotels and restaurants of Lonavala offer a variety of South India and Gujarati
foods to pick choice from. One can also opt for Chinese carts and street 'dhabas' to enjoy the rapidity of food.